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Lincoln Law School of San Jose Administration Biographical Information

Laura Palazzolo, Dean, Lincoln Law School San Jose

Dean Palazzolo graduated from Lincoln Law School of San Jose in 2000, and passed the California Bar Exam on her first try. She was the class Valedictorian, Editor in Chief of the Lincoln Law Review, and was voted Most Outstanding Graduate by her classmates. Ms. Palazzolo began work as a Real Property tutor shortly after graduation, and later taught Real Property for several years. She also taught Civil Procedure. Dean Palazzolo eventually became an Associate Dean of Academics, and later an Assistant Dean with broad counseling responsibilities. She has been Dean of the School since 2015.

Ms. Palazzolo spent the majority of her pre-Dean years in business and real estate litigation at Berliner Cohen, one of the oldest and largest law firms in San Jose. She has three children.

Stephanie Kain Ferrill, Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs:

Dean Stephanie Kain Ferrill hails from Cincinnati, Ohio where her family still lives today. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School (JMLS) in Chicago, Illinois. Dean Ferrill first attended law school as a night student working full time during the day and eventually finishing in 3.5 years. She is a licensed attorney in both Illinois and California. Most of her years of practice were in the realm of insolvency/bankruptcy and the litigation that arose from said insolvency, specializing in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies. Shortly after Dean Ferrill had her second son, she and her husband decided she should be a full time, stay at home mom. Over the next nine years, Dean Ferrill served on various boards of directors and taught law part-time at De Anza College in their paralegal program while raising her two boys. Her husband is an IP attorney and partner in a large California firm.

Paula Rowe, Associate Dean of Administration:

Dean Paula Rowe received her Master’s Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and began her career in the Biotech industry. In 1995, she left full time employment to raise three children and held leadership positions in a number of volunteer organizations. Prior to coming to Lincoln Law School Paula managed her husband’s Civil Engineering consulting business for sixteen years. Paula was born and raised in San Jose and has seen the valley change from an agricultural area to the high tech capital of the world. Growing up Paula was a competitive swimmer and spent most of her weekends at swim meets and competed in the Far Westerns. Paula learned to be a gourmet cook from her Italian mother and inherited her love of reading from her Irish father, two passions she continues to pursue.

Kim Zea, Registrar:

Lincoln Law School’s Registrar, Kim Zea worked as a Senior Accountant at an electronics firm where she supervised payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and was responsible for preparing domestic and consolidated financial statements to include several world-wide subsidiaries. Kim decided to become a stay at home mom when her first daughter was two years old. After the birth of her second child, Kim continued to stay at home while enjoying the flexibility of working part time as a bookkeeper and also working as an on call secretary for the local school district. During this time, Kim held several positions, including treasurer and president, within the schools’ PTA and Booster organizations. Her favorite volunteer role was Girl Scout leader for both of her daughter’s troops.

Laurie Holm, Director of Student Services:

Director of Student Services, Laurie Holm began her career working for a division of Honeywell as a Benefits Administrator. After getting married and starting a family, Laurie decided to stay at home and raise her children. When her oldest child requested to go to private school, Laurie decided to grant his request which meant she would need to go back to work. Laurie was employed at Stratford School, which offered a private Pre-school through 8th grade education, for fifteen years where she began work as an Administrator at one of their campuses. Laurie’s proposal for implementation of an Enrollment Center that would tend to all inquiries, applications and enrollment for prospective students, led to her promotion to Supervisor of this new center. She then accepted the role as Admissions Services Specialist, tending to Stratford School’s new campuses and reaching out to interested families. In March of 2017, Laurie joined Lincoln Law School which seemed a natural avenue to utilize her customer service skills. Laurie aspires to assist people with their goals and dreams and will work diligently to help them along their path to success.

Dean Farzin Forooghi, Associate Dean of Academic Counseling:

Dean Farzin “Nick” Forooghi has lived in San Jose/Silicon Valley since 1977 when he came to the United States at the age of sixteen from Iran. He came by himself and a second cousin was all he could call “family” here at that time. Dean Forooghi is a graduate of Silver Creek High School and San Jose State University. Prior to practicing law he worked in High Tech, and later owned and managed his own small company in Santa Clara. He is a 2006 graduate of Lincoln Law School of San Jose, passed the California Bar right away, and has been practicing law ever since. In 2009, he started Santa Clara Law Group, a small firm serving clients primarily in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. Dean Forooghi has been teaching at Lincoln since 2008. He has taught Remedies and Personal Property, and has served as one of Lincoln Law School’s Associate Deans for several years. His main role is helping students with academic issues. Dean Forooghi is also an adjunct faculty member at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where he teaches Ethics. He also serves on the University of the Pacific’s Institutional Review Board. Most recently Dean Forooghi has been a guest lecturer at the University of San Francisco helping MA students in Marriage and Family Therapy learn about the crossroads of law and relationship therapy.

Britten D. Sessions, Associate Dean & Director of Intellectual Property Programs

Dean Britten Sessions manages the intellectual property (IP) department at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He also founded and directs the IP Clinic, a hand’s-on lab for students to gain practical IP skills while working with real clients. He teaches classes relating to IP, patent practice and portfolio strategies. In addition, he has authored several peer-reviewed publications and eight IP-related books. Mr. Sessions has been repeatedly recognized as one of the world’s top 300 IP strategists (by IAM300), a leading IP lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and has been included in the top 40 under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He has also served as chair of the high-technology section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (2015-2016 year). As an attorney with Zilka-Kotab PC, Mr. Sessions has advised on hundreds of patent enforcement, acquisition, licensing and other monetization transactions. To that end, he has assisted companies in monetizing patent assets yielding over $80 million in returns. He has three children.

dateline: April 8, 2017

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