DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION

Professor Romey joins GGU from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. As Senior Counsel, she specialized in federal tax litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. She was also counsel to special enforcement agents working on cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and the development of abusive transaction cases.  Ms. Romey has significant litigation experience as lead trial counsel on fraud penalty cases, IRC Section 280E, abusive transactions, whistleblower actions, taxation of real property transactions, and various complex structured tax transactions. She has successfully litigated roughly 25 cases before the United States Tax Court, and handled various matters as a Special AUSA in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

 

Ms. Romey conducted nationwide trainings for Chief Counsel in effective cross examination and trial skills, and is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Delegate.  Ms. Romey is a frequent presenter for the private bar, and taught practical tax litigation courses as a member of Golden Gate University’s LL.M. Adjunct Faculty. Ms. Romey earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego, School of Law.

 

Throughout Ms. Romey’s academic and professional careers, she actively led committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations. In 2016, she completed a three year leadership role with the California State Bar, Taxation Section Executive Committee, and was dedicated to her annual roles as Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting, and Chair of the 2016 DC Delegation.  She also chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, served on the BASF executive board, spearheaded annual charity events, founded the San Francisco Barristers’ networking and social committee, and volunteered as a high school mock-trial coach.  In 2011, Ms. Romey was awarded the San Francisco Bar Association “Barrister of the Year Award” for ten years of dedicated service to the bar. 

 

Professor Romey instructs in the Summer 1st STEP Litigation Program, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Introduction to Depositions, Introduction to Expert Witnesses, Tax Litigation, Evidence in the Courtroom, Mock Trial, and Advanced Mock Trial courses.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION

Professor Brockl joins the faculty as the Associate Director of the Litigation Center 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 instructs in the Summer 1st STEP Litigation Program, Introduction to Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Effective Brief Writing & Oral Advocacy courses.

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Points of Contact

Kaelyn Romey

Litigation Center Director

  • 415-442-6668
  • kromey@ggu.edu

RACHEL BROCKL

Litigation Center Associate Director

  • 415-369-5212
  • rbrockl@ggu.edu

ROXANA ARAUJO

Litigation Center Baxter Fellow

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

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