Eric J. Gouvin
Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., Cornell University
J.D., LL.M., Boston University School of Law
M.P.A., Harvard University
Eric Gouvin became Dean of the School of Law in 2013. He practiced corporate, commercial, and banking law with a large firm in Portland, Maine. While in practice Dean Gouvin worked on matters for business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held concerns.
He has long been involved in transactional law education and the promotion of entrepreneurship. He founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England and serves on the Board of Editors for the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw website. He was a longtime member of the Board of Advisors for the Scibelli Enterprise Center, and currently serves on the entrepreneurial ecosytem committee of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
His primary area of scholarly interest is corporate and entrepreneurship law. He is a coauthor of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups and numerous law review articles on a wide variety of topics, often with an international or comparative perspective. He has also written several lessons on corporate law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) library. Dean Gouvin is an active member of the American Bar Association, where he has chaired the Adjunct Faculty Committee for the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and the Business Law Education Committee for the Business Law Section. Dean Gouvin is a prior Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.
In addition to his service at Western New England, Dean Gouvin has also taught a course in comparative corporate law several times as a Visiting Professor at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense in France and at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. In the spring of 2012 he delivered a series of lectures about comparative corporate law in Chongqing, China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist.
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 for Clinics
Clinical Professor of Law
B.A., Earlham College
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
Office: L 337
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning
B.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte
J.D., West Virginia University College of Law
Michael A. Johnson serves as the Associate Dean for Law Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Michael has been at Western New England University School of Law since 2003 where he started as Assistant Director of Admissions. Michael 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, Michael was a flight attendant for USAirways for 13 years.
Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources
Associate 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.
Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Intellectual Life
Professor of Law
B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Columbia Law School
Professor Setty's scholarly work focuses on comparative analysis of separation of powers, rule of law and national security issues. Her recently completed book, National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
Her other recent scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the Chicago-Kent Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, and Harvard National Security Journal, and she is the editor of 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. Professor Setty has been quoted in stories about national security law in the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other national and local media outlets. Her most recent scholarly work is available on SSRN.
Professor Setty currently teaches Constitutional Law, Law & Terrorism, and Business Organizations. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law in 2014. She was awarded Western New England Law School's Catherine J. Jones Professor of Year Award in both 2009 and 2016, 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.
Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England, Professor 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. Professor 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.
Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs
J.D., Suffolk University School of Law
B.S., Salem State University
Dean Kukas is responsible for designing, administering, and overseeing the Law School’s bar examination preparation efforts and activities, including teaching classes, counseling bar applicants, and working with students on an individual and group basis. Dean Kukas works closely with faculty, staff, and commercial bar preparation companies. She is responsible for implementing a comprehensive bar passage program commencing in a student’s first year of law school and continuing throughout the law school program. Dean Kukas has worked in test preparation for the Kaplan and PMBR (Pre-Multistate Bar Review) organizations for 18 years, specifically focusing on bar review for nearly 10 years. She has created curriculum for bar preparation courses, taught bar review programs at several law schools as well as tutored and lectured in commercial bar classes. She practiced law for five years before moving into academic support roles.
Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions
B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice
J.D. Quinnipiac University
Dean Mangione serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Law Admissions. She has been with Western New England University School of Law since January 2009 and served as Assistant Director of Law Admissions. Dean Mangione works with the Dean and faculty members, including the Admissions Committee, to assist in the development and implementation of the School’s admissions program.
MARK W. WORTHINGTON
Director, Graduate Programs in Elder Law and Estate Planning
Professor from Practice
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 is a 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.
Phone: (413) 796-2041
Office: Room 306
Law School Registrar
A.S., Bay Path College
A.S., Holyoke Community College
B.S., Western New England University
Law School Operations Officer/Assistant to the Dean
A.S., Central New England College
Marie K. Fletcher
Clinical Programs Administrator
B.S., Eastern University
Marie Fletcher provides administrative management for the School of Law's Clinic and Externship programs. She has been with Western New England University School of Law since 2004 and previously served as the Career Services Recruitment Coordinator. Prior to joining Western New England University School of Law, Marie worked in the health insurance field as an operations manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in both Pennsylvania and New York.
Office: 649 Br.