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Concord Law School Leadership

Martin Pritikin
Martin Pritikin, JD
Dean and Vice President

Martin Pritikin, an experienced lawyer and educator, is the Dean of Concord Law School. In this role, he is responsible for providing academic leadership for Concord’s programs, faculty, and students while advancing the school’s mission to provide an affordable and accessible education for aspiring attorneys and others seeking to learn the law.

Since joining Concord in 2016, Dean Pritikin has overseen a revision of the school’s entire required curriculum; established the first online law school incubator program to help graduates launch their own practices; led the school in earning the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Louis M. Brown Select Award for Legal Access and the Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation; developed the Distinguished Speaker webinar series, which has featured renowned scholars and practitioners; and forged relationships with national institutions, including the Consortium for Access to Justice.

Before joining Concord, Dean Pritikin spent 12 years as a professor and senior administrator at a brick-and-mortar ABA law school. Prior to entering academia, Pritikin was a litigator at Quinn Emanuel. He has committed his academic career to integrating theory with practice and using technology to promote innovation in legal education, including as a volunteer at a prosecutor's office and as a consultant on a multi-year litigation against Lehman Brothers in bankruptcy court.

Dean Pritikin has written numerous articles on reform in legal education and the legal profession, as well as on topics related to civil and criminal practice. His work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law and Policy Journal, the Cardozo Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Journal of Legal Education, among others. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Education: JD magna cum laude, Harvard Law School; BA summa cum laude, University of Southern California

Publications: “The Teacher Becomes Student: What Law Professors Can Learn from the Legal Profession,” Defense Counsel Journal 81, no. 4 (October 2014)

“The Experiential Sabbatical,” Journal of Legal Education (2014)

“Can Law and Literature Be Practical? The Crucible and the Federal Rules of Evidence,” West Virginia Law Review 115 (2012)

(Co-authored with Ezra Ross): “The Collection Gap: Underenforcement of Corporate and White-Collar Fines and Penalties,” Yale Law & Policy Review 29 (2011)

“Fine-Labor: The Symbiosis Between Monetary and Work Sanctions,” University of Colorado Law Review 81 (2010)

“Is Prison Increasing Crime?” Wisconsin Law Review 2008 (2009)

“The Value of Talmud Study to Modern Legal Education: A Case Study in Unjust Enrichment,” Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 21 (2008)

“Punishment, Prisons, and the Bible: Does ‘Old Testament Justice’ Justify Our Retributive Culture?” Cardozo Law Review 28 (2006)

“Toward Coherence in Civil Conspiracy Law: A Proposal to Abolish the Agent’s Immunity Rule,” Nebraska Law Review 84 (2005)

Recent case comment (unattributed): “Fourth Circuit Holds That Post-IRCA. Undocumented Aliens Cannot Establish Prima Facie Case of Retaliatory Refusal to Hire Under Title VII. Egbuna v. Time-Life Libraries, Inc.,” Harvard Law Review 112 (1999)

Certificates and Bar Membership (State): California — all courts; United States District Court; Central District of California; United States Bankruptcy Court; Southern District of New York (pro hac vice)

Honors and Achievements: Teacher of the Year, Whittier Law School; Champion, ATLA Northeastern Regional Mock Trial Competition; Semi-Finalist, Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition

Legal Focus: Legal Education Reform; Access to Justice; Trial Advocacy and Civil Litigation

CLS Courses: Evidence

Martin Pritikin, JD
Dean and Vice President
Shaun Jamison
Shaun Jamison, JD, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty

As Associate Dean of Faculty at Concord, Dr. Shaun Jamison oversees faculty and academics. He conceived of and created the Future of Law Practice and Cybersecurity courses and provides commentary to the media on technology and privacy issues. Jamison's academic career has focused on skills development and emerging law practice and technology issues. At the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), he served as the chair of the Practice Management and Marketing Section, as well as co-chair for focus groups for the SAGE Report: Self-Audit for Gender Equity and Diversity. He also served on the Golden Valley, MN Human Rights Commission. Jamison has been a solo practice attorney as well as working at Westlaw, first as a reference attorney and later managing teams of Westlaw account managers and trainers.

Education: PhD, Capella University; JD, University of North Dakota

Publications:

"Creating a National Data Privacy Law for the United States," Cybaris®: Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2019).

“AI in the Legal Industry: A Changing Landscape,” National Paralegal Reporter (2019).

"Lawyers Must Prepare for Ransomware," Computer & Internet Lawyer; Vol. 36, Issue 8 (2019).

"Creating a National Data Privacy Law", CPO Magazine (2018).

"We Need a Cybersecurity Framework for Law Firms," Law360 (2018).

“Curriculum Mapping,” “Intellectual Property,” and “Law Education,” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education, Sage Publications, Inc. (2016).

Certifications and Bar Membership (State):

Minnesota

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

Honors and Achievements: Recipient of the 2016 MSBA North Star Lawyer award, recognizing members who donate fifty or more hours per year in legal services to low income clients.

CLS Courses: Cyberlaw, Electronic Legal Research, Future of Law Practice, Cybersecurity Law

Shaun Jamison, JD, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty
Steve Bracci
Steve Bracci, JD
Associate Dean of First Year Programs & Professor of Law

Steve Bracci is currently the associate dean of first-year programs at Concord. He teaches a number of first-year and upper-division subjects, and is the architect of the First-Year Intensive (FYI) Program, a preparation program for the First-Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSE). Bracci briefly practiced law before becoming a full-time teacher in 1979. He has taught at a number of law schools during his academic career and has also served as the academic director for the law school divisions of a number of legal publishers. He is an expert in examination techniques and has conducted writing and test-taking seminars nationwide.

Education: JD, Whittier Law School; BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): California

Legal Focus: Expert in examination techniques

Steve Bracci, JD
Associate Dean of First Year Programs & Professor of Law
Larasz Moody-Villarose
Larasz Moody-Villarose, JD
Assistant Dean of Students

Larasz Moody-Villarose is the assistant dean of Students at Concord Law School. She is responsible for overseeing all student-facing policies, ensuring student satisfaction and engagement, coordinating with departments that impact the student experience, and assisting with outreach and strategic initiatives for the law school. Moody-Villarose served several years as a Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) attorney in the United States Air Force and has over a decade of experience in law school administration..

Education: EdD, West Chester University (in progress); JD, University of Wisconsin; MA, BA, University of Chicago

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Pennsylvania

Memberships: National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Higher Education and the Association of Academic Support Professionals (founding member)

Legal Focus: Torts, administrative law, military criminal justice

Larasz Moody-Villarose, JD
Assistant Dean of Students
Jennifer Fishman
Jennifer Fishman, MEd
Senior Student Operations Manager

Jennifer Fishman is the senior student operations manager, supporting students and assisting them during their academic journey at Concord. She works directly with the assistant dean of students to help resolve conflicts and problems and works on projects to help with student engagement and retention. In addition, Fishman works on developing initiatives for current students and alumni. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years.

Education: MEd, BA, University of Maryland, College Park; Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Kaplan University

Honors and Achievements: Recipient of Kaplan University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Non-Academic Support Team Award (2017)

Certifications: Lean Six Sigma White Belt

Jennifer Fishman, MEd
Senior Student Operations Manager

Concord Law School Faculty

Beau Baez
Beau Baez, LLM, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Beau Baez is an Emeritus Professor of Law (Charlotte School of Law) and has taught at several law schools over a two-decade teaching career. Prior to becoming a law professor, he was an attorney with the Multistate Tax Commission in Washington, D.C., where he managed a nationally recognized voluntary tax compliance program. In addition to teaching at Concord, Baez hosts a popular academic success YouTube channel called Learn Law Better. His videos have been translated from English into 6 languages, and the channel boasts thousands of subscribers in over 150 countries. He is also a sought-after coach who helps students around the globe succeed in law school and on the bar exam.

Education: JD and LLM, Georgetown University; BS and BA, Liberty University

Publications: “Law’s Failure to Keep Pace with Empirical Science: An Examination of Personality and Emotional Intelligence Testing in the Workplace,” Ohio Northern University Law Review (2014); “Personality Tests in Employment Selection: Use With Caution,” Cornell HR Review (2013)

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Supreme Court of the United States, District of Columbia, Virginia, United States Court of Federal Claims, and United States Tax Court

Honors and Achievements: Named Professor of the Year 2007 (Liberty University); recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence (Concord Law School)

Legal Focus: Torts, tax, and business associations

CLS Courses: Income Tax, Business Planning

Beau Baez, LLM, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Jason Burk
Jason Burk, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Jason Burk has been at Concord since 2001, with a focus on teaching first-year curriculum. Burk is a partner practicing primarily in the area of workers' compensation defense with a nationwide labor and employment firm and represents employers, insurers, and the self-insured in matters around the state of Georgia. He was previously a shareholder in a civil litigation firm.

Education: JD, Drake University Law School; BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Nevada, Georgia

CLS Courses: Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Legal Analysis

Jason Burk, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Mandy Carter
Mandy Carter, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Mandy Carter is a registered attorney in North Carolina and has been involved in legal education since 2010, teaching a variety of subjects. At Concord, Carter is an adjunct faculty member who primarily teaches Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing. In addition to teaching at Concord, she is also an adjunct at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

State Bar Memberships: North Carolina

Education: JD, BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publications: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, faculty lecturer; National District Attorneys Association, faculty lecturer

Legal Focus: Legal research and writing, first amendment law

CLS Courses: Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing

Mandy Carter, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Sheri Dennis
Sheri Dennis, JD
Professor of Law

Sheri Dennis proudly joined the faculty at Concord in December 2018 as part of the Department of Legal Writing. She has worked as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida where she has taught classes in legal research and writing as well as appellate advocacy. Dennis also has extensive experience teaching numerous online courses for the Legal Studies program at Keiser University. She began practicing law as an assistant regional counsel for the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in New York. Dennis represented HHS in administrative hearings and successfully argued an appeal before the Second Circuit.

Education: JD, Cardozo School of Law; BA, Barnard College

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): New York; Florida

Honors and Achievements: Recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Exemplary Performance Award

Legal Focus: Appeals

CLS Courses: Introduction to Legal Analysis

Sheri Dennis, JD
Professor of Law
Heather DeVincent-Cook
Heather DeVincent-Cook, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Heather DeVincent-Cook acts as a consultant offering legal advice to healthcare professionals regarding potential liability and compliance issues. She was a corporate attorney for National Health Services, a medical conglomerate which specialized in addictive medicine. DeVincent-Cook headed the risk analysis team for evaluating various office procedures to ensure proper procedure according to federal and state laws. She also has 17 years of teaching experience at several colleges and universities.

Education: JD, New England Law Boston; BS, Mount Ida College

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Massachusetts

Legal Focus: Health law

CLS Courses: Contract Drafting, Medical Malpractice, Corporations I and II, Employment Law, Medical Products Liability

Heather DeVincent-Cook, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
James Dodge
James Dodge, JD
Professor of Law

James Dodge taught undergraduates for 7 years before joining the faculty of Concord in 2000. He is heavily involved in curriculum revision and content creation for courses at Concord. Dodge serves as executive director of the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that drafts legislation for the Illinois state legislature. A former prosecutor and a former assistant attorney general of Illinois, he previously served as deputy chief counsel to the senate president, where he helped write the rules for the impeachment trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and was part of a multi-year project to rewrite and modernize the Illinois Criminal Code and Unified Code of Corrections. Dodge is also a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (the Uniform Laws Commission), serving on drafting and study committees for proposed uniform laws, including the Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (UFIPA). His research has been published in a number of law journals and professional publications.

Education: JD, Southern Illinois University School of Law; BS, University of Illinois

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Illinois

Legal Focus: Contracts, estates, wills, trusts, real property, corporations and business organizations, limited liability partnerships, and the growth of entity treatment for partnership-based forms of business organization

CLS Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Real Property, Wills and Trusts

James Dodge, JD
Professor of Law
Alexander Hernandez
Alexander Hernandez, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Alexander Hernandez is a sole practitioner licensed in the state of Florida since 1999. Hernandez concentrates his practice on family law and consumer bankruptcy. In addition, he is also a legal contributor and writer for Upsolve.org, an online nonprofit organization that helps low-income families file for bankruptcy. At Concord, Hernandez will be teaching Community Property and Family Law practicum. Prior to joining Concord, Hernandez was an adjunct professor at Millennia Atlantic University.

State Bar Membership: Florida

Education: JD, Nova Southeastern School of Law; MS, BS, Florida International University; AA Miami-Dade Community College

Honors and Achievements: Goodwin Fellow and Florida Education Fund Scholarship recipient at Nova Southeastern School of Law; named first-ranked among professors by students at Millennia Atlantic University (2016)

Legal Focus: Family law: divorce, alimony, child support, custody, time-sharing agreements, marital settlement agreements, domestic violence, and the division of marital assets and liabilities; bankruptcy: chapters 7 and 13, mortgage modifications, foreclosure defense

CLS Courses: Community Property and Family Law Practicum

Alexander Hernandez, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Keith Howard
Keith Howard, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Keith Howard is an adjunct professor of law at Concord Law School and the managing partner at The Law Offices of Keith L. Howard, PLLC. Prior to full-time teaching, he practiced education and civil rights law with the legal nonprofit Advocates for Children’s Services, a specialized unit of Legal Aid of N.C., Inc., where he served as a staff attorney for 6 years. Howard has taught several continuing legal education (CLE) courses and served in key leadership roles in his community. Dedicated to advocating for the underserved, he has provided hundreds of pro bono hours.

Education: JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law; BA, Winston-Salem State University

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): North Carolina

Honors and Achievements: MLK Living the Dream Award (2013–2014), Access to Justice Faculty Award (2011–2012)

Memberships: Black Law Students Association (2014)

Legal Focus: Professional responsibility, legal writing, and education law

CLS Courses: Professional Responsibility, Cross Profession Ethics, Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing/Regulatory and Transactional

Keith Howard, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson, JD
Professor of Law

Scott Johnson focuses on using his legal skills to help others through advocacy, dispute resolution, teaching, and scholarship. Johnson has represented clients before administrative agencies, trial courts, and appellate courts in a variety of different areas of law. Johnson's work includes a number of precedent setting cases, including the Claremont v. Governor decisions, which established education as a fundamental right under the New Hampshire Constitution. He has participated in the administrative, legislative and political processes by working with legislators on drafting laws, testifying before legislative committees, helping to develop administrative agency rules and guidance, and debating various issues in different forums.

Johnson provides pro bono representation to veterans before the United States Court of Veteran’s Appeals regarding disability benefit claims. He serves as a Hearing Officer for a state Department of Education, which includes the roles of mediator and administrative law judge for disputes that come before the department. Johnson develops and teaches a number of courses for Concord. His experiences allow him to bring practical insights to help students understand and apply the law, and develop legal skills. Johnson is the author of a number of books and articles in different areas of law, including books in the education law area that are used in law schools, and in other advanced degree programs. He also develops interactive online lessons for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

Education: JD, Franklin Pierce Law Center; BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Publications: What Public School Students Can Say on Social Media May Be About to Change, The Conversation (2/25/21); Freedom of Speech for Public School Employees, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (2020); Special Education Law, 6th Edition, with Laura Rothstein, Sage Publications (2020); Education Law: A Problem Based Approach, 4th Edition, with Sarah E. Redfield Carolina Academic Press (2019); Student Speech, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (2019); 50 Years of Student Speech and the First Amendment, Concord Connector (4/23/2019); The 14th Amendment Protects the Right to a Public Education, Concord Connector (4/20/17); The United States Court Grapples with the Meaning of FAPE, Concord Connector (2/2/17); Education Law: A Problem Based Approach, 3rd Edition, with Sarah E. Redfield, LexisNexis (2015); Rowley Forever More? A Call for Clarity and Change, Vol 41, Journal of Law & Education 25 (2012); Special Education Law, 5th Edition, with Laura Rothstein, Sage Publications (2014); New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators, Advocates & Attorneys, 4th 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); Reexamining Rowley: A New Focus in Special Education Law,  2 BYU Education 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 (1997-98); Opening Up Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings: Here comes the sun. It’s all right?  37 New Hampshire Bar Journal 10 (1996). 

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): New Hampshire Bar member. Admitted to practice before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Federal District Court in New Hampshire, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.

CLS Courses: Administrative Advocacy, Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Technology, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Education Law, Health Law, and Special Education Law.

Scott Johnson, JD
Professor of Law
Marc Jones, JD
Marc Jones, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Marc Jones has been an adjunct professor with Concord Law School since 2001 and is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. Previously, he practiced immigration law as a trial attorney with the Department of Homeland Security and as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He also served in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) of the Air Force, where he practiced criminal law.

Education: LLM, George Washington University Law School; JD, Howard University Law School; BS, Northeastern Illinois University

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Illinois, Indiana

CLS Courses: Contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, immigration, introduction to legal analysis, torts

Marc Jones, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Charles Katz
Charles Katz, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Charles Katz joined the adjunct faculty at Concord in 2017 teaching property law. He is employed as single family servicing and consumer affairs in-house counsel for HomeStreet Bank in Seattle, Washington. Katz is also licensed to practice law in California and provides legal counsel to the bank for its banking business in that state. Previously, he was senior counsel in the litigation department at RCO Legal, PC, a law firm specializing in creditor rights on the West Coast.

Education: JD, Concord Law School; BS, University of Houston

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): California and Washington

Honors and Achievements: Concord Law School, graduation with honors

Legal Focus: Real estate, secured transactions, consumer and business banking

CLS Courses: Real Estate

Charles Katz, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Rob Landry
Rob Landry, JD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Robert Landry has taught at Concord for over 10 years and has previously taught Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Property, and Administrative Law. He has practiced bankruptcy law for over 20 years, after first serving as a law clerk to a federal bankruptcy judge. Landry frequently lectures at continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and academic conferences on bankruptcy law and policy issues. He has published over forty articles dealing with bankruptcy law, commercial law, ethics, and public policy in established law journals.

Education: JD magna cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law; PhD, Auburn University; MA, Jacksonville State University; BS, University of North Alabama

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

Publications: published in Rutgers Business Law Journal, Michigan State Journal of International Law, Mississippi Law Journal, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and Policy Studies Journal

Memberships: Alabama State Bar, International Association of Consumer Law, Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Legal Focus: Bankruptcy law, policy issues

CLS Courses: Civil Procedure I and II, Administrative Law

Rob Landry, JD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Kerii Landry-Thomas
Kerii Landry-Thomas, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Kerii Landry-Thomas is the director of career services and Title IX coordinator at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a licensed attorney in the Louisiana Bar and previously worked as an assistant public defender, assistant general counsel, and as an adjunct legal writing professor. Landry-Thomas also enjoys giving presentations on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.

State Bar Membership: Louisiana

Education: JD, Southern University Law Center; EdS, Louisiana State University; BGS, Louisiana State University

CLS Courses: Introduction to Legal Analysis

Kerii Landry-Thomas, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Adam Lippe
Adam Lippe, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Adam Lippe is an attorney and career prosecutor who serves as the chief of the economic and cybercrime unit, as well as the animal abuse unit, for the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office. In this role, Lippe works on complex employee theft, identity theft, internet scams, large material thefts, organized retail crime, financial exploitation of vulnerable adults, many forms of entitlement fraud, and animal cruelty, in addition to handling murders. Prior to joining Concord, he was a district and juvenile court prosecutor before heading to violent crime and narcotics for many.

State Bar Memberships: Maryland and New Jersey

Education: JD, University of Maryland School of Law; BA, Johns Hopkins University

Publications: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, faculty lecturer; National District Attorneys Association, faculty lecturer

Honors and Achievements: Special Assistant United States’ Attorney, Maryland; Special Assistant Attorney General, Maryland; Special Assistant States Attorney for Baltimore City, Wicomico County and Caroline County; Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, Economic Crime Committee, Chair;
“2018 Bar Banquet Keynote Speaker,” Baltimore County Bar Association

Memberships: Maryland State Board of Victim Services, Governor-appointed Commission, Alumni Council and Maryland Alumni Executive Committee (John Hopkins University)

Legal Focus: Promoting ethical decision-making, morality, professionalism in representation and advocacy

CLS Courses: Cross Professional Ethics

Adam Lippe, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Kelley Mauerman
Kelley Mauerman, JD
Professor of Law

Kelley Mauerman has expertise in curriculum and course development and has created Concord’s Professional Responsibility and Cross Professional Ethics courses. She also serves as the director of the externship program and as a competition coach for Concord’s moot court team. She was previously a full-time professor of lawyering skills at Whittier Law School, where she developed and taught courses in lawyering skills, professional responsibility, electronic discovery, and pretrial litigation. After graduation from law school, Mauerman clerked for Magistrate Judge Cynthia G. Aaron in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She has practiced law in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.

Education: JD cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law; BA, Northwestern University

Publications: (with Ernest Hadley and Eleanor Laws) Effective Summary Judgment Motions, Dewey Publications (2008)

“Starting from the Top: Using a Capstone Course to Begin Program Assessment in Legal Education,” Oklahoma City University Law Review 37 (2012)

“Using Formative Writing Assignments to Assess Student Learning Outcomes Across the Curriculum,” The Law Teacher (Spring 2012)

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): California

Honors and Achievements: Member of the Order of the Coif, University of San Diego School of Law

Memberships: Association of Legal Writing Directors, American Bar Association (ABA), Legal Writing Institute, State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association

Legal Focus: Assessment in legal education, legal research and writing, legal ethics

CLS Courses: Introduction to Legal Analysis I and II, Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing, Professional Responsibility, Cross Professional Ethics

Kelley Mauerman, JD
Professor of Law
Katherine Pawlak
Katherine Pawlak, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Katherine Pawlak is a partner in the Ohio law firm of Wasserman, Bryan, Landry & Honold, LLP, and has managed the firm for the last 5 years. Her practice mostly focuses on employment law, corporate law, and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. In addition to her teaching at Concord, Pawlak serves as a student advisor for a national bar review company, preparing students to sit for the Ohio Bar Examination, and is an adjunct professor at California Southern School of Law, Rasmussen University, and American Public University.

Education: JD, University of Toledo College of Law; BA, Michigan State University

Certifications and Bar Memberships: Ohio and Michigan; admitted to practice before the federal courts for the Northern District of Ohio and Eastern District of Michigan

Legal Focus: Evidence and corporate law

Katherine Pawlak, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Vanessa Pierce Rollins
Vanessa Pierce, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Vanessa Pierce specializes in corporate and intellectual property law. Prior to moving to Washington State, Rollins served as senior counsel for international and legal affairs for the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining IPO, Pierce was a full-time law school professor at Wayne State University Law School and Ave Maria School of Law, teaching patent, copyright, trademark, and contracts courses. Pierce has written several intellectual property-related articles and lectured frequently for various organizations. Before becoming a professor, Pierce practiced intellectual property and corporate law for 8 years in private practice. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Education: JD cum laude, Notre Dame Law School; BS, The University of Utah

Publications: ”Trademark Fair Use: Braun® Versus the Bunny,” Marquette International Property Law Review (2009); “If It Walks Like Duck, and Quacks Like a Duck, Shouldn’t It Be a Duck? How a ‘Functional’ Approach Ameliorates the Discontinuity Between the ‘Primary Significance’ Tests for Genericness and Secondary Meaning,” New Mexico Law Review (2007)

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): California and Washington

Legal Focus: Intellectual property and corporate law

CLS Courses: Intellectual Property

Vanessa Pierce, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Jeremy Rovinsky
Jeremy Rovinsky, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Jeremy Rovinsky is dean and general counsel of National Paralegal College. He has been admitted to practice law in a number of jurisdictions and has been published in multiple law journals and academic publications. Jeremy has taught Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Property at an ABA-accredited law school, helped update the rules of professional conduct for an American Indian community court, and serves as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

Education: JD with honors, George Washington University; BA with honors, American University

Publications: "Don't Have a Cow, Flanders: Guidance for the European Court of Justice as It Considers the Flemish Parliament’s Ban on Ritual Slaughter,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Vol. 90, No. 180 (2019).

(Co-authored with Stephen Haas), Basic Trust Drafting, 2nd ed., Carolina Academic Press (2019).

“Troubleshooting Legal Malfunction: Lexmark and Consumer Standing Under the Lanham Act,” The John Marshall Law Review, 453 (2015).

“The DC Human Rights Act: A Model for the Nation?” Charlotte Law Review, 1 (2015).

“The Cutting Edge: The Debate Over Regulation of Ritual Slaughter in the Western World,” California Western International Law Journal, 79 (2014).

“Monopoly—University Edition: The Case for Student Housing Independence,” BYU Education and Law Journal, 45 (2013).

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Arizona

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Rovinsky’s book, Basic Trust Drafting, 2nd ed. (co-authored with a colleague), was listed by BookAuthority.org as one of the “18 Best New Estate Planning Books to Read in 2019.” 

CLS COURSES: Electronic Legal Research

Jeremy Rovinsky, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Melissa Racki
Melissa Racki, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Melissa Racki has been with Concord for over 10 years, first as an assistant dean of students and now teaching Legal Writing and Analysis. She 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 United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, drafting orders, reports, and recommendations for eight U.S. magistrates. Racki owns and operates a small online business selling hand knits and hand-spun yarns.

Education: JD, Stetson University College of Law; BA, University of Maryland University College Europe

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Florida

CLS Courses: Introduction to Legal Analysis I and II

Melissa Racki, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Lori Tripoli
Lori Tripoli, JD
Adjunct Faculty

Lori Tripoli is a legal writer and editor focusing on legal developments and the business of law. She is the author of the textbook, Contemporary Law Office Management (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer), was a founding editor of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and was the editor of the New York Law Journal Westchester Edition. As a department chair at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University), Tripoli oversaw the Master of Science in Legal Studies, as well as the graduate and undergraduate environmental policy and management programs and the undergraduate political science program. She began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then went on to work on due diligence and compliance as a lawyer. While working for a government contractor, Tripoli monitored legal and regulatory developments and helped states and regional organizations comply with applicable federal law.

Education: JD, Stetson University College of Law; BA, University of Maryland University College Europe

Publications: California AG’s Proposed CCPA Regs Leave More Questions Than Answers, Compliance Week; The Ginormous Reason BigLaw, and All Law, Should Get on Board With Working Remotely, Of Counsel; Transaction Monitoring Tips From the Experts at Google, Anti-Corruption Report; Increased Post-Breach Discovery Turns Spotlight on Privilege, Cybersecurity Law Report; How Worried Do We Need to Be About GDPR and Brexit?, InfoGoTo; White Hat Report on the Software Lifecycle and Visa Bug Bounty Program Demonstrate the Need for Greater App Security, Cybersecurity Law Report; Managing M&A Anti-Corruption Risk: Deal Terms and Integration, Anti-Corruption Report

Memberships: American Society of Journalists and Authors, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Legal Focus: Compliance, the California Consumer Privacy Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-corruption, privacy, the General Data Protection Regulation, cybersecurity, governance, the business of law

Lori Tripoli, JD
Adjunct Faculty
Victoria Vidt
Victoria Vidt, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Victoria Vidt is an assistant public defender in the Allegheny County Public Defender's Office in Pittsburgh, specializing in appellate advocacy. She has practiced in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court. Vidt has presented many continuing education seminars in Pennsylvania, covering all stages of a criminal defense practice.

Education: JD cum laude, Duquesne University School of Law; BA, BA, University of Pittsburgh

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Pennsylvania

Honors and Achievements: Member of Law Review, Duquesne University School of Law

Active in Allegheny County Bar Association, currently Vice-Chair

Publications Committee and Council member, Criminal Litigation Section

Section Editor, Criminal Division, Pittsburgh Legal Journal

Legal Focus: Criminal defense litigation, appellate advocacy

CLS Courses: Criminal Procedure

Victoria Vidt, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Terry L. Watt
Terry Watt, JD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Law

Terry Watt is a director in the Tulsa firm of Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., in the IP group. He is a registered patent attorney and concentrates his practice in the field of intellectual property law as it relates to high-technology subject matters and computer and software law. In addition to his teaching at Concord, Watt has been an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law. He is also a frequent speaker on patent law issues and has authored numerous articles on the topic.

Education: JD, University of Tulsa; PhD, University of Tulsa, Geophysics; MA, Princeton University, Statistics; MBA, University of Tulsa, Finance; BA, University of Tulsa, Mathematics

Publications: “How to Handle Gripe Sites Effectively,” Tulsa World, October 7, 2018

“Bird in the Hand — Are Tweets Considered Intellectual Property?” The Oklahoman, August 19, 2018

“Contractor Owns Software, Not Business,” Tulsa World, September 17, 2017

“Dealing with a Software Copyright Audit,” The Journal Record, July 20, 2016

“Common Mistakes Made by Inventors,” The Journal Record, June 8, 2016

“Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets,” The Journal Record, March 16, 2016

“Trademark Tips,” The Journal Record, July 1, 2015

“Offer Invalidates Patent,” The Journal Record, September 25, 2013

“Court Puts Brakes on Cars Claim,” The Journal Record, February 23, 2011

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Oklahoma; admitted to practice before the federal courts of the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Honors and Achievements: Best Lawyers in America®: Copyright, Patent, Litigation (Intellectual Property), Trademark (2010–2019)

Best Lawyer of the Year: Patent (2014–2016)

Lawyer of the Year (Tulsa): Copyright (2019)

Oklahoma Super Lawyers® (2012–2016)

Chambers® ranked lawyer in Intellectual Property (2014–2018)

Memberships: American Intellectual Property Law Association, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Bar Association (ABA)

Legal Focus: Intellectual property, including patent prosecution, litigation, and client counseling on all aspects of intellectual property law

CLS Courses: Patent Law Fundamentals, Patent Claim Drafting, Patent Litigation, Patent Application Drafting, Intellectual Property Survey

Terry Watt, JD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Law
Shandrea Williams
Shandrea Williams, JD
Professor of Law

Shandrea P. Williams is a full-time law professor teaching first-year and advanced courses at Concord, as well as a Faculty Senate member. She holds state and federal bar licenses and concentrates her practice in the field of criminal defense. In addition to teaching at Concord, Williams has been a law professor, administrator, and adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi, University of Florida, University of La Verne, and Wilberforce University. She is a frequent speaker on criminal law and procedure issues and volunteers and presents in the areas of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and human rights.

Education: JD, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; BA, Southern University and A&M College

Publications: “National Consensus, Retributive Theory, and Foundations of Justice and Morality in Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence: A Response to Advocates of the Child Rape Death Penalty Statute in Kennedy v. Louisiana,” The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice (2011); “Overrepresented in Lockup — Underrepresented on the Home Front: Creating a Blueprint for Quality Reintegration into Home and Family After Incarceration,” Ninth Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Program Booklet (2008)

Certifications and Bar Membership (State): Louisiana

Honors and Achievements: Recipient of Co-Teacher of the Year, Arizona Summit Law School

Recipient of Dean Jon Mills Excellent Service Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Recipient of Rahim Reed Outstanding Service Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Black Law Student Association

Recipient of Outstanding Service Award, Dean’s Recognition, Admissions Office Prospectus, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Recipient of Faculty/Student Appreciation Award, Edward Waters College

Recipient of Outstanding Achievements in Education award, Ebony magazine

Recipient of Dean Louis Westerfield Leadership Award, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (awarded to the outstanding leader of each graduating class)

Recipient of Street Law Outstanding Service Award, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Member, moot court team, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Legal Focus: Criminal defense; contracts, mergers, and acquisitions; sports and entertainment

CLS Courses: Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Evidence, Real Property, Trial Advocacy

Shandrea Williams, JD
Professor of Law