Dean of Whittier Law School

Penelope BryanPenelope Bryan was appointed dean of Whittier Law School in July 2009.

An expert in family law, child custody, and dispute resolution, she brings to Whittier experience in both academia and as a practicing attorney. Bryan comes to Whittier from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she served as professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs. During her two-decade tenure at Sturm, Bryan expanded and refined the school's well-known Lawyering in Spanish, Environmental and Natural Resources LL.M., and M.S. in Legal Administration programs. She has led outreach initiatives to Latin America and guided the development of international opportunities for law students. In addition, she successfully encouraged Sturm's faculty to integrate experiential educational opportunities into traditional law classes, and led the strategic planning and assessment process.

Prior to her entry into academia, Bryan was a practicing attorney in Florida, and she remains a member of the Florida Bar Association and American Bar Association. For the last seven years, she has served as an expert consultant in numerous complex family law cases. Among her various publications, she authored a book, published in 2006 by the American Psychological Association, which uses sociological research and theory to justify procedural reforms that promise to mitigate the dysfunctional results produced by the current family law system. Bryan holds an undergraduate degree from Rollins College, and a master's degree and J.D. from the University of Florida.


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