Faculty Directory


  • Cohen, Neil P. , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Cohen, who has previously taught at the Law School, is visiting again for the Fall 2016 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 has received many awards for teaching, scholarship, and public service. Professor Cohen is a well-known expert in the areas of evidence and criminal law and procedure, having written 13 books published in over 30 editions as well as numerous law review articles. His most recent books include Mastering Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed 2015) (co-author); Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies (Lexis 3d ed. 2013) (co-author); and Tennessee Law of Evidence (Lexis 6th ed. 2011 with annual supplements) (co-author). 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. He also worked as a criminal defense lawyer, a special prosecutor with the Knox County District Attorney General's Office, and as a law clerk to Hon. William Miller of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

    B.A., Yale University
    J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
    LL.M., Harvard University School of Law
    Diploma in Criminology, Cambridge University



  • Fielder-Redman, Lauren , Visiting Associate Professor of Law

    B.A., University of Texas at San Antonio
    LL.M., University of Texas School of Law
    J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law

    Teaches: African Law, Comparative Law, Family Law
  • Fischer, David A. , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Fischer returns to Brooklyn Law School, where he was previously a Visiting Professor. He taught at the University of Missouri School of Law for over 35 years in the area of Torts, Products Liability, and Evidence. He is a co-author of a nationally-used products liability casebook, and has published articles dealing with a full range of issues in Tort and Products Liability law, including the meaning of defect, comparative fault, market share liability, proportional liability, and causation.

    Professor Fischer is a member of the American Law Institute. He served as Chair of the Tort Liability Study Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA, Vice-Chair of the Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee of TIPS, and Chair of the Academic Advisory Subcommittee of the Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee of TIPS.

    He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and he was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge, England, where he was elected a Life Member. In addition to Brooklyn Law School, he has also taught as a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Oklahoma, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

    Professor Fischer received his B.A. from the University of Missouri and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. While in law school, he was the lead article editor of the Missouri Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He served as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army from 1968-72, where he handled general court-martial cases on both the trial and appellate levels.

    B.A., University of Missouri
    J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

    Teaches: Torts


  • Henderson, Taja-Nia Y. , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Henderson joins Brooklyn Law School this fall from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where her teaching and research interests focus on slavery, incarceration, offender reentry, law and society, and land use/property. Her work has appeared in N.Y.U. Law Review, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (forthcoming), Lewis & Clark L. Rev., Columbia J. of Race & Law, the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review.

    In 2013, Professor Henderson was awarded “Professor of the Year” by the Rutgers–Newark Student Bar Association. That same year, she was a fellow at the J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. At Rutgers, she has organized and facilitated the Rutgers Reentry Roundtable, and was a member of the steering committee for Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe). She was also a member of the board of directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS).

    Prior to teaching, Professor Henderson served as the Derrick Bell Teaching Fellow in constitutional law at NYU School of Law and also clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. She also served as an associate in the litigation group of Arnold & Porter LLP in New York, where her practice included complex commercial litigation and pro bono civil rights advocacy.

    Professor Henderson received her J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. from New York University, and her A.B. from Dartmouth College. At NYU School of Law, she was a Dean’s Scholar, Senior Notes Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review, and recipient of the Gary E. Moncrieffe Graduation Award.

    A.B., Dartmouth College
    J.D., New York University
    M.A., New York University
    Ph.D., New York University



  • Landsman, Stephan , Visiting Professor of Law

    ​Professor Landsman, who has taught at the Law School in the past, will join BLS again for the Fall 2015 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.

    B.A., Kenyon College
    J.D., Harvard Law School

    Teaches: Evidence, Torts, When Justice Fails Seminar


  • Napolitano, Andrew , Distinguished Visiting Professor of 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 was often chosen by the students as their most outstanding professor. 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 daily on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it interferes with personal liberty, private property, and economic opportunity.

    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 hosted by The Washington Times and dozens of Internet venues, and is seen by millions every week.

    The Judge is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches courses on the Constitution, and Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence at the Mises Institute at Auburn University, where he teaches constitutional law to future economists.

    The Judge is the author of nine books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times Best Sellers. His most recent book, Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty presents a history of presidential law-breaking and argues that the Congress and the courts have permitted the post 9/11 presidents to behave like princes rather than public servants and thereby assault our freedoms.

    Judge Napolitano is a nationally-recognized champion of personal freedom.

    B.A., Princeton University
    J.D., Notre Dame Law School

    Teaches: Constitutional Interpretation and Individual Rights, First Amendment Law, Jurisprudence


  • Pfaff, John , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

    B.A., University of Chicago
    J.D., Univeristy of Chicago Law School

    Teaches: Criminal Law
  • Pittman, Thane , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Pittman is visiting for the Spring 2016 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).

    B.A., Kent State University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

    Teaches: Intensive Negotiation Workshop



  • Sacharoff, Laurent , Visiting Professor of Law

    Associate Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law

    B.A., Princeton University
    J.D., Columbia Law School

    Teaches: Criminal Law
  • Samansky, Allan J , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Emeritus of Law, Moritz College of Law

    B.A., Harvard University
    M.A., University of California at Berkeley
    J.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Teaches: Trusts and Estates
  • Stankiewicz, Lukasz , Visiting Associate Professor of Law

    Associate Professor of Law/Senior Lecturer, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, France

    Ph.D., Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University

    Teaches: French Language and Law


  • Trinch, Shonna , Visiting Professor of Law

    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.

    B.A., Pennsylvania State University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Teaches: Spanish for Lawyers

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