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Mark W. Worthington, Professor and Director 

Professor from Practice
Director, Graduate Program (LL.M.) in Elder Law and Estate Planning 

B.S.E.E., University of Rochester
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University School of Law

Mark Worthington holds the title Professor from Practice and Director of the Graduate Program in Elder Law and Estate Planning.  He is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, and served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 2007.  Professor Worthington teaches Medicaid Planning and Planning with Grantor Trusts in the Graduate Program.

Email: mark.worthington@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-796-2041

Frederick D. Royal, Professor of Law

Professor of Law 

B.A., University of Massachusetts
J.D., Cornell University School of Law
LL.M., Boston University School of Law

Frederick Royal is a Professor of Law and has served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate Program in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Professor Royal has also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law. Professor Royal was a Law Clerk to United States Tax Court Judge William M. Drennen for two years. Before joining the faculty in 1978, he specialized in the practice of tax law and estate planning. He has published in the areas of tax procedure, corporate taxation, and estate planning. His most recent publication is Chapter 22, “Representing a Trustee” in Understanding and Using Trusts, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2005. He is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs, including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Professor Royal teaches in the areas of Corporate Taxation, Income Taxation of Pass-Through Entities, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes, Estate Planning, and Business and Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Business Entities.

Email: froyal@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1422

William G. Baker, Professor of Law EMERITUS

B.A., Clarkson College
J.D., Union College, Albany Law School

Professor William G. Baker, a member of the faculty since 1975, is a former Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Judge Andrew V. Siracuse. He has been a consultant to the Rochester, NY, law firms of Kaufman, Kenning, Tyle and D’Amanda and Pauley & Barney. He is a frequent program participant, speaking in the areas of estate planning and real estate transactions. He has written numerous articles on estate planning. Presently, he serves as an associate editor to the American Bar Association Probate and Real Property Journal. His pro bono work often consists of assisting not-for-profit corporations. Professor Baker teaches in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes, and Planning for Charitable Transfers.

Jennifer L. Levi, Professor of Law 

A.B., Wellesley College
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Professor Jennifer L. Levi has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of women, children, the poor, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered clients. Most recently, Professor Levi was senior staff attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston. Prior to that, she was a visiting professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, worked as an associate attorney for two Chicago law firms, and clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. Professor Levi served as cocounsel for the seven same-sex marriage couples who sued the Commonwealth for denying them the right to obtain marriage licenses in the landmark case Goodridge et al V. the Department of Public Health. Professor Levi teaches Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples.

Email: jlevi@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1448

Barbara A. Noah, Professor of Law

B.A., Union College
J.D., Harvard Law School 

Professor Barbara Noah is a member of the faculty at Western New England University School of Law. After receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School, she spent two years in private practice in Washington, DC, specializing in drug and medical device law. She then taught a variety of Health Law and Bioethics courses for eight years at the University of Florida's Colleges of Law, Medicine and Health Professions as a Lecturer in Law. Professor Noah also has prior experience as a member of a hospital ethics committee and an institutional review board at Florida's teaching hospital and as a member of Baystate Medical Center's institutional review board. She is currently a member of Mercy Hospital's Ethics and Justice Committee and Ethics Consult Committee. Her current research interests include legal and ethical issues in end-of-life decision making, pediatric health issues, racial disparities in the delivery of health care, clinical research ethics, and the impact of politics in science and medicine. Professor Noah joined Western New England University's law faculty as an Associate Professor in 2005 and teaches Torts and a variety of health law subjects. Professor Noah teaches End of Life Law.

Email: bnoah@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1432

Hyman G. Darling, Adjunct Professor of Law 

A.B., Boston University
J.D., Western New England University School of Law

Hyman G. Darling is a shareholder in the law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C. of Springfield, MA and is Chairman of the Estate Planning, Elder Law Department of the firm. His areas of expertise include estate planning, probate, and elder law. Professor Darling is the author of numerous articles on elder law and estate planning and is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs, including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Massachusetts Bar Association. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Western New England University School of Law for more than a decade. Professor Darling teaches Elder Law.

Email: hdarling@baconwilson.com
Phone: 413-781-0560

Brenda S. Doherty, Adjunct Professor of Law 

A.B., Brown University 
J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M., in Taxation, Boston University School of Law

Brenda S. Doherty works for the law firm Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, taxation and business law. She is a member of the Education Committee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, on the Board of Directors of Western Mass. Legal Services, and Vice Chair of the Springfield Board of Appeals. Professor Doherty teaches Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits.

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Michele J. Feinstein, Adjunct Professor of Law 

B.S., Boston University
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University School of Law

Michele J. Feinstein is a shareholder in the Springfield law firm of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. where she practices in the areas of estate planning, including probate and the administration of estates and elder law, and business planning, including all aspects of planning for the succession of business interests, and representation of closely held businesses and their owners. Professor Feinstein is a frequent lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Massachusetts Bar Association on estate planning, estate administration, and elder law topics. Professor Feinstein teaches Fiduciary Administration.

Email: mfeinstein@ssfpc.com
Phone: 413-737-1131

Christopher J. Hug, Adjunct Professor of Law 

A.B., Brown University
J.D., Western New England University School of Law

Christopher J. Hug is a Partner at Robinson & Cole LLP. He focuses exclusively on dispute resolution, whether in litigation, arbitration and/or mediation contexts. Since 2011, he has served as a member of the Connecticut Probate Practice Book Advisory Committee that is responsible for drafting a comprehensive probate practice manual for the Connecticut Probate Courts. A significant part of his practice relates to the representation of parties in contested probate matters before the various courts of Connecticut. Such matters typically include will contests, conservatorships and various claims for breach of fiduciary duty. He also assists various health entities in resolving matters related to conservatorships, psychiatric disabilities, and end-of-life issues. He has lectured on conversatorships and discovery practice in probate matters. He is affiliated with the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). Professor Hug teaches Fiduciary Administration.

Email: chug@rc.com
Phone: 860-275-8294

KAREN B. JoHNSON, Adjunct Professor of Law 

B.A., Clark University
J.D., Duke University School of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University School of Law

Karen B. Johnson is a shareholder of Madge & Johnson, P.C., with its office in Westford, Massachusetts.  She is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and holds an LLM degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.  She is designated a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Estate Planning by Boston Magazine.  In addition to traditional estate planning services, including strategies for high net worth families, Professor Johnson assists elderly and disabled individuals and their families with applying and qualifying for governmental assistance programs offered by the Veteran's Administration and Medicaid.  Professor Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is the Vice President and Board Member of the Massachusetts Chapter.  Professor Johnson teaches Final Drafting Project.

Email: karen.johnson@madgejohnson.com
Phone: 978-692-0922

Paula M. Jones, Adjunct Professor of Law 

B.S., West Chester University
J.D., Widener University School of Law

Paula M. Jones has almost twenty years of experience advising moderate to high net worth individuals and business owners on all aspects of domestic and international estate law.  After practicing for a decade at large law firms, Professor Jones opened her own practice in 2016 and her present position is Principal. Her practice areas include, estate planning, lifetime giving, estate and trusts, business succession planning, international estate planning foreign accounts and assets.  Professor Jones teaches International Estate Planning.

Email: paula@paulajoneslaw.com
Phone: 484-680-1143

Vincent A. Liberti Jr., Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Union College
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
LL.M., in Estate Planning and Elder Law, Western New England University School of Law
 
Vincent A. Liberti's practice encompasses matters dealing with wealth acquisition, preservation and transfer. His practice entails the use of wills, trusts, and sophisticated estate planning techniques; elder law representation; probate administration and fiduciary representation; business formation and succession planning; commercial real estate transactions, including IRC Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Vincent is a Partner at Halloran and Sage, LLP with a main office in Hartford, Connecticut and is Chair of their estate planning and probate and their business succession practice groups. He previously managed his own law practice and before becoming a lawyer was involved in real estate and mortgage brokerage. Professor Liberti teaches Wills & Trusts: Design, Drafting and Implementation.

Email:  liberti@halloransage.com
Phone: 806-241-4048

Leslie S. Madge, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Northeastern University
J.D., New England School of Law

Leslie S. Madge's practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and elder law.  She is Partner in Madge & Johnson, PC. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), through the National Elder Law Foundation, a certifying organization accredited by the American Bar Association. Attorney Madge has lectured and published extensively through Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Suffolk University Advanced Legal Studies. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law.  Professor Madge teaches Elder Law Simulation and Elder Law II. 

Email: leslie.madge@madgejohnson.com
Phone: 978-692-0922

Kelley Cooper Miller, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law School

Kelley C. Miller is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP. She regularly lectures in tax at Georgetown University Law Center. She is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Chair of the Law Student Tax Challenge Competition, member of the Federal Bar Association Tax Section, and member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Professor Miller teaches Income Taxation of Pass-Through Entities. 

Email: kmiller@reedsmith.com
Phone: 215-851-8855

Margot N. Parrot, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of Massachusetts
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
LL.M., Western New England University School of Law

Margot N. Parrot has recently retired as a solo practitioner, focusing on the areas of Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning for Traditional and Non-Traditional Families, Elder Law, and Small Business. She has volunteered on the boards of nonprofit organizations, in local government and in local and state political campaigns. She currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Professor Parrot teaches Elder Law.

Email: mparrot@parrotlaw.com
Phone: 978-830-4542

stephen j. Spano, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.B.A., Northeastern University
J.D., New England School of Law
 
The Law Office of Stephen Spano is dedicated solely to Elder Law and Estates.  Attorney Spano is one of only several Massachusetts Elder Law Attorneys who is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.  The Firm's extensive staff and specialization solely in Elder Law and Estates, provides clients the security in knowing that their concerns are being addressed by dedicated and caring specialists. The Firm takes pride in not only providing unparalled service, but also expert knowledge.  An example of that knowledge is the depth and breadth of continuation education in which the entire staff participates on a regular basis. His practice areas include, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts and Wills. Professor Spano teaches Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.

Email: stephen@spanodawicki.com
Phone: 781-231-7800

david S. Staggs, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Francis Marion University
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University School of Law
 
David S. Staggs holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, where he focused his coursework on taxation of privately owned businesses. He graduated with both Distinction and Dean's List honors.  Attorney Staggs received his Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While a student in the J.D. program, he served as Research Assistant to the Associate Dean of the Estate Planning and Elder Law LL.M. Program. He is an Associate Attorney at Pierro, Connor & Associates. Prior to joining Pierro, Connor & Associates, LLC, Attorney Staggs served as Associate Editor for the Wealth Strategies Journal, where he monitored, reviewed, and summarized updates in the worlds of taxation, estate planning, and elder law.  His practice areas include both simple and complex Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning, Asset Protection, Charitable Giving, Tax Planning and Estate Planning for Retirement Assets.  Professor Staggs teaches Wills & Trusts and Wealth Planning with Life Insurance.

Email: dstaggs@pierrolaw.com
Phone: 518-459-2100

michelle l. ward, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
LL.M., Western New England University School of Law

Michelle L. Ward is a partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP where her emphasis is in estate planning with primary focus on retirement distribution planning.  She also analyzes trusts for designated beneficiary status, drafts private letter ruling requests and prepares specimen retirement planning documents.  Michelle is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning through the National Institute for Excellence in Professional Education, LLC.  She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Penton Media's Trusts and Estates magazine and is an Associate Editor and regular columnist for the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.  She is also co-author of Panel Publishing's Roth IRA Answer Book, Panel Publishing's Quick Reference to IRAs and AICPA's The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: Tools, Tips, and Tactics.  Michelle has also authored articles appearing in Trusts & Estates, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Journal of Retirement Planning.  Professor Ward teaches Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits.

Email: michelle.ward@keeblerandassociates.com
Phone: 920-593-1703