Welcome to St. Thomas University School of Law! STU Law is committed to student success both in law school and beyond. Using an interactive and cooperative approach to learning, our unique academic success programs assist students in developing the requisite skills for success in both the study and the practice of law. Meet your Academic Success team:
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor of Law
Tamara F. Lawson is a tenured Professor of Law at Saint Thomas University School of Law. She joined the Saint Thomas Law faculty in 2004. Currently, she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and a seminar on Race and the Law. Professor Lawson was twice awarded Professor of the Year for Upperclass Students in the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 academic years. Professor Lawson also visited at Catholic University of America, Columbus Law School for the academic year 2007-08. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Lawson served as a Deputy District Attorney at the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1996-2002. As a criminal prosecutor, Professor Lawson was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for Domestic Violence, as well as other departments in the prosecutor's office. She successfully argued multiple cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, including death penalty appeals. In addition to general criminal cases, Professor Lawson, in her capacity as Deputy D.A., handled environmental crimes, involuntary mental commitments, and bail bond hearings.
Assistant Dean for Professionalism
Barbara Singer joined St. Thomas University School of Law in August 2001 as Assistant Dean for Academic Support. From 1994 to 2001, Dean Singer served as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Law School. During that time period, she also provided bar preparation assistance for St. Thomas graduates studying for the Florida bar examination. Dean Singer also served as a visiting and associate professor at the law school from 1986 to 1992. In addition, she has been a member of the faculty at the University of Miami School of Law and Indiana University School of Law. Currently at St. Thomas University School of Law, Professor Singer teaches Torts, Contracts and Property and serves as the Assistant Dean of Professionalism.
Assistant Professor of Academic Success
Carol Castleberry joined St. Thomas University School of Law in October 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Academic Success, where she teaches academic success courses; schedules, monitors, and evaluates comprehensive programs and materials for law students; and works with individual law students. Prior to joining STU Law, Carol spent the majority of her legal career in the appellate judiciary, having served as Senior Staff Attorney to the Honorable Edward C. Larose at the Second District Court of Appeal, where she handled civil, criminal, and administrative appeals. She also has experience in private practice and working for the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office. She taught Social Justice as an adjunct at the University of South Florida from 2011 to 2013. Carol received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, an M.A. in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago, and an LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Florida Bar.
Assistant Professor of Academic Success
Tia Gibbs joined the faculty at St. Thomas University School of Law in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Academic Success. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Gibbs represented lending institutions throughout the state of Florida in real estate transactions. As a Real Estate Attorney, Professor Gibbs was responsible as the Mediation Managing Attorney, to facilitate mediations throughout the state of Florida. Professor Gibbs is a registered Mediator in the state of Alabama where she had a mediation practice. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration degree majoring in Legal Studies from the University of Miami. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law. She received her Juris Master in Banking Compliance from Florida International University College of Law. She is a licensed member of the Florida Bar.
Associate Professor of Academic Success
Robert Gregg joined the faculty at St. Thomas University School of Law as an Associate Professor of Academic Success after teaching for twelve years at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law in Florida, and Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. During his years at NSU, Prof. Gregg helped craft the renowned Critical Skills Program and mentored more than 100 students through bar preparation in that program. He taught in all years of academic success and bar preparation, and also created and taught courses for the Master of Science in Employment Law program. He served as a consultant and was then hired as a Professor of Law and Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation Services at ASL, where he helped restructure the school’s academic success and bar preparation programs, and implement new programs including a summer bar mentor initiative. Prof. Gregg teaches the Bar Prep Skills class and works in all other areas of academic success.