My law firm is called Keith A. Fink & Associates and our main offices are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Macau. However, I handle cases all over the United States. My firm's primary practice areas are in business, employment and entertainment litigation. I represent business owners in virtually every business imaginable and have several hundred restaurant clients. I serve as outside general counsel to many businesses wherein I provide general business and corporate advice. I often am asked to conduct outside neutral workplace investigations into claims of sexual harassment and speak frequently on a host of legal topics.
I am a UCLA alumnus. As a UCLA student I won three consecutive National Collegiate Debate championships and now proudly teach in the same department as my college debate coach-Professor Miller. After college and before law school I was the debate coach at Harvard-Westlake.
I began teaching at Southwestern Law School in 1993. The first course I taught at the law school was one I designed based on my interest in civil rights. The course was called Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. I then began teaching Employment Discrimination Law, Labor Law and Pretrial Civil Practice.
In 2008 I began teaching at UCLA. My teaching approach is unique for most undergraduate students in that it is modeled on the Socratic approach. In all of my courses I teach the class material in the form of hypotheticals and I vigorously challenge the students no matter what answer they give to the hypotheticals.
My main academic interest is in free speech issues in the workplace in particular and free expression issues in society in general. Much of my teaching and academic thought focuses on the schism between enforcement of civil rights laws and the concept of free expression. One particular area of interest is in the enforcement of sexual harassment laws and the interplay with First Amendment principles. My teaching and research on free speech in the workplace also includes cutting edge issues involving legal issues involving social media such as Twitter and Facebook. I spend many months of the year in Asia and travel to other continents as well. I am interested in the approaches different countries take to free speech issues and my class discussions in particular focus on a comparison with the laws in the United States and China.
Additionally, I am interested in issues involving secondary and post secondary education. Several years ago I wrote a book called Race, Sex & Politics: Free Speech on Campus. Some of the issues I teach, write and speak about in this area have to do with campus speech codes and academic freedom. While I believe the Supreme Court wrongly decided Tinker I am interested in the widespread national refusal of high school administrators to comply with Tinker's mandate. In higher education I have a special interest in both students and teachers rights to free expression. While it is my believe that college should be the marketplace of ideas I am interested in the issue of whether the marketplace of ideas concept should allow all speech on campus and if not where the line is drawn. One final academic area of interest is in Title IX both as it applies to gender equity mandates in athletics and in relation to sexual harassment enforcement on university campuses.
I currently teach several courses at UCLA. Those courses are called Free Speech in the Workplace; Race, Sex & Politics: Free Speech on Campus; Entertainment Law.
When I am not teaching, speaking or litigating I most likely can be found in China where I study Mandarin and enjoy Chinese culture.
---As a UCLA student---
UCLA’s Keith Fink honored in UCLA Daily Bruin after capturing the BYU - University of Utah Debate Swing Away.
UCLA’s Keith Fink honored in Congressional Record after winning National Collegiate Debate Championship.
UCLA’s Keith Fink and Lisa Allred after winning national collegiate debate championship in Reno.
UCLA’s Keith Fink wins first ever National Cross-Examination Debate Association Round Robin held at Weber State and Fink was awarded best speaker of the tournament.
UCLA’s Debate Team of Keith Fink and Lisa Allred set a national record in 1982 by winning 11 debate tournaments on their way to a national collegiate championship.
Los Angeles Times mentions UCLA’s Debate Team of Keith Fink and Michael Wise during UCLA's run to a second straight national championship.
UCLA’s Debate Team of Keith Fink and Arthur Wang after winning the USC’s Alan Wilitures Debate Tournament. Keith Fink was the only debater to have won this tournament three years in a row.
UCLA's Keith Fink being honored by US Attorney General William French Smith after winning a second consecutive national collegiate debate championship.
UCLA’s debate captain Keith Fink with debate coach Tom Miller after capturing UCLA's first national debate championship.
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles