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Legal Studies

Laura Quilter is the Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Libraries.  Laura has a M.S. in Library and Information Science (University of Kentucky, 1993) and a J.D. (UC Berkeley School of Law, 2003).  

She has taught as an adjunct professor at Simmons College,...Read more

Janet Rifkin

Janet Rifkin is Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also served as Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a graduate Sarah Lawrence College and the New York University School of Law. Her main area of expertise is...Read more

Peter d'Errico

Professor d'Errico retired from the University in August, 2002. A central figure in the development of the Legal Studies Department here at UMass, his research and teaching were focused on the legal issues of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. He has also been active in litigation of indigenous peoples' issues.

Lauren McCarthy

My research and teaching focus on laws and legal systems of countries around the world, especially Russia. My current research examines how law enforcement agencies (police and prosecutors) have implemented laws against human trafficking in Russia. More broadly I am interested in post-Soviet politics, comparative and international law, and...Read more

Leah Wing

Leah is Senior Lecturer II on the faculty in the Legal Studies Program where she has taught since 1993. Her teaching and research utilize law and society scholarship, and critical race legal theory in particular, to interrogate the relationship between disputing and justice. Her areas of concentration are the...Read more

Alan Gaitenby

Alan Gaitenby is a senior lecturer in legal studies. His interests range from the construction of socially meaningful spaces (online and off) to the political and social implications of the discourse of exposure / privacy, and the aesthetics of data. He has published on online dispute and conflict resolution...Read more

Paul M. Collins, Jr.

My research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and social movement litigation.Read more

“Being a lawyer is a tool,” says Anthony Barsamian ’86 (Legal Studies), managing partner of Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. “It needs to be applied to something relevant. Using that tool to advocate for others—both individuals and the community—is what brought me to where...Read more


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