Business and Transactional Law Faculty

Faculty members of the Business and Transactional Law Center bring diverse and sophisticated backgrounds to the Center. The combined experience of the faculty make the educational experience of Center students rich, rigorous, and rewarding. Students learn from former government attorneys, big-firm practitioners, investment bankers, in-house counsel, and non-profit executives. The faculty includes MBAs, a CPA, active members of state and national bar associations, leading scholars, and graduates of the country's top educational institutions, all of whom are well-respected teachers.

Photograph: Amy Westbrook.Amy Deen Westbrook
Director, Business and Transactional Law Center & Kurt M. Sager Memorial Distinguished Professor of International and Commercial Law

Professor Westbrook's teaching and research focus on international, financial and transactional subjects. Her current work focuses on whether U.S. securities laws require disclosure of companies' operations in countries that sponsor terrorism. She also continues her long-standing work on legal education for transactional practice. In her previous position at the University of Buffalo Law School, Professor Westbrook was the Director of the University of Buffalo New York City Program in International Finance and Law.

Photograph: Andrea Boyack.Andrea J. Boyack
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Boyack has written and presented on issues relating to the housing crisis, the secondary mortgage market, and common interest community governance. Her current scholarship focuses on transactional freedom and individual liberties in the context of real property development and control, including issues regarding society's optimal allocation of risk, costs, power and resources. She practiced corporate and real estate law for 13 years in New York City and the Washington, D.C. areas also served as in-house regional counsel to Toll Brothers, Inc., the largest publicly held national development company.

Photograph: Will Foster.William E. Foster
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Foster teaches tax and transactional courses. His scholarship has examined tax issues related to litigation recoveries and political and historical influences on the tax code. Before coming to Washburn, Professor Foster was an attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he focused on tax and corporate matters. His practice extended to private equity and financing matters for a variety of companies, as well as corporate acquisitions and reorganizations.

Photograph: Janet Thompson Jackson.Janet Thompson Jackson
Director, Small Business and Transactional Law Clinic &
Professor of Law

In addition to directing the Small Business and Transactional Law Clinic and teaching, Professor Jackson chairs the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She has practiced law with law firms in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was Executive Director of a non-profit organization that provides housing and employment services to homeless and low-income families.

Photograph: Patricia Judd.Patricia L. Judd
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Judd is an experienced international trade attorney with a master of laws in intellectual property law. She has advised U.S. and foreign governments regarding intellectual property protection and international trade policy, and has directed copyright enforcement initiatives worldwide. Professor Judd previously served as executive director of international copyright enforcement and trade policy for the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C. and was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and an international consultant to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney, Australia.

Photograph: Ali Khan.Liaquat Ali Khan
Professor of Law

Professor Khan attended law school and practiced law in Pakistan before pursuing advanced legal studies at New York University. His broad international experience and legal expertise bring a unique and sophisticated international perspective to the Center. In addition to teaching International Law and International Business Transactions, Professor Khan also teaches Payment Systems and Secured Transactions, all of which have a significant impact on business transactions. He writes extensively on topics of international significance and is often asked to speak on those topics.

Photograph: Joe McKinney.Joseph E. McKinney
Visiting Professor of Law

Professor McKinney retired from practice an 18-year tax and estate planning practice in 2004. Previously he worked as a certified public accountant primarily engaged in tax practice with both local and national public accounting firms from 1974 through 1985.

Photograph: Lori McMillan.Lori A. McMillan
Associate Professor of Law

Professor McMillan received a Master of Laws in International Taxation from New York University School of Law, and she is expected to receive a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 2007. Professor McMillan was a visiting professor at Queen's University at Kingston Law School, International Study Centre, where she taught substantive tax law courses. Before that she was an instructor in the Legal Research and Writing Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also worked as a legal consultant for five years and was an associate lawyer with the Taxation Group of Fasken Campbell Godfrey/Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto.

Photograph: David Pierce.David E. Pierce
Professor of Law

Professor Pierce's career as a lawyer and teacher exemplifies that of the accomplished transactional lawyer. Whether pursuing his specialty of Oil and Gas Law or the more generic areas of Contracts and Property, his students learn their role in planning, structuring, documenting, and implementing transactions that will accomplish client goals. Professor Pierce comes from a diverse legal background having been a solo practitioner, city attorney, in-house corporate counsel, and a lawyer with large and small law firms.

Photograph: Mary Ramirez.Mary Kreiner Ramirez
Professor of Law

Professor Ramirez served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division for seven years prosecuting Sherman Act, mail and wire fraud and conspiracy. She also assisted the Department of Justice in appellate work before moving on to the United States' Attorney's Office in Kansas. In the U.S. Attorney's Office she handled a wide range of civil matters on behalf of the United States, its agencies and employees and engaged in appellate advocacy before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Photograph: Freddy Sourgens.Frédéric G. Sourgens
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Sourgens' teaching and scholarship focuses on international dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on resolution of disputes involving political risk. He has published numerous articles on international arbitration and serves as editor for the Oxford University Press reporter of investor-state arbitral decisions. Professor Sourgens practiced international arbitration in Washington, D.C. and Houston and worked as counsel in ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA arbitrations representing diverse clients such as Yukos Oil Company, Fraport AG, the Government of Mongolia, and U.S. private equity and financial services companies.