Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Columbia Law School
Sudha Setty became Dean of the School of Law in 2018, and has served on the faculty since 2006. Dean Setty has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Law & Terrorism, National Security & Government Accountability, Contracts, and Business Organizations. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law in 2018, a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law in 2014, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011. She was awarded Western New England Law School's Catherine J. Jones Professor of Year Award in 2009, 2016, and 2018, was recognized in 2015 as Trailblazer by the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, and received the 2017 Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award from the Connecticut Bar Association. In July 2018, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
Dean Setty's scholarly work focuses on comparative analysis of separation of powers, rule of law and national security. Her monograph, National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She has written dozens of law review articles and book chapters on national security and the rule of law, as well as editing the 2014 book, Constitutions, Security, and the Rule of Law. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy and the executive committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.
Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England, Dean Setty was a litigator with the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she focused on antitrust and securities regulation matters. She served as defense counsel in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters involving national security issues, including terrorism financing investigations and lawsuits, and a pro bono matter challenging sentencing guidelines for those convicted of terrorist acts. Her pro bono practice also included litigating federal civil rights cases, working on state constitutional challenges to immigration-related ballot initiatives, and the mentoring of New York City high school students. Dean Setty graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School and received her A.B. in History (concentration in comparative civil rights) with honors from Stanford University.
Beth D. Cohen
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Director, Legal Research and Writing Program
B.A.,State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Beth Cohen has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2009. Dean Cohen also serves as Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and teaches Lawyering Skills and the Law Practice Externship Seminar. She has also taught Professional Responsibility and currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Dean Cohen is a board member of Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers.
Dean Cohen has taught at Western New England University School of Law since 1990. Prior to teaching at Western New England University she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court in Springfield, MA and worked as an Associate at a small general practice law firm in Boston. She also taught Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School, where, as a student, she served on their Law Review. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and also earned a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning
B.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
J.D., West Virginia University College of Law
Michael Johnson has been at Western New England University School of Law since 2003 where he started as Assistant Director of Admissions. Dean Johnson has served as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Western New England University School of Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law. He has served on the Law School Admission Council’s Legal Affairs and Finance Committee, the LGBT Subcommittee and Misconduct and Irregularities in Admissions Process Subcommittee. He is currently serving a three year term as Board of Trustee for LSAC. Prior to joining Western New England University School of Law, Dean Johnson was a flight attendant for USAirways for 13 years.
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning
Clinical Professor of Law
B.A., Earlham College
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
Lauren Carasik joined the faculty in 2000 and has directed the Discrimination Law Clinic and the Legal Services Clinic, and has taught in the Judicial and Public Interest Externship Programs. Dean Carasik established the International Human Rights Clinic in 2011, which she currently directs. She has served as the Associate Dean of Clinics since 2015.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dean Carasik practiced law in the elder unit at Merrimack Valley Legal Services before opening her solo practice concentrating in disability rights and mental health law. She left private practice to join the staff of the Center for Public Representation, a nationally recognized expert in the field of disability law, where she supervised the Disability Law Clinic.
Dean Carasik’s areas of interest include international human rights law, specifically focused on human rights and development, transitional justice, and corporate accountability. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review, and the Indiana Law Review. She frequently writes commentary pieces.
Office: L 337
Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources
Professor of Law
B.A.., University of Massachusetts
M.A., George Washington University
M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
J.D., Western New England University School of Law
Pat Newcombe has served as the Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources since 2011. She has been with Western New England University School of Law since 1995, holding a variety of librarian and administrative positions in the Library. She teaches Advanced Lawyering Skills, Advanced Legal Research, and Lawyering Skills. Dean Newcombe writes and revises the chapter on "Legal Citation Form" in the treatise Fundamentals of Legal Research. She currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate of Hampden County.
A 2001 cum laude graduate of the School of Law, Dean Newcombe also served as the Articles Editor for the Western New England Law Review. She has taught Legal Research and Writing at Bay Path University and Elms College; and courses on Law Librarianship and Information Policy at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Prior to working in academia, Dean Newcombe worked in the private sector at Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C., and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.
Assistant Dean of Law Admissions
B.A.., Boston University
M.Ed., Boston University
MELP, Vermont Law School
J.D., Vermont Law School
Anthony Orlando has been with Western New England University School of Law since June 2015 and previously served as Assistant Director of Law Admissions. Before coming to the School of Law, he practiced in real estate law and estate planning in Leominster, MA. Prior to attending Vermont Law School, he was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Boston University from 2005-2009. Anthony works with the Dean and faculty members, including the Admissions Committee, to manage the development and implementation of the School’s admissions program.
Assistant Dean of Law Career Services
J.D., Western New England University School of Law, 2015
A.B., Smith College, 2009
Laura Fisher has been with Western New England University School of Law since 2017. After obtaining her J.D. summa cum laude from WNE Law, Laura worked as an associate attorney with Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, practicing in the areas of employee benefits and school law. While in law school, Laura served both as an associate member of the Western New England Law Review and the Senior Articles Editor of Volume 37 of the publication. Prior to law school, Laura worked as a paralegal in a small general practice firm in Amherst, Massachusetts. Laura is responsible for managing the programs of the Career Services Office and works with students, alumnae, and employers with regard to all aspects of career development and job placement.