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Legal Writing and Legal Methods Faculty

 

Terry Jean Seligmann


Professor Terry Jean Seligmann

Professor Terry Jean Seligmann, Director of Legal Writing Program and Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing, is an authority on education law (with particular interests in special education law) and legal pedagogy. Professor Seligmann was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and has played a leadership role in organizing conferences and roundtables to advance legal research and writing programs. She is a former president of the Legal Writing Institute. She is the co-editor of the Social Science Research Network Legal Writing Journal and a frequent presenter at conferences of LWI and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.


Clare Keefe Coleman


Professor Clare Keefe Coleman

Professor Coleman is an Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of Student Advising and our Writing Specialist. An experienced writing teacher, editor and writer, Professor Coleman has also practiced law with Conrad, O'Brien, Gellman & Rohn, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin and Drinker Biddle & Reath. Her professional experience includes magazine editing and teaching fiction writing.


Deborah S. Gordon


Professor Deborah S. Gordon

Professor Deborah Gordon is a former counsel and associate with Day Berry & Howard, LLP in Stamford, Conn., where she handled sophisticated estate and tax planning, business and succession planning, pre-marital planning, estate administration and litigation involving fiduciaries and beneficiaries. Previously, she was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She was Editor-in-Chief of The New York University Law Review.


Lisa T. McElroy


Professor Lisa T. McElroy

Professor Lisa McElroy has published extensively in the field of legal pedagogy and she is an experienced teacher of legal writing. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors and previously served on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to teaching Legal Methods, she leads a seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Kevin P. Oates


Associate Dean Kevin P. Oates

Kevin Oates is an expert in professional responsibility and conflicts of law.

He came to the law school from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of legal methods, served on the Appointments and Curriculum Committees, coached the ABA Negotiation and Client Counseling teams and was administrator for the Alexander Hamilton Inn of Court. Previously, he held a similar post at William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was voted Law Professor of the Year in 2004. He also served as a teaching fellow at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Before teaching, he practiced with Cozen O'Connor, in New York and Philadelphia and was a partner at Gartner, Bloom & Greiper, in New York, where he handled litigation, appeals, arbitrations and mediations.


Emily B. Zimmerman


Professor Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.

Before teaching, Professor Zimmerman was the chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she had also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.