JDinteractive classes are taught by experienced Syracuse University College of Law faculty. Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields both in the self-paced class sessions and in live, online classes. Faculty are also available to meet with students outside of class in office hours.
The online juris doctorate program’s learning platform enables our faculty to use both established and innovative teaching methods. In live classes, professors can use the full range of traditional law school teaching methods, including Socratic Dialogue. In self-paced sessions, professors can use a variety of interactive exercises to work each student through the lesson, providing ample opportunities for feedback along the way.
Sample JDinteractive Faculty
The College’s deans and faculty members have been educated at some of the most prestigious legal institutions in the world. Their book knowledge is bolstered by years of practice in the legal trenches. They bring those real-world experiences directly to students. Deans and faculty also are thought-leaders in a broad range of fields, such as intellectual property law, disability law, and national security law, and they are committed teachers and mentors who are dedicated to their students’ success. They get to know students as individuals, and they put students first.
The Founding Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor Bill Banks is College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar of national security and counterterrorism law, constitutional law, laws of war, cybersecurity, emergency and executive powers, and civilian-military relations. He is the author or co-author of several books, including the foundational casebooks National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law, as well as Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System (7th Ed.).
Professor Todd Berger serves as Director of the College’s Criminal Defense Clinic and Director of Advocacy Programs. Berger’s scholarship investigates criminal law and procedure and the intersection of trial advocacy and attorney ethics. In recognition of his teaching excellence, Berger has received the University’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award and the College’s Res Ipsa Loquitur Award.
Professor Sanjay Chhablani is a Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, whose teaching focuses on criminal law and procedure. His scholarship addresses the Sixth Amendment, the right to counsel, the right to jury trial, and the death penalty. He also teaches at the University’s Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute and collaborates with the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Professor Greg Germain publishes widely on the subject of bankruptcy and is Director of the College’s Bankruptcy Clinic. He practiced law as an Associate for Latham and Watkins and then as an Associate and Partner for Landeis, Ripley & Diamond. He also served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Lloyd King, Chief Judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, and later he was an Attorney-Advisor to the Hon. Renato Behghe of the US Tax Court.
Professor Margaret Harding teaches civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and securities regulation, and she conducts research on the arbitration law and practice. Before entering teaching, she was in private practice with a leading New York City law firm, specializing in corporate and commercial litigation.
Professor Nina Kohn is the David M. Levy Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Online Education, and she is a faculty affiliate with the University’s Aging Studies Institute. She currently serves as the Reporter for the Third Revision of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, Chair of the Elder Rights Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association, Chair of the Aging and the Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and Co-Director of the Aging, Law, and Society Collaborative Research Network.
Professor Aliza Milner teaches civil procedure, legal writing, and the contemplative practice of law. Before joining the College, she clerked for three Maryland appellate judges: the Honorable Alan M. Wilner, the Hon. Andrew L. Sonner, and the Hon. Patrick L. Woodward. She also served as Assistant Legal Counsel to the Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
Professor Robert Nassau is Associate Director of the College’s Office of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. In addition to Syracuse, he has taught tax courses at Yale Law School, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Rochester. He also has worked as a Tax Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and provided consulting tax counsel for Boylan Code.
Professor Kathleen O’Connor is Executive Director of Online Education. An experienced Legal Writing professor, she has received the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award for excellence in classroom teaching. Before joining the College of Law, she practiced criminal and civil litigation, with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle; as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York; and with Hiscock & Barclay.
Professor Terry Turnipseed has written on Article I constitutional law, eminent domain, sexuality and the law, spousal property rights upon death, trust fiduciary law, transfer taxation, and the separation of church and state. He teaches courses in eminent domain, estate planning, wills and trusts, estate and gift taxation, property, and nuclear engineering.