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Scottish Faculty for 2017

Dr Susan Stokeld , Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
Dr Stokeld joined the School of Law in March 2012. She is a qualified Scottish solicitor (now non practising) but previously worked in private practice in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Susan completed a Masters degree (Business and Economics) at Aberdeen University in the Business School where she taught a wide range of management subjects and research methods courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate MBA level. Her doctoral research was conducted at Strathclyde University and her thesis addressed the performance and delivery of professional legal services. She is the Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

Anne-Michelle Slater , Head of School of Law, University of Aberdeen
Slater has been the Head of the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen since 2012. She is a Member of the Centre for Energy Law as a specialist in terrestrial and marine spatial planning law. Her most recent research is part of an interdisciplinary team, funded by NERC, undertaking cooperative participatory evaluation of renewable technology on ecosystem services using the example of offshore wind farm developments in the Firth of Forth. She is also continuing work funded, in part by The Crown Estate, on development of the role of a UK marine planning exchange into a North Sea wide project, with a focus on law, in light of the requirements of the EU Directive establishing a framework for maritime planning 2014/89/EU. She is a member of the Marine Law committee of the Law Society of Scotland and an editorial board member of Environmental Law Reviewthe Journal of Water Law and Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL). Her teaching currently consists of an Honours course in Planning Law (LS 4547) and a postgraduate course in Maritime Spatial Planning (LS 5081). Anne-Michelle is currently supervising PhD and LLM students in the areas of energy, environmental and marine spatial planning law. 

American Faculty for 2017

John Bessler, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Bessler has taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law since 2009, and he has also taught at the University of Minnesota Law School, the George Washington University Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, and Rutgers School of Law-Camden. He clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota, and practiced law for many years in the area of civil litigation as a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Kelly & Berens, P.A.   He has written seven books, five on the subject of capital punishment, one on the origins of American law, and one on the craft of writing. His undergraduate degree is in political science, and in addition to an M.F.A. in Writing, he has a master's degree in international human rights law. His law review articles have appeared in the  American Criminal Law Review , the  Indiana Law Journal , the  Arkansas Law Review , and elsewhere, and his books have received numerous awards.  

Diane Hoffmann,  Director, Law and Health Care Program and Jacob A. France Professor of Health Care Law 
Diane Hoffmann has been on the faculty at Maryland since 1987. Since 2000, she has been Director of the School’s Law & Health Care Program which offers a certificate to graduating students concentrating in health law. She has taught Torts, Law and Medicine, Health Care Law, Legal Problems of the Elderly, Critical Issues in Health Care, Research with Human Subjects, and Health Care for the Poor. Her research interests include issues at the intersection of law, health care, ethics and public policy such as advance directives, pain treatment, termination of life support, genetics, regulation of research, and of managed care. She was a primary author of Maryland's Health Care Decisions Act dealing with advance directives, surrogate decision-making and guardianship for individuals lacking health care decision-making capacity. She has served as a member of a number of ethics committees including those at University of Maryland Medical Systems, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and the VA Medical Center in Baltimore and is author of A Handbook for Nursing Home Ethics Committees published by the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA). She also served as a member of AAHSA's Commission on Ethics in Long Term Care and on the ethics advisory committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization. She is the founder and Director of the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network, an educational resource for ethics committees in Maryland. Her recent scholarship includes a study of the use of health related genetic tests in the court room and an article on the criminal prosecution of physicians for prescription of opioids. 

Staff for 2017

TBA, University of Baltimore
Coordinator for International Law Programs

Carol Lawie, University of Aberdeen
Executive Assistant