Lisa S. Hutton has been the Legal Studies Program Chair since 2005. In February, 2009 she led the Program in achieving approval by the American Bar Association, giving JFK University the distinction of offering the only ABA-approved Bachelor’s Degree in Northern California.

Before developing the Legal Studies Program, Lisa taught at JFK University’s College of Law and was an associate attorney with Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Beaty & Reynolds practicing insurance defense litigation in Oakland, California. She has conducted several national conference presentations on outcomes based assessment in legal education and is a graduate of WSCUS’s Assessment Leadership Academy.

She is an Executive Board member of the American Association of Legal Educators, a member of the State Bar of California and the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is currently serving as John F. Kennedy University’s Faculty Senate President.


  • BA Legal Studies
  • Paralegal Certificate Program


PLS 3001 Introduction to Law
PLS 3011 Paralegal Capstone
PLS 3012 BA Capstone

Selected Publications

Paralegals: Part of the Solution

Credentials & Accolades

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Chico State University
Juris Doctor, John F. Kennedy University
Faculty Senate President
Executive Board, American Association of Legal Educators
Harry Morrison Award for Distinguished Teaching, John F. Kennedy University