Peter L. Reich
Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive
M.A. UCLA, 1977
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D. UCLA, 1991
Professor Peter Reich teaches courses and academic support workshops for international LL.M. students, and directs the Law & Communication Intensive summer program. He was formerly Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Director of the Study Abroad Programs in Spain and Mexico, and Director of the Environmental Law Concentration at Whittier Law School. He has taught Introduction to the American Legal System at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), Latin American Law at UC Irvine, and Modern Mexican History at UC Riverside. A former research attorney for the California Court of Appeal in Santa Barbara and associate at the downtown Los Angeles law firm Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian, Professor Reich has published on the legal history and natural resources law of Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. One of his books, Mexico’s Hidden Revolution: The Catholic Church in Law and Politics Since 1929 (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), received the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Hubert Herring Award, and his articles have appeared in journals such as the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Environmental Law Reporter, the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, the UCLA Law Review, and the Washington Law Review. Professor Reich has been a recipient of Fulbright, Huntington Library, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, and in 2017 his The Law of the United States Mexico Border: A Casebook was published by Carolina Academic Press. He serves on the editorial boards of International Wildlife Law & Policy, Western Legal History, and California Legal History, and is a past Chair of the AALS Legal History Section. Professor Reich speaks frequently at academic and professional conferences, and has three times addressed the Senate of Mexico on U.S. water law and federalism. He has coached Whittier’s and UCLA's student teams in the California State Bar’s Environmental Negotiations Competition, and has litigated cases applying Mexican law in the United States. He also finds time for biking, camping, and sea kayaking with his family and for volunteering in local political campaigns.
Professor Reich earned his B.A. summa cum laude in History from UCLA, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern Latin American History at UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley, where he was on the Board of Editors for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.