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  • Advocacy and Litigation

Advocacy and Litigation Faculty

  • Nicole Raymond Chong

    Professor Nicole Chong is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Before joining the faculty, she was an associate with Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling in Philadelphia. Most of her work was focused in the area of commercial litigation. Professor Chong was involved in a variety of matters, including representing a major international telecommunications carrier in collection matters, a local manufacturer and retailer of fashion accessories in patent infringement litigation, as well as local and national companies in contract and tort litigation. She also was a member of Klett Rooney’s Appellate Practice Section.

  • Lance Cole

    Professor Lance Cole's research and teaching interests reflect his practice experience in white collar criminal defense, securities regulation law, and government investigations and prosecutions. Professor Cole researches the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine, government regulation of business entities, and legislative practice and procedure.

  • Michael Foreman

    Professor Michael Foreman focuses on appellate representation in civil rights issues and employment discrimination cases and directs Penn State's Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, which has served as counsel on numerous cases in United States Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts and is involved in several cases currently pending. He argued Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals in 2012.

  • Lara B. Fowler

    Professor Lara Fowler is an attorney and mediator who focuses on environmental and natural resource law, including water rights, water quality, flooding, tribal law, and Endangered Species Act issues. She splits her time between Penn State Law and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Prior to joining Penn State, she was an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in Seattle, Washington, where she focused on mediation and dispute resolution of complex natural resource issues, as well as representing clients facing regulatory hurdles in the environmental field.

  • Gary Gildin

    Professor Gildin is recognized among the nation's leading teachers of advocacy skills. Professor Gildin designed a course on civil liberties litigation and has prepared the multi-disciplinary and multi-media electronic course book, Civil Liberties Litigation. His most recent scholarly articles propose alternate means by which damages caused by deprivations of constitutional rights should be allocated among the governmental entity, the individual public official and the victim.

  • Lucy Johnston-Walsh

    Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh devotes her career to protecting children’s rights, directing the Children's Advocacy Clinic and the Center on Children and the Law. A former state and federal lobbyist for a child advocacy organization and past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children's Rights Committee, Professor Johnston-Walsh directs the clinic’s operations and supports its mission to serve children and advocate for legislative issues related to children in the welfare system. Under Professor Johnston-Walsh’s supervision, clinic students represent abused and neglected children as well as those involved in contested adoption and custody actions.

  • Thomas Place

    Professor Place joined Penn State Law after co-founding the first legal services program in Appalachia. He is the author of the Pennsylvania Post Conviction Relief Act — Practice and Procedure. He teaches courses on criminal procedure, constitutional law, post-conviction remedies, and prisoners rights.

  • Geoffrey Scott

    Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is in intellectual property and on the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He has given particular attention to the protection of cultural properties in both Europe and Asia, to domestic and international entertainment issues with an emphasis on music, and to the representation of the individual professional athlete. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2004-2005 for his research in the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies in the fields of biotechnology and intellectual property law.

  • Hon. D. Brooks Smith

    Judge D. Brooks Smith sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to which he was nominated in September of 2001. He previously served on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until his confirmation in 2002, serving as the Chief Judge from 2001 until his elevation to the Third Circuit. As a judge now serving on the Third Circuit, he hears appeals from federal cases arising in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

    Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is a nationally recognized scholar of immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law; the association between detention, removal and due process; and the intersection between immigration, national security, and race. Her book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, will be published by New York University Press in 2015 and is the first book on the topic of immigration prosecutorial discretion.