Faculty Directory


  • Burke, Alafair , Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Alafair Burke joins Brooklyn Law School for the 2014-15 school year from Hofstra Law School, where she is a Professor of Law. She teaches criminal law, focusing on the intersection of criminal law and procedure, policing, and prosecutorial policies. She has written extensively about prosecutorial decision making, community policing and non-punitive responses to crime problems, and law’s treatment of domestic violence, both in punishing perpetrators and survivors. Professor Burke’s articles have been published in the Michigan Law Review, George Washington Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Washington Law Review, and William and Mary Law Review, among many other journals.

    Before joining the faculty at Hofstra Law School in 2001, Professor Burke served as a deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, handling criminal cases against domestic violence offenders and innovating neighborhood-based prosecution methods. She also clerked for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Stanford Law School, where was an articles editor of the Stanford Law and Public Policy Journal, a member of the Stanford Journal of International Law, and elected to Order of the Coif.
    In addition to teaching, Professor Burke is a frequent legal and trial commentator for various television and radio programs. She is also the author of nine bestselling crime novels.
    B.A., Reed College
    J.D., Stanford Law School

    Teaches: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure II


  • Cohen, Neil Philip, Visiting Professor of Law

    Professor Cohen, who has taught at the Law School several times, is visiting again for the Fall 2014 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.

    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


  • Landsman, Stephan , Visiting Professor of Law

    ​Professor Landsman, who taught at the Law School this past year, will join BLS again for the Fall 2014 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 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.
    B.A., Princeton University
    J.D., Notre Dame Law School

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


  • Pittman, Thane , Visiting Professor of Law

    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).

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

    Teaches: Intensive Negotiation Workshop


  • 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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