Legal Writing and Legal Methods Faculty
Professor Terry Jean Seligmann, Director of Legal Writing Program and Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing, is an authority on education law (with particular interests in special education law) and legal pedagogy. Professor Seligmann was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and has played a leadership role in organizing conferences and roundtables to advance legal research and writing programs. She is a former president of the Legal Writing Institute. She is the co-editor of the Social Science Research Network Legal Writing Journal and a frequent presenter at conferences of LWI and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
Professor Clare Keefe Coleman, assistant teaching professor, director of student advising and writing specialist, is an experienced writing teacher, editor and writer. She has practiced law with Conrad, O'Brien, Gellman & Rohn, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin and Drinker Biddle & Reath. Her work with those Center City firms focused on research and writing of briefs, motions and other trial memoranda. Her professional experience includes magazine editing and teaching fiction writing.
Professor Deborah Gordon is a former counsel and associate with Day Berry & Howard, LLP in Stamford, Conn., where she handled sophisticated estate and tax planning, business and succession planning, pre-marital planning, estate administration and litigation involving fiduciaries and beneficiaries. Previously, she was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She was Editor-in-Chief of The New York University Law Review.
Professor Lisa McElroy has published extensively in the field of legal pedagogy and she is an experienced teacher of legal writing. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors and previously served on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to teaching Legal Methods, she leads a seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senior Associate Dean of Students and Professor Kevin P. Oates is an expert in professional responsibility and conflicts of law. Before teaching, Professor Oates practiced with Cozen O'Connor, in New York and Philadelphia and was a partner at Gartner, Bloom & Greiper, in New York, where he handled litigation, appeals, arbitrations and mediations.
Professor Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.