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Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop

Presenter Bios

Carla Boles is an assistant professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where she teaches Lawyering Process, Introduction to the Study of Law, Legal History, Problems in Practice: Civil Wrongdoing, Social Media & the Law, and Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation. She is also an adjunct professor with UNC Charlotte's Paralegal Studies Program teaching Legal Research and Legal Writing. Boles previously taught in the Professional Skills program at Western State University College of Law and in the paralegal studies programs at Cuyamaca Community College and Paralegal Training Centers. In addition to her strong commitment to legal education, Boles was an active practitioner for ten years, working as a law firm associate, in-house corporate counsel, and as a solo practitioner in the areas of civil and business litigation, bankruptcy, estate planning and probate, and family law. She also served as a temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Southern California, and a paralegal studies certificate from West Valley College.

Claudia Diamond is the director of academic support and the Introduction to Advocacy program at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before joining the law school, she worked in private practice as a commercial litigator and as a career clerk for two federal magistrate judges. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. John C. Eldridge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland after graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  

Chris Farris is a partner in the Potomac Law Group, specializing in government contracts, corporate compliance, risk reduction, and complex transactions.  Prior to joining the Potomac Law Group, Chris served as General Counsel of Click 4 Compliance, an online compliance training company.  Before that, Chris held a variety of senior positions in the Legal and Compliance Organization of Sun Microsystems, including General Counsel of Sun Federal, General Counsel of the Americas (including the U.S., Latin America and Canada).  Chris managed a team of over 30 employees responsible for sales revenues in excess of $6 billion.  Prior to working for Sun, Chris worked for 6 years as an associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC, where he worked in both the Health Care and Government Contracts groups. Chris received his B.A. in Sociology and French from the College of William & Mary in 1989, and his J.D. from William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1992. He also is an adjunct professor in George Washington University's Legal Research and Writing Program,

Catherine Finn has more than 15 years of experience in litigation and appellate practice. She graduated cum laude from the Wayne State University Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She served as law clerk to Chief Judge Martin M. Doctoroff of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She was previously an associate with the law firms of Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth and Heller PC in Southfield, Mich., and Clark Hill PLC in Detroit. Finn teaches Legal Research and Writing at George Washington University and at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Amanda M. Foster is an assistant professor of law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She teaches Lawyering Skills & Values I and II and Civil Procedure, and has previously taught Women and the Law. Professsor Foster joined the Shepard Broad Law Center in July 2010 after two semesters as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where she taught Legal Research and Writing. Her recent article "Reasonable Accommodations on the Bar Exam: Leveling the Playing Field or Providing an Unfair Advantage?" has been chosen as the lead article in the Valparaiso University Law Review March 2014 issue. Before entering academia, Foster spent five years as a civil and commercial litigator in the Princeton, N.J., area. Immediately after graduation from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Jane Grall, JAD in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Foster graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2001 with a B.A. in political science and French. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Roger Williams University School of Law in 2004. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Lucy Jewel is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where her teaching centers on legal writing and legal skills.  For nine years prior to joining the University of Tennessee faculty, Professor Jewel taught legal writing and legal skills courses at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, where she also served as Director of Legal Writing.  Her teaching is informed by several years of practice experience as a commercial litigator with the New York City firm of Wachtel, Masyr, & Missry, LLP.

Sherri Lee Keene is a Law School Assistant Professor and the Acting Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.   Ms. Keene teaches  legal writing courses and Criminal Law to first year students.   She was most recently a staff attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland.  In that position, Ms. Keene litigated appeals and motions, and researched novel issues of criminal law. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Law.   Ms. Keene previously clerked for Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as a civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.   She is a graduate of Spelman College and New York University School of Law.

Sarah Malik practices family law and estate planning in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and owns a solo practice in Rockville, Md. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, where she has been teaching legal research and writing for two years. She also taught appellate advocacy at George Mason University Law School for two years before joining George Washington. Malik has been practicing family law for four years; her private practice consists of estate planning, family law, mediation and appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals. She also practiced international trade law at Barnes & Thornburg in Washington, D.C., for two years before changing her practice area to family law. Malik works closely with the Montgomery County Circuit Court Family Law Self Help Center, the Montgomery County Pro Bono Program, and the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Brooke Ellinwood McDonough is an associate professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School. She teaches first-year Legal Research & Writing and Introduction to Advocacy courses, and has previously taught Scholarly Writing to second-year students on The George Washington University Law Review. Before joining the adjunct faculty, McDonough practiced in the Washington, D.C., offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Goodwin Procter, where she handled trial and appellate commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Prior to entering private practice, McDonough served as a law clerk to the Hon. S. Martin Teel Jr. of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia.

Amy Beth Meyers is a double graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She began her legal practice as an Assistant Public Defender for the Missouri State Public Defender System in the City of St. Louis Trial Office. Subsequently, Professor Meyers worked as a Senior Associate for two law firms in St. Louis, where she specialized in the defense of health care providers accused of committing medical malpractice. Professor Meyers left the full-time practice of law in July 2008 to join the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law, where she taught Legal Research and Writing I & II and Client Counseling. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Meyers wrote "overflow" Public Defender appeals and postconviction motions until 2012. Prof. Meyers has taught Lawyering Process I & II, Medical Malpractice, Introduction to the Study of Law, Problems in Practice: Civil Wrongdoing, Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations, and Advanced Negotiations at the Charlotte School of Law.

 Michael Sackey is a professor at Tulane University Law School, where he teaches Legal Research and Writing and the Public Service Externship Seminar. He also teaches an undergraduate legal writing course at Tulane. Before joining the Tulane faculty, Sackey practiced law in Washington, D.C., and clerked for a federal district court judge. He has presented at professional conferences on legal writing, persuasion, effective student conferences and the Socratic method.

Adam G. Todd is an associate professor of lawyering skills at the University of Dayton School of Law. In 2009, he was a visiting associate professor of law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where he taught Torts and an Advanced Contracts seminar. He has also taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, the University of Minnesota Law School and Palacky University in the Czech Republic. Todd has published articles in the areas of postmodern legal theory, legal writing, tort law and academic support.