St. Francis School of Law Introduces Professor Jeff Dominic Price

A Warm Welcome to Professor Jeff Price

St. Francis School of Law is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our esteemed faculty, Professor Jeff Price. With his expertise and experience, Professor Price brings a valuable perspective to our institution. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon, Professor Price has a solid educational foundation.

A Distinguished Legal Career

Professor Price has an impressive legal career, specializing in criminal law and civil rights cases in both Oregon and California. Currently practicing in Santa Monica, California, he has accumulated a wealth of experience. Prior to entering private practice, Professor Price served as a law clerk in the United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Oregon. Moreover, he has earned the prestigious title of California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist, demonstrating his exceptional appellate practice skills.

A Track Record of Success

With over three decades of legal practice, Professor Price has established himself as a seasoned attorney in state and federal courts. He has successfully handled numerous jury trials and argued cases before the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. Professor Price’s portfolio covers a wide range of issues, including corruption and conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force, official misconduct, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, and human rights law. His expertise in handling appeals, which spans over 25 years, has led to several favorable reversals and published decisions.

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A Commitment to Excellence

Professor Price’s commitment to professional development is evident in his extensive training. He has completed the Los Angeles American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Trial Advocacy Skills Training Course and the National Police Accountability Project’s Training on civil rights cases. Additionally, he has enriched his legal acumen through programs such as the University of California, Irvine, School of Law’s Prisoners’ Access to Justice and Bryan Garner’s renowned organization Law Prose, including Advanced Legal Writing and Editing.

Criminal Procedure: Exploring the Foundations of Justice

Professor Price will be sharing his expertise through teaching the Criminal Procedure course. This course delves into critical issues that play a pivotal role in our criminal justice system, many of which have garnered recent media attention. Students will gain a deep understanding of the rights protected by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The course will examine the boundaries that prosecutors must adhere to, including the permissible scope of searches and seizures.

One recent case that the United States Supreme Court tackled is Utah v. Streiff, wherein the court deliberated on whether an officer had reasonable suspicion to search and arrest a defendant after discovering an outstanding arrest warrant during an unlawful stop. This case exemplifies the type of topics explored in the Criminal Procedure course.

Safeguarding Constitutional Rights

The St. Francis criminal procedure course also explores the intricacies of interrogation within the framework of the Fifth Amendment’s right against self-incrimination. Furthermore, it delves into the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel, covering the provision of legal representation before charges are filed, during trials, and on appeals. Students will gain invaluable insights into the right to self-representation as well.

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Fostering Practical Skills

At St. Francis School of Law, we prioritize equipping our students with practical, professional lawyering skills. As part of the upcoming criminal procedure course, students will have the opportunity to engage in simulated scenarios. These carefully designed exercises aim to hone vital skills utilized by criminal law practitioners, such as drafting search warrants, countering motions to suppress evidence, evaluating the legality of consent for a search, and assessing the proper administration of Miranda rights. These practical skills will empower our students to navigate the complex terrain of criminal law with confidence.

We are excited to welcome Professor Jeff Price to the St. Francis faculty. With his extensive knowledge, experience, and commitment to excellence, he will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to our academic community.

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