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Our faculty represent a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from bioethics to corporate finance and business law to human rights and criminal justice. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

The distinguished faculty who teach in Northeastern’s online Master of Legal Studies program include Northeastern University professors and industry practitioners in fields including healthcare, human resources, intellectual property and business. Learn more about the professors in the Northeastern University online MLS program.


Joshua Abrams
Joshua Abrams
Professor
Joshua Abrams

Joshua Abrams

Professor

Oberlin College, BA 1988
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 1997

Professor Abrams is a patient care and employment senior attorney and manager of attorney development in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare System. In this capacity, Professor Abrams represents and counsels MGH, Brigham & Women’s, and other Partners healthcare providers. He leads a team of attorneys who provide Partners entities counsel on patient care-related legal matters, in addition to serving on hospital bioethics committees. He also represents Partners institutions in employment law matters before the MCAD, EEOC and in court. Professor Abrams is also an adjunct healthcare and employment law professor at Northeastern University. He previously served as legal counsel to State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. Prior to that, he was a litigation attorney at the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

Brook Baker
Brook Baker
Professor
Brook Baker

Brook Baker

Professor

Harvard University, AB 1969
Northeastern University, JD 1976

Professor Baker teaches a global HIV/AIDS policy seminar, disability discrimination law, negotiations, and an analytical skills workshop. His recent scholarship has focused intellectual property and access to medicines and intensifying the legal, economic, and policy response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemics.

Professor Baker has taught and consulted in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997. Professor Baker is an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Professor Baker is a senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially expanded and improved medical treatment. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, access to medicines, and medicines regulatory policy, including with the African Union; NEPAD; Uganda; ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Venezuela; CARICOM; UK DFID; the World Health Organization; the Millennium Development Goals Project; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Open Society Institute; UNDP; UNITAID; the Medicines Patent Pool; the Global Commission on HIV and the Law; and others. He also serves as an NGOs board member to UNITAID, which acts to improve market dynamics and early-market entry of medicines and diagnostics needed to address HIV/AIDS, TB, hepatitis C, and malaria. In January 2015, Professor Baker joined the Technical Working Group of the Equitable Access Initiative (EAI), which seeks to develop a new framework to classify countries by key components of equitable access to health, including components in addition to GDP or GNI.

Professor Baker also works on policy issues concerning the Global Fund and the US PEPFAR Program, and how those priority disease initiatives might contribute more broadly to improving health care delivery in developing countries. Finally, he analyzes resource needs for global health, innovative financing mechanisms, and IMF macroeconomic policies that restrict increased government and donor spending on health and education in developing countries.

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay
Saptarishi Bandopadhyay
Professor
Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

Professor

National University of Juridical Sciences in India, BA
Harvard University, LLM
Harvard University, SJD

Professor Saptarishi Bandopadhyay’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of intellectual property (particularly, copyright), disaster management, environmental law and politics, as well as issues related to risk, technology and society. He has published in these areas in encyclopedias, edited volumes as well as legal and interdisciplinary journals such as, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, Global Jurist, the Indian Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Rights. He has also developed a series of cases studies for Harvard Law School’s Case Studies Program. Professor Bandopadhyay’s work often integrates historical, socio- scientific and humanities research into legal analyses. He is currently at work on two projects: the first studies the status of photography in copyright law, while the second attempts to retell the history of international refugee protection through the lens of environmental history and science and technology studies.

Prior to joining the faculty, during the 2016-2017 academic year, Professor Bandopadhyay served as a Visiting Professor and Catalyst Fellow at Osgoode, and an adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law. He holds an SJD from Harvard Law School, Masters degrees from Harvard and American University’s Washington College of Law, and a BA LLB (with honors) from the National University of Juridical Sciences in India.

At Harvard Law School, Professor Bandopadhyay received the Irving Oberman Memorial Environmental Law Prize and the Abram Chayes International Public Service Fellowship. He has also received research and advocacy fellowships from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication, the Public International Law and Policy Group, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Professor Bandopadhyay has studied disasters in the borderlands between India, Pakistan, and China, and in the Philippines. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard, entitled: ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Disasters: Early Modern Precedents to Twenty-First Century Disaster Management, 1660-1800,’ offered a socio-legal history of the emergence of disaster management practices in relation to the rise of the State in the early modern period.

Before starting doctoral work, from 2006 to 2010, Professor Bandopadhyay served as an associate with Radon & Ishizumi in New York, where he worked on pharmaceutical and biotechnology projects, assisted with constitution development in Nepal, and environmental policymaking in the Caucasus.

Jeff Blank
Jeff Blank
Professor
Jeff Blank

Jeff Blank

Professor

University of California Los Angeles, BA 1998
University of California Los Angeles, JD 2001

Professor Jeff Blank is a business litigation attorney at Garcia Rainey Blank & Bowerbank LLP, which has been certified by Supplier Clearinghouse as a women-owned law firm. Professor Blank specializes in all forms of commercial litigation, intellectual property law, sports law, employment litigation and contracts, real estate law, and alternative dispute resolution.

As a certified baseball agent and sports attorney, Professor Blank has represented baseball players in baseball arbitration cases and has handled arbitration work for other baseball agents for their clients. In 2008, Professor Blank obtained the second-largest raise of any major league baseball player through the arbitration process, and in 2009 he obtained a contract in excess of $7 million through the arbitration process for his client Garrett Atkins.

Professor Blank also represents agents and sports agencies in various matters, including grievance proceedings and the drafting of employment agreements. He has served as an adjunct professor in sports law, most recently teaching the class at UC Irvine School of Law.
Professor Blank’s most recent accomplishments include a bench trial victory in a lawsuit involving an ownership dispute concerning a duplex, and the obtaining of a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by six operators of medical marijuana dispensaries regarding the constitutionality of a city’s total ban on such dispensaries. He is currently one of the two lead attorneys representing a cosmetics industry manufacturing giant in a lawsuit against several of its former employees for claims including trade secret misappropriation.

Professor Blank began his legal career at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, one of the top law firms in the country. He was a member of the firm’s Business Trial practice group and the Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group, and was in charge of mentoring and handling assignment coordination for the summer associates in the Orange County office. Professor Blank was elected by his peers to serve on the firm’s Associate Issues Committee. He served as the lead associate on the litigation team that represented the City of Anaheim in the high profile lawsuit brought against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim regarding the team name change.

In December 2014, Professor Blank was selected as one of the Most Influential People In Orange County, California, by the Orange County Register and was featured in the Laguna Niguel News, an edition of the Orange County Register.

Professor Blank has served as the volunteer attorney coach for the Trabuco Hills High School mock trial team for the past seven seasons. In 2014, Professor Blank was recognized as the Constitutional Rights Foundation-Orange County Mock Trial Attorney Coach of the Year.

Chrissi Cicchitto
Chrissi Cicchitto
Professor
Chrissi Cicchitto

Chrissi Cicchitto

Professor

Quinnipiac University, BA 2001
Suffolk University Law School, JD 2005

Professor Cicchitto teaches in the online Master of Legal Studies degree program. She is a cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies and minor in English, and a graduate of Suffolk University Law School.

While working towards her Bachelors, Professor Cicchitto began her legal career in a solo practitioner’s office in Hamden, Connecticut, focusing on Plaintiff’s Workers’ Compensation and Civil Litigation. During her law school tenure, she had the opportunity to work for medium-sized boutique firms specializing in Employment defense, Complex Business Litigation and Special Education law. Upon graduation, she happily accepted a position with a small boutique firm in New Hampshire, focusing on litigation defense in federal and state Courts. Professor Cicchitto currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and 2 sons, working in the Trust, Estates and Probate division of a local firm.

Professor Cicchitto joined as an Instructor of Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, Paralegal program in 2010. She had the pleasure of serving as a Consultant in the creation of the Master of Legal Studies program during its inception and creation, and accepted a position to teach the Introduction to Legal Studies I course within the program when it launched in 2017.

Vincent DePalo
Vincent DePalo
Professor
Vincent DePalo

Vincent DePalo

Professor

Manhattan College, BA 2007
University of New Hampshire School of Law, JD 2013

Vincent DePalo teaches courses in Torts and Financial Transactions at Northeastern. In his private practice, Mr. DePalo specializes in complex civil litigation, including toxic torts, environmental claims, and commercial disputes. His courtroom experience includes securing a defense verdict in the first joint asbestos-tobacco trial in Massachusetts history.

Mr. DePalo has been published in both scientific and legal journals. As an attorney, Mr. DePalo extensively researched attorney-directed voir dire and jury dynamics. That work culminated in a law review article authored jointly with Associate Justice Dennis J. Curran and published in the Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy, entitled “Attorney-Directed Voir Dire Comes to Massachusetts: The Republic is Safe.” Most recently, Mr. DePalo co-authored the Massachusetts law chapter of the “Claims Professional Desk Reference” published by The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.

In addition to teaching at Northeastern, Mr. DePalo has been invited to lecture at Brown, Tufts, and Roger Williams School of Law. He also frequently presents at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (M.C.L.E.) and Massachusetts Bar Association programs.

The Massachusetts Bar Association selected Mr. DePalo as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Leadership Academy. He currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Judicial Administration Council.

Victoria McCoy Dunkley
Victoria McCoy Dunkley
Professor
Victoria McCoy Dunkley

Victoria McCoy Dunkley

Professor

University of Texas at Arlington, BA 2004
University of Texas at Arlington, MBA 2004
Vanderbilt University Law School, JD 2009
The University of Houston Law Center, LLM 2013

Professor McCoy joined the faculty in 2017 and directs the law school’s Academic Success Program, which provides students with a variety of services to maximize their academic experience. Previously, she was the assistant director of academic support and bar readiness at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Professor McCoy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. After law school, Professor McCoy clerked for the Hon. Eric L. Clay of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and later worked as a litigation associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago. She also completed an LLM in environmental, energy and natural resources law at the University of Houston Law Center.

Julian M. Fray
Julian M. Fray
Associate Dean for Digital Strategy
Julian M. Fray

Julian M. Fray

Associate Dean for Digital Strategy

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

Professor Fray is the associate dean for Digital Strategy. Professor Fray teaches Basic Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Non-Profit Organizations and Estate Planning. She received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a senior editor of the law review, and her BA in law, jurisprudence and social thought from Amherst College. She also earned an LLM in Taxation from Boston University. Her current research focuses on federal regulation of non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on institutions of higher education. She is the law school faculty advisor for the Veteran Law Students Association and the faculty coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance training program.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Fray clerked for Justice Gabrielle R. Wolohojian of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and practiced at Ropes & Gray and PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing primarily on nonprofit tax law and employee benefits. Before beginning her legal career, Professor Fray was a US Army reservist and a small business owner.

Joshua Grinspoon
Joshua Grinspoon
Professor
Joshua Grinspoon

Joshua Grinspoon

Professor

Cornell University, BA 1988
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 1993
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MA 2000

Professor Grinspoon is an attorney and investment adviser/investment company examiner at the Boston Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he examines a wide variety of investment advisers, including hedge funds and private equity funds. Prior to working at the SEC, Professor Grinspoon was an enforcement attorney at the Massachusetts Securities Division, where he investigated and litigated numerous instances of securities fraud. Prior to that, he practiced law at the Boston law firm Gadsby Hannah (now McCarter & English), where he specialized in general corporate law, securities law, transactional law, franchise law, and Article IX of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Professor Grinspoon has taught legal research and writing, and currently teaches Securities Regulation, Law of Financial Institutions (banking law), and Transactional Drafting, as well as Financial Transactions. Professor Grinspoon has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Cornell University (cum laude), a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Master’s in Public Administration (with a concentration in finance and regulation of financial markets) from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Newton with his two daughters.

James Hackney
James Hackney
Dean
James Hackney

James Hackney

Dean

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

Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Hackney was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella. He was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal during law school.

Professor Hackney’s research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. His fields of expertise also include corporate law, as well as race and the law. He is the author of two acclaimed books: “Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity” (Duke University Press, 2007) and “Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory” (New York University Press, 2012).

Christopher Hart
Christopher Hart
Professor
Christopher Hart

Christopher Hart

Professor

Harvard University, BA
St. John’s College, MA
Duke University School of Law, JD

At Northeastern, Professor Hart teaches courses on Privacy Law, Compliance, and Data Regulation. With significant trial litigation, appellate advocacy and data privacy and security experience, Professor Hart has counseled and represented sovereign nations, Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, non-profits, and individuals in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. He represents clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, argues in appellate courts across the country, including successfully before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court; and advocates on behalf of clients in federal and state courts nationwide. He also frequently represents clients in significant internal investigations.

As a civil litigator in U.S. courts, Professor Hart has helped obtain successful outcomes for clients before, during and after trial. He has successfully defended national law firms against allegations of legal malpractice and employment discrimination; represented sovereign nations in high-stakes suits brought by private litigants; defended large corporations in patent infringement suits; defended against large and complex claims arising out of lengthy construction contracts; and challenged state and federal administrative actions. Professor Hart also represents companies and individuals in investigations brought by federal and local law enforcement authorities, including the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office.

Lori Kornblum
Lori Kornblum
Professor
Lori Kornblum

Lori Kornblum

Professor

Yale University, AB 1979
University of California-Berkeley School of Law, JD 1982

Professor Kornblum is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, where she teaches a workshop course on Child Abuse and The Law, and she is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law, MLS program. Professor Kornblum is a full-time faculty member of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Paralegal Department, Business Administration Department, and HR Management Department. Professor Kornblum teaches a variety of legal courses, including Legal Research, Legal Writing, Criminal Practice, Corporate Practice, Debtor/Creditor Law, Civil Procedure, Legal Environment of Business, Real Estate Law, Business Law, and Legal issues in HR Law.

Professor Kornblum is an active practicing attorney, licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and California. Her private practice focuses on disabilities law, adult services, GAL, guardianships, and child abuse. She continues to research and write on issues of child abuse and the law, particularly how they impact family law cases. Professor Kornblum is past president of the board of directors of the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of children and youth who have been exposed to Domestic Violence and child abuse. She is a founding director, current secretary, and pro bono Attorney for L’Chaim Chaverut Northshore, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization providing senior services. She provides pro bono services in a number of different settings to individuals and organizations.

Prior to becoming a full time faculty member at MATC, Professor Kornblum served as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, for 22 years. As an assistant district attorney, she served in various roles, including supervisory positions specializing in child abuse and neglect. Professor Kornblum represented the district attorney’s office on community task forces, and helped develop and implement protocols for child abuse and neglect investigations. She has been a frequent trainer and speaker throughout the local area, statewide and nationally.

Professor Kornblum was a founding member and director of WIPSAC (Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children), and served as president. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, State Bar of California, Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, and other organizations.

Steve Mosenson
Steve Mosenson
Professor
Steve Mosenson

Steve Mosenson

Professor

New York University, BA & MA
Cardozo Law School, JD
Northeastern University, DLP

Steve Mosenson teaches courses about Organizational Management and Non-Profit Leadership. As General Counsel and Corporate Integrity Officer of The Center for Discovery, Inc., Steve oversees the legal, regulatory and quality improvement program of an internationally recognized provider of services to individuals with complex developmental disabilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and medical frailties. An attorney for over 30 years, Steve is an expert in not-for-profit regulatory compliance and corporate governance, public/private partnerships and health care law. Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University; J.D., cum laude Benjamin Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University; MA and BA in Public Administration from NYU. Steve also serves as a Town Justice for Roseboom, New York.

Wendy Parmet
Wendy Parmet
Program Director
Wendy Parmet

Wendy Parmet

Program Director

Cornell University, BA 1979
Harvard University, JD 1982

Professor Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Program on Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs.

She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care. In addition, Professor Parmet is coeditor of the law school’s SSRN online publications, Human Rights and the Global Economy Journal and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Paper Series. In 2016, Professor Parmet was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference.

Professor Parmet has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law. She is coauthor of “Ethical Health Care” (Prentice Hall, 2005) and “Debates on U.S. Health Care” (Sage Press, 2012), and author of “Populations, Public Health, and the Law” (Georgetown University Press, 2009).

Professor Parmet clerked with Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced with a large law firm prior to joining the Northeastern faculty. She is a member of the boards of directors (and a past president of the board) of Health Law Advocates and Health Care for All. Previously she has served as secretary for the Public Health Law Association and as a member of the ABA’s AIDS Coordinating Committee and Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law.

In 1998, Professor Parmet acted as co-counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, the first AIDS/HIV case to come before the US Supreme Court under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Parmet’s client, Sidney Abbott, had been refused treatment by her dentist when she revealed her HIV-positive status, although she was asymptomatic. The high court said that because she was infected with HIV, she was entitled to the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012, Professor Parmet was lead counsel in Finch v. Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that a state law denying state subsidized health insurance to legal immigrants was unconstitutional.

David M. Philips
David M. Philips
Professor
David M. Philips

David M. Philips

Professor

Brandeis University, AB 1964
Columbia University, JD 1967

Professor Phillips has written extensively in the areas of business ethics, foreign trade and
investment, commercial law, corporations, the Uniform Commercial Code, the role of legal scholarship and law schools in developing nations and foreign legal systems, and federal restrictions on aviation and foreign investment.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Phillips was a Fulbright scholar and lecturer at Seoul National University Graduate School of Law, a fellow of the International Legal Center and a consultant to the US Cultural Attaché to the Republic of Korea and the Agency for International Development. Professor Phillips served as a co-reporter of a Boston Bar Association project to revise the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law. The revised statute was passed and signed into law, effective July 2004. He teaches in the areas of corporate and business law.

Rebecca L. Rausch
Rebecca L. Rausch
Professor
Rebecca L. Rausch

Rebecca L. Rausch

Professor

Brandeis University, BA 2001
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2004
University of California, Berkeley, ML 2011

Professor Rausch’s expertise is in health law and regulation, including but not limited to: issues pertaining to Medicare/Medicaid, private insurance structures and regulation, tax exemption, fraud and abuse, reproductive health, compliance, medical malpractice, and numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her interests extend to administrative law, contracts, professional responsibility, and feminist legal theory.

In the past, Professor Rausch has served as a Health Care Associate and as a Litigation Associate at law practices in the Boston area; she has taught at Seattle University School of Law. Professor Rausch is also a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

James Rowan
James Rowan
Professor
James Rowan

James Rowan

Professor

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

Professor Rowan is an expert at representing poor people and their organizations.

His fields of expertise include administrative law, benefits law, civil liability, civil rights, clinical legal education, community development, constitutional law, consumer protection, cooperative legal education, court procedure and evidence, disability law, domestic violence, employment law, insurance, legal education, legal ethics, poverty law, public interest advocacy, race and the law, and social security. He has taught courses in Welfare Law, Poverty Law and Practice, Trial Practice, Lawyering Process, Professional Responsibility, and an advanced course in Criminal Procedure. He is also involved with the Pathways to Practice program.

Professor Rowan heads the Poverty Law and Practice Clinic and supervises all of the clinical programs. His specific interests include community legal education, economic development, and grassroots organizing. He works collaboratively with a range of legal services and private practitioners on these issues.

Rusty Russell
Rusty Russell
Professor
Rusty Russell

Rusty Russell

Professor

Amherst College, BA
Harvard University, JD

Professor Robert (Rusty) Russell is an attorney and environmental consultant who over his career has worked almost exclusively with nonprofits and government agencies. He recently served as executive director of a watershed advocacy organization, the Merrimack River Watershed Council, which protects and promotes public use of the Merrimack River and its watershed, the fourth largest in New England. Professor Russell also has extensive experience collaborating with students on law- and policy-related projects, including ten years as a full-time instructor in Tufts University’s graduate Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP), where he coordinated and co-taught its Field Projects program, co-led a multidisciplinary, graduate-level water resources program, and offered courses in environmental law and policy, water and air quality, and the law of climate change.

Professor Russell also taught property law and environmental practice at the Northeastern University School of Law and energy law at Boston College Law School. For a decade, he served as an attorney and then communications director for the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation. Prior to that, he directed the staff of a health policy program at a Massachusetts regulatory board, served as an environmental consultant to public agencies and private nonprofits, worked as a corporate lawyer and spent several years as a daily journalist.

Natacha Thomas
Natacha Thomas
Professor
Natacha Thomas

Natacha Thomas

Professor

Boston College, BA 2001
Suffolk University, JD 2005

Natacha Thomas currently works as labor counsel for the City of Boston.

She represents the City in litigation involving labor-management disputes such as contract interpretation and discipline, advises management regarding legal and policy considerations in labor relations, and assists in the administration of collective bargaining agreements.

Prior to her role as labor counsel, Professor Thomas was the founder and principal of The Law Office of Natacha Thomas, an employment law solo practice. She handled a wide range of employment law matters, including: employment discrimination before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, wage and hour, and the Family Medical Leave Act. She also counseled clients on non-litigation matters such as employment agreements and negotiating severance.

Professor Thomas was a 2005 Equal Justice Works/Greenberg Traurig Fellow and staff attorney in the Employment Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. As an EJW Fellow she created and implemented a three-part fellowship project to increase access to free legal representation in the Haitian community, by: 1. advocating for the rights of nurse’s aides; 2. representing individual clients in employment matters, such as the denial of unemployment insurance and non-payment of wages; and 3. improving access to tax credits in the Haitian community. The breadth of her representation involved judicial and administrative litigation.

Her background in employment law also encompasses community lawyering and executive lobbying. As a result of her community outreach and client representation, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination initiated employment testing after Attorney Thomas identified areas of employment where Haitian nurse’s aides faced discriminatory treatment and lobbied the agency to effectuate change. Similarly, Professor Thomas led the efforts of the Boston taxi drivers to reform the taxi industry and provide sustaining wages and better working conditions by educating policy makers about systemic issues.

Dan Urman
Dan Urman
Director of Online and Hybrid Programs
Dan Urman

Dan Urman

Director of Online and Hybrid Programs

Director of Online and Hybrid Programs
University of California, Los Angeles, BA
University of Oxford, MPhil
Harvard Law School, JD

Professor Urman is the director of the School of Law’s Online & Hybrid Programs and holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He has been a member of the Northeastern Community since 2009, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and leading programs at the university (including the Doctor of Law & Policy and undergraduate minor in Law & Public Policy). Professor Urman teaches topics including the

American Legal System, Constitutional Law & the U.S. Supreme Court, Human Rights, and Criminal Justice.

Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Urman practiced law at large law firms and served as a criminal prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Kevin F. Wall
Kevin F. Wall
Professor
Kevin F. Wall

Kevin F. Wall

Professor

Bentley University, BS
Boston College, MBA
Suffolk University Law School, JD
Boston University Law School, Graduate Tax Program, LLM

Professor Wall has been a practicing attorney and certified public accountant in Boston for several years. Most recently, he was associated with the tax and business practice of an international professional services firm. He has also served as an officer of a major Massachusetts revenue bond authority. A researcher and case writer for several years at Harvard Business School, he has contributed and coauthored cases in taxation, finance, and leadership and corporate accountability. He has been a graduate and law school faculty member teaching courses in mergers and acquisitions accounting, finance, taxation, and exempt organizations.

Professor Wall is also an experienced international educator, developing and teaching executive education programs and courses in finance and law in several cities in Asia and Mexico in conjunction with Harvard University. He teaches Accounting for Lawyers and Law and Strategy.


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