Dr. Christina A. Toras : CAL U

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Dr. Christina A. Toras


  • B.A.: English, Youngstown State University
  • J.D.: Capital University Law School
  • M.A.: English, East Carolina University


Dr. Toras has 25 years of experience as a licensed practicing attorney, having served a 15-year term as general counsel and vice president of real estate at 84 Lumber Co., based in Eighty-Four, Pa. While at 84 Lumber, Dr. Toras' area of responsibility included the acquistion, development, permitting and construction of more than 200 retail facilities as well as matters relative to corporate financing, litigation and employment law. In addition, Dr. Toras served as general counsel at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., where she managed land acquisition, new construction, liquor licensing and corporate contracts. 

Dr. Toras is a member of the Washington County Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, after having taught at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Toras became a full-time faculty member at California University of Pennsylvania in the graduate and undergraduate legal studies programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Toras serves as chair of the Department of Professional Studies and director of the Center for Law and Public Policy.

Dr. Toras developed and implemented the land management programs at Cal U, which began enrolling students in Fall of 2014.  She is a recipient of the 2014 Women in Natural Gas (WING) Award and a recipient of the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Awards.



  • Litigation and Trial Evidence
  • Real Estate Law
  • Law, Business and the Workplace
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law


  • Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
  • Law and Legal Method
  • Law and Administrative Agencies
  • Law and the Environment
  • Law, Business and the Workplace

Affiliated Cal U Departments

Department of History, Politics and Society

Center for Law and Public Policy


Research Interests

  • Case law and public policy

  • Presidential homeland security directives

  • Legalese vs. plain language in legal practice

  • Legal ethics

Service Learning Projects

  • Serving as a special arbitrator, Allegheny Court of Common Pleas, Arbitration Division
  • Serving as a head judge, American Mock Trial Competition
  • Serving as a member of the Career Services Advisory Board, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Serving as editor and advisory board member of the Homeland Security Review, a peer-reviewed publication of the Center for Law and Public Policy

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of History, Politics and Society

Academic Program(s)

  • M.S. Legal Studies
  • B.A. Jurisprudence
  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Legal Studies (Online)
  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Land Management (Online)
  • Certificate in Land Management (Online)

Contact Information



Eberly Hall 209


"I am a firm believer in paying close attention to my students and their progress. I accomplish this by maintaining an interactive classroom and by encouraging students to ask questions when they are in doubt. I see it as my responsibility to ensure that my students succeed and believe that each student is entitled to individual attention."

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