Julie Warnick

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology


Professor Warnick is a legal specialist who teaches courses pertaining to procedural and substantial criminal law as well as the court systems. She teaches from a practitioner perspective. Her goals are to introduce and prepare each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand criminal law and procedure with the federal and state court systems in which many of PennWest California students will be working as they pursue their criminal justice careers. Whether it be a law enforcement officer testifying in court, a probation officer conducting searches, or a prospective law student, Professor Warnick strives for her students to excel in legal knowledge and competency.

Since coming to PennWest California in 2010, Professor Warnick has served as the faculty advisor for the Law and Justice Society, a student organization for anyone interested in legal careers, law school, and mock trial. She oversees a variety of student activities including mock trial competitions, law school visits, and legal seminar field trips for student club members.

Professor Warnick has developed two new courses in mock trial procedure for student wishing to explore a unique classroom experience. Since Fall 2012, Professor Warnick has taught Mock Trial Concepts and Applied Mock Trial for students who seek to compete in invitational and regional mock trial competitions. This trial procedure course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a case study utilizing real courtroom techniques and evidence and gives students an opportunity to “test the waters” regarding legal careers. Warnick serves as a coach for the PennWest California Mock Trial Team and coordinates student travel to annual competitions.

Professor Warnick is currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Maryland and has worked in the Pennsylvania court system prior to her move to a full-time teaching career. She has lived and taught in Michigan, Arizona, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. 

Her research interests include the significance of jury selection on trial outcome, the relationship between law enforcement and prosecution, and the impact of prisoner education reform on offender recidivism rates.


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Judicial Administration
  • J.D.: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

Email: warnick@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-5865

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 117