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Harvard University, AB 1969
Northeastern University, JD 1976
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Professor Baker teaches a Global HIV/AIDS Policy seminar, disability discrimination law, negotiations and an analytical skills workshop. His recent scholarship has focused intellectual property and access to medicines and intensifying the legal, economic and policy response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemics.
He has taught and consulted in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997. Professor Baker is an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Professor Baker is a senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially expanded and improved medical treatment. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, access to medicines and medicines regulatory policy, including with the African Union, NEPAD, Uganda, ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Venezuela, CARICOM, UK DfID, the World Health Organization, the Millennium Development Goals Project, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Open Society Institute, UNDP, UNITAID, the Medicines Patent Pool, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and others. He also serves as an NGOs board member to UNITAID, which acts to improve market dynamics and early market entry of medicines and diagnostics needed to address HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C and malaria. In January 2015, Professor Baker joined the Technical Working Group of the Equitable Access Initiative (EAI), which seeks to develop a new framework to classify countries by key components of equitable access to health, including components in addition to GDP or GNI.
Professor Baker also works on policy issues concerning the Global Fund and the US PEPFAR Program, and how those priority disease initiatives might contribute more broadly to improving health care delivery in developing countries. Finally, he analyzes resource needs for global health, innovative financing mechanisms and IMF macroeconomic policies that restrict increased government and donor spending on health and education in developing countries.
UCLA School of Law, JD
Boston State College, BS
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Professor Davidson’s interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and advocacy endeavors focus on health law and policy, with an emphasis on emerging issues in public health law.
As a Senior Staff Attorney for the Public Health Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Northeastern University Law School, she managed a multi-year tobacco law project funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. During her tenure at PHAI Pat also taught Northeastern School of Law’s Public Health Law Clinic, introducing climate change to the clinic curriculum. Earlier in her career Davidson specialized in HIV/AIDS law and policy, serving as the American Bar Association’s first director of its AIDS Coordinating Committee and as a congressional liaison for the AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC.
Professor Davidson earned her Juris Doctor degree at UCLA School of Law and has taught health law courses in California as well as Massachusetts. At UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco Pat taught health and biomedical courses which drew students from both the J.D and Masters of Legal Studies Program.
She also developed and taught a year-long hybrid online Climate Change course for the Masters in Sustainable Business degree program at Marlboro College in Vermont.
Currently Professor Davidson is teaching qualitative research and writing skills courses and Global Corporate Social Responsibility to international graduate students at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MA 2000
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 1993
Cornell University, BA 1988
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Professor Grinspoon is an attorney and investment adviser/investment company examiner at the Boston Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he examines a wide variety of investment advisers, including hedge funds and private equity funds. Prior to working at the SEC, Professor Grinspoon was an enforcement attorney at the Massachusetts Securities Division, where he investigated and litigated numerous instances of securities fraud. Prior to that, he practiced law at the Boston law firm Gadsby Hannah (now McCarter & English), where he specialized in general corporate law, securities law, transactional law, franchise law and Article IX of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Professor Grinspoon has taught legal research and writing, and currently teaches Securities Regulation, Law of Financial Institutions (banking law) and Transactional Drafting, as well as Financial Transactions. Professor Grinspoon has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Cornell University (cum laude), a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Master’s in Public Administration (with a concentration in finance and regulation of financial markets) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Newton with his two daughters.
Master of Legal Studies
Yale University, JD 1989
University of Southern California, AB 1986
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Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Hackney was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella. He was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal during law school.
Professor Hackney’s research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. His fields of expertise also include corporate law, as well as race and the law. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007) and Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012).
Thomas M. Madden
Northwestern University, JD 1989
New York University, MA 1996
Trinity College, BA 1986
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Professor Madden is a seasoned professor of law and business and for over 25 years has provided legal and strategic counsel to private businesses and financial institutions. His expertise includes contract law, international business ethics and CSR, law & strategy, and securities regulation.
He is principal of Law & Strategy Advisors in Boston. In the past, he has taught courses at New York University, Providence College School of Business, and Roger Williams University School of Law.
He is a member of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York Bars.
Pace University, JD 1997
Cornell University, BA 1992
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Professor Nolon is an expert professor and practitioner of law who currently teaches full time at Vermont Law School and serves as a guest lecturer for Northeastern University.
He has designed and taught courses on land use law, environmental law, and dispute resolution at Vermont Law School, Pace Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Pepperdine Law School, and Dartmouth College. In the past, he has served as the director of the Land Use Law Center and executive director of the Theodore W. Kheel Center on Environmental Solutions at Pace University School of Law. He is also an experienced litigator, mediator, and arbitrator specializing in public policy, environmental, and complex commercial disputes.
Professor Nolon’s scholarship has been cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications including: Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes (Lincoln Institute, 2013) with Ona Fergosun and Patrick Field; and “Environmental Dispute Resolution” (In: The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing) edited by Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl. His articles have been published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Idaho Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
Professor Nolon conducts training programs on negotiation, mediation and environmental law for NGOs, private companies, local governments, state agencies domestically and internationally. Representative clients include: Scenic Hudson, Village of Ossining, the Surdna Foundation, Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA), Utah Property Rights Ombudsman, and The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007, Professor Nolon was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Honors Award.
Master of Legal Studies Program Director
Cornell University, BA 1979
Harvard University, JD 1982
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Professor Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Program on Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs.
She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care. In addition, she is co-editor of the law school’s SSRN online publications, Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Paper Series. In 2016, Professor Parmet was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference
Professor Parmet has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law. She is co-author of Ethical Health Care (Prentice Hall, 2005) and Debates on U.S. Health Care (Sage Press, 2012), and author of Populations, Public Health, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2009).
Professor Parmet clerked with Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced with a large law firm prior to joining the Northeastern faculty. She is a member of the boards of directors (and a past president of the board) of Health Law Advocates and Health Care for All. Previously she has served as secretary for the Public Health Law Association and as a member of the ABA’s AIDS Coordinating Committee and Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.
In 1998, Professor Parmet acted as co-counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, the first AIDS/HIV case to come before the US Supreme Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Parmet’s client, Sidney Abbott, had been refused treatment by her dentist when she revealed her HIV-positive status, although she was asymptomatic. The high court said that because she was infected with HIV, she was entitled to the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012 Professor Parmet was lead counsel in Finch v. Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that a state law denying state subsidized health insurance to legal immigrants was unconstitutional.
David M. Philips
Columbia University, JD 1967
Brandeis University, AB 1964
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Professor Phillips has written extensively in the areas of business ethics, foreign trade and investment, commercial law, corporations, the Uniform Commercial Code, the role of legal scholarship and law schools in developing nations and foreign legal systems, and federal restrictions on aviation and foreign investment.
Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Phillips was a Fulbright scholar and lecturer at Seoul National University Graduate School of Law, a fellow of the International Legal Center and a consultant to the US Cultural Attaché to the Republic of Korea and the Agency for International Development. Professor Phillips served as a co-reporter of a Boston Bar Association project to revise the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law. The revised statute was passed and signed into law, effective July 2004. He teaches in the areas of corporate and business law.
Rebecca L. Rausch
Northeastern University, JD 2004
University of California, Berkeley, ML 2011
Brandeis University, BA 2001
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Professor Rausch’s expertise is in health law and regulation, including but not limited to: issues pertaining to Medicare/Medicaid, private insurance structures and regulation, tax exemption, fraud and abuse, reproductive health, compliance, medical malpractice, and numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her interests extend to administrative law, contracts, professional responsibility, and feminist legal theory.
In the past, Professor Rausch has served as a Health Care Associate and as a Litigation Associate at law practices in the Boston area; she has taught at Seattle University School of Law. Professor Rausch is also a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.
Duke University, JD 1970
Duke University, LLM 1978
Georgetown University, AB 1967
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His fields of expertise include administrative law, benefits law, civil liability, civil rights, clinical legal education, community development, constitutional law, consumer protection, cooperative legal education, court procedure and evidence, disability law, domestic violence, employment law, insurance, legal education, legal ethics, poverty law, public interest advocacy, race and the law, and social security. He has taught courses in Welfare Law, Poverty Law and Practice, Trial Practice, Lawyering Process, Professional Responsibility and an advanced course in Criminal Procedure. He is also involved with the Pathways to Practice program.
Professor Rowan heads the Poverty Law and Practice Clinic and supervises all of the clinical programs. His specific interests include community legal education, economic development and grassroots organizing. He works collaboratively with a range of legal services and private practitioners on these issues.
Suffolk University, JD 2005
Boston College, BA 2001
Natacha Thomas currently works as labor counsel for the City of Boston.
She represents the City in litigation involving labor-management disputes such as contract interpretation and discipline, advises management regarding legal and policy considerations in labor relations, and assists in the administration of collective bargaining agreements.
Prior to her role as labor counsel, Attorney Thomas was the founder and principal of The Law Office of Natacha Thomas, an employment law solo practice. She handled a wide range of employment law matters, including: employment discrimination before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, wage and hour, and the Family Medical Leave Act. She also counseled clients on non-litigation matters such as employment agreements and negotiating severance.
Attorney Thomas was a 2005 Equal Justice Works/Greenberg Traurig Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. As an EJW Fellow she created and implemented a three-part fellowship project to increase access to free legal representation in the Haitian community, by: 1. advocating for the rights of nurse’s aides; 2. representing individual clients in employment matters, such as the denial of unemployment insurance and non-payment of wages; and 3. improving access to tax credits in the Haitian community. The breadth of her representation involved judicial and administrative litigation.
Her background in employment law also encompasses community lawyering and executive lobbying. As a result of her community outreach and client representation, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination initiated employment testing after Attorney Thomas identified areas of employment where Haitian nurse’s aides faced discriminatory treatment and lobbied the agency to effectuate change. Similarly, Attorney Thomas led the efforts of the Boston taxi drivers to reform the taxi industry and provide sustaining wages and better working conditions by educating policy makers about systemic issues.
Director of Online & Hybrid Programs
Harvard Law School, JD
University of Oxford, MPhil
University of California, Los Angeles, BA
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Dan Urman is the director of the School of Law’s Online & Hybrid Programs and holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He has been a member of the Northeastern Community since 2009, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and leading programs at the university (including the Doctor of Law & Policy and undergraduate minor in Law & Public Policy). Dan teaches topics including the American Legal System, Constitutional Law & the U.S. Supreme Court, Human Rights, and Criminal Justice.
Before coming to Northeastern, Dan practiced law at large law firms and served as a criminal prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Assistant Director of Online and Hybrid Programs
Northeastern University, MS
Northeastern University, MA
Northeastern University, BS
Marsha White is an enthusiastic, compassionate and driven higher education professional with over six years of experience working at Northeastern University. She specializes in admissions, academic advising, student affairs and implementing events and activities that aid in student retention and success.
Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Online and Hybrid Programs in the School of Law and is engaged in admissions, advising, and student retention initiatives. She will be working with students in the Master of Legal Studies cohort and implementing new certificate programs and online degrees.
In the past, Marsha was instrumental in making outstanding contributions to the pre-matriculated bridge programs of Global Pathways and American Classroom at the College of Professional Studies. In addition to meeting with and advising international, undergraduate and adult learners, Marsha helped envision and develop the American Classroom Global Student Ambassadors program, organized and led student orientation events, and served as a liaison to the undergraduate degree programs.
Marsha is a proud Martin Luther King Fellow and Triple Husky, having received three degrees from Northeastern University. She graduated magna cum laude and received her B.S. in Music Industry, M.A. in Journalism, and M.S. in Nonprofit Management specializing in Higher Education Administration. She is currently enrolled in the Adult and Organizational Learning certificate program at the College of Professional Studies. Marsha has attended the NAFSA conference in California and the Academic Impressions First Year Student Experience: Assessing and Improving Your Program in New Orleans, Louisiana. She continues to hold membership in the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and hopes to continue to advance in the field of higher education.