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Administration

Mike Simons

Michael A. Simons
Dean
John V. Brennan Professor of Law

Law School, Room 4-71
718-990-6602
[email protected]

Dean Simons joined the St. John’s faculty in 1998 and was appointed Dean of the School of Law in 2009. Dean Simons graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Dean Simons clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He later served as a staff attorney for The Washington Post, as an associate at Stillman, Friedman & Shaw, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Dean Simons teaches in the areas of criminal law and evidence. 

Anita S. Krishnakumar

Anita S. Krishnakumar
Mary C. Daly Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Law School, Room 4-10
718-990-2639
[email protected]

Anita S. Krishnakumar is the Mary C. Daly Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship. Her administrative duties include organizing the Faculty Workshop speaker series, running internal early stages ideas workshops, organizing the annual Faculty Scholarship Retreat, advising the Dean on faculty scholarship matters including summer stipend and publication awards, mentoring junior faculty, running the Faculty Scholarship blog, and working with the marketing department to publicize faculty scholarly activities.

Sarah Jean Kelly

Sarah Jean Kelly
Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies

Law School, Room 4-72
718-990-8358
[email protected]

Sarah Jean Kelly is the Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies at St. John’s University School of Law, where she oversees the graduate and international programs, eleven academic centers and institutes, and the Law School’s administrative departments. She is responsible for the Law School’s compliance with regulators and rankers, including the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the New York State Education Department and U.S. News and World Reports, and partners with the Dean and the Executive Director for Budget and Finance on budgetary matters. Sarah is a graduate of Wellesley College, received her M.Ed from the University of Virginia, and her J.D. from Georgetown Law. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and Providence House. Sarah lives with her wife, Amita, and their son in Westbury, NY.  

Michael A. Perino

Michael A. Perino 
Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law
Associate Academic Dean

Law School, Room 4-37
718-990-1928
[email protected]

Dean Perino joined the Law School faculty in 1998 and was named Associate Academic Dean in 2017. His scholarship focuses on securities regulations, corporations, and class actions. Dean Perino has also been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School (2005), Columbia Law School (2002), and at Stanford Law School (1995-1998). His book, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance, won the Citi Private Bank Financial History of the Year prize, and was named as one of the best books of 2010 by Bloomberg/Business Week, Library Journal, and Progressive magazine. He is also the author of the leading treatise on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; has testified in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives; and has been retained by the SEC to provide it with a report and recommendations on the adequacy of arbitrator conflict disclosure requirements in securities arbitration. Dean Perino received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School where he was valedictorian.

Rachel Smith

Rachel H. Smith
Professor of Legal Writing
Associate Dean for Experiential & Skills-Based Education

Law School, Room 4-41
718-990-3297
[email protected]

Professor Rachel H. Smith is the inaugural Associate Dean for Experiential & Skills-Based Education. She is proud to be a member of the Law School’s dedicated and distinguished skills faculty and teaches Legal Writing, Lawyering, and Advanced Legal Research. She is committed to helping students at St. John’s build their research, writing, and practical skills through innovative teaching and experiential opportunities, including in the Law School’s cutting edge first-year classes, clinics, externships, extracurriculars, and upper-level seminars. She is the author of two legal writing books: The Legal Writing Survival Guide and The Handbook for the New Legal Writer (with Jill Barton). More information about Professor Smith can be found on her faculty page.
 

Larry Cunningham

Larry Cunningham
Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Professor of Legal Writing
Director, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy

Law School, Room 4-49
718-990-7616
[email protected]

Professor Larry Cunningham serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. In that role, he assists the faculty with implementing processes to assess, document, and improve student learning. He also assists the dean and faculty with strategic planning by providing data-driven analysis of key institutional outcomes. Prior to his current role, Dean Cunningham was second-in-charge of the Law School from 2013-18. Before that, he served as Dean of Students (2010-13). In those roles, he tackled important challenges and opportunities facing the Law School: implementing a new, innovative approach to student career development; right-sizing the Law School through its 2014 Strategic Plan; rehauling its approach to recruitment and enrollment management; and updating the curriculum to ensure students received the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success in the legal profession. Dean Cunningham teaches Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Evidence; he writes in a number of areas, including ethics, appellate procedure, and assessment. More information about his teaching and scholarship can be found on his faculty biography page. Dean Cunningham lives in Long Beach, New York, with his husband, Jonnathan Kessler, and their two dogs.

Kamille Dean

Kamille Dean
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Ron Brown Prep Program for College Students

Law School, Room 1-18D
718-990-6469
[email protected]

Kamille Dean is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at St. John’s University School of Law. She also serves as the Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students. Director Dean was the former Chief Strategy Officer for the Ron Brown Prep Program where she proposed a men of color pre-law pipeline initiative that was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council. 

Prior to her position at St. John’s Law, Director Dean was a faculty member at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She was also appointed as Faculty-In-Residence for the Urban Academic Village at Texas Southern University. Director Dean has extensive teaching experience as a professor of law. She taught courses on a range of business law subjects.  Her research interests include diversity in higher education and economic justice. She publishes her writings in books, law journals, and encyclopedias that are focused on achieving equality through education.

Director Dean speaks at a variety of legal conferences domestically and abroad. She regularly presents on topics concerning minority-serving institutions and financial literacy. Her seminars, workshops, and panel discussions are conducted at events that highlight civil rights and social justice issues. Director Dean serves on the board of directors for a local credit union, and she co-founded the nonprofit Cans 4 Cancer. She is a graduate of CUNY Queens College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.         

Kimathi Gordon

Kimathi Gordon-Somers                                                                   
Assistant Dean for Students

Law School, Room 4-78
718-990-5489
[email protected]

Kimathi Gordon-Somers joined St. John’s in 2012 and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Students of the law school. As the Assistant Dean, he works closely with the student body and is responsible for serving as the point of support and information for students and responds to students' needs by providing personal, academic and social support. He also plans and directs law school activities related to student services and serves as a liaison between faculty, administrators and students or student organizations.

Mr. Gordon-Somers received his Bachelor of Arts in French and English from Franklin & Marshall College and his Juris Doctor, from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he was the Executive Vice-President of the Moot Court Board and later the Coach for the National Sports Law Competition. Mr. Gordon-Somers began his legal career at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where he worked in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Bureau, the Appeals Bureau; appearing before the Second Department, and later, the Narcotics Trial Bureau.

After leaving the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Gordon-Somers worked as an Account Manager and Legal Research Consultant at LexisNexis where he managed the accounts of and consulted on research projects for AMLAW 100 firms both in New York and Miami. Mr. Gordon-Somers then returned to the prosecutorial field where he worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and later as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and tried complex cases including homicides and other violent crimes, hate-crimes, organized crime, criminal misconduct by public officials and police officers, gang-related activity and major frauds.

Mr. Gordon-Somers also teaches Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor and is admitted to practice law in both New York and Florida.

Luisa Asaro
Manager, Office of the Dean

Law School, Room 4-58
718-990-6602
[email protected]

Our Offices

Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement
Susan Landrum
718-990-3128
Room 1-18C
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services
Nancy Brady
718-990-1946
Room 4-77
[email protected]

Director, Special Projects
Claire K. Pollicino
718-990-1997
Room 4-56
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Alicia Meehan
718-990-2310
Room 3-37A
[email protected]

Senior Director
Theresa Hallet
718-990-6612
Room 3-37C
[email protected]

Associate Director
Dorothy Moran
718-990-6095
Room 3-37B
[email protected]

Associate Director of Admissions
Peggy Garte
718-990-6697
Room 334
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Admissions
Christina Arno
718-990-7612
Room 3-37
[email protected]

Office Manager
Irene Watson
718-990-6215
[email protected]

Technical Assistant
Rosemary Dominguez-Sotirios
718-990-6698
Room 334
[email protected]

Executive Director of Finance
Ed Kling
718-990-6608
Room 4-51
[email protected]

Associate Director of Budget Services
Anthony Zaccarelli
718-990-5523
Room 4-60
[email protected]

Associate Dean
Jeanne Ardan
718-990-6767
Room 3-26
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Tess Abbazio
718-990-1978
Room 3-19
[email protected]

Associate Director of Employer and Externship Program Outreach
Thomas Blennau
718-990-5929
Room 3-18
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Career Development
Melissa Kubit Angelides
718-990-6463
Room 3-17
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Career Development
Lalaine Mercado
718-990-1595
Room 3-24
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Career Development
Colleen Parker
718-990-2337
Room 3-20
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Career Development
Catherine Quinn
718-990-8076
Room 3-25
[email protected]

Associate Director of Employer Relations
Helena Quinn
718-990-1390
Room 3-22
[email protected]

Career Counselor
Maria Rivero
718-990-6070
Room 3-28
[email protected]

Associate Director of CD and Bankruptcy Career Counseling
Laura Schwartz
718-990-5309
Room 3-16
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Career Development
Eric Shannon
718-990-6044
Room 3-29
[email protected]

Director and Professor of Law 
Keith Sharman
718-990-6616
Room 4-44
[email protected]

Co-Director and Professor of Law
Christopher J. Borgen
718-990-1982
Room 4-76
[email protected]

Co-Director and Professor of Law
Margaret E. McGuinness
718-990-8018
Room 4-15
[email protected]

Director and Frederick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law
Mark L. Movsesian
718-990-5650
Room 4-45
[email protected]

Co-Director and Professor of Law
Marc O. DeGirolami
718-990-6760
Room 4-03
[email protected]

Director, Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, and Professor of Legal Writing
Larry Cunningham
718-990-7616
Room 4-49
[email protected]

Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Jennifer Baum
718-990-1424
Room 2-26B
[email protected]

Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Ann L. Goldweber
718-990-6248
Room 2-26
[email protected]

Associate Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Gina M. Calabrese
718-990-1848
Room 2-26
[email protected]

Associate Dean for Law School Advancement
Brian J. Woods
718-990-5792
Room 3-06F
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Stewardship
Dominique G. Cendales
718-990-5855
Room 3-06D
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Continuing Legal Education
Claire C. McKeever
718-990-6028
Room 3-06C
[email protected]

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Kamille Dean
718-990-6469
Room 1-18D
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services
Nancy Brady
718-990-1946
Room 4-54
[email protected]

Facilities Assistant
Vincent Marsh
718-990-6093
Room 3-12
[email protected]

Associate Dean
Sarah Jean Kelly
718-990-8358
Room 3-01F
[email protected]

Director of Graduate Studies
Marra Guttenplan
718-990-7525
Room 3-01E
[email protected]

Director, Legal English Programs
Stephen Horowitz
718-990-6625
Room 3-01C
[email protected]

Assistant Director, Graduate Studies
Sheila Aaronson
718-990-3014
Room 3-01
aaronsons@stjohns.edu

Faculty Director, Transnational Legal Practice, LL.M., and Professor of Law
Margaret E. McGuinness
718-990-8018
Room 4-35
[email protected]

Director, Academic Advising
Kathryn Piper
718-990-7537
Room 301B
[email protected]

Director, LL.M., International Sports Law Practice, and Professor of Law
Ettie Ward
718-990-6617
Room 4-04
[email protected]

Career Advisor
Sara Drew
718-990-6656
Room 3-21
[email protected]

Director, Hugh L. Carey Center and Professor of Legal Practice;
Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution Programs
Elayne E. Greenberg
718-990-8188
Room 2-01A
[email protected]

Manager, Desktop Support Services
Tracy Bonaventure
718-990-1430
Room 1-06
[email protected]

Desktop Support Specialist
Felix Rosario
718-990-1489
Room 1-06
[email protected]

Director and Associate Professor of Law
Jeremy Sheff
718-990-5504
Room 4-13
[email protected]

Co-Director and Associate Professor of Law
Eva E. Subotnik
718-990-3296
Room 4-42
[email protected]

Associate Dean for Library Services
Associate Professor of Legal Research
Courtney Selby
718-990-1986
Room 1-21
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
Trent Anderson
718-990-6613
Room 4-52
[email protected]

Director of Communications
Lori Herz
718-990-8351
Room 4-48
[email protected]

Junior Graphic Designer
John Inzetta
718-990-6618
Room 4-48
[email protected]

Marketing and Communications Specialist
Christine Patrizzo
718-990-2364
Room 4-48
[email protected]

Director
Robert J. Sein
718-990-7372
Room 3-40
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services
Nancy Brady
718-990-1946
Room 4-54
[email protected]

Facilities Assistant
Vincent Marsh
718-990-6093
Room 3-12
[email protected]

Director of Public Interest Programming
Ashleigh Georgia Kashimawo
718-990-6948
[email protected]

Director
Ann L. Goldweber
718-990-6248
Room 2-26
[email protected]

Co-Director
Gina M. Calabrese
718-990-1848
Room 2-26
[email protected]

Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
Trent Anderson
718-990-6613
Room 4-52
[email protected]

Director of Communications
Lori Herz
718-990-8351
Room 4-48
[email protected]

Receptionist and Office Assistant
Joanne D'Anca
718-990-6600
Room 4-58
[email protected]

Registrar
Ann Hurt
718-990-8350
Room 4-69
[email protected]

Assistant Registrar
Carron Anderson
718-990-6607
Room 4-65
[email protected]

Director and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Kamille Dean
718-990-6469
Room 1-18D
kamille.dean@stjohns.edu

Faculty Director and Professor of Law
Elaine M. Chiu
718-990-6657
Room 4-07
[email protected]

Assistant Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
Rosa C. Castello
718-990-6633
Room 4-43
[email protected]

Director and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Kamille Dean
718-990-6469
Room 1-18D
[email protected]

Faculty Director and Professor of Law
Elaine M. Chiu
718-990-6657
Room 4-07
[email protected]

Director and Professor of Clinical Education
Christine Lazaro
718-990-7627
Room 2-26
[email protected]

Assistant Director
Iris Diaz
718-990-1950
Room 4-56
[email protected]

Assistant Director
Stephanie Polo
718-990-6320
Room 4-56
[email protected]


 

 

Assistant Dean for Students
Kimathi Gordon-Somers
718-990-5489
Room 4-78
[email protected]

Student Services Coordinator
Zachary Piper
718-990-2191
Room 4-77
[email protected]

Director and George F. Keenan Professor of Law
Margaret Valentine Turano
718-990-6632
Room 4-66
[email protected]