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Paulette Brown

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Paulette Brown is a Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group. Throughout her career of practicing in excess of 35 years, Paulette has held a number of positions, including in house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge. For more than 25 years, she has focused her practice on labor and employment matters. She has litigated a variety of employment matters, including, but not limited to, class actions, sexual harassment, marital status, WARN, race and age discrimination and issues pertaining to FMLA. Paulette is also experienced in all aspects of workplace training and collective bargaining. Paulette litigates in both federal and state courts, the NLRB and arbitration forums for both unionized and non-union employees. Paulette is a certified mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and a member of the AAA Employment Panel. She is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues. Paulette serves as Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Read Paulette Brown full biography here.


Dean Patrick E. Hobbs

Dean and Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law

Patrick E. Hobbs is the seventh Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1990 with a specialty in tax law, he was named Associate Dean for Finance in 1995 and became Dean in 1999. Previously he was a tax attorney with the law firm of Shanley & Fisher in Roseland, New Jersey.

Dean Hobbs is a former member of the Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and has twice chaired the Law School Development Committee. He also serves as a member of the boards of the Newark Alliance and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Additionally, he served as a member of the Advisory Board of Lexis-Nexis, the New Jersey Commission of Professionalism and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He currently chairs the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. In 2004, he served as Chair of the Newark, New Jersey Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Downtown Core Redevelopment, a key initiative driving Newark’s resurgence and which led the way for the construction of the Prudential Center entertainment arena.

He received his B.A. in accounting from Seton Hall University, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina and his LL.M. (in taxation) from New York University.


Donald J. Polden

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
Santa Clara University

Donald J. Polden is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Polden is a graduate of The George Washington University and the Indiana University—Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Memphis School of Law from 1993 to 2003 and as Dean and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University from 2003 to July 2013. Professor Polden’s teaching areas include corporate law, employment law, antitrust law and leadership for lawyers. He served as Chair of the ABA’s Standards Review Committee from 2008 to 2011 during a comprehensive review of the accreditation standards and policies for American legal education. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. During the 2013-14 academic year, Polden is serving as Visiting Legal Scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership.


James Grimmelmann

Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

James Grimmelmann is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland and has taught at New York Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. in computer science from Harvard College. Prior to law school, he worked as a programmer for Microsoft. He has served as a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He studies how the law governing the creation and use of computer software affects individual freedom and the distribution of wealth and power in society. As a lawyer and technologist, he aims to help these two groups speak intelligibly to each other. He writes about copyright, search engines, privacy, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems (Semaphore Press 2011). Other significant publications include Future Conduct and the Limits of Class-Action Settlements, 91, N.C. L. Rev. 387 (2013); Sealand, HavenCo, and the Rule of Law, 2012 U. Ill. L. Rev. 405; The Internet Is a Semicommons; 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2799 (2010); and Saving Facebook, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1137 (2009). He is a Contributing Editor for Publishers Weekly; he and his students created the Public Index website to inform the public about the Google Books settlement.

He has been blogging since 2000 at the Laboratorium (http://laboratorium.net/). His home page is at http://james.grimmelmann.net/.



Nora V. Demleitner

Dean and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor of Law
Washington and Lee Law School

Nora V. Demleitner is dean of Washington and Lee’s Law School and the Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr Professor of Law. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her B.A. from Bates College, and an LL.M. with distinction in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school Dean Demleitner clerked for the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She testified in front of the U.S. Senate on behalf of Justice Alito’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dean Demleitner teaches and has written widely in the areas of criminal, comparative and immigration law as well as on issues of legal education. Her special expertise is in sentencing and collateral sentencing consequences. She regularly speaks on sentencing matters, often in a comparative context, and issues pertaining to the state of legal education in the United States and Europe. Dean Demleitner has served on the faculties of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she was the dean for five years and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. She was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Freiburg, Germany, St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, and the Sant' Anna Institute of Advanced Research in Pisa, Italy. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Germany, funded by a German Academic Exchange Service grant. She was selected as a Fulbright awardee.

Dean Demleitner is an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and serves on the executive editorial board of the American Journal of Comparative Law. She is the lead author of Sentencing Law and Policy, a major casebook on sentencing law, published by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Law & Business. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford, Michigan, and Minnesota law reviews, among others. Dean Demleitner is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.



Mark P. Denbeaux

Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Mark Denbeaux, one of Seton Hall's most senior faculty members, is also the Director of the Seton Hall Law School Center for Policy and Research, which is best known for its dissemination of the internationally recognized series of reports on the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp. Professor Denbeaux's interest in the conditions of detainment arose from his representation of two detainees there. Following his visits to GITMO, and his participation in amicus briefs arising from the rules governing the hearings for "enemy combatants," Professor Denbeaux realized the need for an analysis of the government's assumptions and the principles governing the detention process. The Guantánamo report series is primarily produced by Seton Hall Law students of all levels. Several graduates have remained research fellows, as well.

Read Mark Denbeaux's full biography here.

Michael Simkovic

Michael Simkovic

Associate Professor
Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Simkovic's research focuses on the regulation of credit markets through the United States Bankruptcy Code, and the regulation of financial markets in general through mandatory disclosure requirements. His research was cited in the U.S. Congress' Joint Economic Committee report recommending sweeping reforms of the credit card industry, which were enacted in 2009. His research has also been cited by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and in popular publications such as the New York Times and USA Today.

Professor Simkovic is an expert on the credit card industry, causes of the financial crisis of 2008, credit default swaps, securitization, leveraged buyouts, fraudulent transfer law (and other avoidance actions), and open market stock repurchases. Before joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Simkovic was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York concentrating in bankruptcy litigation; a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in legal, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services companies; and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School. At Davis Polk, Professor Simkovic defended leveraged buyout lenders in Lyondell Chemical. He also assisted in the settlement of multi-million dollar class-action suit related to mortgage-lending and helped a global investment bank monitor and analyze the business impact of SEC proposals. At McKinsey, Professor Simkovic analyzed the likely impact on mortgage originators and securitizers of new regulations proposed in response to the subprime mortgage crisis, analyzed demographic and financial trends to help develop retirement products, and helped global financial services firms reduce costs, forecast demand, and optimize capacity. At the New York Attorney General's Office, Professor Simkovic investigated retail financial service companies engaged in illegal and deceptive sales practices.

Read Michael Simkovic's full biography here.


Patrick C. Dunican Jr. '91

Chairman and Managing Director
Gibbons P.C.

Patrick C. Dunican, Jr. is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation’s most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for three consecutive years to NJBIZ’s “Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company.

Read Patrick Dunican's full biography here.


Joshua D. Blank

Professor of Tax Practice and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program
New York University School of Law

Since January 2010, Joshua Blank has served as Professor of Tax Practice and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program at NYU School of Law. Blank’s scholarship focuses on tax administration and compliance, taxpayer privacy, and taxation of business entities. His recent publications have appeared in UCLA Law Review, New York University Law Review, Emory Law Journal and Tax Law Review, among others. Blank’s research has been profiled in mainstream media publications, including The New York Times, Reuters and Forbes. His current article, Collateral Compliance, will be published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review in 2014. Blank served as Vice Chair of the Teaching Taxation Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association from 2009 to 2013 and is actively involved in several other tax organizations. From 2008 to 2009, Blank was an assistant professor of law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. From 2006 to 2008, he served as an acting assistant professor of tax law at NYU Law. Prior to entering academia, Blank was a tax lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.


John D. Feerick

Former Dean and Professor
Fordham Law School

Professor Feerick is a graduate of Fordham College (1958) and Fordham Law School (1961), where he was editor-in-chief of the Fordham Law Review. He served as a practicing lawyer with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, 1961–82. He served as Dean of Fordham Law School, 1982–2002, and as a professor at Fordham, 1982–present, where he is the occupant of the School’s Sidney C. Norris Public Service Chair and senior counsel of its poverty center, the Feerick Center for Social Justice.

Read John Feerick's full biography here.


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Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. received his commission from President Obama as the sixtysecond jurist appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on February 12, 2010. Judge Greenaway was sworn in on February 24, 2010. He sits in Newark, New Jersey. Judge Greenaway earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College in 1978 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981.
His legal career began as a litigation associate with the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin and Frankel. After a clerkship with the late Hon. Vincent L. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, he returned to the Kramer, Levin firm for two years. In 1985, Judge Greenaway joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. After several years, Judge Greenaway was promoted to Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. He prosecuted the government’s case against Wayne Pray, a.k.a. “Akbar,” which resulted in Akbar being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, he served as in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare conglomerate. On July 26, 1996, at the age of thirty-eight, Judge Greenaway received his commission from President Clinton as the sixty-seventh jurist appointed to the federal bench in New Jersey. Judge Greenaway was sworn in as a federal judge on September 20, 1996.

Read Judge Greenaway's full biography here.



Phoebe A. Haddon

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Phoebe A. Haddon, a fourth-generation African American lawyer, is the ninth dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, a position she assumed in 2009 after a distinguished 25-year career at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is the author of two casebooks and numerous articles on constitutional and tort law. In 2012, she was named one of the 25 most influential people in legal education by The National Jurist; one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland by The Daily Record; and invited to deliver the Constitution Day Lecture at the U.S. Department of Justice. She received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers in 2011.
Dean Haddon has assumed leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School Admissions Council, the Society of American Law Teachers and the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the official accrediting body of American law schools. She is on the board of The Constitution Project. Before joining the Temple faculty, she was a law clerk for The Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.
She holds an LL.M. from Yale University, a J.D. from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where she served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009.


Evan R. Chesler

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP

Evan R. Chesler is Cravath’s Chairman. He has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts, and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts all over the country. Mr. Chesler handles a wide variety of litigation, including securities, shareholder derivative, intellectual property, general commercial, environmental, ERISA, contractual disputes and antitrust. His practice also includes the representation of clients in government and internal investigations. He has represented companies and their management in virtually every industry including technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and financial services.

Mr. Chesler is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He is the President of the Dwight Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, the oldest nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to the education of the judiciary. Mr. Chesler is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library and is Chairman of its Lawyers’ Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). Mr. Chesler is the author of numerous articles on legal topics as well as a chapter in the popular book, Inside the Minds of Leading Litigators (Aspatore Books, 2002).


Dorothy A. Brown

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor
Emory University School of Law

Dorothy A. Brown is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of law at Emory University School of Law. She received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her LLM in Taxation from New York University. She began her career in law teaching in 1991 and joined the faculty at Emory in 2008. She is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of law school reform, and race, class, and tax policy. A popular speaker in the legal academy, she is also highly sought after by private industry for her expertise in workplace inclusion issues. She has appeared on CNN’s Starting Point, Need to Know on PBS, and NPR’s Tell Me More. The New York Times, National Law Journal, CNN, Forbes, and Bloomberg have published her opinion pieces.


David Lat

Founder and Managing Editor

David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, a legal news website. He also founded Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges, and served as editor of the politics blog Wonkette. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Washingtonian magazine, and New York magazine, among other publications. David has received several awards for his work on Above the Law, including recognition as one of the American Lawyer’s Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years, one of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels (a group of innovators within the legal profession), and one of the Fastcase 50, “the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology.” Prior to his entry into the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Regis High School, Harvard College, and Yale Law School, where he served as book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal.


James E. Moliterno

Vincent Bradford Professor of Law
Washington & Lee University

James E. Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. He has a leadership role in W&L’s third year curriculum reform. For 21 years prior to joining the W&L faculty in 2009, he was the Tazewell Taylor Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Skills Program, and Director of Clinical Programs at the College of William & Mary. He was the 2012 recipient of the Rebuilding Justice Award from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in recognition of his career-long legal education reform work. He is author or co-author of ten books including THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROFESSION IN CRISIS: RESISTANCE AND RESPONSES TO CHANGE (Oxford Univ. Press 2013) and of numerous articles on legal ethics and legal education. He has engaged in substantial international legal ethics and legal education reform work in Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Slovakia, Spain, Japan, China, Indonesia and Thailand.


Steven J. Harper

Adjunct Professor

Steven J. Harper is an author, attorney, contributing editor to The American Lawyer, and adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1999, he was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis for 30 years before retiring in 2008. His latest book is THE LAWYER BUBBLE – A Profession in Crisis (Basic Books, 2013). Prior books include CROSSING HOFFA – A Teamster’s Story, a Chicago Tribune “Best Book of the Year” that depicts his father’s two-year tangle with Jimmy Hoffa from 1959 to 1961. He also wrote Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold (Northwestern University Press, 2008) and The Partnership – A Novel (Amazon CreateSpace, 2010). His legal blog, “The Belly of the Beast” was named an ABA “Best Blog of the Year.” He graduated with honors from Northwestern University (combined B.A./M.A. in economics with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude).


Kenneth M. Van Deventer

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Kenneth M. Van Deventer concentrates in business litigation. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Client's Guide, in which he has been ranked as one of New Jersey's "Leading Lawyers" for the past six years, commends Ken for his "confident, determined approach and his ability to connect well with both juries and the authorities," and notes that Ken "thrives on finding a way out of complex problems." Chambers has also described him as "the linchpin of the complex litigation" practice, a "skilled tactician" and "best known for handling difficult cases." Benchmark Litigation says "clients deem Kenneth M. Van Deventer a 'fierce fighter, who is always looking for the competitive edge and really seems to relish the battle.'" Best Lawyers in America® ranks him best in class for both Banking Law and Commercial Litigation. He has also been included on the a New Jersey "Super Lawyers" list by Thomson Reuters. Because of his familiarity with the federal and State courts of New Jersey, Ken is often retained by national and international law firms to act as local or co-counsel. Ken has handled over 100 bank workouts / foreclosures / lender liability claims for banks including Citibank, N.A., Wachovia Bank, Bank of America, United Jersey Bank, Summit Bank, Fleet Bank, Marine Midland Bank and BancOne. Ken knows how to achieve his clients' objectives in a cost-efficient and effective manner. Although he believes that protracted litigation should be avoided if possible, his clients have the comfort of knowing that if there is no alternative but trial, they have a seasoned advocate with a proven record of accomplishment on their side.


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Honorable Patty Shwartz

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Patty Shwartz was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 10, 2013. Before her appointment, she served a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before taking a place on the bench, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. During her tenure at the United States Attorney=s Office, she held various supervisory positions, including Chief of the Criminal Division and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. Before joining the U.S. Attorney=s Office, she was a law clerk to the Hon. Harold A. Ackerman, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, and was an associate with the Philadelphia law firm then known as Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz. Judge Shwartz is a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council=s Magistrate Judge Committee, the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of Jersey, the Advisory Board for the Association of the Federal Bar and the John C. Lifland Inn of Court and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association. In addition, when she was a Magistrate Judge, she served as the Third Circuit=s Representative to the Board of Directors of the Federal Magistrate Judge=s Association. She is also adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. She received her bachelor=s degree with highest honors from Rutgers College and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Law Review.


Jordan Weissmann

Senior Associate Editor
The Atlantic

Jordan Weissmann is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about the intersection of economics and education. Previously, he covered federal courts for The National Law Journal. While debating whether or not to go to law school, he served time on the business side of an AmLaw 200 firm in Washington, D.C. The experience quickly inspired him to return to journalism.


Eric S. Pennington


Eric S. Pennington is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College, and a 1992 graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Since 1999, Eric Pennington has practiced law in Newark, New Jersey, and is a principal in Eric S. Pennington, P.C. Mr. Pennington specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, civil rights and employment discrimination.
After graduating from law school in 1992, Mr. Pennington worked in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he practiced corporate law. He then went on to clerk for Robert N. Wilentz, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and then clerked for the Hon. Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After clerking, Mr. Pennington returned to Paul, Weiss, where he worked until 1995. Thereafter, Mr. Pennington became an associate with Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione (now Gibbons PC), where he worked principally in the Labor and Employment group, until he left in 1999 to start his own practice.
In 2000, Eric Pennington was appointed judge of the Municipal Court of Orange, and later became Chief Judge of the Orange Municipal Court, until he left the bench in 2010.
Mr. Pennington currently serves as a Commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, and serves on the New Jersey State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee, and Ethics Diversionary Program Committee. Mr. Pennington currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Urban League of Essex County. Mr. Pennington also is an active member of the Garden State and New Jersey State Bar Associations, and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Mr. Pennington is one of three brothers who graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark (Daryl ‘05 and Scott ‘99), each of whom has his own law practice. Mr. Pennington lives in South Orange, is married to Dawn, and has four children, Nicole, Cameron, Imani and Christian.


Keri Logosso-Misurell

Director of Child & Family Services
The Nicholson Foundation

Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq., is a 1999 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. While a student at the Law School, Keri served as Chair of the Women’s Law Forum for two years and was a founding member of the Public Interest Network. Upon graduation, Keri completed a two year Equal Justice Works Fellowship at New Jersey’s statewide child advocacy organization, Advocates for Children of NJ, where she performed welfare outreach and advocacy. Keri went on to work in the private sector as a litigation associate at Lowenstein Sandler and then clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Schwartz. In 2003, she became a founding staff member of the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate where she served as Director of Children’s Health. Keri left the Office in January 2006 to become Governor Corzine’s Health Policy Advisor.

Read Keri Logosso-Misurell full biography here.