Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Honoree


Janeen Kerper

Janeen cut her legal teeth in San Francisco before coming to San Diego in 1974, becoming a dynamite civil litigator and a partner in Britton & Kerper. In 1983, she joined California Western School of Law as a professor and serving as Executive Director of the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy and Academic Director of the McGill Center for Creative Problem Solving. Fluent in Spanish and French, she lectured on, and taught legal skills and ethics all over the U.S. and Latin America, and in France and Pakistan. She authored several published texts and articles. Janeen entered Stanford at 16, she took her B.A. there in 1967, followed by M.A., Harvard, ’68; Le Grand Diplome, Le Cordon Bleu, ’69; and J.D., Hastings, ’73. Born on the 4th of July 1946, at Cody, Wyoming, Janeen rode in local rodeo barrel races. She was a champion ballroom dancer, passionate collector of oriental rugs, and a great spirit. On 13 January 2003, Janeen lost a two-year battle with lung cancer, leaving a rich legacy among colleagues and former students and particularly, among the people of Chile, whose new legal system she has instigated.