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Faculty Speaker Series 2010-2011

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 2010-2011 Speaker Series.

September 16
Fred Schauer
David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law

Prior to joining the University of Virginia School of Law, Fred Schauer served for 18 years as Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he has served as academic dean and acting dean. He is the author of The Law of Obscenity (BNA, 1976), Free Speech: A Philosophical Enquiry (Cambridge, 1982), Playing By the Rules: A Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life (Clarendon/Oxford, 1991), Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes (Belknap/Harvard, 2003), and Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning (Harvard, 2009). He is also author of numerous articles on constitutional law and theory, freedom of speech and press, legal reasoning and the philosophy of law.

September 23
Iqbal Singh
Distinguished Professor of Law
National Law Institute University of India

Iqbal Singh has conducted research and held teaching positions at several universities across North America and India, and he currently focuses on the intersection of international relations, human rights, and the law. Prior to his academic career, Singh was an officer in the Indian Army for 24 years and held command, staff and teaching positions. He retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel and Brigadier to pursue academics. After earning a M.A. in political science and a M.S. in Area Studies from the University of Mysore in India, he moved to United States to earn a Ph.D. in political science from University of Chicago and a J.D. from University of North Carolina.

October 7
Rebecca Tushnet
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Rebecca Tushnet focuses on constitutional law and intellectual property law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Georgetown, Tushnet clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Associate Justice David H. Souter of the United State Supreme Court. She also spent two years as an associate specializing in intellectual property at Dabevoise & Plimpton and two years teaching at New York University School of Law. Tushnet teaches intellectual property, advertising, and First Amendment law. Her recent work focuses on the relationship between the First Amendment and false advertising law.

October 14
Amy Sepinwall
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Sepinwall joined the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) in 2009, and teaches courses on business ethics and legal philosophy. Sepinwall earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for The Hon. Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has published articles on the criminalization of harm to the unborn, reparations for slavery, the responsibility of commanders for atrocities committed by their troop, and the responsibility of citizens for human rights' abuses committed by their nation-state. Her dissertation, "Responsibility for Group Transgressions," advances an account of responsibility according to which members of a group may be held responsible for group wrongdoings independent of their participation in those wrongdoings. Her current research addresses the assignment of responsibility for corporate acts. She also studies the relationship between the corporation and the U.S. Constitution, with an eye towards questioning efforts to invoke constitutional rights on behalf of corporations.

October 28
William A. Birdthistle
Assistant Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law

William A. Birdthistle joined Chicago-Kent in 2006. He previously practiced for five years at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where he was a corporate associate in the investment management division working generally on matters involving mutual funds and hedge funds and focusing specifically on governmental investigations into allegations of malfeasance in the mutual fund industry. He also clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following graduation from Harvard Law School. Birdthistle's research explores investment funds, executive compensation and corporate governance.

November 4
Ethan Yale
Hunton & Williams Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law

Ethan Yale's teaching and research focus on tax law and policy. Yale joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009 and was previously a faculty member at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2009. Prior to working at Georgetown, he was an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law, an associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, and a law clerk to Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ethan is a graduate of Cornell University and Tulane Law School.

November 18
Katherine Franke
Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Katherine Franke joined Columbia Law School in 2000. She was previously an associate professor of law at Fordham Law School from 1997-2000, an associate professor of law at the University of Arizona College of Law from 1995-1997, the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild from 1990-1991, a supervising attorney with the New York City Commission on Human Rights from 1987-1990, and the founder and director of the AIDS and Employment Project from 1986-1987. Franke is currently also the director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. She also is an advisory board member for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and an advisory council member for the Center for Non-Violent Education.

January 13
Anupam Chander
Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Anupam Chander joined UC Davis School of Law in 2009 and was previously a visiting professor at Yale Law School from 2008-2009 and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in spring 2008. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Chander clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign sovereigns in international financial transactions.

January 21
Jeffrey Rachlinski
Professor of Law
Cornell Law School

Jeffrey Rachlinski joined the Cornell Law School in 1994 and concentrates on developing new perspectives on the influence of human psychology on decision-making by courts, administrative agencies and regulated communities. He received his J.D. from Stanford University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1994. Rachlinski also explores varied topics in legal practice, such as litigation strategies, punitive damages, administrative law, environmental law and products liability. Rachlinski has taught social and cognitive psychology for lawyers, administrative law, environmental law, civil procedure and torts.

February 9
Tristin Green
Professor of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law

Tristin Green specializes in employment discrimination and inequality. Prior to joining the University of San Francisco School of Law, she was a professor at Seton Hall Law School and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. Green also clerked for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Garland E. Burrell Jr. at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Green draws on the social sciences to better understand discrimination as it operates in the modern workplace.

February 24
Jeffrey Manns
Associate Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School

Jeffrey Manns' teaching and research interests focus on securities regulation, financial institutions and insurance law. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Manns served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, and his note on terrorism reinsurance received the Israel H. Peres Prize for the best student publication in the Yale Law Journal. Before joining the law school faculty, he clerked for the Honorable J. Harvie Willkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and spent several years in private practice in Washington D.C. concentrating on securities litigation.

February 28
Elizabeth Emens
Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Elizabeth Emens joined Columbia Law School in 2005 and was previously a Bigelow Fellow & Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2003-2005. Prior to teaching, she graduated from Yale Law School in 2002 and clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Emens' teaching and research concentrates on contracts, employment discrimination law, legal theory, disability law and law and sexuality.

March 14
Heather Gerken
J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law
Yale Law School

Heather Gerken specializes in election law, constitutional law and civil procedure. She is one of the country's leading experts on voting rights and election law, the role of groups in the democratic process and the relationship between diversity and democracy. A native of Massachusetts, Gerken graduated from Princeton University, where she received her A.B. degree summa cum laude in 1991, and from the University of Michigan Law School, where she received her J.D. summa cum laude in 1994. She then served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court before entering private practice in Washington, D.C. Gerken became an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, where she was granted tenure and won the Sachs-Freund teaching award. She joined the Yale faculty in 2006.

March 17
Myriam Gilles
Professor of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Myriam Gilles joined the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1997 and was previously a litigation associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. Her areas of interest include civil rights and structural reform litigation, tort and litigation reform and class action practice. Gilles has served as chair of the civil rights section of The Association of American Law Schools and participated in numerous panels and symposia on issues such as police misconduct and municipal liability. In 2004, she was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School and from 2005-2006 she was a Fellow in the Program of Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

March 24
Robin Lenhardt
Associate Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

Robin Lenhardt joined the Fordham University School of Law in 2004 and was previously a fellow and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2002-2004 and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School in winter 2004. Lenhardt has also been an associate at Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering, an attorney advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, and a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Hugh H. Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She concentrates on race and the law, family law, civil procedure and constitutional law.

April 4
Melissa A. Waters
Professor of Law
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Melissa Waters' research and teaching interests include foreign relations law, international law, international human rights law and international criminal law, comparative law, conflicts of law, civil procedure and complex civil litigation. Her scholarly work focuses on the incorporation of international law into domestic legal regimes, in particular the role of transnational judicial dialogue in developing international legal norms and in transforming U.S. and other domestic courts into key mediators between domestic and international law.

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