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I graduated from Colgate University, Harvard Law School, and Yale Divinity School. I practiced law for several years and then began teaching at Creighton University School of Law. I also taught in the School of  Medicine at Creighton.  I was named the first endowed professor at Creighton School of Law. I taught courses in legal ethics, labor law, and medical ethics at Creighton. I began teaching at Siena College in 2000 and have taught courses in business ethics, religion, adn classics.

Degree Program University
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
J.D. Law Harvard Law School
B.A. History Colgate University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I hope to encourage students to ask "Why?" about important issues such as: What is the good life and how do I live it? How can I balance self-interest with conern for others? How can people of different values and beliefs live together in the USA and the world? My teaching emphasizes careful reading of texts, small-group discussion, and writing.

What I Love About Siena

 I love teaching at Siena because students here are interested in the "bigger" issues of how to live a good and meaningful life. It's a great fit for me because my research and scholarly interests focus on ethics and how to live a good life.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

My first-year seminar entitled  "How Should I Live" is a particular favorite of mine because students read about, talk about, and debate questions of morals and meaning. I also like to teach the courses Experiences of the Sacred and Religion and Politics because they raise important questions about how we can respect each other and live togther peacefully despite our differences.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2013 - Now Professor Siena College
2003 - Now Professor of Religious Studies Siena College
2000 - 2002 Douglas T. Hickey Professor of Business Siena College
2000 - 2013 Professor of Accounting and Business Law Siena College
1999 - 2000 Visiting Professor of Law Albany Law School of Union University
1991 - 1999 A.A. and Ethel Yossem Professor of Legal Ethics Creighton University School of Law
1989 - 1993 Assistant Director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics Creighton University
1989 - 1993 Professor of Law Creighton University School of Law
1985 - 1986 Professor of Law Creighton University School of Law
1982 - 1985 Associate Professor of Law Creighton University School of Law
1979 - 1982 Assistant Professor of Law Creighton University School of Law
1977 - 1979 Associate Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Current Research

My research and scholarship focuses on the intersection of religion and ethics, religion and politics, and religion and work; the relationship between literature and ethics; and business and professional ethics.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • The Client Comes First, Unless He's Crooked: Legal and Professional Ethics in Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep
    Creighton Law Review, vol. 44
    April, 2011
  • James Bond and Matt Helm: The Moral Universe of Literature's Most Famous Spy and His Chief Rival
    Mid-Atlantic Almanack
    2008
  • Clients, Courts, and Calling: Rethinking the Practice of Law
    Pepperdine Law Review, vol. 32
    2005
  • In a Dark Wood: Dante as A Spritual Guide for Lawyers
    St. Thomas Law Review, vol. 17
    2005
  • Teaching Business Ethics with The Winter of Our Discontent
    The Steinbeck Review, vol. 2
    2005
  • Business, Sex, and Ethics in The Wayward Bus
    The Steinbeck Review, vol. 1
    2004
  • The Role of a Lawyer's Morals and Religion When Counseling Clients in Bioethics
    Fordham Urban Law Journal, vol. 30
    2002
  • A Christian Perspective on ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    Fordham Urban Law Journal
    April, 2001
  • A Lawyer's Miscellany: Scriptural Resources for Christian Lawyers
    Fordham Urban Law Journal
    1999
  • Lawyers, Clients, and Covenant: A Religious Perspective on Legal Practice and Ethics
    Fordham Law Review
    March, 1998
  • Neither Curse nor Idol: Towards a Spirituality Work for Lawyers
    Texas Tech Law Review
    1996
  • Caregivers' Perspective on Confidentiality for Mothers and Newborns with HIV/AIDS
    Pediatric AIDS and HIV Infection: Fetus to Adolescent
    1993
  • Shooting Elephants, Serving Clients: An Essay on George Orwell and the Lawyer-Client Relationship
    Creighton Law Review
    1993
  • Confidentiality and Its Limits: Ethical Guidelines for Maternal/Pedriatic HIV Infection
    Creighton Law Review
    1992
  • In All This Love Will Be The Best Guide: John Calvin on the Christian's Resort to the Secular Legal System
    The Journal of Law and Religion
    1992
  • Rights, Rules, Relationships: The Wisdom of Solomon and the Ethics of Lawyers
    Creighton Law Review
    1992
  • Christ and Code
    The Catholic Lawyer
    1991
  • Have Briefcase Will Travel: An Essay on the Lawyer as Hired Gun
    Creighton Law Review
    1991
  • Teaching Ethics in Law School
    Teaching Philosophy
    1985
  • Voluntary Racial Goals After Weber: How High is Too High?
    Creighton Law Review
    1984
  • Sexual Harassment by Nonemployees: The Limits of Employer Liability
    Employee Relations law Journal
    1983
  • Sexual Harassment of Female Employees by Non-Supervisory Co-Workers: A Theory of Liability
    Creighton Law Review
    1982
  • National Origin Discrimination and the Ethnic Employee
    Employee Relations law Journal
    1981
  • The Lawyer's Calling: Second Look or Second Thoughts?
    St. John's Law Review
    Spring, 2001
  • The Unity of Law and Religion
    Mercer Law Review, vol. 53
    Spring, 2002

Awards & Distinctions

  • Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration
    Category: Other
    Siena College, 2002
  • Named to the first endowed chair at Siena College when appointed to the Douglas T. Hickey Professor of Business
    Category: Other
    Siena College, 2000
  • Named to the first endowed professorship at the Creighton University School of Law when appointed the A.A. and Ethel Yossem Professor of Legal Ethics
    Category: Other
    Creighton University, 1991
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
    Category: Teaching
    Creighton University School of Law, 1986

Books & Book Chapters

  • John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries
    Scarecrow Press, Inc
    2007
  • The Moral Philosophy of John Steinbeck
    Scarecrow Press, Inc
    2005
  • The Moral Philosophy of John Steinbeck
    Scarecrow Press, Inc
    2005
  • Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought
    Yale University Press
    2001

Presentations

  • Why Ethan Hawley Does Such Bad Things: Morals and Moral Traps in The Winter of our Discontent
    May, 2013
    2013 International John Steinbeck Conference, San Jose, California
  • Catholic Social Teaching in the Classroom
    September, 2012
    Franciscan Focus: The Franciscan and Catholic Tradition of Siena College discusses Acting Ethically in the Economic Marketplace, Loudonville, New York
  • Using Literature to Teach Business Ethics
    April, 2012
    North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Updating Dante: The Relevance of the Divine Comedy for Professionals and Professional Ethics
    2009
    Studies in Medievalism, 24th International Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • Orwellian Echoes in the Songs of Ray Davies
    2008
    Popular Culture/American Culture National Conference, San Francisco, California
  • The Professional Tightrope: Balancing Career and Calling, Contract and Covenant
    2008
    Revitalizing Ethics in Rehabilitation, Rochester, New York
  • Helm, Matt Helm: A Comparison of Moral Issues in the Literature of James Bond and His Chief American Rival
    November, 2007
    Bond, James Bone: The World of 007, Hempstead, New York
  • Promise and Reality in The Big Sleep and The Grapes of Wrath
    March, 2006
    Steinbeck and His Contemporaries, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • In A Dark Wood: Dante As A Spiritual Guide for Lawyers
    2005
    St. Thomas Law Review, Miami, Florida
  • The Practice of Law as a Profession and a Vocation
    2005
    Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • The Practice of Law as a Profession and a Vocation
    2005
    Touro Law School, Huntington, New York
  • Work and Spirituality
    2005
    Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • In A Dark Wood: Dante As A Spiritual Guide for Lawyers
    2004
    St. Thomas Law Review, Miami, Florida
  • The Practice of Law as a Calling
    2004
    Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Clients, Courts, and Calling
    2003
    Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • The Unity of Law and Religion
    2002
    A Symposium: The Theology of the Practice of Law, Macon, Georgia
  • Why Business Ethics Needs John Steinbeck
    2002
    John Steinbeck's Americas: A Centennial Conference, Hempstead, New York
  • Spiritual Values, Ethics, and Law
    January, 2001
    CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, New York, New York
  • The Role of a Lawyer's Religion and Morals When Counseling Clients in Bioethics
    2001
    Religious Values and Legal Dilemmas in Bioethics, New York City, New York
  • Finding Passion and Spirituality in the Practice of Law
    2000
    Faith and Law 2000: Practicing Law and the Spiritual Life, Columbus, Ohio
  • Persons of Faith and the Practice of Law
    2000
    Law, Religion, and the Public Good, Queens, New York