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Introduction to Lawyering   

Your Professional Career Begins Here

This year you will take a six-credit year-long course called Introduction to Lawyering. The course will provide you with opportunities to exercise and receive intensive feedback on a broad range of practical lawyering skills including research, writing, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy. It will be taught in small groups by professors who will work closely with you to hone your skills and build critical professional habits.

The course will begin with a full day orientation for all students where we will introduce you to your Introduction to Lawyering professors and classmates. We will also discuss the building blocks of legal interpretation, and the importance of collaborating across differences and cultural competency for attorneys.


"Introduction to Lawyering is about metamorphosis. It takes students with no prior legal experience, subjects them to its rigors, and transforms them into seasoned legal researchers, writers, and orators."

BENJAMIN HELLER '17 


Meet the 2018-19 Lawyering Professors 

  • Carmella

    Angela C. Carmella

    Professor of Law
    J.D. Harvard Law School | M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School | A.B. Princeton University
    | 973-642-8843 | Rm 418

    About Angela Carmella

    Professor Angela Carmella teaches Property, Zoning, Planning and Land Use Policy, and a Seminar on Religion and the First Amendment. Her intellectual focus is the intersection of law and religion, religious land use, and Catholic social thought. She has written extensively in those areas. Following graduation from Princeton University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School, Professor Carmella worked as a real estate associate at Csaplar & Bok in Boston. She came to Seton Hall Law School in 1988, and holds the John Courtney Murray Professorship.

  • Karla Y Foy

    Karla Y. Foy

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Assistant Director of Academic Success
    J.D., Harvard Law School | B.A., American University
    | 973-642-8715 | Rm 427

    About Karla Foy

    Professor Foy teaches the Introduction to Lawyering course to first year students. She is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and the Associate Director of the Academic Success program. Professor Foy has practiced Education Law in various contexts.  She has also managed and maintained a general law practice in Hackensack, New Jersey since 2005.  Prior to coming to Seton Hall Law School, Professor Foy served in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Education.  She also worked for the New York University, Equity Assistance Center providing technical assistance to school districts on race, gender and national origin issues. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Criminal Justice, cum laude, from American University.

  • Professor Maya Grosz

    Maya Grosz

    Director of Skills Curriculum and Associate Professor of Law
    J.D. New York University | B.A. Brown University
    | 973-642-8860 | Rm 410

    About Maya Grosz

    Maya Grosz is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Legal Practice Curriculum, overseeing all non-clinic courses and competitions that train students in practical lawyering skills. She teaches Introduction to Lawyering and is director of the Lawyering course.  Prior to joining Seton Hall Law School in 2009, Professor Grosz was an Acting Assistant Professor of Law at New York University School of Law where she taught Lawyering.  Previously she was the Director of the Civil Unit at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where she represented criminal defense clients in collateral civil proceedings. Professor Grosz graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, and earned her B.A. from Brown University. After law school, Professor Grosz clerked for the Honorable James C. Francis IV, U.S. Magistrate Judge, in the Southern District of New York.

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    Thomas Healy

    Professor of Law
    J.D., Columbia Law School | B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    | 973-642-8561 | Rm 402

    About Thomas Healy

    Professor Healy writes about freedom of speech, methods of judicial decision-making, and the role of courts in a democracy. His book "The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America" won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award. Professor Healy received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Book Review and Essay Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also clerked for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

  • Julia Hernandez

    Julia Hernandez

    Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice
    J.D., City University of New York School of Law | B.A., State University of New York
    | 973-642-8809 | Rm 424

    About Julia Hernandez

    Professor Hernandez teaches the Introduction to Lawyering course to first year students as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice. Professor Hernandez is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor in CUNY School of Law's Elder Law Clinic. Prior to teaching, she was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Family Defense Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services where she represented indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. Prior to joining the Family Defense Practice, she represented non-citizens as they fought deportation in U.S. Immigration Court. Professor Hernandez received her B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz. She is a graduate of CUNY Law School where she participated in the Immigrant and Non-Citizen’s Rights Clinic and the Suspension Representation Project.

  • Professor Rick Little

    Alvin Ricardo (Rick) Little

    Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice
    J.D., Catholic University of America | B.A., The American University
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    About Alvin Ricardo (Rick) Little

    Professor Little teaches Introduction to Lawyering as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice. Professor Little’s law career began as an associate at Kraft & Hughes and at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, concentrating in public finance. Professor Little spent the majority of his legal career at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office - first serving as a Deputy Attorney General and later as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Administrative Practice (Newark). He retired as an Assistant Attorney General in July 2018. Professor Little also served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority and the Director of the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Office. Professor Little is a graduate of the American University and Catholic University Law School.

  • Brian M. Murray

    Brian M. Murray

    Associate Professor of Law
    L.L.M.,Temple University Beasley School of Law | J.D., Notre Dame Law School | B.A., Villanova University
    | 973-642-8380 | Rm 515

    About Brian Murray

    Professor Brian Murray served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Chester County Public Defender’s Office in Pennsylvania and a staff attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. He was an Abraham L. Freedman Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, as well as a Fellow at the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Murray’s scholarship focuses on the administration of criminal law, including the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the dynamics of plea-bargaining, the effect of collateral consequences on reentry, and professional responsibility in the criminal justice system. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where he served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Villanova University.

  • Amy F Newcombe

    Amy F. Newcombe

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of Academic Success
    J.D., University of Notre Dame | M.A., Seton Hall University | A.B., Duke University
    | 973-642-8095 | Rm 409

    About Amy Newcombe

    Professor Newcombe teaches Introduction to Lawyering as an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice.  Professor Newcombe is interested in education law and self-regulated learning, and directs the Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) Program and the Academic Success program. Professor Newcombe served in the Appellate Unit of the Union County Office of the Prosecutor preparing appellate briefs and supervising junior attorneys. She was also a law clerk to Judge Edwin A. Alley, in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where she was articles editor of the Notre Dame Law Review.  She also earned a M.A, summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University and her A.B. in history, cum laude, from Duke University.

  • Lara B. Pennington

    Lara B. Pennington

    Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice
    J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law | B.A., Lafayette College
    | 973-642-8783 | Rm 526

    About Lara Pennington

    Professor Pennington is an Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice and teaches Introduction to Lawyering and Appellate Advocacy. Professor Pennington also serves as a private writing consultant for Rosky Legal Education, conducting seminars on writing and providing individual writing counseling in the legal industry. Previously, Professor Pennington taught U.S. Legal Writing in the University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Summer Program from 2012-2015 and worked in private practice at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Dillon, Bitar & Luther, LLC. Professor Pennington earned her J.D. with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her B.A. in Psychology magna cum laude from Lafayette College.

  • Melanie Perez Vellios

    Melanie J. Perez-Vellios

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Assistant Director of Lawyering
    J.D., B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    | 973-642-8478 | Rm 423

    About Melanie Perez-Vellios

    Professor Perez-Vellios serves as Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and as Assistant Director of Lawyering. She teaches Introduction to Lawyering, Appellate Advocacy, and Becoming a Lawyer for the Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) program. Prior to joining Seton Hall Law School, Professor Perez-Vellios practiced employment and education law, serving as Of Counsel to a New Jersey law firm. She also conducted anti-harassment training and other workplace seminars. Prior to that, Professor Perez-Vellios was an Associate at Reed Smith LLP where she practiced complex commercial litigation. Professor Perez-Vellios has also served as contributing author for XpertHR. Professor Perez-Vellios graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, where she served as Senior Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She earned her B.A. from Rutgers University.

  • Professor Jacqueline Pirone

    Jacqueline C. Pirone

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Director of Appellate Advocacy and Gressman Moot Court Programs
    J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law | B.A., Colgate University
    | 973-642-8424 | Rm 425

    About Jacqueline Pirone

    Professor Pirone is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice. She teaches Introduction to Lawyering, Appellate Advocacy, and Becoming A Lawyer for the LEO Program. Professor Pirone is also the Director of Appellate Advocacy Programming, which includes directing the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition. Professor Pirone is Of Counsel to the firm Kirmser, Lamastra, Cunningham & Skinner, House Counsel for Chubb Insurance Companies. Professor Pirone earned her J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall Law School, where she served as the Student Director of the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition; as President of the Peter Rodino Society; and as a member of the Honor Council, the Interscholastic Moot Court Board, the Student Bar Association, and the Sports Law Journal. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Colgate University.

  • Professor and Dean Jamie Pukl-Werbel

    Jamie Pukl-Werbel

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and Director of Mock Trial
    J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law | B.A. Loyola University Maryland
    | 973-642-8201 | Rm 408

    About Jamie Pukl-Werbel

    Professor Pukl-Werbel is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice teaching Introduction to Lawyering and Persuasion & Advocacy. Professor Pukl-Werbel also serves as Director of the law school’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Board. Professor Pukl-Werbel served as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office. She also clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Barisonek and the Honorable Scott J. Moynihan of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Union County. Professor Pukl-Werbel received her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School where she was a member of the Legislative Journal, the Interscholastic Moot Court Board, and was the first recipient of the Public Interest Fellowship. She received her B.A. in Communications and Business from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Kathryn Quaglia

    Kathryn E. Quaglia

    Assistant Professor of Legal Practice
    J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law | B.S., Rutgers University
    | 973-642-8839 | Rm 508

    About Kathryn Quaglia

    Professor Quaglia is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice and she teaches Introduction to Lawyering.  She also teaches a variety of online courses in the Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and Policy. Professor Quaglia practiced law at K&L Gates, assisting with litigation under the EPA’s environmental justice regulations, including trial practice and appellate proceedings. Professor Quaglia has also counseled hospitals and other health care related entities.  Professor Quaglia graduated cum laude from Seton Hall Law School and received a B.S. from Rutgers University. During law school, she served as a legal intern at Epstein Becker & Green in Washington, D.C. After graduating law school, she served as a law clerk to Justice Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

  • St. Romain

    Claudette L. St. Romain

    Associate Professor of Law
    J.D., Harvard Law School | B.A., University of California
    | 973-642-8290 | Rm 403

    About Claudette St. Romain

    Professor St. Romain earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Davis. She clerked for Hon. Anne E. Thompson in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Professor St. Romain litigated at Hudson County Legal Services Corp., representing indigent individuals in trial and appellate courts. She served as the Chairperson of the District VI Ethics Committee and has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Special Master at ethics hearings. Professor St. Romain served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, taught Gender and the Law, and in the Family Law Clinic at the Center for Social Justice. In addition to Introduction to Lawyering, she currently teaches Family Law, Marriage, and Divorce.

  • Joy B. Tolliver

    Joy B. Tolliver

    Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice
    J.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | B.S., Fordham University
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    About Joy Tolliver

    Joy B. Tolliver is Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice and she teaches Introduction to Lawyering. She is also an Education Law and Labor & Employment Law attorney and serves as the General Counsel of Essex County College.  Prior to her current role, Professor Tolliver spent years in private practice at a mid-sized New Jersey law firm, where she specialized in the representation of public entities and rigorously defended schools and municipalities, in particular. She is also a seasoned Adjunct Professor with a wealth of experience in teaching and developing curricula in both graduate and undergraduate programs.  Professor Tolliver earned her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Fordham University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Rutgers School of Law.

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