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Thiadora "Dori" Pina

LEAD 19: Exploring Law School

Professor Pina is an accomplished civil litigation attorney and brings her strong communication, customer service, and project management skills to Santa Clara Law as an Associate Clinical professor and Externship Director. These skills drive her innovative approach to professional development using instructional design centered on adult learning theory and principles of positive psychology.

Thiadora directs and teaches the required first-year Critical Lawyering Skills seminar, Externship Workshop seminar, and teaches Advanced Torts. She is the lead author of Essential Lawyering Skills: A Companion Guide to Neil W. Hamilton’s ROADMAP (forthcoming 2021), an interactive workbook designed to develop student’s professional identity and self-development.

Thiadora is the faculty advisor for Santa Clara Law’s Black Law Student Association and the founding advisor of Santa Clara Law’s First-Generation Law Student Association. She practiced civil litigation for over eleven years and regularly appeared in state and federal courts throughout the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Thiadora holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., from the University of Massachusetts, magna cum laude. She is a first generation college student and is excited to be part of the dynamic LEAD Scholars Program at SCU.

Thiadora is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and enjoys cooking, travel, sports and astronomy, and is a self-described foodie!