School of Law Administration

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Eric J. Gouvin

Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., Cornell University
J.D., LL.M., Boston University School of Law
M.P.A., Harvard University

Eric Gouvin became Dean of the School of Law in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced corporate, commercial, and banking law with a large firm in Portland, Maine. Dean Gouvin worked on matters for business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held concerns. He has been very involved in entrepreneurship education, having founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England University School of Law, serving on the Board of Editors for the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw website, and being a member of the Board of Advisors for the Scibelli Enterprise Center and for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. Dean Gouvin is currently Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills. His areas of scholarly interest include corporate, banking and entrepreneurship law, often with an international or comparative perspective. He is a coauthor of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups and numerous law review articles on a wide variety of topics. He has also written several lessons on corporate law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) library. Dean Gouvin is an active member of the American Bar Association, where he chairs the Adjunct Faculty Committee for the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and has previously cochaired the Business Law Education Committee for the Business Law Section. In addition to his service at Western New England University School of Law, Dean Gouvin has also taught a course in comparative corporate law as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. In the spring of 2012 he delivered a serices of lectures in Chongqing China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist.

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Email: eric.gouvin@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-796-2031
Office: 140
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Beth D. Cohen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
Director, Legal Research and Writing Program

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Suffolk University
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Dean Cohen has taught at Western New England University School of Law since 1990. Prior to teaching at Western New England University, she taught Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School, where as a student she served on their Law Review. In addition, she has also earned a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School. She has served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court in Springfield, MA, and was an Associate at a small general practice law firm in Boston. She serves as the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program.

Email: bcohen@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1622
Office: 141
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Pat Newcombe

Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources and Assistant Professor of Law
B.A.., University of Massachusetts
M.A., George Washington University
M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
J.D., Western New England University School of Law

Dean Newcombe has been with Western New England University School of Law since 1995, holding various positions in the Library. A 2001 cum laude graduate of the School of Law, she also served as the Articles Editor for the Western New England Law Review. She teaches Advanced Legal Research and writes the chapter on “Legal Citation Form” in the treatise Fundamentals of Legal Research. She has contributed numerous articles to library literature. Prior to working in academia, she worked in the private sector at Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C., and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Email: pnewcombe@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1616
Office: 109

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Michael Johnson

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning 
B.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
J.D., West Virginia University College of Law

Michael A. Johnson serves as the Associate Dean for Law Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Michael has been at Western New England University School of Law since 2003 where he started as Assistant Director of Admissions.  Michael has served as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Western New England University School of Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law. He has served on the Law School Admission Council’s Legal Affairs and Finance Committee, the LGBT Subcommittee and Misconduct and Irregularities in Admissions Process Subcommittee. He is currently serving a three year term as Board of Trustee for LSAC.  Prior to joining Western New England University School of Law, Michael was a flight attendant for USAirways for 13 years. 

Email: mjohnson@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1376
Office: 143

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Sudha Setty

Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Intellectual Life and Professor of Law
B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Columbia Law School

Sudha Setty is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Intellectual Life.  She specializes in the areas of comparative law and national security. Her scholarly publications address secrecy, separation of powers and rule of law issues in the comparative constitutional context.  Her most recent scholarly work is available on SSRN.

Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England in 2006, Professor Setty was a litigator with the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she focused on antitrust and securities regulation matters. She served as defense counsel in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters involving national security issues, including terrorism financing investigations and lawsuits, and a pro bono matter challenging sentencing guidelines for those convicted of terrorist acts. Her pro bono practice also included litigating federal civil rights cases and the mentoring of New York City high school students. Professor Setty graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School and received her A.B. in History (concentration in comparative civil rights) with honors from Stanford University.

Email: ssetty@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1431
Office: 303

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Fred Royal

Associate Dean for LL.M. Programs and Professor of Law
B.A., University of Massachusetts
J.D., Cornell Law School
LL.M., Boston School of Law

Professor Royal, whose advanced degree is in taxation, served as clerk to United States Tax Court Judge William M. Drennan for two years. Before joining the faculty in 1978, he specialized in the practice of tax law. He has published in the areas of tax procedure and corporate taxation. He is a frequent speaker in the Springfield area discussing various tax-related issues. He also presents talks as part of programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Prof. Royal is the Director of the School of Law's LL.M. program in Elder Law and Estate Planning.

Email: froyal@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1422
Office: 336

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Myra G. Orlen

Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., Antioch University
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

After graduation from law school, Professor Orlen served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Alexander O. Bryner, Chief Judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals, and later served a clerkship in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. After her clerkships, she worked as a Staff Attorney for the University of Massachusetts Student Legal Services Office in Amherst and as an Associate in a Northampton, MA, law firm. Professor Orlen has taught in the law program since 1995.

Email: morlen@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1415
Office: 221

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Paula Zimmer

Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services
B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., University of Connecticut

 


Email: pzimmer@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1424
Office: 131

Marie Fletcher

Marie K. Fletcher

Clinical Programs Administrator
B.S., Eastern University


Email: mfletcher@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1469
Office: 649 Br.

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Carol A. Lynch

Assistant to the Dean
A.S., Bay Path College
B.A., Western New England College

 


Email: clynch@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1413
Office: 139B

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Carol Thompson

Law School Alumni Coordinator
A.S., University of Connecticut
B.A., Western New England College

 


Email: cthompson@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1311
Office: 133

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Terese Chenier

Law School Registrar
A.S., Bay Path College
A.S., Holyoke Community College

B.S., Western New England College

Email: tchenier@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1402
Office: 146