Faculty Directory

  • Allen, Hilary , Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    B.A., University of Sydney
    LL.B., University of Sydney
    LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
    Teaches: Securities Regulation


    ​Professor Hilary Allen is visiting Brooklyn Law School for the Spring 2014 semester from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, where she is an Assistant Professor of Law. A scholar of business and finance law, her research concentrates on financial systemic risk. Prior to teaching, she spent many years working in financial services groups of prominent law firms in London, Sydney, and New York. In 2010, she worked with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which was appointed by Congress to study the causes of the financial crisis of 2007-2008.

  • Atik, Jeffrey , Visiting Professor of Law
    A.B., University of California at Berkeley
    J.D., Yale Law School
    Ph.D., Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
    Dr.Jur., Lund University

    ​Professor Jeffrey Atik joins Brooklyn Law School for the Fall 2013 semester. He is visiting from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of Law and Jacob J. Becker Fellow. His scholarship focuses on international finance, international trade, intellectual property, and competition law. His articles have most recently been published in the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas and the Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. He has also contributed to several books and other publications, including Current Developments in Monetary and Financial Law (International Monetary Fund 2012), Sustainable Technology Transfer (Edward Elgar 2011), and The Oxford Handbook on International Trade Law (Kluwer 2011). Professor Atik is a member of the United States’ NAFTA Chapter 19 roster and has served on three NAFTA binational panels, including the review in Softwood Lumber from Canada.

  • Cohen, Neil , Visiting Professor of Law
    B.A., Yale University
    J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
    LL.M., Harvard University School of Law
    Diploma in Criminology, Cambridge University
    Teaches: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, Evidence


    Professor Cohen, who has taught at the Law School several times, is visiting again for the Fall 2013 semester. He retired from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was the UTK Distinguished Service Professor of law, the W.P. Toms Professor of Law, and the University Ombudsperson. He also won multiple awards for best teacher, scholarship, and public service. Professor Cohen is a well-known expert in the areas of evidence and criminal law and procedure, having served as a commentator on Court TV and written 12 books and numerous law review articles. His most recent books include Mastering Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press 2008); Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies (Lexis 2d ed. 2010; 3d. ed. 2014); Criminal Procedure: The Post Investigative Process, (Lexis 3d ed. 2008; 4th ed. 2014); and Tennessee Law of Evidence (Lexis 6th ed. 2011. Professor Cohen also drafted the gender-neutral version of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Procedure, the revised Rules of Criminal Procedure, and he assisted in drafting the Tennessee Rules of Evidence and the Tennessee Penal Code. He served as the Reporter of the Tennessee Bar Association's Jury Reform Commission and as a member of the American Bar Association's Jury Project. Before teaching at the University of Tennessee, he was a law clerk to Hon. William Miller of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Professor Cohen also served as a Special Prosecutor with the Knox County District Attorney General's Office. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

  • Crowley, Louise , Visiting Professor of Law
    B.C.L., University College Cork
    LL.M., University College Cork
    Ph.D., Cardiff University
    Postgraduate Diploma, University College Cork

    Teaches: Comparative and International Family Law


    ​Professor Louise Crowley is visiting Brooklyn Law School for the Fall 2013 semester. She is currently the director of the BCL undergraduate degree programme at the University College Cork, and is also its director of the LLM (Practitioner), director of the Certificate in Legal Studies, and co-director of the annual eLaw Summer Institute. In addition to her many roles at the University, she is a prolific writer, with contributions to Family Law (Oxford University Press 2008), 30 Years of Legal Scholarship (Roundhall 2011), and Marital Agreements and Private Autonomy in Comparative Perspective (Hart 2012). Her articles on marital breakdown, asset distribution, and marital agreements have been published in the Child and Family Law Quarterly and the Irish Journal of Family Law. She has also written articles on intellectual property law and financial regulation in the Dublin University Law Journal, Commercial Law Practitioner, and the Hibernian Law Journal. In 2010, Professor Crowley and her co-director of the eLaw Summer Institute were awarded the UCC Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Landsman, Stephan , Visiting Professor of Law
    B.A., Kenyon College
    J.D., Harvard Law School

    Teaches: Evidence, Torts, When Justice Fails Seminar


    ​Professor Landsman, who taught at the Law School this past year, will join BLS again for the Fall 2013 semester. He is visiting from DePaul College of Law, where he is the Robert A. Clifford Chair in Tort Law and Social Policy. He is a nationally renowned expert on the civil jury system, and through his ongoing study of the American jury, has become a leader in applying social science methods to legal problems. He is a sought-after speaker at professional conferences and symposia, and among his recent publications are empirical and historical pieces regarding the jury, as well as an examination of legal responses to human rights abuses. Professor Landsman is also the author of Crimes of the Holocaust: The Law Confronts Hard Cases (University of Pennsylvania Press 2005). He has successfully argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a member of the leadership of the American Bar Association Litigation Section.

  • Napolitano, Andrew , Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
    B.A., Princeton University
    J.D., Notre Dame Law School

    Teaches: Constitutional Interpretation and Individual Rights, First Amendment Law


    Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. He sat on the bench from 1987 to 1995, when he presided over more than 150 jury trials and thousands of motions, sentencings, and hearings. Judge Napolitano taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for two years and at Seton Hall Law School for 11 years. He returned to private practice in 1995, and began television work in the same year.

    As Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst since 1998, Judge Napolitano broadcasts nationwide on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network throughout the day, Monday through Friday. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property.

    Judge Napolitano lectures nationally on the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and human freedom. He has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. His weekly newspaper column is seen by millions every week.

    The Judge is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times Best Sellers. His most recent book, Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom, argues that presidential violations of the Constitution 100 years ago have brought us many of our woes today. The Judge is a nationally-recognized champion of personal freedom.
  • Pittman, Thane , Visiting Professor of Law
    B.A., Kent State University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

    Teaches: Intensive Negotiation Workshop


    Professor Pittman is visiting for the Spring 2012 semester to teach Intensive Negotiation Workshop. He has been Chair and Professor of Psychology in the Psychology department at Colby College in Waterville, Maine since 2004. Previously, he was on the faculty of Gettysburg College for 32 years. His research interests include the psychology of justice and morality. He has been a Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Psychologist at Princeton University, the University of Essex, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The author and co-author of numerous articles and books, Professor Pittman has completed several scholarly studies with Professor John M. Darley on the psychology of justice and morality, including "The Psychology of Compensatory and Retributive Justice," in the Personality and Social Psychology Review (2003). Pittman's other recent works include the co-authored, "When bonuses backfire: The role of accumulated costs in procrastination" (2006, Manuscript under review); "Inaction inertia in the stock market," Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2004); and, "The dark side of opportunity: Regret, disappointment, and the cost of prospects,"  The Psychology of Economic Decisions (2004).

  • Shargel, Gerald , Practitioner-in-Residence
    B.A., Rutgers University
    J.D., Brooklyn Law School

    Teaches: Criminal Law: Current Events, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, Evidence, Psychiatry and Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy


    Gerald Shargel, a member of the class of 1969, is Brooklyn Law School’s Practitioner-in-Residence. He is a prominent criminal defense attorney with a practice that handles numerous high-profile cases at both the trial and appellate levels. He teaches a variety of criminal law and evidence courses.

    In addition to practicing law and teaching, Professor Shargel is a frequent commentator in publications that include the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Law Journal, Huffington Post, and Slate. He is also a regular contributor to The Daily Beast. Recently, his article “Federal Evidence Rule 608(b): Gateway to the Minefield of Witness Preparation” was published in the Fordham Law Review.

    Professor Shargel has been honored numerous times for his work in criminal law. He received the 2006 Thurgood Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Law Practitioner from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the 2006 Robert Cohen Award for the Distinguished Defense Lawyer of the Year, and was the 2007 New York State Bar Association’s Outstanding Private Defense Lawyer. He has been profiled by the New Yorker, the New York Times, and New York Magazine named him one of the top criminal lawyers in New York.

  • Snyder, Brad , Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    A.B., Duke University J.D., Yale Law School
    Teaches: Constitutional Law


    ​Professor Brad Snyder joins Brooklyn Law School for the Spring 2014 semester from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he is an Assistant Professor of Law. He teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, and constitutional history and has authored articles in these areas for Law & History Review, Ohio State law Journal, and Vanderbilt Law Review. In addition to these law review articles, Professor Snyder has also written two critically acclaimed books about baseball: A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports (Viking/Penguin, 2006) and Beyond the Shadow of the Senators: The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball (Contemporary Books, 2003).

  • Trinch, Shonna , Visiting Professor of Law
    B.A., Pennsylvania State University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Teaches: Spanish for Lawyers


    Professor Trinch is visiting Brooklyn Law School from the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College, where she teaches linguistic anthropology as an Associate Professor. Her scholarship focuses on sociolinguistics, the ethnography of speaking, and the correlation between domestic violence and sexual assault and narrative and testimony. She has written extensively on these topics, publishing articles in the International Journal of Speech, Language, and the Law and Language and Society, as well as a book in 2003 entitled Latinas’ Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Discrepant Versions of Violence. Professor Trinch has also taught at Florida State University and the University of Pittsburg. In addition to her academic endeavors, Professor Trinch is a member of several anthropological and language associations. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese.

Experience Prof. Dana Brakman Reiser's Corporate Law class.

Have questions? We have answers.

Office of Academic Affairs 
250 Joralemon Street, 9th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Email: dana.brakman@brooklaw.edu