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Patrick Ahle

Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Patrick Ahle is an adjunct professor who began teaching at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2005.  His first course involved supervising students in the criminal extern program.  In 2010 he was given the opportunity to teach Advanced Criminal Procedure in the LLM Trial Advocacy Program which he continues to teach in the Spring semesters.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University at Long Beach in 1980.  Mr. Ahle received a Government Law Certificate from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984.  He worked in contract administration in the aerospace industry for over six years, analyzing, interpreting and negotiating proposed contracts with both governments and private industry, and then monitoring and overseeing awarded contracts.  In 1988 he received a Juris Doctorate in Law from Western University, College of Law.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Ahle was hired by the City of Anaheim as a prosecutor.  He served as a Deputy City Attorney I and II from 1990 to 1994.  In 1994 he was promoted to the position of Assistant City Attorney.  He held this position until his retirement from the City in December, 2011.  He completed 97 jury trials and numerous other hearings and motions during his career with the City.  In 1994 he was elected to the San Clemente City Council and served one four year term.  He was Mayor Pro Tem in 1996 and Mayor of San Clemente in 1997.  Mr. Ahle previously served on several boards including the Orange County Fire Authority, Laura's House, a South County domestic violence shelter, and the Orange County Financial Abuse Specialist Team which focused on preventing elder financial abuse.   He also served part time as a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for the County of Orange from 2000 through 2002.  Currently, in addition to his teaching assignments at the Fowler School of Law, Mr. Ahle is the lead teacher in a new Pre Law Professional Magnet Program at J Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano.