Montgomery Hazard Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Political Science, 2003, University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., 2007, Southwestern Law School; LL.M., Public Law, Shahid Beheshti University School of Law; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-5726
Gilda Gazor brings to the classroom her multicultural background and unique, international experience as a graduate of both Southwestern and one of the most prestigious universities in Iran. As a Visiting Associate Professor of Law, she is teaching Islamic Law (with Professor Mark Cammack) in the Spring and Comparative Law (with a focus on Iran) in the Fall of 2013. "I hope to bring a practical insight into what the Islamic and constitutional laws of Iran are and how they are applied today, and to demystify any negative misconceptions that people may have of the country by providing an actual picture of what it is like there," Professor Gazor explained.
Born in the United States and raised in Piedmont, California, Professor Gazor has dual Iranian and U.S. citizenship and speaks fluent Persian. In 2009, she was selected as the first Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Fellow. Southwestern is the first law school in the nation to participate in this program of long-term international law fellowships being offered by the John Hazard Institute of Hanover, New Hampshire. The program provides an opportunity to study law in a foreign country before returning to the United States to spend a year teaching based on the Fellow's overseas educational experience. Professor Gazor spent the first part of her fellowship studying in Tehran, where she earned an LL.M. in Public Law from Shahid Beheshti University School of Law.
Prior to her participation in the Fellowship, Professor Gazor was an attorney at the office of Douglas & Garey, LLP. While a student at Southwestern, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program and a recipient of the Paul Wildman Merit Scholarship. She was an extern at the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Health, Education and Welfare Section and also served as an intern for Congresswoman Jane Harman.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Professor Gazor was a columnist for the Daily Bruin and the host of a radio show on campus, which she parlayed into guest appearances on Persian radio and eventually into her own television show on a Persian satellite network.