Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Rebecca Ann Simon

Rebecca Ann Simon

Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

B.A. English and Political Science, 2005, University of California, Berkeley; J.D., 2014, Southwestern Law School; Public Policy Certificate, 2014, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Phone: (213) 738-5786
Office: W624

Rebecca Ann Simon was appointed as the Academic Support Fellow at Southwestern commencing with the 2014-15 academic year. In this position, she works closely with the co-directors of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs in the administration and continuing development of workshops, the supervision of student tutors and the growth of the academic support and bar-related course curriculum.

The first Southwestern graduate to earn a Certificate in Public Policy through the Southwestern/Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) partnership, Professor Simon completed her J.D. through the law school’s Part-time Legal Education Alternative at Southwestern (PLEAS). She served as a Dean's Fellow for three years and became the law school's first Supervising Executive Dean's Fellow. Professor Simon spent three years working with Professors John Heilman and Natalie Rodriguez in the Academic Support and Bar Related Programs Office, where she taught first-year academic support workshops. Professor Simon was also a research assistant for Professor Robert Pugsley and a teaching assistant to Professor Heilman.

While in law school, Professor Simon received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the Exceptional Academic Achievement Award and a Dean's Merit Scholarship from Southwestern. She credits her success in law school to the tools she learned through FYSAP (First Year Academic Skills Program) when she first arrived at Southwestern.  As a Dean’s Fellow, she worked with scores of students to help build the skills foundation they need for success in their first year and beyond. She looks forward to sharing that knowledge and experience in her new role.

Prior to attending Southwestern, Professor Simon served as Program Director for a nonprofit foundation in Los Angeles, as a campaign manager for a Los Angeles City Council candidate, and as a strategist for a well-known media personality and legal analyst. She is currently finishing a Certificate in Leadership at the Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Professor Simon has served on the Board of Directors for the National Women's Political Caucus, Los Angeles Westside chapter, for many years.  In addition, she is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a non-partisan international affairs organization, headquartered in Los Angeles and focusing on policy issues of special resonance to the West Coast.