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Criminal Law Concentration Full-Time Faculty

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably embodied cognition, moral psychology and implicit social cognition—to law and legal theory. He is particularly focused on issues arising in corporate law, contract law and criminal law.

His scholarly work includes three chapters in "Ideology, Psychology, and Law" (Oxford University Press) and articles in the Emory Law Journal (four articles), Maryland Law Review, Indiana Law JournalCardozo Law ReviewOregon Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewSt. Louis University Law Journal, Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, and Topics in Cognitive Science.


Senior Associate Dean Daniel M. Filler

Daniel M. Filler

Dan Filler studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law. He is an expert on sex offender community notification, the death penalty and juvenile justice law.

Before joining the inaugural faculty, professor Filler taught at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he created the school's Capital Defense Clinic.

The Pennsylvania Joint State Government on Capital Punishment appointed him to the Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment in 2012.


Professor Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan’s principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, privacy and surveillance, and international human rights law.

Before coming to Drexel, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law and an Associate in Law at the Columbia University School of Law, and he previously worked as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he also served as co-coordinator of the firm’s immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group. He also has previously worked for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York).


Professor Donald F. Tibbs

Donald F. Tibbs

Donald Tibbs’ expertise focuses on the overlapping issues of race, law, civil rights and criminal procedure.

The author of “From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union,” (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), his publications include “The Jena Six and Black Punishment: Law and Raw Life in the Domain of Non-Existence,” in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, “Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain: How Law ‘Works’ Behind Prison Walls,” in the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and "Who Killed Oscar Grant?: A Legal Eulogy of the Cultural Logic of Black Hyper-Policing in the Post-Civil Rights Era" in the Southern University Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty.


Kevin Woodson

Kevin Woodson specializes in criminal procedure and civil rights law.  His scholarship focuses on race and the legal profession and corporate culture.

He practiced law with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, D.C., where his activities included representing corporations under investigation for alleged healthcare and accounting fraud as well as work on civil rights litigation against law enforcement officials in Texas.


Professor Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.

Before teaching, Professor Zimmerman was the chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she had also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.


Victor Abreu

J.D., City University of New York School of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook

​Professor Abreu is assistant federal defender for the Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Since 1999, he has represented indigent death row prisoners in all aspects of state and federal post-conviction proceedings. He was previously assistant federal defender for the Southern District of Texas.​

The Honorable Legrome D. Davis

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
B.A., Princeton University

Judge Davis was appointed to the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2002. He previously sat in the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, after serving as an assistant district attorney and later as assistant deputy district attorney in Philadelphia.

The Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg

J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., Ithaca College

Judge Goldberg was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2008, after having been elected to a 10-year term on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas in 2003. He previously was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a partner with Cozen O'Connor and an assistant district attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Margaret J. Hutchinson

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law
B.A., College of William and Mary

Professor Hutchinson is chief of the Civil Division of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She focuses on health care fraud, defense procurement fraud and environmental violations. She has handled investigations involving home-health aide agency improprieties, pharmaceutical pricing issues, cost-reporting fraud and research fraud tied to National Institutes of Health grants.

Justin T. Loughry

J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Williams College

Professor Loughry is an owner and partner with Loughry and Lindsay, LLC, where he handles state and federal trial and appellate litigation involving a broad range of criminal and civil matters. A former president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, he has handled high-profile litigation involving racial profiling by state police in New Jersey and alleged excessive force at Bayside State Prison. He has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law - Camden.

Shawn Nolan

J.D., cum laude, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., La Salle University

Professor Nolan is a supervisory assistant federal defender with the Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees in habeas corpus proceedings in federal court, and handles capital cases on post conviction in state and federal courts. Professor Nolan has taught as an adjunct professor with the Great Lakes College Association.

Judy Goldstein Smith

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Smith has been an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania specializing in complex health care, tax, securities, consumer and financial frauds, corruption, terrorism, narcotics and other federal crimes since 1980. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden teaching advanced criminal procedure and criminal litigation courses. She has received numerous Department of Justice awards including the Director's award and awards for her public service.