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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.

Aimée Kahan

Professor Kahan is the director of the Master of Legal Studies Program.  She is an experienced legal practitioner and educator with a background in bioethics. A former appellate associate with Reed Smith, Professor Kahan supervised complex discovery proceedings in the U.S. and Europe that focused on compliance issues. She piloted a study on informed consent and helped develop a framework to process privacy data at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Among other courses, she teaches Bioethics and Reproductive Rights Law in the law school's J.D. program and Introduction to the Legal System in the MLS Program.

Professor Mark P. Bernstein

Mark P. Bernstein

Before joining Drexel, Professor Bernstein was the director of the Omer Poos Law Library at Saint Louis University, where he also was an Assistant Professor of Law. He also was Associate director and senior lecturing fellow at the Duke University Law Library.

Professor Bernstein's publications include articles on the evolution of the law library, the impact of law specialization on library services and qualitative methods for evaluating the value of a library. Cognizant of the intersection between legal practice, research and technology, he supervises the law school's technologies staff at the law school. He is also an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and, in 2011, co-chaired the Local Arrangements Committee of the annual meeting held in Philadelphia.

Adjunct Faculty

Erica Cohen

​J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
B.S., Ohio University

Erica Cohen is currently a Legal Fellow at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which is consistently rated the top children's hospital in the nation. Professor Cohen focuses her work on regulatory matters, consent and custody issues, professional liability, transactional matters, managed care, and employment litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from the Drexel University School of Law in 2013. Professor Cohen completed a number of legal internships and assistantships while in law school, including a clerkship with the Honorable Elizabeth T. Hey in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a co-op with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. and also served as an editor of the Drexel Law Review.

Course(s): Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management

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

Sara M. Goldstein

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

Professor Goldstein is privacy and compliance counsel for MRO, which provides services to health care providers in disclosure management and technology resources. Previously, she was associate counsel for business development at the ECRI Institute. She also has experience working in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, the Office of the General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Mary C. Jacobson in New Jersey Superior Court.

Course(s): Patients and Privacy

David Hoffman

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

Professor Hoffman is 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

Michele M. Mathes

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

Michele Mathes is the Director of Education and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly. 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

F. Lisa Murtha

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

Professor Murtha is a senior managing director in the Philadelphia office of FTI Consulting’s Health Solutions Practice. She has more than 27 years of experience working on complex clinical research and healthcare compliance issues. Professor Murtha focuses her practice on clinical research compliance, which includes human subject protections, research misconduct matters, effort reporting, conflicts of interest and the Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act (the Sunshine Provisions), clinical research billing, research administration best practices, and process improvement. Professor Murtha also provides guidance regarding revenue cycle work, billing and coding issues, internal investigations, corporate governance/ethics, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the HITECH Act and the recent Omnibus provisions (HIPAA)-related matters. She previously served as a partner of the at Health Care and Life Sciences Practice at SNR Denton in Washington D.C. and as managing director of the Huron Consulting Group in New York's Clinical Research Solutions and Health Care Compliance Practice.

Course(s): Investigation & Reporting

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

Mark C. Wilson

​J.D., Suffolk University Law School
B.S., Boston College

Professor Wilson is the founder and managing director of Harrison Kent Advisors, LLC, which provides college and athletic departments and their coaches with strategic and tactical advice on sports camp operations. Prior to founding Harrison Kent, Professor Wilson was the director of camps and clinics at Ohio State University. He has also been teaching Sports Law and Risk Management at Drexel University since 2009.

Course(s): NCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases