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Abrams, Roger I.

Richardson Professor of Law

Cornell University, BA 1967
Harvard University, JD 1970

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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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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

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 internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national law and policy with a focus on criminal laws that impact health. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development and Rights.

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Arkles, Gabriel

Associate Teaching Professor

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

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Gabriel Arkles teaches Legal Research and Writing. His research interests include the intersection of gender, race, and disability in criminal law and punishment; the role of lawyers in social movements; and the development of lawyering skills from a social justice perspective.

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Baker, Brook K.

Professor of Law

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.

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Beletsky, Leo

Associate 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 expertise is on the use of law to advance public health. He utilizes empirical and theoretical approaches to analyze how legal mechanisms can help curb substance abuse, prevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases and improve patient care. By highlighting discrepancies between black letter law and its real-world implementation, he also examines the relationship between police practices, public health outcomes and human rights of vulnerable groups. Professor Beletsky communicates this work to legal, scientific and mainstream audiences, including as a contributor to The Huffington Post.

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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. Professor Breckenridge continued her environmental work as an assistant attorney general with the state of Tennessee and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a law clerk for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1977-1978.

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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, Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society

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 and Associate Dean for Experiential Education

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

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

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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, chairs its Tobacco Products Liability Project and helped initiate its new Center for Public Health Litigation. He is also an international leader in combating the obesity epidemic.

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Dennis, Johanna K.P.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Rutgers University, Rutgers College, BA 2002
Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, JD 2005
Johns Hopkins University, MS 2007
Trident University International, EdM 2010

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Professor Dennis is an expert in legal research and writing, immigration law, intellectual property law and biotechnology. Dennis has written, published and presented articles in patent law, immigration law, multiculturalism, and legal writing skills and pedagogy. Her current research agenda involves exploring the intersection of immigration law policies and higher education.

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Drew, Melinda F.

Teaching 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 is a leading authority on state and local government and state tax policy, and frequently serves as an advisor to state and local governments and to advocacy groups interested in state and local fiscal policy. He teaches Contracts, State and Local Government, State and Local Taxation, and Legal Skills in Social Context. His areas of research and expertise include state taxation of businesses, tax equity, relationships between different levels of government and funding of public education.

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Fray, Julian M.

Assistant Teaching Professor

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

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Professor Fray teaches Basic Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, and Non-Profit Organizations. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Law Review, and her B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. She also earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University. Her current research focuses on federal regulation of non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on institutions of higher education.

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Gundavaram, Hemanth C.

Associate Teaching Professor, Legal Skills in Social Context

Boston University, BS 2000
Boston University School of Law, JD 2004

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Professor Hemanth Gundavaram teaches in the school’s first-year Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) program. As part of the yearlong LSSC program, he teaches Legal Research and Writing and supervises immigration projects in the LSSC Social Justice Program. He also teaches Administrative Law to upper-level students.

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Hackney, James R.

Professor of Law and Chief of Staff and Senior Strategy Advisor, Office of President Joseph E. Aoun

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

Associate Teaching Professor

University of Pennsylvania, BA 1987
Georgetown University, JD 1991

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Professor Hahn-DuPont teaches Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing and Civil Procedure. 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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Hartung, Stephanie R.

Teaching Professor

Northwestern University, BA 1990
Boston College Law School, JD 1994

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Professor Hartung teaches in the first-year Legal Skills in Social Context program. She has written extensively in the area of federal criminal procedure and wrongful convictions, specifically focusing on procedural bars to post-conviction innocence claims. Most recently, she proposed a federal post-conviction innocence track to address the issue. Additionally, much of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of legal writing and social justice.

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Holohan, Wallace E.

Senior Clinical Specialist 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
University of Pretoria, LLD 2015

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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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Landergan, Mary E.

Associate Teaching Professor and Co-Director of the IP CO-LAB

Wellesley College, BA 1978
University College Dublin, Ireland, MA 1979
Columbia University, JD 1982

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Ms. Landergan, of counsel to Rich May, concentrates on corporate and intellectual property matters. Ms. Landergan has practiced in international law, general commercial litigation, bankruptcy, constitutional law, civil rights and entertainment law.

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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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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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Lindauer, Margo K.

Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Institute

Wellesley College, BA 2003
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2007
Georgetown University Law Center, LLM 2012

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Professor Lindauer holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences as the director of the Domestic Violence Institute and the director of the Domestic Violence Clinic.

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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 law, health policy and health economics.

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Mallory, Carol R.

Associate Teaching Professor

Bowdoin College, BA 1990
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 1996

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Professor Mallory teaches legal research and writing and supervises students’ social justice projects in the Legal Skills in Social Context program.

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Matwyshyn, Andrea M.

Professor of Law

Northwestern University, BA, 1996
Northwestern University, MA, 1996
Northwestern University School of Law, JD, 1999
Northwestern University, PhD, 2005

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Professor Andrea Matwyshyn is a legal academic studying technology innovation and its legal implications, particularly corporate information security regulation and consumer privacy. Her book, Harboring Data: Information Security, Law, and the Corporation, looks at common mistakes companies make, which breaches go unreported despite notification statutes and surprising weaknesses in the federal laws that regulate financial data privacy, children's data collection and health data privacy. Professor Matwyshyn addresses all of these topics and more in her courses, including Internet Law and Information Security Law.

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Maze-Rothstein, Susan A.

Teaching Professor and Director of the Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Program

Cornell University, BS 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 and Criminal Justice and Faculty Director of Professional Development

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. Professor Medwed is an official Legal Analyst for WGBH News, Boston’s local NPR and PBS affiliate.

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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 focuses on interdisciplinary business and law programs, including the campus Intellectual Property (IP) Clinic and IP/Innovation Connection, and teaches Law for Managers and Entrepreneurs, Early Stage IP Decisions, IP Transactions Practice and Branding Law and Practice. She is Of Counsel with Foley Hoag LLP and involved in IP policy development and law reform as a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and Officer of the ABA Section of IP Law.

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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.

Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Research Support; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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 Center for 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.

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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 Director, LLM and International Programs

Institut d'Études 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. Through the exploration of different subject matters, she examines the intersection of legal regimes to improve the understanding of an increasingly multi-layered international and transnational legal order. She teaches Public International Law, International Trade Law, International Business Transactions and Cross-Border Civil Litigation.

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Rosenbloom, Rachel E.

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 Teaching Professor and Director, Community Business Clinic

Long Island University, BA 1973
St. John's University School of Law, JD 1977

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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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Silbey, Jessica M.

Professor of Law

Stanford University, AB, 1992
University of Michigan, JD, 1998
University of Michigan, PhD, 1999

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Professor Jessica Silbey is a leading scholar and nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and the use of film to communicate about law.

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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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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 returned to teaching at Northeastern in 2013-2014.

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Subrin, Stephen N.

Professor of Law Emeritus

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.

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.

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Zoltek-Jick, Rose

Teaching Professor

University of Toronto, BA 1977
Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB 1981
Harvard University, LLM 1986

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Professor Zoltek-Jick has taught at Northeastern University School of Law for over twenty years, specializing in criminal law and procedure, evidence, and law and psychiatry. Her academic writing has focused on statutes of limitation, cold cases, and civil lawsuits on cases of sexual abuse.