Sindee Kerker began teaching at Lynn University in 1999. For the past seven years, Kerker has been co-chair of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Committee and has helped to organize many activities on campus designed to educate students about the dangers and risks associated with drinking and other drugs.
Teaching at Lynn has also given Kerker the opportunity to be innovative by developing academic study programs abroad and domestically. In summer 2007 Kerker took students to Ireland to study violence and social change by contrasting law enforcement in the Republic of Ireland with Northern Ireland. She also designed a once-in-a-lifetime course by taking students to the 44th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., so they could be a witness to history.
Kerker’s teaching specialties are in the area of criminal law and procedure. She uses her legal background to bring a practical approach to the classroom. She has used complex cases as an interactive pedagological tool to help create an active learning environment. In CRJ 402 “Ethics, Evidence and Law,” students examine the legal, evidentiary and ethical issues involved in the 1994 O.J. Simpson case by exploring the roles of the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, law enforcement agents, witnesses, jury and the media. Students evaluate trial strategy and analyze the implications of critical decisions and their impact on the criminal justice system. In CRJ 401 “Trial Advocacy,” students examine the structure and process of the American Judiciary System by participating in a mock jury trial.
- B.A., University of Florida
- Certificate Program, Oxford University, United Kingdom
- J.D., Whittier College of Law
Sindee Kerker's role as a professor is to instill passion for the love of learning and to provide students with the skills necessary to become successful in any career. Her philosophy is to stimulate discussion and to engage in debate through a respectful exchange of ideas so that together we can achieve intellectual growth. She also believes in teaching out of the box, and sometimes that means teaching outside of the classroom. Students get to see the criminal justice system in action by participating in ride-alongs with police officers and going on field trips to jails, prisons and court. Kerker sees her role as a teacher and advisor as being someone who can point the students in the right direction. She is able to help them come up with solutions to allow them to cope with peer pressure. As much as she wants her students to read all the assignments and complete all of the homework, she realizes that college is not just about academics. It is about finding one's self. It is about new experiences and new opportunities. It is about living and independence and making choices. She wants her students to be successful in any career path they choose and she does her best to help them balance college life with a career path.
- Criminal law and procedure
- Constitutional law
- American judiciary
- Juvenile justice and court system
- Trial advocacy
- Gender and crime
- Crime and punishment
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Bar Admissions: United States Supreme Court, Florida, and California
- Prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office
- Lynn University Faculty of the Year 2006-2007
- Honored and featured in Boca Raton/Delray Life magazine as Magnificent Mom and Teacher of the Year, May 2006
- Prosecutor of the Month, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (chosen out of 900+ prosecutors after winning four consecutive cases dealing with child and adult sexual assault and physical abuse cases), October 1992
- Prosecutor of the Month, Compton Division, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office (chosen out of 50+ attorneys, July 1993