CURRENT Director

RACHEL BROCKL

Professor Brockl joined the faculty as the Associate Director of the Litigation Center (now the Interim Director) and a Visiting Professor of Law after approximately six years of service as a Deputy District Attorney. During her time as a prosecutor, Professor Brockl conducted over 30 jury trials, including cases such as DUI, child molest, battery, theft, resisting arrest, and more. She spent several years in general misdemeanors and handled numerous felony preliminary hearings. Professor Brockl was the lead and sole attorney in charge of the Juvenile Unit for one year and of the DUI Unit for over two years.

While working at the Napa District Attorney’s Office, she was presented with the award of “Trial Attorney of the Year” for completing the most jury trials in 2018. Professor Brockl also received the 2018 “Young Lawyer of the Year” award from the Napa County Bar Association applauding her outreach in the community, efforts in the courtroom, and involvement with local bar associations. In 2019, the Napa Valley Register newspaper featured an interview with Professor Brockl highlighting her zealous advocacy on DUI cases. In addition, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored her at their annual Law Enforcement Recognition event in 2019 as an outstanding DUI prosecutor.

Professor Brockl has been a featured speaker at several trainings for prosecutors and law enforcement on the topics of alcohol and marijuana DUI cases, as well as report writing. For three years, she was a mentor in the Puente Mentorship Program in Napa where she assisted underrepresented students to graduate from community college in order to excel in the community and pursue higher learning. Professor Brockl successfully coached the Napa High School Mock Trial team for two years, leading the team in her final year as Head Coach.

She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a major in Criminal Justice. She is a 2013 Golden Gate University (GGU), School of Law alum. As the first attorney in her family, she graduated with legal specializations in the areas of Criminal Law, Litigation, and Public Interest. While attending GGU, she held numerous board member titles, most notably as the President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). In this position, she founded and directed the first annual California Animal Law Symposium (CALS), an educational conference run by law students regarding animal welfare topics. Professor Brockl’s love for animals crossed over into her job as a prosecutor where she was acknowledged as the first Napa County Deputy District Attorney to be granted permission by the Court to allow a support dog to accompany a victim on the witness stand during a child molestation jury trial.

Professor Brockl leads the 2020 Summer 1st STEP Litigation Program and instructs in courses such as Introduction to Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Effective Brief Writing & Oral Advocacy.

Our Founder

Bernard “Bernie” L. Segal
In Loving Memory (1929-2011)

A distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers, Professor Segal directed the Law School’s mock trial competition programs and has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, Tel Aviv University, and at Holborn College of Law in London.  Professor Segal served as counsel for Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the famous Green Beret murder case that was the subject of the book and movie “Fatal Vision.”

“Bernie,” as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 81, having served Golden Gate University School of Law and the Litigation Center for nearly forty years.

​In Bernie’s honor and memory, we host a national mock trial competition in the fall In Vino Veritas and an intra-school advocacy competition for 1L students each spring the Bernie Cross ‘n Close Competition.

The GGU Advocate

… thinks creatively, with mastery of the facts
… communicates persuasively and clearly
… presents with confidence, poise and flexibility
… has command of the law and rules of evidence
… and, above all else …
… is courteous, professional and ethical.

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BUILDING LOCATION

Located in the heart of the financial district in beautiful San Francisco.

ADDRESS:

536 MISSION STREET, ROOM 3205
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105

Points of Contact

RACHEL BROCKL

Interim Director of the Litigation Program

  • 415-369-5212
  • rbrockl@ggu.edu

ROXANA ARAUJO

Litigation Center Baxter Fellow

  • 415-369-5213
  • baxterfellow@ggu.edu

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