Faculty - Granada, Spain

Resident Director:
Jorge Roig
Associate Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law

Jorge R. Roig joined the Charleston School of Law faculty in the Summer of 2011 as assistant professor of law. Prior to joining the law school, he served as adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law from 2009 to 2011, where he administered a course on Legal Research and Writing, and Introduction to the Law.

During his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, Roig's coursework included a concentration on Microeconomics, Finance, Game Theory, Derivative Pricing and Econometrics. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he received a "Boalt Hall Law & Technology Certificate" for his coursework in Copyrights and Trademarks, Cyberlaw, Entertainment Law, Sports Law and Art Law, and his thesis: "Speaking in Code: The Question of First Amendment Coverage of Computer Source Code."

Roig served as Judicial Clerk to then associate justice, now chief justice, Federico Hernández Denton, at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. He also served as judicial clerk to United States District Judge Salvador E. Casellas at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Roig labored in private practice at Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C., where he worked, among other things, in complex civil litigation and intellectual property matters for corporate clients.

Roig has also served as assistant secretary of justice, in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the Legislative Liaison's Office and the Contracts and Law No. 9 Division of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. As such, Roig advised the Governor, the Secretary of Justice and the different governmental entities of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico regarding legal, communications and public policy issues of high import including constitutional law matters, such as First Amendment, Equal Protection, Due Process and privacy issues, executive appointments, separation of powers and national security. Roig also conducted high profile litigations involving constitutional issues related to government budget crises and disputes with the federal government.

Roig is also an avid fan of creative and artistic endeavors of all types, and has published several works of fiction and poetry, including a collection of short stories entitled Reflexiones del Antagonista (Cultural Puertorriqueña 1994), which he co-authored with a longtime friend.

John Chung
Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law

Keenly interested in the relationship between consumer debt and bankruptcy, Professor John Chung recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on proposed bankruptcy legislation regarding abusive credit card practices. A prolific author, Professor Chung’s articles cover many legal topics including bankruptcy, international law, and contracts. Academia is not alone in recognizing Professor Chung’s talents. Both the RWU 2009 and 2012 graduating classes voted him Professor of the Year.

Many of Professor Chung’s remarkable teaching skills come from his extensive background as a commercial lawyer. As a partner in the Los Angeles firm Katten Munchen & Zavis, Professor Chung devoted a significant portion of his practice representing secured creditors in bankruptcy court. While employed for the United Nations, he worked for the Compensation Commission originated by the UN to process claims and award compensation for losses resulting from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Professor Chung teaches contracts, sales, secured transactions and bankruptcy at RWU.

Steve Friedland
Senior Scholar and Professor of Law
Elon University School of Law

Steve Friedland is a founding member of the Law School faculty. He has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and as an assistant director of the Office of Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, for the Department of Justice.

Friedland has written numerous law review articles, most recently in the areas of cyber surveillance and law school pedagogies. In the past two years, his articles have been published or accepted for publication in the Duke Law Journal (online), Washington & Lee Law Review, a journal at the Sorbonne, and the Wake Forest Law Review (online). His books on Evidence Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and Law School Teaching have been published by the West Publishing Company, Aspen Press, Lexis Publishing Company and Carolina Academic Press.

Friedland was elected to the American Law Institute, served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and is a current member of the Lexis Advisory Board. He has won numerous teaching awards at several law schools over three decades and was named one of the best law teachers in America by the Harvard University Press book, What the Best Law Teachers Do. He is a internationally known and frequent speaker on legal education issues and worked with the Japan Legal Foundation in developing law schools in Japan and with Afghanistan law schools as part of a USAID initiative. He has lectured to thousands of students across the country preparing for the bar exam. Friedland holds a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School, as well as a master of law and doctor of the science of law degrees from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Dollard Fellow in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry.

Carla Spivack
Professor of Law

Oklahoma City University School of Law

Before joining the faculty, Professor Spivack practiced civil litigation at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, a New York law firm. She received her BA from Princeton, her JD from New York University School of Law, and her PhD in English Literature from Boston College. She clerked for the Hon Robert G. Flanders, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

Professor Spivack’s scholarship focuses on gender issues in property and trusts and estates law, as well as comparative law. She writes about ways inheritance law can and should take account of realities like spousal and child abuse, and about how American inheritance law compares with that of civil law countries.

Professor Spivack’s work is cited at length in various Trusts and Estates casebooks, and her article, “Let’s Get Serious: Spousal Abuse Should Bar Inheritance” was named one of ten “Must Read” Trusts and Estates articles of 2011 by TaxProf Blog, the leading estate planning and tax blog.