Los Angeles Daily Journal Features USD Law Alumna Judge Cynthia Freeland '95 (JD)

San Diego (March 29, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Judge Cynthia Freeland, '95 (JD), was recently praised in the Los Angeles Daily Journal regarding her demeanor and grace during weighty family law cases.

The article reports that Freeland expects practitioners to remain civil with one another and to focus on the actual issues at hand rather than let other familial disputes get in the way. She says, “The attorneys are having to live through all of that emotion, and they’re doing it with, really for the most part, a lot of grace and professionalism.” While Freeland is a stickler for the rules, especially arriving on time, once a hearing begins she allows the lawyers to take the time the need to zealously advocate for the client so long as the information they provide is pertinent.

Freeland recognizes that the cases that come before her are challenging beyond the legal arguments, as emotions can run high. She recently told parties during a hearing in a divorce case, “This is not the reality you envisioned when you said, ‘I do,’ [t]his is a new reality.”

She is constantly seeking ways to defuse tensions during the proceedings. She believes that, “If you talk to the litigants that are in front of you rather than treating them just as a case file, I think that has a tendency to lighten the mood a bit.”

Her thoroughness not only in using all the educational tools available to her to ensure that she is in the best position to hear both sides’ arguments, but also her attention to the emotional status of the courtroom is an impressive feat.

About University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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