A Spotlight on Faculty Members Who Retired in 2017




David FriedmanA member of the law school faculty since 2005, David Friedman is an academic economist and a widely published scholar and author of books on price theory, economic analysis of law, implications of future technology, and libertarian economics and philosophy, as well as two novels. He holds a B.S. from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

“I got into economic analysis of law when I read an exchange between two prominent economists and two prominent law professors on a topic that interested me, and I wrote and published two articles on the subject,” Friedman says. He ended up at Santa Clara, he says, after hearing a talk “by someone interesting in the economics department.” When he learned that SCU was interested in finding someone in law and economics, he applied and made the move. Previously, he had taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, U.C. Irvine, Cornell, Tulane, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.

In retirement, Friedman will “teach an occasional class as an emeritus, continue writing and publishing books, travel, and do public speaking. Next year,” he added, “I have plans for speaking trips to Eastern Europe, China, Brazil, and Iceland.”


Stephanie WildmanA member of the Santa Clara Law faculty since 2001, Professor Stephanie Wildman served as the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law and the director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service. Wildman is a well-known scholar in the areas of social justice, race, gender, and the law. She holds an A.B in humanities and a J.D., both from Stanford University.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara Law faculty, Wildman taught for 25 years at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is a professor emerita. She also was a visiting professor at several other law schools. Before entering academia, she clerked for Judge Charles M. Merrill of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA).

When Wildman was looking at graduate school in the 1970s, it was “a time of protest and social change,” she says, adding “I didn’t much like demonstrations, but I thought I could help people by being a lawyer.” One significant case she recalls is from her days at CRLA. “I represented a Native American woman who was battling to retain custody of her children,” Wildman says. “This was before the era with greater awareness that Native American children had long been targets to be separated from their parents. We were able to secure her parental rights and help her to improve her household with donated items.”

As for her time at Santa Clara Law, Wildman says she is grateful for what she calls “the gift of being able to teach students.”

“The students are the best part of any law school, and Santa Clara is no exception,” says Wildman, adding that she will also miss her “wonderful colleagues.”

Wildman resists the word “retirement.” “I am becoming a professor emerita,” she explains. “I plan to keep writing as well as looking for other ways to make my voice heard,” she says, adding that she is also looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren.


Kandis ScottKandis Scott joined the law school in 1977 and has been involved locally and nationally in clinical legal education with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Stanford University.

Scott recalls one of the more significant cases in her career in which she represented a group of poor seniors living in New York City in an apartment building that had been bought and was slated for demolition. “Unfortunately the clients didn’t find me until a default judgment had been entered against them,” she recalls. “This began my running for a series of restraining orders to keep my clients housed. Eventually I reached the highest court in New York and asked a judge to restrain the evictions for the summer, until the full court was in session. He denied the order but understood when I asked him to be present as I negotiated with the landlord’s attorney for time to move. The other lawyer had to be reasonable in front of a judge. This all arose at a time of political protest. The finale of the case was a bunch of Columbia students marching in front of TV cameras alongside my elderly clients,” she says.

Scott came to Santa Clara Law after Richard Rykoff, a faculty member at the time, called her about a part-time job supervising students. “I had been doing legal services work, and I was ready for a new challenge. It was perfect—working with students who represented the poor.”

Scott says she enjoyed working with students because, she says, “they are so optimistic.” “After practicing law for a number of years,” Scott says, “I began to accept the fact that I would lose cases I should win and win cases I should lose. That adds a bit of reality or even cynicism to one’s life. But students don’t suffer those downers. They are confident.”


Robert PetersonRobert Peterson, who joined the law school in 1970, held several leadership roles over the nearly five decades he served here, including director of graduate legal programs and associate dean of academic affairs. He spent many summers directing Santa Clara Law’s summer abroad programs in Oxford, Toyko, and Costa Rica. He earned his J.D. from Stanford and his B.A. from San Diego State University.

Over the course of his career, he has been involved in numerous cases, “some frustrating and many satisfying,” he says. “The most satisfactory one was in 1973, when I handled a habeas corpus case for a young man who had been too poor to post bail prior to his conviction. The California Court of Appeal held that it was unconstitutional to fail to count this time served on the ultimate sentence. Otherwise the poor would spend more time incarcerated than the wealthy. I am pleased that this issue has resurfaced today in challenges to the money bail system in general. It is invidious to incarcerate the poor—many of whom are innocent—simply because they are poor.”

Peterson says he has greatly enjoyed his “colleagues and the intellectual stimulation of participating in such a special place and environment.”

Law is a “great field,” Peterson advises future lawyers. “Lawyers are good company, and you will never be bored,” he says.

After retirement, Peterson says he plans to keep working in the field of self-driving and driverless cars. “I hope to be the oldest person to ever ride in one,” he says.