Panelist Biographies

Stephen Brown is the Assistant Dean of Enrollment at Fordham Law School, overseeing JD Admissions and Financial Aid.  He is really a financial aid person at heart and delights in introducing complex topics in an easily understandable way. Mr. Brown is formerly the Director of Planning, Research and Student Finance at NYU Law and had a career in mental health before working in law school administration.  Stephen is a frequent conference presenter.  In addition to students, his audiences include the public, deans, pre-professional advisors and colleagues.  His specialties include Loan Forgiveness and LRAP, strategic financial planning, financial literacy, compliance and the federal role, and the basics of financial aid.  Stephen received his B.S. and M.S.Ed. from Fordham University, and an Ed.M from Teachers' College, Columbia University.  Eventually he will complete his dissertation at NYU on the impact of LRAPs on lawyers’ plans and careers.

Regina F. Burch is the Director of Graduate Law Programs and Faculty development as well as a professor of Law at Capital University Law School. Previously, she was a visiting professor of law at DePaul University College of Law where she taught Business Organizations and Intellectual Property Transactions. Ms. Burch also  practiced corporate, securities and intellectual property transactional law with the firm of Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, LLP in Boston, MA and then with Bingham McCutchen LLP in Palo Alto, CA. She received her J.D.  from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, her M.S.A from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her A.B. from Harvard College.

Sandra Buteau is the Director of Graduate Career and Professional Development at Georgetown University Law Center. She is a Panamanian lawyer with extensive experience advising LL.M. candidates on issues related to job search strategies and career planning. She received a law degree in Panama and a LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane University School of Law. Prior to assuming her current position she served as Assistant Director for International Career Programs at American University Washington College of Law. She worked as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Panamanian Supreme Court at the start of her legal career. Ms. Buteau then practiced as a lawyer with KPMG in Panama in the specialized tax section and worked as a Corporate Associate in a prominent local law firm, specializing in mergers, acquisitions and international business law.

Peter K. Cramer has been Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at Washington University School of Law since 2010. He is in charge of the U.S. LL.M. and the IP/Technology Law LL.M. From 2007 until early 2009, he was the Associate Director of the Center for Global Legal English at Georgetown University, where he created a new LL.M. program, the two-year LL.M. Dr. Cramer studied law in Germany and also received an LL.M. from Indiana University in 2006. He holds an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a Ph.D. in Language Education from Indiana University. He combines his legal and linguistic expertise to improve the legal education of foreign-educated LL.M. students in the U.S.

Gina R. Evers is both the Alumni Coordinator and English Tutor for the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law. In her role as English Tutor, Ms. Evers meets with ILSP students on an individual basis to provide support for their legal and academic writing. In this capacity, she assists students in all stages of the writing process: from understanding cultural differences in writing style, developing and organizing a written argument, research methods and citations, to addressing sentence-level errors. In her role as Alumni Coordinator, Ms. Evers facilitates networking among ILSP alumni using a variety of media, oversees the ILSP Alumni Liaison Program, and plans alumni events such as ILSP’s 30th Anniversary Conference scheduled to take place in October 2012. Ms. Evers is also responsible for the creation of Global Network, the ILSP alumni magazine. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University, where she also teaches in the College Writing Program.

Heidi Fox is the Manager of the LLM Credential Assembly Service at the Law School Admission Council, a position she has held since 2004. Previously, she was the coordinator in Temple Law School’s Graduate and International Programs Office, working specifically with the LLM in Taxation, the LLM in Transnational Law and the semester abroad program in Japan. She earned her BA and MBA from Temple University.

Julia Funaki is the Associate Director of AACRAO International Education Services. She presents often on credential evaluation, comparative international education topics, and diploma mills.  She conducts the Annual Summer Institute in International Admissions Workshop, as well as the Annual Winter Institute on International Transfer Credit with her colleagues. She has worked for the Columbus Council on World Affairs, American University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Maryland College Park, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Julia holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in International Communication and a M.A. in International Education from American University. Ms. Funaki has been working with LSAC’s Credential Assembly foreign evaluations since the beginning and is delighted to be here today to share her experience with all of you.

Cristina A. Gapasin is the senior associate director of admissions and financial aid at Northwestern University School of Law. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science at the University of Iowa. She earned her JD at Chapman University School of Law, where she also began her admissions career as assistant director of admissions. After leaving Chapman, Ms. Gapasin went on to become the assistant director and then, subsequently, the associate director of admission and outreach at University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall). She is a frequent speaker and presenter on behalf of LSAC at the Electronic Services Conference (ESCon), the Newcomers Workshop, and LSAC forums. She currently serves as a member of LSAC’s Services and Programs Committee and the LLM Services Subcommittee.

Elena Helmer is the assistant director of the LL.M. program and assistant professor of law. She joined the ONU College of Law in 2005 and teaches American Legal System and Competitiveness and Corruption. Prior to joining the ONU faculty, she taught at the University of Michigan Law School and Capital Law School and was a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at St. Petersburg Institute of Law in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her J.D. from Kazakh State University School of Law in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and her LL.M. from Yale Law School. Professor Helmer currently serves as vice chair of the International Anti corruption Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and is Editor of the Committee’s award-winning newsletter. She was a recipient of the Open Society Institute International Policy Fellowship and served on the Board of Directors of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law in Washington, D.C.

Skip Horne is the director of Graduate Programs and Continuing Education at the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to joining USD, he was a Global Recruiting Manager for Latham & Watkins, supporting the firm’s diversity recruiting, law school and LLM outreach, and international hiring efforts. Previously, he was the Assistant Dean for Law Career Services at Santa Clara University School of Law and Director of Career Services at The University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Horne was President of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) in 2002-03 and has been active in numerous Committees and Sections including the International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section. For over 14 years, he has worked closely with the National LGBT Bar Association and recently completed a two-year term as President of the National LGBT Bar Foundation. He received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and his BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Hilary Lappin is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Special Projects at American University Washington College of Law's Program on Law & Government where she works with all LLM and SJD applicants through the admissions process and serves as newly admitted students’ main point of contact. In addition to working with admissions, Hilary works with new programming initiatives including the Summer Institute on Law & Government and marketing and outreach efforts. Hilary joined American University in 2002 and has been with the Program on Law & Government since 2009. She completed her BA in International Politics from the Catholic University of America. She studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium while working in the European Parliament and through Leeds University while working in the British Parliament. She has her MA in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Gretchen Oltman is the Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law LL.M. Program at the University of Nebraska College of Law.She oversees student recruitment and relations and the scholarship program, and she serves as the main on-campus contact for LL.M. students during their year of study at the Law College. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Educational Administration where she teaches Education Law. Dr. Oltman earned her J.D. from the College of Law and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has over a decade of experience in the field of education.

Matt Parker is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  In that capacity he is the director for the Law School's LLM, LLCM and SJD Programs. After graduating from law school, he clerked in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the Hon. Thomas N. O'Neill, after which he worked as an associate attorney at law firms in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.  Mr. Parker became Associate Director of Graduate and International Programs in 2005, and became Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in 2008.  He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Mr. Parker received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

John N. Riccardi is Boston University School of Law’s assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs and Enrollment Services and director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs.His responsibilities at BU Law include directing the school’s LL.M. in American Law Program, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program, Summer Legal Institute in London and 17 J.D. study abroad programs. He has general oversight of the school's five graduate programs; admissions offices; international initiatives; executive, online and non-traditional programs; and marketing and communications. He received his A.B.cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from BU Law.For several years, he was an associate at Ropes & Gray, one of Boston’s largest law firms, where he specialized in health care law, intellectual property and public financing. Before returning to BU Law, he was a principal in the Cambridge, MA, consulting firm of Vogt Associates, where he advised lawyers, law firms, in-house legal departments and law schools on professional development, marketing and strategic planning issues.He has taught the survey course in American law for LL.M. students.

Cathy Schenker is the Associate Director of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) and the Director of the Legal English Program at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington DC.  In her capacity with the ILSP, she works as the academic advisor to the students in the ILSP LLM program, oversees the daily operations of the ILSP LLM program and teaches Legal Research and Writing to the LLM students.  As Director of the Legal English Program, Cathy organizes and teaches in a three week summer institute and a week long winter program for global legal practitioners.  Cathy is interested in issues related to English for Specific Purposes and content-based language education as well as academic support programs for international law students.  Prior to teaching at WCL, Cathy worked as a corporate associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP.  She received her BA, cum laude, from Yale University in History and International Studies and a JD from New York University School of Law.  In May, she is due to receive a certificate in TESOL from American University. 

Mark R. Shulman is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs & International Affairs and an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. In that capacity, he oversees Pace’s Environmental Law LL.M. program and its general LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies as well as its S.J.D. and Visiting Scholars programs.  Immediately prior to joining Pace, Dean Shulman directed the Worldwide Security Program at the EastWest Institute in New York and Brussels. Until 2003, he practiced corporate law at Debevoise & Plimpton, a global firm based in New York. An active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he chairs the Council on International Affairs and serves on the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law.  From 2006 to 2009, he chaired the City Bar’s Committee on International Human Rights. Dean Shulman received a B.A. from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Amy Sugin is Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. This role includes oversight and development of Cardozo’s LL.M. programs  and also the development and execution of opportunities for study abroad for the Cardozo student population. Ms. Sugin came to Cardozo in July of 2006 after working in academic advising at New York University’s Stern School of Business; as Director of Academic Advising at Queens College; and as the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s New York office. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University, has an MA in Higher Education Administration from NYU, and has completed coursework in a PhD program in Comparative International Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Amy Tenney is the Associate Director of the Program on Law & Government and a member of the adjunct faculty. She directs the daily operations of the Program, including the LLM in Law & Government and the SJD Program. She previously was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block LLP, where she was a member of the Government Contracts and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups. Before joining Jenner & Block she clerked for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also previously served as Chief Aide to then-ACLU President Nadine Strossen and worked for U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney.  She received a J.D. magna cum laude from New York Law School and a B.A.  with High Honors in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Kandice Thorn is Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School.  Prior to joining Fordham Law School, Ms. Thorn was an Associate Attorney in the Corporate Transaction sand Latin America practice groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. In addition to her role at Fordham Law School,she is active on the Law Student Perspectives Committee of the New York City Bar Association and was recently named Section Chair of the International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section for NALP.  Ms. Thorn is a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School, and a magna cum laude graduate of Western Washington University.

Jeffrey K. Walker is the Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to coming to St. John’s, he served for eight years as founding and managing partner of BlueLaw International LLP, an international law and development firm. His international development practice spanned civil society, human rights, rule of law, security sector reform, and anti corruption projects in over 35 countries. Mr. Walker is also a retired Air Force officer, navigator, and judge advocate. His practice included air and space law, foreign criminal and civil litigation, international agreements, law of war, peacekeeping operations, cyber law, and anti-terrorism. During his military career, served as legal advisor to NATO’s air operations center for the Balkans, deployed to Bosnia after the Dayton Accords in 1995, practiced as a US Government lawyer in Italy, and served as chief prosecutor and a Special Assistant US Attorney for the federal district of Wyoming.

Susan Wawrose is the Director of Law Graduate Programs and Professor of Lawyering Skills at the University of Dayton School of Law. She joined Dayton Law as a faculty member in the Legal Profession Program in 1998, and has served as its acting director. In 2010, she was named director of graduate law (LL.M. & M.S.L.) programs. A former ESL teacher, Ms. Wawrose has taught international students at various campuses of the City University of New York, including Hunter College, and abroad. She has been a member of the Legal Writing Institute since 1998 and has served on the Conference Scholarship Committee (chair, 2004–06), the Committee on Cooperation among Legal Writing, Pro Bono, Clinical and Externship Faculty and the Global Legal Skills/International Outreach Committee (co-chair, 2010–12). She has also been an assistant editor for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.