Faculty - Autumn in London
Professor of European Law, Director
Centre for European Law at King's College London
Andrea Biondi is a professor of European Union Law and the director of the Centre for European Law at King's College London. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw and at Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bar of Florence as well as being an Academic Member of Francis Taylor Buildings Chambers in London. Professor Biondi is on the International Advisory Board of European Public Law, King's College Law Journal, London Law Review, the European Public Private Partnership Law Review, and he is the general editor of the Kluwer European Law Collection.
Kirsten K. Davis
Professor of Law, Director of Legal Research and Writing, and Director of the Institute for Advancement of Legal Communication
Stetson Univeristy College of Law
Professor Davis graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from The Ohio State University College of Law. While at Ohio State, she was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and chief justice of the Moot Court Governing Board. She began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. She later practiced in the areas of litigation, employment and taxation. Professor Davis began her legal teaching career at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Professor Davis holds a Ph. D. in Human Communication. She is on the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and is currently serving as Chair for the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. She was recently appointed to the Florida Bar’s Standing Commission on Professionalism. Professor Davis' research and scholarship focuses on legal communication, law and rhetoric, professionalism, and professional ethics. Her work has appeared in journals including the Oregon Law Review, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Her mobile application, My Legal Writing Coach™, is a tool for better legal writing and is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Professor Davis is an affiliate member of the Florida Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Ohio and West Virginia. She is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service.
Kathleen Hallisey is a US attorney and UK solicitor specializing in civil litigation. She has extensive experience in employment and personal injury litigation and has acted on behalf of clients facing sex and age discrimination as well as sexual harassment in both the US and UK. She has represented members of the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland and has negotiated valuable settlements for victims of catastrophic and fatal injuries. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked as a civil trial attorney in New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Spanish Literature from Fordham University and a J.D. from Touro Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York and is a solicitor of England and Wales.
Simone Higgins is a senior solicitor at the Government Legal Service (UK). She has taught business, commercial, human rights and EU law at a number of leading academic institutions, including the University of Hertfordshire, London Metropolitan University and BPP law School. She has also worked as a foreign law consultant for a law firm in New York, where she provided legal and lecturing services to the firm’s business client in UK company and competition law. She has also written a number of legal articles on the business aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and Caricom (the Caribbean version of the EU).
Solicitor-Advocate, Part-time Visiting Lecturer
Saunders Law Limited
Kandice Horsey is a part-time visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire School of Law teaching mock trial skills courses and is also a part-time solicitor-advocate and duty solicitor in England and Wales with Higher Rights of Audience in the criminal courts defending a wide range of criminal cases. Prior to moving to London, she was a prosecutor in the U.S.; first as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, then as an assistant state’s attorney in the State's Attorney's Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland. As an A.D.A., she tried cases ranging from simple drug possession to attempted murder. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, D.C., and Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland – College Park, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.
MSc, GDL, Barrister
Marc Mason has held a number of academic posts at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London), University College London, and the University of Westminster. His research has been in the areas of mediation, legal aid and the legal profession. He has also taught in these fields and in the fields of public law, empirical research skills, and child protection. He has practiced as a family law barrister, and is a lecturer and barrister at the University of Westminster.
Director of International Initiatives, Professor of Law and Philosophy
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
In addition to his law degrees (J.D. and LL.M.), Professor Ritchie has a Ph.D in philosophy. He is currently a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. He has previously been a research associate at the Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict at Oxford University, a visiting research fellow at the University of Buenos Aires, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a distinguished visiting professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology. Professor Ritchie has also been a visiting or consulting faculty member at several universities and institutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a founding member and currently serves as senior scholar at the Brazil Institute at Mercer (BRIM).
As director of International Initiatives at the law school, Professor Ritchie is tasked with coordinating the various projects and initiatives that are currently being undertaken by faculty and staff. These projects include the various study abroad programs that Mercer co-sponsors, as well as the Mercer Law Jessup International Moot Court team. He is also working closely with students and faculty to develop new international programs.
Professor Ritchie has taught, lectured, and published extensively around the world (Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Germany, India, Macau, and Serbia). He is currently a jury member for Peace Projects, an initiative of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Council) which is designed to support innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding. In 2012 Professor Ritchie was on the international jury of PLURAL+, a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration, a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion. He has organized or hosted conferences, symposia, and colloquia at Mercer, in Brazil, and in China.
Professor Ritchie’s scholarship focuses on issues of comparative law, constitutional drafting, film theory (in the context of law and society), legal discourse and rhetoric, and peace studies/nonviolent action. He has published two books and more than two dozen articles in books, law reviews and other academic journals, and he serves on the editorial board of four peer reviewed academic journals. Additionally, Professor Ritchie has previously served as chair of both the Section on Law & Humanities and the Section on Law & Interpretation of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Before joining the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, Professor Ritchie taught law at three other American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools. He is also a member of the Mercer University philosophy department, and has taught philosophy at a number of other colleges and universities. Prior to entering academia, Professor Ritchie practiced law in Oregon for three years.
Lisa Webley is professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Westminster School of Law and senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by Westminster Law School including constitutional and administrative law, family law, child protection, and 21st century law practice. She teaches occasional classes on dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. She is a Ph.D. supervisor at Westminster, as well as a dissertation supervisor for LLB and LL.M. students. She is course director and principal teacher on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies two-week intensive Introduction to Legal Research Methods course for MPhil/Ph.D. students. She is co-author of Complete Public Law TCM (with Harriet Samuels) and sole author of Legal Writing. Webley is faculty research director for the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales Equality and Diversity Committee, and the Civil Mediation Council. Her research interests include diversity in the legal profession, access to justice and ADR, new modes of legal service delivery and legal education and legal ethics.
Damien Yare specializes in international intellectual property and music law. With experience in both the US and UK music markets, he currently resides in London where his role at Warner Music sees him working closely with leading music executives and artist managers in signing artists and overseeing the business aspects of many of the label’s key releases. Yare worked in the live music sector and radio prior to obtaining a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and joining the Florida Bar in 2009. He subsequently attended King’s College of London where he attained an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law focusing on the legal regulation of the film and music industries. After taking a role advising the industry organization UK Music on UK and EU IP legislation he qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales, taking a private-practice role representing emerging music talents. He joined Warner Music UK late in 2012 where he now looks after the business affairs across a number of Warner’s imprint labels including East West Records and Rhino Records. Yare’s experience across the music industry in both the US and UK markets have afforded him a valuable perspective on the legal issues facing the music industry in the UK and abroad.