Professor Gabriel Arkles
Gabriel Arkles teaches Legal Research and Writing at Northeastern University School of Law. His research interests include the intersection of gender, race, and disability in criminal law and punishment; the role of lawyers in social movements; and the development of lawyering skills from a social justice perspective.
Professor Arkles joined Northeastern after three years as an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law, where he taught a mandatory first-year lawyering class on legal research and writing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and oral advocacy. For the six years prior to his appointment at NYU, he practiced at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as a Staff Attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives. There he provided legal services to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender nonconforming. He also engaged in impact litigation, public education, and policy work to advance justice for these communities. While his work at SRLP spanned issues of public benefits, name changes, identity documents, immigration, discrimination, and shelter access, his focus was on conditions of confinement for imprisoned people. Professor Arkles was also a founding member of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides bail and bond support to criminalized LGBT immigrants.
Professor Luke A. Boso
Professor Luke A. Boso is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, remedies, education law, and criminal law. He taught property and constitutional law courses at Savannah Law School in 2013-14 as an associate professor, and he was a fellow with the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA from 2011-13, where he taught several legal courses regarding sexuality and gender. Boso earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from West Virginia University. He went on to earn his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was selected to be a research editor of the West Virginia Law Review. Boso then received a scholarship to pursue an LL.M. degree at UCLA School of Law, where he specialized in social justice and was an articles editor on the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. Boso has served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Court of West Virginia, as well as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Phillip D. Gaujot of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, West Virginia. He also spent a year working at a boutique civil rights firm in Los Angeles, litigating issues of police misconduct and brutality. His publications include, among others: Real Men, 37 U. HAWAI’I L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2015), and Urban Bias, Rural Sexual Minorities, and the Courts, 60 UCLA L. REV. 562 (2013), which was awarded the 2013 Dukeminier Award for best law review article on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. He has also published in Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, and West Virginia Law Review.
Dean Richard Bales
Rick Bales is the Dean of the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. He has published more than eighty scholarly articles and authored or co-authored five books, on employment arbitration, alternative dispute resolution in the workplace, employment law, labor law, and arbitration law. He has spoken widely on topics pertaining to innovative ways of teaching employment and labor law courses. Recent presentations have been in Berlin, Brisbane, Cartagena, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, Prato (Italy), Saigon, and Siem Reap. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Specialist, once each to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
Before coming to ONU Law, Dean Bales was a faculty member at NKU Chase College of Law, where he was the Director of the Advocacy Center and he was Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Before that, he taught at the University of Montana Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and University of Houston Law School. Prior to his teaching career Dean Bales litigated employment cases for the Houston-based law firm of Baker & Botts and the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler.
Attorney Richard Casey
Richard “Dick” Casey is an attorney and shareholder at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. in the Sioux Falls office.
Dick Casey’s practice emphasizes advising clients on employment issues and methods of preventing and resolving disputes. Dick has been practicing law for over 35 years, beginning his career as a prosecutor for 10 years. Over the past 25 years, Dick’s practice has focused on civil cases. During that time, he has tried many cases to a jury. He has also had vast experience in negotiating and mediating the resolution of cases.
Dick has been General Counsel for Heartland Consumers Power District since 1993. Heartland is a political subdivision of South Dakota that sells wholesale electric power to municipalities in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In that capacity, Dick advises Heartland’s board and its staff on the consumer power district statutes of South Dakota, as well as negotiating and drafting of contracts between Heartland and its customers and vendors. Dick has also represented Heartland in commercial litigation when needed.
Through his many years of experience, Dick has handled a wide array of civil cases, including personal injury and worker’s compensation cases, contract disputes, commercial disputes, insurance defense and insurance bad faith cases, in addition to his extensive experience in cases involving employment discrimination.
Brody Ray, a Kearney, Nebraska native, is working hard to make his dreams become a reality. The Nashville recording artist has recently released his first EP worldwide with a new Alternative Rock sound that’s full of life and energy. The EP was written and recorded in Nashville, TN by Brody Ray and Ben Flanders.
Ever since Brody could remember, music has played a major role in his life. Learning his first strum pattern on the guitar from his mother and taking guitar and cello lessons starting at age 8. These were only some of the things his parents supported him in doing at such a young age.
Brody’s life started out different from most. Brody, born female, knew that his body didn’t match what he felt on the inside, as young as a toddler. Brody’s mother remembers him kicking the back of her seat in the McDonald’s Drive Thru until he got the boy toy in his happy meal, and jumping around in diapers and cowboy boots with a guitar singing at the top of his lungs.
As Brody got older his love for music grew as well as his desire to become the man he always felt he was on the inside. He worked towards a music business degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, but after 3 and a half years, something hit him and he knew that it was time to make some serious changes in his life if he was ever going to be happy. Brody dropped out with a semester left until graduating and started his transition to male and focusing on making his dreams of being an artist a reality. Brody got the surgeries and hormones he needed to complete the male image he had always seen himself as having. During this process TLC was contacted and they captured some of Brody’s most trying times going through this journey. Brody’s episode was featured on a show called Strange Sex, on May 8, 2011 and they named his episode “Right Guy, Wrong Body”. You can find his episode still airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Fit and Health, TLC, Netflix and YouTube.
Shortly after the airing of the episode, Brody auditioned for American Idol, making it through 4 auditions and earning a chance to sing in front of the celebrity judges, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. In between, Brody put a band together, started writing and recording music with his new and deeper voice that fit him better than ever, and auditioning for tons of opportunities anywhere he could. He just recently made it to the Blind Auditions of The Voice for Season 7 but was unable to make it to LA and plans to return for Season 9.
Brody has been traveling and performing all over the US and Canada, singing at some of the nation’s largest Pride Festivals. Festivals include: Palm Springs, CA Pride, opening for Berlin and Terri Nun; Ottawa and Ontario Canada Pride, both with turnouts of over 20,000; Kalamazoo Pride; Rainbow Pride in Spokane WA; Roanoke, VA Pride, sharing the stage with cast members for the hit TV show Glee; Mid-South Pride in Memphis, TN; and Heartland Pride in Omaha, NE.