Professor Linda Morton’s academic focus in her teaching, service, and
publications has been on interdisciplinary problem solving. At
California Western, she co-teaches the class, Public Healthcare Clinic,
with Dr. Howard Taras from the University of San Diego School of
Medicine. In the course, students from the law and healthcare fields
team up with community agencies to help solve actual public healthcare
issues in San Diego. Prof. Morton also teaches the Mediation Clinic,
which she started with Prof. Floralynn Einesman. Students enrolled in
the Clinic, after a weekend advanced mediation training, mediate actual
cases in Small Claims Court and Juvenile Hall. Prof. Morton’s years of
practice enable her to supervise students in their academic internships,
which she has done since coming to California Western in 1989. Her
publications are primarily in the fields of interdisciplinary
collaboration, legal education, and creative problem solving.
During her early years at California Western, Prof. Morton, with help
from students, staff, and members of the San Diego community, created
the law school’s Pro Bono Honors program, which provides resources and
support for students interested in doing pro bono work. More recently,
with the law school’s support, she founded the California Western
Community Law Project, part of an interdisciplinary clinic in which law
students work side-by-side with medical, dental, and social work
students to help the underserved in San Diego. In her spare time, Prof.
Morton volunteers as a mediator and conflict management trainer in San
Diego. She has mediated cases from the community, as well as from Small
Claims Court, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals.
Prior to teaching at California Western, Professor Morton’s law
practice included civil and criminal litigation, as well as appellate
brief-writing. While practicing law, she also taught trial skills to new
attorneys, to inmates in a state prison, and to students at Harvard law
school. Just before coming to California Western, Prof. Morton taught
Legal Drafting to students at the Univ. of Florida College of Law. She
also volunteered as an arbitrator in juvenile cases.