Leslie Culver joined the faculty at California Western School of Law in 2009 and is a Professor of Legal Writing. Prior to joining California Western, Professor Culver was an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, her alma mater, where she taught Legal Research & Writing and Missouri Civil Procedure. Prior to teaching, she was an Associate attorney at Husch & Eppenberger (now Husch Blackwell Sanders), one of the top litigation firms in St. Louis, Missouri. There, her practice focused on representing clients in the areas of medical malpractice, real estate, product liability, and general business litigation. She also enjoyed a substantial pro bono practice. During and immediately following law school, Professor Culver clerked for then-Chief Judge Mary K. Hoff and the late Honorable Lawrence G. Crahan of the Missouri Court of Appeals. During law school, she served on the Executive Board of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, as a Faculty Fellow to Professor Camille Nelson (now Dean at American University Washington College of Law), and as a Legal Writing Teacher’s Assistant to Professor Michael Murray (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth).
Professor Culver currently serves as the faculty advisor to both the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Christian Legal Society (CLS), and as the Director for A.I.M. for Law, a diversity pipeline program for college and high school students. Read more. In the broader community, she has been invited as a guest speaker and panel member at numerous legal academic conferences and local undergraduate organizations on issues related to legal writing, identity, diversity & inclusion, and access to law school for underrepresented groups.