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LL.M. Faculty and Staff
The faculty and administrators of the LL.M. program have exceptional academic credentials, teaching experience in a variety of cultures, and a range of experiences with democracy and governance programs in transitional democracies. The following are brief biographies of those directly involved with the program.
Professor Karen Hall serves as the Director of the LL.M. program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining ONU, Professor Hall served for ten years with the U.S. Department of State in its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. While there, she directed the development and management of State Department assistance to the criminal justice system in Afghanistan as part of the overall U.S. foreign assistance initiative. Professor Hall developed programs dealing with institutional development, access to justice, protection of women’s rights, and legal education. She spent 2006-2008 living at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan directly managing the State Department’s criminal justice and corrections programs. Professor Hall earned multiple Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards from the State Department for her work. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Russian from Brigham Young University, her Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Professor Brian Anderson is the assistant director of the LL.M. program and teaches the Competitiveness and Corruption course. He was the first American student to complete the LL.M. Program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at ONU. Professor Anderson served as a Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor in ONU’s Taggart Law Library before assuming his current role in the LL.M. program in early 2015. Before commencing his academic career, he served as a law clerk and legal advisor to Aloysie Cyanzayire, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. In that capacity he also assisted with the MCC Rwanda Justice Strengthening Project on legal education reform in Rwanda, and overall justice sector support. In 2011, he also taught courses in international relations in the Department of History, Politics and Justice at Ohio Northern University. Professor Anderson studied law at Ohio Northern University, graduating with high distinction. He later earned not only his LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from ONU, but also his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.A. is from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Professor Howard N. Fenton is the former director and founder of the LL.M. program and teaches Comparative Administrative Law and the Rule of Law Seminar. He received both his BS and JD with honors from the University of Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in administrative and legislative law as well as public international and international trade law. For the past 15 years, he has consulted on law reform in developing democracies, focusing on reforms in administrative law and procedure, the legislative process, and public participation and awareness. He has authored numerous materials on law reform and served as chief of party for the USAID-funded Rule of Law Project in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 2001-02.
Professor Bruce Frohnen joined the College of Law in 2008. He teaches Comparative Constitutional Law in the LL.M. program. Prior to joining the ONU faculty, he served as a visiting scholar with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham, and a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. His co-edited volume, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, was the subject of a front-page article in The New York Times. His two most recent volumes, The American Nation: Primary Sources and Rethinking Rights (edited with Kenneth Grasso), were named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. His articles have appeared in journals such as The George Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and The American Journal of Jurisprudence. His research interests focus on the nature, development and prospects for constitutionalism and human rights given changing views regarding the nature of human community and the person. He holds a JD from the Emory University School of Law and a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.
Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali joined the College of Law in 2008 and teaches International Human Rights Law, International Comparative Law: NGOs, and Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies - Public Law. He holds a law degree from the National University of Rwanda, an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in law from Karl Franzens University-Graz in Austria. Kamatali has taught at Notre Dame Law School and different universities in the U.S., Africa and Europe. He was dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda from 1998-2002 and contributed significantly to the legal and institutional rebuilding of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. He has worked as consultant for numerous international organizations and has published multiple articles and book chapters in Africa, Europe and United States.
Associate Dean Bryan H. Ward joined the ONU Law faculty in 1999 and teaches International Criminal Law and International Law of Terrorism in the LL.M. program. He received his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in political science/international relations from Ohio State University. Ward also teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal ethics and professionalism. He writes in the areas of criminal sentencing and criminal procedure. Ward also frequently gives continuing legal education presentations in the areas of legal ethics and professionalism as well as legal issues affecting churches and other nonprofit organizations. He was member of the 2008 Fellows Class of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and served for two terms on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialists.