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New Law Professors Welcomed

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Faculty and staff recently gathered to officially welcome three new faculty members--Katrina Angela Pagonis (seated, left),  Sharon Press (third from left, standing) and Morgan Holcomb (right, seated)--and visiting assistant professor Mary Szto (second from left). They each bring strong professional and academic experience to the Law School faculty:

Assistant Professor Pagonis joined the Health Law Institute faculty on July 1, following two clerkships for federal judges based in Nevada: U.S. Circuit Judge Procter R. Hug., Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr. She was a teaching fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in 2007-08 at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her JD in 2005. She also earned an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, an MPH degree from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in both political science, and molecular and cell biology.

Associate Professor Press also joined Hamline on July 1 as Director of the Hamline Dispute Resolution Institute. Professor Press served for 18 years as director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center. She has been an adjunct professor, teaching mediation theory and general ADR survey courses at Florida State University College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Capital University Law School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Mary Parker Follett Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dispute Resolution presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution and CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field and Future of Dispute Resolution. Professor Press is a Florida Supreme Court certified county and family mediator and also has mediated in a number of community mediation centers in Florida and New York. 

Assistant Professor Holcomb joined Hamline on a full-time basis after completing one year as a visiting professor. She teaches Individual Income Tax, Tax Policy, Agricultural Law, and Taxation of Business Entities. She previously was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2006-2008, where she taught State and Local Tax, Tax Policy, and Individual Income Tax. She also has worked as an associate at Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand. Professor Holcomb clerked for the Hon. John R. Tunheim on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was the lead Note and Comment Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and the recipient of the Hon. Edward J. Devitt Award for Excellence in the Study of Federal Law and Practice. Professor Holcomb earned her BA in English from Grinnell College, where she graduated with honors.  

Visiting Assistant Professor Szto brings extensive teaching experience to her current position at Hamline. She most recently served as a visiting associate professor at  Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York, where she taught courses on Business Organizations and Property. She was a visiting associate professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts (2007-2008), at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California (2005-07), at Xiamen University School of Law in Xiamen, China (Spring 2005) and at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, Michigan (1993-1994).

She served at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington, New York as Co-Director, Summer Law Program, and has served as an Associate Professor at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia (1998-2003) and at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California (1994-1998). She began her teaching career at City University School of Law, in Flushing, New York, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor (1992-1993) and earlier worked as an adjunct professor at Nyack College,  in Nyack, New York (Fall 1992).                                                                

She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1987 and practiced law in New York City, served as commercial lending counsel at Citibank and was co-founder of a legal services organization in New York. Professor Szto has lectured and written on a variety of matters dealing with both the Chinese and American legal systems. She is co-authoring two books on Chinese law for Carolina Academic Press. Her research interests include gender and the Chinese legal profession; and the relationship between Chinese ritual and law. Professor Szto's educational background includes Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D., 1986; Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M.A., Religion, 1983; Chinese University, New Territories, Hong Kong, International Rotary Fellow, 1981-1982; and Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, B.A., English, 1981