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  • Constitutional and Administrative Law

Constitutional and Administrative Law Faculty

  • Larry Catá Backer

    Professor Larry Backer researches globalization, especially as it relates to the emergence of ways of understanding constitutional and enterprise law. His most recent work touches on the regulation of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, transnational constitutionalism, and the convergence of public and private law. He researches issues of governments as private actors in global markets, the development of law and social norm systems to regulate business and human rights.

    He teaches classes in constitutional, corporate, and transnational law and policy. Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He served as chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate for 2012-2013.

  • Jamison Colburn

    Professor Jamison Colburn is a scholar of environmental law and policy. Prior to teaching, Professor Colburn was an enforcement litigator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a collaborating researcher with the Project on Public Problem Solving at Columbia University, which studied the collaborative roles played by local and regional grassroots organizations.

  • Katrice Bridges Copeland

    Professor Copeland focuses her scholarship on white collar crime and health care fraud and abuse. Prior to joining Penn State she clerked for Judge David H. Coar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. Her practice focused on white collar criminal defense and constitutional litigation. As part of her white collar crime practice, she represented pharmaceutical companies in health care fraud and abuse prosecutions.

  • David Flatto

    David Flatto is an associate professor of law, religion, and history at Penn State Law. He has served as a visiting professor at Hebrew University Law School and Yeshiva University, and a visiting researcher at Yale Law School. Experienced as an educator and lecturer, he was honored in 2003 with a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. His research interests include legal history, constitutional law and theory, and Jewish and comparative jurisprudence. His works have appeared in Yale Journal of Law and HumanitiesYale Law Journal Pocket PartNYU Law Global Hauser SeriesDine IsraelHebraic Political Studies,Commentary and Tradition.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kit Kinports

    Professor Kinports is a leading scholar of feminist jurisprudence, criminal law and federalism and an award-winning classroom teacher. Professor Kinports is a former clerk for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before entering the teaching profession, she practiced law with Ennis, Friedman, Bersoff & Ewing in Washington, D.C. for several years.

  • Jud C. Matthews

    Professor Jud Mathews teaches and researches in the areas of administrative law, comparative constitutional law, and civil procedure. His recent scholarship examines the behavior of courts and their interaction with other institutions, both in the United States and in other legal systems.

    Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Mathews was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he taught administrative law and constitutional law. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before beginning his Ph.D. in political science at Yale.

  • Michael Mogill

    Professor Mogill’s teaching and research focuses on torts, products liability, remedies, and evidence. In addition to teaching and writing, Professor Mogill is a member of the Civil Justice Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and is a charter member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Evidence Code Committee. He is a court-certified mediator and has served as a court-appointed arbitrator.

  • Katherine Pearson

    Professor Katherine Pearson is a scholar of legal issues facing older adults, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to elder care. Her recent scholarship focuses on protection of older adults, regulation of continuing care retirement and life care communities, and public and private obligations under filial support laws. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State University.

  • 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.

  • Carla Pratt

    Professor Pratt is a scholar of race and the law who lectures at academic venues across the country, and who has published in various legal and non-legal venues both domestically and internationally. One vein of her research examines the position of people of color in the legal profession and seeks to understand the value of diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Another vein of her research seeks to understand the role of law in constructing Native American and African American identity. Before entering academia, Professor Pratt engaged in the private practice of law as a commercial litigator with the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia. 

  • Victor C. Romero

    Professor Romero's scholarship emphasizes the law's impact on marginalized groups, focusing on the intersection of immigration policy and individual rights. An elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Professor Romero has published numerous books, chapters, articles, and essays, including Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America. A former advisory board member of Penn State's Africana Research Center, Professor Romero previously served as president of both the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACLU and the NAACP of the Greater Carlisle Area.

  • Stephen Ross

    Professor Ross teaches and writes in the disparate areas of Sports Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.  He clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, served as minority counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has provided expert testimony and advice on sports antitrust issues to governmental entities in both the United States and Canada.

  • 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.