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October 2014
JD STUDENT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
This disclosure statement is required by Rule 4.241 of the Unaccredited Law School Rules
adopted by the Committee of Bar Examiners and approved by the Board of Governors of the
State Bar of California and must be provided to each new student upon payment of an application
fee, but before payment of a registration fee, and to each returning student, prior to payment of
any fee for an academic term. This disclosure must be signed by the student, who shall also
receive a copy of the signed statement, and is retained by the school.
Pursuant to Guideline 2.3(D) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules, Concord Law
School of Kaplan University (“Concord”) states:
The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
program is principally by technological means including interactive classes.
Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully
complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’
Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Title IV,
Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admission Rules) as part of
the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who
passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of
the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal
studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not
pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first
becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D.
degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination,
the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program,
but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the
bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in
jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice
law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in
that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that
jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.
I acknowledge receipt of a copy of this disclosure statement which consists of 25 pages,
including this signature page, on the date listed below.
__________________________________ _________________________________________
(Print Name of Student)
(Signature of Student)
DATE: __________________________________
RETURN THIS SIGNATURE PAGE ONLY
JD Disclosure 10.14
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1. Concord Law School of Kaplan University is not accredited by the Committee of Bar
Examiners of the State Bar of California nor is it an American Bar Association approved
school.
2. Concord Law School has not applied for accreditation in the previous five years to the
Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California or the American Bar Association.
3. The education provided by Concord Law School may not satisfy the requirements of other
jurisdictions for the practice of law. Applicants should contact the jurisdiction in which they
may wish to practice for that jurisdiction’s requirements to practice law.
4. Concord Law School cannot guarantee the transferability of any credits to other institutions,
including other law schools.
5. Concord Law School has not been issued a Notice of Noncompliance by the Committee of
Bar Examiners.
6. The number and passage results of Concord Law School students who have taken the FirstYear Law Students’ Examination and General Bar Examination in the past five years are as
follows:
FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENTS’ EXAMINATION PASSAGE STATISTICS
Data Source: State Bar of California
All Takers
Exam
Date
Jun 14*
Oct 13
Jun 13
Oct 12
Jun 12
Oct 11
Jun 11
Oct 10
Jun10
Oct 09
Took
152
134
189
163
192
196
237
202
247
207
TOTAL
1919**
Passed
33
26
49
22
40
46
49
43
59
37
404
First Timers
%
Passed
21.7
19.4
25.9
13.5
20.8
23.5
20.7
21.3
23.9
17.9
21.1
Took
Passed
79
46
106
64
108
74
134
94
160
85
950
15
9
27
9
19
21
37
23
41
21
222
%
Passed
18.9
19.6
25.5
14.1
17.6
28.4
27.6
24.5
25.6
24.7
23.5
Repeaters
Took
73
88
83
99
84
122
103
108
87
122
969**
Passed
18
17
22
13
21
25
12
20
18
16
182
%
Passed
24.7
19.3
26.5
13.1
25.0
20.5
11.6
18.5
20.7
13.1
18.8
* June 2014 numbers based upon the Bar’s pass/fail list for Concord.
** These totals (All Takers and Repeaters) include individuals who have sat for the FYLSE
multiple times. The total number of first time takers reflects the actual number of Concord
students who have sat for the exam. During the five-year reporting period of this form
(October 2009-June 2014), this number is 950.
Since Concord students started sitting for the First Year Law Students’ Examination in
October 1999, 3,247 students have taken the exam. They have an ultimate pass rate of
48.9% (1,039 first-time and 548 repeat-taker passers, for a total of 1,587 students passing).
JD Disclosure 10.14
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GENERAL BAR EXAMINATION PASSAGE STATISTICS
Data Source: State Bar of California
All Takers
Exam
Date
Feb 14
Jul 13
Feb 13
Jul 12
Feb 12
Jul 11
Feb 11
Jul 10
Feb 10
Jul 09
TOTAL
Took
90
107
87
100
125
109
119
118
124
104
1083*
Passed
26
13
16
21
27
14
29
22
25
31
224
First Timers
%
Passed
28.9
12.1
18.4
21.0
21.6
12.8
24.4
18.6
20.2
29.8
20.7
Took
32
36
28
29
47
32
52
43
71
45
415
Passed
15
7
8
7
14
9
14
9
17
17
117
%
Passed
47
19
29
24
30
28
27
21
24
38
28.2
Repeaters
Took
58
71
59
71
78
77
67
75
53
59
668*
Passed
11
6
8
14
13
5
15
13
8
14
107
%
Passed
19
8
14
20
17
6.0
22
17
15
24
16
* These totals (All Takers and Repeaters) include individuals who have sat for the general bar
exam multiple times. The total number of first time takers reflects the actual number of
Concord graduates who have sat for the exam. During the five-year reporting period of this
form (July 2009 – February 2014), this number is 415.
Since Concord graduates started sitting for the General Bar Examination in February 2003,
930 graduates have taken the exam. They have an ultimate pass rate of 52.7% (324 first
time and 166 repeat-taker passers, for a total of 490 graduates passing).
7. The educational background, qualifications, and experience of the faculty and the names of
any faculty or administrators who are members of the State Bar of California or who are
admitted in another jurisdiction is as follows:
Concord Law School Academics – List
Faculty and Deans
Sara Berman
Steven Bracci
Greg Brandes
Larry David
Alana DeGarmo
James Dodge
Douglas Holden
Robert Hull
Shaun Jamison
Scott Johnson
Mark Kaufman
Edward Monsour
Meredith Muller
Carole Peterson
Timothy Pleasant
Melissa Racki
Kathleen Reagan
Stacey Sharp
Andrew Tallmer
Kiyoko Tatsui
Victoria Vidt
Jane Wise
JD Disclosure 10.14
Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Bar Support
Professor of Law and Associate Dean of First Year
Professor of Law and Executive Director
Interim Dean
Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Students
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academics
Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Information Services
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Faculty
Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Students
Professor of Law
Assistant Dean of Students
Professor of Law
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of EJD Student Affairs
Professor of Law and Dean of Faculty
Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Administration
Assistant Dean of Students
Professor of Law
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Adjunct Faculty
Laurie Aronovsky
Robert Barrett
Jason Burk
Scott Burnham
John Ciroli
Marc S. Cwik
Deena DeGenova
Lynn Feldman
Joel W. Friedman
Richard Hermann
Mary Jensen
Andrea L. Johnson
Marc Jones
Rob Landry
David Larson
Mark B. Lehnardt
Edward Martin
Jerry A. Menikoff
Niki Mirtorabi
Vanessa Rollins
Diane Schussel
Robert Schwartz
Christine Seymour
Angela Slater
Deena R. Sturm
Jeffrey Van Detta
Terry L. Watt
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Visiting Professor
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Visiting Professor
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Visiting Professor
Professor of Law
Visiting Professor
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Deans Emeriti
Jack R. Goetz
Barry Currier
Dean Emeritus
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
of Law
of Law
of Law
of Law
Small Business Practice LLM Program Developers and Course Directors
Daniel Bogart
Course Director
Jared D. Correia
Course Director
Rodney S. Dowell
Course Director
David Epstein
Program Developer; Course Director
Jon M. Garon
Course Director
Stefanie Kimbro
Course Director
M. Ellen Murphy
LLM Program Director & Program Developer & Professor of Law
Steven H. Nickles
Program Developer
Anna Richardson Smith
Course Director
Ralph C. Thomas
Course Director
Howard P. Walthall, Sr.
Course Director
Visiting And Supplementary Lecturers
Professor John Blum,
Loyola University Chicago School of
Law
Health Law
Professor Mary Cheh,
George Washington University
School of Law
Constitutional Law
Professor Geoffrey Corn
South Texas College of Law
Professor Marci Kelly
Golden Gate University School of
Law
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure,
Evidence
Taxation, Wills & Trusts
Professor Laurel Leifert
Private practice
Community Property
Professor Lawrence Levine
McGeorge School of Law
Torts
Professor Arthur Miller
Harvard Law School, NYU Law
Civil Procedure, Intellectual
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School
Property
John Moye, Esq.
Private practice; former Associate
Dean University of Denver, Past
President, Colorado Bar Assoc.
Contracts, Corporations
Professor Douglas Whaley
Ohio State University
Commercial Law
Instructional Support
Teresa Burnham
David Cook
Theresa Cordell
Steven Hamilton
Allison Henrie
Scott Hayward
Alex Hunter
Lisa Johnson
Susan Mercer
Steve Mercer
Jeffrey Purvis
Albert Ramseyer
Renee Rich
Dennis Tonsing
John Wappett
Sean Waters
Instructor
Senior Writing Specialist
Instructor
Senior Writing Specialist
Senior Instructor
Senior Writing Specialist
Instructor
Senior Writing Specialist
Senior Writing Specialist
Senior Writing Specialist
Senior Instructor
Instructor
Instructor
Senior Instructor
Senior Instructor
Instructor
Concord Law School Academics – Biographies
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: A.B., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., New York University School
of Law
Course: Legal Analysis & Writing
State Bar Membership: California
Robert Barrett
Professor of Law
Professor Barrett teaches Professional Responsibility at Concord. He teaches Business
Organizations, Civil Procedure, and Professional Responsibility at the University of
West Los Angeles Law School. In addition, he is a full-time Professor of Law and
Business at the University of La Verne, where he teaches in the undergraduate,
graduate, and law schools. 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: B.A. summa cum laude Georgetown University; J.D./M.S.F.S Georgetown
University Schools of Law and Foreign Service; Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
Courses: Professional Responsibility, LEEP (Legal Externship Experience Program),
EJDP (Executive Juris Doctor Practicum)
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State Bar Membership: California
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Sara Berman
Professor of Law
and Assistant Dean
of Bar Support
Services
Sara Berman has been a professor of law since 1998, joining the Concord Law School
faculty in 2000. Her courses include criminal law and procedure, torts, contracts,
remedies and community property, as well as study skills and bar exam success
seminars. Professor Berman conducts bar review lectures nationwide, preparing
students for both substantive and skills portions of bar exams in numerous
jurisdictions and is a nationally recognized expert on the performance test. Her
publications include The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the
System, and Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case,
both co-authored with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman and published by Nolo.com.,
as well as numerous law-related articles, bar exam, and academic support course
materials.
Education: B.A., University of California Santa Barbara; J.D., University of California
Los Angeles.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts; Community Property,
Remedies, Capstone, and Alumni Bar Mentoring
State Bar Membership: California
Steven Bracci
Professor of Law
and Associate Dean
of First Year
Programs
Dean Bracci is a well-known lecturer and has been teaching law since 1979. A
graduate of Whittier College of Law, he has served as the Academic Director for law
school divisions of a number of legal publishers. He is an expert in examination
techniques and has conducted writing and test-taking seminars nationwide.
Education: B.A., University of California at Los Angeles; J.D., Whittier College of Law.
Courses: Remedies, Capstone
State Bar Membership: California
Greg Brandes
Professor of Law
and Executive
Director
Professor Brandes joined Concord as a Professor in 1999. He’s also practiced in
corporate and solo settings, prepared thousands of law students and prospective law
students for the bar exam and other admission and licensing examinations, and
lectured extensively on negotiation, management, and leadership skills, and contract,
business, privacy, and employment law, in CLE and other forums. Professor Brandes
has been honored with Outstanding First Year Professor, Dean’s Award for Excellence
in Teaching, Outstanding Faculty, and Law School Service awards. In addition to his
State Bar memberships, Professor Brandes is admitted to practice before the
Supreme Court of the United States. His publications include Straight Talk on
Workplace Law, a common sense guide to human resources compliance and risk
management for small business. Professor Brandes served as Concord’s Dean from
2011 to June 2014.
Education: B.A. summa cum laude, Marycrest College; J.D., Loyola University of
Chicago Law School.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Criminal Procedure,
Evidence
State Bar Membership: Colorado, Illinois
Jason Burk
Professor of Law
Professor Burk has taught at Concord since 2001. He has been a member of the State
Bar of Nevada since 1996 and practiced extensively in Insurance Defense in Las
Vegas prior to relocating to Georgia in 2005. He was admitted to the State Bar of
Georgia the same year. In addition to teaching courses in the first year curriculum at
Concord, Professor Burk also practices law with a large multi-state firm.
Education: B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., Drake University Law School.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts
State Bar Membership: Nevada, Georgia
Scott Burnham
Visiting Professor of
Law
JD Disclosure 10.14
Professor Burnham taught at The University of Montana from 1981 to 2010, and has
been on the visiting faculty at many other law schools. He is teaching a Contracts
Drafting course 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.
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Education: B.A., Williams College,; J.D. New York University; L.L.M. New York
University
Courses: Contract Drafting
State Bar Membership: Montana
John Ciroli
Professor of Law
Professor Ciroli has been with Concord since 2003. He is also an assistant public
defender in Pittsburgh in the appeals unit of his office and practices before all courts
in Pennsylvania as well as the United States Supreme Court. During his career,
Professor Ciroli was also assistant counsel for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and
general counsel for an international IT company. 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 personal injury, family law, construction
law, medical malpractice and insurance defense. Professor Cwik has published
several professional articles on family law and fatherhood, conducted a nationwide
study on domestic violence and the response of clergy, and has testified before the
Wisconsin Governor’s Commission on Families and Children on current legal issues
facing families and children.
Representative Publications:
Cwik, M. S. (1999). The agunah divorce problem in Jewish society: Exploring the
possibility of an international law solution. Wisconsin International Law Journal, vol.
17(1), pp. 109-144.
Cwik, M. S. (1996). The many effects of rape: The victim, her family, and
suggestions for family therapy. Family Therapy, vol. 23(2), pp. 95-116.
Cwik, M., Lambert, J., & Bogenschneider, K. (1995). Father involvement: Policies
and programs. Report to the Governor's Commission on Families and Children.
Madison, WI: Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S., University of WisconsinMadison; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School.
Courses: Civil Procedure, Medical Malpractice
State Bar Membership: Nevada, Wisconsin
Larry David
Interim Dean
Mr. David is a practicing attorney and business leader and, until accepting this
position as interim dean, was a public member of the Kaplan University Board of
Trustees since 2008, serving as vice chairman from 2010. Mr. David maintains a
practice concentrating on cases involving domestic violence and children. His practice
is also involved in the areas of transactional real estate, unlawful detainer, and breach
of contract. Mr. David is a former managing director of Apple Computer International
(Hong Kong) Ltd., a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. He also founded and was
principal in several firms involving trade with China and is involved in the
management of industrial real estate holdings. He has previously served as a member
of the governing board of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at
Claremont McKenna College.
Education: BA, Claremont McKenna College; MBA, University of Southern California;
JD, Concord Law School of Kaplan University
State Bar Membership: California
JD Disclosure 10.14
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Alana DeGarmo
Professor of Law
and Assistant Dean
of Students
Dean DeGarmo specializes in legal research and writing and has worked on a number
of high profile civil and criminal cases, including death penalty cases. She has taught
Advanced Criminal Procedure, Legal Analysis and Writing, Legal Research, and
Computer Research. She has taught writing skills in Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law,
Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Real Property. She has
expertise in curriculum and course development. She was previously a sole
practitioner in California. She is a former officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as
Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review at the University of La Verne College of Law, where
she graduated cum laude. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in California and
Florida.
Education: B.A., California State University; J.D., University of La Verne College of
Law
State Bar Membership: California.
Deena DeGenova
Professor of Law
Professor DeGenova teaches the First Year Curriculum- Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts
as well as Criminal Procedure. In addition to working at Concord she is a staff
attorney in the Criminal Division of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pasco County, Florida,
where she concentrates on post-conviction motions. Prior to working as a staff
attorney she was an appellate attorney for the Office of the Attorney General in
Tampa; in private practice in the areas of family law and bankruptcy; and an
assistant attorney general in the area of dependency law.
Education: J.D., Pace University School of Law
Courses: Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Criminal Procedure
State Bar Membership: Florida
James Dodge
Professor of Law
Professor Dodge began teaching at Concord Law School in 2000, and teaches courses
in wills and trusts, contracts, criminal law, torts and real property. Prior to teaching
at Concord, he taught in paralegal and legal studies programs in traditional colleges.
A former prosecutor and former assistant attorney general (Illinois), Professor Dodge
also serves in the Illinois Senate President’s Office as Deputy Counsel to the Senate
President, where he is part of a multi-year project to re-write and modernize Illinois’
Criminal Code and Code of Corrections. His publications include “Limited Liability
Partnerships” and “Limited Liability Partnerships Under Illinois Law” (both published
by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education).
Education: B.S., University of Illinois; J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts; Real Property; Wills
& Trusts
State Bar Membership: Illinois
Lynn Feldman
Professor of Law
In addition to his teaching at Concord, Professor Feldman maintains a solo practice in
appellate law. He also is an adjunct professor of law at UWLA School of Law teaching
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Research and Writing. Selected publications
include: Alabama v. White: Further Erosion of Fourth Amendment Rights, 22 UWLA L.
Rev. 255 (1991).
Education: B.S., University of Kansas; J.D., University of West Los Angeles School of
Law
Courses: Criminal Procedure, Community Property
State Bar Membership: California
Joel W. Friedman
Professor of Law
Professor Friedman is the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law & Jurisdiction
Tulane law School where he also directs the Tulane-ITESM Ph.D. Program. He is the
editor of Employment Discrimination Stories for West Publishing, as well as many
casebooks, articles, and treatises in the areas of labor law, employment
discrimination, and civil procedure
Education: B.S., Cornell University, J.D., Yale University
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Courses: Employment Discrimination
State Bar Membership: California
Richard Hermann
Professor of Law
Professor Hermann has been an attorney career counselor for more than 30 years. He
co-founded 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 six 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.
Previously, he was an attorney with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense,
and the General Accounting Office, and a legal consultant to numerous U.S.
government departments and agencies on national security law, personnel &
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. Pending approval, he will also be co-teaching Concord’s new The Future
of Law Practice course with Professor Shaun Jamison.
Education: B.A., Yale University; M.A., New School University; J.D., Cornell Law
School
Courses: Legal Career Management; The Future of Law Practice (pending)
State Bar Membership: New York, District of Columbia
Douglas Holden
Professor of Law
Professor Doug Holden has taught at Concord Law School since 1999. His law practice
is limited to areas of Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Asset/Protection
Planning and Securities. Professor Holden has been responsible for faculty and
curriculum development work at Concord and has extensive experience in online
education.
Education: B.S., Regis College; J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Corporations,
Advocacy
State Bar Membership: Colorado
Robert Hull
Professor of Law
and Associate Dean
of Academics
Professor Hull writes extensively on legal topics, and his substantive law guides and
practice materials have been used by law students and practitioners nationwide. He is
a cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has taught for
20 years. His expertise includes curriculum development and writing testing
materials.
Education: B.A., San Diego State University; J.D., University of San Diego School of
Law.
Courses: Corporations
State Bar Membership: California, Arizona, Missouri, Nevada
Shaun Jamison
Professor of Law
and Assistant Dean
of Information
Services
Professor Jamison's law practice experience includes estate planning, small business,
real estate, criminal defense and family law. Dr. Jamison formerly worked for
Thomson-West legal publishers, most recently as manager of Westlaw inside account
management & telephone training. He taught undergraduate legal courses in both
face-to-face and online formats. His most recent continuing education presentations
include panel discussions on law firm innovation and the future of general practice.
Education: B.S., National College; J.D., University of North Dakota. Ph.D., Capella
University
Courses: Real Property, Evidence, Legal Research
State Bar Membership: Minnesota
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Mary Jensen
Professor of Law
In addition to teaching Legal Analysis & Writing at Concord, Professor Jensen serves
as an adjunct professor of legal writing at BYU, where she received her law degree.
She maintains an active legal practice specializing primarily in adoptions, estate
planning, and business organizations.
Education: B.A., MLS & J.D., Brigham Young University
Courses: Legal Analysis & Writing
State Bar Membership: Utah
Andrea L. Johnson
Professor of Law
In addition to her work with Concord, Professor Andrea Johnson is a 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 & Telecommunications. Professor
Johnson previously worked in business management and economic development in
Washington D.C., 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: B.A., Howard University; J.D., Harvard Law School.
Courses: Business Planning
Scott Johnson
Professor of Law
Scott F. Johnson is a Professor of Law with Concord Law School at Kaplan University.
He is also a Hearings Officer with the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Professor Johnson was previously in private practice with a focus in administrative
law, constitutional law, education law, and health law. While in practice, he was
involved in a number of precedent setting cases including Claremont v. Governor, the
case establishing that all New Hampshire students have a constitutional right to an
adequate education. He frequently appeared before administrative agencies, trial
courts, and appellate courts. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar.
Professor Johnson is the author of a number of articles and books in various areas of
law including two casebooks in the education law area. He frequently presents at
various professional development and continuing education programs and conferences
including the Education Law Institute's Annual Conference.
Publications:
Education Law:A Problem Based Approach, 2nd Edition, with Sarah E. Redfield, LexisNexis Publishing(2013)
Special Education Law, 5th Edition, with Laura Rothstein, Sage Publications (2013)
Administrative Agencies: A Comparison of New Hampshire and Federal Agencies
History, Structure and Rulemaking Requirements, 4 Pierce L. Rev. 435 (2006)
Preventing Physical Restraints in Schools: A Guide for Parents, Educators &
Professionals, Education Law Resource Center (2005)
Focus on Equality Shifts to Adequacy as Brown v. Board Turns 50, Vol. 34 Your School
and the Law Issue 34 (2004).
New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators,
Advocates & Attorneys, NHEdLaw, LLC (2003).
Reexamining Rowley: A New Focus in Special Education Law, Vol 2 BYU Education and
Law Journal 561 (2003).
Bragdon v. Abbott: Analysis and Implications for People Living with HIV/AIDS and
Other Disabilities, 40 New Hampshire Bar Journal 1 (1999).
HB 117: The State's Plan to Fund Educational Adequacy is Too Little Too Late, Vol 2.
Issue 3 New Hampshire Law Bulletin (June 1999).
Suing Under the Americans With Disabilities Act or Seeking Disability Benefits: A
Hobson's Choice for People With Disabilities. Vol. 6, No. 1 Journal of Individual
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Employment Rights 49 (1997-98).
Opening Up Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings: Here comes the sun. It’s all right? 37
New Hampshire Bar Journal 10 (1996).
Education: B.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, J.D. Franklin Pierce Law
Center
Courses: Administrative Law, Education Law, Health Law, Civil Procedure
State Bar Membership: New Hampshire
Marc Jones
Professor of Law
Professor Jones is an attorney with the Department of Homeland Security in the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. In addition to litigating criminal
immigration cases administratively in Immigration Court, he also prosecutes criminal
immigration matters in federal district court, as well as argues criminal immigration
appeals in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Previously, he served on active duty
with the Air Force for 10 years in the JAG Corp, where he was a criminal litigator.
Although most experienced in the Air Force as a criminal defense attorney, he served
both as a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney. He has also worked at both
the trial and appellate levels.
Education: B.A. Northeastern Illinois University; J.D., Howard University; LL.M.,
George Washington University.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts;
Procedure, Evidence
Criminal
State Bar Membership: Illinois, Indiana
Mark Kaufman
Professor of Law
Professor Kaufman has extensive experience with the criminal justice system both as
a trial attorney and as teacher. As a graduate of the University of Maryland School of
Law, he has worked at the trial and appellate level on a wide range of family, criminal
and poverty/welfare law issues. He has taught at Villanova University School of Law,
where he developed a cooperative clinical education program, and at Widener
University in its criminal justice program.
Education: B.A.; J.D., University of Maryland.
Courses: Evidence, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure
State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania, Maryland
Rob Landry
Professor of Law
Dr. Landry holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama and the J.D.
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
Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University and a Ph.D. 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 the 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 the Journal of the Legal Profession.
Education: B.S., University of North Alabama; J.D., University of Alabama School of
Law; M.P.A., Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., Auburn University.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts; Real Property
State Bar Membership: Alabama
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Mark B. Lehnardt
Professor of Law
Mark B. Lehnardt was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Commerce for three
and a half years. At the Department of Commerce, he advised the Import
Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in its antidumping and
countervailing duty investigations and reviews. His advice includes on-site counseling
at official verifications in the Republic of Indonesia and the People’s Republic of
China. While at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Lehnardt represented the United
States in international trade matters, including litigation at the U.S. Court of
International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the World
Trade Organization, advising the Office of Textile Agreements with regards to the
textile provisions of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Peru Trade
Promotion Agreement. He also served as a member of the Import Administration’s
delegation to the WTO's Antidumping Committee, evaluating the antidumping and
countervailing duty laws of several foreign countries for compliance with the
Agreement on the Implementation of Article VI of GATT 1994, the Agreement on
Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, and the Agreement on Safeguards.
Mr. Lehnardt also worked in-house at a multinational corporation overseeing the
international corporate, international trade, and Latin America legal affairs, including
travel to Venezuela and Mexico to resolve litigation matters and government
investigations into the actions of the subsidiary and independent distributors. Among
international trade matters he handled, Mr. Lehnardt resolved U.S. customs matters,
advised the company on anti-boycott provisions, and authored and trained company
employees on the company’s foreign corrupt practices act compliance policy.
Mr. Lehnardt worked for a law firm in Lima, Peru, lived for two years in Spain, and
has traveled for business and pleasure throughout the world, including Switzerland,
Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, French Polynesia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. He speaks fluent Spanish.
Education: B.A., Brigham Young University, Provo; J.D. cum laude, J. Reuben Clark
Law School (BYU)
Courses: International Trade Law
State Bar Membership: U.S. Court of International Trade, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming
Edward Martin
Visiting Professor of
Law
Professor Martin teaches Cyberlaw and Products Liability at Concord. He 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., 1987-2006); Personal Injury Damages (John Wiley
& Sons, Inc. 1980); and several other works, including co-authorship of Torts: Cases,
Problems and Exercises (LexisNexis 4th edition 2013). 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: B.S. University of Tennessee ; J.D. University of Tennessee;Research
editor and assistant editor, Tennessee Law Review
Courses: Products Liability and Cyberlaw
State Bar Membership: Tennessee
Jerry A. Menikoff
Professor of Law
Professor Menikoff holds a joint law and public policy degree from Harvard University,
and a medical degree from Washington University. He currently works in the federal
Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services,
and has an appointment with the Bioethics Department in the Clinical Center of the
National Institutes of Health. He has previously taught at the University of Kansas
schools of Medicine and Law, 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: A.B., Harvard College; J.D. and M.P.P., Harvard University and Kennedy
School of Government; M.D., Washington University (St. Louis) School of Medicine.
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Courses: 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: B.A. University of California, Los Angeles; J.D. University of Southern
California School of Law; C.P.D. Wharton – University of Pennsylvania
Courses: California Community Property; Legal Writing and Test Taking
State Bar Membership: California
Edward Monsour
Professor of Law
Professor Monsour has extensive teaching experience in the taxation field. In addition
to his Concord courses, he has taught at Southwestern Law School, Golden Gate
University and the University of California, Irvine in its Graduate School of
Management. He has also taught numerous taxation programs for accounting
professionals.
Education: B.A., M.B.A, Cleveland State University; CPA; J.D., Cleveland-Marshall
College of Law
Courses: Federal Taxation, Real Property, Constitutional Law
State Bar Membership: Ohio State Bar Membership: Ohio
Meredith Muller
Professor of Law
and Assistant Dean
of Faculty
Professor Muller is a full-time professor and Assistant Dean of Faculty at Concord Law
School. She has taught 1L courses in Contracts, Torts, and Criminal Law since the
Spring of 2000 and manages the school’s bar review program for students sitting for
the California Bar’s First Year Law Students’ Exam. She also periodically teaches
Intellectual Property.
Prior to joining the law school, Professor Muller served as a legal editor for
Lexis/Nexis, as a staff attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, and as a litigator in
private practice. Professor Muller also teaches graduate level courses in Business Law
at Georgia State University.
Education: B.A., Berry College; J.D., Stetson University College of Law.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts
Intellectual Property
State Bar Membership: Florida, Georgia
Carole Peterson
Professor of Law
and Assistant Dean
of Students
Dean Peterson double majored in journalism and political science and served as
editor-in-chief of the award winning Daily Trojan at the University of Southern
California. She attended law school at USC as well. Her legal career began as a
litigator with White & Case, before she became a federal prosecutor with the United
States Attorney's Office in the Central District of California. She worked as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than ten years, prosecuting hundreds of cases in the
areas of narcotics, gang violence, crimes against children and counter-terrorism. She
has also written numerous appellate briefs and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals. Back at USC, she has served as an adjunct professor for the School of
Law, teaching Trial Advocacy. More recently, she has worked as a litigator,
representing counties in civil suits brought against law enforcement officials.
Education: B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., University of Southern
California School of Law.
State Bar Membership: California and Tennessee
Timothy Pleasant
Professor of Law
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Professor Pleasant is in private practice concentrating primarily on criminal defense
work. During law school, he was a Federal Judicial Intern for the U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida. He also has taught history, ethics, and political science at
undergraduate and graduate levels and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine
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Corps.
Education: B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.S.S.I., Defense Intelligence College, J.D.,
Stetson University College of Law.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Criminal Procedure,
Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law
State Bar Membership: Colorado
Melissa Racki
Assistant Dean of
Students
Dean Racki has practiced as a plaintiff’s attorney, representing clients with Social
Security Disability, ERISA, personal injury, and workers’ compensation claims. She
Specialized in Social Security and ERISA administrative hearings and appeals, and
Assisted in the preparation of the ERISA course outline and materials taught at
Stetson University College of Law. She also worked as a Social Security law clerk for
the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, drafting orders, and Reports and
recommendations for eight U.S. Magistrates. Dean Racki has been with Concord
since 2004.
Education: B.A., University of Maryland – European Division; J.D., Stetson University
College of Law
State Bar Membership: Florida
Kathleen Reagan
Professor of Law
Professor Reagan was an assistant district attorney for eight years. During that time
she prosecuted criminal cases, trained and supervised attorneys, and was chief of
family protection unit. In addition to her Concord responsibilities, Professor Reagan is
a sole practitioner of a law firm in Quincy, MA engaged in the general practice of law.
Professor Reagan is on the Board of Directors of the American College of Equine
Attorneys.
Education: B.A., University of Virginia; J.D., Tulane Law School.
Courses: Legal Research, Evidence & Criminal Procedure, Equine Law
State Bar Membership: Massachusetts
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, Calif., 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 Membership: California, Utah
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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: B.B.A., University of Georgia-Athens; J.D., Emory University School of
Law; M.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts
State Bar Membership: Georgia, 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: B.A., Stanford; J.D., Harvard Law School
Courses: Bioethics
State Bar Membership: New Mexico, 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 contracts 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 sixty
cases to verdict in both first and second chair capacity and served as solicitor to
municipalities, school districts and municipal authorities. Since 2010, she has served
as a Hearing Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
Education: B.A. cum laude, Washington & Jefferson College ; J.D. Duquesne
University School of Law.
Courses: Real Property, Wills and Trusts
State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania
Stacey Sharp
Assistant Dean of
Students and
Director of EJD
Student Affairs
Before coming to Concord Law School, Dean Sharp practiced medical malpractice
defense, representing doctors and insurance companies in Southern California. She
also worked for BarPassers and West Bar Review, where she helped hundreds of law
school students successfully pass the California Bar Exam. In addition to her duties
as Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the EJD Program at Concord, she
continues her passion for helping students pass the Bar Exam in Concord's Bar
Mentoring Program, specifically designed for the repeat taker. She also ushers in new
students in the Fundamentals Program and follows their progress and performance
during their tenure at Concord.
Education: B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of
Law.
State Bar Membership: California
Angela Slater
Professor of Law
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Professor Slater obtained her Juris Doctorate from New York University (NYU) School
of Law, where she received two American Jurisprudence Awards. She has practiced
law extensively in the area of civil litigation 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,
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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: B.A., Montclair State University, summa cum laude; J.D., New York
University School of Law.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts. Civil Procedure
State Bar Membership: New Jersey, District of Columbia
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 non-infringement opinions, and
participation 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: Deena R. Sturm, Foreign Use of a Mark May Establish Trademark Priority
in the U.S., 13:5 The Intellectual Property Strategist 3-6 (2007).
Howard J. Shire & Deena R. Sturm, Fair Use: Lawful Use of Another’s Trademark,
World Trademark Yearbook 457-463 (2006).
Education: B.S., York University; J.D. Cardozo School of Law
Courses: Patent Application Drafting
State Bar Membership: New York
Andrew Tallmer
Professor of Law
and Dean of Faculty
Professor Tallmer has been involved in the public policy arena for much of his career
including teaching and development of legal training for public safety agencies at the
North Carolina Justice Academy. He has worked as Assistant Deputy Director at the
New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations. He is also an experienced trial attorney
having worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York.
Professor Tallmer has also worked as an attorney for the New York City Police
Department. He has taught various law-related courses at undergraduate institutions.
Education: B.A., Union College of Union University; J.D., Albany Law School.
Courses: First Year Curriculum – Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts
State Bar Membership: North Carolina, New York
Kiyoko Tatsui
Professor of Law
and Associate Dean
of Administration
Prior to joining Concord, Dean Tatsui spent several years with the State Bar of
California managing the Office of Client Relations and the Client Security Fund. Dean
Tatsui has done numerous CLE programs, both during her tenure at the State Bar and
when she worked for the Los Angeles County Municipal Courts. She is active in local
bar affairs.
Education: A.B. University of California, Los Angeles; J.D. University of California,
Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
State Bar Membership: California
Jeffrey Van Detta
Professor of Law
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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 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. In 1997, two years after becoming a
partner in his firm, Martindale-Hubble bestowed on him its highest rating, A-V for his
lawyering skills and his ethics. Professor Van Detta's work with Concord dates back
to November 2000. He has published extensively in the law reviews on a wide
spectrum of subjects. His co-authored article, Rethinking Liability for Vaccine
Injuries, 19 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 537 (2010)(with Joanna Apolinksy), was cited in
Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 562 U.S. ____ (Feb. 22, 2011). Professor Van Detta is a
member of the tenured faculty of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in Atlanta,
Georgia, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Scholarship. Since 2005, he has
served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Formal Advisory Opinion Board.
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Education: B.A., Union College (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Robert G.
O'Neale Prize For The Highest Standing In Classics); J.D., Albany Law School (cum
laude; Justinian Academic Honor Society; Editor-in-Chief, Albany Law Review, Volume
51); LL.M., Foreign & Comparative Law, University of London (in progress; expected
2015-2016).
Courses: Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Conflict of Laws, Contract Drafting,
Corporations
State Bar Membership: Georgia; New York
Victoria Vidt
Assistant Dean of
Students
Victoria Vidt is an Assistant Dean of Students at Concord Law School, advising first
year students and second year students in the JD division. In addition to working at
Concord, she is currently an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division at the
Public Defender's Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she represents indigent
defendants on an appellate level. Prior to working as an appellate attorney, she was a
law clerk in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the intermediate appellate court for
Pennsylvania, and also worked as a contract attorney in private practice. Dean Vidt
received her J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she graduated
cum laude from the evening division and was a member of the Law Review. Dean Vidt
published "That Eyewitness of Yours.... Is His Identification Reliable?", found in
Volume 1, Issue 2 of The Defender, August 1, 2005. She served as Editor of The
Defender from 2005-2009. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Criminal Opinion
Publication Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Education: B.A., University of Pittsburgh; J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
State Bar Membership: Pennsylvania
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 is a registered patent attorney, and an
Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, University of Tulsa. Education:
B.A., University of Tulsa , Mathematics;
M.A., Princeton University, Statistics; Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Geophysics;
M.B.A., University of Tulsa, Finance; J.D., University of Tulsa.
Courses: Patent Law Fundamentals, Patent Claim Drafting, Patent Application Drafting
State Bar Membership: Oklahoma
Admitted to Practice: Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, Court of Appeals
for the Federal Circuit.
Jane Wise
Professor of Law
Professor Wise is a full time faculty member with Concord and teaches Legal Analysis
and Writing. She also serves an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University
Law School, where she teaches legal research and writing in the advocacy program.
She writes and publishes in law journals and is a presenter at legal writing
conferences. While at the University of Utah Law School, she was the winner of the
moot court competition.
Education: B.A. and B.F.A. University of Utah; J.D., University of Utah
Courses: Legal Analysis & Writing
State Bar Membership: Utah
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Deans Emeriti
Barry Currier
Dean Emeritus &
Professor of Law
Barry Currier became the Dean of Concord Law School in June 2004. He brought to
the position more than 30 years of experience in legal education and the legal
profession that helped Concord Law School of Kaplan University continue the growth
in quality and reputation that was established by founding Dean Jack Goetz.
Dean Currier earned his B.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of
Southern California in 1971. He served as a law clerk in the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1971-1972. Thereafter, he practiced law
at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California.
Dean Currier began his law teaching career at the University of Kentucky College of
Law in 1974. He spent a year as a visiting faculty member at Duke Law School (19761977) and a semester as a visiting faculty member at Monash University Faculty of
Law in Melbourne, Australia (1985). From 1977 to 1996 he was a member of the
faculty at the University of Florida College of Law. There he was Associate Dean
(1990-1996), Acting Director of the Graduate Tax Program (1983-1984), Professor of
Law (1980-1996) and Associate Professor of Law (1977-1980). From 1996 until 2000,
Dean Currier served as Dean and Professor Law at Cumberland School of Law at
Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His academic areas of interest are land
finance, land use planning, real property, and income taxation.
In 2000, Dean Currier became Deputy Consultant on Legal Education at the American
Bar Association; located in Chicago, Illinois, the position he left to become the Dean
at Concord. At the ABA, Dean Currier worked closely with the Consultant on Legal
Education and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the
Bar, the recognized accrediting agency for J.D. programs in the United States, on the
law school approval and review process. He worked with various committees of the
Section, including the Accreditation Committee, Standards Review Committee, and
Bar Admissions Committee, on matters and projects of significance for legal education
and the legal profession in the United States.
Dean Currier is a member of the Order of the Coif, the American Law Institute, and
the Urban Land Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has
served on the Board of Directors of The Access Group, a company in the student loan
business that is the major private lender to law students in the United States.
Dean Currier became Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law on March 15, 2010.
Education: B.A., U.C.L.A., J.D. University of Southern California
State Bar Membership: California
Jack R. Goetz
Dean Emeritus
The founding Dean of Concord Law School, Dean Goetz is a recognized expert in the
field of online learning. His vision and expertise contributed greatly to the creation of
Concord in 1998, and its subsequent growth.
Dean Goetz has been active with the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
serving on the Board of Trustees, on a Task Force on Assessment of Learning
Outcomes, as Chair of the Business Standards Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the
Educational Standards Committee. In April 2002, the DETC recognized Dean Goetz
with their Distinguished Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the
advancement of distance education.
The Board of Bar Governors of the State Bar of California appointed Dean Goetz to a
three-year term as a member of the Law School Council, which advises the
Committee of Bar Examiners on various law school education matters. Dean Goetz
also serves as a member of the State Bar of California's Ad-hoc Task Force for Online
Education, which is evaluating Internet legal education.
Education: B.A., San Diego State University; J.D., Boston University School of Law;
M.B.A., Pepperdine University
State Bar Membership: California
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Small Business Practice LLM
Program Developers and Course Directors – Bios
Daniel Bogart
Course Director
Daniel B. Bogart is the Donley and Marjorie Chair in Real Estate Law at the
Chapman University School of Law and a specialist in the area of commercial
leasing.” He is the co-author of several text books, including “Commercial
Leasing, A Transactional Primer,” the only law school text devoted to the
subject. Bogart is also a contributing editor of Friedman on Leases (Randolph
Edition), the leading treatise on commercial leasing practice. Bogart’s scholarly
articles have appeared in the UCLA Law Review, the American Bankruptcy Law
Journal, and the Pittsburgh Law Review, among others. He is a Fellow of both
the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.
Professor Bogart is also an elected member of the American Law Institute. He
received his B.A. (1982), J.D. (1986) and M.A. in Economics (1986) from Duke
University.
Education: B.A., Duke University; M.A., Duke University; J.D., Duke University
School of Law
State Bar Membership: Georgia
Jared D. Correia
Course Director
Jared D. Correia, Esq., is Law Practice Management Advisor at LOMAP. Prior to
joining LOMAP, he was the Publications Attorney for the Massachusetts Bar
Association (“MBA”). He was the first Publications Attorney for the MBA, and
established the continuing legal education publication protocols and standards.
In addition to overseeing the MBA’s CLE Publications, he also managed the
MBA’s version of Casemaker, an online legal research product provided free of
charge to MBA members. Prior to joining the MBA, Mr. Correia was a private
practice attorney, working in the areas of general practice and disability law, in
small firms on the Southcoast, North of Boston and just outside of Boston. Mr.
Correia’s general practice encompassed a diverse range of legal subjects,
including the handling of administrative hearings, personal injury law, family
law, tax law and property law matters. Mr. Correia is active in raising funds for
cancer research and has founded a charitable organization to benefit autistic
children.
Education: Suffolk University Law School, JD
Saint Anselm College, Bachelor’s
Rodney S. Dowell
Course Director
Rodney S. Dowell is the Director of the Law Office Management Assistance
Program (‘LOMAP”) which assists Massachusetts attorneys to implement and
institutionalize professional office practices and procedures to increase their
ability to deliver high quality legal services, strengthen client relationships, and
enhance their quality of life. LOMAP’s free and confidential assistance is
provided through its consulting services, reference materials, educational
programs, and referrals.
He is a frequent lecturer on law practice management issues including
presentations on law office technology, starting a new law office, improving
client selection, terminating client relationships, law office finance, data
security, and time management. This year he has lectured at that ABA’s
TECHSHOW, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the
Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Women’s
Bar Association, among others. He has authored articles for ABA’s Law Practice
Magazine, the ABA LPM’s e-zine Law Practice Today, the MBA and the BBA. This
year he is the co-chair Massachusetts Bar Association’s Law Practice
Management Section and an active participant in the American Bar
Associations’ Law Practice Management Section, where he is an editor of the
Law Practice magazine. Prior to starting LOMAP, he was a founding partner at
the litigation firm of Berman & Dowell, 1998 – 2007, where he focused on
employment law, tort defense, including attorney malpractice, and insurance
coverage. Since graduating from Cornell Law School in 1989, he has been a
civil litigator in both Massachusetts and Colorado. His undergraduate degree is
from his home state’s flagship university, the University of Colorado, Boulder
(1985).
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Education: B.A., Duke University; M.A., Duke University; J.D., Duke University
School of Law
State Bar Membership: Colorado, Massachusetts
David Epstein
Program Developer
Course Director
David Epstein divides his time between practicing law and teaching law. He is
currently of counsel to the Haynes and Boone law firm and the George E. Allen
Chair of Law at the University of Richmond. Previously, he was a partner in the
Atlanta based law firm, King & Spalding, dean of two different law schools, and
professor or visiting professor at 12 other law schools. He has authored and coauthored books on bankruptcy, creditors rights and other subjects and regularly
lectures on bankruptcy topics at continuing legal education programs and
continuing judicial education programs around the country.
Education: B.A., University of Texas; J.D., University of Texas; LL.M., Harvard
Law School
State Bar Membership: Texas
Jon M. Garon
Course Director
Professor Garon joined Hamline in 2003, serving as the law school’s ninth dean
from 2003-2008. In 2005-2006 he also served Hamline as Interim Dean of the
Graduate School of Management. He is a nationally recognized authority on
intellectual property, particularly entertainment practice, copyright law,
cyberspace, and intellectual property entrepreneurship. Garon is the author of
Own It – The Law & Business Guide to Launching a New Business through
Innovation, Exclusivity and Relevance, a concise and readable overview of the
IP law issues related to starting a business and building it on IP.
He began teaching full time in 1993 at Western State University College of Law
in Orange County, California. There he taught all aspects of business law,
entertainment, and intellectual property. He served as chairperson on the
curriculum committee and served as founding president of the Western State
Law Foundation. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Associate Dean of Academic
Affairs. From 1999 to 2001, he was on the Dean's Advisory Board, and from
1998 to 2001, he was a member of the Entrepreneurial Law Center Advisory
Board. In 2000, he joined the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New
Hampshire, where he taught business law, entertainment law, and copyright.
While in New Hampshire, he served as Chairperson of the New Hampshire Film
Commission.
Garon also has extensive practice experience. From 1988 to 1989, he worked at
Shea & Gould and its successor firm Myerson & Kuhn in Los Angeles, California,
specializing in entertainment law, film financing, recording agreements,
business formation, and copyright and trademark licensing. From 1990-1993,
he ran a solo practice in Laguna Beach, California, where he practiced a wide
range of entertainment, corporate, and transactional law. From 1994-1996, he
worked for Hawes & Fischer, in Newport Beach, California, facilitating growth of
its entertainment law practice, and negotiating and drafting software
development, multimedia, and music agreements. In 2000, he joined the law
firm of Gallagher, Callahan, and Gartrell, where he remains an of counsel
member of the firm. He has extensive practice experience in the areas of
entertainment law, business planning, copyright, software licensing, data
privacy and security, and trademark law.
Professor Garon has written numerous books and articles, including The
Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and
Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009);
Own It – The Law & Business Guide to Launching a New Business through
Innovation, Exclusivity and Relevance (Carolina Academic Press 2007);
Entertainment Law & Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2005) (supplement
2007); and Theater Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2004)
(co-author).
Professor Garon’s academic articles include Content, Control and the Socially
Networked Film, for the Brandeis Law Journal, Reintermediation, for the
International Journal of Private Law, Playing in the Virtual Arena: Avatars and
Identity Reconceptualized through Virtual Worlds and Computer Games for
Chapman Law Review, What if DRM Fails?: Seeking Patronage in the iWasteland
and the Virtual O, for the Michigan State Law Review, Acquiring and Managing
Identity Interests, for the new Entertainment Law Review at University of
Florida, Normative Copyright: A Conceptual Framework for Copyright
Philosophy & Ethics for Cornell Law Review, Entertainment Law, for the Tulane
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Law Review.
Education: B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., Columbia University School of
Law
State Bar Membership: New Hampshire, California, Minnesota
Stephanie Kimbro
Program Developer
Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, has operated a Web-based virtual law office in North
Carolina since 2006 and delivers unbundled estate planning to clients online.
She is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering
and has won the Wilmington Parent Magazine Family Favorite Attorney Award
five years in a row for her virtual law office. Her book, Virtual Law Practice:
How to Deliver Legal Services Online, was published by the ABA/LPM in
October, 2010. She is also the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology
(VLOTech), which was acquired by Total Attorneys in the fall of 2009.
Education: B.A., Centre College; J.D., University of Dayton School of Law; M.A.,
Miami University
Courses: Virtual Law Practice
State Bar Membership: North Carolina
M. Ellen Murphy
Program Developer
Ellen Murphy is the Program Director for Concord’s Small Business Practice
LL.M., as well as the developer and professor for the law school’s Cross
Profession Ethics course. Prior to joining Concord Law School, Ellen served as
the Executive Director for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL), a private,
non-profit assistance program, serving the Massachusetts bar and bench. While
at LCL, she helped develop and establish Massachusetts’ Law Office
Management Assistance Program, which assists solo and small firm lawyers in
establishing and institutionalizing best office practices and procedures, including
the use of emerging technologies. Ellen is a graduate of Wake Forest University
School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Immediately
after graduation, she served as a clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Magill, United
States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Fargo, ND, followed by several
years in private practice, where she represented public and private
pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations in commercial business
transactions.
Education: B.S., North Carolina State University; J.D., Wake Forest University
School of Law
Courses: Comparative Professional Ethics
State Bar Membership: North Carolina
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Steve H. Nickles
Program Developer
Steve Nickles is the CC Hope Chair in Law and Management at the Wake Forest
Schools of Law and Business and is recognized across the country as an
outstanding scholar and teacher in the fields of business, commercial, and
debtor-creditor law. He is the coauthor of multiple casebooks and textbooks on
these subjects and of a three-volume treatise on bankruptcy, used by judges
and lawyers throughout the country. In addition to his many publications, Steve
frequently lectures in professional development programs for lawyers and
judges and to law school faculties and academic meetings about the use of
technology in teaching. He also created and teaches at the Wake Forest
Divinity School the first course in the country that examines the legal
implications of the church as a business.
For over a decade, Steve has served as an advisor on academic technology to
Thompson-West, the country’s leading legal publisher, where he conceived and
helped to develop TWEN (The West Educational Network), the only national, online course management system designed for legal education. He previously
taught at the University of Arkansas and the University of Minnesota, where he
was a distinguished professor. Throughout most of his adult life, Steve has also
worked and played in government and politics. He worked in Washington, D.C.
for David H. Pryor when he was a United States Representative from Arkansas
and later when Pryor served as a U.S. Senator. When Pryor was Governor of
Arkansas, Steve served in several roles, including as an advisor on legislative
policy and as director of the state-level office of budget and management.
Education: B.A., Arkansas; M.P.A., Arkansas; J.D., Arkansas; L.L.M, Columbia
University; J.S.D, Columbia University
Course: Debtor-Creditor Law
Ralph C. Thomas
Course Director
Ralph Thomas, a partner at Barton, Baker, Thomas & Tolle, LLP, focuses his
practice on legal issues affecting small businesses in the federal procurement
arena. He represents all categories of small businesses in federal bid protests,
small business size protests, contractor claims appeals, small business
certification appeals, Inspector General investigations, commercial arbitrations,
and dispute resolution with federal agencies and structuring teaming
arrangements between large and small businesses. Ralph regularly counsels
major corporations on the practical implementation of federal small business
regulatory compliance issues.
From 1992 – 2005 Ralph was the Associate Administrator for Small and
Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) in Washington, D.C., where he reported directly to the
head of NASA. Under Ralph's leadership, prime and subcontract dollars going to
small, minority and women-owned businesses dramatically increased and rose
to the highest amount of dollars going to such entities in NASA's history during
his tenure. He received numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank of
Distinguished Executive, an award restricted to 1 percent of the 6000 + Federal
Senior Executive Service from President Bush, as well as the Presidential Rank
of Meritorious Executive, an award limited to 5 percent of the Federal Senior
Executive Service, from President Clinton. Internationally, he received the
coveted “Special Honour Award” from the World Association for Small & Medium
Enterprises at its annual conference in Mumbai, India.
Education: B.A. University of California at Berkley; J.D. Harvard University
School of Law
State Bar Membership: District of Columbia
Course: Representing Small Business in Government Contracting
Anna Richardson Smith
Course Director
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Anna Richardson Smith is a labor and employment lawyer with the Virginia law
firm of Kaufman & Canoles. She counsels small and large employers on
compliance with federal and state employment laws, including the Fair Labor
Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities
Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Smith provides ongoing
employment advice to institutional employers, including professional
corporations, colleges, and public school systems, as well as representing
private and municipal employers in federal and state discrimination cases at
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both administrative and judicial levels. Prior to private practice, Smith served
as a clerk to the Honorable James E. Bradberry, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern
District of Virginia in Norfolk, VA. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University
School of Law, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review and a
Carswell Scholar.
Education: B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., University of New Mexico; J.D.,
Wake Forest University School of Law
Howard P. Walthall, Sr.
Course Director
State Bar Membership: Virginia
Howard P. Walthall, Sr., a Professor of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at
Samford University is an expert in many aspects of small business law,
including unincorporated business entities, business planning, taxation, and
Uniform Commercial Code issues. Prior to joining the Cumberland faculty,
Howard was a partner at Berkowitz & Lefkovitz (Now Baker, Donelson,
Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz), in Birmingham, Alabama, where his practice
focused on representation of small business clients.
Walthall is a member of the American Law Institute, as well as: Reporter for the
Business Organizations Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform
State Laws; Fellow, Alabama Law Institute; Reporter for: Alabama Limited
Partnership Act, Alabama Model Business Corporation Act; Alabama UCC
Investment Securities Article; Alabama Merger and Conversion Act; and
Alabama Business and Nonprofit Entity Code; Member, Alabama Limited
Liability Act Committee; Alabama Revised Limited Partnership Act; Alabama
Revised Uniform Partnership Act.
Education: A.B., Harvard College; LL.B., Harvard University School of Law
THE CONCORD VISITING AND SUPPLEMENTARY LECTURERS
The Concord curriculum also is enriched by Visiting and Supplementary Lecturers. Working with the Concord faculty,
nationally known subject matter experts provide video lectures and guidance to the course content. The Lecturers have over
150 years of combined law teaching experience, are recognized experts in their field and have taught thousands of law
students in their respective subjects. The Lecturers include:
Professor John Blum, Health Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Professor Mary Cheh, Constitutional Law
George Washington University School of Law
Professor Geoffrey Corn, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence
South Texas College of Law
Professor Marci Kelly, Taxation, Wills & Trusts
Golden Gate University School of Law
Professor Laurel Leifert, Community Property
Private practice
Professor Lawrence Levine, Torts
McGeorge School of Law
Professor Arthur Miller, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
Harvard Law School
John Moye, Esq. - Contracts, Corporations
Private practice, former Associate Dean University of Denver,
Past President, Colorado Bar Association
Professor Douglas Whaley, Commercial Law
Ohio State University
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8. The ratio of faculty to students for the previous five years has been:
2014
2013
2012:
2011:
2010:
1 Faculty per 26.51 students
1 Faculty per 25.19 students
1 Faculty per 34.91 students
1 Faculty per 36.7 students
1 Faculty per 42.9 students
The ratio of faculty to students is calculated on data as of September 15 of the calendar year. The
faculty to student ratio is calculated in accordance with the specific directives of Guideline 4.4 of the Guidelines for
Unaccredited Law School Rules
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