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Delaware Law faculty members are experts on a wide range of topics, including corporate governance and business law, civil law, constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, family and health law, legal education/ethics, property/wills and trusts, and tax law.

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Corporate and Business Law

Bruce Grohsgal, JD
Helen S. Balick Visiting Professor, Business Bankruptcy Law

Expertise

  • bankruptcy
  • secured financing

Former Chair, Bankruptcy Section – Delaware State Bar Association, Wilmington, DE; Former Senior Fellow, Americans for Financial Reform, Washington, D.C.; admitted to Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York State law bars.

Lawrence A. Hamermesh, JD
Ruby R. Vale, Professor, Corporate and Business Law

Expertise

  • Delaware corporate law
  • securities law
  • business law
  • mergers and acquisitions

Admitted to the Delaware State Bar.

Paul Regan, JD
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • corporate/business law and litigation
  • contract law and litigation

Admitted to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware State law bars.

Luke M. Scheuer, JD, MA
Assistant Professor, Law

Expertise

  • corporate law
  • contracts
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • bankruptcy
  • corporate finance

Admitted to the Massachusetts and New York State law bars.


Civil Law

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, JD
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • toxic substances litigation
  • neuroscience and tort law
  • asbestos
  • tobacco litigation
  • hazardous waste sites/landfills
  • toxic exposures in the workplace
  • prescription drug and medical device litigation
  • nanotechnology and the law
  • mass tort litigation

Author, Toxic Torts in a Nutshell. Admitted to the New York State Bar.

Patrick J. Johnston, JD
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • professional ethics
  • federal civil procedure

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Mary Brigid McManamon, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • federal courts
  • state's rights
  • Federalism
  • separation of powers
  • sanctions in litigation
  • complex litigation
  • civil litigation

Admitted to the Ohio State Bar.

Thomas J. Reed, JD
Professor Emeritus, Law

Expertise

  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Indiana State law bars.

Serena M. Williams, JD, LLM
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • landlord/tenant law
  • property law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.


Constitutional Law

Erin Daly, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • transitional justice
  • constitutional law
  • comparative constitutional law
  • First Amendment

Co-author, Reconciliation: Finding Common Ground in Divided Societies. Admitted to the California State Bar.

Alan E. Garfield, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • copyright law
  • free speech
  • church and state issues

Author, Promises of Silence: Contract Law and Freedom of Speech. Admitted to the New York and California State law bars.

David R. Hodas, JD, LLM
Professor, Law; H. Albert Young Professor of Constitutional Law

Expertise

  • environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • energy and natural resources
  • international environmental law
  • climate change
  • administrative law
  • sustainable development

Vice Chair, ABA Special Committee on Global Climate and Sustainable Development. Board of Editors, Natural Resources and Environment. Member, IUCN-World Conservation Union Environmental Law Commission. Admitted to the Delaware State Bar.

James R. May, JD, LLM
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • environmental law
  • international environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • federal courts/judges

Admitted to the Kansas and Pennsylvania State bars.

Mary Brigid McManamon, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • federal courts
  • state's rights
  • Federalism
  • separation of powers
  • sanctions in litigation
  • complex litigation
  • civil litigation

Admitted to the Ohio State Bar.

Laura K. Ray, JD, PhD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • U.S. supreme court
  • judicial appointment process

Admitted to the Connecticut State Bar.


Criminal Law

H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., JD
Emeritus Professor, Law

Expertise

  • criminal law and procedure
  • legal ethics
  • defamation and privacy
  • white collar crime
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Thomas J. Reed, JD
Professor Emeritus, Law

Expertise

  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Indiana State law bars.

Judith L. Ritter, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • criminal procedure and criminal law
  • death penalty
  • post-conviction
  • clinical legal education

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York State law bars.

Leonard N. Sosnov, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • criminal procedure
  • criminal law
  • evidence

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.


Environmental Law

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, JD
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • toxic substances litigation
  • neuroscience and tort law
  • asbestos
  • tobacco litigation
  • hazardous waste sites/landfills
  • toxic exposures in the workplace
  • prescription drug and medical device litigation
  • nanotechnology and the law
  • mass tort litigation

Author, Toxic Torts in a Nutshell. Admitted to the New York State Bar.

David R. Hodas, JD, LLM
Professor, Law; H. Albert Young Professor of Constitutional Law

Expertise

  • environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • energy and natural resources
  • international environmental law
  • climate change
  • administrative law
  • sustainable development

Vice Chair, ABA Special Committee on Global Climate and Sustainable Development. Board of Editors, Natural Resources and Environment. Member, IUCN-World Conservation Union Environmental Law Commission. Admitted to the Delaware State Bar.

Kenneth T. Kristl, JD
Associate Professor, Law; Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic

Expertise

  • environmental law
  • clean water legal issues
  • solid waste legal issues
  • environmental litigation
  • siting of liquefied natural gas terminals
  • federal environmental policies, practices, procedures
  • use of scientific data in the law
  • legal issues of environmental science and data
  • environmental aspects of land use (including zoning and planning)
  • environmental issues of Marcellus Shale development

Admitted to the Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Illinois State bars.

James R. May, JD, LLM
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • environmental law
  • international environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • federal courts/judges

Admitted to the Kansas and Pennsylvania State bars.


Family and Health Law

Francis J. Catania, Jr., JD
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • family law (marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal abuse, adoption, etc.)
  • professional responsibility/legal ethics
  • clinical legal education
  • judicial clerkships

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

John G. Culhane, JD
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • civil liability
  • torts and tort reform
  • product liability
  • HIV and the law
  • public health issues
  • the law of sexual orientation
  • family law

Admitted to the New York State Bar.

Susan L. Goldberg, JD, LLM
Associate Professor, Law; Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Expertise

  • bioethic
  • assisted reproductive technology including in vitro fertilization
  • genetic testing
  • cloning
  • organ transplantation
  • informed consent
  • end-of-life issues including advanced directives, assisted suicide, living wills, substituted decision-making

Author, Medical Choices During Pregnancy: Whose Decision is it Anyway? and Of Gametes and Guardians: The Impropriety of Appointing Guardians Ad Litem for Fetuses and Embryos. Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Dana Harrington Conner, JD
Director, Delaware Civil Clinic; Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • violence against women
  • domestic violence
  • domestic violence homicides
  • family law
  • student practice
  • professional responsibility
  • ethical issues and the representation of battered women
  • access to justice

Admitted to the Delaware State Bar.

Alicia B. Kelly, JD, LLM
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • property law
  • family law: economic rights between spouses, gendered nature of family work, impact of family law on women, tension between work and family law

Admitted to Pennsylvania and Colorado State law bars.


Legal Education/Ethics

Dana Harrington Conner, JD
Director, Delaware Civil Clinic; Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • violence against women
  • domestic violence
  • domestic violence homicides
  • family law
  • student practice
  • professional responsibility
  • ethical issues and the representation of battered women
  • access to justice

Admitted to the Delaware State Bar.

Louise L. Hill, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • legal ethics
  • legal profession
  • marketing of legal services
  • professional responsibility of lawyers

Author, Lawyer Advertising. Admitted to the Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania State law bars.

Patrick J. Johnston, JD
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • professional ethics
  • federal civil procedure

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Susan A. King, JD, MLS
Legal Methods Professor

Expertise

  • legal research
  • legal writing

Admitted to Pennsylvania State Bar.

Thomas J. Reed, JD
Professor Emeritus, Law

Expertise

  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Indiana State law bars.

Judith L. Ritter, JD
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • criminal procedure and criminal law
  • death penalty
  • post-conviction
  • clinical legal education

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York State law bars.


Property/Wills and Trusts

Leslie A. Johnson, JD
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • wills and estates
  • property

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Alicia B. Kelly, JD, LLM
Distinguished Professor, Law

Expertise

  • property law
  • family law: economic rights between spouses, gendered nature of family work, impact of family law on women, tension between work and family law

Admitted to Pennsylvania and Colorado State law bars.

Thomas J. Reed, JD
Professor Emeritus, Law

Expertise

  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Indiana State law bars.

Serena M. Williams, JD, LLM
Professor, Law

Expertise

  • landlord/tenant law
  • property law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.


Tax Law

Christine D. Allie, JD, LLM
Assistant Professor, Law

Expertise

  • federal taxation
  • comparative international taxation
  • international trade law

Admitted to the Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania State law bars.

Andre Smith, JD, LLM
Associate Professor, Law

Expertise

  • administrative law
  • federal income tax

Admitted to the District of Columbia law bar.