I have essentially had two careers. For 28 years, I was a trial attorney heading my own practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, specializing in civil litigation. In early 2000, I decided to change careers and dedicate myself to teaching because I discovered that my roles as a lecturer and athletic coach, in motivating and guiding the intellectual growth of young people, gave me great satisfaction. When I retired from my law practice, I had the great fortune of being hired as a part-time professor, teaching history at Philadelphia University.
I have become the Director of the Law and Society program where my responsibilities include teaching, course creation, academic and professional advising and growing the major. I’m pleased to state that my career change led to personal intellectual and professional fulfillment beyond even my expectations and hopes.
The best teaching moments are when you can see the light go on in your students’ minds. This is especially rewarding when the student is initially a shy and reluctant participant. Once coaxed into participating, they soon discover that they actually can significantly add to the class and earn the respect of their cohorts. You can see their confidence in themselves and in their intellectual ability grow. Suddenly a world, once closed or uninteresting to them, has become open to their analysis and involvement. These are definitely the best moments.
Recently, I have spent a lot of time discussing the nationally recognized Single Bullet Exhibit I recently made with law and society students, as well as other PhilaU students and staff.
Professor D. Bruce Hanes
I am currently the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court in Montgomery County having been elected in 2007 and re-elected last year. I am an attorney and have been in private practice for more than 37 years specializing in civil litigation, wills and estates. Before entering private practice, I served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice and was a Hearing Officer for the Federal Employee Appeals Authority.
I have been an adjunct professor of real estate law and practice at Philadelphia Community College and the Temple Real Estate Institute. I am currently an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University. Where I teach Philadelphia Law and Politics I received my BA from the University of Maryland and my JD from Temple University Law School.
During my Army service, I attended the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California. I was subsequently assigned to the National Security Agency as a Turkish translator. For the past nine years, I have served as the Attorney Advisor for the Little Flower High School Mock Trial team. An amateur Civil War historian, I have lectured extensively on the various legal issues related to the conflict.
I have been an attorney for over 25 years. I maintain my own law practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that concentrates in Business Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). I am arbitrator, mediator and an instructor for Continuing Legal Education courses. I served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for over 12 years. My assignments included Major Trials and the Homicide Unit. I will be teaching Forensic Law starting in the spring semester of 2014.
Professor Henry Buehner
I am a PhD candidate in American history at Temple University, and currently hold a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied history and political science. I am interested in Colonial American and Early Modern British histories, especially Anglo-American imperial relations in the 17th and 18th centuries. My expertise covers American social, political, legal, and intellectual history. At Philadelphia University, I teach both American history and several Law and Society courses.
Professor Alan Barr
I served for more than thirty years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland as an antitrust specialist. For more than 19 years I was the Deputy Chief of the Antitrust Division. I have earned a Master’s in Sociology from York University (Toronto) and a JD from University of Maryland School of Law. I have taught for three years at Philadelphia University as an adjunct professor.