Trial Advocacy Faculty

Richard Barrett

Prof. Barrett is a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, where he is the Chief of Corruption, Civil Rights, Tax and Labor Section. Prior to joining the U.S Attorney's he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Prof. Barrett teaches both international criminal law and trial advocacy. He is the co-author of Lessons of Yugoslavia Rape Trials: A Role for Conspiracy Law in International Tribunals, 88 Minnesota Law Review 30 (2003).

Marissa Bluestine

Prof. Bluestine is the Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which is housed at Temple University. She is a former national quarter-finalist and coach for the Temple Trial Teams and a former Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Bretschneider

Prof. Bretschneider is the Director of Experiential Programs and an Associate Professor. She also coaches our Trial Teams. Prof. Bretschneider formerly worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office in the Homicide Unit and the Family Violence Unit.

Carrie Cinquanto

Prof. Cinquanto is a former Assistant Federal Defender in Texas and NAVY Jag Officer and who is now the managing member of Cornerstone Legal Consultants. She is the former director of Temple's LLM in Trial Advocacy program as well as a former Trial Team coach.

Mary DeFusco

Prof DeFusco serves as the Director of Training and Recruitment for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She is also the Defender Association's representative on the Oversight Committee of the Philadelphia Treatment Court and is also a founding board member of Dawn's Place, a program that serves the needs of trafficked and prostituted women. She teaches nationally and locally for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Prof. DeFusco also teaches Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA) and teaches Trial Advocacy to LLM students from China in the summer program.

Patrick Egan

Prof. Egan is a partner at Fox Rothschild where he chairs the White Collar Crime section. He is also a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he serves on the advisory board for The Champion Magazine.

Bruce Franzel

Prof. Franzel, a former Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, is a partner at Oxenburg & Franzel. He has presented on criminal defense issues at numerous CLEs and is on the executive board of the Philadelphia Bar Association Criminal Justice Section as well as the executive board of the Criminal Law Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Prof. Franzel also teaches Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA).

Henry Hockeimer, Jr.

Prof. Hockeimer, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, is a partner at Ballard Spahr in the Litigation Department and a member of Ballard's Consumer Financial Services Group and Corporate and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities fraud, and complex civil litigation.

Hayes Hunt

Prof. Hunt, former Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia, is a member of Cozen O'Connor's White Collar and Complex Criminal Defense Group and concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals, corporations and executives in a wide variety federal and state criminal law and regulatory enforcement matters as well as civil litigation. He was the program director for the 2007 and 2009 Cozen O'Connor Trial Academy and was also the program director for the 2008 and 2010 Cozen O'Connor Deposition Program. He teaches for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Sara Jacobson

Prof. Jacobson is the Director of Trial Advocacy Programs and an Associate Professor at Temple. She also coaches the trial teams. Before joining the faculty at Temple, Prof. Jacobson worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia and Berks Counties, specializing in juvenile defense. The former Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Prof. Jacobson ran statewide trainings for juvenile defenders. She also taught a Criminal Defense Clinic for Penn Law School.

Richard Kolb

Prof. Kolb is a partner at White and Williams in the Litigation Department and a senior member of the Healthcare Law Group. He has been an active trial lawyer for over thirty years, primarily defending physicians and healthcare institutions in medical malpractice litigation. He has been an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has participated as a faculty member in numerous CLE programs teaching trial advocacy skills.

Maureen McCartney

Prof. McCartney is the current Deputy Chief of Violent Crimes & Firearms at the United States Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Before becoming an AUSA, she was full time faculty at Temple Law School, serving as the Director of Trial Advocacy Programs and an Associate Professor. She also coached many Temple trial teams. She has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where she was the Assistant Chief of the Municipal Court Unit and instrumental in the prosecution of the clergy sex abuse cases as part of the Special Investigations Unit. She also served as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Beth Hadayia

Prof. Hadayia is an attorney in the Capitol Habeas Unit of the Fderal Community Defender and a former Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia. Prof. Hadayia also teaches Criminal Law at Temple in the summer session for foreign LLM students.

The Honorable Patricia McInerney

A graduate of Temple Law School, Prof. McInerney is a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.

Timothy J. McNamara

Prof. McNamara is a shareholder at Stark & Stark as a member of their Personal Injury Group. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Prof. McNamara was a senior staff member of the Mercer County (NJ) Prosecutor's office where he served as Chief of the Special Investigations Unit, Chief of the Grand Jury Unit, Chief of the Forfeiture Unit, Trial Team Leader, and Chief of the Drug Court.

Paul Messing

Paul Messing, a former Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia, is a partner at Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, where he specializes in civil rights litigation and criminal defense. Professor Messing also teaches Introduction to Trial Advocacy and teaches Trial Advocacy to LLM Students from China in the summer.

Dan Miller

Daniel R. Miller, of Berger & Montague, P.C., concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, representing whistleblowers in state and federal False Claim Act cases against companies or contractors who have committed fraud, and representing individual and class plaintiffs in consumer protection actions. He is a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware.

The Honorable Phil Restrepo

Prof. Restrepo, a former Assistant Federal Public Defender in Philadelphia, is a Federal Magistrate-Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Restrepo is a past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and has served on numerous boards including the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar. He has taught programs for Judges and Prosecutors in China for Temple, and has trained Assistant US Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mia Roberts-Perez

Prof. Roberts-Perez is a sole practitioner, specializing in criminal defense. Previously she worked as an Associate with Jalon & Rossman, and practiced municipal law as an Associate at Friedman Schuman. She is also a former Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple Law, Prof. Roberts-Perez is a former trial team coach and a former member of the National Trial Team.

Natasha Taylor-Smith

Prof. Taylor-Smith, a former Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia, is a sole practitioner who primarily practices criminal defense.

Karl Schwartz

Prof. Schwartz recently joined the Capitol Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender's Office of Delaware after many years of practice as an assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia where he was assigned to the homicide division. Prof. Scwhartz also teaches Introduction to Trial Advocacy.

Advanced Trial Advocacy (ATA) Faculty

Daniel Alva

Prof. Alva is a partner at Alva & Associates, which handles all areas of trial work, concentrating in state, federal, local and national criminal trials. Prof. Alva belongs to the National and Pennsylvania Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is Co-Chair of the Municipal Court Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg

Prof. Goldberg is a United States federal judge for the District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before joining the federal bench he was a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County, an Assistant US Attorney, and an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple Law School, Prof. Goldberg was a member of Temple's National Trial Team.

Herbert F. Kolsby

Founding partner of Kolsby Gordon, Prof. Kolsby is a nationally recognized trial attorney. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. He was awarded the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association's Michael A. Musmanno Award and was instrumental in the creation of the L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy Program at Temple Law. In recognition of his accomplishments and his dedication to the Law School, Temple created a distinguished lectureship in advocacy and litigation in his name.

Judge Juan Sanchez

Prof. Sanchez received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Benjamin R. Jones Award for his commitment to humanity and the law. After a career with Legal Aid and the Public Defender's Office of Chester County, Judge Sanchez was elected to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas in 1997, where he served until 2004 when inducted to a seat on the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania. Prof. Sanchez also teaches in the Integrated Trail Advocacy Program.

Judge Timothy Rice

Prof. Rice is a United States Magistrate-Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Temple Law Review. Prof. Rice was as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, serving as Chief of the Criminal Division and supervising the Financial Institution Fraud Section and the Public Corruption Section. At Temple he teaches Evidence as well as Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy.

Marc Steinberg

Prof. Steinberg has been the Managing Partner of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford since 1980, and has been a member of the firm since 1976. He is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Montgomery Bar Association in criminal and civil areas. In 2005, he was named the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association.

Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA) Faculty

Barbara Ashcroft

Prof. Ashcroft is the Director of the L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy Program and an Associate Professor. She also coaches for the Trial Team and is the former Director of the Regional Trial Competition run by Temple Law each Spring. Before joining the faculty at Temple, Prof. Ashcroft worked as a prosecutor in Montgomery County, trying homicides and sexual assault cases.

Dina Chavar

Prof. Chavar is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Wilmington, DE and a former Assistant Federal Defender at the Community Defender office of Philadelphia where she staffed Judge Felipe L. Restrepo's Re-entry Court program. At the Community Defender of Philadelphia she served as clinical instructor at Temple Law School.

Fred Goodman

Prof. Goodman is an Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia where he is assigned to the homicide unit. He serves as faculty for the annual statewide defender training run by the Defender Association of Pennsylvania.

Tariq El-Shabazz

Prof. El-Shabazz is the managing and founding partner at El-Shabazz and Harris. He has practiced complex civil and criminal litigation in both Federal and State Court for more than 18 years. Mr. El-Shabazz serves as a legal analyst to a variety of TV newscasts. As well as teaching ITA, Prof. El-Shabazz also lectures for Temple's LLM in Trial Advocacy Program.

Jeffery W. Whitt

Prof. Whitt has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1979. He has served as a Senior Litigation Counsel and a Deputy Section Chief for the President's Drug Task Force and Narcotics Section. Formerly, he worked as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia. He also teaches trial advocacy as a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.