Willis Baughman, St. Francis School of Law

Dean Carole J. Buckner has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law. Currently, she consults in the areas of legal ethics and professional responsibility, and speaks extensively on those issues. She served as a Federal Prosecutor in the Central District of California, handling white-collar cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. She practiced business, commercial, real estate and employment litigation in private law firms, and as in-house counsel for a publicly traded company.

Buckner taught many law school courses including Professional Skills (legal research and writing), Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Evidence, UCC, contracts, Torts, Remedies and Legal Ethics, and Business Representation. From 2001 through 2010, Buckner taught at Western State University College of Law. She then served as Dean and Chief Academic Officer of an online distance learning law school, and more recently as Associate Dean of another distance learning law school.

Buckner chaired the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and co-chairs the Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee. She is the former chair of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), and served on that committee for six years.


University of California, Hasting College of the Law, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Economics

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