Specialities

Professor Sacks has published numerous academic articles concerning children’s rights and developmental psychology, the effects of corporal punishment on children, implicit racial and other bias, sexual behavior and the law, tort liability for harmful media, the cognitive effects of video games, wrongful life jurisprudence, and liability for defamation and harassment.  To review her publications, Please visit her page on the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=507918.

Professor Sacks has taught Torts, Property, Constitutional Law (including an upper division First Amendment class), Mediation, and Law Office Management for years and is prepared to mediate disputes in any of these areas.

DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT.  Professor Sacks has a deep understanding of unconscious bias, which leads to employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and hate-based conduct more often than explicit racism or other forms of intentional misconduct.  She wrote the chapter on tort remedies for bias in Implicit Bias Across The Law, an academic book discussing a variety of remedies for implicit-bias motivated behavior. Professor Sacks has litigated employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases in Los Angeles and Seattle and has an understanding of both parties’ feelings and positions in these types of disputes.

CONFLICT AFFECTING CHILDREN.  Professor Sacks has a special interest in mediating cases involving children, as her many years of studying children’s cognitive development and the effects of violence and conflict on children give her great insight into how to lessen the potentially devastating effects of conflict on children. Years of research has shown that disputes affecting children should be resolved as early as possible, as the longer such disputes continue, the greater the negative affects on children’s self-esteem, academic performance, and mental and emotional health. Disputes affecting children most typically arise in divorce cases and other family disputes (such as probate cases), but can also arise where the child faces bullying and harassment, prosecution, or punishment in school.

DEFAMATION, INVASION OF PRIVACY, AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CASES. Professor Sacks has taught and published in the areas of defamation, invasion of privacy, and emotional distress for years.  She has an expertise in liability in these areas of law, as well as defenses, which can be tricky when the plaintiff is a public figure or limited-purspose public figure, as the analysis changes with such plaintiffs.  With the rise of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and the ubiquity of hand-held devices, defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress seem also to be on the rise. Professor Sacks’s strength in both theory and practice in these areas of law allow her to counsel parties involved with these types of cases.

REAL ESTATE DISPUTES.  People often have very strong feelings about their real estate holdings. Having taught property law and theory, Professor Sacks is well-qualified to mediate disputes concerning boundary lines, rights of way, trespass, and nuisance (including barking dogs and other noise disputes).  Professor Sacks has successfully litigated prescriptive easement rights and disputes arising from homeowners association rules and regulations. Professor Sacks is currently studying residential land use and building restrictions in Malibu, California and is quickly gaining an expertise in conforming existing structures to government building restrictions and Coastal Commission policies and regulations.

SEX TORTS.  Professors Sacks published Sex Torts in 2007 and Intentional Sex Torts in 2008. These publications explain the law relative to sexual fraud, transmission of sexual disease, and other undesirable sexual conduct.  Professor Sacks’s expertise in emotionally-charged disputes arising from sexual conduct renders her particularly well-suited to mediate these types of disputes.

DIVORCE AND OTHER PERSONAL DISPUTES. Professor Sacks has studied and taught civil liability for misconduct (torts) since 2000 and has studied barriers to conflict resolution as part of her mediation curriculum. Cultural scripts and childhood experiences often interfere with rational, reasonable conflict resolution where the human heart and emotions are involved. Professor Sacks’s understanding of psychology, “button-pushing” behavior, and the disillusionment and emotional pain that usually accompanies divorce and other personal conflict can help to break through barriers to conflict resolution and help parties to compromise and move on with their lives.

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