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Faculty

Full-Time

Director of Legal Writing Program,
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 628-2317 · achan@stu.edu
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarships,
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 474-2406 · jfnader@stu.edu
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 474-2478 · gkravitz@stu.edu
Associate Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 623-2319 · kmahoney@stu.edu
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 474-2402 · irogatinsky@stu.edu
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
(305) 474-2408 · swarheit@stu.edu
Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Writing Skills
(305) 623-2334 · rfernandez@stu.edu

Adjunct Instructors

Sheri Dennis
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., Barnard College, 1986, cum laude
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1989
While still in law school, Sheri Dennis completed a judicial internship with the Hon. Leonard B. Sand of the Southern District of New York. Upon graduation, Ms. Dennis worked as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services in New York City, where she was responsible for representing the Health Care Financing Administration and Social Security Administration in numerous federal and administrative appeals. After relocating to South Florida, Ms. Dennis worked as an associate for the law offices of Carlos Llorente P.A., where her practice included both civil and criminal litigation. Currently, Ms. Dennis works as an associate for the law firm of Ben-Ezra and Katz, P.A., and is practicing in the areas of real estate and foreclosure law.
Lilliana M. Farinas-Sabogal
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., Florida International University, 1995, cum laude
J.D., The University of Miami School of Law, 1998, cum laude
During law school, Lilliana Farinas-Sabogal was on Law Review and served as a Dean’s Fellow for two professors and as a research assistant for a third. She also worked as a summer associate for Quarles & Brady L.L.P., and as a Certified Legal Intern for the Dade County Public Defender’s office. Upon graduation, Ms. Farinas-Sabogal worked as an associate with Quarles & Brady, as well as Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Miami. She has practiced in all aspects of civil and complex commercial litigation, foreclosures, bankruptcy, homeowner association litigation, and intellectual property. Ms. Farinas-Sabogal also has experience in appellate proceedings, and both state and federal litigation.
Caryn Lubetsky
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., Tulane University, 1993
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 1996
Caryn Lubetsky is the Executive Director and Founder (in 1994) of H.E.L.P. (HIV, Education & Law Project), a not-for-profit organization providing free legal representation to people infect with and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. She currently serves a Legal Writing Adjunct Instructor at St. Thomas University School of Law and an Adjunct Faculty Instructor and Clinic Supervising Attorney with the University of Miami Law School.
Rhonda Montoya-Hasan
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., Duke University, History/Religion, 1986
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1990, cum laude
Mrs. Hasan began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, Florida. Currently, Mrs. Hasan is a First Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami Beach, where she serves as legal advisor for the City’s Building and Fire Departments. Her practice concentrates primarily in the area of construction and commercial litigation, appellate, and administrative law. She is a past Chairman of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee. She lectures locally and nationally on fire and building code issues. Mrs. Hasan has been a Legal Writing Instructor for the past four years.
Jacquelyn P. Needelman
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., Florida International University, 1974
M.S.M., Florida International University, 1975
J.D., Nova University, 1978
Jacquelyn Needelman has been an attorney in Miami and Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years. She began her career in the Dade County Public Defender’s Office as a legal intern and assistant public defender. Currently, Ms. Needelman handles Florida Bar matters related to the unlicensed practice of law. She is a member of the Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council, and Board member of the Florida Developmental Disability Council and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology.
Martha Díaz Pérez
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.A., University of Miami, 1985
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1988
Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Florida, Martha Pérez began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Office of the State Attorney. As a prosecutor, she handled juvenile delinquency cases, various felony cases, and special domestic crimes. After six years as an Assistant State Attorney, Ms. Pérez accepted the position of Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami Beach, where her responsibilities included counseling the Police Department and other divisions as well as drafting legislation for the City. Ms. Pérez spent ten years working for the City of Miami Beach, and today she works as a sole practitioner and teaches legal writing courses at St. Thomas University School of Law.
Kathleen Phillips
Instructor in Legal Writing
The Honorable Lisa S. Walsh
Instructor in Legal Writing
B.S., Northwestern University
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Judge Lisa S. Walsh was appointed to the County Court by Governor Charlie Crist in February, 2008. She is assigned to the civil division in the North Dade Justice Center. Before her appointment, Judge Walsh practiced law for sixteen years, in both the trial and appellate state and federal courts. She handled over 300 appeals in a wide range of areas, including criminal, real estate, administrative, general civil and matrimonial law.

Judge Walsh also served as a Special Master for the City of Miami Beach, where she heard building, code, and fire violations for the city. Judge Walsh was the President of Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, served as Vice-Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance committee, was on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, was a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Executive Council and was a mentor as part of "Big Brothers/ Big Sisters." Currently, she serves on the Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee, and is a mentor for Educate Tomorrow. Ms. Walsh obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.