Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CIE Advisory Board Profile


Lisa Kloppenberg
Santa Clara University School of Law

Lisa Kloppenberg is Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law.  Dean Kloppenberg is a well-known expert in constitutional law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation and mediation. Previous to being appointed Dean in 2013, Kloppenberg served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton (2001-2011) where she received national recognition for championing curricular reform and creating the first accelerated five-semester law degree in the nation. She also diversified the faculty, emphasized student services and fostered a renewed student commitment to service.

A West Coast native, Kloppenberg received her law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center where she was editor-in-chief of the law review.  After graduation, Kloppenberg clerked for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the 9thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She then became an attorney with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in Washington, D.C. where she was involved with litigation, arbitration, and mediation of a variety of domestic and international disputes.

Kloppenberg returned to the West Coast to teach at the University of Oregon School of Law where she served as a faculty member for nearly 10 years. She pursued her interest in constitutional issues and dispute resolution. She also co-founded and directed the school’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program.

Dean Kloppenberg has been active with numerous academic and professional organizations including the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, as a member of the Standards Review Committee and the Law School Admission Council as a member of the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee.


J.D., University of Southern California Law Center

B.A., University of Southern California

Areas of Specialization

Constitutional Law, Dispute Resolution

Bibliography [-]


Resolving Disputers: Theory, Practice, and Law,with Folberg, Golann, and Stipanowich. 2nd edition. Wolters Kluwer (2010) |Link to Library Catalog

Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law,with Folberg, Golann, and Stipanowich. Aspen Publishers (2005) |Link to Library Catalog

Playing It Safe: How the Supreme Court Sidesteps Hard Cases and Stunts the Development of Law.New York University Press (2001) |Link to Library Catalog

Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure: 1994 Handbook: Legislative History and Summary of Major Changes.Butterworth Legal Publishers (1993) |Link to Library Catalog


"A Charmed Life": In Memory of Francis J. Conte,36University of Dayton Law Review279-283 (2011) |Link to Full Text

Pro Bono: Assessing Aims and Achievement,with Shaw, (Leadership in Legal Education Symposium IX Essays), 40University of Toledo Law Review357-369 (2009) |Link to Full Text

Educating Problem Solving Lawyers for Our Profession and Communities,61Rutgers Law Review1099-1114 (2009) |Link to Full Text

CLEPR Anniversary Remarks Regarding Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson,16Clinical Law Review29-31 (2009) |Link to Full Text

The Rise of Two-Year Programs?: Transcript of Proceedings,38Southwestern Law Review541-552 (2009) |Link to Full Text

"Lawyer as Problem Solver:" Curricular Innovation at Dayton,(Leadership in Legal Education Symposium VII - Essays by American Law Deans), 38University of Toledo Law Review547-556 (2007)

The Avoidance Canon: From the Cold War to the War on Terror,32University of Dayton Law Review349-360 (2007) |Link to Full Text

Does Avoiding Constitutional Questions Promote Judicial Independence?,56Case Western Reserve Law Review1031-1041 (2006) |Link to Full Text

Reforming Chinese Arbitration Law and Practices in the Global Economy,with Xiuwen, 31University of Dayton Law Review421-452 (2006) |Link to Full Text

Telling a Constitutional Story: Examples of Constitutional Dialogue,49Saint Louis University Law Journal685-690 (2005) |Link to Full Text

The Balancing Act: Leadership in Strategic Planning,36University of Toledo Law Review103-110 (2004) |Link to Full Text

Implementation of Court-Annexed Environmental Mediation: The District of Oregon Pilot Project,17Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution559-596 (2002) |Link to Full Text

A Mentor of Her Own,33University of Toledo Law Review99-102 (2001) |Link to Full Text

Avoiding Serious Constitutional Doubts: The Supreme Court's Construction of Statutes Raising Free Speech Concerns,30University of California at Davis Law Review1-93 (1996) |Link to Full Text

The Public Interest in the Work of the Courts: Opinions and Beyond,76Oregon Law Review249-256 (1996) |Link to Full Text

Measured Constitutional Steps,71Indiana Law Journal297-354 (1996) |Link to Full Text

Avoiding Constitutional Questions,35Boston College Law Review1106-1066 (1994) |Link to Full Text

Disclosure of Confidential Sources in International Reporting,60Southern California Law Review1631-1671 (1987) |Link to Full Text

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