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Law & Society Director and Professor Evan Edward Laine

I have essentially had two careers. For 28 years, I was a trial attorney heading my own practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, specializing in civil litigation. In early 2000, I decided to change careers and dedicate myself to teaching because I discovered that my roles as a lecturer and athletic coach, in motivating and guiding the intellectual growth of young people, gave me great satisfaction. When I retired from my law practice, I had the great fortune of being hired as a part-time professor, teaching history at Philadelphia University.

I have become the Director of the Law and Society program where my responsibilities include teaching, course creation, academic and professional advising and growing the major. I’m pleased to state that my career change led to personal intellectual and professional fulfillment beyond even my expectations and hopes.

The best teaching moments are when you can see the light go on in your students’ minds. This is especially rewarding when the student is initially a shy and reluctant participant. Once coaxed into participating, they soon discover that they actually can significantly add to the class and earn the respect of their cohorts. You can see their confidence in themselves and in their intellectual ability grow. Suddenly a world, once closed or uninteresting to them, has become open to their analysis and involvement. These are definitely the best moments.

Recently, I have spent a lot of time discussing the nationally recognized Single Bullet Exhibit I recently made with law and society students, as well as other PhilaU students and staff.

bruceProfessor D. Bruce Hanes

I am currently the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court in Montgomery County having been elected in 2007 and re-elected last year. I am an attorney and have been in private practice for more than 37 years specializing in civil litigation, wills and estates. Before entering private practice, I served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice and was a Hearing Officer for the Federal Employee Appeals Authority.

I have been an adjunct professor of real estate law and practice at Philadelphia Community College and the Temple Real Estate Institute. I am currently an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University.  Where I teach Philadelphia Law and Politics I received my BA from the University of Maryland and my JD from Temple University Law School.

During my Army service, I attended the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California. I was subsequently assigned to the National Security Agency as a Turkish translator. For the past nine years, I have served as the Attorney Advisor for the Little Flower High School Mock Trial team. An amateur Civil War historian, I have lectured extensively on the various legal issues related to the conflict.


Professor Thomas F. Margotti

I have been an attorney for over 25 years. I maintain my own law practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that concentrates in Business Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). I am arbitrator, mediator and an instructor for Continuing Legal Education courses. I served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for over 12 years.  My assignments included Major Trials and the Homicide Unit.  I will be teaching Forensic Law starting in the spring semester of 2014.

Professor Henry Buehner

I am a PhD candidate in American history at Temple University, and currently hold a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied history and political science. I am interested in Colonial American and Early Modern British histories, especially Anglo-American imperial relations in the 17th and 18th centuries. My expertise covers American social, political, legal, and intellectual history. At Philadelphia University, I teach both American history and several Law and Society courses.

barrProfessor Alan Barr

I served for more than thirty years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland as an antitrust specialist. For more than 19 years I was the Deputy Chief of the Antitrust Division. I have earned a Master’s in Sociology from York University (Toronto) and a JD from University of Maryland School of Law. I have taught for three years at Philadelphia University as an adjunct professor.

Professor Hillel S. Levinson

Professor Hillel S. Levinson has had the pleasure of a varied and extremely successful career and hopes to bring these experiences to class in International Law at Philadelphia University.

As a graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple University and the Law School at Villanova University, Professor Levinson practiced law, bought and sold businesses, did bankruptcy workouts, led many nonprofit organizations, including welfare to work training programs, and was the Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia for eight years. After serving the city, Professor Levinson went on the head one of the most powerful white-collar criminal defense law firms in the country

Many years ago, while in law school, Professor Levinson taught a political science course at what was then the College of Textiles and Sciences. He looks forward to his return to the campus of what is now the much expanded Philadelphia University.

Steve Springer   

Steve Springer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His career as a lawyer has focused primarily on labor and employment law matters. He has a broad and varied perspective in this field because at one time or another he has represented all parties in the workplace. He has handled individual, collective and class actions on behalf of employers and employees. Mr. Springer's experience will help him bring to light the competing strategies and tactics used by all parties in the workplace and their preferences as to the forum in which they likely will fare best in litigating or resolving disputes. 

Professor Phil Tiemeyer, Ph.D.  

I’ve taught at Philadelphia University since 2007, courses like American Transitions, US in the Recent Past, Global Politics, SERVE-101, Integrative Design Process, and a study abroad course in Germany. I’ve also served a year as a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

I have opted to focus my research on history and international relations in the aviation industry. My book, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants will be released in February 2013.

Why did I choose to study flight attendants? Having grown up a very loved, but somewhat bored child in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO, I always dreamed of traveling far, far away. I never had the charm, the patience, or the flexibility to become a flight attendant (I actually got rejected when I applied at Continental Airlines), so I opted instead to combine my academic interests with my childhood wanderlust.

What I've found is that this career--often overlooked as just another service profession--has been at the heart of helping change America's norms regarding women's rights and gay rights. Through interactions on the job, fights within their labor unions, and court cases designed to combat the sexism and homophobia of their employers; flight attendants have helped to create a more just and equal workplace through the last 80 years of commercial aviation.

 Jeffrey G Baird

Jeffrey Baird is the Director of Safety & Security at Philadelphia University. The Department of Safety & Security is responsible for patrol officers, building monitors, campus transportation, emergency planning, crime and fire prevention, and the Campus Communications Center. He is the campus liaison for City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Mr. Baird has been with Philadelphia University for 11 years.

Mr. Baird is a member of International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, ASIS International, and the Northeast Colleges and University Security Association. In Philadelphia Jeffrey is a member of Campus Security Directors Associations of the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia Police 39th District - Police Service Area I Representative, East Falls Community Counsel and East Falls Town Watch.

Prior to joining Philadelphia University, Mr. Baird was the Director of Safety & Security at Lycoming College for 10 years. He started his career in campus Public Safety at Bucknell University, where he held the positions of Patrol Officer and Sergeant. Mr. Baird earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University and an MS in Disaster Medicine Management from Philadelphia University.

Mr. Baird is excited about the opportunity to work with Philadelphia University students in the classroom as an instructor in the Law and Society program.


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