Lisa Mead is Director Emerita of Extern and Field Placement Programs at UCLA School of Law.
Lisa has dedicated her career to public service and getting law students involved in and excited about experiential learning. She most recently served as the director of pro bono at the Inner City Law Center, where she served as a member of the senior management team and oversaw all pro bono, extern, law clerk and volunteer programs. She has extensive experience in legal education, legal career counseling and the delivery of legal services. In addition to her time as a legal consultant prior to joining Inner City Law Center, Lisa spent 15 years at USC Gould School of Law, where she served as dean of students, the assistant dean of career services, and founded the law school’s Office of Public Service.
Lisa received a J.D. degree from USC Gould School of Law, where she helped to create the USC Public Interest Law Foundation. She earned a B.S.W. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Following law school, Lisa was the directing attorney of Public Counsel’s Homeless Advocacy Project, and before attending law school she was a social worker with the Texas Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Throughout her legal career, Lisa has served on numerous local and national boards and committees, as a speaker and trainer at national conferences, author of articles, book chapters and co-authored a community lawyering curriculum, and was the recipient of USC Gould School of Law’s Faculty of the Year and Public Interest Alumni of the Year awards.