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Outreach Coordinator Pacific Legal Scholars Program
Dr. Cindy Ostberg
Professor of Political Science Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program & Pre-Law Advisor
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211

Faculty and Staff



Cindy Ostberg, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program

Dr. Ostberg enjoys teaching pre-law student because she believes that it is possible and important to prepare students for the rigors law school so they can excel and thrive once they get there.  She offers stimulating courses in Constitutional and Criminal law that are designed to get students thinking creatively, hone their analytic reasoning and writing skills, develop well reasoned arguments, and have some fun in the classroom.  She also encourages students to participate in legal internships and provides opportunities for them to interact with judges, and attorneys in the Stockton community so students have a better understanding of the practice of law and sense of possible legal career paths they might want to pursue.  Dr. Ostberg earned her B.A. from University of California Berkeley in Anthropology, and her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in Political Science.  She came to Pacific in 1994 and helped develop the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, which she has directed since it was created in 2007.  Over the last 15 years, she has done extensive research systematically exploring judicial behavior on the Canadian Supreme Court, and has published numerous articles and books addressing such topics as court citation patterns, freshman effects, attitudinal conflict on the Canadian Court, gender effects, and leadership styles.  Her most recent publications include a book she co-authored with three other scholars titled Law, Ideology, and Collegiality: Judicial Behavior in the Supreme Court of Canada, and a book co-authored with Matt Weinstein in 2017: Value Change in the Supreme Court of Canada. 

In 2012 Dr. Ostberg received the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. To be eligible for the award, faculty members must go beyond teaching in the classroom by advising, directing research, and mentoring students and new faculty members. The same year, Dr. Ostberg also received the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Excellence Award, given to outstanding teachers who are faculty members at Northern California universities and colleges that harbor PBK chapters. She has also received the 2017 San Joaquin County Law Day Award for outstanding contribution to the legal community.



Dylan Zorea, M.A., J.D.
Visiting Lecturer & Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
Assistant Director, Pacific Legal Scholars Program 

Pacific alumnus Dylan Zorea earned his B.A. from University of the Pacific, his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  While at McGeorge he garnered the Witkin Award for his legal scholarship in the area of Jurisprudence. He is also a member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Zorea is a practicing attorney in the area of business law. He has taught for Pacific's General Education Program in the areas of philosophy, classics, religious studies and political science since 1996. He is currently teaching for the Eberhardt School of Business and also teaches the LSAT preparation course for the Pacific Legal Scholars Program.




Tom Brierton

Tom Brierton, J.D.
Professor, Pacific McGeorge School of Law    

Professor Brierton believes that it his job to ignite an interest and passion for the law in his students. The study of law "jurisprudence" is an exciting journey no matter what a student's is majoring in because the law impacts every profession.   Professor Brierton is one of the only people I know that actually enjoyed law school. Professor Brierton earned his B.B.A. at the University of Wisconsin in Accounting and Finance, and his J.D. at Northern Illinois University.  He teaches Commercial Law and Employment Law at the Eberhardt School of Business and Entertainment Law at McGeorge School of Law. In addition his teaches executive management programs for the Westgate Center for Management and Leadership. Professor Brierton has taught executive management programs for Atkins Graduate school of Management at Willamette University and Pepperdine University.  He still practices law on a part time basis. Professor Brierton and several business students started the Pre-Law Phi Alpha Delta student organization on campus and serves as a faculty advisor to Music Management Club and the Entertainment Law Club at McGeorge School of Law.



Peg Ciccolella, Ed.D, J.D.
Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific

Dr. Ciccolella believes that the study of law offers an exceptional foundation to affect societal change, and she urges students to think critically about the material they learn and consider the future roles they may assume in a rapidly changing world-not just adapting to inevitable change but being the ones who make the change. Dr. Ciccolella earned her B.A. from University of Colorado, M.A. from Brigam Young University and Ed.D. and J.D. from Humphreys College of Law. She has taught for Pacific's Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science since 1985, and she currently teaches courses in health, exercise science and sports law. Dr. Ciccolella focuses her research on legal issues in sports such as drug testing, disability law and contract disputes involving intercollegiate athletics.



Jeffrey Becker MA., Ph.D 

Dr. Becker is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D from Rutgers University and is an expert in law and jurisprudence. Dr. Becker was given the Stephen E. Corson Award for the Distinguished Teaching of Freshmen in 2011. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Democratic Excellence and the Dilemma of Ambition in American Politics (2005) and The Triumph of Ambition and the Collapse of Citizenship (2014).


Dan Croxall MA., J.D. Professor McGeorge School of Law

Professor Croxall teaches in the Global Lawyering Skills Program at McGeorge School of Law. Before turning to a career in law, Professor Croxall taught English at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and at Cuesta College. After teaching for four years he decided that a legal career would satisfy his desire for intellectual challenge with practical results. After graduating in 2008 with great distinction, Order of the Coif, and as the 2008 Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipient, he began his legal career at DLA Piper LLP. His practice focused on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. In 2013 he opened his own law firm, Croxell Law, to focus on representing California craft breweries and estate planning. Professor Croxell has become an expert on regulatory and business issues that impact craft breweries in California.




Howard Moseley

Howard Moseley
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific

Howard E. Moseley graduated from the Pacific School of International Studies in 1989 and from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1996. In between, he served as a military intelligence analyst and linguist in the US Army. Upon graduation from law school, Howard served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Law Division of the California Department of Justice. In 2005 he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Bureau of Independent Review, Office of the Inspector General, where he served until 2011, when he was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Parole Hearings. Howard also serves on the board of Survivors of Torture, International, a non-profit providing clinical services to torture victims seeking asylum in the United States. Howard has remained an active member of the Pacific community by teaching international law and criminal procedure at Pacific McGeorge. Howard also teaches both a Mock Trial class and a Model United Nations class and takes students to the United Nations in N.Y. to compete on a yearly basis.




 Judge Ron Northup

Ronald A. Northup is a judge for the Superior Court of San Joaquin County. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in March 2006. Judge Northup has served as an attorney specializing in civil litigation with the law firm of Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson since 1991. Judge Northup earned a Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kristine Eagle

Commissioner Kristine Eagle

Kristine Eagle is a San Joaquin County Court Commissioner. She has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years, including 12 years in the Public Defender's Office. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her BA from the University of California, San Diego.




Rosie Barboza

Rosie Barboza
Administrative Assistant

Among her administrative duties, Rosie oversees the budget and ensures that the students in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program have met all the requirements to complete the program successfully. She coordinates various events such as: the Welcome Reception, Society of Legal Scholars Club Meeting and the Graduation Reception.  She also arranges various field trips which expose the students to the legal field.  Rosie states, "The part I most enjoy about my job and brings most satisfaction is meeting the students at the Welcome Reception and seeing them grow throughout their journey in the program."