All law classes and workshops are taught by experienced lawyers and
distinguished law and business professors from leading universities. English
language classes are taught by highly qualified ESL (English as a Second
Following is a list of faculty who have taught in the Institute's programs in
recent years. (Although faculty from the University of Michigan
and UCLA often participate, the Institute and its programs are not affiliated
with or sponsored by any university.)
Charles W. Borgsdorf
Attorney at Law, Hooper, Hathaway, Price Beuche & Wallace, P.C., Ann Arbor, Michigan
A.B., 1965, University of Michigan; J.D., 1959, University of Michigan
Mr. Borgsdorf is a former assistant dean of the University of Michigan Law School and taught Legal
Ethics there from 1989 through 1997 as an adjunct faculty member. He is a frequent lecturer for the
Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has published several articles, is a co-author of Michigan
Corporation Law published by Matthew Bender and the author of Michigan Corporate Forms & Practice published
by Lexis. He is a member of the Ann Arbor law firm of Hooper, Hathaway, Price Beuche & Wallace, P.C.
Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
A.B., 1968; B.S., 1968; J.D., 1973, Indiana University
William Burnham is a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School. He began his teaching career
at the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. Before that, he practiced law, specializing in civil rights
and constitutional litigation. After teaching at Michigan for three years, he joined the faculty at Wayne
State where he teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy, Federal Courts and Comparative Law.
Professor Burnham's comparative law interests involve Russian law. In 1992-1993 he served as a consultant
to the Russian government on legislation introducing jury trials in Russia and was one of the ABA's official
observers at the first Russian jury trial since the 1917 Revolution, held in Saratov in December, 1993. In
2000-2002, he was one of two foreign experts invited by the Russian State Duma to work with the Committee on
Legislation on drafting Russia's new Criminal Procedure. In 1997, he authored a grants program for reforms
in Russian legal education for the World Bank and the Russian Foundation for Legal Reform, which is currently
being carried out. In addition, over the years he has participated as a teacher, consultant or expert for
numerous programs of other governmental and private foundation donors working for legal reform in Russia and
the other republics of the former Soviet Union, including the US Agency for International Development, the US
State Department, the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Judicial Center, the Center for Constitutional
and Legislative Policy, the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative, the Soros
Foundation, the Open Society Institute and the International Law Institute.
The Orientation program is based on Professor William Burnham's acclaimed book, Introduction to
the Law and Legal System of the United States, 3d ed.(West 2002).
Professor Burnham has taught at the law departments of the Universities of Utrecht and Maastricht in the
Netherlands, Kwansai Gakuin University (Japan), and the law schools of Moscow State University, Moscow State
Institute of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Urals State Law Academy and other
Russian educational institutions. In addition, he has taught the required American Constitutional Law and
Legal Process course to foreign-lawyer LLM students from Europe, Asia and Africa at the University of Michigan
Law School. In 2001, he was the Fulbright Program's Distinguished Chair in Comparative Law at the University
of Trento, Italy.
Recent books are Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States, 3d ed. (West 2002), a book
on U.S. law for foreign lawyers, Law and Legal System of the Russian Federation, 2d Ed. (Parker School of
International and Comparative Law and Juris Publishing 2000) (with Danilenko), a text for U.S. law students
and lawyers on Russian law, and Sudebnaya Advokatura [Trial Advocacy] (St. Petersburg U. Press 1996) (with
Proshlyakov and Reshetnikova) (in Russian), the first book on trial advocacy for Russian lawyers. He has
published articles primarily in the area of federal court jurisdiction and civil rights and has argued cases
involving such issues in the United States Supreme Court. He regularly serves on the faculty of the National
Institute for Trial Advocacy (N.I.T.A.) and has taught in N.I.T.A.'s teacher-training program at Harvard Law
Dennis M. Devaney
Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
B.A., 1968, M.A. 1970, University of Maryland; J.D., 1975, Georgetown University
Professor Devaney joined the law faculty of Wayne State University in the fall semester of 1996. Prior to
that, he had been of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. He served as a member of the
National Labor Relations Board from 1988-94. He was originally appointed by President Reagan and reappointed
by President Bush. Professor Devaney has taught as a visiting professor of law at Boston University, Cornell
University, Tulane University and Wayne State University Law Schools. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar in
Budapest, Hungary, teaching courses in labor, international and constitutional law. Professor Devaney served as
general counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in 1988. From 1982-88, he was a member of the U.S.
Merit Systems Protection Board. From 1979-82, he was in private practice in Washington, D.C. Prior to private
practice, he was counsel to the Food Marketing Institute from 1977-79 and assistant general counsel for the
U.S. Brewers Association from 1975-77. Professor Devaney teaches courses in Labor Law, Sports Law and
Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Peter M. Falkenstein
Attorney at Law, Private Practice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., 1974; J.D. 1988, University of Michigan
Professor Falkenstein has just returned to private practice after eight years on the faculty of the Hofstra
University School of Law, just outside New York City, where his teaching areas included intellectual property
law, sports law, appellate practice and pre-trial litigation. Previously, Professor Falkenstein was a
litigator with the New York City law firm of Proskauer Rose, LLP, where he focused primarily on the
representation of major professional sports leagues, such as the National Basketball Association and the
National Hockey League. Professor Falkenstein is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan
Catherine L. Fisk
Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
A.B., 1983 summa cum laude, Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa; J.D., 1986,University of California,
Berkeley, Order of the Coif; LL.M., 1995, University of Wisconsin, Madison
While in law school, Professor Fisk was Executive Editor and Notes & Comments Editor of the Berkeley
Women's Law Journal. After graduation, she served as staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit, followed by a year as Law Clerk to the Honorable William A. Norris of the United States
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Fisk practiced civil litigation and labor law in Washington,
D.C. for Rogovin, Huge & Schiller and then served on the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the United
States Department of Justice. Before joining the Loyola faculty in 1992, she was a lecturer at the University
of Wisconsin Law School.
Timothy L. Fort
Assistant Professor of Law and Business Ethics, University of Michigan Business School;
Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1980; M.A., 1984, University of Notre Dame; J.D., 1983; Ph.D., 1995, Northwestern University
Tim Fort is an award-winning Assistant Professor from the University of Michigan Business School. He is the
first person in the 68 year history of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business to win consecutive Outstanding
National Conference Proceedings Papers award. His teaching ability has also been recognized when he was named
Outstanding Faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago in 1993 when he only had the position of Adjunct
Professor. Fort received his J.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His Ph.D. is in theology with a
business cognate. He received his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He has been at the
University of Michigan since 1994. He has practiced business, tax, and estate planning law for the past 13
years. His work has appeared in the Notre Dame Law Review, Journal of Corporation Law, Notre Dame Journal of
Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Business Ethics Quarterly, American Business Law Journal, and Business and
Professional Ethics Journal. He is also the author of three books.
Hon. Marc L. Goldman
United States Magistrate Judge, Unites States District Court for the Central District of California
B.A., 1969, University of Michigan; J.D., 1973, Wayne State University
Judge Goldman is currently a United States magistrate judge in the Central District of California. From
1983 until July, 2001, he served as a magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Michigan. From 1997 through 2001, he was the chief magistrate judge in the Michigan court. After
graduating from law school in 1973, Judge Goldman practiced criminal law at both the appellate and trial
levels. He first practiced with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office and then with the Washtenaw
County Michigan Public Defender Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 1976-1980, Judge Goldman taught law full
time in the clinical law programs at the Wayne State University and University of Michigan law schools. He was
director of the criminal law clinic at Wayne State from 1977 to 1979. Judge Goldman served as an Assistant
United States Attorney from 1980 until 1983, when he was appointed to the bench. He also served as an adjunct
professor of law at Wayne State University from 1985 to 2001, teaching courses in trial advocacy. Judge Goldman
is a regular faculty member in programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the United
States Attorney General's Advocacy Institute.
Kathryn R. Heidt
Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School;
Former Visiting Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., 1975, Pennsylvania State University; J.D., 1978, College of Law of Cleveland State University; LL.M.,
1985, Yale University Law School
Kathryn Heidt is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She teaches bankruptcy law,
commercial law, security interests law, and negotiation. Prof. Heidt received her LL.M. from Yale University
Law School in 1985 and her J.D. magna cum laude from the College of Law of Cleveland State University in 1978.
She received her B.A. with highest honors from Pennsylvania State University in 1975. She practiced commercial
and bankruptcy law with the well-known Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris and Heckscher and is currently of
counsel to the firm. She is very active nationally in the areas of bankruptcy law and environmental law and is
the first woman ever to hold the chair of the national Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.
Prof. Heidt is the author of many articles, and is also the author of the highly regarded treatise,
Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy, published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont.
Peter J. Henning
Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
B.A., 1978, Loyola Marymount University; M.A., 1980, Fordham University; J.D., 1985, Georgetown University
After graduating from law school and clerking for a federal district court judge, Professor Henning was a
senior attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Enforcement Division for four years and
a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division for three years. His
publications focus on white collar crime and constitutional criminal procedure issues related to the
prosecution of economic crimes. Professor Henning joined the Wayne State University faculty in 1994, and
teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Corporations, and Criminal Procedure. He received the President's
Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 and the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching from the
Law School alumni in 1996.
Kenneth N. Klee
Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles
A.B., 1971, Stanford University; J.D., 1974, Harvard Law School
Kenneth Klee joined the UCLA Law faculty in July 1997 after teaching bankruptcy and reorganization law
as a visiting lecturer since 1979. He taught at Harvard Law School during 1995-96 as the Robert Braucher
visiting professor from practice. From 1974 to 1977, Klee was associate counsel to the Committee on the
Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, where he was one of the principal draftsmen of the 1978 Bankruptcy
He served as a consultant on bankruptcy legislation to the United States Department of Justice in 1983 and
1984. Since 1992 he has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy rules to the Judicial
Conference of the United States. He also serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute's Transnational
Klee is a founding Member of Klee, Tuchin & Bogdanoff LLP, specializing in corporate reorganization,
insolvency and bankruptcy law. He served as member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy
Conference from 1985 to 1988 and since 1992 has served on the executive committee as chair of the NBC's
legislation committee. Klee served as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1988 to
1990. He is past president of the Financial Lawyers Conference and serves on its board of governors. He has
also served as chairman of the Subcommittee of New and Pending Legislation of the Business Bankruptcy Committee
of the Section on Corporations, Business And Banking Law of the American Bar Association. Klee is a frequent
lecturer and panelist on programs for bankruptcy lawyers sponsored by the American Law Institute/American Bar
Association. He is a co-author of two books: Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (West 1995) and Fundamentals
of Bankruptcy Law (ALI-ABA 4th Ed. 1996). Klee has authored or co-authored thirteen articles on bankruptcy law.
Among his most recent published works are "Restructuring Individual Debts" in 71 American Bankruptcy Law
Journal 431-51 (1997), "Barbarians at the Trough: Riposte in Defense of the Warren Carve-Out Proposal" in
Cornell Law Review 1466-82 (1997) and State Defiance of Bankruptcy Law (with James O. Johnson and Eric Winston),
52 Vanderbilt Law Review 1527-95 (1999).
Susan M. Kornfield
Attorney at Law & Partner, Bodman, Longley & Dahling LLP, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, University of Michigan (Law School 1997; The School of Information 1999-2001)
B.A., 1974, University of Michigan; J.D., with honors, 1982, Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington
Ms. Kornfield specializes in intellectual property matters, including computer systems acquisition and licensing,
copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, unfair competition, multimedia, cyberspace, rights of publicity, rights of privacy,
and post employment restrictions. She assists corporations, individuals, museums, libraries, educational institutions,
lending institutions, nonprofit entities, and venture capitalists in the intellectual property protection of their ideas
and assets, including both transactional and litigation matters.
She is head of the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and was an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer of Copyright Law at
the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan School of Information in 1997, and 1999 - 2001. She serves
on an Advisory Committee to Stanford University on matters involving libraries and academic information resources. She has
litigated a wide range of Intellectual Property and technology cases, and lectures at universities, legal conferences, institutes,
and business workshops on IP issues. She represents many U.S. companies doing business worldwide, and foreign corporations doing
business in the U.S.
Ms. Kornfield is licensed to practice in the States of Michigan and Illinois. She is admitted to practice before the
United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and the United States
District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, and the Northern District of Illinois.
She is also a member of numerous national, state, and local bar associations, and a member of bar association sections and committees
relating to computer law, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, arts and entertainment, law and technology, and international law.
She serves on the Firm's Pro Bono Committee and has recently provided trademark and domain name legal services to the Southern
Poverty Law Center in connection with its stripping the Aryan Nations of its trade name, logo, and service mark.
Martin D. Kriegel
Adjunct Professor of Law, Wayne State University School of Law
Attorney at Law, Private Practice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., 1969; A.B.D., 1972, State University of New York; J.D., 1974, University of Michigan; LL.M.
(Taxation), 1976, New York University
Professor Kriegel practices and teaches in four fields: taxation, business planning, litigation, and negotiation. His
tax practice involves all areas of taxation, but is focused on the federal income taxation of businesses and tax dispute
resolution. His business planning practice involves all aspects of structuring, financing, and operating businesses. His
litigation practice primarily involves tax matters, business matters, and the defense of persons accused of economic ("white-collar")
crimes. In his negotiation practice he represents both U.S. and non-U.S. clients in business negotiations both in the U.S. and
in other countries.
After graduating from law school in 1974, Professor Kriegel was the recipient of a federal law reform fellowship. He
practiced in the area of mental health law reform before going on to teach law at the University of Illinois. After receiving
his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, Professor Kriegel joined the full-time law faculty of the College of Law of
Cleveland State University. He there taught the full range of federal tax courses, as well as joint courses in tax policy
in the Department of Economics, until 1984. In 1979 Professor Kriegel co-founded and was appointed as co-director of the
then experimental Graduate Tax Program. In the Program, he taught tax on the graduate (LL.M.) level. Over the years,
Professor Kriegel has been invited to teach law courses in taxation, business law, property law, and litigation as a visiting
professor at various law schools throughout the United States. He now teaches litigation and trial advocacy from time to time
at Wayne State University School of Law. He is the founder of the Negotiation Program, which is being presented this summer
in conjunction with the American Institute for Legal Education summer program, Orientation in U.S. Business Law. He is a
popular guest speaker and consultant on both domestic and international negotiations.
From 1978 to 1995, before going into private practice in Ann Arbor, Professor Kriegel was Of Counsel to the Cleveland, Ohio,
law firm of Malitz & Barker. He specialized in both domestic and international taxation and business matters, domestic and
international business negotiations, and complex litigation. As an attorney, he has represented various European clients who
were doing business both worldwide and in the United States and, as well, has represented U.S. business clients in their
domestic and international affairs.
Professor Kriegel is the author of the monograph on taxation that appears as the chapter on taxation in the second and
third editions of Professor William Burnham's book, Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (West
Group Publishing, Third Edition, 2002). He is also the co-author of the chapter on Property Law. Professor Kriegel is
the author of the outline monograph, Negotiation Across Borders and Cultures, which is used in the Negotiation Program
For his workshops, Professor Martin Kriegel designs comprehensive problems that combine his over 25
years of experience and expertise in taxation, corporate law and negotiation.
Professor Kriegel also has had a long-standing interest in the cross-cultural aspects of science and medicine.
His doctoral work, before attending law school, involved the study of complex biological systems and cross-cultural psychology.
He studied Western medicine - neurology and neuropsychiatry, in particular - at the University of Michigan Medical School. He
has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Asian systems of medicine.
James E. Krier
Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1961, J.D., 1966, University of Wisconsin
James E. Krier is the Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the
University of Wisconsin where he was Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. After his graduation from
law school in 1966 he served for one year as law clerk to Roger J. Traynor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
of California, and then practiced law for two years with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He was a professor
of law at UCLA and Stanford before coming to Michigan in 1983. His research interests are chiefly in the fields
of property and law and economics. He writes regularly for legal periodicals and is the author or co-author of
several books, including Environmental Law and Policy (1971), Pollution and Policy (1977), and, most recently,
Property (4th ed. 1998).
Marcia J. Major
Attorney at Law, Private Practice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., 1975, University of Michigan; J.D., 1989, University of Michigan Law School
Marcia J. Major is an attorney in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She specializes in the practice
of real estate law. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989 and her
B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1975. She has been the chair of the bar association Real Estate
Committee and she lectures frequently on real property law and practice. She was a member of the committee
that drafted the standard form real estate sales contract, which form won the Michigan State Bar Association
award for clear drafting. Prof. Major also holds a real estate broker's license from the State of Michigan and
before attending law school was the manager of the largest real estate company in the Ann Arbor area. She is
the co-author the chapter on Real Property Law in Prof. William Burnham's standard text, Introduction to the
Law and Legal System of the United States, published by West, as well as the author of the chapter on Real
Property Torts in the treatise, Torts: Michigan Law and Practice.
In Professor Marcia Major's seminar, she guides participants through a complex commercial
real estate transaction.
Ronald J. Mann
Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1982, Rice University; J.D., 1985, University of Texas
Ronald J. Mann joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1997 after teaching at Washington
University School of Law. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated first
in his class and was managing editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school he clerked for Justice Lewis F.
Powell of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. Mann also
practiced as a commercial real estate lawyer in Houston, where he represented both developers and lenders. His
current research focuses on software development, letters of credit, and on policies for payment systems used
in electronic commerce. He also recently published a textbook, Cases, Materials, and Problems on Payment
Systems and Other Financial Transactions. He teaches various courses related to commercial transactions,
intellectual property, and electronic commerce.
Myron L. Marlin
Former Chief Spokesperson & Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C
B.A., 1986, University of Michigan; J.D., 1990, Washington College of Law at American University
As Vice President & Senior Strategist at APCO Worldwide, Myron Marlin provides public relations counsel to
clients who are engaged in litigation, facing a crisis or involved in a merger or acquisition. Before APCO,
Marlin served as Director of Public Affairs at the United States Department of Justice, where he coordinated
communication strategies, wrote speeches for and briefed senior Department officials, and served as the chief
spokesman for the nation's federal law enforcement agency. Prior to serving in that capacity, Marlin was the
Deputy Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for the civil rights division. In 1992, Marlin worked for the
Clinton/Gore presidential campaign where he organized media logistics at campaign events. Before the campaign
Marlin associated with the law firm of Tenzer, Fallon, Greenblatt & Kaplan where he worked in the firm's
litigation department. Marlin received his law degree from Washington College of Law at American University
and his B.A. in communications and political science from the University of Michigan.
Mary Ann McKinnon
Counsel, General Motors Corporation, 1978 to 2000
Adjunct Professor of Law, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University
J.D., 1976, Detroit College of Law
After graduating from the Detroit College of Law in 1976, cum laude (rank: 2/250), Professor McKinnon
clerked for a federal district court judge. In 1978, she joined the legal department of General Motors
Corporation, in Detroit. From 1978 to 1991, Professor McKinnon was responsible for all product liability
cases arising in many states, including California and New York. She supervised the defense of all cases
nationwide involving large diesel engines and all claims involving aircraft products manufactured by GM.
From 1991, Professor McKinnon advised the financial arm of GM (General Motors Acceptance Corporation) in a
wide variety of legal matters including wholesale and retail financing. Professor McKinnon has taught at
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University since 1978. She has taught Antitrust Law, Product
Liability Law, and Commercial Transactions.
C. Nicholas Revelos
Professor of Law, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University
A.B., 1961, Bowdoin College; J.D., 1965, Duke University; LL.M., 1971, University of California, Berkeley
Prior to joining the DCLMSU faculty in 1971, Professor Revelos was Dean and an Associate Professor at
the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Cincinnati. He is the author of Volume 8, 9 and 10 of the Michigan
Practice Series - Business Organizations - Corporations, published by West Publishing Company. He currently
serves as an Arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange in Securities matters. Professor Revelos was
instrumental in establishing the College's sister law school relationship with the Faculty of Law, Babes/Bolyai
University in Cluj, Romania, under the sponsorship of the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELA)
of the American Bar Association. He teaches Corporations, Securities Regulation and Bankruptcy Reorganizations
Irwin Jay Robinson
Attorney, New York, New York
A.B., 1950, University of Michigan; J.D., 1953, Columbia University Law School
Mr. Robinson is the Founder and former President of the Vietnam-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Founder
and former President of the Thai-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and former Vice-President of the
Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. He has been a director and/or officer of many private and
public corporations. Mr. Robinson has represented and continues to represent corporate and individual clients
(domestic and foreign) in corporate, financing, litigation, banking and real estate matters in the United
States and abroad.
Irwin Jay Robinson has practiced international corporate law in New York City since 1955.
Mr. Robinson's class includes practical advice for representing foreign investors in the United States.
Cindy A. Schipani
Professor of Business Law, University of Michigan Business School
B.A., 1979, Michigan State University; J.D., 1982, University of Chicago
Cindy A Schipani is the Chair of Law, History and Communication and Professor of Business Law at the
University of Michigan Business School, a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School,
and the 1995-1996 Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor in Law and Business. Professor Schipani
received her J.D. from the University of Chicago School in 1982. She has held visiting appointments at China
University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the University of Sydney
Faculty of Law as a Parsons Fellow and Flinders University of South Australia as the 1994 Distinguished
International Visitor. Professor Schipani has also spent a year on the faculty of the University of Hawaii
School of Law. She is a core faculty member in the University of Michigan Business School Global MBA program.
Professor Schipani's primary research interests are in the area of corporate governance, with a focus on
directors' and officers' duties. She is codirector of the University of Michigan Business School Corporate
Governance Project sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her research has included analysis of
directors' duties utilizing tools of financial economics, consideration of specific issues confronting
directors of financial institutions and issues of liability for environmental violations. She has published
articles in leading law journals including the Northwestern University Law Review, the University of Illinois
Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law and the Iowa Law Review. Professor Schipani has received a number
of invitations to present her research nationally and internationally. She has also received numerous awards
for her research, including the Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Award for Excellence.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Professor Schipani served as a Law Clerk for
Justice Charles L. Levin of the Michigan Supreme Court. She has also practiced law as an associate with two
major commercial law firms, Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman
in Detroit. Professor Schipani has served as Staff Editor on the American Business Law Journal and as
President of the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Thomas H. Seymour
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1968, University of Nebraska; M.A., 1972, Simon Fraser University, Canada; J.D., 1987,
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1987, Mr. Seymour practiced law in Boston, specializing in
corporate and bankruptcy law. In 1990, he began teaching Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing at Boston
College Law School and, two years later, at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. An experienced mediator
and commercial arbitrator, he was editor of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Magazine from
1993-97. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, where he teaches Legal
Practice. He has also taught at the Harvard Business School and at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Vincent A. Wellman
Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University School of Law
B.A., 1975, Pomona College; J.D., 1980, Yale University
After graduating from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, in 1975, Wellman studied philosophy for
two years in the doctorate program at the University of Michigan. In 1977, he shifted his academic focus
and began law school at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating from there in 1980. He clerked
for a year with Judge Robert L. Carter, a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York, and in
1981 began teaching at Wayne State. Wellman continues to be interested in academic philosophy, and he teaches
various courses in legal theory both at Wayne State and also occasionally at the University of Michigan's
Philosophy Department. He also teaches and consults with practicing lawyers about contract law and the law
relating to the sale of goods. In the winter of 1999, Wellman taught at Utrecht University in the Netherlands,
as part of a Wayne State University Law School faculty and student exchange with Utrecht. Wellman is married,
with two children, and lives in Ann Arbor.
James J. White
Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1956, Amherst College; J.D., 1962, University of Michigan
James J. White is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Michigan Law School. After law
school, Professor White practiced privately in Los Angeles and began his academic career at the University
of Michigan in 1964. He currently serves as the Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law. He has written on many
aspects of commercial law and has published the most widely recognized treatise on the Uniform Commercial
Code, Handbook of the Law Under the Uniform Commercial Code (with Summers, 1995, 4th ed.). He is also the
author of several casebooks on commercial, bankruptcy and banking law. Professor White has served as the
reporter for the Revision of Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code; he is a member of the National
Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and has served on several American Law Institute and NCCUSL
committees dealing with revision to the Uniform Commercial Code. He teaches courses in Contracts, Commercial
Transactions and Negotiation.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR
Ronald C. Den Otter
Lecturer in Public Law, California State University, Los Angeles
B.A., 1989, University of California, Davis; J.D., 1992, University of Pennsylvania;
M.A., 1995 Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles;
Ph.D., 2003, University of California, Los Angeles
Mr. Den Otter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992 and was admitted to practice law in
the State of California that same year. After teaching English as a Second Language for two years and obtaining a
Master's Degree in Political Science, he entered graduate school at UCLA, to pursue his Ph.D. in Political Science.
At UCLA, in 1999, he won the award for Best Teaching Assistant in the department of Political Science. A year later,
he won UCLA's campus-wide Luckmann Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. In 2003 he finished his doctoral thesis
in Political Theory at UCLA. Mr. Den Otter is also a university lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles,
where he teaches Public Law as well as Legal Research and Writing.