B.A., Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2006
Member, California State Bar
Professor Connie Lew-Corbridge is a member of Southwestern’s Academic Success and Bar Preparation Department.
Before joining Southwestern, Professor Lew-Corbridge taught legal analysis, writing, and research in UCLA School of Law's LL.M. program. She practiced law for 16 years, starting her legal career as a litigator with Reed Smith LLP. During her sixth year, a client recruited her to join its in-house litigation department, where she managed a broad range of matters, including securities, commercial, and product liability litigation. As in-house counsel, she also advised on regulatory issues, complex contracts, and other transactional matters.
"I've learned that practicing law isn’t only about mastering legal doctrines - it also requires understanding the human side of legal conflicts. To be an effective lawyer, one must have empathy and seek solutions that serve a client’s best interests."
Professor Lew-Corbridge's pro bono practice included representing asylum seekers before the federal courts. She also serves as a formal mentor to high school and college students, particularly students of color aspiring to be the first in their family to attend law school.
Outside of her legal practice, Professor Lew-Corbridge worked with a non-profit organization sponsored by Burton Snowboards, partnering with social service agencies, foster care programs, and schools in local communities to make snowboarding free and accessible to the youth in Los Angeles.