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Clinics and Practicum Directors

Photo of Jill EngleJill C. Engle
Director, Family Law Clinic
Professor Jill C. Engle directs Penn State Law's Family Law Clinic, which represents clients in domestic violence and other family law cases. The Clinic also does policy work for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, among other organizations.

Photo of Jeffrey EricksonJeffrey Erickson
Director, International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic
Jeffrey Erickson is a supervising attorney in Penn State's Rural Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Erickson was a litigator and counselor in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical malpractice defense and insurance defense matters.

Photo of Michael ForemanMichael Foreman
Director of Clinics and Experiential Learning & Director, Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
Professor Michael Foreman focuses on appellate representation in civil rights issues and employment discrimination cases and directs Penn State's Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, which has served as counsel on numerous cases in United States Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts and is involved in several cases currently pending.

Rachel Herder
Director, Intellectual Property Clinic
Professor Rachel Herder joined Penn State Law from leading intellectual property firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where, as a member of the firm’s patents and innovation practice, she advised startup life science clients on various aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and litigation, university licensing, and Food and Drug Administration and healthcare regulations. She now oversees students in the clinic as they advise and guide clients.

Photo of Casey McClainCasey McClain
Supervisor, Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum
Professor Casey McClain supervises the Indigent Criminal Justice experiential learning program. He is an assistant public defender in Centre County, Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2004.

Photo of Ross PiferRoss Pifer
Director, Rural Economic Development Clinic & Director, Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
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.

Photo of Geoffry ScottGeoffrey R. Scott
Director, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic
Professor Geoffrey Scott is a Fellow with the the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and is the founder and supervisor of the Penn State Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic.

 

Photo of Thomas ScharbaughTom Sharbaugh
Director, Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic
Tom Sharbaugh is director of the Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic, in which students represent entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofit organizations in a setting similar to a small law firm. Sharbaugh has been a business lawyer and partner for over 26 years in the Philadelphia office of the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP law firm. In recent years, he has been active writing and speaking about raising capital for early-stage businesses.

Photo of Richard SettgastRichard G. Settgast
Superviser, Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum
Professor Richard G. Settgast supervises the Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum. His an assistant public defender in Centre County, Pennsylvania, where he represents a wide range of clients from the date of initial charge through trial, sentencing, and appeal.

Photo of Michele VollmerMichele Vollmer
Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic
Professor Michele Vollmer is the director of the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic. Vollmer, who is accredited with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, previously served as a senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was a partner in a law firm practicing commercial litigation.

 

Shoba WadhiaShoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic 
Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar
Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is the founder/director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, where students produce practitioner toolkits, white papers, and primers of national impact on behalf of client organizations.  Clients have included the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigrant Justice Center, among others. At the Center, students also provide community outreach and education on immigration topics and  legal support in individual cases of immigrants challenging deportation (removal). Recently, the Center began conducting group rights presentations for immigration detainees held at the Clinton County Jail.​