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Law Profs Are People Too

Law Profs Are People Too

By Renee Nicole Allen
A podcast about the lives of law professors hosted by @profallentweets
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S4E4-OJ Salinas
OJ is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of Academic Excellence at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He’s a native of South Texas and is the first and only Hispanic to hold a full-time faculty position at the law school. As Director of Academic Excellence, OJ oversees all aspects of academic success programming for UNC students. He teaches for-credit bar preparation courses, as well as courses focused on client counseling and negotiation. OJ has a Master’s degree in Counseling, and he previously taught in UNC’s first year legal research and writing program for six years.
July 28, 2021
S4-E3 Ellie Margolis
Ellie Margolis is a Professor of Law at Temple Law School. She teaches LRW, Motions, and Appellate Advocacy. Her scholarly work focuses on how technology has changed the way lawyers research and write about the law. Her scholarship is widely cited in textbooks, law review articles, court briefs and judicial opinions.
April 9, 2021
S4-E2 Seema Mohapatra
Professor Seema Mohapatra is currently a tenured professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has taught a wide variety of courses including Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Bioethics and the Law, Genetics and the Law, Public Health Law, Women's Heath and the Law, Professional Responsibility, and Business Organizations.
March 18, 2021
S4-E1 Emily Grant
Emily Grant is from Washburn University School of Law where she teaches legal research and writing and also trusts and estates.  She also serves as one of the co-directors for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning.
February 25, 2021
S3 Bonus Episode-Renee Nicole Allen
Tiffany Atkins (Elon) takes over the podcast and interviews me. 
January 11, 2021
S3-E6 Nicole Morris
Nicole N. Morris is a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is a Professor in Practice and Director of the TI:GER program.  TI:GER (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) is an innovative partnership between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that brings together graduate students in law, business, science and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. Professor Morris has over sixteen years of experience practicing patent law in large and mid-sized law firms and is a frequent speaker on innovation topics including the legal implications of technology,
December 31, 2020
S3-E5 Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson is a Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor at the  University of Tennessee College of Law. On June 30 of this year, she  stepped down after five years as dean of the college. Before that,  Melanie spent four years as associate dean for academic affairs at the  University of Kansas School of Law. Melanie teaches criminal procedure  and criminal law, and she writes about prosecutorial ethics and the 4th  and 6th Amendments. She is currently enjoying a one-semester sabbatical,  catching up various scholarly projects. She spends most of her free  time outdoors with her three large dogs – Stella, Choden, and Leaper.
December 5, 2020
S3E4-Sarah Burstein
Sarah Burstein is a Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma  College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, Professor Burstein  clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Pratt in the United States District  Court for the Southern  District of Iowa and worked as an intellectual property litigation  associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Professor Burstein has a law  degree from the University of Chicago and B.A. in Art & Design from  Iowa State University. She is currently writing an open-source  Patents casebook, along with two amazing co-authors.
October 17, 2020
S3E3-Kayonia Whetstone
Kayonia Whetstone is an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law. She believes good writing is essential for every attorney. Her experience as a former appellate prosecutor informs her teaching and scholarship. She is passionate about creating more practice-ready lawyers, increasing diversity in the law, and shaping a more balanced criminal justice system. Thus, her scholarship focuses on legal writing pedagogy, social and economic justice, and criminal justice reform.
September 14, 2020
S3E2-Tiffany D. Atkins
Tiffany D. Atkins is an Assistant Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law, in Greensboro, NC, where she teaches Legal Method and Communication, Public Interest Legal Writing, and Race Law. Prior to academia, Tiffany was an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she practiced family law, public housing, and education law, among other areas. Tiffany is a native of Washington, DC, and is married with three children, ages 15, 7, and 3. She enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and fantasizing about all the places she will travel when “outside” is reopened. Connect with her on Twitter @ProfessorAtkins 
August 25, 2020
S3E1-Leslie Y. Garfield Tenzer
Leslie Y. Garfield Tenzer is the host/producer of Law to Fact podcast and the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY where she teaches Criminal, Tort, Contract and Social Media Law. She is the author of several articles, most notably “The Death of Slander,” 35 Columbia L. Rev. 17 (2012).Professor Tenzer has received several awards during her tenure at Pace including Professor of the Year, the Ottinger Prize for Faculty Achievement, and the Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship. In addition to her regular teaching at Pace Law School, Professor Tenzer serves as a contributing editor to Matthew Bender Criminal Defense Techniques. Professor Tenzer was one of the first academic support professionals in the legal academy and  was the founding chair of the AALS section on Academic Support.  She is a student of improv and had a featured role in the 2018 movie “Larchmont.”
August 11, 2020
S2E6-Margaret Hannon
Margaret Hannon is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where she teaches legal writing, research, and analysis. Professor Hannon is the outgoing Editor in Chief for the Legal Writing Institute’s Monograph Series, the incoming Editor in Chief for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, the journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and a member of the Advisory Board for Women Also Know Law. She received her BA from Binghamton University, cum laude, and her JD from Michigan Law.
July 1, 2020
S2E5-Katherine Silver Kelly
Katherine Silver Kelly is a clinical professor of law and director of academic support at THE Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In addition to teaching legal writing and helping her #BuckeyesPassTheBar, Katherine is the creator of the almost-famous blog, The Bar Exam Wizard, and serves as faculty advisor to the best BLSA chapter in the country. Her research focuses on high stakes testing and legal education learning theory. Outside of school, Katherine coaches Special Olympics track and soccer, and spends time with her husband Andrew and their two rescue dogs Yellow Jacket and Kentucky Wildcat (aka Jack and Tuck).
June 28, 2020
S2E4-Katherine Macfarlane
Professor Katherine Macfarlane teaches and writes about civil procedure and civil rights. Her scholarship has appeared in the Alabama Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Yale Law Journal Forum. Professor Macfarlane serves as chair-elect of the AALS Section on Disability Law, and co-founded an affinity group for professors with disabilities. Her healthcare and disability commentary has been featured in Ms., The Mighty, Creaky Joints, and BUST. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
June 22, 2020
S2E3-Doron Dorfman
Doron Dorfman is an Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. His interdisciplinary research focuses on disability law and health law through the prism of law & psychology, using doctrinal analysis and mixed-methods social science methodology.
June 18, 2020
S2E2-Melissa Hale
Melissa Hale is the Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Currently, she teaches bar preparation related courses, and oversees the Academic Enhancement Program. She also advises the First Gen Law School Student Group and feels passionate about making first generation and minority students feel welcome in a law school space. Melissa was part of the 2019 CALI fellowship on law school success, and is the current president-elect of the Association of Academic Support Educators. She grew up in Michigan, has an undergraduate degree in political science and psychology, graduated law school in 2006 and used to practice small business law. She will also talk to you about growth mindset, or ballet or Marvel, as long as you let her.
June 13, 2020
S2E1-Tracy Norton
Tracy Norton joined the faculty of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on Long Island in 2006 after teaching in her native Texas for 10 years. She teaches first-year and upper level legal analysis and persuasion with occasional forays into Criminal Law and Disaster Law. Tracy is an inaugural faculty member in Touro Law's hybrid JD program, FlexTime JD. Her current scholarly interests are digital legal education and judicial narratives in times of emergency. Tracy is a mother of 4: Emma, Kate, Curtis, and Lizzie.
June 7, 2020
S1E4 Katrina Lee
Katrina Lee is a San Francisco native and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. On faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law since 2011, Katrina teaches business of law, legal negotiations, and legal writing. She wrote the course book “The Legal Career: Knowing the Business, Thriving in Practice.” The second edition will be out in May. Katrina was previously a law firm equity partner and practiced law for more than 12 years in San Francisco. Katrina is the proud mommy of two daughters.
May 18, 2020
S1E6-Kelly Curtis
Professor Curtis is a Teaching Professor at the Syracuse University College of Law. She teaches torts, professional responsibility, and courses on gender and the law. Her scholarly interests include legal ethics and feminist legal theory. Before joining the faculty at Syracuse, Professor Curtis spent eight years on the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall. While in practice, Professor Curtis focused primarily on criminal appellate practice and has argued multiple cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College.
May 14, 2020
S1E5 Larry Cunningham
Larry Cunningham has been a Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s University School of Law since 2008, and an administrator since 2010.  He served as Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Vice Dean, before becoming the first Dean of Assessment.  Prior to joining St. John’s, he was a prosecutor in the Bronx where he primarily litigated appeals.  In July, he leaves St. John’s to become the third Dean of Charleston School of Law in South Carolina.  He has a J.D. from Georgetown, a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and graduate certificates in assessment and strategic leadership from Sam Houston State and Villanova, respectively.  He lives with his husband, Jonnathan, and their 7-year-old dog, Lexi.
May 9, 2020
S1E3 Anna Roberts
Anna is a Professor of Law at St John's University, where she teaches criminal law, evidence, and torts. She previously taught at Seattle University School of Law, and is a former public defender. She writes in the areas of criminal law and evidence, with a particular interest in assumptions and interpretations of guilt.
April 30, 2020
S1E2-Maybell Romero
Maybell Romero joined the NIU Law faculty in 2017. Her teaching and writing interests focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, legal ethics, and law and rurality. She has served as both a state’s attorney and defense attorney during her decade of practice in Utah, where she also handled child welfare and civil litigation matters. Professor Romero is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She also holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where she studied both English and government.
April 23, 2020
S1E1-Zack Buck
Zack is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. He writes about Health law. His research examines the enforcement of laws that affect health and health care in the United States. Most recently, his writing has focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, the legal rules that govern overtreatment, and the regulation of pharmaceutical drug prices.
April 21, 2020