Susan Nauss Exon

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law

Susan Nauss Exon

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law

Bio

Susan Nauss Exon

SUSAN NAUSS EXON

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law

LL.M., Pepperdine University

J.D., University of Wyoming

A.S.B., Central Pennsylvania College

Since her start with the College of Law in 1999, Dean Exon has offered a wealth of legal knowledge to her students, and enjoys using innovative teaching methodologies. She focuses her teaching on the areas of Civil Procedure, Mediation, and Negotiation. She began her tenure as an Assistant Professor of Law, was granted tenure in 2006, and became the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development in July 2013.

Prior to coming to the College of Law, she served as the Director of Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside Extension. She also served for six years as a defense litigator for Best, Best & Krieger LLP, handling all aspects of general business, civil, and public law litigation.

Dean Exon has received several awards for her work in education, speaks frequently at the national, state, and local levels regarding alternative dispute resolution and ethical topics, and has numerous published papers and articles. Her new book, Advanced Guide for Mediators, is due to be published by LexisNexis in Spring 2014. She has published several articles pertaining to cyberjurisdiction and online dispute resolution, and has proposed the creation of a cybercourt with jurisdiction over online disputes. Dean Exon’s current research relates to mediation issues concerning ethics and standards of conduct as well as apology and forgiveness.

Service is important to Dean Exon. She is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution where she is a member of the Ethical Guidance Committee and a member of the Civil Procedure Panel for the Legal Education, ADR and Practical Problem Solving (LEAPS) Project. For four years, she served as a co-chair of the Section’s Ethics Committee, stepping down in August 2013. She is a member of several mediator panels, including the Riverside County Superior Court and the Dispute Resolution Service Corporation of the Riverside County Bar Association. Dean Exon also is a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Riverside County Bar Association.

Full Bio

Susan Nauss Exon is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law at the University of La Verne College of Law. Dean Exon joined the College of Law in August 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Law. She was granted tenure in 2006 and became the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development in July 2013. She is passionate about her students and their learning environment. As such, she engages in innovative pedagogy to bring practical problem solving and other interactive exercises into the classroom. She teaches Civil Procedure, California Civil Procedure, Mediation, Mediation Ethics Seminar, Negotiation and related courses. She has also taught Professional Responsibility and Remedies.

Prior to coming to the College of Law, Dean Exon served for four years as the Director of Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside Extension, where she supervised teaching and curricular needs for five professional certificate programs as well as continuing education conferences and seminars. While there, she created and developed 89 new certificate courses and other special one-day seminars and conferences. Her development of an Endangered Species Act Symposium earned national recognition, receiving the University Continuing Education Association’s 1998 award for innovative programming in a noncredit course.

Dean Exon practiced law for six years, serving primarily as a defense litigator for Best, Best & Krieger, LLP. She handled all aspects of general business, civil, and public law litigation as she represented many southern California cities and other governmental entities. Her litigation experience focused on construction defects, real estate, business torts, unfair competition, trademarks and trade names, wrongful termination, civil rights, equal protection, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

She speaks frequently at the national, state, and local levels regarding alternative dispute resolution and ethical topics. She has been a featured speaker on several occasions for the PBS television show, Contemporary Legal Issues.

Dean Exon has published numerous law review and journal articles, focusing on mediation, civil procedure, and ethics topics. Her new book, Advanced Guide for Mediators, is due to be published by LexisNexis in Spring 2014. She has published several articles pertaining to cyberjurisdiction and online dispute resolution, and has proposed the creation of an international cybercourt that includes a dispute resolution component for online disputes. Her current research concerns mediation issues relating to ethics and mediation standards of conduct as well as apology and forgiveness. Since June 2006, Dean Exon has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Settle it Now Dispute Resolution Journal, an online publication.

Service is important to Dean Exon. She is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution where she is a member of the Ethical Guidance Committee and a member of the Civil Procedure Panel for the Legal Education, ADR and Practical Problem Solving (LEAPS) Project. For four years, she served as a co-chair of the Section’s Ethics Committee, stepping down in August 2013. She is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and of several mediator panels, including the Riverside County Superior Court and the Dispute Resolution Service Corporation of the Riverside County Bar Association. Dean Exon is a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Riverside County Bar Association.

Dean Exon serves as the faculty advisor to the Egly Senate of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. She is one of a select few professors who has twice received the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International Award for Most Outstanding Professor of the Fraternity, in the 2003-04 and the 2007-08 academic years.  This is a national award given to one professor each year. She also has been awarded the Silver Medallion Award for service to the fraternity.

Dean Exon is an active member of the California State Bar. She also is admitted in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.