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Faculty & Program Team

Seattle University School of Law is home to an outstanding faculty of committed teacher-scholars. Our professors do not choose between scholarship and teaching, but rather are experts in their fields who are drawn to share their knowledge with students. Our online programs are no different. With faculty committed to the success of our students and founded on Jesuit tradition, our educators challenge students to think clearly, think for themselves, and encourage them to test commonly accepted knowledge. Our faculty believes academic curiosity becomes a lifelong habit, and we build our programs on this belief. The strength and dedication of our faculty is one of our strongest assets. Each and every course and program at Seattle University is designed with the strongest academic team, whether on campus or online.

Faculty & Program Team

Academic Program Team

Graduate Law Programs Administration

Kelli Rodriguez Currie

Kelli Rodriguez CurrieKelli Rodriguez Currie (she/her) is the Director for Graduate Studies for the Seattle University School of Law where she oversees both the on-campus and online graduate programs. Prior to moving back across campus and into Sullivan Hall, Kelli served as Acting Director of the MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management Program in the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, where she continues to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Board to the program.

Kelli is a 2014 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, where she earned both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Sport Administration and Leadership. Following graduation, she clerked for Division II of the Washington State Appellate Courts. Kelli returned to the SeattleU community following her clerkship and began teaching several courses in business law, sport law, and sport and entertainment management; her research interests include the student-athlete experience and collegiate athletics compliance. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Kelli spent several years in technology and business leadership, designing and implementing programs to support both internal and external users in the Internet and telecommunications industries. She has developed and deployed curriculum, compliance policies, and risk management procedures for call center operations, software implementation, and the launch of communications spacecraft.

Liz Guinn

Liz GuinnLiz Guinn is the Program Assistant for Graduate Law Programs at Seattle University School of Law. Prior to joining the Seattle U Law staff in 2015, Liz was community news editor at the Idaho Falls Post Register newspaper, and previously worked in communications and marketing for Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Liz received her BA from the University of Mary Washington. In addition to Graduate Law Programs, Liz serves as the assistant for the Access to Justice Institute, the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and the Center for Indian Law and Policy.

Kay Rollins

Kay Rollins is Admissions Consultant for Graduate Law Programs at Seattle University School of Law. In this role, she provides communication with prospective students for the Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program. She joined the team in July 2019.

Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Kay Rollins taught onsite at Missouri Southern StateUniversity and online at Western Governor’s University and University of Arizona Global Campus.  In addition, she previously served as a member of the non-teaching faculty at Kansas State University, information manager at University College of the University of Denver, registrar during the early development of Western Governors University, and manager of academic integrity at University of the Rockies.

Kay Rollins holds an EdD in Instructional Leadership. Her dissertation focused on “Information Literacy: Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Student Competencies Using the Parameters of the ACRL Standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy.”

Program Faculty/Subject Matter Experts

Mark Chinen

Mark ChinenMark Chinen is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law and a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He was educated at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School before receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School. Before he began law teaching, Professor Chinen practiced in the areas of international trade, banking and corporate and securities law in Washington D.C. with the firm Covington & Burling. Professor Chinen teaches contracts and courses in international law and writes on various aspects of international law, particularly international governance, theology and international law, and the relationship between domestic and international law. He was the inaugural William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2007 to 2010.

Adam Star

Adam StarAdam Star, graduate from the class of 2016, has held a number of positions in corporate management throughout his career. Adam has been employed at Amazon since 2012 and worked concurrently to complete his JD as a student in Seattle University School of Law’s evening program. Adam’s current position is at Amazon Web Services on the Security Obligations and Contracts team. The team’s mission is to lead security- and compliance-focused contractual negotiations (globally across the public and private sector) and serve as liaisons between the AWS Security and Legal teams. His daily focus involves working with customers and their regulators within the Finance, Healthcare, Energy, and Media industries to drive adoption of the AWS Cloud for regulated workloads.

Adam has experience with numerous international regulations and standards pertaining to cloud compliance, including SOC, ISO, PCI, HIPAA, FedRAMP, PIPEDA (Canada), IRAP (Australia), the GDPR, and the European Banking Authority’s Guidelines on Outsourcing.

Adam is an active member of the Washington State Bar. While at Seattle University, Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the full tuition Adolf A. Berle, Jr. scholarship in Corporations, Law & Society, He served as the Business and Marketing Editor of the Seattle University Law Review and published an article, Getting a Handle on Growler Laws, 39 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1079 (2016), He was also elected graduation class speaker. Adam holds a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Adam says, “Seattle University School of Law has a close-knit campus community that understands professionals’ schedules and allows you to work while earning your degree. In addition, faculty have experience with and connections to major local corporations such as Microsoft and Starbucks.”

Rashelle Tanner

Rashelle TannerRashelle Tanner, graduate from the class of 1998, leads Microsoft’s global anti-corruption and business conduct training programs designed to empower employees to make decisions with integrity. Her award-winning Standards of Business Conduct course is delivered annually, has been translated into 17 languages, and is required learning for Microsoft’s 130,000 employees, subsidiaries, and board of directors.

Previously, Rashelle was SVP, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer for CRISTA, operating in long-term care, international relief and development, media broadcasting, and education. Rashelle began her practice at Williams Kastner as an employment defense litigator and interned at the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Rashelle is a Momentum A.C.E.S. advisory board member, exploring anti-bribery, anti-corruption, international trade, and sanctions compliance, and earned the Inaugural Faces of A.C.E.S. Award for Championing Diversity in Compliance Innovation. Rashelle earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law and her BA from Howard University. She is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Rashelle says, “People who work in compliance and risk management are the guardians of their organizations. These roles will always be needed, especially in the uncharted technological landscape.”

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie WilsonStephanie Wilson is the head of Reference Services in the Seattle University School of Law Library. Prior to coming to Seattle University, Ms. Wilson was a reference librarian at Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, New York; a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Juvenile Rights Division in New York City; and an attorney in the Legal Counsel’s Office of New York City. She teaches legal research in numerous settings, including her own legal research course for upper division law students and her course for MLS students. Ms. Wilson frequently speaks at national conferences about integrating legal research instruction into existing experiential courses. She was an associate editor of Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating the Legal Literature Through 2005, published by Hein in 2006. Ms. Wilson joined the faculty in 2001.

Stephanie says, “SU Law faculty are deeply engaged in their areas of expertise and deeply committed to teaching. Their commitment allows our teaching to move past traditional legal education and instead integrate theory and doctrine with skills to teach law the way it is encountered in practice.”

Frank DiMarino

Frank DiMarinoFrank DiMarino has served as an adjunct professor in law and legal studies for 22 years, with 14 years developing and teaching online graduate courses. At the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, he taught the investigation and prosecution of economic crimes.

He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 18 years presenting cases before U.S. District and Appeals Courts prosecuting corporations and individuals for such crimes as wire and bank fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, and tax evasion. He also oversaw corporate compliance programs as part of criminal sentences under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

While in the military, he served as an Army Judge Advocate General prosecutor. He also was a trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enforcing antifraud regulations against brokers and corporations.

As a government lawyer, he has litigated over 350 cases according to Westlaw Analytics. He has coauthored textbooks among which include An Introduction to Corporate and White Collar Crime.

Frank earned his LL.M. from George Washington University, his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve School of Law, and his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.

An avid boater with his U.S. Coast Guard captain's license, he teaches harbor and open water boat maneuvering.

Tracy Kosa

Tracy Kosa is a privacy advocate, practitioner and researcher. She's currently a staff privacy engineer at Google, recently finished a post-doc at Stanford on predicting privacy regulation. Prior, Dr. Kosa ran the global privacy compliance program at Microsoft and served on the City of Seattle's Privacy Advisory Committee. Originally from Canada, she focused on Canadian public sector privacy working in privacy across the Government of Ontario in education, health, social services while serving as a member for multiple groups and advisory committees, including the TAHSN research hospital network, the University of Toronto's Research Ethics Board and Privacy Practitioners Community of Practice. She chaired the Program Advisory Committee for the Information Security diploma program for York University at Seneca College, taught Canadian political science labs at Ryerson University and information systems labs at UOIT.

Important Dates

Jun
06

Priority Application Deadline

June 6th, Fall 2022 Term
Sept
06

Next Start

September 6th Fall 2022 Term

What Faculty are Saying:

“An MLS in Compliance and Risk Management gives students an edge in numerous professional fields, including corporate, medical, and government environments.”

— Alana DeGarmo, MLS Academic Team, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Legal Writing, Professor of Law, and Advisor

What Faculty are Saying

“Seattle University School of Law has a close-knit campus community that understands professionals’ schedules and allows you to work while earning your degree. In addition, faculty have experience with and connections to major local corporations such as Microsoft and Starbucks.”

— Adam Star, MLS Academic Team, Amazon Web Services on the Security Obligations and Contracts Team

What Faculty are Saying:

“People who work in compliance and risk management are the guardians of their organizations. These roles will always be needed, especially in the uncharted technological landscape.”

— Rashelle Tanner, MLS Academic Team, Microsoft’s Global Anti-Corruption and Business Conduct Training programs

What Faculty are Saying:

“The top trait of a compliance management professional is intellectual resiliency, also a top trait for an MLS student. Compliance and Risk Management are dynamic areas to work in, can be policy affected, and may require processes difficult to memorialize. Large corporations may be too compartmentalized for on-the-job training to adequately provide overarching strategy to tactical knowledge. An MLS from Seattle U Law may be the perfect opportunity to bridge the natural corporate silos of disciplinary unique knowledge.”

—John Torres, MLS Academic Team

What Faculty are Saying:

“SU Law faculty are deeply engaged in their areas of expertise and deeply committed to teaching. Their commitment allows our teaching to move past traditional legal education and instead integrate theory and doctrine with skills to teach law the way it is encountered in practice.”

— Stephanie Wilson, MLS Academic Team, Head of Reference Services in the SeattleU School of Law Library