Nashville School of Law names the following faculty additions for the upcoming school year:

  • Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference Executive Director Patrick Frogge will teach Crimes and Constitutional Criminal Law & Procedure. He has spent his entire career in the field of criminal defense. He is a 1999 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, has served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry Smith of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, as an assistant Public Defender, and in private practice for more than 10 years.
  • Christopher Hugan, a 2003 graduate of the School, will teach Legal Skills & Values II. He practices law in Nashville, concentrating on business and intellectual property transactions and litigation. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Prior to law school, he worked for over 15 years as a musician and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Nashville.
  • Brian Neal, who took over instruction of the Conflicts class last year in the wake of the loss of Professor Patrick McHale, will continue permanently in that role. Neal is a partner at Burr & Forman and practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Torts, Insurance and Product Liabilities sections. Neal earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.
  • Mark Westlake, who previously taught Taxation at the School, will teach Accounting for Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1977 and the Tennessee bar in 1978. Mr. Westlake has been with the school since 1984.

The school also announces this staff & faculty change:

  • David L. Hudson, Jr., who has taught at the School since 2005 and been a member of the staff as Director of Academic Affairs for four years, will leave his staff post with the School at the end of July and reduce his teaching load to one class – Bar Exam Workshop. David has taken a one-year teaching position at Belmont University College of Law.

The following faculty members have announced their retirement from teaching at the School:

  • Laura Dykes, who taught Crimes and Constitutional Criminal Law & Procedure and has been with the School since 2003.
  • Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tim Easter, who taught Legal Skills & Values at the School since 2016.
  • Jim Creecy, who taught Accounting for Lawyers and State and Local Taxation at the School since 1976.