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Academic Support

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 support programs assist students in developing the requisite skills for success in both the study and the practice of law. Meet your Academic Support team:

Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Professor of Law
(305) 474-2418 · tlawson@stu.edu

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.

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Assistant Dean for Professionalism
(305) 474-2472 · bsinger@stu.edu

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 Academic Support.

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Director of Academic Support
(305) 623-2364 · tsullivan@stu.edu

Professor Sullivan is Director of Academic Support at St. Thomas University School of Law, where he oversees the Active Learning Program, which is designed to assist first year students with acquiring the skills necessary to successfully compete in the law school classroom and on law school examinations. Before joining the faculty of St. Thomas, he was employed as in-house Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for a Florida based corporation, where he handled all corporate legal matters and also provided management and administration over all financial functions. Prior to that, Professor Sullivan worked at a Big Four accounting firm for two years and a Florida law firm for five years specializing in Corporate and Tax law. Prior to joining the full-time faculty, Professor Sullivan taught as an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas for seven years including courses in Legal Accounting, Sales, and Commercial Paper. His recent courses include Contracts, Property, Sales, and The Art of Lawyering.

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Erin Loeb
Assistant Director of Academic Support
(305) 623-2312 · eloeb@stu.edu

Erin K. Loeb joined St. Thomas University School of Law in April 2016 as the Assistant Director of Academic Support, where her duties consist of counseling first year law students and scheduling, monitoring, and evaluating comprehensive programs and materials for first year law students, through the law school's Active Learning Instruction program. Prior to joining STU Law, Erin spent the majority of her legal career in the appellate judiciary, having served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank A. Shepherd and Honorable Edwin A. Scales, III, at the Third District Court of Appeal, where she handled civil, criminal, and administrative appeals. Erin also has experience in private practice. Erin received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon her graduation from law school, she clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for both the Honorable Leonard P. Plank and Honorable Dennis A. Graham. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Erin teaches Florida Procedures to aspiring paralegals at a local university. She is a member of both the Florida Bar and Colorado Bar.

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Suzanne Gelin
Assistant Coordinator
(305) 623-2369 · sgelin2@stu.edu