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  • 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

    Greg Brandes, Professor of Law +

    Professor Brandes joined Concord in 1999 after nearly 15 years in corporate and solo practice, a successful career in business, and many years of teaching. Professor Brandes served as dean of the law school from 2011 to 2014. He has over 25 years of experience preparing law students and prospective law students for the bar exam and other admission and licensing examinations. In addition to his law school teaching, he has lectured extensively, in CLE and other forums, on negotiation, management, and leadership skills and contract, business, privacy, and employment law. Among other written works, he published Straight Talk on Workplace Law, a commonsense guide to human resources compliance and risk management for small businesses.

    Professor Brandes was named Outstanding First-Year Professor in 2003, receiving the 2003 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was also recognized by the graduating class of 2003 with its Outstanding Faculty Award, and by a Law School Service Award in 2004. In addition to his State Bar membership, Professor Brandes is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Education: BA, summa cum laude, Marycrest College; JD, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

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

    State Bar Memberships: Colorado and Illinois

    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 has been with Concord since 2003. He is also senior litigation counsel for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and practices before all courts in Pennsylvania as well as the United States Supreme Court. During his career, Professor Ciroli was also general counsel for an international IT company and an assistant public defender in Pittsburgh in the appeals unit. Professor Ciroli practices in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, immigration, employment, contracts, government, and international law. He also studied European constitutional law at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland, and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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

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

    State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania

    Federal Bar Membership: U.S. Supreme Court

    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 professional liability, 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.

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

    Courses: Civil Procedure and Medical Malpractice

    State Bar Memberships: Nevada and Wisconsin

    Deena Degenova, Professor of Law +
    Professor DeGenova has been with Concord Law School since 2003. In addition to teaching at Concord, she was most recently an assistant professor of research, writing, and advocacy at Ave Maria School of Law. During her career, Professor DeGenova was also a staff attorney in the Florida Court System concentrating on post-conviction motions; an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General/Tampa, in both the Criminal Appeals department and in areas of dependency; and in private practice in the areas of family law and bankruptcy.

    Education:JD, Pace University School of Law

    Courses: First Year Curriculum—Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts; Criminal Procedure; Legal Writing and Test Taking

    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 cofounded Federal Reports, Inc., a legal career information and consulting firm whose offerings included www.attorneyjobs.com. He sold the business to Thompson Reuters in 2007.

    He is the author of nine books and a 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. He also writes the Law Careers Blog for www.legalcareerweb.com and writes a weekly op-ed column for the Messenger-Post Media syndicate.

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

    The Legal Career Management course he developed and teaches for Concord is the first law school program in the nation to offer a structured approach to managing a legal career. He also contributes to The Future of Law Practice course.

    Education: BA, Yale University; MA, New School University; JD, Cornell Law
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    Courses: Legal Career Management; The Future of Law Practice

    State Bar Membership: New York, District of Columbia


    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

    Mark B. Lehnardt, Course Director +

    Professor Lehnardt has been involved in international trade practice and policy for more than 10 years, with experience from the perspective of the court, the government, and the private sector. He clerked for the Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway on the U.S. Court of International Trade; defended the United States in trade remedy litigation before U.S. courts and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body; and represented private party interests in trade remedies cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. courts. He has also participated as part of the U.S. trade remedies policy-making teams, and participated in technical exchanges with several Latin American countries to educate them regarding U.S. trade remedy law. Professor Lehnardt has previously taught classes related to international arbitration and international business transactions.

    Education: BA, Economics, Brigham Young University; JD, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

    Courses: International Trade

    Bar Memberships:
    Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


    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 currently holds a position as in-house counsel for Aetna Life Insurance Company where her main area of focus is group life insurance.

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

    Courses: California Community Property

    State Bar Membership: California

    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 was the editor-in-chief of his alma mater's Law Review, clerked for Judge Roger J. Miner on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York (1987-1988), and then was in private practice for over 12 years at an international law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. In his practice, Professor Van Detta concentrated on international business counseling, federal court litigation, labor law under the NLRA and RLA, and employment discrimination law. Professor Van Detta is a member of the tenured faculty of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is the John E. Ryan Professor of International Business & Workplace Law, and where he also serves as associate dean for faculty scholarship. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Formal Advisory Opinion Board.

    Education: BA, Union College (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Robert G. O'Neale Prize for the Highest Standing in Classics); JD, Albany Law School (cum laude; Justinian Academic Honor Society; editor-in-chief, Albany Law Review, Volume 51); LLM, Foreign and Comparative Law, University of London (in progress; expected 2017-2018).

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

    State Bar Memberships: Georgia and New York
     
    Terry L. Watt, Professor of Law +

    Professor Watt is a Director in the Tulsa firm of Feller Snider, P.C., in the IP group and a thrice-elected member of the firm's governing Executive Committee. His practice includes trademark, copyright, and patent law and litigation, with particular focus on computer and software law. He has over 25 years experience teaching both law and technical courses for the University of Tulsa. He is a registered patent attorney.

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

    Courses: Patent Law Fundamentals, Patent Claim Drafting, Patent Application Drafting, and Patent Litigation

    State Bar Membership: Oklahoma

    Admitted to Practice: Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit