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Concordia University School of Law Adds Faculty & Staff in Boise

BOISE, Idaho — July 22, 2013 – Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, welcomes five new faculty and staff, ahead of its second full class of students beginning fall 2013.

Andrew C. Kim, assistant professor of law, joins the Concordia Law faculty from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., where he was a visiting assistant professor of law. Professor Kim will teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence at Concordia Law. He has also taught criminal law and selected topics in criminal justice. Professor Kim earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s in economics, anthropology and physics from University of Chicago.

Melinda A. Marbes, visiting associate professor, was most recently at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Fla., where she taught business organizations, business planning, and property. She will teach property, business organizations and will develop several elective courses for Concordia Law. Prior to Florida A&M, Professor Marbes was associate professor at John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, Ga. She earned a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Emory College.

Rebecca Nickell, assistant professor, was recently promoted to the position of Director of Student Success, where she will oversee academic support and teach a variety of courses, including those designed to enhance students’ academic skills and capacity.

Kim O’Brien, director of student affairs, most recently served as Concordia Law’s interim director of admission, and also provided a number of consulting services for the law school. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law with a juris doctorate and received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Brian Bava, associate dean of admission, joined Concordia Law July 1 and was previously the dean of enrollment management at The College of Idaho in Caldwell. Prior to his eight years there, he worked at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, holding a variety of positions, including associate director of admissions. He received a masters of education from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in international studies and history from American University.

Claire Free, faculty assistant, joined Concordia Law in July, and will to provide administrative support to the faculty. Most recently, Ms. Free worked in Portland as an administrative and marketing assistant for the 1080 Group, LLC. She earned her bachelor’s in English language and literature from Abilene Christian University.

ABOUT CONCORDIA LAW Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, is part of Concordia University, a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, based in Portland, Ore., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University serves more than 3,500 students through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences, School of Management and School of Law. Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened to the inaugural class of students in the Fall of 2012.

Madeline Turnock, APR 503-803-3729

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