Diane J. Klein

Professor of Law

Diane J. Klein

Professor of Law

Bio

DIANE J. KLEIN

Professor of Law

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles

A.B., Harvard-Radcliffe College

Professor Diane J. Klein came to the University of La Verne College of Law, first as a visiting professor in 2004, and then as a tenure-track professor.   She was promoted to professor of law and awarded tenure in 2009.  She teaches Property, Wills & Trusts, and seminars on Antidiscrimination Law, including race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Professor Klein has two primary areas of scholarly and teaching interest: trusts and estates (the law of inheritance), and civil rights/antidiscrimination law.  Both of her current projects involve the intersection of these two fields:  a book to be published by the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Section tentatively titled Estate Planning for the LGBT Client and Beneficiary, and a presentation for the 2013 Women & Society Conference, entitled “After PerryWindsor, and Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl : Where Are We Now? (U.S. Law of Marriage and Family-Making in 2013).”

Professor Klein received her first degree, in Philosophy, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College in 1987.  She was awarded a Mellon Fellowship, which she used to study philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, until enrolling at the Harvard Law School in 1994.  She completed her J.D. at UCLA School of Law in 1997, where she was elected to Order of the Coif.  After graduation, she served as a clerk to Judge Lourdes Baird (ret.), United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Professor Klein worked at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in Century City, California, and then for the Legal Research Network, before beginning her academic career.  She was an assistant professor of law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas, from 2000-2003, and associate professor of law at Albany School of Law, Albany, New York, before coming to La Verne Law.  She has taught in the summer programs of Columbia University Law School (in Amsterdam and Leiden, The Netherlands) and Southwestern University Law School, and as a Visiting Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law in the Fall 2008 semester.  Professor Klein was a Visiting Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California, from 2009-2010, and at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, from 2010-2011.