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Spring Semester in Tokyo Program Faculty & Directors Bios
Full-Time Program Faculty and Directors
Finbarr McCarthy, Director and Professor of LawTemple University Beasley School of LawJ.D., 1989, Tulane Law School Ph.D., 1988, Tulane UniversityPost-Graduate Diploma 1975, University of AmsterdamB.A., 1974, Trinity College, DublinSpring 2013 Course: Corporations - 3 Credits
Professor McCarthy joined the Temple law faculty in August 1991. He is a native of Ireland and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he worked as an inspector of taxes for Ireland's internal revenue service. In 1988, he was awarded a Ph.D. in English from Tulane University and a year later he received a J.D. from Tulane Law School. After law school, Professor McCarthy served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He then clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Duncan B. Hollis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of LawTemple University Beasley School of LawM.A.L.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University)J.D., Boston College Law SchoolA.B., Bowdoin CollegeSpring 2013 Courses: International Law (3 credits) and Cyberthreat Regulation (3-credit writing seminar)
Following graduation, Professor Hollis worked for the International Department of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and later for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked until joining the Temple faculty in 2004. At the State Department, Professor Hollis served as the attorney-adviser for treaty affairs and later as legal counsel for the Department's Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, specializing in U.S.-Canada environmental issues and U.S. participation in multilateral environmental agreements. Professor Hollis's practice has also included international litigation before the International Court of Justice. Professor Hollis’ scholarship focuses on issues of authority in international and foreign affairs law. He is the editor of the Oxford Guide to Treaties (OUP, 2012), and he also co-edited National Treaty Law & Practice (ASIL & Martinus Nijhoff, 2005). His scholarship has appeared in various books and journals, including the Texas Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law. Professor Hollis is a regular contributor to the premier international law blog, Opinio Juris.
Spring 2013 Program Adjunct Faculty
Kara Abramson, Visiting FellowTokyo University Institute for Advanced Studies on AsiaJ.D., 2003, Harvard Law SchoolA.B., 1998, Princeton UniversitySpring 2013 Course: International Human Rights - 3 Credits
Kara Abramson is a specialist in international human rights law and the Chinese legal system. She is currently Senior Counsel at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a U.S. government organization mandated to monitor human rights and the rule of law in China. Abramson's work at the Commission focuses on ethnic minority rights, religious freedom, and conditions in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Abramson received an A.B. from Princeton University, where she studied early Japanese history, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Abramson spent the 2003-2004 academic year researching Chinese legal education and teaching U.S. civil procedure as a Fulbright fellow to the Sichuan University Law School. Her languages include Japanese, Mandarin, Uyghur, and French.
Bruce E. Aronson, Professor of LawCreighton UniversityFulbright Senior Research Professor at Waseda University, 2012-13J.D., 1977, Harvard Law School B.A., 1974, Boston University, summa cum laudeSpring 2013 Course: Introduction to Japanese Law - 3 Credits
Following graduation from law school, Professor Aronson engaged in research in Japan and at Columbia Law School and then entered private practice. He was a corporate partner at the New York City law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (1989-2000), where he was co-chair of the Financial Services Group. Before joining Creighton he spent two years each as a Senior Fulbright Researcher at the University of Tokyo and as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. Professor Aronson's current research focuses on comparative corporate governance.
Nathan N. Frost, US SecretaryUS-Japan Joint Committee, US Forces, JapanMajor, USAFRJ.D., University of Nevada-Las VegasB.A., Brigham Young UniversitySpring 2013 Course: Evidence - 3 Credits
Nathan N. Frost works as the US Secretary, US-Japan Joint Committee, which is responsible for interpreting the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement under which the US military is present in Japan. He is also a reserve US Air Force JAG.
His previous experience includes work as a government relations specialist for US Forces, Japan Plans and Policy Directorate; Chief, International Law Division, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan; and Chief, Military Justice Division (same headquarters). He has had tours prosecuting and defending in US military courts-martial. During his undergraduate years, he worked as a research and teaching assistant for students studying Japanese and interned with a Tokyo-based publishing company. In law school, he returned to research assisting, focusing on US Constitutional Law. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Doug Hymas, President/CEOING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd.J.D., 1990, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young UniversityB.A., 1987, Brigham Young UniversitySpring 2013 Course: Co-faculty for East-West Negotiation - 3 Credits
Professor Doug Hymas serves as President and CEO of ING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd. Prior to this appointment, he served as President and Representative Director of Wachovia Securities (Japan). He has also previously served as Head of the Mutual Fund Sales Department at Legg Mason Securities Co., Ltd. (formerly Citicorp Securities Limited) and Legal Counsel and Director of Citigroup Asset Management's Financial Product Development Department. Professor Hymas has over 15 years international experience in the legal and financial sectors in Japan. He specializes in international business transactions including legal structures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, securities, tax implications, regulatory issues, and other related matters. He is a member of the State Bar of California and fluent in Japanese. Professor Hymas has published articles on transnational banking and international debt.
Scott Imaye, AttorneyMatsuo & KosugiJ.D., 1997, University of Southern CaliforniaB.A., 1994, Boston UniversitySpring 2013 Course: International Contract Drafting - 3 Credits
Professor Scott Imaye is a registered foreign attorney (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) in Japan. As a foreign attorney at Matsuo & Kosugi, he assists Japanese, U.S., European, and multinational clients with the legal complexities associated with international business transactions and transnational litigation. Professor Imaye is a licensed attorney in the State of Hawaii and has previously worked as an attorney at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu as well as a legal counsel to Sumitomo Chemical Company in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese and teaches negotiations and business law here at the Law School.
Kelly Knepper-Stephens, General CounselStoneleigh Recovery ServicesJ.D., 2005, George Washington University Law SchoolB.A., 1999, American UniversitySpring 2013 Course: Professional Responsibility - 3 Credits
Kelly Knepper-Stephens has a background in both trial and appellate litigation. She is currently general counsel for Stoneleigh Recovery Associates, LLC, a debt recovery solutions company located in Lombard, Illinois. Her current work focuses on government regulations and compliance, civil litigation, contract law and employment law. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she returned as a Visiting Professor of Clinical Law and Freidman Fellow from 2008-2011. At G.W. Law, she focused on appellate work teaching in the Federal Criminal & Appellate Clinic. In 2011, she argued before the highest court in Maryland on three occasions. Her trial skills were developed as a Deputy Public Defender at the San Diego County Public Defender Office. Ms. Knepper-Stephens has also worked for the American Red Cross Litigation Department, American Civil Liberties Union Legislative Affairs Office, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Legal Department. She is currently barredin the states of California, Maryland and Illinois and also in the District of Columbia. She speaks fluent French, proficient Spanish, and is learning Japanese.
Bryan Koslow, EsquireManaging Director, Professionals JapanJ.D., 2001, Washington University School of LawMombusho Scholar, 1996 - 1997, Fukui National University, FukuiB.A., 1997, Brigham Young UniversitySpring 2013 Course: Co-faculty for East-West Negotiation - 3 Credits
After working for Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett and Abe & Matsutome Law Office, where he advised the world's premier securities houses, consulting firms, and multinational corporations on both legal and business decisions in relation to their Japan operations, Professor Koslow joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (currently Braxton) as a senior consultant in the Strategy and Operations division following graduation from law school. Professor Koslow specializes in corporate strategy, focusing on the financial services sector. He has advised many of the major foreign-owned life insurers in Japan on both strategic and operational issues, and has worked with securities houses and other financial institutions on a variety of business and regulatory issues. In addition, he has worked closely with the telecoms and pharmaceutical industries, and with a leading Internet service provider, leading and implementing numerous strategy and operational improvement projects on behalf of his clients. At present, Professor Koslow serves as Director of Professionals Japan, an Executive Search firm. Professor Koslow is fluent in Japanese and has lived in Japan for over eight years.
Jerry McAlinn, Professor of LawKeio University Law School, TokyoCertificate, Keio University International Center, Japanese Language Non-degree ProgramLL.M., Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, EnglandJ.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School,B.A., Temple University Spring 2013 Course: Business Planning for International transactions - 3 credits
Professor McAlinn, a Philadelphia native, has lived and worked in Japan for over 25 years. He clerked on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced law in Los Angeles with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and worked in Tokyo as a foreign lawyer at Anderson, Mori & Rabinowitz (now Anderson, Mori & Tomotsune). He served as the regional general counsel for ARCO Chemical Asia Pacific and Nippon Motorola before entering academia. He first taught as a visiting professor at Tokyo University, where he continued to teach as an adjunct for nearly 10 years. He also was an Associate Professor and the first Director of the Temple University Law Program in Japan. He has been on the Faculty of Law of Aoyama Gakuin University and, since 2004, at Keio Law School.
In addition to teaching and writing, Professor McAlinn maintains an active consulting and dispute resolution practice. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and corporate events, and provides clients with a wide variety of training programs, including negotiations, contract drafting and review, and compliance/risk management.
Katsuya Natori, Founder, Natori Law OfficeM.B.A., 1993, Graduate School of Business Administration, Georgetown UniversityLL.M., 1990, Graduate School of Law, University of WashingtonAdmitted to the Japanese Bar, 1986B.A. (Econ.), 1982, Keio University
Katsuya Natori is founder of Natori Law Office. Before founding the law office in 2012, Professor Natori served as Vice President, Global Process Services for IBM Japan after previously serving as its General Counsel. Before joining IBM, Professor Natori applied his international and legal expertise as General Counsel for Uniqlo (2001-2003), Sun Microsystems Japan (1997-2001), and Apple Japan (1995-1997), and as Counsel for Exxon Japan (1993-1995). After admission to the Japanese Bar, he worked as an associate attorney at Nishimura Asahi Law Offices (former Masuda & Ejiri) for three years. Driven by the desire to internationalize his education, Professor Natori acquired an LL.M. degree from the University Of Washington School of Law and an M.B.A. degree from Georgetown University Business School in 1993. Professor Natori also has experience working as a visiting attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle and at Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering in Washington D.C.
Dean Page, CEOForeya PartnersSpring 2013 Course: Co-Faculty for International Taxation - 2 Credits
Dean Page is CEO of Foreya Partners, a Tokyo based venture capital and private equity firm. His career in Asia stretches over nearly 15 years, focused on providing accounting, tax, and business advice to foreign companies doing business in Asia. Dean worked for nearly seven years in the Big 4, most recently as a partner in the Business Tax Advisory group at Ernst & Young (E&Y) in Japan. While at E&Y he served as the inbound tax account leader (TAL) in which role he had broad responsibility for EYs relationships with its foreign multinational clients. At PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan (PwC) Dean headed the Pathfinder Group, a team that specialized in assisting foreign companies to set up in Japan. He also headed the PwC Global Visa Solutions group in Japan. Dean is admitted as both an Attorney (England/Wales & Australia) and as a CPA (U.S. & Australia). He teaches International Tax in the law school at Temple University in Japan where he has acted as an Adjunct Professor since 2001.
Paul Previtera, Senior International Tax ManagerMasters of Tax, Australian School of Tax, University of NSW, Australia Bachelor of Laws, University of New England School of Law, NSW, Australia Bachelor of Economics James Cook University, Queensland, Australia Spring 2013 Course: Co-Faculty for International Taxation - 2 Credits
Paul has more than ten years’ experience assisting primarily U.S. clients in the structuring of their international operations. He has worked as a senior manager in Ernst & Young Japan's Tax practice and in the international tax group of Grant Thornton Japan, where he headed the firm's real estate tax advisory group. Before GT, he worked with a boutique international tax advisory firm in Tokyo. Paul has published numerous articles on international tax and is the Japan correspondent for Tax Notes International. He is a regular speaker at both the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ) and the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ). He chairs the ANZCCJ Finance & Tax sub-committee. He is admitted as an attorney in both the United States and Australia and holds a Masters of Tax from the University of New South Wales.
Grant B. Stillman, Legal AdvisorAsian Development Bank InstitutePh.D. in International Relations, 1991, Monash University (Melbourne)LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, 1985, Georgetown University Law CenterB.A./LL.B. (Hons), 1983, University of MelbourneSpring 2013 Course: International Organizations - 3 Credits
Grant Stillman presently serves as the Legal Adviser and Senior Administrative Officer of the Asian Development Bank Institute, a nonprofit international organization based in Tokyo. His doctorate in International Relations was awarded by Monash University and he obtained a Masters in Public and Private International & Comparative Law while studying as a fellow at Georgetown Law Center. He also served as a Monbusho Post-Graduate Research Fellow at the Graduate School of International Politics, Economics & Business of Aoyama Gakuin University between 1993 and 1995. Dr. Stillman is admitted to the bar in New York and Australia. He has also worked in the United Nations system, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the New York head office of the distinguished law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom. He has recently returned from a midcareer sabbatical at the Geneva Institute for Advanced International and Development Studies (HEI), where he completed his book on global NGOs. In compiling over 25 years experience in international and community law, Dr. Stillman has applied his legal skills in the United States, Japan, Australia, France, Switzerland and the Philippines. For TUJ he has taught public international law, international trade law, and NGO law and governance.
Erika Takeuchi, Senior IP Counsel Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Attorney, Dow Corning Toray Co. Ltd. Ph.D. (Biochemistry), Ohio State UniversityJ.D., Columbia Law SchoolB.Agr., University of TokyoSpring 2013 Course: International Intellectual Property - 3 Credits
An attorney at Dow Corning Corporation, Prof. Takeuchi is responsible for managing, protecting, and fully utilizing intellectual property in the Asia/Pacific region. She previously worked as an Associate at Ropes & Grey, and was among the starting members of the firm’s Tokyo office. Her practice covered a wide array of patent-related matters, mainly in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotech areas, ranging from patent drafting to negotiating joint research agreements. Additionally, she handled more traditional corporate law matters such as assisting acquisition of companies. She has also worked as an attorney at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto. Before law school, Prof. Takeuchi was a research scientist at New York University and a chemist at Novozymes Japan. She has had a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Stanley Yukevich, PartnerMorrison & FoersterJ.D., 1993, University of California, Los AngelesB.A. (magna cum laude), 1986, Harvard UniversitySpring 2013 Course: International Contract Drafting - 3 Credits
Professor Stan Yukevich is a partner at the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster. He lectures on international contract drafting, securities, and related matters. Professor Yukevich's legal practice focuses on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, equity investments and securities offerings. He is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1986 and his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal.