Author of the Week: Professor Linda Jellum from Mercer University School of Law

Linda Jellum is the Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax. She teaches Tax Courses, Administrative Law, and Statutory Interpretation. In addition to teaching, Professor Jellum is a prolific scholar and has written extensively in the areas of Tax Law, Administrative Law, and Statutory Interpretation. Her numerous articles have appeared in top law journals, such as the Miami Law Review, the Virginia Tax Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal.  She has also authored multiple books and book chapters on statutory interpretation.

Professor Jellum has been a leader in legal education. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. Formerly, she served as the Deputy Director for the Association of American Law Schools, and she is currently an officer for the American Bar Association Section’s on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Jellum worked for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. While there, she served as lead attorney for the Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to working as an assistant attorney general, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Yesawich.

Professor Jellum received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She has the unique honor of having sat for and passed five states’ bar exams.

Author of the Week: Professor Raneta Mack from Creighton University School of Law

Professor of Law, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo. 
Professor Mack joined the Creighton University School of Law in 1991, after serving as an associate with the law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, where her practice focused primarily on litigation and bankruptcy law.

At the law school, Professor Mack teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, and Comparative Criminal Procedure. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to deliver lectures on money laundering and its role in global terrorism.
Professor Mack has published articles on several criminal law related issues including concealed weapons laws, money laundering, bias in the criminal justice system, and problems with the Federal Witness Protection Program. She has also published articles on a variety of computer technology issues including the legal implications of adopting digital signatures, the use of technology to promote alternative dispute resolution, and computer crime statutes in the United States.

Professor Mack is the author of five books, “A Layperson’s Guide to Criminal Law” (1999), “The Digital Divide: Standing at the Intersection of Race and Technology” (2001), “Equal Justice in the Balance: America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat” (with co-author Michael J. Kelly) (2004), “Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies (2008) and “A Criminal Procedure Anthology: Cases, Readings and Comparative Perspectives (2013).

Professor Mack also provides expert commentary to the local and national media on criminal law, white collar crime and computer technology related issues. 

Author of the Week: Professor Tom Lininger from The University of Oregon School of Law

Professor Lininger grew up in southern Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree at Yale, and his law degree at Harvard. He has worked as a federal prosecutor, as counsel to a subcommittee in the U.S. Senate, and as a litigation attorney with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in San Francisco. Lininger joined the UO faculty in 2003.

One of Lininger’s research’s interests is the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, particularly the application of the clause to prosecutions of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Bonnie Campbell, the former director of the U.S. Violence Against Women Office, commended Lininger as a "national leader in the prosecution of domestic violence." He has authored legislation that addresses the unique challenges faced by complainants in prosecutions of domestic violence and rape. In 2006, Senator Joseph Biden's staff invited Lininger to participate in a work group advising the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative strategies to meet the Supreme Court's new confrontation requirements for hearsay in criminal prosecutions. Lininger’s research on domestic violence and sexual assault has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Lininger’s latest research focuses on the intersection of environmental law, ethics and criminal procedure. As a former prosecutor of environmental crime and a plaintiff’s attorney who sued polluters, Lininger is interested in customizing ethical and procedural rules for the unique context of environmental advocacy. Lininger has served on the state board of directors for the Oregon Natural Resources Council. He is the ethics advisor for the Sustainable Future Section of the Oregon Bar, and he is a member of the Ethics Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. Lininger has recently presented his environmental scholarship at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Washington, Utah and SMU, as well as at conferences sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association.

Lininger’s scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Tulane Law Review and the Stanford Law and Policy Review, among other journals.

The University of Oregon has given Lininger awards for teaching, scholarship and service.  In 2006, Lininger received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2008, he received the Lokey Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2010, he won the Hollis Teaching Award.  In 2017, he received “Pillar of the Community”Award.

American Contract Law for a Global Age

American Contract Law for a Global Age by Franklin G. Snyder and Mark Edwin Burge of Texas A&M University School of Law is a casebook designed primarily for the first-year Contracts course as it is taught in American law schools, but is configured so as to be usable either as a primary text or a supplement in any upper-level U.S. or foreign class that seeks to introduce American contract law to students.  As an eLangdell text, it offers maximum flexibility for students to read either in hard copy or electronic format on most electronic devices.

Author of the Week: Professor Cynthia Starnes from Michigan State University College of Law

Professor Starnes unique line of scholarship lies at the intersection of family law, partnership law, and feminist theory. Her critiques of current law and reform proposals have provoked widespread commentary. Professor Starnes has presented her scholarship in both international and national fora, and has worked with grass roots community groups dedicated to law reform. Her publications include articles in the University of Chicago Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewIowa Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.

Professor Starnes has taught family law to students abroad, and commercial law to judges at the National Judicial College. A long-term member of the MSU Law faculty, she co-chairs the Child and Family Advocacy certificate program, is co-advisor of the Family Law focus area, and serves as faculty advisor to the Family Law Society. Professor Starnes was named an MSU Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow for her scholarly work toward community change, and was appointed in 2006 as one of six Computer Assisted Legal Instruction Fellows in Family Law.

Author of the Week: Professor Reginald Mombrun from North Carolina Central University School of Law

Professor Mombrun joined North Carolina Central University School of Law in the fall of 2008. Previously he taught at the Florida A&M College of Law from the fall of 2004 to the summer of 2008. Prior to teaching, Professor Mombrun spent 14 years in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specializing in corporate mergers and acquisitions and served as an Assistant Branch Chief his last two years at the IRS. He is responsible for a number of regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and countless private letter rulings in the corporate tax area. In sum, as Professor Mombrun likes to tell his students, he is responsible for some of the complexities of corporate tax law.

Professor Mombrun received a business degree from Boston University, a J.D.,cum laude, from NCCU School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association (ABA). Prof. Mombrun has taught: Contracts, Fundamentals of Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Advanced Taxation, Sales, Secured Transactions and Selected Issues in Family Law.

Professor Mombrun is the lead author of two books on corporate taxation, has written countless articles on technical and policy aspects of the federal income tax and has introduced a tax certificate and a low income taxpayer clinic at the law school. He is also active in the Durham community and has served on Boards of various Durham based non-profit organizations.

Author of the Week: Professor Robert Steinfeld from the State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law

Professor Robert Steinfeld is the Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice at State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law.  He is a published author of several books, journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and interactive electronic publications.

Research Focus: Constitutional History, Legal History, Property Law

Links: Curriculum Vitae(149 KB)

Author of the Week: Professor Mary LaFrance from the University of Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

Mary LaFrance joined the faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law in 1999. She received her J.D. with High Honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1986, where she served as Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy from the Duke University School of Graduate Studies in 1986. After clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Professor LaFrance practiced for three years with the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 1990, Professor LaFrance joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Law, where she taught intellectual property, taxation, and entertainment law, and also served on the faculty of the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. Professor LaFrance has authored three books: Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 3d ed. 2007) (with David Lange and Gary Myers), Understanding Trademark Law (LexisNexis 2005), and Copyright in a Nutshell (West 2008). Her articles have been published in numerous law reviews, including the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, and the Virginia Tax Review. From 2001-2004, she served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.

Author of the Week: Professor Marcia Narine Weldon from the University of Miami School of Law

Professor Narine Weldon earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in political science and psychology from Columbia University. After graduating, she worked as a law clerk to former Justice Marie Garibaldi of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, a commercial litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, and as an employment lawyer with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in Miami. She spent several years in-house as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, as well as the Vice President, Global Compliance and Business Standards, and Chief Privacy Officer of Ryder, a publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. She oversaw the company's global compliance, business ethics, privacy, government relations, environmental compliance, enterprise risk management, corporate responsibility, and labor and employment legal programs. In May 2011, she testified before the House Financial Services Committee in Congress on the unintended impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform on corporate compliance programs. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed her to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. She also served on the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust from 2014-2017. 

Professor Narine Weldon teaches Corporate Compliance and Social Responsibility and will join Miami Law full time in the Fall teaching Legal Communications. Her teaching and research interests include corporate governance, regulatory compliance, corporate social responsibility, and the intersection of business and human rights. She has taught civil procedure, business associations, professional responsibility, employment law, business and human rights, and legal issues for startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses at St. Thomas University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Florida and the United States Supreme Court, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Verge, the Guardian, NPR Marketplace, Compliance Week and other news outlets around the world. She has served as a mentor for the Law School’s LawWithoutWalls since its inception, and blogs weekly for the Business Law Professor Blog.