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    John P. Gray, LLM, JD

    John Gray has taught at the college level for more than 20 years, and has spent 9 of these years teaching for Kaplan University. 

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    Gurmit Kaur, JD

    Gurmit Kaur joined Kaplan University as an adjunct faculty member in 2004. She has served as academic department chair with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, formerly known as the School of Legal Studies, since 2007.

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    Jane McElligott, JD

    Professor Jane McElligott has been a full-time instructor at Kaplan University for more than 12 years, teaching a variety of courses in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, formerly known as the School of Legal Studies.

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    Lori Tripoli, JD

    Lori Tripoli is an academic department chair in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who oversees the Master of Science in Legal Studies and the environmental policy and management program.

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    John Bermingham, JD

    John Bermingham has years of teaching experience and has been teaching at Kaplan University in the Legal Studies program since 2008.

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    Jodi Gill, JD, MS

    Jodi Gill has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and has been an instructor at Kaplan University since 2008. Primarily, she teaches Eight Skills of the Effective Legal Studies Student, the course that welcomes new students to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, formerly known as the School of Legal Studies.

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    Seth Hopkins, JD

    Seth Hopkins is a part-time instructor at Kaplan University teaching courses such as Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts, Legal Ethics, Real Estate Law, Intellectual Property, and Trial and Courtroom Presentation. 

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    James Kent, JD

    In September of 2010, Judge Kent was sworn in as a federal administrative law judge (ALJ) in the Social Security Agency, sitting as a trial judge. Prior to that, he served for nearly 19 years as a judge in various state courts.

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    Howard Leib, JD

    Howard Leib is an experienced intellectual property, entertainment, and general corporate lawyer. Howard's work has appeared in various publications, including his own weekly newsletter, BrainCamp News,

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    Preston Mighdoll

    Preston Mighdoll has more than nine years’ experience teaching at Kaplan University in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, formerly known as the School of Legal Studies, as an adjunct professor.

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    Robert Morse, JD, LLM

    In 2003, he joined Kaplan University as an online adjunct instructor, and in 2006 was selected as professional educator of the year by the Kansas and Missouri Association of Private Career Colleges. 

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    Anne Phillips, JD

    Anne Phillips has been an adjunct faculty member in the legal studies programs at Kaplan University since March 2008.

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    Nancy Fioritto, MA, JD

    Nancy Fioritto has been an adjunct instructor in Kaplan University’s Legal Studies Department since 2002. In 2012, she served as a Fulbright Senior Fellow for Providence University, Taiwan.

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    Adam Pincus, JD

    Adam Pincus has been teaching online for Kaplan University's legal studies programs for almost nine years.

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    Dean Poirier, JD

    Dean has taught over 30 different law courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and is is currently employed as an appeals referee with the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security.

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    Benjamin Straight, MA, JD

    Ben has taught many different courses at Kaplan University for the past few years in the master’s in legal studies program. 

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