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burnham_scottProfessor Scott J. Burnham

Professor Burnham teaches Contracts and Commercial Law. He teaches from the perspective of a practicing attorney, emphasizing preventive law rather than litigation.

Before he began his teaching career, Professor Burnham practiced in New York City from 1975-1981. He was on the faculty of the University of Montana School of Law from 1981 to 2010. During this time he was a visiting professor at the law schools at the Santa Clara University, the University of Tennessee, Western New England College, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Hawaii, Memphis, Ohio State, Cardozo, and Vytautas Magnus in Lithuania. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he has taught at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay and was a consultant at Can Tho University in Vietnam.

Professor Burnham is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and is currently the president of CALI.

morrissey.danielProfessor Thomas Horton

Professor Morrissey holds both a bachelor’s (Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Georgetown University. After law school he served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Richard Austin in Chicago. He then worked as an attorney in the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. After a period of private practice in Los Angeles, he became a law professor at the University of Tulsa, where he earned the rank of tenured, full professor. He has also served as a visiting professor of law at Pepperdine University, the University of Denver, and Seton Hall University, and as an adjunct professor at Loyola of Los Angeles.

In 1994 he was appointed dean at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, and served in that capacity until 1999. In 2001 he was appointed Dean of Gonzaga School of Law and served in that capacity until 2004. He has published a number of articles in the areas of corporate securities law and jurisprudence.

Professor Samuel Panarella


Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Panarella was the CEO of Crux Consulting, LLC, a legal process and management consulting firm whose clients include the legal departments of several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Professor Panarella was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading western law firm, where he focused his legal practice on energy law, with a specialty in renewable energy development, and representing public and private companies in large-scale industrial and commercial project development.

Professor Panarella clerked for United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Otto R. Skopil, Jr. before entering private practice. Professor Panarella was selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 

His most recent publication is a book on legal process in the corporate environment, Litigation Readiness: A Practical Approach to Electronic Discovery, published by Oxford University Press in April 2011.

Professor Panarella earned a B.A. degree, with honors, in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana in 1995. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1998, where he was a member of the law review.