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Law, Science, and Technology Faculty

  • Jamison Colburn

    Professor Colburn is a leading scholar of environmental and natural resources law. He has published over thirty articles and book chapters focusing on the law of environmental assessment, habitat and at-risk species protections, and the jurisdiction of water disputes. His published work routinely considers the legal system’s use (and misuse) of science and scientific information. Prior to teaching, he served as Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Trustee of the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

  • Lara B. Fowler

    Professor Lara Fowler is an attorney and mediator who focuses on environmental, energy, and natural resource law, with a specific focus on water related issues. She has a joint appointment between Penn State Law and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment where she is working on questions related to water, the Chesapeake Bay, and energy. Prior to joining Penn State, she was an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in Seattle, Washington, where she focused on mediation and dispute resolution of complex natural resource issues, as well as representing clients facing regulatory hurdles in the environmental and energy fields.

  • Steven D. Hinckley

    Dean Steven Hinckley has been involved in law librarianship on national and regional levels. He has taught courses on lawyering skills, legal research, and computer law. He has been a frequent speaker at library, technology, and legal professional programs on the subjects of law and technology, digital copyright, digital information licensing, the Patriot Act, Internet filtering, and online legal research, and has published a number of articles on information access policies and computers in legal education.

  • Jamse Houck

    Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck is the interim dean and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs and the inaugural director of the Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State. He joined Penn State in 2012 after a 32-year career in the United States Navy, beginning as a qualified destroyer officer of the deck and culminating in appointment as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the U.S.

  • Professor Ben Johnson

    Professor Ben Johnson is an associate professor of law at Penn State Law where he teaches Corporate Law, Law & Finance, and Federal Courts. His multimethodological research focuses on how judges make decisions, the consequences of judicial decision-making, and the normative implications of judicial processes. His most recent article, The Origins of Supreme Court Question-Selection, is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review and examines the roots of the Supreme Court’s practice of preselecting questions for review.

  • Kane

    Eileen Kane is a Professor of Law at Penn State Law, specializing in teaching and scholarship at the juncture of technology and the law. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Cornell University, where she received a research fellowship and the Vincent du Vigneaud Award for Excellence in Research. She has published scientific papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Virology and conducted research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Professor Kane’s interest in the intersection of science and the law led her to obtain a J.D. and work as a scientific advisor and patent attorney in a major New York City law firm prior to entering academia.

  • David Kaye

    Professor Kaye's research and teaching focuses on the law of evidence and the use of science and statistics in criminal and civil litigation. His publications include 11 books and more than 180 articles and letters in journals of law, philosophy, psychology, medicine, genetics, and statistics.

  • Rebecca A. Mattson

    Rebecca Mattson is the Head of Faculty and Research Services and Professor of Legal Research at Penn State Law. As head of faculty and research services, Professor Mattson provides leadership within the H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Law Library in planning and implementing scholarly support and research services. She manages a robust pool of library research assistants and provides annual training for faculty research assistants. Professor Mattson manages the Penn State Law eLibrary, the law school’s faculty scholarship repository, as well as the Penn State Law Legal Research Paper Series, and provides enhanced support for faculty scholarship and research.

  • Andrea Matwyshyn
    Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on the intersection of technology design, innovation policy, and law, particularly information security/ "cybersecurity," artificial intelligence/machine learning, health tech and infodemiology, consumer privacy, intellectual property, technology competition, and workforce pipeline policy.
     
  • Adam Muchmore

    Professor Adam I. Muchmore focuses his research on food and drug regulation. He is also interested in the role of the uncertainty, delegation, and discretion in complex regulatory systems, the regulation of international business, and the civil litigation process. He has recently published a casebook on food and drug regulation.

  • Ross Pifer

    Professor Ross Pifer’s research focuses on shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development. He has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and he has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center.

  • James Puckett

    Professor James Puckett teaches and writes primarily in the area of federal income taxation. Professor Puckett’s research interests include tax administration and distributive justice. His current research projects explore issues at the intersection of taxation and federal and state administrative law, as well as professional responsibility, especially relating to uncertain tax positions. His recent scholarship has examined equity issues relating to how the family and certain personal expenses affect tax liability. He has taught federal income tax, international tax, and tax policy.

  • Geoffrey Scott

    Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is in intellectual property and on the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He has given particular attention to the protection of cultural properties in both Europe and Asia, to domestic and international entertainment issues with an emphasis on music, and to the representation of the individual professional athlete. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2004-2005 for his research in the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies in the fields of biotechnology and intellectual property law.

  • Theresa K. Tarves

    As Associate Director of the Law Library, Theresa K. Tarves is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations of the Law Library. She assists the associate dean and director of the Law Library with long-range planning and budget administration, as well as project identification and implementation. Additionally, Tarves teaches a section of the 1L Legal Research course and provides general reference and research support to library patrons.

  • Professor Megan Wright

    Megan S. Wright is an Associate Professor of Law and Medicine—Penn State Law’s first joint appointment with the College of Medicine—as well as an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Sociology and the Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts. She teaches Introduction to Health Law, Bioethics and Law, and Public Health Law.