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Spring Semester in Tokyo Program Faculty & Directors Bios

Full-Time Program Faculty and Directors

Finbarr McCarthyFinbarr McCarthy, Director and Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D., 1989, Tulane Law School Ph.D., 1988, Tulane University
Post-Graduate Diploma 1975, University of Amsterdam
B.A., 1974, Trinity College, Dublin
Spring 2014 Course: Trusts & Estates - 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.

Visiting Professor from the Law School

Jaya Ramji-NogalesJaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Spring 2014 Courses:  Evidence (3 credits) & Refugee Law (3-credit writing seminar)

Associate Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales' research areas include empirical assessment of the U.S. asylum system, procedural due process at the intersection of immigration and international human rights law, and transitional justice. She is the co-author of Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (NYU Press 2009) and the co-editor of Bringing the Khmer Rouge to Justice: Prosecuting Mass Violence Before the Cambodian Courts (Mellen Press 2005).

Her teaching areas include Civil Procedure, Evidence, International Law Colloquium, Refugee Law and Policy, and Transitional Justice.

Prof. Ramji-Nogales blogs regularly at IntLawGrrls and Concurring Opinions.


Spring 2014 Program Adjunct Faculty

Kara Abramson, Visiting Fellow
Tokyo University Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
J.D., 2003, Harvard Law School
A.B., 1998, Princeton University
Spring 2014 Course: International Law - 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. 

Nathan N. Frost, US Secretary
US-Japan Joint Committee, US Forces, Japan
Major, USAFR
J.D., University of Nevada-Las Vegas
B.A., Brigham Young University
Spring 2014 Course: Introduction to Japanese Law - 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/CEO
ING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd.
J.D., 1990, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
B.A., 1987, Brigham Young University
Spring 2014 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.

Kelly Knepper-Stephens, General Counsel
Stoneleigh Recovery Services
J.D., 2005, George Washington University Law School
B.A., 1999, American University
Spring 2014 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, Esquire
Managing Director, Professionals Japan
J.D., 2001, Washington University School of Law
Mombusho Scholar, 1996 - 1997, Fukui National University, Fukui
B.A., 1997, Brigham Young University
Spring 2014 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.

Katsuya Natori, Founder, Natori Law Office
M.B.A., 1993, Graduate School of Business Administration, Georgetown University
LL.M., 1990, Graduate School of Law, University of Washington
Admitted to the Japanese Bar, 1986
B.A. (Econ.), 1982, Keio University
Spring 2014 Course: Current Issues in Japanese Law - 2 Credits

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.

Stan Yukevich, Partner
Morrison & Foerster
J.D., 1993, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986, Harvard University
Spring 2014 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.