What drew you to the law?
I originally planned to teach social psychology and was very interested in the law’s effect on human behavior. As part of a joint degree program, I spent one year in law school and fell in love with the law. I abandoned the joint degree program and became a full-time law student.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
For me, the most enjoyable part of teaching is watching the “light bulb moment,” as a student embraces a difficult concept. I really enjoy my conversations with well-prepared students in class.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
Aside from the substantive knowledge of the course materials, I hope my students develop their ability to think on their feet, and interact in a professional manner. I have been told that my classes are challenging, and from the experience I hope my students gain confidence in their ability to become great lawyers.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
Before law school, I enlisted in the Air Force, was an actor in children’s theater, was in a rock band, owned a nightclub and was an AIDS and LGBTQ activist. I finally went to college and law school and practiced with a medium-size firm in Connecticut. I then went to public health school before beginning my teaching career.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
Traveling, especially with my husband. I love going to new places and exploring different cultures — especially sampling new food. I will get on a plane anytime, going anywhere.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in the law’s effect on the health of groups of people with little or no political power. I also am interested in legal issues concerning human sexuality. I am also interested in the science of how people learn and retain information in the long term, which is critical for lawyers.