(Boston, Revised 12/17/10) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s faculty has been enhanced this year with the addition of new professors with an impressive range of experience. Tigran W. Eldred, Jordan M. Singer, and Natashia M. Tidwell have strengths in litigation, research, prosecution, and defense that are benefitting students and the law school community as a whole.
Tigran Eldred, associate professor of law, came to New England Law after teaching at New York University Law School, Hofstra University School of Law, and Lewis & Clark Law School and has served as a public defender, civil rights lawyer, and human rights advocate. He was an attorney with The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First), including service as a consultant for the Policing Program and as national outreach director, and with the Criminal Appeals Bureau and Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York and Brooklyn, NY, respectively.
Professor Eldred’s research explores the regulation of lawyers in criminal cases, with emphasis on the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel. His current project examines the constitutional implications of client perjury in criminal cases. He has published in the Kansas Law Review and the West Virginia Law Review.
After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. James L. Oakes, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and was a Southern District pro se extern and litigation associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Eldred received an A.B. from Georgetown University and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as notes & commentary editor of the Fordham Law Review and earned the highest graduating grade point average.
Jordan Singer, assistant professor of law, came to New England Law from the University of Denver, where he served as director of research for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. His focus was on aspects of civil procedure and process, judicial selection, and judicial performance evaluation, and he authored numerous institute publications. He had previously served as a senior litigation associate with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, with a practice emphasizing intellectual property litigation.
Professor Singer’s current research focuses on civil procedure, civil case management, and judicial selection and process. He has made numerous presentations on these and other topics, including serving as a panelist at the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules 2010 Litigation Review Conference at Duke Law School and presenting on “Innovation and Judicial Leadership” at the 2010 Federal Judges Association quadrennial conference. He has also provided legislative testimony concerning judicial performance evaluation.
After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr., of the Colorado Supreme Court. Singer received a B.A. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal.
Natashia Tidwell, assistant professor of law, had previously served as a New England Law lecturer on law, teaching Criminal Procedure. Her career has primarily been in the public sector. Most recently, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney with the Organized Crime Strike Force of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, where she prosecuted members of Mafia syndicates and other international criminal enterprises in cases involving illegal gambling, racketeering, loan-sharking, extortion, and other traditional organized crime-related activities.
Before that, Professor Tidwell worked in Washington, DC, as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, after being hired via the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In this role she prosecuted and supervised complex white-collar crime investigations of public officials and government employees. She also prosecuted cases as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia during a six-month detail assignment.
Professor Tidwell began her career in public service as a patrol officer with the Cambridge, MA, Police Department, rising to the positions of sergeant and of lieutenant–director of training. She graduated first in her class at New England Law, receiving the Dean Arthur W. McLean Award for Academic Excellence, serving as executive case and note editor for the New England Law Review, and receiving CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Evidence, Clinical Evidence, Government Lawyer, Product Liability, and Securities Regulation. She received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
New England Law has also welcomed two visiting professors. Lisa R. Freudenheim, visiting academic excellence professor, is a member of the faculty for the fall semester. Professor Freudenheim was formerly a member of the Academic Support Program faculty at Suffolk University Law School, where she taught Advanced Legal Writing, Appellate Practice, and Legal Practice Skills. She has also taught at Boston College Law School and at Brandeis University and previously worked as an employment litigation associate at major law firms in Boston and New York. She received a B.A. from Tufts University and J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Wayne Lewis, visiting professor of law in 2010-2011, has taught Contracts and Commercial Law at DePaul University for 27 years and coauthored the book used in his Negotiable Instruments course. Before teaching, he was an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC, and the assistant regional director of the bureau’s Chicago office. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and J.D. from Cornell Law School.