Faculty: Wes Reber Porter
- Evidence in the Courtroom
- Summer Trial and Evidence Program (1st STEP)
- Trial Advocacy
- White Collar Crime in Practice
RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Experiential learning
- Expert Witnesses
- Federal Criminal Law & Practice
- Legal education reform
- Trial Practice
- White Collar Crime
- JD, Catholic University of America
- BA, Saint Anselm College
PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- White Collar Crime in Practice course was profiled by the American Legal System (IAALS), and Prof. Porter was named one of its 10 fellows nationally.
- ACE Fellowship for emerging leaders in higher education with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at University of California, Davis (See: http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Program.aspx).
- Visiting Professor of Law, University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law
- Executive Committee for Criminal Justice Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) (2011- present)
- Senior Trial Attorney in Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Assistant U.S. Attorney in U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Hawaii
- Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Trial Service Office Pacific, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG Corps)
- Former adjunct professor at Catholic University's School of Law
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Fellow, American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, 2015-16 class of emerging leaders in higher education. Nominated by President Emeritus Dan Angel and selected for placement with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Davis.
- 1st STEP, the Summer Trial and Evidence Program, which he created, was named in National Jurist's 15 Innovative Experiential Ideas and PreLaw Magazine's 25 Most Innovative Ideas.
- Judge Jesse Carter Faculty Scholarship Award (2013-14).
- Executive Leadership Appointment, Book Publishing Board, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation.
- Fellow, Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, a legal education reform initiative.
- Assistant Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service.
- Papers in our Digital Commons.
- Editor, Editorial Board of Touro Law Center's Journal of Experiential Learning.
- Editor, California and Federal Evidence: Cases and Materials, by Professor John Myers of University of the Pacific Law School (Esquire Books, 2014).
- Case File: United States v. Kelly Tipple Barrett and teaching notes, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) (accepted for publication and forthcoming in 2016).
- Key distinctions Between the Federal Rules of Evidence and the California Evidence Code (Esquire Books, forthcoming in 2015-16).
- Threaten Sentencing Enhancement, Coerce Plea, (Wash, Rinse,) Repeat: A Cause of Wrongful Conviction by Guilty Plea, 3 Texas A&M L. Rev. 261 (2016).
- When Experiential Learning Takes Center Stage - Not Yet, 1 J. Experiential Learning 79 (2015).
- Peeking Behind the Curtain of Dismissed Indictments Not Based on DNA, Online Symposium by Golden Gate University Law Review (Dec. 2014).
- White Collar Crime: RICO, 2014-2015 ed. With H. Lowell Brown. (Thomson West, 2014).
- Expert Witnesses: Criminal Cases (Thomson West, 2014).
- Viewpoint: Sentencing Guidelines Needn't Be Scrapped, The Recorder, March 15, 2013.
- Book Review: Henham, Ralph. Sentencing and the Legitimacy of Trial Justice. (Routledge, 2011).
- No Change in Sight for Sentencing Guidelines, The Recorder, Dec. 8, 2011.
- Life Experience Matters, The Recorder, May 3, 2011.
- The Pendulum in Federal Sentencing Can Also Swing Toward Uniformity and Predictability: A Renewed Role for Negotiated Sentences and Binding Plea Agreements Post- Booker, 37 William Mitchell L. Rev. 469 (2010-11).
- Expert Witnesses: Criminal Cases. (Thomson-Reuters, 2d ed., 2010).
- Repeating, Yet Evading Review: Admitting Reliable Expert Testimony in Criminal Cases Still Depends Upon Who is Asking, 36 Rutgers L. Record 48 (2009).
MEDIA & INTERVIEWS
- Professor Porter regularly provides commentary to the media and speaks on matters relating to federal criminal procedure, white collar crime, and sentencing. If you would like to contact Prof. Porter, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line - 'media inquiry' and he will respond ASAP. He has offered legal commentary to numerous media outlets including local television, CBS Interactive, SF Gate, Sacramento Bee, Detroit Free Press, Daily Journal, and The Recorder.
- Professor Porter's YouTube channel
- "Flipping a Law School Course" on LegalEdweb.