Law professor recalls more than 40-year career in ‘Last Lecture’

Charles Doskow, dean emeritus of the College of Law, presents “My Last Lecture” on Tuesday in the Quay Davis Executive Board Room. Doskow said his final goodbyes as he retires after 43 years at the University of La Verne, leaving behind some final words on policy and liberty. / photo by Litsy Tellez
Charles Doskow, law professor and dean emeritus of the College of Law gave his “Last Lecture” Tuesday in the Quay Davis Executive Board Room. Doskow considered his and the Law School’s journey during the past four decades. He  will retires in spring 2023. / photo by Litsy Tellez

Kristen Schoenick
Staff Writer 

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Charles Doskow highlighted his career and legacy in front of 15 audience members with 14 joining virtually Tuesday at noon in the Quay Davis Executive Board Room.

Before his colleagues and students, Doskow shared his love for the law during the faculty lecture titled, “My Last Lecture.” 

Having taught at ULV’s College of Law since 1979 and serving as dean from 1980 to 1985, he decided it was only right to do his last lecture on the policy of law regarding our rights as well as liberty and the freedom we have within the United States.

Emphasizing the importance of lecturing what interests the audience, Doskow lectured on his time with the ULV College of Law, and his progressive opinions on Roe v. Wade, gun control, Constitutional Law, and the Supreme Court. 

With controversial topics being brought to the table in a light manner, it seemed Doskow, full of knowledge and experience, always had the perfect answer. 

“Would it have been better, for us as an institution, to be ABA or Cal Bar?” Jason Neidleman, professor of political science, asked. Neidleman was referring to the law school’s recent change in status from a national to state accreditation. 

“Being an ABA school is not a gold medal standard,” Doskow said.

Doskow evidently saw potential in his students, looking at quality over quantity. Having the College of Law as ABA-accredited or Cal Bar-accredited would recognize that all students in the College of Law are licensed to practice law. However, being an ABA college or Cal Bar college does not always equal success, he said.

Doskow will retired this year? ULV with a reputable name as he has a history of teaching the College of Law at ULV. He has taught courses such as Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility and Administrative Law, and was on the Faculty Senate. And also lead an anti-terrorism seminar.

“I’m not sure there’s a course that he wouldn’t be willing to teach,” said Kevin Marshall, College of Law dean and professor of law.

Needless to say, Doskow provided ULV with his hands-on knowledge of law.

Alongside his work at ULV, he is the Past President of the San Bernardino County and Western San Bernardino County Bar Associations, and the Inland Empire chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

In 2011, he was awarded the Defender of the Constitution award by the Federal Bar Association chapter of the Inland Empire and recently received his lifetime achievement award by the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association. 

Doskow also served as a consultant to the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. Moreover, he has written several law review articles, book reviews, is a contributor to the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, has made appearances as a commentator on constitutional issues, and has written several OpEd pieces for the Daily Journal. 

Doskow’ extensive educational background includes an LL.M. from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Aside from his passions of law, baseball, and University of Wisconsin football, Doskow also made an impact on the community around him through fundraising for the American Cancer Society through his rotary groups. 

Paul Alvarez, professor of kinesiology, added a personal touch, outside of the institution as he mentioned Doskow’s involvement in Relay for Life, a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Alvarez exemplified what an influence Doskow made on his life. 

Excited to see what the future holds for him, Doskow said he will continue to practice law once he leaves the University. 

“I am having a lot of fun,” Doskow said.

Kristen Schoenick can be reached at kristen.schoenick@laverne.edu.

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Kristen Schoenick is a senior communications major with a concentration in public relations.

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Litsy Tellez is a junior photography major and a staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine.

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