Aspen Publishing

Principles of Appellate Advocacy, Second Edition

Daniel P. Selmi, Rebecca A. Delfino


  • ISBN: 9781543808896

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    Publication Date: 2/1/2021
    Copyright Year: 2021
    Pages: 256
    Connected eBook + Print: 9781543808896
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  • Author Information

    Rebecca Delfino

    At Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Professor Delfino’s work focuses on appellate law and procedure, the judicial branch, access to justice, and ADR.  She is also working in the areas of state and municipal law and governance as well as education law.  In addition to serving as the Director of the Externship Department, Professor Delfino teaches courses in appellate advocacy, negotiation and judicial process. Professor Delfino has also developed a unique and intensive summer advocacy “boot camp” at Loyola for advanced legal writing and oral advocacy.  In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor Loyola’s nationally recognized and award-winning Moot Court Program.  

    Prior to joining the full time faculty of the law school Professor Delfino served as Lead Senior Appellate Attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven for 17 years.  During her tenure at the court of appeal she researched and prepared more than 500 bench memoranda and draft legal opinions in numerous areas of law from felony criminal cases, to complex civil litigation, to family law and probate, to juvenile dependency and delinquency matters. In addition to her full time position at the Court of Appeal, in 1999 Professor Delfino joined the adjunct faculty of Loyola Law School. 

    Professor Delfino is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Glendale Community College where she teaches a political science course focused on California State and Local Government and a course focused on the United States Federal government and politics at the national level. 

    Professor Delfino also serves as a “neutral” for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  Since 1999 she has been mediator, arbitrator and judge pro tem. As a volunteer bench officer, Rebecca has presided over more than 100 limited civil arbitrations and small claims trials.   

    Professor Delfino began her legal career as litigator at Kirkland & Ellis and was later an associate at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan in Los Angeles.  She handled all phases of civil litigation in a variety of cases from complex multi-party product defect and construction cases to white-collar criminal defense, to protection of intellectual property rights, to defense of employment discrimination and harassment claims.

    During law school Professor Delfino had an externship with the Honorable William Shubb of the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. After graduation from law school she served on a clerkship with the Honorable Cliff Young, Associate Justice of the Nevada State Supreme Court.<

    Daniel Selmi

    While in law school, Daniel Selmi was comments editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Selmi was appointed a deputy attorney general for the State of California, serving from 1976-83 in the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law Sections. A lecturer at the University of California Irvine in 1979-80 and an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 1981-83, he joined Loyola's full- time faculty in 1983 and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1990-93. He has also served as reporter to the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Central District of California, and during the 1993-94 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C.
    Professor Selmi is co-editor of the six volume treatise, California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice and co-author of the casebook Land Use Regulation: Cases and Materials . Over his career he has briefed over 30 appellate cases involving environmental and land use law, and he argued over 20 of those in the appellate court, including three in the California Supreme Court. He coaches the Law School 's student teams entered in the annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Negotiation Competition.
    Professor Selmi has been a panelist on numerous occasions at the California State Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual Conference at Yosemite . He has also been a panelist at both the Annual California Land Use Law and Planning Conference and the Los Angeles County Bar Section on Environmental Law's Annual "Super-Symposium". Most recently, he was a panelist at the First and Second Annual "Little NEPA" Conferences, sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has been a regular lecturer at the "Western Environmental Boot Camp" sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, which educates new practitioners in the field of environmental law.

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