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Abrams, Roger I.

Richardson Professor of Law

Cornell University, BA 1967
Harvard University, JD 1970

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Brief Description

Professor Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.

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Adler, Libby S.

Professor of Law

University of Michigan, AB 1989
Northeastern University, JD 1994
Harvard University, LLM 1998

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Professor Adler teaches Constitutional Law, Sexuality, Gender and the Law, and Family Law. At Northeastern, she also has taught Administrative Law and Trusts and Estates. She received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award for 2007-2008.

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Ahmed, Aziza

Associate Professor of Law

Emory University, BA 2000
Harvard University, MS 2003
University of California, Berkeley, JD 2007

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Professor Ahmed is an expert in health law, human rights, property law, international law, and development. Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on issues of both domestic and international law. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development, and Rights. In addition to this work, Professor Ahmed also examines challenges facing Muslim minority communities post 9/11.

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Arkles, Gabriel

Legal Research and Writing Professor

Randolph-Macon Women’s College, BA 2000
New York University, JD 2004

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Professor Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.

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Austin, Daniel A.

Associate Professor of Law

Brigham Young University, BA 1983
University of Pennsylvania, MA 1993
University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1994
Columbia University, JD 1986

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Professor Austin teaches bankruptcy and commercial law. He has written articles on consumer and business bankruptcy, as well as a book, Reaffirmation Agreements in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases.

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Baker, Brook K.

Professor of Law

Harvard University, AB 1969
Northeastern University, JD 1976

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Professor Baker has written on theories of practice-based learning, critical perspectives on legal writing and cross-cultural lawyering. He has taught and consulted in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997, particularly on issues of legal skills, multiculturalism, human rights, and more recently HIV/AIDS and access to medicines. Professor Baker co-teaches an intensive two-week IPR and access to medicines course each July at the University of KwaZulu Natal where he is an honorary research fellow.

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Beletsky, Leo

Assistant Professor of Law and Health Sciences

Vassar College, AB 2000
Brown University, MPH 2004
Temple University, JD 2008

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Professor Beletsky holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His scholarly interest centers on the role of law as a structural determinant of health, and the use of policy interventions to improve population health in a variety of domains, including drug policy, prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases, health and human rights, criminal justice policy and evidence-based healthcare.

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Bennett, Michael G.

Associate Professor of Law

Florida A&M University, BS 1995
Harvard University, JD 1998
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD 2006

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Professor Bennett teaches in the fields of contracts, intellectual property law, and law and technology. His National Science Foundation funded research focuses primarily on the nexus of law and emerging technologies, with a particular focus on nanotechnology. Professor Bennett also advises academic institutions on matters related to the generation of intellectual property, technology transfer and plagiarism.

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Borenstein, Isaac

Lecturer in Law

George Washington University, BA 1972
Northeastern University, JD 1975
Harvard University, LLM 1983

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The Honorable Isaac Borenstein (ret.) was a Judge on the Superior Court of Massachusetts for 16 years and on the Lawrence District Court for 6 years. He has been teaching law, full and part time, at several law schools for over 30 years. His areas of specialty include Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Civil and Criminal Trial Practice. He has also been a trial and appellate lawyer, has written articles on sentencing and judicial participation in plea negotiations, and as a Judge issued hundreds of decisions.

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Breckenridge, Lee P.

Professor of Law

Yale University, BA 1973
Harvard University, JD 1976

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Professor Breckenridge specializes in environmental and natural resources law. She began her career as an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where she worked on some of the agency's initial regulatory efforts to implement the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

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Brown-Hoffmeister , Alea M.

Legal Research and Writing Professor

University of Michigan, AB 1994
Northeastern University, JD 1998

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Alea Brown-Hoffmeister teaches Legal Research and Writing. Professor Brown-Hoffmeister is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Michigan. Prior to returning to Northeastern as a writing instructor, Professor Brown-Hoffmeister worked for several years in Washington, DC, as senior legal counsel to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and then as the Congressional Liaison for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. She also served as the Director of Policy and Legislation for Ohio Governor Strickland at the Department of Transportation.

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Burnham, Margaret A.

Professor of Law

Tougaloo College, BA 1966
University of Pennsylvania, LLB 1969

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Professor Burnham joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty in 2002. Her fields of expertise are civil and human rights, comparative constitutional rights, and international criminal law. She is the founder of the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, which engages students in legal matters relating to the 1960s US civil rights movement.

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Danielsen, Dan

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, LLM and International Programs

University of California, Los Angeles, BA 1984
Harvard University, JD 1989

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Professor Danielsen is a legal scholar who spent many years as an international business lawyer. He teaches Corporations, Law and Development, International Business Regulation, International Law and Conflict of Laws. Professor Danielsen’s research explores the complex role of the business firm in global governance.

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Davis, Martha F.

Professor of Law

Harvard University, AB 1979
Trinity College, Oxford University, MA 1981
University of Chicago, JD 1983

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Professor Davis teaches Women’s Rights Lawyering, Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility. She is also a faculty director for the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

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Daynard, Richard A.

University Distinguished Professor of Law

Columbia University, AB 1964
Harvard University, JD 1967
Columbia University, MA 1970
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 1980

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Professor Daynard is at the forefront of an international movement to establish the legal responsibility of the tobacco industry for tobacco-induced death, disease and disability. He is president of the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute and chair of its Tobacco Products Liability Project. He is also an international leader in combating the obesity epidemic.

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Drew, Melinda F.

Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program

St. Joseph's College, BS 1974
Boston University, EdM 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1987

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Professor Drew, who is also a registered nurse, directed substance abuse treatment programs before attending law school. Following graduation, she practiced civil rights, consumer, housing and personal injury law in a general practice litigation firm and then worked as a solo practitioner doing civil appellate work.

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Dyal-Chand, Rashmi

Professor of Law and Research Director

Grinnell College, BA 1991
Northeastern University, JD 1994

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Professor Dyal-Chand's research and teaching focus on property law, poverty, economic development and consumer law. Her recent projects have examined the role of property remedies in achieving more equal distribution.

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Enrich, Peter D.

Professor of Law

Yale University, BA 1972
Harvard University, JD 1983

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Professor Enrich was general counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance before joining the law school's faculty. Following law school, Professor Enrich clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during his tenure on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Fray, Julian M..

Richardson Professor of Law

Amherst College, BA 2005
Columbia University School of Law, JD 2008
Boston University School of Law, LLM Taxation 2013

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Brief Description

Professor Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.

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Givelber, Daniel J.

Professor of Law

Harvard University, AB 1961
Harvard University, LLB 1964

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Professor Givelber served as dean of the law school from 1984 until 1993, and was interim dean during the 1998-1999 academic year. He is an expert in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and capital punishment, and has been engaged in pro bono death penalty litigation for many years.

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Hackney, James R.

Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and Research Support and Professor of Law

University of Southern California, AB 1986
Yale University, JD 1989

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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.

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Hahn-Dupont, Margaret

Legal Research and Writing Professor

University of Pennsylvania, BA 1987
Georgetown University, JD 1991

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Professor Hahn-DuPont teaches Legal Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Writing. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, she taught Legal Research and Writing at the School of Law as an adjunct professor, in both the first-year and upper-level programs, and served as the writing specialist for the law school. Professor Hahn-DuPont was an acting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program at New York University, and has taught first-year and upper-level Legal Research and Writing courses at Brooklyn Law School, Fordham University School of Law (where she also taught in the LLM program) and Boston University School of Law.

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Holohan, Wallace E.

Clinical Professor and Director of the Prisoners' Rights Clinic

Fitchburg State University, BA 1976

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Professor Holohan is founding director of the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic, which provides rigorous training in the adversarial process to students and extraordinary representation to prison inmates

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Klare, Karl E.

George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

Columbia University, BA 1967
Yale University, MA 1968
Harvard University, JD 1975

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Professor Klare focuses on labor and employment law and legal theory, fields in which he has written and lectured extensively. In 1993, he was named Matthews Distinguished University Professor, one of Northeastern’s highest honors.

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Lee, Sarah Hooke

Associate Dean and Director of Research and Information Services

University of Maine, BA 1974
University of Maine, MLS 1976
University of Maine, JD 1982

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Brief Description

Professor Lee joined the School of Law in 2003 as head of the law library and related departments. She previously served in a similar position at Florida International University College of Law.

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Lewis, Hope

Faculty Director, Global Legal Studies and Professor of Law

Harvard University/Radcliffe College, AB 1983
Harvard University, JD 1986

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Professor Lewis specializes in public international law. A human rights scholar and advocate for more than two decades, she co-founded the law school's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. She co-authored the textbook Human Rights & the Global Marketplace. Her areas of interest include public International law, and critical approaches to identity and the law (i.e., race, gender, disability, culture, and transnational migration).

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Madison, Kristin M.

Professor of Law and Health Sciences

University of California, Berkeley, BA 1992
Yale University, JD 2000
Stanford University, PhD 2001

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Professor Madison holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Her primary research is in the areas of health economics, health law and health policy.

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Maze-Rothstein, Susan A.

Senior Academic Specialist

Cornell University, BA 1981
Boston College, JD 1985

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Susan Maze-Rothstein manages the community social justice projects in the first-year Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program.

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Medwed, Daniel S.

Professor of Law

Yale College, BA 1991
Harvard Law School, JD 1995

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Professor Medwed teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies. His research interests and pro bono activities revolve primarily around the topic of wrongful convictions.

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Meltsner, Michael

George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

Oberlin College, AB 1957
Yale University, JD 1960

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Professor Meltsner was first assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1960s and served as dean of the law school from 1979 until 1984. His memoir, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer, was published in 2006 (University of Virginia Press). Among his other writings are: Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment; Public Interest Advocacy; Reflections on Clinical Legal Education; and Short Takes, a novel.

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Montgomery, Susan Barbieri

Executive Professor of Law and Business

Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1971
Rhode Island School of Design, MAE 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1986

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As a member of the faculties of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Law, Professor Montgomery teaches a variety of business and intellectual property (IP) courses, including Business Law, IP Asset Strategies for Global Business, Early Stage IP Decisions, IP Transactions Practice,Trademarks and Branding Practice and International IP Law. She previously taught Trademark Law and an International IP Law Seminar at Suffolk University Law School.

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O'Connell, Mary E.

Professor of Law

Brandeis University, AB 1970
Northeastern University, JD 1975

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Professor O'Connell teaches in the fields of family law, children's law and property. She serves on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Family Court Review, and is active in a number of projects and associations that work to bridge the gap between the legal and mental health professions.

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Parmet, Wendy E.

George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

Cornell University, BA 1979
Harvard University, JD 1982

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Associate Dean Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s JD/MPH program with Tufts University School of Medicine as well as the Program on Health Policy and Law.

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Paul, Jeremy R.

Dean and Professor of Law

Princeton University, BA 1978
Harvard University, JD 1981

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Jeremy Paul joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty as dean in 2012. He teaches Constitutional Law, Property and Jurisprudence.

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Phillips, David M.

Professor of Law

Brandeis University, AB 1964
Columbia University, JD 1967

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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.

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Ramirez, Deborah A.

Professor of Law

Northwestern University, BA 1977
Harvard University, JD 1981

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Professor Ramirez is dedicated to teaching and working within the network of students and professors at Northeastern University. She teaches criminal justice for first year students, along with advanced courses in criminal procedure and post-9/11 civil rights vis-à-vis counter-terrorism.

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Rolland, Sonia Elise

Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, LLM and International Programs

Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (France), BA 1999
Université Paris-10 (France), MA 2000
University of Michigan, JD 2003
Cambridge University (UK), PhD 2009

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Professor Rolland's writings focus on the legal framework for sustainable and socio-economic development in international economic law. Her research interests include public international law, international trade law, international environmental law and energy regulation. She teaches Public International Law, International Trade Law, International Business Transactions and Cross-Border Civil Litigation.

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Rosenbloom, Rachel E.

Associate Professor of Law

Columbia University, BA 1990
University of California, Berkeley, MA 1994
New York University, JD 2002

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Professor Rosenbloom teaches and writes in the area of immigration law and policy. Her recent scholarship has focused on the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, the possibilities and limits of transnational legal advocacy in advancing the rights of deportees, and the role of race and immigration in the historical development of U.S. citizenship law.

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Rowan, James V.

Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Programs

Georgetown University, AB 1967
Duke University, JD 1970
Duke University, LLM 1978

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Professor Rowan is an expert at representing poor people and their organizations. 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 in the law school’s Legal Skills in Social Context program.

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Sessa, Peter B.

Associate Academic Specialist and Director, Community Business Clinic

Long Island University, BA 1973
St. John's University School of Law, JD

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Professor Sessa is an expert practitioner who brings more than three decades of practical experience to his role as director of the School of Law’s Community Business Law Clinic.

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Sills, Ira

Lecturer in Law

Queens College, BA 1967
Brown University, MA 1971
Northeastern University, JD 1977

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Professor Ira Sills is a part-time lecturer who teaches Labor Law and Collective Bargaining. He is a partner in the law firm of Segal, Roitman and Coleman, where he has practiced labor and employment Law since his graduation from the School of Law.

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Sloane, Susan

Director of Legal Research and Writing in the LSSC Program

Vassar College, AB 1969
Boston University, JD 1972

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Susan Sloane is the director of Legal Research and Writing in the Legal Skills in Social Context program. She joined the Northeastern adjunct faculty in 2006-2007, and she became the full-time director of Legal Research and Writing in 2008.

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Spieler, Emily A.

Hadley Professor of Law

Radcliffe College/Harvard University, AB 1969
Yale University, JD 1973

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Emily Spieler is the Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. From 2002 until 2012, she served as dean of the School of Law. During 2012-2013, Professor Spieler was on sabbatical and she returns to teaching at Northeastern in 2013-2014.

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Subrin, Stephen N.

Professor of Law

Harvard University, AB 1958
Harvard University, LLB 1963

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Before joining the Northeastern University faculty in 1970, Professor Subrin practiced civil litigation and labor law for seven years with the Boston firm of Burns & Levinson, where he became a partner in 1966. He has published extensively on civil procedure, with an emphasis on procedural reform, and the historical background of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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Swanson, Kara W.

Associate Professor of Law

Yale University, BS 1987
University of California, Berkeley, MA 1988
University of California, Berkeley, JD 1992
Harvard University, PhD 2009

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Professor Swanson is an accomplished scholar, legal practitioner and scientist whose chief interests are in intellectual property, gender and sexuality, the history of science, medicine and technology, and legal history. She earned her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 2009.

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Williams, Lucy A.

Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Initiatives

Baylor University, BA 1969
University of Chicago, JD 1974

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A nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, Professor Williams focuses on the dependency created in low-wage labor relationships, and how the political rhetoric connecting "dependency" with receipt of welfare has diverted attention from the structural issues within low-wage labor markets.

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Woo, Margaret Y. K.

Professor of Law

Brown University, AB 1979
New York University, JD 1983
Georgetown University, LLM 1989

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Professor Woo teaches civil procedure, administrative law and comparative law. In 1997, she was named the law school's Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. She is also a faculty director for the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.