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Master of Legal Studies Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Students learn from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law faculty, a nationally-recognized group of scholars and practitioners with tremendous expertise in their fields and a shared passion for teaching a new generation of professionals.

Adjunct Faculty

John Cannan

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
MLS, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Science

Professor Cannan is a research and instructional services librarian at the law school's Legal Research Center. He has practiced historic preservation and land use law in Baltimore and was assistant law librarian at the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library in Maryland. Previously, he was a legal information analyst with the Law Library of Congress. His 2013 article, "A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act," was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2015 ruling that allowed for the ongoing provision of federal subsidies for health care in states that did not set up their own exchanges.


James Ottavio Castagnera

​J.D., Order of the Coif, Case Western Reserve Law School
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University
M.A. Kent State University
B.A. Franklin & Marshall College​

Professor Castagnera has practiced for 40 years as a communication specialist and attorney, principally in higher education. He has been a law professor at several institutions, and a communication specialist for the United States Coast Guard and at an R1 university. He also has been a management-side labor lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm and the general counsel/corporate secretary for the then-largest convenience store chain in New Jersey and for the nation’s number one econometric forecasting organization. He is currently legal counsel at a regionally-ranked teaching university in Central New Jersey. Professor Castagnera has published 18 books, as well as some 50 professional/scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a frequent commentator in newsletters, newspapers and magazines, and on the Internet. His teaching has taken him to the University of Texas-Austin, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Widener University School of Law.

Course(s): Human Resources Compliance: Managing the Employer/Employee Relationship

Veronica Finkelstein

J.D., with honors, Emory University School of Law
B.A., with honors, Pennsylvania State University

Professor Finkelstein is an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia. Previously she clerked for Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She was a Trial Department associate with Duane Morris, LLP, where she handled litigation and mediations involving construction, government contracts and surety law and was vice chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Construction Law Committee.

Course(s): Criminal Law

Michael Gioffre

J.D., Delaware Law School
M.B.A., Goizueta School of Business, Emory University
B.A., University of Delaware

Professor Gioffre is the chief compliance and ethics officer at Voya Financial, formerly known as ING. Previously, he served as chief compliance officer for ING Investment Management. He has also served as counsel for Aeltus Investment Management and for AIG.

Course(s): Risk Assessment & Management

Sara M. Goldstein

J.D., with honors, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law​
B.A., Smith College

Sara M. Goldstein, Esq. is a privacy and data protection attorney at BakerHostetler in Philadelphia. She was previously general counsel for MRO, a leader in the secure, compliant and efficient exchange of Protected Health Information. At MRO, Professor Goldstein provided legal direction and guidance for the company and for overseeing MRO’s compliance with HIPAA. In addition, Professor Goldstein writes about the different legal issues surrounding Release of Information for various publications and speaks to healthcare organizations across the country about compliance with federal and state laws related to health information privacy and security. Professor. Goldstein holds a B.A. from Smith College and received her JD with honors from the Kline School of Law.

Course(s): Patients and Privacy

David Hoffman

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Practice Professor of Law David Hoffman is the president and founder of Hoffman & Associates, PC, a national health-care consulting firm dedicated to patient safety through compliance. His previous experience includes prosecuting health care and fraud cases as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and serving as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Course(s): Health Care Rules and Regulations

Daniela Ivancikova

J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Master of Management, Comenius University
Bachelor of Business Management, Comenius University​

Professor Ivancikova is the Assistant General Counsel for AAA where she provides legal advice and guidance on broad range of issues and in wide variety of circumstances in order to enhance ability of organization’s officers, managing directors, and directors to make informed business decisions in manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and professional and business ethics. Previously, she served as a deputy attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for New Jersey where she served as counsel to the Department of Education, Stockton College, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice Commission, New Jersey State Policy, and State Board of Examiners. Professor Ivancikova has also served as an associate at White and Williams LLP.

Course(s): Corrections Law

Laura Jacobus

​JD, Santa Clara University School of Law
BA, Santa Clara University School of Law

Professor Jacobus specializes in ethics and compliance and is senior advisor at LRN. Previously, she led ethics, compliance, and legal operations at Juniper Networks, Inc., where she was senior director and associate general counsel.


Jolie Kahan

​J.D., magna cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
B.A., Cornell University

Professor Kahn practices in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, reverse mergers and general corporate, banking and real estate matters at Fellheimer & Eichen, where she is an attorney. She also has a family law practice that deals with domestic relations matters.

Course(s): Corporate Finance

Laurel W. Lichty

​LLM, George Washington University Law School
LLB, (Hons), City University London
MSc, London School of Economics
BA, University of California at Santa Cruz (Honors in the Major, College Honors)

Professor Lichty specializes in regulatory compliance management, government contract compliance, global anti-corruption programs, FCPA compliance and anti money-laundering investigations. She currently serves in the US Federal Government Markets Division of Motorola Solutions Inc. She previously served as Vice President of Compliance Services in a legal processing outsourcing firm where her clients were Fortune 50-500 companies in highly regulated industries including: financial services, pharmaceutical and medical devices, insurance, and technology and telecommunication. Prof Lichty’s experience incorporates global legal issues and international compliance, and includes work with the World Bank and the United Nations. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and active in the ACC National Capital Region Chapter.

Course(s): Introduction to the U.S Legal System

Michele M. Mathes

J.D., ​University of Pennsylvania School of Law
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Michele Mathes is the director of development at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly. Previously, she directed education, overseeing development of the organization’s long-term care ethics education program. She serves as adjunct faculty at Drexel University College of Medicine, the Institute of Catholic Bioethics of Saint Joseph’s University, and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Her principal interests are the ethics of aging and of long term care, and conflict resolution.

Course(s): Ethics and Professional Standards

Jody Mooradian

​J.D., Delaware Law School of Widener University
B.A., University of New Hampshire

Professor Mooradian has been a member of the athletics department staff at Boston College since 2003. In her position, she administers the sports of women's basketball, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, track and field, lacrosse, softball, and rowing. Mooradian oversees the areas of Student Athlete Development, Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning as well as supervising other internal functions of the Department and working with various groups on campus.

Course(s): NCAA Rules II & Enforcement

Christian Spears

​J.D., Ohio State University
M.P.A., Long Beach State University
B.A., University of Washington

Professor Spears is the Deputy Director of Athletics for Eastern Michigan University's NCAA program where he oversees development, marketing, corporate partnership efforts, fan experience and media relations. He also leads strategies to increase ticket sales, merchandise and other revenue streams. Previously, Spears served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and as the sport administrator for the Northern Illinois University football team.

Course(s): NCAA Governance Process

Tracy Tripp

J.D., cum laude, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Tripp is an assistant defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia where she represents Philadelphia's underserved, indigent criminal defendants in Municipal and Common Please Court. She has worked in the City of Philadelphia's law department on a variety of cases as well as the Federal Community Defender Organization.

Course(s): Criminal Procedure: Investigations

Colleen Vallen

​B.S., Rutgers University-Camden

Professor Vallen is a partner in the Citrin Cooperman’s Valuation and Forensic Services practice in Philadelphia. As an expert in the field of forensic and investigative accounting, she focuses on forensic and fraud investigations, the preparation of financial damage analysis and litigation support.

Course(s): Accounting for Lawyers