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Meet the Law Faculty Members

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Laurie Aronovsky

Laurie Aronovsky - Professor of Law

Professor Aronovsky traveled extensively and taught English in Japan before starting law school at New York University. She began her legal career in California, litigating a wide variety of commercial litigation matters while volunteering in a temporary restraining order clinic for battered women. More recently, she practiced in the area of disability rights, involving high impact class action litigation in state and federal courts.

Education:

A.B., University of California, Berkeley

J.D., New York University School of Law

Courses:

Civil Procedure

State Bar Membership:

California

Robert Barrett

Robert Barrett - Professor of Law

Professor Barrett teaches Professional Responsibility at Concord. He teaches Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, and Professional Responsibility at the University of West Los Angeles Law School, where he also directs its Legal Aid Clinic, a walk-in store-front type program assisting people in a low-income neighborhood. In addition, he is a full-time Professor of Law and Business at the University of La Verne. He has been a member of the State Bar of California's Business Law Section Education Committee, he has been a frequent MCLE lecturer, and he is a former Chair of the California State Bar's Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.

Education:

B.A., summa cum laude, Georgetown University

J.D./M.S.F.S, Georgetown University Schools of Law and Foreign Service;Editor, Georgetown Law Journal

Courses:

Professional Responsibility

State Bar Membership:

California

Sara Berman

Sara Berman - Professor of Law

Sara Berman became professor of law at the UWLA School of Law after practicing bankruptcy law in Century City. Her teaching at Concord Law School began in 2000 and courses include criminal procedure, criminal law, torts, contracts and community property. Professor Berman has also lectured extensively for BarPassers, West Bar Review, PLI, and other bar reviews and is a nationally recognized expert on the performance test. Her publications include "The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, and Represent Yourself in Court" and "How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case" (both published by Nolo.com).

Education:

B.A., University of California Santa Barbara

J.D., University of California Los Angeles

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum - Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Community PropertyRemediesCapstone

State Bar Membership:

California

Steven Bracci

Steven Bracci - Associate Dean of First-Year Programs and Professor of Law

Dean Bracci is a well-known lecturer who has been teaching law since 1979. A graduate of Whittier College of Law, he has served as the academic director for law school divisions of a number of legal publishers. He is an expert in examination technique and has conducted writing and test-taking seminars nationwide.

Education:

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles

J.D., Whittier College of Law

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum - Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Remedies, Capstone

State Bar Membership:

California

Greg Brandes

Greg Brandes - Dean and Professor of Law

Dean Brandes is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He joined Concord as a professor in 1999 after nearly 15 years in corporate and solo practice and a successful business career. He has over 20 years experience preparing law students and prospective law students for the bar exam and other admission and licensing exams. He has lectured extensively on negotiation, management, and leadership skills, as well as contract, business, privacy, and employment law, in CLE and other forums. Among other written works, he has published Straight Talk on Workplace Law , a common sense guide to human resources, compliance, and risk management for small business.

Education:

BA, Marycrest College

JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

State Bar Membership:

Colorado and Illinois

Jason Burk

Jason Burk - Professor of Law

Professor Burk has taught at Concord since 2001. After graduation from Drake, Professor Burk was in private practice for nine years in Nevada, specializing in medical malpractice and insurance defense litigation. He is now practicing in Atlanta with a corporate firm.

Education:

BA, University of Illinois

JD, Drake University Law School

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

Nevada and Georgia

Stephen Burnett

Stephen Burnett - Vice President, Kaplan Legal Education

Mr. Burnett joins Concord from Seattle University School of Law, where he was a professor and associate dean. A nationally recognized expert in law-related technology applications, Mr. Burnett has held several administrative positions in the field, including: vice president and general manager of business development and general manager of the legal business unit of Pro2Net; Internet development consultant to Lexis Publishing; director of the legal education division of West Publishing Co.; president of Tailored Solutions; and director of the George Mason University School of Law library.

Education:

BA, University of California Los Angeles

JD, University of Connecticut School of Law; MSLS, Southern Connecticut State College

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

Virginia

Scott Burnham

Scott Burnham - Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Burnham taught at the University of Montana for many years and has been a visitor at many other law schools. He is teaching a Contracts Drafting course at Concord and is the author of The Contract Drafting Guidebook and Drafting and Analyzing Contracts. Professor Burnham is a member of the American Law Institute.

Education:

B.A., Williams College

J.D., New York UniversityLL.M., New York University

Courses:

Contracts Drafting

State Bar Membership:

Montana

John Ciroli

John Ciroli - Professor of Law

Professor Ciroli is an Assistant Public Defender in Pittsburgh. He is in the Appeals Unit of his office and practices before all courts in Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Professor Ciroli is the editor of The Defender, a newsletter produced for practitioners of criminal law in Pittsburgh. Prior to his current position, Professor Ciroli was in-house counsel for a technology company and practiced in the areas of immigration, employment, contracts, government, and international law. Professor Ciroli has studied European Constitutional Law at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland, and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Education:

B.A., Duquesne University

J.D., Capital University School of Law

Courses:

Criminal Procedure, Evidence

State Bar Membership:

Pennsylvania

Cassandra Colchagoff

Cassandra Colchagoff - Associate Dean and Professor of Law

Dean Colchagoff is the Associate Dean responsible for administrative and academic affairs. Before coming to Concord she was in litigation practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dean Colchagoff earned her J.D. degree with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, receiving The Order of the Curule Chair, TU's highest academic honor. She was Articles Editor on the Tulsa Law Journal and published Note, "A New Era for Science and the Law: The Face of Scientific Evidence in Federal Courts after Daubert v. Merrill Dow, Pharm.," 29 Tulsa L.J. 735 (1994). Dean Colchagoff teaches Civil Procedure at Concord.

Education:

B.A., University of Toledo

J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law

Courses:

Civil Procedure

State Bar Membership:

Oklahoma

Barry Currier

Barry Currier - Dean Emeritus

Barry Currier became the Dean of Concord Law School in June 2004 bringing to the position more than 30 years of experience in legal education and the legal profession. He became Dean Emeritus in the spring of 2010.

Dean Currier earned his B.A. from UCLA in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1971. He served as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1971 to 1972. Thereafter, he practiced law at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California.

Dean Currier began his law teaching career at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1974. He spent a year as a visiting faculty member at Duke Law School (1976 to 1977) and a semester as a visiting faculty member at Monash University Faculty of Law in Melbourne, Australia (1985). From 1977 to 1996 he was a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Law. There, he was Associate Dean (1990 to 1996), Acting Director of the Graduate Tax Program (1983 to 1984), Professor of Law (1980 to 1996), and Associate Professor of Law (1977 to 1980). From 1996 until 2000, Dean Currier served as Dean and professor of law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His academic areas of interest are land finance, land use planning, real property, and income taxation.

In 2000, Dean Currier became Deputy Consultant on Legal Education at the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois, the position he left to become the Dean at Concord. At the ABA, Dean Currier worked closely with the Consultant on Legal Education and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the recognized accrediting agency for J.D. programs in the United States, on the law school approval and review process. He worked with various committees of the Section, including the Accreditation Committee, Standards Review Committee, and Bar Admissions Committee, on matters and projects of significance for legal education and the legal profession in the United States.

Dean Currier is a member of the Order of the Coif, the American Law Institute, and the Urban Land Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Access Group, a company in the student loan business that is the major private lender to law students in the United States.

Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

J.D., University of Southern California

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

California

Marc S. Cwik

Marc S. Cwik - Professor of Law

In addition to teaching at Concord, Professor Cwik is a private attorney practicing general civil litigation, with an emphasis in personal injury, family law, construction law, medical malpractice, and insurance defense. Professor Cwik has published several professional articles on family law and fatherhood, conducted a nationwide study on domestic violence and the response of clergy, and testified before the Wisconsin Governor's Commission on Families and Children on current legal issues facing families and children.

Representative Publications:

Cwik, M. S. (1999).

"The Agunah Divorce Problem in Jewish Society: Exploring the Possibility of an International Law Solution." Wisconsin International Law Journal, vol. 17(1), pp. 109-144.

Cwik, M. S. (1996).
"The Many Effects of Rape: The Victim, Her Family, and Suggestions for Family Therapy." Family Therapy, vol. 23(2), pp. 95-116.

Cwik, M., Lambert, J., and Bogenschneider, K. (1995).
"Father Involvement: Policies and Programs." Report to the Governor's Commission on Families and Children. Madison, WI: Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Education:

B.A. and M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Courses:

Civil Procedure, Medical Malpractice

State Bar Membership:

Nevada and Wisconsin

Alana DeGarmo

Alana DeGarmo - Assistant Dean of Students and Professor of Law

Dean DeGarmo specializes in legal research and writing and was formerly a sole practitioner in California. She is a former officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review at the University of La Verne College of Law, where she graduated cum laude.

Education:

B.A., California State University

J.D., University of La Verne College of Law

Courses:

Legal Analysis and Writing

State Bar Membership:

California

Deena DeGenova

Deena DeGenova - Professor of Law

Education:

J.D., Pace University School of Law

Courses:

Criminal Procedure

State Bar Membership:

Florida

James Dodge

James Dodge - Professor of Law

Professor Dodge began teaching at Concord in 2000.  A former prosecutor and assistant attorney general (Illinois), Professor Dodge also serves in the Illinois Senate President's Office as Deputy Counsel to the Senate President, where he is part of a multi-year project to re-write and modernize Illinois' Criminal Code and Code of Corrections. His publications include "Limited Liability Partnerships" and "Limited Liability Partnerships Under Illinois Law" (both published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.)

Education:

 B.S., University of Illinois
J.D., Southern Illiniois University School of Law

Courses:

First Year Curriculum - Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Real Property

Wills and Trusts

State Bar Membership:

Illinois

Scott Eash

Scott Eash - Professor of Law

Professor Eash is a senior staff research attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Previously, he was a law clerk to the chief judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, where he was on the Business Law Journal and Yearbook of International Law. Professor Eash received a Master of Laws in Admiralty from Tulane University Law School, where he was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

Education:

B.A., Rutgers University

M.S., Pacific Graduate School of PsychologyJ.D., University of Miami School of LawLL.M., Tulane University Law School

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Civil Procedure

State Bar Membership:

Massachusetts

Lynn Feldman

Lynn Feldman - Professor of Law

In addition to teaching at Concord, Professor Feldman maintains a solo practice in appellate law. He also is an adjunct professor of law at UWLA School of Law, where he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Research, and Writing. Selected publications include: Alabama v. White: Further Erosion of Fourth Amendment Rights, 22 UWLA L. Rev. 255 (1991).

Education:

B.S., University of Kansas

J.D., University of West Los Angeles School of Law

Courses:

Criminal Procedure, Legal Research

State Bar Membership:

California

Joel Wm. Friedman

Joel Wm. Friedman - Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Friedman is the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law & Jurisdiction at Tulane Law School, where he also directs the Tulane ITESM PH.D. program. He is the the editor of Employment Discrimination Stories for West Publishing, as well as many casebooks, articles, and treatises in the areas of labor law, employment discrimination, and civil procedure.

Education:

B.S., Cornell University

J.D., Yale Law School

Courses:

Employment Discrimination

State Bar Membership:

Jack Goetz

Jack Goetz - Dean Emeritus

The founding Dean of Concord Law School, Dean Goetz is a recognized expert in the field of distance learning. His vision and expertise contributed greatly to the creation of Concord in 1998; under his leadership, Concord grew to serve a student body of more than 1,500 adults worldwide. In April 2002, the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) recognized Dean Goetz for his e-learning expertise by awarding him their Distinguished Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of distance education.

A frequent speaker at distance education and legal conferences, Dean Goetz has delivered presentations on Concord’s innovative education model, as well as accreditation obstacles, faculty training and evaluation, and student retention.

Dean Goetz has more than 20 years of experience as a legal educator, including professorial as well as administrative and supervisory experience. While personally teaching Evidence, Remedies, and Legal Writing, he has also directed law faculty nationwide on the development and delivery of legal education programs that served tens of thousands of students, including classes for their state bar examinations.

A former adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier College of Law (1991 to 1992), Dean Goetz was professor and dean at Concord from its inception in 1998 to 2004.

Education:

B.A., San Diego State University

M.B.A., Pepperdine UniversityJ.D., Boston University School of Law

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

California

Richard L. Hermann

Richard L. Hermann - Professor of Law

Professor Hermann has been an attorney career counselor for more than 30 years. He was the co-founder of Federal Reports, Inc., a legal career publishing and consulting firm, including www.attorneyjob.com, businesses sold to Thomson Reuters in 2007. He is an author and frequent speaker on law and legally related employment at conferences such as NALP (National Association of Law Placement), national and state bar associations, and law schools across the country.

Previously, he was an attorney at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, and the General Accounting Office, and a consultant to numerous U.S. government departments and agencies on national security law, personnel & employment law, and human resources matters.

The Legal Career Management course he developed and teaches for Concord is the first law school program to offer a structured approach to managing a legal career.

Publications include:

Where Do I Go From Here? An Attorney's Guide to Surviving Job Loss and Getting Back in the Game (October 2009. Kaplan Publishing, New York, NY)
Make Yourself Indispensable: Attorney Job Security, Success and Satisfaction in the 21st Century Workplace (March 2010. Kaplan Publishing, New York, NY)

Education:

B.A., Yale University

M.A., New School UniversityJ.D., Cornell Law School

Courses:

Legal Career Management

State Bar Membership:

New York and the District of Columbia

Douglas Holden

Douglas Holden - Professor of Law

Professor Holden has taught at Concord since 1999. He also practices in the areas of business law, estate planning, and real estate. Professor Holden has been responsible for faculty and curriculum development at Concord and has extensive experience in online education.

Education:

B.S., Regis College

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Corporations, Advocacy

State Bar Membership:

Colorado

Robert Hull

Robert Hull - Assistant Dean of Academics and Professor of Law

Dean Hull writes extensively on legal topics, and his substantive law guides and practice materials have been used by law students and practitioners nationwide. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has taught for 20 years. His expertise includes curriculum development and writing testing materials.

Education:

B.A., San Diego State University

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

California, Arizona, Missouri, and Nevada

Shaun Jamison

Shaun Jamison - Assistant Director of Library Services and Professor of Law

Dr. Jamison has worked for Thomson-West legal publishers primarily in its Westlaw division. He has also taught undergraduate legal courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Prior to joining West, Professor Jamison was a solo practitioner in the areas of family, criminal, real property, and small business law.

Education:

B.S., National College

J.D., University of North DakotaPh.D., Capella University

Courses:

Real Property, Evidence, Legal Research

State Bar Membership:

Minnesota

Mary Jensen

Mary Jensen - Professor of Law

In addition to teaching Legal Analysis & Writing at Concord, Professor Jensen serves as an adjunct professor of legal writing at BYU, where she received her law degree. She is fluent in French and maintains an active legal practice specializing primarily in adoptions, estate planning, and business organizations.

Education:

B.A., M.L.S & J.D., Brigham Young University

Courses:

Legal Analysis & Writing

State Bar Membership:

Utah

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson - Professor of Law

Professor Johnson was previously in private practice with a focus in administrative law, constitutional law, education law, and health law. His legal work included numerous cases before trial courts, the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and various administrative agencies. He is also a member of the US Supreme Court bar. While in private practice, he was involved in a number of precedent setting cases including Claremont v. Governor, the case establishing that all New Hampshire students have a constitutional right to an adequate education. Professor Johnson is the author of numerous articles and books in various ares of law including two casebooks in the education law area. He frequently presents at various academic conferences and professional development programs. He is also a Hearings Officer with the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Publications:


Education Law: A Problem Based Approach, with Sarah E. Redfield (LexisNexis, 2009).

Special Education Law, 4th Edition, with Laura Rothstein (Sage Publications, 2009).

New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators, Advocates & Attorneys, 5th Edition, NHEdLaw, LLC (2008).

Administrative Agencies: A Comparison of New Hampshire and Federal Agencies History, Structure and Rulemaking Requirements, 4 Pierce L. Rev.435 (2006).

Preventing Physical Restraints in Schools: A Guide for Parents, Educators & Professionals, Education Law Resource Center (2005).

Focus on Equality Shifts to Adequacy as Brown v. Board Turns 50, Vol. 34 Your School and the Law Issue 34 (2004).

New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators, Advocates & Attorneys, NHEdLaw, LLC (2003).

Reexamining Rowley: A New Focus in Special Education Law, Vol 2 BYU Education and Law Journal 561 (2003).

Bragdon v. Abbott: Analysis and Implications for People Living with HIV/AIDS and Other Disabilities, 40 New Hampshire Bar Journal 1 (1999).

HB 117: The State's Plan to Fund Educational Adequacy is Too Little Too Late, Vol 2. Issue 3 New Hampshire Law Bulletin (June 1999).

Suing Under the Americans With Disabilities Act or Seeking Disability Benefits: A Hobson's Choice for People With Disabilities. Vol. 6, No. 1 Journal of Individual Employment Rights 49 (1997-1998).

Opening Up Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings: Here comes the sun. It's all right? 37 New Hampshire Bar Journal 10 (1996).

Education:

B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center

Courses:

Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Health Law, Medical Products

State Bar Membership:

New Hampshire

Marc Jones

Marc Jones - Professor of Law

Professor Jones works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he represents the government's interest in federal district court when cases are submitted by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and in administrative hearings where immigrants are facing removal from the U.S. Previously he was a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense work and he also served on active-duty U.S. Air Force for 10 years in the JAG Corps, where he was a criminal litigator. Although he has handled some civil cases and currently practices in immigration court, most of his experience is in criminal law. He served both as a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney, and he has worked at both the trial and appellate levels.

Education:

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University

J.D., Howard UniversityLL.M., George Washington University

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts,

Criminal Procedure, Evidence

State Bar Membership:

Illinois and Indiana

Mark Kaufman

Mark Kaufman - Professor of Law

Professor Kaufman has extensive experience with the criminal justice system both as a trial attorney and as a teacher. As a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, he has worked at the trial and appellate level on a wide range of family, criminal, and poverty/welfare law issues. He has taught at Villanova University School of Law, where he developed a cooperative clinical education program, and at Widener University in its criminal justice program.

Education:

B.A., University of Maryland

J.D., University of Maryland

Courses:

Evidence, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure

State Bar Membership:

Pennsylvania and Maryland

Andrea L. Johnson

Andrea L. Johnson - Professor of Law

Professor Johnson teaches Business Planning at Concord. She is a tenured professor at California Western School of Law where she teaches Business Organization, Telecommunications, Business Planning, and Administrative Law, and directs the CWSL Center for Intellectual Property, Technology & Telecommunications. Professor Johnson previously worked in business management and economic development in Washington, D.C., where she also served as the Assistant Corporation Counsel; and in corporate litigation for a Wall Street firm. Her recent articles on telecommunications have been published in journals such as the Journal of Law and Education, Law and Technology Journal and the Rutgers Law Journal.

Education:

B.A., Howard University

J.D., Harvard Law School

Courses:

Business Planning

State Bar Membership:

Rob Landry

Rob Landry - Professor of Law

Dr. Landry holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama and the J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama, where he served as the lead articles editor on the Journal of the Legal Profession. Dr. Landry also holds a Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University. Following law school, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James S. Sledge, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, and he then entered private practice. Since 1996, Dr. Landry has practiced primarily in bankruptcy, commercial, and business law.

He currently serves as an Assistant U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Northern District of Alabama and is an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Commerce and Business Administration at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches courses in business law, business ethics, and real estate law. Dr. Landry has published numerous articles dealing with bankruptcy law, ethics, and public policy in journals such as the Mississippi Law Journal, Mercer Law Review, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Memphis Law Review, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and the Journal of the Legal Profession.

Education:

B.S., University of North Alabama

M.P.A., Jackson State UniversityJ.D., University of Alabama School of LawPh.D., Auburn University

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Real Property

State Bar Membership:

Alabama

Edward Martin

Edward Martin - Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Martin teaches Products Liability at Concord. He is a professor at Cumberland School of Law, where he teaches Torts, Damages, Professional Responsibility, and several other courses in addition to Products Liability. A law professor since 1981, he is the author of Premises Liability Law and Practice (five volumes, Matthew Bender & Co., 1987-2006); Personal Injury Damages (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1980); and several other works, including co-authorship of Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises (LexisNexis 2nd edition 2006). Professor Martin is a CALI Remedies Fellow, and has authored and taught a number of online courses at Cumberland, including Products Liability and the Endangered Species Act.

Education:

B.S., University of Tennessee

J.D., University of TennesseeResearch editor and assistant editor, Tennessee Law Review

Courses:

Products Liability

State Bar Membership:

Tennessee

Jerry A. Menikoff

Jerry A. Menikoff - Professor of Law

Professor Menikoff holds a joint law and public policy degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Washington University. He currently teaches law, ethics, and medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Law School. He also taught at Harvard University's program in ethics and the professions, University of Chicago School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, and University of Akron School of Law. He researches and writes extensively on bioethics, ethical issues within the practice of medicine, ophthalmology, tax, and other health care areas.

Education:

A.B., Harvard College

J.D. and M.P.P., Harvard University and Kennedy School of GovernmentM.D., Washington University (St. Louis) School of Medicine

Courses:

Health Care Policy

State Bar Membership:

New York

Niki Mirtorabi

Niki Mirtorabi - Professor of Law

Professor Mirtorabi is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law where she was the Managing Editor of The Women's Law Journal. She has practiced in the litigation and employment law fields. In addition to her work at Concord, she is currently working in the corporate headquarters of an insurance firm, where her focus is group insurance.

Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

J.D., University of Southern California School of Law

Courses:

Constitutional Law, Community Property

State Bar Membership:

California

Edward Monsour

Edward Monsour - Professor of Law

Professor Monsour has extensive teaching experience in the taxation field. In addition to his Concord courses, he teaches in the Golden Gate University Masters of Taxation Program. Additionally, Professor Monsour teaches at the University of California - Irvine in its Graduate School of Management. He has also taught in taxation programs for accounting professionals.

Education:

B.A. and M.B.A, Cleveland State University

CPAJ.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Courses:

Federal Taxation, Real Property, Constitutional Law

State Bar Membership:

Ohio

Meredith Palmer Muller

Meredith Palmer Muller - Associate Director of Faculty Development and Professor of Law

Professor Muller is a full-time professor and a director of faculty development at Concord. Prior to joining the law school, she served as a legal editor for Lexis/Nexis. She has also worked as a staff attorney with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and as a litigator in private practice. Professor Palmer also taught Business and Family Law as an adjunct for Corinthian Colleges.

Education:

B.A., Berry College

J.D., Stetson University College of Law

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Intellectual Property

State Bar Membership:

Florida and Georgia

M. Ellen Murphy

M. Ellen Murphy - Program Director, Small Business Practice LLM and Professor of Law

Professor Murphy is the course developer and professor of Cross Profession Ethics, which focuses on fundamental, contemporary ethical questions in the practice of law, and compares the ethics of the legal profession with other professions, including medicine and the clergy.  The course incorporates various forms of media to illustrate ethical dilemmas in everyday professional life, including movies, television, and print media, in addition to traditional materials. Prior to joining Concord, Professor Murphy served as the Executive Director for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a private, non-profit assistance program, serving the Massachusetts bar and bench.  Professor Murphy is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  Immediately after graduation, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Magill, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, followed by several years in private practice, where she represented public and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations in commercial business transactions.

Education:

B.S., North Carolina State University

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law

Courses:

Cross Professional Ethics

State Bar Membership:

North Carolina

Timothy Pleasant

Timothy Pleasant - Professor of Law

Professor Pleasant is in private practice concentrating primarily on criminal defense work. During law school, he was a Federal Judicial Intern for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He also has taught history, ethics, and political science at undergraduate and graduate levels and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Education:

B.A., Vanderbilt University

M.S.S.I., Defense Intelligence CollegeJ.D., Stetson University College of Law

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Constitutonal Law

State Bar Membership:

Colorado

Melissa Racki

Melissa Racki - Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Racki has practiced as a plaintiff's attorney, representing clients with Social Security Disability, ERISA, personal injury, and workers' compensation claims. She specialized in Social Security and ERISA administrative hearings and appeals, and assisted in the preparation of the ERISA course outline and materials taught at Stetson University College of Law. She also worked as a Social Security law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, drafting orders, and Reports and Recommendations for eight U.S. magistrates.

Education:

B.A., University of Maryland - European Division

J.D., Stetson University College of Law

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

Florida

Kathleen Reagan

Kathleen Reagan - Professor of Law

Professor Reagan was an assistant district attorney for eight years. During that time she prosecuted criminal cases, trained and supervised attorneys, and was chief of family protection unit. In addition to her Concord responsibilities, Professor Reagan was associated on a part-time basis with a small law firm engaged in the general practice of law in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Since 2006, she has maintained a practice in equine law as a sole practice in equine law as a sole practitioner in Quincy, Massachusetts. She also contributes to Queryhorse.com, an equine search engine.

Education:

B.A., University of Virginia

J.D., Tulane Law School

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

Equine Law IEquine Law II

State Bar Membership:

Massachusetts

Abraham Ronai

Abraham Ronai - Professor of Law

Professor Ronai's practice includes patent litigation, patent prosecution, and related counseling in the mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical and medical device related disciplines. Prior to entering the legal profession, he practiced as a mechanical design engineering intern for the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies Corporation.

Professor Ronai has a strong scientific, technical, and legal background. Beginning with his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University and continuing with his work at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, he has had a broad exposure to many areas of technology and the legal issues involved with their application.

Education:

B.S., Cornell University

J.D., Cardozo School of Law

Courses:

Patent Litigation

State Bar Membership:

New York

Diane Schussel

Diane Schussel - Professor of Law

Professor Schussel has worked in the area of affordable housing in Chicago and the Southeast. In addition to teaching legal writing, she taught art history at the undergraduate level prior to joining Concord.

Education:

B.B.A., University of Georgia-Athens

J.D., Emory University School of LawM.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

State Bar Membership:

Georgia and Illinois

Robert Schwartz

Robert Schwartz - Professor of Law

Professor Schwartz has been a faculty member at the University of New Mexico since 1976. He is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of bioethics which he teaches at Concord. Professor Schwartz is one of five authors of the leading health law textbook in the country, "Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems." The textbook was the first to treat health law as a subject when it was first published in 1987.

Education:

B.A., Stanford University

J.D., Harvard Law School

Courses:

Bioethics

State Bar Membership:

New Mexico and New York

Christine Seymour

Christine Seymour - Professor of Law

Professor Seymour maintains, in addition to her work with Concord, an active practice in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, municipal law, school law and civil litigation concerning construction contracts negotiations, construction liability, consumer law, employment discrimination, civil rights, premises liability, professional liability, products liability, and personal injury. Professor Seymour has represented national department stores, school districts, municipalities and other local government agencies in litigation involving civil rights defense, employment discrimination, personal injury and premises liability. She has tried more than sixty cases to verdict in both first and second chair capacity and served as solicitor to municipalities, school districts and municipal authorities.

Education:

B.A., cum laude, Washington & Jefferson College

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

Courses:

Real Property

State Bar Membership:

Pennsylvania

Stacey Sharp

Stacey Sharp - Assistant Dean of Students and Director of EJD Affairs

Dean Sharp is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In addition to her work in private practice, she has many years of experience assisting law students in developing legal analysis and writing skills.

Education:

B.A., University of Southern California

J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

California

Martha Siegel

Martha Siegel - Associate Dean, Dean of Students, Director of Academic Support & Professor of Law

Dean Siegel received her doctorate in education from Harvard University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She has an extensive background in developing legal writing curriculum including as the former Director of the Writing Assistance and Academic Support Program and the Legal Practice Skills Program at Suffolk University Law School.

Dean Siegel is the former director of the legal writing program at Concord and directs the law school's academic support programs.

Education:

B.A., University of Wisconsin

M.A.T., Ed.D., Harvard UniversityJ.D., Harvard Law School

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

Massachusetts

Angela Slater

Angela Slater - Professor of Law

Professor Slater obtained her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where she received two American Jurisprudence Awards. She has been actively practicing law for nearly 20 years. She has devoted her private practice to litigation, with an emphasis on complex scientific pharmaceutical, medical device, and toxic tort litigation. She has significant experience in Food and Drug administration (FDA) related litigation issues. Professor Slater has been a litigation director for a number of law firms. She is a past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section, and has been an active speaker at various New Jersey Bar continuing legal education programs. She also is an elected member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and has been active through the years in various ABA committees. Professor Slater has lectured nationally on topics related to complex product liability actions including FDA issues, admissibility of expert scientific and medical testimony, and preemption. She has represented major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in state and federal actions, both locally and nationally.

Education:

B.A., Montclair State University

J.D., New York University School of Law

Courses:

First Year Curriculum - Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts

Civil Procedure

State Bar Membership:

New Jersey and the District of Columbia

John Stockton

John Stockton - Professor of Law

Professor Stockton has extensive experience in transactional work primarily in corporate finance, leasing and project finance, and commercial real estate. He was senior vice-president and general counsel for a commercial finance corporation and is currently in private practice.

Education:

A.B., Princeton University

J.D., Columbia University School of Law

Courses:

Corporations

State Bar Membership:

Corporations

Deena Sturm

Deena Sturm - Professor of Law

As an associate at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, Professor Sturm has experience in a wide variety of intellectual property matters including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, preparing patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, and participation in patent and trademark litigations. Professor Sturm's work has primarily focused on clients in the software and mechanical fields. She has also worked on matters related to other areas, including surgical devices, electronic management systems, foreign language learning systems, and entertainment and media matters.

Publications:

Deena R. Sturm, Foreign Use of a Mark May Establish Trademark Priority in the U.S., 13:5 The Intellectual Property Strategist 3-6 (2007).
Howard J. Shire & Deena R. Sturm, Fair Use: Lawful Use of Another’s Trademark, World Trademark Yearbook 457-463 (2006).

Education:

B.A., Ball State University

J.D., University of Dayton Law School

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum - Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Real Property

State Bar Membership:

Indiana

Andrew Tallmer

Andrew Tallmer - Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law

Professor Tallmer has been involved in the public policy arena for much of his career including teaching and development of legal training for public safety agencies at the North Carolina Justice Academy. He has worked as Assistant Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations. He is also an experienced trial attorney having worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York. Professor Tallmer has also worked as an attorney for the New York City Police Department. He has taught various law-related courses at undergraduate institutions.

Education:

B.A., Union College of Union University

J.D., Albany Law School

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

State Bar Membership:

New York and North Carolina

Kiyoko Tatsui

Kiyoko Tatsui - Associate Dean of the EJD Program, Degree Program Coordinator, Professor of Law

Prior to joining Concord, Dean Tatsui spent several years with the State Bar of California managing the Office of Client Relations and the Client Security Fund. Dean Tatsui has done numerous CLE programs, both during her tenure at the State Bar and when she worked for the Los Angeles County Municipal Courts. She is active in local bar affairs.

Education:

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

J.D., University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall)

Courses:

First-Year Curriculum-Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts

State Bar Membership:

California

Jeffrey Van Detta

Jeffrey Van Detta - Professor of Law

Professor Van Detta clerked on the federal appeals court and then was in private practice for 12 years at an international law firm. In his practice, he concentrated on labor law, employment discrimination law, international business counseling, and federal court litigation. He has published extensively in the law reviews and is on the faculty at the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Education:

B.A., Union College

J.D., Albany Law School

Courses:

Civil Procedure, Commercial Paper, Conflicts of Law, Contract Drafting

State Bar Membership:

Georgia and New York

Victoria Vidt

Victoria Vidt - Assistant Dean of Students

Victoria Vidt is an Assistant Dean of Students at Concord Law School, advising first year students in both the JD and EJD divisions. In addition to working at Concord, she is currently an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division at the Public Defender's Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she represents indigent defendants on an appellate level. Prior to working as an appellate attorney, she was a law clerk in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the intermediate appellate court for Pennsylvania, and also worked as a contract attorney in private practice. Dean Vidt received her J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude from the evening division and was a member of the Law Review.

Dean Vidt recently published the article "That Eyewitness of Yours.... Is His Identification Reliable?", found in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The Defender, August 1, 2005.

Education:

B.A., University of Pittsburgh

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

Courses:

State Bar Membership:

Pennsylvania

Paul Virgo

Paul Virgo - Professor of Law

Professor Virgo is an attorney in Los Angeles where he is "of counsel" to the Century Law Group. He specializes in the defense of attorneys in regulatory and licensure proceedings and civil actions. He is an adjunct professor of law in professional responsibility at Whittier Law School and the University of West Los Angeles. He is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics and professional responsibility before numerous organizations, associations, and committees. Professor Virgo y retired from the State Bar of California after 25 years of service, the last 12 of which as an Assistant Chief Trial Counsel.

Education:

B.A., California State University, Northridge

J.D., Whittier Law School

Courses:

Professional Responsibility

State Bar Membership:

California

Terry L. Watt

Terry L. Watt - Professor of Law

Professor Watt is a Director in the Tulsa firm of Feller, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey and Tippens, P.C., in the IP group. His practice includes trademark, copyright and patent law and litigation, with particular focus on computer and software law. He is a registered patent attorney, and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, University of Tulsa.

Education:

B.A., Ph.D., M.B.A., J.D., University of Tulsa

M.A., Princeton University

Courses:

Patent Fundamentals

State Bar Membership:

Oklahoma

Jane Wise

Jane Wise - Professor of Law

Professor Wise is a full-time faculty member with Concord and teaches Legal Writing and Analysis.  She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University Law School, where she teaches legal research and writing in the advocacy program. She writes and publishes in law journals and is a presenter at legal writing conferences.  While at the University of Utah Law School, she was the winner of the moot court competition.

Education:

B.A., B.F.A., University of Utah

J.D., University of Utah

Courses:

Legal Analysis and Writing

State Bar Membership:

Utah

Katy Yang-Page

Katy Yang-Page - Professor of Law

Professor Yang-Page graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Northwestern University and received her law degree from New York University in 1994. She has been a practicing lawyer for more than ten years, focusing primarily on constitutional, employment and immigration law. After graduating from law school, Professor Yang-Page clerked for federal district court judge Mary M. Lisi in the district of Rhode Island. She was an attorney for the Justice Department as well as for large private law firms in Los Angeles. Professor Yang-Page was also a staff attorney at the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

She has published in several areas of constitutional law and has lectured to students, lawyers and employers on such topics as the Fourth Amendment, campaign finance reform, and sexual harassment and diversity in the workplace. Professor Yang-Page is currently in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Education:

B.A., Northwestern University

J.D., New York University

Courses:

Constitutional Law

State Bar Membership:

California, Hawaii, and Indiana

Barbara Youngberg

Barbara Youngberg - Professor of Law

Professor Youngberg was  the Vice President of Insurance, Risk, Quality and Legal Services for the University Health System Consortium, an alliance of 92 academic medical centers located across the United States. She has served as an adjunct professor for nine years at the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she is currently teaching. She is the primary author of four textbooks related to health care risk management and patient safety and serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Medical Quality, Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.

Education:

B.S.N., Illinois Wesleyan

M.S.W., University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social WorkJ.D., DePaul University College of Law

Courses:

Risk Management

State Bar Membership:

Illinois

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