Legal Methods & Writing Faculty
Our Legal Writing faculty are respected scholars and accomplished practitioners. These professors, the majority of whom hold tenure-track positions, have published widely in scholarly journals. They’ve held leadership positions in the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. They are often invited to present their work at regional, national and international conferences of legal educators.
Terry Jean Seligmann, Emerita Professor of Law, has expertise in special education law and is a nationally known teacher of legal research and writing. Professor Seligmann joined the law school as a member of its inaugural faculty in the position of Director of its nationally ranked Legal Writing program. Before coming to the law school, Professor Seligmann directed the Legal Writing and Research program at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was also a professor of law. She previously taught at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Seligmann has served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and has played a leadership role in organizing conferences and roundtables to advance legal research and writing programs. She is a former president of the Legal Writing Institute.
Professor Coleman is an Associate Professor of Law, Director, International Student Programs and our Writing Specialist. An experienced writing teacher, editor and writer, Professor Coleman has also practiced law with Conrad, O'Brien, Gellman & Rohn, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin and Drinker Biddle & Reath. Her professional experience includes magazine editing and teaching fiction writing.
Professor Deborah Gordon is a former counsel and associate with Day Berry & Howard, LLP in Stamford, Conn., where she handled sophisticated estate and tax planning, business and succession planning, pre-marital planning, estate administration and litigation involving fiduciaries and beneficiaries. Previously, she was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She was Editor-in-Chief of The New York University Law Review.
Professor Lisa A. Tucker has published extensively in the field of legal pedagogy and she is an experienced teacher of legal writing. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors and previously served on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to teaching Legal Methods, she leads a seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kevin Oates is an expert in professional responsibility and conflicts of law.
He came to the law school from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he was an assistant professor of legal methods, served on the Appointments and Curriculum Committees, coached the ABA Negotiation and Client Counseling teams and was administrator for the Alexander Hamilton Inn of Court. Previously, he held a similar post at William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was voted Law Professor of the Year in 2004. He also served as a teaching fellow at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Before teaching, he practiced with Cozen O'Connor, in New York and Philadelphia and was a partner at Gartner, Bloom & Greiper, in New York, where he handled litigation, appeals, arbitrations and mediations.
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.