Our program will be led by accomplished, full-time faculty who are committed to helping their students develop practice-related competencies for the real world of practice.

Leaders and Teachers

In addition to their leadership roles, the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean all will be involved in teaching.

  • Professor and Associate Dean Ellen Pryor will teach Torts.
  • Professor Ed Hart, Director of Law Library, will coordinate instruction in Legal Research.

Royal Furgeson, Jr.

Royal Furgeson, Jr., United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas, was named as the founding Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law in January 2012. He assumed his position as Dean in mid-year 2013 after retiring from the federal district bench.

Royal Furgeson is the former Senior U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Prior to taking Senior Status, he served in the El Paso, Midland, and San Antonio Divisions of the Western District of Texas. He served as a federal judge for over eighteen years.

A native of Lubbock, Judge Furgeson graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and earned his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he served the U.S. Army for two years, attaining the rank of Captain. Following a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Lubbock as law clerk to the Honorable Halbert O. Woodward.

Before taking the bench, he was a practicing lawyer for twenty-four years with the Kemp Smith firm in El Paso, Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law. While in private practice, he was general campaign chair and president of the El Paso United Way, president of the El Paso chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and president of the El Paso Bar Association.

During his time on the bench, in addition to his ongoing district court obligations, he was a panel judge on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, President of the Federal Judges Association, and a member of the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has also served as chair of the Judicial Resources Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

He has been honored on numerous occasions, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Texas Tech Alumni Association, the West Texas Legal Legend Award by the Texas Tech University School of Law, the 2010 Distinguished Counselor Award by the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, the Luke Soules Award by the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, the Leon Green Award by the Texas Law Review, and the Faculty Award by the University of Texas School of Law.

Professor Ellen S. Pryor
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor Ellen S. Pryor is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As Associate Dean, she oversees, along with Judge Furgeson, the design and implementation of the educational program. Before joining the UNT Dallas College of Law in January 2013, Pryor was the Homer R. Mitchell Endowed Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law. Professor Pryor will teach Torts.

Ellen S. Pryor graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1974, from Rice University in 1978, and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1982. At the University of Texas School of Law, Professor Pryor served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Law Review, and received the "Am Jur" award for highest grades in the first year courses Torts, Property, Contracts, and Civil Procedure. She was also a member of the honor societies Chancellors and Order of the Coif. She received awards for outstanding student, student most likely to contribute to legal scholarship, and best student law review note. Following graduation, she served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She then returned to her hometown of Dallas and worked for a civil litigation firm for four years. During that time, she received the Dallas Bar Association's Pro Bono Award of the Year, and the State Bar of Texas' Frank Scurlock Award for Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor.

She joined the faculty of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 1986, where she taught torts, advanced torts, insurance, and courses in professional responsibility. From Summer 2005 to Summer 2011, Professor Pryor served as an Associate Provost in the Office of the Provost, SMU. In Fall 2010 she was the D&L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law. At SMU, she received the law school's Don Smart teaching award, the University's Rotunda teaching award, and the University's United Methodist Church Scholar-Teacher of the Year award. She was an inaugural recipient of the University's Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, and in 2005 was named a Piper Professor by the Minne Piper Foundation in the State of Texas.

Professor Pryor has recently begun work as Co-Reporter, along with Professor Kenneth Simons of Boston University School of Law, for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Torts: Intentional Harm to Persons. She has also served as Associate Reporter for Chapter 10 of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Physical and Emotional Harm, and as Coordinating Reporter for the Restatement Third project.

She has been a co-author of several casebooks, and her writings in the area of torts, insurance, and compensation theory have appeared in, among other journals, the Harvard Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies, George Washington Law Review, Maryland Law Review, Texas Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and the University of Chicago Press.

In 2006, she was named as the 20th annual recipient of the Robert B. MacKay Law Professor Award from the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association; the award recognizes "a commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship, and the legal profession as demonstrated by outstanding contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law."

Assistant Professor Edward T. Hart
Assistant Dean for Law Library

Assistant Professor Edward T. Hart is the Assistant Dean for Law Library. He will oversee the services and collections of the Law Library, including legal research skills instruction. Before coming to UNT Dallas College of Law in August 2013, Hart was Head of Technical Services and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Edward Hart is a native of Valdosta, Georgia, where he graduated from Valdosta State University in 1992 before going on to the New England School of Law, graduating in 1999. He earned his Master's in Library Science from Simmons College in 2002 and an LLM in European Union from Northumbria University in 2006. He started his library career while attending NESL as a student assistant and later served as the Acquisitions and Collections Management Librarian (2000-2005). He then moved to the University of Florida where he started as Acquisitions Librarian (2005-2008) before his promotion to Head of Technical Services (2008-2013). While at University of Florida he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Advanced Legal Research.

Hart is the author of the chapter “Technical Services 2.0” in Law Libraries in Digital Age.  He has published several articles that have appeared in such journals as International Journal of Legal Information, Legal Information Management, and Journal of Southern Legal History.

He has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 2000. He was a Fellow of the AALL's first Leadership Academy in 2007. He served as president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries in 2012-13 and is currently the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Government Documents – Special Interest Section as well as Vice-Chair of the AALL Committee on Indexing of Legal Periodical Literature.

Professor Al Ellis

Professor Al Ellis, Of Counsel with Sommerman & Quesada and a practicing trial lawyer and mediator, joins the UNT Dallas College of Law as a part-time Professor of Practice. While continuing to practice law, he will teach and contribute in the areas of the profession and practice of law, externships, and mentoring.

After graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington and service in Vietnam as a U.S. Army airborne infantry officer, Professor Ellis graduated from SMU Law School, where he was chief counsel for the SMU legal clinic and served on the board of editors for the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Professor Ellis has tried over 175 jury trials, is Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law, has earned membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and has taught in the trial advocacy program at SMU.

Throughout his career, he has been committed to community service, professional development, the bar association, and access to justice. He has served as President of the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. His contributions also include serving on the boards of the State Bar and Dallas Bar Associations; Legal Services of North Texas; Dallas Legal Hospice; Dallas Habitat for Humanity; Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation; and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

His many awards include the Dallas Bar Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award; Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary Justinian Award; Texas Bar Foundation’s Dan Price Memorial Award; UTA Distinguished Alumni; Nancy Garms Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law-Focused Education; and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Distinguished Community Involvement Award.

Professor Diana K. Howard

Diana K. Howard joins the UNT Dallas College of Law as a Professor of Practice specializing in the area of writing and writing resources. She will work individually with students, provide writing resources, and coordinate with other faculty in design and implementation of the writing components of the curriculum.

Professor Howard graduated from Rice University and the University of Texas Law School. She practiced law for ten years with firms in Dallas, New York, and Houston. She then received a master’s in English from SMU, serving as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, and then Adjunct Lecturer in English and Rhetoric at SMU.Starting in 2006, she joined the SMU English faculty as a Lecturer in English and Rhetoric, teaching freshman English and Rhetoric and also directing a student honors program known as the Hilltop Scholars. She received SMU’s 2010 Rotunda Outstanding Professor Teaching Award. Professor Howard also has taught English at the Dallas County Community College.

Visiting Professor Dylan Malagrinò

Professor Dylan Malagrinò joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as a Visiting Professor of Law. Professor Malagrinò will teach Property Law to the inaugural class of the UNT Dallas College of Law—including the full-time day section and the part-time evening division; and, in addition to his major doctrinal subject (Property), he also will teach legal writing, along with the rest of the faculty.

A law graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Malagrinò joins the College of Law after teaching at Western State College of Law and the University of Massachusetts School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law. Professor Malagrinò also has had full-time, law faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis School of Law and the University of La Verne College of Law. He has taught Property, Sports Law, Antitrust, Negotiations, Legal Anthropology, and Torts. Professor Malagrinò has been honored as the Professor of the Year in five of the previous seven academic years.

Prior to academia, Professor Malagrinò spent six years in private practice as an attorney in San Diego, specializing in complex civil litigation including securities fraud and antitrust class actions. During that time, he prosecuted large class action lawsuits. Most recently, he was a senior associate at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP in San Diego, practicing persuasive law and motion writing and providing legal theory, analysis, and strategy for the purpose of litigation and appellate arguments. Selected career highlights include: Prosecuting and successfully settling on behalf of class clients In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Securities Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; prosecuting and successfully trying United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Inc. (Antitrust) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; and, managing intensive corporate client audits evaluating compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and conducting in-depth analyses of historical stock option practices and advising corporate clients accordingly. Professor Malagrinò also testified at congressional hearings on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletics Association as an expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare. 

Professor Malagrinò is a passionate Property Law instructor and a trained legal anthropologist. He values cross-disciplinary and comparative legal analysis, and integrates grass-roots research and broad theoretical ideas into practical, problem-solving uses. Professor Malagrinò is also a Sports Law expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare.

Professor Malagrinò researches and writes in the areas of property law, comparative property law, law and anthropology, and sports law. His recent law review articles have explored private versus common law property regimes, arguing that greater use of common property approaches (such as use of land trusts) could lessen social exclusion from the right to property by making housing more affordable; have analyzed the different lenses through which law and anthropology view significant legal change; have critiqued—and offered modifications to—the NCAA’s current enforcement and sanctioning processes; and, have explored and offered amendments to federal law relating to state regulation of sports-betting industries. In media and journalism forums, he regularly publishes on housing issues, and on sports and the law. View publications.

Assistant Professor Thomas P. Perkins, Jr.

Assistant Professor Thomas P. Perkins, Jr., joined the inaugural faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law after eight years of service as the Dallas City Attorney. Professor Perkins will teach in the areas of legislation, civil procedure, negotiation, and problem-solving.

Perkins obtained his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. He started his legal career with the Federal Trade Commission, and then moved into private practice, engaging in public finance law, commercial and insurance litigation, and trial and appellate work.

In 1992, Perkins was appointed Division Chief of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas. As Division Chief for five years, he had primary responsibility for enforcement of the State’s consumer protection and antitrust laws; this also entailed supervision of staff attorneys in regional offices across the State of Texas.

Following his work with the Attorney General, Perkins returned to private practice before being named as First Assistant City Attorney and Chief of Litigation for the Dallas City Attorney. In 2005, the City Council appointed him as Dallas City Attorney.

In his position as Dallas City Attorney, Perkins was the chief legal officer for the City, and supervised approximately 100 attorneys in the Litigation Division and the General Counsel Division. His responsibilities included advising the City Council, council members, and all city departments. In overseeing the work of the Litigation Division, his responsibilities included litigation relating to employment, personal injury, zoning, environmental, and class actions. The General Counsel division, which he also oversaw, advised all city departments (including boards and commissions) and drafted all procurement contracts, ordinances, and opinions. As City Attorney, Perkins also managed outside counsel and the City’s risk fund, and managed all Municipal Court prosecutions, including the Office’s nationally recognized Community Prosecution team and Community Courts.

In 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named him as the “Best Corporate Counsel” with a staff of 11 or more.

Perkins’ service to the legal and civic community includes serving as Council Member of the State Bar of Texas’ Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, membership on the Court Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Texas, and membership on the Boards of Texas Appleseed, C.C. Young Retirement Center, and St. Mark’s School of Texas.

Assistant Professor Eric Porterfield

Assistant Professor Eric Porterfield joins the inaugural faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law in June 2014, after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he taught Legal Writing and advanced classes in the areas of Civil Procedure and Evidence. Professor Porterfield will teach Civil Procedure, including advanced procedural courses, as well as Legal Writing.

In 2001, Professor Porterfield earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors with a double major of Government and German, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the National Golden Key Honor Society. In 2004, Professor Porterfield graduated as the Valedictorian of his law school class at Baylor Law School, earning his J.D. degree summa cum laude. He earned the highest score in the class in many of his first year classes, including Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Torts. He also served as Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, making initial publication decisions, and as Managing Editor of the 2004 edition of Texas Practice, Baylor’s inaugural special issue focusing on Texas evidence and procedure.

Also while at Baylor, Professor Porterfield competed successfully in several advocacy competitions. His team won the inaugural 2003 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Tournament and he was named the Best Oral Advocate of the competition as his team went undefeated to claim the championship. His team also claimed the Regional Championship of the 2004 Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now AAJ) Mock Trial Competition, beating another Baylor team in the finals, and was a National semi-finalist, placing third on points overall. His brief was also named Third Best Brief of the 2002 New York Bar Association Moot Court Tournament. 

After graduating from Baylor, Professor Porterfield served as a law clerk to the Honorable David C. Godbey, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. While a law clerk to Judge Godbey, Professor Porterfield was an assistant coach of Baylor’s National Championship Mock Trial Team in the 2005 ATLA Competition. The Texas House of Representatives issued a congratulatory Resolution describing the school’s success in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 competitions. See Texas House Resolution 2058 (May 26, 2005).

Professor Porterfield then joined Carrington Coleman, a large Dallas law firm. He defended a variety of medical and legal professionals in malpractice and administrative licensure actions, health care institutions in a variety of matters, and corporations in multi-national disputes, helping to resolve a global dispute in London involving parties from three continents. While at Carrington Coleman, he was active in pro bono work for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, helping victims of domestic violence and exploited consumers. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Wind Symphony from 2006-2009.

In 2009, Professor Porterfield joined Lee Brown at the Brown Law Firm in Dallas – a firm specializing in complex automotive product defect cases. He represented catastrophically injured consumers in these complex cases against car manufacturers and automotive component suppliers from around the world. Professor Porterfield has tried several multi-week product liability cases and has litigated these cases in courts all across the country – including Hawaii – at all stages, from pretrial through trial and appeals, including briefing to the Courts of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. 

In 2012, Professor Porterfield left the Brown Law Firm to pursue an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he researched and specialized in international civil litigation and published his first article with the Temple Law Review, entitled “Too Much Process, Not Enough Service: International Service of Process Under the Hague Service Convention,” a critique of the treaty governing international service of process, including suggestions for reform. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and his LL.M. Thesis, which earned Honors marks, focuses on reforming personal jurisdiction and judgment enforcement rules, including a critique of the Hague Judgments Convention. He continues to research and write in the areas of Civil Procedure and Evidence. 

Professor Cheryl Wattley

Professor Cheryl Brown Wattley joins the inaugural faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served on the faculty from 2006 through 2013, and was Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Education. At UNT Dallas College of Law, Professor Wattley will teach Criminal Law in the first-year curriculum; she will also be the Director of Experiential Education and teach courses in professional skills, criminal law, and professionalism. Professor Wattley is the author of a new book,  "A Step Toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation," published in October 2014.

Professor Wattley graduated from Smith College, cum laude, with high honors in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University College of Law, where she was a Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow and recipient of the Community Service Award. She also served as a summer intern for the General Counsel's Office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Professor Wattley began her legal career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut representing the United States in civil litigation. Through her actions, the United States participated as litigating amicus curiae in Connecticut ARC v. Thorne, the lawsuit that led to the entry of a consent decree overhauling the system for serving persons with mental retardation in Connecticut.

She later transferred to the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas, located in Dallas, where she focused on the prosecution of white collar crime and served as Chief of the Economic Crime Unit. During her service as a prosecutor, she received two Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards, the United States Postal Inspection Service National Award, and commendations from the Department of Treasury, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Customs Department.

Professor Wattley then went into private litigation practice, where her work included white-collar criminal defense, civil rights litigation, federal and state criminal defense, and post-conviction proceedings. After joining the OU College of Law faculty in 2007, Professor Wattley continued to represent clients on a pro bono basis, primarily involving post-conviction relief.

Professor Wattley continues to work with Centurion Ministries, a non-profit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey, devoted to the vindication and liberation of persons wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Through Centurion, she served as one of the attorneys for Kerry Max Cook, a former Texas death row inmate. In 2009, Professor Wattley represented Richard Miles in his release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Professor Wattley has served on a variety of civic and professional boards and committees, including the State Bar of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals; District 6 Grievance Committee; Dallas Bar Foundation; and the Board of Regents for Texas Woman's University. She was appointed to serve on "Dallas Together," a mayoral committee appointed to address racial issues within the City of Dallas, and also was appointed Vice Chairperson for the 1990 and 2000 City of Dallas Redistricting Commissions. She has been an instructor for National Institute of Trial Advocacy programs.

Professor Wattley received the Dallas Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 1994. She is also the recipient of the DaVinci Institute Fellow Award for Innovative Teaching (2013), the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award (2012), the Association of Black Lawyers’ Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Award (2012), and the University of Oklahoma Regents’ Award for Superior Professional and University Service and Public Outreach (2011).

Bryce Perry
Adjunct Professor

Bryce Perry joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as Adjunct Professor. Since 2008, he has worked as a staff attorney at the Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, in the chambers of Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. In his position as a staff attorney, Professor Perry has assisted the court of appeals in researching and drafting numerous criminal and civil opinions.

Before joining the court, Perry served as an assistant district attorney in Wichita County, where he worked on a variety of issues of mostly civil origin. He was the lead attorney on several federal and state cases in which Wichita County, its elected officials, and its employees were defendants. Professor Perry also performed statutory and regulatory analysis for county officials on various legal issues, negotiated and drafted contracts for county officials, briefed and orally argued civil and criminal appeals, and represented the State in CPS and mental health litigation.

Perry graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech School of Law in 2005, where he served on the Texas Tech Law Review. During law school, he received achievement awards for outstanding performance in criminal law, mass media law, land use planning, and public education law.

Melissa Shultz
Adjunct Professor

Melissa Bezanson Shultz joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as Adjunct Professor. In late 2014, she relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she now serves as Director of Conflicts and Information Services with the firm of Gardere Wynne & Sewell.

Following graduation from law school, Shultz joined the global firm of King & Spalding LLP, in Washington, D.C. At King & Spalding, she focused her practice on business litigation and civil and criminal antitrust law. She managed complex cases, drafted dispositive motions and appellate briefs, prepared corporate clients for trial, and represented an inmate on death row. In addition, she represented corporate and individual clients before the grand jury and conducted civil and criminal antitrust and SEC investigations. Late in 2006, Professor Shultz left King & Spalding and co-founded ReLegal Group LLC. She relocated to Dallas in late 2014.

Shultz attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas International Law Journal and received the Vinson & Elkins’ Scholarship for Excellence in International Law. Before law school, Professor Shultz graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Global Development Studies in 1998. After graduation, she worked for the Japanese government as an English teacher in the Tokushima prefecture of Japan.

Christine Tamer
Adjunct Professor

Christine Tamer joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as Adjunct Professor. After clerking for firms including Fulbright & Jaworski, Haynes & Boone, and Susman Godfrey, she joined the firm of Baron & Budd with a focus on appellate law and motion practice.

Tamer has successfully authored numerous appellate briefs in courts across the country as well as two successful Motions for Rehearing in front of the Texas Supreme Court. She recently represented a family in a jury trial resulting a $48 million verdict that was included in the Top 100 Verdicts for 2012. She has published two law review articles: “Arab Americans, Affirmative Action and a Quest for Racial Identity,” 16 Tex. J. on C.L. & C.R. 101 (2010) and “Toddlers, Tiaras and Pedophilia: The Borderline Child Pornography Embraced by the American Public,” 13 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 85 (2012). She is licensed in Texas and California.

Tamer graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2011, receiving her degree with highest honors. She served as an Associate Editor on the Texas Law Review, and graduated as a member of Order of the Coif and Chancellors. She also served for several years as a “Teaching Quizmaster” in the law school’s first year legal writing and research program. She received Dean’s academic achievement awards in Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy, and in Legal Research and Writing. She was honored by the Texas Supreme Court for receiving one of the top three scores on the Texas Bar exam.

Lindsay Williams
Adjunct Professor

Lindsay Williams joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as Adjunct Professor. Williams is staff attorney in Justice Sue Walker’s chambers at the Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. In her work with Justice Walker on the Fort Worth court of appeals, Williams assists with researching and drafting appellate opinions for both criminal and civil appellate matters.

After graduation from law school, she served as law clerk to Justice Sue Walker of the Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. Following her clerkship, she joined a Fort Worth law firm, where she handled both litigation and transactional civil matters with a focus on commercial real estate and business transactions. In 2008, she rejoined Justice Sue Walker's chambers at the Second District Court of Appeals as her staff attorney.

Williams graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Tech Rawls College of Business with a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree in 2005. She graduated magna cum laude, served as Articles Editor on the Texas Tech Law Review, and was a Teaching Fellow in the law school’s 1L “Legal Practice” curriculum, which includes legal writing and research. She received her undergraduate degree in information and operations management from Texas A&M University, where she graduated with honors.

Jennifer Wondracek
Senior Law Librarian and Associate Director of Instructional Technology

A native of Ohio, Wondracek chose to pursue her undergraduate studies in the warmer climate of Charleston, SC. Wondracek graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Economics in 2000. In 2003, Wondracek earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Licensed to practice law in North Carolina in NC, Wondracek went on to become a Staff Attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in Raleigh, NC. Family obligations changed Wondracek’s career path, and in 2006 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with her Masters of Library and Information Science. Wondracek also obtained her Florida bar license in 2006. She has since worked as a law librarian and legal research instructor for Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Elon University School of Law, and University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Wondracek is the co-author of a forthcoming book chapter “Librarians & MOOCs” in Creating the 21st Century Academic Library published by Scarecrow Press (November 2014) and author of journal article “The E-FAC – One Year Later” in the January, 2015 issue of the Florida Bar Journal. Wondracek has also published in several newsletters and was a blogger and Editor for the RIPS Law Librarian Blog.

Wondracek has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) since 2005. She has served on the AALL Copyright Committee, as Secretary/Treasurer of the Government Document Special Interest Section, and as current Chair of the Research, Instruction, and Patron Services Special Interest Section. In July 2014, Wondracek coordinated the first AALL Hackathon at the Annual Meeting. In addition to AALL, Wondracek is a member of the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries, American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, and Dallas Association of Law Librarians.

Jessica Haseltine
Law Librarian – Reference

Jessica Haseltine is the Law Librarian – Reference at UNT Dallas College of Law, and she will be lead librarian for services for the evening division. Haseltine joins the COL from Texas Tech University School of Law where she served as the Reference Assistant. Beside references services, she is drafting the library’s research guides and will provide assistance with Canvas, among other services. She will also teach Legal Research during Spring Semester to the part-time evening division.

Haseltine earned her B.S. From Abilene Christian University in Composite Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing in physics, math, and English, and her Master of Science in Environmental Management from Hardin-Simmons University. While pursuing her J.D. at Texas Tech University School of Law, Haseltine was an editor for the Journal of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Biodefense, and was active in student organizations and Texas Tech's advocacy program. She served as Vice Chair of Administration for the Board of Barristers and was selected for induction into the Order of the Barristers.

Prior to attending law school, Haseltine worked in the software industry, and she is currently a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While working at Texas Tech, she coached traveling negotiations teams and developed an international negotiations program. She served as faculty advisor for the Eloquent Raiders Toastmasters Club and was part of the core planning committee for TEDxTexasTechUniversity, a TED event independently organized by the Texas Tech Community. In the library, Haseltine coordinated programming for National Library Week and reimagined Texas Tech's online research guides, in addition to providing individual reference assistance to faculty, staff, and students.

Haseltine is currently pursuing her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science. At the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference, she presented a poster on creating graphical aids to help visual learners understand legal resources. She is also working with AALL Spectrum, the national organization magazine, for the publication of an article discussing how to teach Legal research to the Millennial generation.

Visiting Professors

This page will provide additional information about the founding faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as appointments are completed and made public. 

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