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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

Deborah Butler

J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
​Occidental College

Deborah is an accomplished commercial attorney who has spent the last 15+ years building and leading global information management programs for Fortune 500 companies. As the Chief Privacy Officer for Unisys Corporation and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer) and the Director of Knowledge Assurance at Dell, she helped these companies mitigate their information risk and maximize their information value. Currently, she manages cybersecurity compliance matters and performs executive reporting for compliance purposes at BB&T.


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​

Jim Castagnera has worked as a lawyer, journalist and university professor for more than 40 years. For 22 years he has been Rider University's associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs. Before that, he was an employment, labor and IP lawyer with Philadelphia's Saul Ewing law firm. He has taught at the University of Texas--Austin; Penn's Wharton School of Business; the Widener University School of Law, and at Rider. He has published 21 books, most recently "Riding the Fifth Wave in Higher Education: A Survival Guide for the New Normal" (NY: Peter Lang 2018). He also is a shareholder and consultant with Holland Media Services LLC, a writing, editing, training and consulting firm located in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.


Lisa Detwiler

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.A., cum laude, Mount Holyoke College

Professor Detwiler has practiced banking and securities law for the past 30 years. She currently works as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of FS Investment Solutions. Previously she worked for Bank of New York Mellon, as the general counsel of the separately managed account business unit. She was a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP and served as Chief Counsel of the PA Department of Banking and an attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


Veronica J. Finkelstein

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

Veronica J. Finkelstein is a 2004 graduate, with honors, of the Emory University School of Law and 2001 graduate, with dual honors, of the Pennsylvania State University. Finkelstein currently works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She served as the training officer and paralegal supervisor for the civil division before being selected as Senior Litigation Counsel. She has taught at the National Advocacy Center on ethics, appellate advocacy, legal writing, and trial practice. In 2014 she was awarded the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Civil Assistant United States Attorney. Finkelstein serves as adjunct faculty of law at Drexel's Kline School of Law, Emory Law, and Rutgers Law.


Leeza Garber

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Certificate in Business & Public Policy, The Wharton School

B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Leeza Garber specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law, and provides related consulting services for her clients. She has appeared on numerous media outlets, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, i24NEWS, MSNBC, CBSN, HLN, OANN, FOX29, FOX5, NBC10, and CBS3 to discuss and analyze issues relating to the intersection of law, technology, and privacy. Additionally, she speaks nationally at legal and technology conferences regarding the latest advances in the fields of privacy, cybersecurity, digital forensics, data breaches and social media technology.

Course(s): Information Privacy Law

Michael Gioffre

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

Professor Gioffre was 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

James Goepel

​LLM, George Mason University
JD, George Mason University
BSECE, Drexel University

James (“Jim”) Goepel is CEO and General Counsel for Fathom Cyber LLC. Early in his professional career, Jim worked as a systems administrator and cybersecurity lead for organizations in the Northern Virginia area, including the United States House of Representatives, where he was responsible for the maintenance and security of systems which processed critical and sensitive legislative information. Jim drew upon this hands-on experience when he built his legal practice. He worked as outside counsel with one of the largest firms in the country for several for several years before transitioning to in-house positions with Unisys Corporation, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and as GC and CTO for a cybersecurity tools vendor.

Course(s): Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity

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 M. Haendler

J.D.University of Chicago
M.S.L.I.S.Drexel University
, Swarthmore College

David practiced law for approximately 10 years before becoming a law librarian, specializing in product liability, securities fraud, and derivative litigation. He has worked in various roles at the Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel law libraries.

Course(s): Business Law Research; Pennsylvania Legal Research; Legal Research & Analysis

Rachel E. Hiller

​J.D., Tulane University
B.A., cum laude, American University

Professor Hiller is the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Pennsylvania where she oversees the NCAA compliance program for 33 Division I athletic programs. In her role, she works with over 1,000 student-athletes, coaches, and staff to ensure rules compliance for all NCAA, Ivy League, and institutional rules. Hiller is a 2013 graduate of Tulane University School of Law where she served as the Editor in Chief of The Sports Lawyers Journal, Volume 20 and received her certificate in Sports Law.

Course(s): NCAA Governance

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

Aaron J. Hurley

J.D., Gonzaga University
LL.M., University of Washington
M.B.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Augustana University

Professor Hurley is a compliance professional for US Bank Wealth Management and Security Services. Prior to this role, he administered fiduciary accounts with the national practice group for two of the five largest banks in the United State.

Course(s): Regulation of Investment Companies

Laura Jacobus

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

Professor Jacobus currently serves as an ethics and compliance consultant to various high tech and other industry clients. Laura has held both legal and strategic business operations leadership roles at global high tech companies, including Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. She approaches compliance and ethics with a broad view and an emphasis on cross-functional ownership and implementation. Laura is an attorney licensed to practice in California with a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Santa Clara University.


Bruce A. Levine

​M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania, Fels Center of Government
J.D., New York University, School of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Hamilton College

Bruce A. Levine has over 30 years of experience in academia and the fields of law, management consulting, start-up management, and economic and workforce development. He has been associated with some of the leading firms and organizations in their respective industries: Skadden Arps in law; Deloitte and Booz Allen in management consulting; and Fantus in economic development consulting and site selection. Throughout his consulting career and tenure as c-level executive in two start-ups, Mr. Levine’s focus has been on strategic planning and strategy implementation. Currently, he is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Education Policy and Global and International Education Program in the School of Education, Drexel University, and is the Director of Drexel’s Washington, D.C. Center.


Lisa Evans Lewis

J.D., Duke University School of Law
B.S., Adelphi University

Lisa Evans Lewis is an Attorney and Training Supervisor with the Camden, New Jersey Office of the Federal Public Defender where she represents indigent persons charged with federal criminal offenses. In her practice, Ms. Lewis handles complex federal criminal matters at trial in the U.S. District Court as well as appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. As a Training Supervisor, Ms. Lewis conducts training for the New Jersey Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel and the Federal Public Defender Office. Ms. Lewis began her legal career as an Attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Lewis serves on the board of several area nonprofit organizations.

Course(s): Investigations

Jane Massey Licata

Ph.D., University of Hawaii,
​J.D., Rutgers-Camden School of Law,
B.A., Western Maryland College

Professor Licata posesses a strong technical background in biology and biochemistry having received her Ph.D. in 1978. A practicing attorney since 1984, Dr. Licata has extensive experience in biotechnology patent prosecution practice and FDA regulatory compliance and approvals.


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

David Oldham

J.D., Drexel University Thomas Kline School of Law
M.S., Higher Education, Drexel University School of Education
M.A., Creative Arts in Therapy, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
B.M., University of the Arts School of Music

Course(s): Institutional Compliance: Aid and Accreditation

Jacqueline B. Penrod

J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
M.B.A., Temple University
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Penrod has more than twenty-five years experience across many sectors of the health care industry. Her experiences range from working at a research institute, physician practice, hospital, health maintenance organization, and at a major health care consulting firm. For the past fifteen years, Professor Penrod has practiced law in the health care field, focusing primarily in the areas of managed health care, behavioral managed health care, regulatory compliance and health information privacy. She practiced at Duane Morris, LLP, Reed Smith, LLP, and as Senior Counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas. She is currently the sole proprietor at J B Penrod Law, LLC. Ms. Penrod also works full time as an Associate Professor in Healthcare Administration at a local college.

Course(s): HIPAA for the Healthcare Practitioner

Pakapon Phinyowattanachip

J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Michigan State University

Pakapon ("Pak") Phinyowattanachip is an Associate in the Complex Litigation practice group at Reed Smith LLP. His practice focuses on the representation of educational institutions, both at the K-12 and higher education level. Pak routinely advises clients on First Amendment issues, FERPA compliance, privacy issues, student discipline, personnel matters as well as compliance with various civil rights laws, including Title IX, Title VI, Title II of the ADA, and Section 504. Pak also has experience handling employment matters involving issues arising under the ADA, FMLA, Title VII, the ADEA, and the FLSA. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Pak was a law clerk to the Honorable C. Clark Raley, a senior Circuit Court Judge in Maryland.


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

Joel C. Trotter

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

Joel serves as Assistant General Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline where he practices pharmaceutical and FDA regulatory law. Joel's responsibilities include advising global and US-based senior management and other internal stakeholders on prescription drug marketing and sales, contract management and operations, trade strategy and eCommerce, channel operations, regulatory affairs, payer marketing, environmental health and safety, and manufacturing operations.

Course(s): Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices