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Tyler Atkinson

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Remedies.
Mr. Atkinson received his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, IN.

Georg F. Behrens

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Securities Law
Mr. Behrens received his B. A. from Amherst College, MA , and his J. D. from UC Berkeley SOL Boat Hall


Ted Biagini

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2008. Honors Jurisprudence Seminar/Tutorial.

Mr. Biagini received his B.S.C., J.D. and L.L.M. from Santa Clara University and his M.L.A. from Stanford University. For his Masters of Liberal Arts thesis he chose Machiavelli and did  research in Italy, including extensive reading in Italian. He is on the board of Downtown College Prep, has served on SCU's Board of Regents and the National Alumni Board, has been a member of the Law School's Board of Visitors and has served on the Deans Leadership Council and the Center for Global Law and Policy Advisory Board. He studied business and accounting and then enrolled in SCU's "3/3" program, allowing him to obtain his undergraduate and law degrees in six years. He worked as an accountant during law school, made law review and upon graduation received the Chargin Award for the highest grade point average. In 1979, he and Phil DeNapoli started Plaza Bank of Commerce and later founded Focus Business Bank.

J. Michael Bewley

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2011.
B.A. Princeton University; J.D., University of Arizona College of Law

Alison P. Buchanan

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2007. Professional Responsibility; Legal Malpractice
Ms. Buchanan received her B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology), and her B.A. in Criminology from the University of California. Ms. Buchanan is a litigator with Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, where she is known for her expertise in legal ethics. She sits as vice-chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Bryan W. Butler

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2014 Intellectual Property Litigation.
Mr. Butler received hBuchanan received her B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her J.D. with honors from Chicago-Kent


Andrew J. Cook
Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2009. Advanced legal Writing, Academic Support Program/Bar Examination Preparation
Mr. Cook received his B.A. summa cum laude in Business Management from Glassboro State College, his M.B.A. in Technology Management from Golden Gate University and his J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Prior to studying law, Mr. Cook was a successful information technology manager in the international telecommunications field, working for British Telecom, WorldCom and Computer Science Corporation. He is in private practice in San Jose.


Chi N. Dinh

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Agency

Mr. Dinh received his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego, his J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, and his L.LM. in intellectual property from Santa Clara University School of Law. He has also studied Southeast Asian Law at the National University of Singapore and Public International Law at the University of Oxford. Mr. Dinh is a registered patent attorney and is currently a partner at Ranjan Charan & Associates, L.L.P. His practice focuses on intellectual property, immigration, family law , bankruptcy,  consumer debt defense and civil litigation.

John F. Domingue

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Civil Procedure

Mr. Domingue received his B.S. from San Jose State University, magna cum laude, M.A., in Theological Studies from Western Seminary and his J.D., from Santa Clara University School of Law, magna cum laude . He is a partner at Berliner-Cohen where he specialized in business litigation and ADR matters. Prior to entering law school, he worked in management with several businesses, including his own. His primary experience, and his practice area for over ten years, is with business litigation.  He has notable deposition, law and motion, and trial experience, as well as experience in negotiating settlements without litigation.

Francis B. Doyle

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1990. Wills & Trusts

Mr. Doyle received his B.A. from Santa Clara University, his M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and his J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law. Formerly an attorney with the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Mr. Doyle is currently in private practice, specializing in tax, trust and estate matters. He has taught legal courses at Golden Gate University and the Santa Clara University Institute of Paralegal Education.

Judith M. Ebenhahn

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2008. Family Law, Community Property

 Ms. Ebenhahn received her B.A. with honors from San Jose State University, in English and her J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, at which she was co-valedictorian and a recipient of the President's Award. Ms. Ebenhahn has been a California State Bar certified family law specialist since 1992. She has served on the Family Law Inter-County Council and currently belongs to the Silicon Valley Collaborative Practice Group as well as the QDRONES, a national pension study group.

Kirsten Fish

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2009. Legal Research & Writing

Ms. Fish received her B.S. in Chemistry with honors from University of California, Davis and her J.D. summa cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law.  Ms. Fish is a partner at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, where she specializes in representing plaintiffs in personal injury/wrongful death litigation, elder abuse litigation, and complex business litigation.  Ms. Fish is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is a guest lecturer on topics including elder abuse litigation and trial techniques, and is the co-author of Litigating Financial Abuse Actions Against Institutions, Agents and Fiduciaries in CEBs California Elder Law Litigation:  An Advocates Guide. 

Farzin Forooghi

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2008 Personal Property

Mr. Forooghi received his B.A. in Industrial Arts from San Jose State University and his J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose. A distinguished graduate of Lincoln Law School, he served on the Law Review editorial staff and his contributed pieces were published by the Lincoln Law Review and the Gavel, the law school's quarterly paper. Mr. Forooghi currently serves as an Executive Member of Santa Clara Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Committee.  Prior to practicing law, he built a solid career as a manager in the Hi-Tech/Start-up industry and was a principal in a dynamic and successful consumer goods manufacturing company from 1991 to 2004.

Jill E. Fox

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2010. Basics of Legal Writing

Ms. Fox received her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California, and her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.  She practices civil litigation at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, Inc., in San Jose, where she is a member of the firm's Professional Responsibility group.  Prior to practicing law, Ms. Fox was a television producer and taught writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Arthur J. Gemmell

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2006. Civil Procedure; International Law; Conflict of Laws.
Following a career in international business, Dr. Gemmell received his J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, an LL.M in International Law from Santa Clara University, and his S.J.D. in International Law at Golden Gate University, where he also now teaches. Dr. Gemmell has studied International Law at Oxford University, Aberdeen University (Scotland), and at The Institut International des Droits de L'Homme in Strasbourg, France. He is the recipient of a Practice Diploma in International Arbitration from the College of England and Wales. He has lectured on, and has authored writings on the subjects of foreign investment and international arbitration.  He has been invited to serve on the Santa Clara University Law School's Board of Visitors.

Gregory D. Hull

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1999. Trial Practice.
Mr. Hull received his B. A. from Santa Clara University and his J.D. with honors from the University of San Francisco Law School. He has been a trial lawyer for over 25 years and taught trial practice at Golden Gate University. Mr. Hull is a frequent lecturer for the Continuing Education of the Bar on trial practice, settlement and negotiations. He works with the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. Ninety percent of Mr. Hull's practice is devoted to litigation.

Lorraine Cimino Johnson 

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
Ms. Johnson received her B.S. from Santa Clara University and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a member of the Washington and California bars. Professor Johnson is an accomplished corporate attorney. Upon graduation from Santa Clara she worked at First Interstate Bank in Washington to join Intel where she was a senior counselor the Washington and California bars. She left First Interstate to join Intel where she was a senior counsel. where for over a decade she handled  securities transactions (including 16 B compliance) and provided legal counsel for Finance, Treasury, Purchases and the Contracts Managements groups. At Intel she also managed reincorporation, dividends, acquisition and divestiture of Intel investments. Professor Johnson has also provided counsel to various internal groups at Intel. She served as Manager for Human Resources for Responselogix and has consulted for Intel, Amdahl, Share Data (E* Trade), Network Equipment Technologies, and PMI.

Terence M. Kane

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1991.Contracts, Uniform Commercial Code.
Mr. Kane received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Santa Clara University, was awarded a fellowship for graduate study in economics leading to an M. Phil. from Oxford University, and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from University of Southern California and was judicial clerk to the Hon. Wm Matthew Bryne, U.S. District Court. Mr. Kane is a Senior Trust Officer with Fremont Bank, and has been  a Vice President in the Trust group of Wells Fargo Bank. Before that, he was a founding shareholder in the Heritage Law Group and a partner in the Ferrari, Alvarez, Olson and Ottoboni firm.

Patrick H. Kelly
Lincoln Law School  Faculty since 2008. Criminal Law
Mr. Kelly received his B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law. He was a founding partner of Kelly and Kelly and currently is in private practice, focusing on criminal defense.

Anne J. Kepner  

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2011. Basics of Legal Writing
Ms. Kepner received her B.S. in Health Science from San Jose State University and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.  She is a partner at Needham Kepner & Fish in San Jose representing people and families suffering serious personal injury and in wrongful death cases.  She has also handled a number of large toxic tort cases.

Jeffrey A. Kroeber

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1982. Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law
Mr. Kroeber received his B.A., cum laude, from Williams College and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. He is retired from the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office where he served as a Senior Trial Attorney. In addition to Lincoln Law School, Mr. Kroeber also teaches at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Jeffrey Lawson 

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2010. Water Law, Survey of Environmental Law

Mr. Lawson is a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, where his practice focuses on compliance and litigation related to environmental law and land use. He also litigates complex commercial cases. Mr. Lawson serves the petroleum, manufacturing, water, agriculture, transportation, financial services, real estate, and semiconductor industries. He is recognized by Law & Politics Media and San Francisco Magazine as one of "Northern California's Super Lawyers", from 2004 to the present. Mr. Lawson also serves as a mediator in environmental and commercial disputes

Laurel Loomer  
Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Advanced Legal Writing
A. S., Cabrillo College; J.D., Lincoln Law School of San Jose

James Mc Manis

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2012 Remedies.
Mr. McManis received his B.A. in History with Distinction from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. McManis is a veteran trial lawyer, representing various greater Bar Area companies. A frequent lecturer, Mr. McManis has served on the faculty of the Intensive Advocacy Program, University of San Francisco Law School, and Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford University Law School. He also has taught at Boat Hall, University of California and Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and was previously a Special Examiner for the State Bar of California. Mr. McManis has been honored for his philanthropy and public service. He also was named to the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity, Santa Clara County Bar Association.

John Mlnarik

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Evidence, Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.
Mr. Mlnarik received his B.A. from Santa Clara University and his J. D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose. A Professor in the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program at Lincoln, Mr. Mlnarik also teaches Evidence with Carlos Singh and is the founder of The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc. He has lectured at the State Bar of California's Annual meeting and Solo and Small Firm Summit on issues involving insolvency and tax. Most recently, Mr. Mlnarik lectured at the NACBA annual convention with the Honorable Fredrick E. Clement. Former Treasurer of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), Mr. Mlnarik will serve as the SCCBA president in 2015.

Joseph H. Moless, Jr., Dean

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1967. Mortgages; Real Estate; Business Organizations.
Dean Moless received his B.A. in political science from San Jose State University and his J.D. from Hastings College of Law where he served on the Law Review Editorial Board, was a Sutro Scholar and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. After graduating from Hastings, Dean Moless served as a law clerk for the presiding justices of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. He then entered private practice with the San Francisco law firm of Jacobs, Sill & Coblentz. In private practice, Dean Moless dealt with closely-held businesses and real estate matters involving shopping centers, which included appearing before the United States Supreme Court in PruneYard Shopping Center v. Robins. He has taught courses including Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Real Estate Secured Transactions at Golden Gate University, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Francisco Schools of Law.

Craig Needham 

Lincoln Faculty since 1994. Torts; Trial Practice

B.A., Santa Clara University; J. D. Hastings College of the Law

Honorable Dan Nishigaya

Lincoln Law School faculty since 2010. Criminal Law

Judge Nishigaya received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2010 he began serving as Judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Previously he was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Santa Clara. Judge Nishigaya was a Supervising Deputy for Family Violence, specializing in crimes of domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and child abduction. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, he clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Laura A. Palazzolo 

Lincoln Faculty since 2004. Civil Procedure
Ms. Palazzolo has her B.S. from San Jose State University and her J.D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose where she graduated first in her class. She is an associate with Berliner Cohen, a San Jose law firm. Ms. Palazzolo is also a licensed Real Estate broker.

Richard R. Pedersen

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2003. Moot Court; Negotiation and Mediation; Advanced Torts
Mr. Pedersen received his B.S. from California State University, Long Beach and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. He is in private practice where he specializes in medical malpractice product liability.

Immigration Law Judge Tue Phan Quang  (ret)

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Immigration Law

William J. Purdy, III

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 1990. Federal Taxation; Advanced Federal Taxation; Estate Tax; Personal Property.
Mr. Purdy received his B.S., with highest honors from Oregon State University, his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. Formerly an attorney with the law firm of Liccardo, Rossi, Sturges & McNeil, Purdy is currently in private practice specializing in tax matters.

Thomas Schneck  

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2001. Intellectual Properties, Copyright Law.
Mr. Schneck received his A.B. from University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. He has worked as a patent engineer for the University of California Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and has been a practicing patent attorney since 1971. He has been chairman of an ABA sub-committee on automated patent information retrieval, a U.S. Air Force Officer, and trustee of Presentation High School in San Jose. Mr. Schneck is currently on the Board of Visitors of Santa Clara University School of Law and is chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Department at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Britten Sessions  

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2013. Patent Prosecution
Professor Sessions is a patent lawyer with Zilka-Kotab P.C. and
is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He previously served with the Honorable Patricia Trumbull of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and a large European patent law firm in Munich, Germany. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University where he received numerous academic awards for courses including I.P. litigation, and Federal Courts and Jurisdiction, among others. He was also a lead production editor of its Computer & High Technology Law Journal and participated in the French speaking Jean-Pictet Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school, Professor Sessions graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He led four research groups in developing classification techniques for hair morphology characteristics of mammals by using a scamming electron microscope, and senior-authored four scientific journal articles that were published in, among others, the Journal of Natural History, and AAAS.

Gary Shara

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2012. Religion and the Constitution, Advanced Corporations, Entrepreneurship Certificate Program  
Gary T. Shara graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S.C. degree and from the Santa Clara University School of Law, cum laude, in 1970. He practices business and corporate transactional law with offices on The Alameda in San Jose. Mr. Shara has served for many years on the Board of the Silicon Valley Better Business Bureau including serving as Chair of the Board. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation. In addition to teaching at Lincoln Law School, Gary has taught Business Law at California State University Monterey Bay since it was first offered in 1999. He is a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and has served on the Board of Directors. He is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and enjoys golf and sports of all kinds.

P. Carlos Singh

Lincoln Faculty since 1997. Evidence; Advanced Evidence; White Collar Crimes; Corporate Compliance; Legal Reasoning
Mr. Singh received his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After completing the Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice in the civil and criminal divisions, he joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California where he was an Assistant United States Attorney. Currently Mr. Singh is a Manager in the Assurance and Business Services division of Ernst & Young, LLP.

Jonathan J. Sweet

Lincoln Faculty since 2003. Legal Research and Writing; Construction Law
B.A.University of California, Berkeley; J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law

M.D. Ward
Lincoln Faculty since 2008. Introduction to Law
Ms. Ward received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She specializes in professional malpractice defense and has served in the Attorney General's office and worked in private practice with Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, San Francisco. Ms. Ward's current practice also includes conflict of law, federal regulatory compliance law, state and federal appeals, bankruptcy, constitutional law, public policy and legislative analysis.  Ms. Ward also regularly performs international work and has worked on women's legal issues in the Middle East, economic trade matters in China, constitutional issues in South Africa following apartheid and other matters of import involving the United States and many other countries.


Eric Yi-Ching Yap

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2009. Real Property, International Trade with an emphasis on China.

Mr. Yap received his BA with distinction from Cornell and his JD from Stanford University. He was Lead Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law and Research Assistant to Prof. Stanley Lubman, focusing on Chinese Commercial Law and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Yap received a Master of International Management from Portland State University where he was awarded the International Business Leadership Scholarship and selected as class Valedictorian. He taught at Missouri State University at its Dalian, China campus. In addition to his academic achievements he has substantial experience as a California attorney having served as Vice-President and Legal Counsel to an international real property development corporation, as a successful trial attorney and as Foreign Legal Counsel in the Ishii Law Office, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Yap is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has a working knowledge of Japanese.

Albert Zecher, Jr.

Lincoln Law School Faculty since 2009. Constitution Law

Mr. Zecher received a BA from Santa Clara University, a JD from University of San Francisco School of Law and was awarded a Diploma in Fine Arts from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990, and was also admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern California. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Zecher worked as a staff attorney with the San Francisco Superior Court where he was assigned to civil trial departments. Thereafter, he joined The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as in-house counsel, where he practiced in the areas of director and officer liability, premises liability, construction defect, property casualty, employment, and toxic torts. Since 2008 , Mr. Zecher has been working as Corporate Counsel and The Director of Regulatory Compliance for a Silicon Valley satellite communication manufacturer, where he oversees Federal regulatory and corporate governance issues, contracts, and litigation. Mr. Zecher has served as a judge pro tem with the San Francisco Superior Court and as a hearing officer with the San Francisco Assessment Appeals Board. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Board of Fellows of the Harker School. 

 




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