Telephone: 814-863-6861



Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law enjoys a diverse and academically talented student body and a faculty befitting Penn State’s reputation as one of the world’s great research universities. Faculty members include one of the nation’s leading scholars of corporate mergers and acquisitions, the world’s preeminent expert of Russian law, leading scholars of commercial arbitration, renowned scholars of antitrust and law and economics, former law clerks to United States Supreme Court Justices, a leading scholar of international banking and finance, the first legal counsel to the African Union, the legal counsel to the Greek Presidency of the European Union, and other active and influential teachers and scholars in a wide range of substantive areas. In recognition of the important role that a law school plays in a great university, Penn State is investing more than $125 million in new signature buildings and programs for the Law School (occupancy in December 2008). This commitment is the largest single investment ever in an academic unit of Penn State.


The law school’s curriculum also includes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including semester-long government agency externships in Washington, D.C., and clinics that focus on child advocacy, immigration rights, appellate civil rights litigation, disability law, elder and consumer protection law, and family law. Additional substantive programs include a Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, an Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research, and an Institute of Arbitration Law and Practice. Clinical professors include the former Deputy Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the former Deputy Director of the National Immigration Rights Forum.


The law school’s unique association with Penn State’s new graduate School of International Affairs enables it to offer courses by former ambassadors to United Nations, Peru, Thailand, and other nations, and by scholars of China, the Middle East, energy geopolitics and military and security affairs. The law school offers student exchange programs with the University of Cape Town, the University of Maastricht, and other top foreign law schools. The law school also offers one of the oldest and most prestigious master of laws programs for foreign-trained lawyers. Since 1968, students from approximately 50 different nations have earned LL.M. degrees from Penn State Dickinson.


Dean: Philip J. McConnaughay (814) 863-1521

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Marie T. Reilly (814) 863-7033

Associate Dean for International Affairs: Tiyanjana Maluwa (814) 865-8971

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services:

Steven D. Hinckley (814) 867-0390

Assistant Dean for Administration: Nancy J. LaMont (717) 241-3532

Assistant Dean for Career Services: Gicine P. Brignola (717) 240-5201

Assistant Dean for Student Services: Keith Elkin (814) 865-9035

Assistant Dean for Policy and Planning:

Colleen Toomey Lieberman (814) 863-1920

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid: Janice Austin (717) 240-5207

Director of Law Admissions: Barbara W. Guillaume (717) 240-5207

Director of Financial Aid: Susan Bogart (717) 240-5256

Director of Communications and Alumni Relations:

Kelly Rimmer (717) 240-5217

Director of Development: Bruce Rosengrant (814) 863-3396




PHILIP J. MCCONNAUGHAY, (Law Professor), born Geneva, Illinois, January 5, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Illinois; 1979, California; 1983, District of Columbia; 1992-1994, Japan; 1994-1996, Hong Kong. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1978). COURSES:International Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Transactions, Law and Economic Development. Email:pjm30 @


LARRY CATÁ BACKER, (Law Professor), born Miami Beach, Florida, February 1, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, California. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1977); Harvard University (M.P.P., 1979); Columbia University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Comparative Corporate Law. Email: lcb11 @


WILLIAM B. BARKER, (Law Professor), born McKeesport, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1950; admitted to bar, 1978, New York; 1979, District of Columbia. Education: Columbia University and State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., 1974; J.D., 1977). COURSES:Partnership Taxation, Basic Federal Tax, Taxation, International Taxation, Comparative Taxation, European Tax Law, Tax Policy. Email:wbb3 @


KATRICE L. BRIDGES COPELAND, (Law Professor), born Merced, California, February 24, 1977; admitted to bar, 2001, Illinois; 2005, District of Columbia. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., Economics, 1998); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Federal Courts, Constitutional Law. Email: klb51 @


BARBARA J. BRUNNER, (Law Professor), born Reading, Pennsylvania, July 20, 1957; admitted to bar, 2003, Pennsylvania. Education: Albright College (A.B., 1979); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1990); Penn State Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Legal Research, Analysis & Writing. Email: bjb250 @


WILLIAM ELLIOTT BUTLER, (Law Professor), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 20, 1935; admitted to bar, 1967, District of Columbia; 1995, Uzbekistan; 1997, Russia. Education: American University (B.A., 1961); Johns Hopkins (M.A., 1963; Ph.D., 1970); Harvard (J.D., 1966); University of London (LL.D., 1979); Academy University of Law, Russian Academy of Sciences (LL.M., 1997). COURSES:International Law, Comparative Law, Russian Law, Foreign Investment. Email: web15 @


KAREN BYSIEWICZ, (Law Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, March 12, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Connecticut; 1992, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1987); Duke University (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Legal Research, Analysis & Writing, International Trade. Email:kub15 @


THOMAS EDGAR CARBONNEAU, (Law Professor), born Van Buren, Maine, September 3, 1950; Education: Bowdoin College (A.B., 1972); St. John’s College, Oxford University (M.A., 1978); University of Virginia (J.D., M.A., 1978); Columbia University (LL.M., 1978; J.S.D., 1984). COURSES:Arbitration-Domestic and International, International Litigation, Torts, Contracts. Email:tec10 @


NICOLE RAYMOND CHONG, (Law Professor), born Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, Pennsylvania. Education: Grove City College (B.S., 1994); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Legal Analysis, Research & Writing. Email:nrc10 @


JAMISON COLBURN, (Law Professor), born Gowanda, New York, May 30, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, New Jersey. Education: State University of New York (B.A., 1994); Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1997); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1998); Columbia University (J.S.D., 2007). COURSES: Environmental, Natural Resources, Property, Administrative Law, Land Use.


LANCE COLE, (Law Professor), born July 24, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, District of Columbia. Education: University of Arkansas (B.S.P.A., 1981); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Agency and Partnership, Enterprise Organization, Assisting in Advocacy Program, Lawyering and Ethics, Federal Securities Regulation. Email: lxc24 @


ELLEN DANNIN, (Law Professor), born Flint, Michigan, August 3, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1975; J.D. 1978). COURSES: Labor Law, Employment Law, Civil Procedure. Email: ejd13 @


LOUIS F. DEL DUCA, (Law Professor), born Italy, July 2, 1926; admitted to bar, 1955, Pennsylvania. Education: Temple University (B.A., 1950); Harvard University (J.D., 1952); University of Rome (Dott. diGiur, 1954). COURSES:Secured Transactions, Comparative Law, Introduction to U.S. Legal System. Email:lfd2 @


SUSAN BETH FARMER, (Law Professor), born Elyria, Ohio, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Alabama; 1988, District of Columbia and New York. Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1974); Vanderbilt Law School (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Gender and the Law Seminar, Antitrust. Email: sbf2 @


DAVID C. FLATTO, (Law Professor), born New York City, New York, May 4, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, New York. Education: Yeshiva University (B.A., 1994); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legal History, Law and Religion, Legal Theory, Comparative Law.


MICHAEL L. FOREMAN, (Law Professor), born Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Pennsylvania; 1989, Maryland; 1997, Texas. Education: Shippensburg State University (B.A., 1976); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Advanced Employment Discrimination, Appellate Advocacy. Email:mlf25 @


M. CHRISTINE FOTOPULOS, (Law Professor), born Durham, North Carolina, May 28, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, Montana; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Vassar College (B.A., Philosophy, 1993); Tulane Law School (J.D., 1996); George Washington University School of Law (LL.M., International and Comparative Law, 2006). COURSES:Legal Analysis and Writing. Email:cfotopulos @


JAMES R. FOX, (Law Professor), born Dayton, Ohio, June 30, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania. Education: Otterbein College (B.A., 1972); Ohio State University (J.D., 1974); Drexel University (M.S., 1978). COURSES: Air and Space Law, Advanced Legal Research. Email:jqf7 @


AMY CLOTHIER GAUDION, (Law Professor), born Riddle, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Virginia (B.A, 1997); Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Constitutional Law. Email:acg14 @


GARY S. GILDIN, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, March 22, 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, Illinois; 1982, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1973); Stanford University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Liberties Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure. Email:gsg2 @


STEVEN D. HINCKLEY, (Law Professor), born Three Rivers, Michigan, July 22, 1954; Education: Grand Valley State College (B.S., 1976); The Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1989); University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Legal Research, Computer Law. Email:sdh14 @


KATHERENE E. HOLTZINGER CONNER, (Law Professor), born Arlington, Virginia, November 9, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1978); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Legal Writing Analysis and Research. Email:kec15 @


EILEEN M. KANE, (Law Professor), born New York, New York; admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: Hunter College (B.A., 1985); Cornell University (Ph.D., 1993); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Patents, Internet Law, Science & Law, Biotechnology Law. Email:emk17 @


KIT KINPORTS, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 1954; admitted to bar, 1982, District of Columbia; 1996, Illinois. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1976); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Criminal Law and Procedure, Feminism and the Law. Email:kxk47 @


ZACHARY A. KRAMER, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, January 24, 1979; admitted to bar, 2004, Illinois. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 2001); University of Illinois (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Property, Employment Discrimination, Law and Sexuality, Trust and Estates. Email:zak1 @


SARA ELLIOTT KROME, (Law Professor), born Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 1954; Education: Wake Forest University (B.A., 1976); Yale Law School (J.D., 1982); Georgetown University Law Center (Clinical Fellowship, 1991-1993). COURSES: Field Placement Clinics. Email:sek25 @


STEVEN LACHMAN, (Law Professor), born Bronx, New York, March 15, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, Vermont; 1986, Pennsylvania. Education: Vassar College (B.A, Political Science, 1980); University of Pittsburgh (1982-1983); Vermont Law School (J.D., 1985); Penn State University (M.S., Geography, 1999; Ph.D., Geography, 2003). COURSES:Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. Email:sfl109 @


JOHN E. LOPATKA, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, June 24, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Illinois; 1981, New York; 1999, South Carolina. Education: Loyola University (B.A., 1974); University of Chicago (J.D., 1977); Columbia University (LL.M., 1980). COURSES:Antitrust, Torts, Economic Analysis of Law. Email:jel28 @


LESLIE M. MACRAE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Maine. Education: University of Virginia (B.A.); Baylor University (J.D.).


TIYANJANA MALUWA, (Law Professor), born Malawi, August 2, 1954; Education: University of Sheffield (LL.M., 1979); University of Malawi (LL.B., 1977); Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1984). COURSES:UNand International Law Seminar, International Organizations, Human Rights. Email:tum2 @


CAMILLE C. MARION, (Law Professor), born Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1954; admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Scranton (B.S., 1976); The Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Field Placement Clinics, Lawyering Skills. Email:ccm7 @


GREGORY SCOTT MCNEAL, (Law Professor), born Ocean, New Jersey; Education: Lehigh University (B.A.); American University (M.P.A.); Case Western Reserve University (J.D.). COURSES:National Security Law, International Criminal Law, Evidence, Counterterrorism, Civil Procedure. Email:gsmcneal @


RICHARD E. MENDALES, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, March 12, 1950; admitted to bar, 1982, New York; 2000, District of Columbia. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1970); Yale Law School (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Sales, Secured Transactions, Contracts, Corporations, Federal Securities Regulation. Email:rem36 @


MICHAEL MOGILL, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Georgia. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1972); Northeastern University (J.D., 1976); Temple University (LL.M., 1989). COURSES:Torts, Products Liability, Evidence, Remedies. Email:mam27 @


KATHERINE C. PEARSON, (Law Professor), born Phoenix, Arizona, September 20, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Florida; 1981, New Mexico. Education: University of Arizona (B.A., 1974); University of Miami (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Conflict of Laws, Elder Law, Elder Law Clinic, Evidence. Email:kcp4 @


THOMAS M. PLACE, (Law Professor), born Duluth, Minnesota, October 4, 1945; admitted to bar, 1969, Wisconsin; 1971, Kentucky; 1975, Pennsylvania. Education: Marquette University (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1969). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, First Amendment, Post-Conviction Process, Legal Clinics, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Assisting in Advocacy Program. Email:tmp5 @


MARY KATHLEEN EADS POLACHECK, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania. Education: Villanova University (B.S.B.A., 1977; M.A., 1979; J.D., 1982). COURSES:Writing Workshop, Writing and Editing for Lawyers. Email:mkp3 @


CARLA D. PRATT, (Law Professor), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 3, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Education: East Texas State University (B.A., 1989); Howard University (J.D., 1992). Email:cdp10 @


ROBERT E. RAINS, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., January 21, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Pennsylvania; 1975, Massachusetts; 1977, District of Columbia. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1970); Harvard University (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Legal Clinics, Law and Individuals with Disabilities, Education Law, Juvenile Law, Family Law. Email:rer10 @


MARIE T. REILLY, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, November 22, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois; 1987, District of Columbia; 1999, South Carolina. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984). COURSES:Contracts, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law. Email:mtr12 @


RANDALL ROBINSON, (Law Professor), born Richmond, Virginia, July 6, 1941; Education: Virginia Union University (B.A., 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1970)..


VICTOR C. ROMERO, (Law Professor), born Manila, Philippines, January 28, 1965; admitted to bar, 1992, California. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1987); University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Torts, Immigration Law, Race, Racism and American Law, Constitutional Law, Equal Protection Law. Email:vcr1 @


STEPHEN F. ROSS, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, May 20, 1955; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1981, District of Columbia. Education: University of California (A.B., 1976; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Sports Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Canadian Law, Antitrust. Email:sfr10 @


GEOFFREY R. SCOTT, (Law Professor), born Fort Lewis, Washington, September 3, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Indiana; 1980, Pennsylvania. Education: Valparaiso University (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1971); Yale University (LL.M., 1973). COURSES:Jurisprudence, Artistic Persons and Property, Estate Planning, Law, Science and Policy, Art, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinics, The Right To, Copyrights, Trademarks. Email: grs6 @


LAUREL S. TERRY, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, July 31, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, California and Oregon; 1983, Washington. Education: University of California at San Diego (B.A., 1977); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Cross-Border Legal Practice. Email:lterry @


SAMUEL C. THOMPSON JR., (Law Professor), born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 25, 1943; admitted to bar, 1971, New York; 1980, Virginia; 1982, Illinois. Education: West Chester University (B.S., 1965); University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1971); New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1973). COURSES:Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, Securities, Regulation, Antitrust. Email: thompsonlaw @


SHOBA SIVAPRASAD WADHIA, (Law Professor), born Dayton, Ohio, January 2, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Maryland and New Jersey. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1996); Georgetown University School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Immigration.


NANCY A. WELSH, (Law Professor), born Erie, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Minnesota. Education: Allegheny College (B.A., 1979); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Civil Procedure I & II, Client Counseling, Negotiation and Mediation, Dispute Resolution. Email:nxw10 @