CalSouthern Faculty Mentors

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are talented, highly credentialed educators who are also experienced practitioners in the subject areas in which they teach—and they use that practical experience to help learners apply the concepts they learn to current, real-world issues.

A common misconception about online learning is that it is impersonal, that learners are on their own. At CalSouthern, that could not be further from the truth. Faculty mentors get to know their students and provide one-on-one, personalized feedback on their assignments. They are also available by email, phone or Skype to answer their questions or provide any additional support or guidance they might need.

To learn more about CalSouthern’s faculty mentors, their professional and academic backgrounds and research areas of interest, please use the directory below.


Sabrina Montalvo, JD

Faculty Mentor, Law

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Construction defect, real property, contracts, intellectual property, personal injury, alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation

Sabrina Montalvo obtained her B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara before going on to earn her J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. During law school, Ms. Montalvo interned with the United Farm Workers of America and the Dependency Court. She also worked as a research assistant for a professor and had a externship with the Los Angeles City Attorney.

After law school, Ms. Montalvo worked briefly in the areas of bankruptcy and immigration before moving to San Diego to work for the San Diego County Bureau of Child Support. She then made the shift to civil litigation, primary in the areas of construction defect litigation, contracts, and personal injury. Currently Ms. Montalvo is an independent contract attorney, as well as a research associate for University of California, San Diego.

Ms. Montalvo is eager to share her experiences with and assist future attorneys in their endeavors.

Educational Background

JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; BA English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught
  • LAW 5167 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • MSL 6650 - Intellectual Property
  • MSL 86650 - Intellectual Property