Lisa A. Kloppenberg

Acting President, Dean Emerita and Professor of Law

Lisa Kloppenberg, Provost, Dean Emerita and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, is a well-known expert in Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Constitutional Law. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. At Santa Clara Law, Dean Kloppenberg is fostering the move toward a more competency-based curriculum and providing more opportunities for students to develop critical lawyering skills, including conflict resolution skills, while promoting more engagement with Silicon Valley. Prior to her appointment as Dean in 2013, Dean Kloppenberg served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law from 2001-2011, where she received national recognition for championing the “Lawyer as Problem Solver” curricular reform and a unique accelerated option for legal studies. 

A West Coast native, Dean Kloppenberg received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Law Review. After graduation, Dean Kloppenberg clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, one of the leading advocates for ADR options in the justice system. Dean Kloppenberg 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. She worked with Ken Feinberg, a prominent mediator in complex matters and designer of conflict resolution systems.

Dean Kloppenberg returned to the West Coast to teach at the University of Oregon, where she served as a Law faculty member for nearly 10 years. She also co-founded and directed the School’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program and earned tenure with work focused on Constitutional Law and Federal Courts.

Dean Kloppenberg has been active with numerous academic and professional organizations including the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council, and the Association of American Law Schools. She can be reached at


J.D., University of Southern California Law Center

B.A., University of Southern California

Areas of Specialization

Constitutional Law, Dispute Resolution