Faculty Profiles

Christian Halliburton

Christian Mukunda Halliburton is the inaugural career faculty member at the Anchorage Satellite Campus. He teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion.

Professor Halliburton spent several years in private firm practice, and two years clerking for the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the United States District Court in Seattle, before joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2002. An anthropologist by training, Professor Halliburton tends to focus his teaching and scholarship on the human aspect of the institution of legal regulation - both in terms of determining optimal regulatory regimes, and as a way of internalizing the universe of societal costs associated with such regulatory systems.

He has written articles on topics ranging from jurisprudential theories of privacy and evidentiary exclusion under the Fourth Amendment to the intersection of race and criminal law in the post-Brown v. Board of Education context. In addition to his teaching and involvement in the Seattle University School of Law community, Professor Halliburton is actively involved in the protection and pursuit of individual civil liberties as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and regularly provides public and media presentations on matters involving civil rights and individual freedoms.

He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and the University of California Berkeley.

Sam Kalen

Professor Sam Kalen joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty in 2009, as an assistant professor of law. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Professor Kalen practiced in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years, both in the private and public sectors. He practiced at an energy, environment and natural resources law firm, and worked in the Solicitor's Office at the Department of the Interior. He also has held various teaching positions at the University of Baltimore, Florida State University, Washington & Lee University, and Penn State University. Immediately after law school, Professor Kalen began his career as a law clerk for Justice Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court. Professor Kalen's research focuses on the fields of energy, environment, public lands and natural resources, administrative law, and constitutional law. He has published numerous law review articles, and is a co-author on the third edition of a West Natural Resources Law and Policy casebook. Professor Kalen also is active in the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, having served as a Chair of two committees and Vice-Chair on several committees. He received his B.A. from Clark University, cum laude and High Honors in History and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

Judge Sen Tan (Retired)

Judge Sen K. Tan was appointed to the superior court in 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury, in England in 1978 and he received his law degree from Northeastern School of Law in 1982. He came to Alaska in 1982 to work as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Brian C. Shortell in Anchorage.
He remained in the public sector in Anchorage throughout his career; as an Assistant Public Defender from 1983-1989, then as an Assistant Attorney General from 1989-1996, and finally as a Superior Court Judge for 17 years, over two years of that time as the Presiding Judge for the Third Judicial District. During his time on the bench he served as Chair of the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Co-Chair of the Child in Need of Aid Court Improvement Committee, and as a member of the Alaska Supreme Court's Fairness, Diversity and Equality Committee, Domestic Violence Committee, and the Family Law Self-Help Committee.