1L Advantage Professors
Our distinguished panel of professors provides substantial overviews of courses from the standard 1L curriculum; you'll also learn how to do legal research, brief cases, and write law school exams.
Vikram Amar: Civil Procedure
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall)
- J.D., Yale Law School
- B.A., University of California at Berkeley, History
Vikram Amar received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Yale. Upon graduating from law school in 1988, Professor Amar clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. After that he spent a few years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, devoting half of his time to federal white-collar criminal defense and the other half to complex civil litigation. Vikram was a faculty member at UC Hastings for a decade before taking his current position as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall).
Professor Amar writes, teaches and consults in the public law fields, especially constitutional law, civil procedure, and remedies. He is a co-author (along with William Cohen and Jonathan Varat) of of a major constitutional law casebook, Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 12th ed. 2005), and is a co-author on a number of volumes of the Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure Treatise (West Publishing Co.). In addition, he has published in a variety of journals and authors a bi-weekly column on constitutional matters for findlaw.com. Amar is a frequent commentator on local and national radio and TV, and has written dozens of op-ed pieces for newspapers and magazines.
David Cole: Constitutional Law
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- J.D., Yale Law School
- B.A., Yale University, English, magna cum laude
David Cole teaches constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Stanford Law Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He is the author of six books. Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, published in 2007, and co-authored with Jules Lobel, won the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties. Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, received the American Book Award in 2004. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System was named Best Non-Fiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review, and best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association. His most recent book is The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009).
He has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburning; National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restriction on NEA funding; and most recently, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which challenged the constitutionality of the statute prohibiting "material support" to terrorist groups, which makes speech advocating peace and human rights a crime. He has been involved in many of the nation's most important cases involving civil liberties and national security, including the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen rendered to Syria by U.S. officials and tortured there. New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis has called David "one of the country's great legal voices for civil liberties today," and Nat Hentoff has called him "a one-man Committee of Correspondence in the tradition of patriot Sam Adams." David has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including from the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Southern California, the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Michael L. Coyne: Evidence
Associate Dean & Professor of Law, The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
- J.D., Suffolk University Law School
- B.A., Boston State College
Michael Coyne is a professor of law, trial lawyer and the Associate Dean of The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. He teaches Civil Procedure and Conflict Resolution, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence and trial skills. He is also the co-director of MSL's nationally recognized trial advocacy program.
Coyne is the co-author of several books: Trial Prep for Paralegals: Effective Case Management and Support to Attorneys in Preparation for Trial (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2009); Bar Essay BootCamp; 1L BootCamp; Trial Prep for the New Advocate (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2010); the casebook Modern Procedural Remedies; and many articles for publication. Coyne lectured in bar review programs for many years.
Joseph Devlin: Contracts
Professor of Law, Massachusetts School of Law
- J.D. Boston University School of Law
- B.A., Brandeis University
Joseph Devlin is Massachusetts School of Law's Assistant Dean, as well as a professor of law. He teaches Wills and Trusts, Contracts, Accounting for Lawyers, Creating and Representing New Businesses, Drafting Wills and Trusts, Drafting Contracts and Business Agreements, Business Associations, and Logic, Analysis and the Law.
He is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, obtained his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts. Devlin is the author of AudioTextTour's Contracts series, and Contracts Made Incredibly Easy. He has written extensively for local and national publications, lectured for a national bar review company, and served on the board of trustees for the American Association of University Administrators.
Ursula Furi-Perry: The 1L Experience, First Year Study Skills
Director of Academic Support and Adjunct Professor, The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
- B.A., Brandeis University
- J.D., Massachusetts School of Law
Ursula Furi-Perry, Esq. is a Massachusetts attorney, professor and author. She serves as Director of Academic Support and Director of the Bar Essay Writing program at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. Ursula received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Politics and American Studies from Brandeis University, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Massachusetts School of Law, where she ranked first in her graduating class.
Ursula is the author of seven books, including Law School Revealed: Secrets, Opportunities and Success! (Jist Publishing, 2009); Your First Year as a Lawyer Revealed (Jist Publishing, 2010); and 50 Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job (American Bar Association Publishing, 2008). She has also published more than three hundred articles in national and regional publications, including Law.com, American Lawyer Media, The National Jurist and PreLaw Magazine, Bloomberg Law Reports, and LawCrossing.com. She is co-creator of a line of law school and bar exam preparatory materials.
Peter M. Malaguti: Property
Professor of Law, Massachusetts School of Law
- B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Peter M. Malaguti is a professor of law at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches Property, Conveyancing, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law, and Landlord-Tenant Law. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where he was an editor of the law review.
Professor Malaguti has practiced extensively in the areas of civil litigation, real estate law, and commercial law. He is the author of the electronic casebook Conveyancing and Modern Land Transactions, has written and contributed to several law review articles, and has lectured for a national bar review company.
Susan Provenzano: Legal Research and Writing
Professor, Northwestern Law School
- JD, University of Wisconsin
- BA, University of Wisconsin
Professor Provenzano teaches in the areas of appellate advocacy, employment law, and legal communication, and chairs the Northwestern Law School's Communications Task Force. Professor Provenzano has also served the Law School as Interim Dean of Students and the Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning, and has chaired the faculty judicial clerkship committee. In recognition of her teaching, Professor Provenzano has received Dean's Teaching Awards and the SBA Faculty Appreciation Award.
Before joining Northwestern Law's faculty in 2001, Professor Provenzano clerked for the Honorable Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She also practiced employment, labor, and commercial litigation at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, and Franczek Radelet. As a practicing attorney, she handled a wide range of litigation matters and drafted appellate briefs to the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state courts of appeals. Professor Provenzano received her law degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Catherine Sharkey: Torts
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1997
- M.Sc. (Economics for Development), Oxford University, with honors and with distinction, 1994
- B.A. (Economics), Yale University, summa cum laude, 1992
Catherine Sharkey is one of the nation's leading scholars on punitive damages and federal preemption in the realm of products liability. She has published more than twenty-five law review articles, essays, reviews, and book chapters in the fields of tort, administrative law, mass torts, class actions, and empirical legal studies.
In April, 2011, Professor Sharkey was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for her forthcoming project on Judicially Managed Federalism. She has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Sedona Working Group on Punitive Damages and Mass Litigation. She served as an academic consultant to ACUS, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the recommendations in her report concerning internal procedures governing preemptive rulemaking by federal agencies were adopted by ACUS. She is also an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement Third of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss, and was chair of the AALS Torts and Compensation Systems Section.
Professor Sharkey earned a bachelor's degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she received a master of science in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford University (Magdalen College), and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. She then worked as a Supreme Court and appellate litigation associate at Mayer Brown before joining the faculty of Columbia Law School. She became a Professor of Law at NYU in 2007 and was a recipient of the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award at NYU in 2010.
Byron Warnken: Criminal Law
Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
- J.D., University of Baltimore, cum laude
- B.A., Johns Hopkins University
As a law professor with more than three decades of experience, Warnken's career has been diverse and filled with accolades. Professor Warnken teaches primarily criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure. For 33 years, Professor Warnken was the Director of the Judicial Internship Program and Judicial "EXPLOR" Program, placing more than 3,000 law students with judges, including a record-setting 164 students in summer 2010. In moot court, he is Faculty Adviser to UofB's Moot Court Board, which manages the Byron L. Warnken Moot Court Competition, and he is the Director of a 16-school, four-state region of the National Moot Court Competition. Warnken has won mentor of the year among 9000 statewide professors and mentor of the year among Baltimore city lawyers. He has received the professor of the year award five times from the Black Law Students Association and the professor of the year award from the Women's Bar Association. The remainder of his awards are simply too numerous to list here. Warnken has appeared in the media — local and national — over 1000 times.
Byron L. Warnken, Esq. has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years and in 2008 was named Maryland's "Top Lawyer" by the Daily Record. Chosen among 35,000 Maryland lawyers, and voted to the top spot by his peers, this award marks the pinnacle of a successful legal career. Less than 10 other Maryland lawyers have ever won this award.