2013/14 Catalog
Adjunct Faculty
  • 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: AB, University of California, Berkeley; JD, New York University School of Law 

    Courses: Civil Procedure and Legal Analysis and Writing 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    Robert Barrett

    Professor of Law

    In addition to teaching at Concord, Professor Barrett 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, storefront-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: BA, Georgetown University, summa cum laude; JD and MSFS, Georgetown University Schools of Law and Foreign Service, editor of the Georgetown Law Journal 

    Course: Professional Responsibility 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    Jason Burk

    Professor of Law

    Professor Burk has taught at Concord since 2001. After graduation from Drake University, Professor Burk was in private practice for 9 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: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts 

    State Bar Memberships: Georgia and Nevada 

    Scott Burnham

    Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Burnham has taught at the University of Montana since 1981 and has been a visiting faculty member at many other law schools. He teaches Contract Drafting 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: BA, Williams College; JD and LLM, New York University 

    Course: Contract Drafting 

    State Bar Membership: Montana 

    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 United States Supreme Court. In addition to his duties as an assistant public defender, Professor Ciroli is the editor of The Defender, a newsletter produced for practitioners of criminal law in and around Pittsburgh. Prior to becoming an assistant public defender, 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 abroad at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland, and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Education: BA, Duquesne University; JD, Capital University School of Law 

    Courses: Criminal Procedure and Evidence 

    State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania 

    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 has testified before the Wisconsin Governor's Commission on Families and Children on current legal issues facing families and children. Representative Publications:

    • "The Agunah Divorce Problem in Jewish Society: Exploring the Possibility of an International Law Solution," 17 Wisconsin International Law Journal, 109-144 (1999).
    • "The Many Effects of Rape: The Victim, Her Family, and Suggestions for Family Therapy," 23 Family Therapy, 95-116 (1996).
    • Father Involvement: Policies and Programs: Report to the Governor's Commission on Families and Children, Madison, WI: Office of the Lieutenant Governor (1995).

    Education: BA and MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison; JD, University of Wisconsin Law School 

    Courses: Civil Procedure and Medical Malpractice/Professional Liability 

    State Bar Memberships: Nevada and Wisconsin 

    Deena Degenova

    Professor of Law

    Education: JD, Pace University School of Law 

    Course: Criminal Procedure 

    State Bar Membership: Florida 

    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 University of West Los Angeles School of Law teaching criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal research and writing. Selected publications include: "Alabama v. White: Further Erosion of Fourth Amendment Rights," 22 University of West Los Angeles Law Review, 255 (1991).

    Education: BS, University of Kansas; JD, University of West Los Angeles School of Law 

    Courses: Criminal Procedure and Legal Research 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    Joel W. Friedman

    Professor of Law

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

    Education: BS, Cornell University; JD, Yale University 

    Course: Employment Discrimination 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    Richard Herman

    Professor of Law

    Professor Hermann has been an attorney career counselor for more than 30 years. He was the cofounder of Federal Reports, Inc., a legal career publishing and consulting firm, including www.attorneyjob.com, a business sold to Thomson Reuters in 2007. He is an author and frequent speaker on law and legally related employment at conferences, such as National Association of Law Placement (NALP), 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. He was also a consultant to numerous U.S. government departments and agencies on national security law, personnel and employment law, and human resources matters. Legal Career Management, a course he developed and teaches for Concord, is the first course in a law school program to offer a structured approach to managing a legal career.

    Education: BA, Yale University; MA, New School University; JD, Cornell Law School 

    Course: Legal Career Management 

    State Bar Memberships: District of Columbia and New York 

    Mary Jensen

    Professor of Law

    In addition to teaching at Concord, Professor Jensen has served as an adjunct professor of legal writing with Brigham Young University. She also maintains an active law practice where she specializes primarily in adoptions, estate planning, and business organizations.

    Education: BA, JD, and MLS, Brigham Young University 

    Course: Legal Analysis and Writing 

    State Bar Membership: Utah 

    Andrea L. Johnson

    Professor of Law

    In addition to her work with Concord, Professor Johnson 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, and Telecommunications. Professor Johnson previously worked in business management and economic development in Washington, DC, 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 Journal of Law and Education, Law and Technology Journal, and Rutgers Law Journal.

    Education: BA, Howard University; JD, Harvard Law School 

    Course: Business Planning and Skills Training 

    Marc Jones

    Professor of Law

    Professor Jones lives in Indiana and is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense work. Previously, he served in the active-duty Air Force for 10 years in the JAG Corp, where he was a criminal litigator. Although most experience was as a criminal defense attorney, he served both as a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney. He has worked at both the trial and appellate levels.

    Education: BA, Northeastern Illinois University; JD, Howard University; LLM, George Washington University 

    Courses: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts; Criminal Procedure and Evidence 

    State Bar Memberships: Illinois and Indiana 

    Rob Landry

    Professor of Law

    Dr. Landry holds a JD 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 PhD 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 covering 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 Journal of the Legal Profession. 

    Education: BS, University of North Alabama; JD, University of Alabama School of Law; MPA, Jacksonville State University; PhD, Auburn University 

    Courses: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts; and Real Property 

    State Bar Membership: Alabama 

    David Larson


    Professor Larson is a professor of law at the Hamline University School of Law and a senior fellow at Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment (CCH Inc.), served as an arbitrator for the Omaha Tribe, was a hearing examiner for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, and currently is an independent arbitrator. Professor Larson also has served as a tenured faculty member at the Creighton University School of Law, an appellate attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission headquarters in Washington, DC, and a litigation attorney in a Minneapolis law firm. Professor Larson has published 50 articles and book chapters and has made more than 120 professional presentations in Austria, Australia, China, England, Ireland, Sweden, and the United States. His recent articles have focused on technology-mediated dispute resolution (TMDR) and are available online at ssrn.com/author=709717

    Education: BA, DePauw University; JD, University of Illinois College of Law; LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School 

    Course: ADR and Technology 

    State Bar Memberships: Minnesota; inactive in Illinois and Nebraska 

    Edward Martin

    Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Martin 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 to 2006); Personal Injury Damages (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1980); and several other works including coauthorship 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: BS and JD, University of Tennessee, research editor and assistant editor, Tennessee Law Review 

    Course: Medical Products Liability 

    State Bar Membership: Tennessee 

    Jerry A. Menikoff

    Professor of Law

    Dr. 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, the 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: AB, Harvard College; JD and MPP, Harvard University and Kennedy School of Government; MD, Washington University (St. Louis) School of Medicine 

    Course: Health Care Policy 

    State Bar Membership: New York 

    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 with Concord, she is currently working in the corporate headquarters of an insurance firm where her focus is group insurance.

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

    Courses: Constitutional Law and Community Property 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    M. Ellen Murphy

    Program Director, Professor of Law, and Program Developer, Small Business Practice LLM

    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. Prior to joining Concord Law School, Professor Murphy served as the executive director for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a private, nonprofit 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, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by several years in private practice where she represented public and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations in commercial business transactions.

    Education: BS, North Carolina State University; JD, Wake Forest University School of Law 

    Course: Cross Profession Ethics 

    State Bar Membership: North Carolina 

    Vanessa Rollins

    Professor of Law

    Professor Rollins began her law career as an associate with Workman, Nydegger & Seeley in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she focused on patent and trademark prosecution. She later joined the firms of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in Palo Alto, California, and Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of patent litigation, trademark oppositions, and domain name disputes. She has taught courses in intellectual property law, copyright law, trademark and unfair competition law, patent law, and contract law, and coached several moot court teams for the state of Michigan competition and the annual intellectual property-focused Giles Rich Moot Court Competition. In addition, Professor Rollins has been an assistant professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law, an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University School of Law, and, most recently, she was a visiting professor of law at Wayne State University School of Law. Her publications include: "Illustrative Fair Use: Braun versus the Bunny," 13 Marquette I.P. L. Rev. 285 (2009); and "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," 37 N.M. L. Rev. 147 (2007). Professor Rollins worked as a molecular biologist before entering the legal profession.

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

    Course: Intellectual Property 

    State Bar Memberships: California and Utah 

    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: BBA, University of Georgia—Athens; JD, Emory University School of Law; MA, University of Alabama—Birmingham 

    Courses: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts 

    State Bar Memberships: Georgia and Illinois 

    Robert Schwartz

    Professor of Law

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

    Education: BA, Stanford; JD, Harvard Law School 

    Course: Bioethics 

    State Bar Memberships: New Mexico and New York 

    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 contract 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 60 cases to verdict in both first and second chair capacity and served as solicitor to municipalities, school districts, and municipal authorities.

    Education: BA, cum laude, Washington and Jefferson College; JD, Duquesne University School of Law 

    Course: Real Property 

    State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania 

    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: BA, Montclair State University; JD, New York University School of Law 

    Courses: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts; Civil Procedure; and Medical Products Liability 

    State Bar Memberships: District of Columbia and New Jersey 

    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 noninfringement opinions, and participating 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:

    • "Foreign Use of a Mark May Establish Trademark Priority in the U.S.,"13:5 The Intellectual Property Strategist, 3-6 (2007).
    • "Fair Use, Lawful Use of Another's Trademark," World Trademark Yearbook, 457-463 (2006).

    Education: BS, York University; JD, Cardozo School of Law 

    Course: Patent Application Drafting 

    State Bar Membership: New York 

    Jeffrey Van Detta

    Professor of Law

    Professor Van Detta clerked for a 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: BA, Union College; JD, Albany Law School 

    Courses: Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Conflicts of Laws, and Contract Drafting 

    State Bar Memberships: Georgia and New York 

    Paul Virgo

    Professor of Law

    Professor Virgo practices in Los Angeles, California, 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 School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics and professional responsibility before numerous organizations, associations, and committees. Professor Virgo retired from the State Bar of California after 25 years of service, the last 12 of which he was an assistant chief trial counsel.

    Education: BA, California State University, Northridge; JD, Whittier Law School 

    Course: Professional Responsibility 

    State Bar Membership: California 

    Terry L. Watt

    Professor of Law

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

    Education: BA, JD, MBA, and PhD, University of Tulsa; MA, Princeton University 

    Course: Patent Law Fundamentals 

    State Bar Membership: Oklahoma 

    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. Professor Yang-Page has been a practicing lawyer for more than 10 years, focusing primarily on constitutional, employment, and immigration law. After graduating from law school, she 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 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: BA, Northwestern University; JD, New York University 

    Course: Constitutional Law 

    State Bar Memberships: California, Hawaii, and Indiana 

    Barbara Youngberg

    Professor of Law

    Professor Youngberg is the former 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 9 years at the Loyola University Chicago College of Law and Health Law Institute. 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 and Patient Safety and Quality Health Care.

    Education: BSN, Illinois Wesleyan; JD, DePaul University, College of Law; MSW, University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work 

    Course: Risk Management 

    State Bar Membership: Illinois