Adjunct Faculty for Summer 2015 Announced

May 27, 2015

The College of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of its Adjunct Faculty for the inaugural summer session courses, Summer 2015.  Five prominent Dallas health care attorneys have combined to prepare and teach Health Care Law; all will serve as Adjunct Faculty for the course.  In addition, three Board-certified Family Law attorneys have combined to prepare and teach Family Law; all will serve as Adjunct Faculty for the course. Finally, an experienced tax attorney with an extensive accounting and business background will teach Principles of Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, which is a required course for UNT Dallas College of Law students. Summer classes in Advanced Legal Research and for Externships also will be offered in the inaugural summer session.

Family Law

Adjunct Professor Larry Hance is managing partner and founder of the firm Hance Wickham, practicing exclusively in the family law area. He is Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. From 1988 through 1990 he sat as the Associate Judge of the 301st Family District Court in Dallas County. His interest in reducing the emotional and financial costs of family litigation led him to be the co-founder, past president, and current member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has been selected numerous times by D Magazine as one of Dallas’ top family lawyers. Texas Monthly has named him a Super Lawyer every year since 2003. Each year since 2008, he has been nominated and named to the Best Lawyers in America. He frequently writes and speaks on family law and collaborative law issues.

Adjunct Professor Rhonda Hunter is a Partner in the firm of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. D Magazine has named her as one of Dallas’ top family lawyers. In addition to an extensive practice experience that includes over 100 trials, she has served as President of the Dallas Bar Association, President of the JL Turner Legal Association, member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Council, and member of the Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU School of Law in 2003. For over 20 years, she has served as choreographer and assistant director of the Dallas Bar Association’s “Bar None” annual variety show, which has raised over $1 million in law school scholarships. Her many dozens of continuing education and other presentations have covered topics in family law, Dallas legal history, and ethics.

Adjunct Professor Emily Miskel is an attorney at the firm of KoonsFuller, which specializes in Family Law. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. D Magazine has named her as one of Dallas’ top family lawyers. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she worked at a large Dallas law firm before deciding to practice exclusively in the area of family law. She is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. She was named Young Lawyer of the Year, 2010-11 by the Collin County Young Lawyers Association, and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012-2015. She is a frequent speaker and publisher, addressing family law issues and also evidence, including electronic evidence. 

Health Care Law

Adjunct Professor Kenya Woodruff is a Partner at Haynes & Boone, LLP, where she serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Her practice is dedicated to health care, with a focus on regulatory, business, and transactional matters involving health care organizations and structures. Before joining Haynes & Boone, she served as Deputy General Counsel to Parkland Health & Hospital System. She is recognized in D Magazine’s list of best lawyers in Health Care Law.   

Adjunct Professor Ashley Johnston is an Associate at Gray Reed. She is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice focuses on representing a range of health care providers about transactional, operational, and compliance issues relating to laws including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and others. She is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and was recognized as a Rising Star in Texas Super Lawyers.

Adjunct Professor Larry Maxwell is Regional Chief Legal Officer, Adventist Health System. He is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His experience includes private practice and in-house counsel, and his representation has included a range of practice providers (from multi-state hospitals to physician practice groups) in business transactions, clinical operations, and regulatory and statutory compliance. He has served as Chair of the Health Law Sections of the Dallas Bar Association and of the State Bar of Texas.

Adjunct Professor Sean McKenna is a Partner at Haynes & Boone, LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. He has over sixteen years of healthcare and fraud enforcement experience, including working as an Assistant United States Attorney; Associate Counsel for the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General of the United States; and Assistant Regional Counsel for Office of Counsel within the Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2013, he has been Co-Chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Committee on Membership. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2015 for Health Care Law.

Adjunct Professor Joshua Weaver recently opened his own firm, Weaver & Weaver, with a practice dedicated to health care law. Previously, he was a Shareholder at Posinelli, P.C., where his practice focused on health care law, including representing hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers on transactions implicating federal and state health care laws, on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and on other transactions and compliance issues. He is Board-Certified in Health Care Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is President-Elect of the DFW Alliance for Healthcare Excellence.

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Lawyers

Adjunct Professor Robert Probasco received a B.S. in Industrial Administration (concentration in accounting) from Iowa State University in 1974. He passed the CPA exam the same year and then worked for over twenty years in various accounting and business positions, including with a large CPA firm and with a Fortune 50 multi-national oil and gas company. He attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he earned his J.D. in 2000, served as an Articles Editor and member of the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he was law clerk to the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and joined the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he specialized in tax. In 2014, he formed his own law firm, where he continues a practice representing taxpayers in disputes with the IRS. He has taught Tax Accounting as an Adjunct Professor at SMU School of Law.  

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