Faculty Speaker Series 2009-2010

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Each year, Carolina Law attracts some of the nation's leading legal scholars to Chapel Hill to share their insights with faculty and students on a variety of engaging topics. The faculty of the UNC School of Law announces their 2009-2010 Speaker Series.

Oct. 2, 2009
John Inazu
Fellow in Public Law
Duke University

John Inazu joined Duke Law in the fall of 2009. Prior to coming to Duke Law, he was a teaching fellow and instructor on the First Amendment in the political science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, he clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. From 2000-2004, he served as an associate general counsel for the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon as part of the Air Force General Counsel's Honors Program, where he focused on governmental contracts litigation, national security, and military personnel matters. His research focuses on the First Amendment, law and religion, political theory and jurisprudence, and his scholarly work appears in the Tulane Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Marquette Law Review and other academic publications. His current book project is on "The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly." Inazu has been a participant in the Civitas Summer Leadership Seminar at the Center for Public Justice and a volunteer instructor with the Presidential Classroom.

Hari Osofsky

Nov. 2, 2009

Hari Osofsky
Associate Professor of Law
Washington & Lee Law School

Hari Osofsky is an associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and she is also a Ph.D. student in the geography department at the University of Oregon. After clerking for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked as a Fellow at Center for the Law in the Public Interest, with a focus on environmental justice advocacy. In 2001-2002, she served as a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, where she taught U.S. civil rights law and helped the school launch its clinical legal education program. In 2003-2004, she was a non-residential fellow with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and engaged in a project on international environmental rights. Osofsky's scholarship focuses on climate change law and law and geography. Her current writing projects include a co-edited book on climate change litigation with Cambridge University Press and a casebook on climate change law and policy forthcoming with Aspen Publishers. Her recent articles have been awarded the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer by the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.

Camille Rich

Nov. 10, 2009

Camille Rich
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Camille Gear Rich joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in the fall of 2007 following five years of private practice. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, feminist legal theory, legal ethics, employment discrimination and children and the law. Prior to entering private practice, Rich clerked in the Southern District of New York for District Judge Robert L. Carter. She also clerked on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett. She joined Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP in 2003, where she worked primarily on general commercial litigation and internal investigations. Rich also worked on various pro bono matters involving Title VII retaliation claims and disability rights. Her primary pro bono project was her work as co-counsel with the Legal Aid Society Prisoners Rights Project on a prisoners rights class action raising constitutional claims on behalf of all female prisoners in New York State prisons against New York State Department of Corrections officials. She was awarded the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award in recognition of her work on prisoners rights claims.

Dan Markel

Nov. 16, 2009

Dan Markel
D'Alemberte Professor of Law
Florida State University College of Law

Dan Markel has written on retribution in criminal law and sentencing, with a focus on the role of shame in the criminal justice system. He is a co-founder of a blog for academic law professors, PrawfsBlawg. Upon graduation from law school, Markel was a research fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, a clerk for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and an associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, D.C., where he practiced white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation in trial and appellate courts. He teaches primarily in the area of criminal law.

Chris Brummer

Dec. 4, 2009

Chris Brummer
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law

Chris Brummer is an expert in international financial regulation. He'll present his paper, "How International Financial Law Works and How It Doesn't." His research focuses on globalization and its impact on financial markets and financial market regulation. His writings have appeared in several leading journals including the California Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Chicago Journal of International Law. He recently served as the Securities and Exchange Commission's first academic fellow in the agency's Office of International Affairs. Prior to joining Georgetown's faculty, he was on the faculty of Vanderbilt Law School and practiced in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

John Taylor

Jan. 28, 2010

John Taylor
Visiting Professor of Law, University of North Carolina
Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law

Currently visiting at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Professor John Taylor normally teaches and writes at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. His current research deals with the intersections between the First Amendment and Education Law. He teaches Religion and the Constitution, Torts, Education Law, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, and Professional Responsibility. In 2007, he co-organized a conference on "The Religion Clauses in the 21st Century" with Bill Marshall (UNC Law) and Vivian Hamilton (William & Mary Law). Before joining the faculty at WVU, Professor Taylor clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Taylor holds J.D. and A.B. degrees from the University of North Carolina and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Religious Studies from Stanford University. His doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of Kant's and Aquinas's accounts of emotion and virtuous action. Professor Taylor is teahing Torts in the fall of 2009, and will be spending a sabbatical semester at UNC in the spring of 2010.

Leonardo Villalón

Feb. 4, 2010

Leonardo Villalón
Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of the Center for African Studies
University of Florida

Director of the Center for African Studies, Leonardo Villalón, also is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. Before going to UF, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas and also directed the undergraduate major in international studies. While at Kansas, he received the Provost's Award for Leadership in international education. Villalón earned his BA from Louisiana State University and his MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He also received his DEA (Diplóme d'Etudes Approfondies) from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris in 1985 before earning his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, where he specialized in comparative politics and international relations. As a Fulbright professor and visiting professor, Villalón has taught at two universities in Senegal and also has lectured at other institutions in a number of countries in West Africa. His research focuses on the politics of the former French colonies of West Africa, especially the Sahelian countries of Senegal, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. His work also has concentrated on the role of Islam in politics and on the processes of democratization.

David Fontana

Feb. 11, 2010

David Fontana
Associate Professor
George Washington University Law School

David Fontana joined the George Washington law faculty in 2006. His research is focused on the areas of: constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, comparative law, administrative law, judicial behavior, and public policy, and he currently is completing a doctoral degree in socio-legal studies at Oxford University. Before going to GW, he clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has published articles in legal journals including the UCLA Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Virginia Law Review (with Bruce Ackerman), Connecticut Law Review and Fordham Law Review. Fontana also has written for Slate, The National Law Journal, The New Republic Online, Legal Affairs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic Monthly (with Bruce Ackerman), The Los Angeles Times and Findlaw. He has advised congressional and presidential campaigns on legal and foreign policy issues and also has advised governments on the process of constitution-drafting in newly emerging democracies. He teaches constitutional law and comparative constitutional law.

Melanie Wilson

Feb. 26, 2010

Melanie Wilson
Associate Professor of Law
University of Kansas School of Law

Melanie Wilson joined the KU Law faculty in 2007. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and served on the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review. Prior to joining the KU Law faculty, she was an associate professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. Wilson has extensive litigation experience. She was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Georgia and, prior to that, in the Middle District of Georgia. She worked five years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia.

Jane Schacter

March 24, 2010

Jane Schacter
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Curriclum
Standford Law School

Focusing her research on the concepts of democratic theory that shape legal analysis and the constitutional dimensions of judicial and legislative legitimacy, Jane Schacter is a leading expert on statutory interpretation and legislative process, constitutional law and sexual orientation and the law. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2006, Schacter was professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, as well as the University of Michigan Law School. Early in her career she was an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, an associate at Hill & Barlow in Boston, and a law clerk to Judge Raymond J. Pettine of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Mark McKenna

April 8, 2010

Mark McKenna
Associate Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School

Mark P. McKenna teaches and writes in the area of intellectual property. Widely recognized as a leading junior scholar in the trademark area, Professor McKenna has also written about copyright, the right of publicity, and the intersection between various types of intellectual property protection. He joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty on a permanent basis in the Fall of 2008 after visiting for a semester in the Spring of 2008. McKenna graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a degree in Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000. After graduating from law school, Professor McKenna practiced law with an intellectual property firm in Chicago, litigating trademark and copyright cases and advising clients on a variety of intellectual property issues. Prior to coming to Notre Dame Professor McKenna was a member of the faculty at the Saint Louis University School of Law from 2003 to 2008. In addition to various intellectual property courses, Professor McKenna teaches the first-year torts course and has taught civil procedure several times.

Todd Pettys

April 13, 2010

Todd Pettys
Professor of Law and Bouma Fellow in Trial Law
University of Iowa College of Law

Todd Pettys joined the University of Iowa College of Law faculty in 1999. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for Judge Francis Murnaghan Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He then entered private practice, working for three years in the general litigation department of Perkins Coie, LLP, in Seattle, Washington. Before attending UNC School of Law, he served as assistant director of the Capital Campaign for the Arts & Sciences at Duke University. Professor Pettys' courses include evidence, constitutional law, and federal courts.

Tom Tyler

April 16, 2010

Tom Tyler
Chair of Psychology and University Professor of Psychology
New York University

Tom Tyler is Chair of Psychology and a professor of psychology at New York University. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University and his master's and doctorate in social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research explores the motivations that lead people to cooperate when they are within groups.

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