Faculty - Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program
Resident Director: Kristen M. Cohen
Assistant Director of International Programs
Stetson University College of Law, Florida
Kristen Cohen received her M.Ed. in English in 2001 and her B.A. in English in 1998 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She also holds an A.P.S. in Paralegal Studies from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating in 1995 after having served in Desert Storm with the United States Army. In addition to her military service, she possesses a wide range of international experience, working at the U.S. embassies located in Cairo, Egypt and Canberra, Australia as well as living in Berlin, Germany for two years. Cohen is currently working on the Professional Certificate in Education Abroad offered by The Forum for Education Abroad and expects to receive her certificate in June, 2016. With a background steeped in academia, the legal field, and an international context, Cohen provides unique skills and knowledge to her current position at Stetson University College of Law as the assistant director of International Programs.
Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law
Mercer University School of Law, Georgia
Linda Jellum is the Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax. She teaches Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Federal Courts. In addition to teaching, Professor Jellum is a prolific scholar and has written extensively in the many different areas of Administrative Law and Statutory Interpretation.
Professor Jellum has been a leader in legal education. She has served on many professional committees and boards for critical organizations in the legal academy. For example, she was the deputy director for the Association of American Law Schools and for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. She was a board member for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and a council member for the American Bar Association Section’s on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Jellum spent five years working for Washington State’s Attorney General’s office. While there, she served as lead attorney for the Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to working as an assistant attorney general, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Yesawich.
Professor Jellum received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She has the honor of having passed five states’ bar exams.
Associate Professor of Law
Charlotte School of Law, North Carolina
Professor Mindy Birman Sanchez holds a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from New York University. Following her law school graduation, Professor Sanchez worked as an assistant district attorney for approximately seven years in which she tried a variety of cases to jury verdict, particularly in the areas of narcotics, robbery, and homicide. Professor Sanchez then transitioned into the field of insurance law where she served as in-house professional liability claims counsel as well as senior claims manager for two international insurance companies in New York City for approximately eight years. She joined the Charlotte School of Law in August 2010 and instructs in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure.
Professor Sanchez is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina.
Adjunct Professor, Inter-American Center for Human Rights, Director Emeritus
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, Florida
Professor Charlene L. Smith joined the Shepard Broad College of Law at NSU in 2003. She teaches Torts, Lawyering Skills and Values, Advanced torts, Torts in the Employment Sector for the Masters of Science in Employment Law and sometimes contracts. She has been the co-coach for the Intellectual Property Moot Court team and for the Sports Law Moot Court Team. She is also director of the Inter American Center for Human Rights which houses itself at the law center. Professor Smith has taught at other institutions, including: Washburn University School of Law, the University of Richmond School of Law and Santa Clara Law School. Before going to law school, Professor Smith taught history and political science at the undergraduate level. She was also a ‘city manager’ for an experimental town in Minnesota and the director of the Women’s Institute for Social Change in Minneapolis. Immediately after graduating from law school, she was an assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota where she prosecuted discrimination cases. Professor Smith has been very active supporting GLBTI organizations at various law schools. She has been on several mayors' task force committees that were focused on discrimination.
Darryl C. Wilson
Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy
Stetson University College of Law, Florida
Before joining Stetson, Professor Wilson was an associate professor at Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law). He has taught internationally in the Caribbean, Spain, Estonia, Zambia, and the Netherlands. He is the faculty advisor for the Intellectual Property Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Black Law Students Association. He is the director of the Intellectual Property Law Internship Program, the American-Caribbean Law Initiative, and co-director of the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy.
Prior to devoting himself to full-time academia, Professor Wilson taught bar review courses and practiced in his hometown, Chicago, Illinois. His varied career began as a fellow with the congressional Reginald Heber Smith Community Law program. He served his public interest law fellowship with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He later served as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator for that organization. Thereafter, he served as in-house corporate intellectual property counsel for Soft Sheen Products, as a regional counsel for real property affairs with the UAW, and as the principal attorney in his own private firm.
Professor Wilson is an active member of numerous professional and community organizations, and he is also active in alternate dispute resolution serving as a neutral, mediator and/or arbitrator for international, national and state agencies. He has written several articles in his areas of expertise and co-authored a casebook on sports law. He has also been certified as a NFL Players Association contract advisor.