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  • The Legal Professional Preparatory Program (LP3) supports pre-law students at the University of Delaware.  LP3 prepares students for law school and careers in related fields by emphasizing hands-on experience and skills development. Through the partnership and generosity of UD alumni and friends to the University, LP3 provides students with networking events, workshops, mentoring, scholarships, and much more!

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    o   FAQ about law school and legal practice

    o   Checklist for pre-law students

    o   Advice on taking the LSAT

    o   How to write your personal statement

    o   Links to other resources 

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  • Bernstiel, Cynthia Louise
    Shareholder, Rebar Bernstiel

    Cyndi concentrates her practice on arson and fraud investigation and litigation, and first party coverage matters. She also has extensive experience handling bad faith litigation involving underlying claim denials for arson/fraud and cases involving policy rescission. Cyndi conducts in-depth, multi-faceted investigations on behalf of her insurance clients and routinely conducts examinations under oath of policyholders. Cyndi has assisted her insurance industry clients in investigating all types of suspicious claims, including large-scale residential and commercial arsons, residential burglaries, commercial vandalism/burglaries, stolen/damaged artwork claims, claims involving the mysterious disappearance of property/automobiles, and claims involving income tax, bankruptcy and mortgage fraud, among others.

    Cyndi has 20 years of experience investigating and litigating cases involving criminal and/or fraudulent activity. After completing a criminal judicial clerkship for the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1994, Cyndi then served as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County, PA for six years. As an Assistant District Attorney, Cyndi tried numerous cases to verdict, including drug and sex crimes, violent felonies and homicides. She also served as Chief of the Investigating Grand Jury, in which capacity she oversaw complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations that included arsons and white collar crimes. Cyndi was one of three attorneys appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2001 to serve as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Member, in which capacity she served for 6 years.

    Cyndi is frequently asked to lecture on a wide range of topics involving the investigation and litigation of arson/insurance fraud claims. In recent years, Cyndi has presented for the IAAI, IASIU and The CPCU Society, among others. She also frequently conducts in-house training for her insurance industry clients on best practices for the adjustment and investigation of arson/fraud claims, and for preventing bad faith exposure. In 2010, Cyndi had the privilege of attending a training by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm’s at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia where she completed 41 tested hours of specialized instruction in the area of “Advanced Arson Investigation Techniques for the Insurance Industry".

  • Kovalsky, Kandis Lynn
    Associate Kang, Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC

    Associate Kandis Kovalsky is an accomplished business lawyer representing both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state, federal and bankruptcy courts.

    Kandis represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, particularly in matters involving business torts, partnership and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, unfair and deceptive business practices actions, creditor’s rights and civil RICO actions. Although Kandis’ practice mostly focuses on cases in active litigation, Kandis also assists clients in general business matters and litigation avoidance.

    Kandis represents commercial borrowers, secured and unsecured lenders and Chapter 7 trustees in complex bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey bankruptcy courts. Kandis also represents clients in criminal matters involving investigations and prosecutions of financial fraud, theft, criminal RICO violations and securities laws violations.

    Kandis has participated in state and federal trials, both jury and non-jury, mediations, binding arbitrations, and injunction and receivership hearings. Although Kandis is a passionate litigator, she has also negotiated many favorable settlements for her clients.

    Kandis appreciates that her job allows her to make a difference in people’s lives. She strives to make sure each of her clients achieves the best possible outcome, especially in the context of litigation. Kandis is a problem solver and enjoys developing strategies uniquely tailored to address each of her client’s needs.

    Before she attended law school, Kandis was a competitive figure skater for fifteen years. While at University of Delaware, Kandis was an eight-time Intercollegiate National medalist. She was also the vice-president of the University’s figure skating team for three years during which time she helped lead the team to three national medals.

  • Seidl, Michael Richard
    Of Counsel

    ​Mr. Seidl has represented debtors, creditors' committees, creditors, and asset purchasers in chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations and in related adversary proceedings. He is a graduate of James Madison University and received a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. While still writing his Ph.D. dissertation, he enrolled in law school, and later graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as managing editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. In 2014, he received a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware. Mr. Seidl is admitted to practice in Delaware and the District of Columbia and is resident in our Delaware office.

  • Trenga, Anna
    Assistant Prosecutor

    Anna is an Assistant Prosecutor at the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, where she is in the Trial Team Unit. She prosecutes cases ranging from burglaries and drug offenses to attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault. Anna currently lives in Camden County, NJ. She is originally from Bucks County, PA, but moved around to different locations growing up, including California and England. While at UD, Anna was very involved with UDance, taught Zumba for Healthy Hens, and was a member of the Delaware Repertory Dance Company.

  • Emerson, Courtney A.

    ​Courtney is an associate at Fox Rothschild LLP, where she represents clients in a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters as well as environmental matters. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services Team, which coordinates pro bono legal services for disaster survivors.  Courtney previously worked as an emergency manager for nearly a decade. Prior to law school, she was a communications supervisor for the Wilmington Police Department, a volunteer firefighter/EMT and an educator for a multinational banking and financial services corporation.  She graduated from Widener University School of Law, University of Delaware, and Padua Academy.  Courtney is a lifelong Delawarean, and resides in Smyrna with her family and chocolate lab.

  • McCoy, Benjamin
    Associate, Fox Rothschild LLP

    ​Ben is a trial and appellate litigator at Fox Rothschild LLP.  He has a broad commercial practice with an emphasis on international business disputes.  A Chemistry major at the University of Delaware, Ben is also a registered patent attorney.  Beyond his commercial practice, Ben provides pro bono services to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  He previously clerked for the Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  In his free time, Ben enjoys a variety of sports and is a devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan.

  • Gaul, John G.
    Managing Shareholder of the Philadelphia Office of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson and Tardy LLC, Handles Mass Toxic Tort Litigation

    For over 35 years, John’s practice has involved the management of national asbestos litigation on behalf of numerous corporate defendants, first with the Asbestos Claims Facility, then as Director of Law for the Center for Claims Resolution in Princeton, NJ.  He also was General Counsel for Litigation Management Inc. in the early 2000’s before joining Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson and Tardy in 2006.    Due to his extensive in-house and national coordinating council and litigation experience, John actively advises many of the firm's clients in national mass tort litigation.   John has been  Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished AV™ Peer Review Rated attorney for two decades and has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®

    John has volunteered  as a Child Advocate with the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia representing the legal interests of  abused and neglected children, with an emphasis on representation of infants and small children.  Since 2003, John has been a mentor as part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He coached CYO Basketball for 20 years in Bucks County, and is presently a member of the Pastoral Council at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, PA, is the Parish Vocational Coordinator and remains actively involved with the St. Bede Youth Ministry program.   

    John has been involved with the University of Delaware for many years having served on the University of Delaware Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Counsel.   

     John has two adult children and lives with his wife Joann (UD ’78)  in Richboro, Pennsylvania. 

  • Wasser, Bradley
    Associate Attorney, Duane Morris LLP

    Bradley A. Wasser practices in the area of litigation with a focus on private antitrust and business counseling and government advocacy. Mr. Wasser has experience with providing a wide range of legal, regulatory and business advice for national associations of health care providers, individual health care providers and pharmacies, beer wholesalers, retailers, and high technology firms.

    Mr. Wasser is a member of Duane Morris' Pharmacy Litigation Group. He represents healthcare providers, including pharmacies, in disputes with insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers ranging from audits, to network participation rights, to termination of providers from insurance and pharmacy benefit manager networks. 

    Mr. Wasser is a 2010 cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a graduate of the University of Delaware.

  • Bassett, Michael J.
    Associate, Fox Rothschild, LLP

    I am a corporate transactional health care attorney at Fox Rothschild, LLP. I mainly represent individual providers and provider groups and networks of various sizes in all of their corporate and regulatory needs. 

  • Ferrell, Iva Johnson
    Chief Diversity Officer, Widener University

    Iva Johnson Ferrell is the Chief Diversity Officer of Widener University.  She is also an Associate Professor of Legal Methods at Widener's Delaware Law School in Wilmington and serves as Co-Director of the Trial Admissions Program there. Professor Ferrell received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delaware; a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Rutgers Graduate School of Management; and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

    After graduating from law school Iva practiced law in Philadelphia. There she was employed as an associate attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, where she focused on software licensing, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Next, as an associate attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLC, Iva continued to practice in the areas of business and finance, focusing on licensing, co-branding, and other business agreements. Prior to joining the Widener Law School, Iva also served as associate general counsel for QVC, Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

    Iva resides in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with her two sons.

  • Stewart, Mark
    Chair, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Mark Stewart is Chair of the national law firm Ballard Spahr. Under his leadership as Chair and Strategic Planning Partner, the firm opened offices in Atlanta, Boulder, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, and Sioux Falls. A successful litigator, he has represented major pharmaceutical companies, universities, and corporations, including DuPont.

    Mr. Stewart is nationally recognized as a leader in the effort to increase diversity in the legal profession. He received the Associated Black Charities Change Agents Award; the Philadelphia Bar Association's Albert S. Dandridge, III Diversity Award; and the Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal.

    A devoted runner, Mr. Stewart served as Director of the Philadelphia Distance Run and is Chairman of the Board of Students Run Philly Style and a board member of the Police Athletic League. 

  • McNair-Jackson, Leslie
    Deputy Public Defender

    Leslie is the Deputy Public Defender (managing attorney) for the Salem regional of the Office of the Public Defender, State of New Jersey.  Her practice focuses mostly on criminal law and procedure.  Leslie has been with her agency for 15 years, but she did spend a brief period of time in private practice.  She acquired her law degree from The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College, and she received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Delaware.  She lives just below the canal with her family and two cats.

  • Davis, Chad
    Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Chad is an associate in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where he assists clients in a range of corporate litigation matters.  Chad is a lifelong Delawarean graduating from Newark High School and then the University of Delaware, with a B.A. in Political Science in 2012.  Following a gap year, Chad attended Duke University School of Law, graduating  in 2016.   Prior to joining Skadden, Chad served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery. 

    Chad lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife and fellow Blue Hen, Cindy (UD '12) and their son Charlie.  

  • Campbell, Jacqueline E.

    ​Jacqueline E. Campbell is a partner in the casualty department of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding, LLP. She focuses her practice on the defense of commercial vehicle, construction accident, premises, and general liability cases. Jacqueline handles all aspects of litigation in significant matters, from initial accident investigation to jury trial and appeal. She works closely with major retail clients in defending a variety of in-store claims and developing strategy for risk management and employee training issues. Jacqueline graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2009 and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 2005. She is a member of the Temple American Inn of Court and resides in Philadelphia. 

  • Beckles, Kathy Card
    General Counsel Card, Payments, Merchant Services & Digital

    Kathlyn Card Beckles serves as the General Counsel for Card Services at JPMorgan Chase. She leads the teams responsible all legal issues relating to Credit Card, Payments Digital and Chase Merchant Services. Prior, Kathy was Chief Intellectual Property (IP) counsel at JPMC and managed a wide range of matters from IP litigation to entertainment and philanthropic sponsorships. Her prior legal experience spans public, private and judicial, having worked at Kenyon & Kenyon, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Chambers of the Hon. Edward Damich of the Court of Federal Claims. 

    Before her legal career, Kathy honed her operational and strategic problem solving skills as an engineer, holding positions in analytical chemistry and process engineering. 

    Kathy received a law degree from The George Washington University and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware.

  • Abuhoff, Elyssa
    Law Student

    ​Upon graduation, Elyssa will be working as a Litigation Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She is currently interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and she interned for Judge George B. Daniels in the Southern District of New York. She is a Notes Editor on the Brooklyn Law Review, and her note entitled “Circuit Rift Sends Sound Waves: An Interpretation of the Copyright Act’s Scope of Protection for Digital Sampling of Sound Recordings” was published in Volume 83 Issue 1. She is also the Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Appellate Division. Elyssa competed in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition and won Overall Winner Runner-Up and Best Memorial in the Americas Regional as well as Best Memorial in the International Round at the University of Oxford. At the University of Delaware, Elyssa was the Secretary-General of HenMUN III, and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi Alpha Delta.

  • Brinckerhoff, Rosie
    Law Student

    ​Upon graduation, Rosie will be working as a Senior Associate in the Washington, DC office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She recently concluded a fall clerkship with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she served in the office of Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In addition to being a Notes Editor, Rosie is the Executive Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. Her note entitled "Social Network or Social Nightmare: How California Courts Can Prevent Facebook’s Frightening Foray Into Facial Recognition Technology From Haunting Consumer Privacy Rights Forever" was published in Volume 70 Issue 1. Rosie also received a Sports Industry Essentials Graduate Certificate from Columbia University's School of Professional Studies. Rosie has stayed involved with the University of Delaware as a mentor in the UD Career Advising Network. 

  • Caloway, Mary F.

    Mary is well known to the Delaware bankruptcy bench and bar and well versed in local practice and procedures. She has experience in all aspects of a bankruptcy case and can represent any party-in-interest. 

    Mary concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy and restructuring. She has represented debtors, foreign representatives, equity holders, official committees, secured lenders, creditors, asset acquirers and other parties-in-interest in a number of national bankruptcy cases, primarily in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Mary has represented the foreign representatives of numerous international debtors in connection with the commencement of Chapter 15 proceedings in the United States.

    Mary takes a practical approach to resolving the complex and sensitive issues of bankruptcy proceedings. She advocates for her clients, maintaining a focus on the bottom line while seeking the best path to a consensual business resolution.

    Clients like having Mary in their corner. She negotiates for—and, when necessary, argues for—their rights, to ensure they are protected and in a position to maximize recovery.

  • Farley, Alicia M.

    ​Also practice small business law

  • Rossettie Azemi Esq., Michaela K.
    Pro Bono Manager / Public Service Advisor / Adjunct Professor

    Michaela K. Rossettie Azemi, Esq., currently serves as Legal Assistance of Western New York's Regional Pro Bono Coordinator for seven offices managing all aspects of volunteer engagement. Michaela also works as a Public Service Advisor at Cornell Law School and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Corning Community College. 

  • Malat, Brian J.
    Manager, Government Relations

    ​Currently serve as Manager of Government Relations at Van Scoyoc Associates where I direct federal and legislative policy initiatives for clients. Currently enrolled in the evening program at American University’s Washington College of Law. Participate on American University Law Review.

  • Noyes, Melissa J.

    ​I was an Assistant District Attorney in Berks County, Pa for 10 years, then moved on to the Office of Chief Counsel for the PA Liquor Control Board for 2 years. I am currently in private practice as a general practitioner.

  • Robinson IV, Manaen S.

    ​Manaen practices Real Estate law.

  • George, Zachary A.

    Zachary A. George was born and raised in Kent County, Delaware. He graduated from Dover High School in 2004, from the University of Delaware in 2008, and from Widener University School of Law in 2011. He is admitted to practice in all Delaware Courts and in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He is a former law clerk in the Superior Court of Delaware and a former Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice.

    Mr. George primarily practices criminal defense and civil litigation. He represents clients in all criminal matters including DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, sentence modifications, and pardons. He represents clients in civil matters including personal injury, breach of contract, debt collection, and property disputes. He also represents clients before various administrative boards.

    Mr. George is a member of the Kent County Bar association.

  • Manning, Sarah E.
    Director of Business Affairs

    Born and raised in Delaware. I enjoy attending concerts, running, and enjoying my family in my free time. I love everything about the law and I am always trying to learn more, even post-law school.

    Sarah also practices music and entertainment law.

  • Cantor, Jeremy
    Compliance Associate

    ​Jeremy is currently a Compliance Associate at Betterment, a Financial Services and Technology company. During law school, Jeremy was a Staff Editor and Senior Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

  • Codjoe, Bobby
    Associate Counsel

    ​Bobby Codjoe is currently an Associate in the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY). Mr. Codjoe received a J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2013 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2010. Mr. Codjoe enjoys exercising and traveling the world.

  • Brayman, Melissa J.

    Melissa is a registered patent law attorney, with a background in biotech. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from UD, as well as a Ph.D. and MBA. Melissa now lives in San Diego with her twins and a terrier and works at an AmLaw100 law firm.

  • Bolden, Tia Renae Truxon
    Assistant General Counsel

    As Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tia’s is primarily responsible for providing practical legal guidance to our Wealth Management business and ensuring that the Bank is protected legally and reputationally - all while  enhancing the client experience on every interaction and being a valued partner and trusted advisor to the business.

    Tia joined JPMorgan August of 2000.  Prior to joining the JPMorgan, Tia was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice.  Before that, Tia was a Probation & Parole Officer with the Delaware Department of Correction.

    Tia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business degree from Wilmington University, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law.

    A 13 year veteran cheerleader, Tia now spends her free time cheering on her favorite player, her son Tyler.  Tia lives in Delaware with her husband and son.

  • Clark Esq., Jeremy F.
  • Wolf, Peter

    Corporate lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience including over a decade of experience as in-house counsel at biopharmaceutical companies. Experienced in business development deals, corporate governance, securities law, international operations, compliance and advising boards and management.

  • Scalzo, Marisa V.

    ​I am a Criminal Justice and Sociology double major at the university.

  • Minutola, Lisa A.
    Chief of Legal Services

    ​Minutola is the Chief of Legal Services at the Office of Defense Services where she handles policy and legislative initiatives. She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware and received her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. She resides in Wilmington, DE.

  • Goldrosen, Donald N.
    Law Firm Partner

    I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Houston Texas after graduating from law school. I have been practicing real estate law for over 30 years, primarily in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. When I am not working I enjoy skiing in the Rocky Mountains and golf.

  • Folena, Jan
    Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel

    ​I am currently a Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel and Litigation Counsel for the Asset Management Unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I have been a trial attorney for over 20 years. I have a BA from UD and a JD from the Syracuse University College of Law.

  • Balcer, Karolina
  • McDonnell, Brendan P
  • Angelo, Jason D.

    ​Jason is a member of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group, practicing in the areas of Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation. He has assisted in advising a variety of constituents in complex business reorganizations and insolvency matters, including debtors and debtors-in-possession, lenders, and secured creditors. Jason currently serves as the Chairperson of the Delaware State Bar Association’s LGBT Section. Jason also currently serves as the Co-Chair (Associate) of Reed Smith’s Global LGBT+ Business Inclusion Group, PRISM. A Delaware native, he volunteers with the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, and Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Jason also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club.

  • Heckert, Carl W.
    Lawyer and Partner

    1986 University of Delaware graduate from the business school and Delaware lawyer since 1991. Admitted in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Federally. Currently inactive in Pennsylvania

  • Fischer, Josh
    Associate Attorney
  • Rogers, Bruce A.
    Owner, Bruce A. Rogers & Associates, P.A.

    The practice of law has been a wonderful experience, on balance, for over thirty years. I love litigation and spend most or my time as a trial attorney. I would recommend a law degree to anyone - even if they never practice. It is an awesome education.

  • Klayman Esquire, Craig Harris
    Sole practitioner attorney

    ​I am a 1978 graduate, a 1981 graduate of Villanova LSand I have been a sole practitioner in Woodbury, NJ since 1988. My practice is the quintessential small town practice, with an emphasis in family law. I am a past president of the local bar and served two terms on the NJSBA JPAC committee.

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