Clinical and Experiential Learning Faculty

Building on the first-year Legal Practice courses, the Law School offers a rich array of programs that can broaden students’ abilities to perform core lawyering tasks. These opportunities include clinics, some based at NYLS and some at law offices off-campus; externships and workshops; project-based learning courses; upper-class writing electives; skills competition teams and simulation courses. These courses offer the opportunity to learn experientially, by practicing skills from interviewing to oral advocacy in simulation contexts by experiencing the work of outside law offices and judicial chambers as externs, and by working directly on cases and other legal matters with faculty guidance and feedback in our clinics. These are courses in skills, but they are also courses in legal reasoning and analysis, which you will have the chance to practice and refine in the context of each legal problem you address. These courses also acquaint you directly with different areas of practice and may be of real assistance in your job search.

Full-Time Faculty

Susan Abraham
Professor of Law

Lenni Benson
Professor of Law
Founder and Senior Advisor, Safe Passage Project

Lloyd Bonfield
Professor of Law

Alvin Bragg
Visiting Professor of Law
Co-Director, Racial Justice Project

Frank A. Bress
Professor of Law
Director, Clinical Programs

Carol A. Buckler
Professor of Law

Anna Cominsky
Visiting Associate Professor
Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Clinic

Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President
Professor of Law

Ronald Filler
Professor of Law

Kris Franklin
Professor of Law
Director, Academic Initiatives
Co-Director, Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching
Co-Advisor, Dispute Resolution Team

Lisa F. Grumet
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families

Kim Hawkins
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Housing Justice Leadership Institute

Mariana Hogan
Professor of Law
Director, Externship Program
Faculty Advisor, NYLS Trial Competition Team

Sandra K. Janin ’75
Professor of Legal Writing
Director, Upper-Level Writing Elective Program

Gowri Krishna
Associate Professor of Law

Gerald Korngold
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Real Estate Studies

Richard D. Marsico
Professor of Law
Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law
Co-Editor, Clinical Research Institute

Howard S. Meyers
Professor of Law
Dean of Adjunct Faculty Engagement

Samantha Pownall ’11
Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Andrew Scherer
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Lynn Boepple Su
Professor of Law
Faculty Adviser, NYLS Trial Competition Team

Ruti G. Teitel
Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law
Chair, Global Law and Justice Colloquium
Co-Director, Institute for Global Law, Justice & Policy
Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
Visiting Professor, Hebrew University School of Law, Mt. Scopus

Adjunct Faculty

Ann Schofield Baker ’97
B.A., 1993, University of Toronto; J.D., 1997, NYLS
Principal at McKool Smith specializing in national copyright and trademark litigation practice
Courses: Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills, and Moot Court

Robert Baum
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
Attorney, Federal Defenders of New York
Course: Trial Advocacy

Adele Bernhard
Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., 1972, NYU College of Arts and Science; J.D., 1976, NYU School of Law
Course: Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic

Raymond Castello
B.A., 1974, Dartmouth College; J.D., 1977, Yale Law School
Course: Advocacy of Criminal Cases

Wesley Cheng
B.S., 2005, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication; J.D., 2008, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Assistant District Attorney, N.Y. County District Attorney’s Office.
Course: Criminal Prosecution Clinic–New York County

The Honorable Margaret Clancy
B.A., 1977, Marymount Manhattan College; J.D., 1980, Cornell University
Court of Claims Judge, Acting Supreme Court Justice, N.Y. State Supreme Court, Bronx County, Criminal Division
Course: Trial Advocacy

Victoria Buffa Dandelet
B.S., 2004, Georgetown University; J.D., 2011, Harvard Law School
Assistant District Attorney, N.Y. County District Attorney’s Office.
Course: Criminal Prosecution Clinic–New York County

The Honorable Paul E. Davison
A.B., 1980, Harvard College; J.D., 1985, NYU School of Law
U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. Southern District, N.Y.
Course: Trial Advocacy

Joanne Doroshow
B.A., 1976, University of Rochester; J.D., 1979, Temple University School of Law
Founder, President, and Executive Director, Center for Justice and Democracy, NYLS
Course: Civil Justice and National Advocacy Clinic

Donna Dougherty
B.A., 1979, SUNY Oneonta; J.D., 1986, Union University
Director, Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

Lisa Del Pizzo
B.A., 1992, SUNY Binghamton; J.D., 1995, Boston College
N.Y. County District Attorney’s Office, Deputy Bureau Chief, Trial Division
Course: Trial Advocacy

Cary Fischer ’99
B.A., 1991, SUNY Albany; J.D. 1999, NYLS
Deputy Bureau Chief, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Course: Criminal Prosecution Clinic–Kings County

Genesis Fisher
B.A., 2000, Smith College; J.D., 2006, NYU School of Law
Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society: Criminal Defense Practice
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

Carl Forbes
B.A., 2007, SUNY Binghamton; J.D., 2010, Columbia University School of Law
Founder and Principal Attorney, Carl Forbes Jr. Law Firm PLLC.
Course: Pre-Trial Advocacy

Rosanna M. Fox ’06
B.A., 2001, University of Rochester; J.D., 2006, NYLS
Co-Founding Partner/Head of the Entrepreneur and Start-up Practice, Lepore Taylor Fox LLP
Course: Immigration Practice Field Placement and Seminar

Lynne M. Fischman Uniman
B.A., New York University; J.D., Brooklyn Law School; LLM, NYU School of Law.
Course: Pre-Trial Advocacy

The Honorable Paul G. Gardephe
B.A., 1979, M.A., 1979, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 1982, Columbia University School of Law
U.S. Courthouse, Southern District
Course: Trial Advocacy

Barbara Graves-Poller
B.A., 1996, University of Pittsburgh; M.A., 2000, New York University; J.D., 2004, NYU School of Law
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

Charles Guria ’86
B.A., 1982, Dartmouth College; J.D., 1986, NYLS
Chief of Civil Rights and Police Integrity, Rackets Division, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Course: Criminal Prosecution Clinic–Kings County

Desireé C. Hernández ’08
B.A., 2005, University of Puerto Rico; J.D., 2008, NYLS
Deputy Executive Director and Director of Legal Services, Safe Passage Project
Course: Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic

Sarah Hardin Hines
B.A., 1969, Stanford University; M.A., 1970, Stanford University; J.D., 1975, Cornell Law School
Assistant District Attorney, N.Y. County District Attorney
Course: Advocacy of Criminal Cases

Peter Kempner
B.A., 1996, SUNY Purchase; M.A., 1998, George Washington University; J.D., 2001, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Director Veterans Justice Project and Deputy Director Housing Unit, Legal Services NYC–Brooklyn Programs
Course: Veterans Justice Field Placement and Seminar

Filomena Lepore-Taylor ’04
B.A., 2001, Colgate University; J.D., 2004, NYLS
Co-Founding Partner, Lepore Taylor Fox LLP
Course: Immigration Practice Field Placement and Seminar

Michael Marcin
B.S.E. (Electrical Engineering), 1989, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 1997, Fordham University School of Law
Partner, Fay Kaplun & Marcin
Course: Patent Trademark Office Clinic

Steve Mazzalonga ’04
B.A., 2000, SUNY Stony Brook; J.D., 2004, NYLS
Senior Counsel and Assistant Borough Chief, N.Y.C. Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel
Course: Municipal Litigation Defense Field Placement and State & Local Government Seminar

John Meringolo ’99
B.S., 1996, M.S., 1998, Long Island University; J.D., 1999, NYLS
Proprietor, Meringolo & Associates, P.C.
Course: Trial Advocacy

The Honorable William T. Mogulescu
A.B., 1964, Clark University; LL.B., 1967, New York University
Acting Justice, N.Y. State Supreme Court, Bronx County
Course: Trial Advocacy

Melissa Molfetas
B.A., 2008, Skidmore College; J.D., 2014, CUNY School of Law
Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Legal Services, Veterans Justice Project
Course: Trial Advocacy

Avraham C. Moskowitz
B.A., 1977, Yeshiva University; J.D., 1980, Columbia University School of Law
Partner, Moskowitz & Book, LLP
Course: Trial Advocacy

Jonas Oransky
B.A., 2004, Yale University; J.D., 2011, NYU School of Law
Deputy Legal Director, Everytown for Gun Safety/Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Course: Legislative Advocacy Clinic–Everytown for Gun Safety

F. Peter Phillips ’87
A.B., 1971, Dartmouth College; 1975, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art;  J.D., 1987, NYLS
Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program
Course: Negotiation: Theory and Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Salman Ravala
M.A. Economics, J.D., 2008, Syracuse University
Founding Partner, Criscione Ravala, LLP
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

William Rosen ’12
B.A., 2005, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 2012, NYLS
Deputy Legal Director, Everytown for Gun Safety
Course: Legislative Advocacy Clinic–Everytown for Gun Safety

Andrew Santa Ana
B.A., 2001, SUNY Binghamton; J.D., 2007, CUNY School of Law
Course: Cyberharassment Clinic

John A. Scola ’11
B.A., 2008, West Virginia University; J.D., 2011, NYLS
Partner, Nwokoro & Scola, Esquires
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

Danielle Shalov
B.A., 1999, Kenyon College; J.D., 2002, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law                                Mediator, DS Mediation Partners
Course: Mediation Clinic

Sonja Shield
B.A., 1997, Swarthmore College; M.S.W., 2004, NYU Ehrenkranz School of Social Work; J.D., 2005, NYU School of Law
Union President, Legal Services Staff Association, National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320
Course: Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing

Michael Sisitzky
B.A., 2009, New York University; J.D., 2012, Georgetown University Law Center
Lead Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union
Course: Legislative Advocacy Clinic–New York Civil Liberties Union

Lawton Squires ’83
B.A., 1980, SUNY Oneonta; J.D., 1983, NYLS
Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
Course: Trial Advocacy

Peter Strauss
Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law
Senior Partner, Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC
Courses: Elder Law and Aging in America and Elder Law and Guardianship Field Placement and Seminar

Dao Sun
B.A., 2011, Saint Leo University; J.D., 2015, George Washington University Law School
Staff Attorney, Manhattan Legal Services
Course: Veterans Justice Field Placement and Seminar

Claire Thomas ’11
B.A., 2004, University of Chicago; M.S., 2008, New York University; J.D., 2011, NYLS
Director of Training, Safe Passage Project, NYLS
Course: Asylum Clinic

Noreen Travers
B.A., 1992, Tulane University; J.D., 1998, St. John’s University School of Law
of counsel, Tendy Law Office
Course: Advocacy of Criminal Cases

Karen E. Varriale ’97
B.A., 1994, SUNY Albany; J.D., 1997, NYLS
Senior Assistant District Attorney, Drug Treatment Unit, Office of the District Attorney
Course: Criminal Prosecution Clinic–Kings County

Alan Vinegrad
B.S., 1980, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 1984, NYU School of Law
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Course: Trial Advocacy

Amy Wallace
B.A., 1997, University of Toronto; J.D., 2000, Georgetown University Law Center; M.A., 2005, Lehman College (N.Y.C. Teaching Fellows)
Course: Street Law

Susan Walsh
B.A., 1990, Tufts University; J.D., 1996, George Washington University Law School
Partner, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C.
Course: Advocacy of Criminal Cases

The Honorable Patricia A. Williams
B.A., 1965, Cornell University; M.A., 1967, Columbia University; J.D., 1972, Yale University
Former Acting Justice, N.Y. State Supreme Court, Bronx County
Course: Trial Advocacy