Dean Kiel joined California Western School of Law (CWSL) in June 2018 and oversees all aspects of academic support and bar exam courses and programming. She and the members of her department also provide one-on-one and small group academic and bar exam advising. Her research focuses on the interconnections of social organizations; in particular, race and class, and their intersection with education, land use, and environmental laws, systems, and institutions.
Prior to joining California Western, Dean Kiel worked at University of San Diego Law School as the Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs, and as an adjunct professor teaching Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing from 2012-2017. Outside of legal academia, she worked as a real estate, land use, and environmental in-house attorney for a municipal utility in northern California and as an associate at law firms in Los Angeles and San Diego. She brings with her significant policy research, regulatory compliance, and transactional experience.
Kiyana is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she served as an articles editor for the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in American Literature with College Honors. During law school and college, Kiyana was active in institutional, as well as student-run academic support programs, and provided advising and tutoring for struggling law and undergraduate students. Following law school, she successfully offered advising and tutoring for repeat takers of the California Bar Exam.