B.A. San Jose State University, cum laude, 1994
J.D. Howard University School of Law, cum laude, 1997
M.P.H. Harvard School of Public Health, 2000
LL.M. Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2002
I joined Cooley Law School in July 2019 after a nationwide search for a new president and dean. I most recently served as the Associate Dean of Academic Support and Bar Services, as well as professor, at Texas A&M School of Law.
I was associated with Texas A&M Law School (formerly known as Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) since 2005, first as a visiting associate professor, then an associate professor, and professor.
During my tenure at Texas A&M and Texas Wesleyan, I taught Torts and Advanced Torts, Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Art of Lawyering, Public Health Law Seminar, Secured Transactions, Preparing for the Bar Examination, Introduction to U.S. Law, Remedies, Payment Systems, and Analytical Methods for Lawyers. I also taught Health Care Law and Ethics at Texas Wesleyan University School of Nursing.
I was a Fulbright Scholar at Beijing University of Chemical Technology from August 2011 to July 2012, teaching Introduction to U.S. Law, U.S. Tort Law, Analytical Methods for Lawyers, and Remedies. I also served as a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco, the University of Texas at Arlington, Appalachian School of Law, the University of San Diego, and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
I have specialized in legal pedagogy and empirically based approaches to teaching and learning. My focus has been on public health and the law issues, particularly the law’s effect on the health of populations with little or no political power, including lesbian and gay, transgender, and intersexual legal issues.