Anna Abrigo is the former BARBRI course director for the NY & NJ courses. Since joining BARBRI in 2003, she committed to making the bar exam process “as painless as possible”. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Maryland and her JD from New York Law School.
Stefan BC (esq), is a Legislative Aide to the Vice Mayor of Long Beach California. He works to promote progressive social and economic policies, which means Stefan uses his legal training in trying to convince his boss to adopt whatever crazy left-wing idea he is excited about at the time.
Stefan graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a degree in African and African American Studies, and from Whittier Law School where he was a fellow for the Center of Children’s Rights. In his free time he blogs about politics and social justice (with pieces appearing in Wonkette, the Good Men Project, and Andrew Sullivan’s ‘The Dish’).
His twitter feed (@wretchedsnark) is an embarrassment to the legal profession, but is also occasionally funny.
Brett Butz (esq) is a compliance officer for the State of Massachusetts at a facility for developmentally disabled individuals. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth in 2013 and cum laude from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 2010. He has passed both the Massachusetts and South Carolina bars.
Christy Cassisa is the founder and coach-in-chief of Logical Harmony Consulting and an adjunct professor for Cal Western School of Law, where she developed and taught a groundbreaking new seminar called Life Skills for Lawyers. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law and practiced law for both a small law firm and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. She is Certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator©, the gold standard of personality assessments and the EQ-I 2.0©, an Emotional Intelligence assessment, and is trained as a professional coach.
AMBER CHAMBERS CARSON
Amber Carson was a Director of Legal Education at BARBRI from 2012-2015. Amber provided BARBRI resources, education, and counseling to law students and has been dedicated to helping students succeed during their bar exam preparation.
Amber received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and her JD from Southern Methodist University. She is admitted to the Texas bar. She currently works as a Judicial law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Everett previously served as Director of Academic Support and Adjunct Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law). During that time, he oversaw a dramatic and sustained increase in bar passage through the development of several innovative courses. Using what he learned from this success, he consults with law schools in academic support and bar passage classes and teaches for-credit courses, including essay writing, MPT and MBE strategies for BARBRI as an adjunct professor/visiting scholar in several law schools. Prior to joining BARBRI, Everett was a consultant for the ABA/CLEO AIE program and a presenter and panelist at the National Black Pre-Law Conference in Houston, Texas.
Stephanie is a Director of Legal Education for Southern California, dedicated to supporting students through law school and the bar exam. In her free time, Stephanie struggles between the dichotomy of her equal parts outdoorsy and couch-potato spirit. She received her J.D. from the University of Toledo and her B.S. in Psychology from the Ohio State University. Go Bucks!
Samuel Farkas is a Director of Legal Education for BARBRI, covering schools located across the Southeast. He joined BARBRI in June of 2013 and is dedicated to helping BARBRI students realize their individual potential. As Legal Education Advisor, Sam focuses on guiding and advising students through their law school career, bar exam preparation, and beyond. Sam graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University College of Law in 2012, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 2006.
Taylor Friedlander is a Director of Legal Education with BARBRI. She briefly practiced immigration law before joining BARBRI in 2014. Her favorite part about working for BARBRI is helping law students navigate the waters of preparing for and passing the bar exam. She works primarily with students at California law schools, specifically USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, and Berkeley. She has a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a J.D. from the Pepperdine School of Law.
Dani is a 2L at UCLA School of Law. She worked as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of YMCA of Michiana, Inc. before moving to Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.A. in Honors Sociology and Spanish and a minor in Poverty Studies from the University of Notre Dame. When Dani’s not studying, you can probably find her soaking up the sun, galavanting around with friends, or playing video games! Or sleeping. Sleep is also good.
Mary Goza is a former Vice President of BARBRI, having joined in 1991. She was responsible for the design and implementation of BARBRI programs for the western region of the United States. Mary was also a national essay writing instructor, specializing in the Uniform Bar Exam. Throughout her career, she has worked with academic support teams at law schools to develop and implement bar exam writing success strategies. Mary received a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.
Emily Karpinec wasw a Director of Legal Education at BARBRI from 2012-2014. Emily provided BARBRI resources, education, and support to law students and has been dedicated to assisting students succeed throughout law school as well as their bar exam preparation.
Emily received her Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Kentucky, her Masters of International Business Relations from Valparaiso University, and her JD from John Marshall Law School. She is admitted to the Illinois bar and the Texas Bar.
Tiffany graduated with a LLB in Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently working as a lawyer for a statutory body in Malaysia which gives her the opportunity to write legal opinions and occasionally draft legislation. When not working or studying for the New York Bar, Tiffany can be found nursing wounds from her newly adopted dog who treats her as a chew toy. She’s planning to sit for the Bar Exam in July 2017.
Tiffany runs a personal lifestyle blog at tiffanykml.com.
DALE G. LARRIMORE
Dale is senior partner in the Philadelphia civil litigation law firm of Larrimore and Farnish, LLP. He is an adjunct professor of law at Temple University School of Law and at the Villanova University School of Law, and is regional director of BARBRI for Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Dale graduated from Swarthmore College, received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1976; and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1981.
Frequently recognized for his ability to teach first year and upper level law students the secrets on how to “write like a lawyer,” Dale has 38 years of experience in helping students pass the bar exam. For the past 7 years he has been lecturing specifically to first year students on how to study efficiently for their 1L exams and on what to do on the day of their final exam to maximize their grades.
Hadley Leonard is a Director of Legal Education in the Washington, DC, office. Prior to working for BARBRI, Hadley worked as the Manager of Operations and Congressional Affairs for the Twenty-First Century Group, Inc., in Washington, DC. She received her JD from Florida Coastal School of Law and her BS in Finance from Florida State University. Hadley enjoys running, CrossFit, cooking, and baking.
Steve Levin is BARBRI’s Senior Director of Essay and State Content. He has been preparing students to pass bar examinations for many years and has been creating MEE prep materials for BARBRI since the very first MEE. Steve has passed 10 bar exams, regularly scoring in the top 1%. He is the author of BARBRI’s well-received MEE Essay Advantage book, is one of the chief architects of BARBRI’s Essay Architect, and has authored significant portions of several Gilbert Law Summary titles. In addition to being well versed in the finer points of essay writing, Steve is an expert in most bar examination subjects beginning with the letter “C.” In his spare time, Steve prepares materials for Becker CPA Review to help CPA candidates pass the law portion of the CPA exam. Over 1.75 million attorneys and CPAs have relied on Steve’s explanations of law to get their licenses.
Jackson is a 1L at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He received his B.S. in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 2015. He enjoys semi-amateur photography, flying drones and anything in the mountains. Jackson has always had a knack for leading others and looks to combine a law degree with this passion to one day sit upon the Iron Throne. Valor Dohaeris.
Don is the President and Founder of Law Preview, a BARBRI company. He received his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1995 and his B.A. from Loyola College of Maryland in 1992. Before founding Law Preview, and two other successful education companies (LawBooksForLess.com and AdmissionsDean.com), Don was an associate at Rogers & Wells in New York City (now Clifford Chance US LLP) where he specialized in antitrust and securities litigation. Don resides in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and son.
Ambar is a foreign-trained attorney working as an Associate for a small law firm in Massachusetts. Her practice is focused in workers’ compensation, disability law and personal injury. She received her LL.B., summa cum laude, from Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic) and her LLM degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). In 2014 she received her LLM in American Law from Boston University School of Law. She served as a BARBRI Rep. for her LLM class at BUSL, and later served as a BARBRI course administrator while preparing for the Bar Exam. She’s admitted to practice in the Dominican Republic and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
She loves dancing, swimming and working out (sometimes!). She’s also an amateur blogger and has recently entered the world of Twitter (that should be funny – stay tuned!). She hopes to give some insight on the Bar experience viewed from an international student.
DYANN MARGOLIS PASKAN
Dyann is a Director of Strategic Accounts with BARBRI and focuses much of her time on partnering with law schools in the Central Region to provide resources to ensure that their students are successful not only on the Bar Exam but in law school as well.
Dyann currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron School of Law and also works closely with the Bar Preparation Program at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Before joining BARBRI in 2010, Dyann spent time as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lake County Ohio.
As Regional Vice President for BARBRI, Gary Masellis leads a team of talented sales people in the Western United States. Together with student representatives from law schools throughout the region, Gary and his team drives revenue and enrollments while maximizing student satisfaction and success. An experienced member of our institutional sales team, Gary also works extensively with law school deans and academic faculty to design and implement comprehensive curriculum solutions to develop critical bar exam skills, increase student engagement, and drive law school and bar exam outcomes.
Gary joined BARBRI in 1994 as a student representative, and accepted a full-time attorney position shortly after graduating from Golden Gate University School of Law and passing the California Bar Exam. Prior to becoming Regional Vice President, Gary managed student representatives at several San Francisco Bay Area law schools, then moved to Los Angeles and assumed his first leadership role as Director of Southern California. Since joining BARBRI, Gary has helped thousands of law students master the critical skills necessary to succeed in law school and on the bar examination. With nearly 30 years of strategic sales and leadership experience, Gary Masellis is a key member of the BARBRI team.
Roger Meslar is BARBRI’s Senior Director of Assessments and MBE Content and has been in charge of MBE Testing for BARBRI for over 20 years. He has taken and passed the bar exam in 15 jurisdictions (high score of 184 on the MBE) and continues to take the exam to ensure that BARBRI’s Testing materials accurately reflect the MBE. Roger began with BARBRI upon his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School and has developed a broad range of MBE testing programs for BARBRI over the years, both in print and online.
Roger is a member of the Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia bar, and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission in his hometown. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife and children, and roots for the Cubs.
Chris Nikitas, Esq., is a Director of Legal Education for BARBRI, covering the states of AL, AR, MO, MN & ND. He joined BARBRI in 2011, and he has ensured that students feel as comfortable as they can when sitting for the bar exam by answering substantive questions and managing essay grading in those states. He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and his J.D. from Emory University.
MICHAEL C. OLDWEILER
Michael C. Oldweiler was born and raised on a farm in Decatur, IL. After graduating from SLU undergrad in 2011, he took some time off to work on the family farm. In December 2012, he began working at a foreclosure law firm and realized he wanted to go to law school. Every attorney at the firm offered differing strategies for law school success, but they all agreed that Barbri was the only way to go when it came to bar prep, so thankfully Michael had that detail ironed out before the first day of class.
At SLU Law, Michael enjoyed the wide selection of practical skills courses. Whether it was trial advocacy, moot court, or some aspect of civil litigation, Michael signed up and dove in. When not in class, Michael spent the vast majority of his time working in the school’s legal clinic where he worked on over 30 cases for indigent clients in the course of a year and a half. He also handled all stages of an unemployment compensation appeal, including an oral argument in the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, and ultimately received a favorable decision for his client. The case has since been published: Cook v. Accord Bldg. Servs., LLC, 481 S.W.3d 893 (Mo. App. E.D. 2016).
After graduating in May, Michael actually turned down a job offer and dove into bar prep with fierce discipline and zero distractions. With his Doberman at his side, he completed 100% of his Barbri personal study plan. He passed the Missouri bar despite less than favorable testing circumstances. After learning that he passed, he has resumed his job search for the right job while also helping out on the family farm during harvest.
[Note: Michael managed to do all of the above, aside from taking the bar exam, without losing consciousness or suffering any concussions.]
BRIAN C. PIKE
Brian Pike is a Knowledge Automation Architect at Riverview Law in the United States. Brian has dedicated his career to the future of the practice of law, which he believes lays at the intersection of design, technology, and the law. It is this combination of interests that allowed Brian to step into a unique role at a leading legal technology company. Brian is also a certified civil and domestic mediator and enjoys both mediation and negotiation.
Brian received his Bachelors in Business from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law.
Lauren is currently a 3L at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and she will be graduating in 2017. Currently, she is a class representative for her school’s Student Bar Association. Lauren’s alma matter is the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her puppy, shopping, and perusing the internet for clothes and funny memes. She hopes that her posts will be helpful to other law and prelaw students!
Gregory passed the New York, Connecticut and California Bar’s – each the first time. He also waived into DC on his MBE results. Gregory is a proud BARBRI Alum. He is a 1992-1993 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tokyo, a 1992 graduate of Temple University School of Law and 2005 LLM graduate in Tax Law from Golden Gate University
Gregory’s practice started in Silicon Valley at Cooley LLP and is now a mix of business development and lawyering for established family owned or closely held businesses. Gregory identifies and qualifies business partners for his clients and forms and designs their business structures, entities and agreements so his technology, real estate acquisition and even chocolate manufacturer clients can make, sell, distribute and protect their products. Gregory has also litigated dozens of IP infringement cases in Federal Court. When not lawyering, he is a martial artist, a yogi, a writer of children’s books and helps high achievers whose anxiety and panic interrupts their performance.
Gregory runs his blog www.thepanicproject.com and is based in Los Angeles.
Shaun graduated from Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, CA. With over a decade of experience in the technology sector, he currently splits his time between legal internships and business consulting. When he is not tweeting or Redditing, you’ll find Shaun doodling in the margins of his law books, designing comics and infographics, or hiding away in a random corner of the school to get a little guitar time in. In addition to tutoring first- and second-year students, he is an avid community supporter who enjoys making information more accessible to people across all spectrums of learning style and currently mentors more than a dozen children and adults with learning disabilities around the world.
Mike Sims is the President of BARBRI. Since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1992, he has devoted his law practice to helping students succeed in law school and on the ultimate final exam – the bar exam.
Mike is also BARBRI’s principal national essay writing instructor. In this capacity he travels the nation teaching thousands of law students and lawyers the secrets to studying for and writing winning answers on law school and bar exams.
Mike’s early career featured extensive experience in government and public service including working as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen as well as Chief Clerk for the Texas House of Representatives State Affairs Committee.
As Regional Vice President for BARBRI, Tom Stenson has led our bar review sales team in the Northeast since February 2013. Working closely with his sales team and their associated student representatives, in addition to other strategic sales teams across the BARBRI Group, he is focused on maximizing revenues and client satisfaction in all of our targeted markets.
Prior to joining BARBRI, he held increasingly responsible sales leadership roles at Epiq Systems, Wolters Kluwer, and LexisNexis selling a variety of products, services and solutions into corporate, legal, and educational markets.
A graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in History, he is also a licensed attorney having obtained his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York. With over 15 years of strategic sales experience and leadership, Tom Stenson is a critical part of our team.
RICHARD K. TEITELL
Rick is an active trial attorney, with a practice in Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania. He graduated from George Washington University and received his JD from Vermont Law School in 1977. After ten years trying cases with 3 different small offices with active litigation practices, Rick started his own firm and for over 20 years Rick has run his own office, concentrating in personal injury and commercial civil litigation. Rick has developed a reputation for giving personalized attention to every client. His firm web site is www.TeitellLaw.com
Lauren is a 2014 graduate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She passed the July 2014 bar exam in Texas, studying with BARBRI. Lauren received her B.A. from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
She is an avid tweeter, fitness addict, and foodie. Lauren hopes to give insight into what studying for the bar exam is really like.
Aside from blogging, Harrison is an avid HBO, fitness, and food fanatic. Harrison received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied philosophy and helped create and facilitate a student-run course. He graduated from UCLA School of Law in Southern California and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Entertainment Law Review, and has externed for a state court and bankruptcy court.
Ifeoma Ukwubiwe graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where she served as the Head BARBRI Student Representative. In 2011, she received her Bachelors of Arts in Speech: Rhetoric and Public Address from St. Johns University. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys watching dramatic television series, eating delicious food and playing with her adorable niece. Upon graduation from Rutgers, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Jennifer graduated from The University of Tulsa College of Law in December of 2014. She received her B.A. at St. Edwards University in Austin, Tx, where she competed in collegiate softball. She fullfills her competitive void by being an avid runner, mediocre kickball player (its a beer league but it does the trick), and a yoga enthusiast.
My name is Gianna Venticinque and I’m 26. I say that more or less ignoring the fact that I’m almost in my late-20’s. I took two years off post-undergrad before I dove head first into the world we all know and love to hate, law school. I’ll be graduating a semester early (yay for summer school!) from Northern Illinois College of Law in DeKalb, Illinois so I’ll be taking the February 2016 Illinois Bar Exam. During law school I was very involved in a number of organizations and competitions, which include: Moot Court, Mock Trial, Criminal Law Society. I was also the NIU Law representative for the Illinois State Bar Association – consider this is my mini-plug to join your state bar associations! I’m excited to share the crazy ride that is @barpreplife with my fellow BARBRI-ers.
Christie lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a graduate of University of Mississippi School of Law. She has her B.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Christie works for BARBRI as a Director of Legal Education and a Legal Education Advisor in Louisiana, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining BARBRI in 2012, Christie spent 10 years working for Thomson Reuters as a law firm consultant to attorneys. She is licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana and enjoys helping students pass the bar exam.
Joni Wiredu earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from William and Mary Law School. She is the Senior Director of Legal Education for BARBRI, Inc. in Washington, DC and is barred in the state of Maryland. With over 13 years of experience in bar preparation, Joni has managed bar exam courses for VA, MD and DC. She counsels hundreds of students each year in bar exam preparation and has lectured on essay writing and program study methods.