Resident Faculty Quick Guide

Torts and insurance law
  • His torts treatise, "The Forms and Functions of Tort Law," has become a basic text for first-year law students across the country.
  • Leading insurance law scholar and author of the foremost casebook in the field
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the Council of the American Law Institute
Disability law, health law and antidiscrimination law
  • Former senior counsel, U.S. Education Department, a presidentially appointed position, working on issues under the jurisdiction of the Office for Civil Rights
  • Former senior attorney for the National Center for Youth Law, where she focused on impact litigation and other matters
  • Former trial attorney with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division
  • Former Skadden Fellow with the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Federal courts, separation of powers, constitutional law, criminal procedure
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge Debra Ann Livingston on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States
  • Her research centers on modern uses of judicial power through the lens of federal courts. The Yale Law Journal named her its inaugural Emerging Scholar of the Year for 2022.
Criminal procedure, civil rights litigation, torts and constitutional law
  • Served as attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Frequently provides commentary on Supreme Court decisions (Supreme Court Roundup)
  • Spent eight months working at a mission hospital in Haiti before pursuing her J.D. Her life as a nurse and theologian shaped her approach to law teaching and scholarship.
Appellate litigation, civil liberties
  • Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • A former partner in Latham & Watkins’ Supreme Court and appellate practice, he has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and dozens in courts of appeals and trial courts across the country
  • Former senior counsel to the assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on the trial and briefing team for United States v. Microsoft
  • Clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia
Administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime, federal courts, national security law
  • Served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice
  • Practice appellate litigation privately and for DOJ's National Security Division
  • Clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court
Evidence, torts, jurisprudence and legal history, constitutional law
  • Clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • Former Climenko Fellow and lecturer, Harvard Law School 
  • Barzun's research fcuses on the interdependence of the philosophy of law and the history of law.
Corporate law and corporate finance
  • Received the John M. Olin Prize for outstanding S.J.D. dissertation in law and economics at Harvard Law School 
  • Her article, "Market Segmentation: The Rise of Nevada as a Liability-Free Jurisdiction," was named among the 10 best corporate and securities law articles published in 2012, in an annual poll of corporate law professors conducted by Corporate Practice Commentator (Story)
  • Scholarship integrates law and finance (Scholarship Profile). Her article "What Happens in Nevada? Self-Selecting into Lax Law," was published in the Review of Financial Studies. 
Federal courts, constitutional law, civil procedure, legal theory
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Former lecturer and Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School
  • Practiced appellate litigation
  • Scholarship often focuses on legal institutions’ treatment of intangible harms such as stigma and disrespect
Juvenile justice, child advocacy, state and local government law
  • Director, State and Local Government Policy Clinic
  • Former director, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (2014-19)
  • Former legal director, JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center (1998-2010) and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at UVA Law (2010-14)
Criminal procedure and criminal defense law
  • Clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Practiced criminal defense as an associate for Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg and as staff attorney for the Bronx Defenders 
  • Scholarship often focuses on fairness for the accused in the legal system (Faculty Q&A)
Criminal law, evidence and procedure
  • Clerked for then-Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Worked as an assistant public defender, a source of inspiration for his later scholarship explaining how criminal law works (Scholarship Profile)
  • Has explored over-criminalization in the justice system (Faculty Q&A)
  • Author of the book "Free Market Criminal Justice: How Democracy and Laissez Faire Undermine the Rule of Law"
Legal research and writing
  • Practiced in the litigation section of Neely & Player in Atlanta, handling cases ranging from personal injury and contract disputes to securities fraud
  • As a law student, was a finalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition and won the Stephen Pierre Traynor Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
International law, corporations, contracts, corporate social responsibility
  • His scholarship has been recognized with the Lieber Prize and Francis Deák Prize
  • In addition to a J.D. from Yale, received a B.A. as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University while studying jurisprudence
  • Clerked for Judges Hisashi Owada and Giorgio Gaja of the International Court of Justice and worked as a legal adviser to the government of Japan
Family law, trusts and estates, feminist jurisprudence, reproductive technology, and aging and the law
  • Her books include “Red Families v. Blue Families,” “Homeward Bound” and “Unequal Family Lives,” as well as casebooks in family law and trusts and estates
  • Serves as the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants, and a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American Law Institute
  • Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker, and she has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR and MSNBC
  • From 2002-04, Cahn was on leave in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and researched gender-based violence
Privacy, First Amendment, feminism and the law, civil rights, administrative law
  • Named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow for her work on cyberstalking and intimate privacy
  • Adviser to then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris on privacy issues and a member of her Cyber Exploitation Task Force (2014-16) 
  • Vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting civil rights and liberties in a digital age
  • Gave TED talk “How Deepfakes Undermine Truth and Democracy” that has had over 1.9 million views
  • Clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mary Johnson Lowe of the Southern District of New York
Contracts and professional responsibility
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • A member of the American Law and Economics Association who has served as an ethics consultant and expert for several law firms (Faculty Q&A)
  • Co-authored the books "The Law and Ethics of Lawyering" and "Foundations of the Law and Ethics of Lawyering"
Civil procedure, conflict of laws, evidence
  • M.A. in classics, Stanford University
  • Scholarship focuses on jurisdiction and history of the federal courts
  • Co-author of casebooks on transnational litigation, federal courts, and civil procedure
  • Recipient of UVA All-University Teaching Award, 2013
Law and economics, international relations, international law, immigration and refugee law, judging
  • Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Michigan (expected 2019)
  • Created the first judicial ideology measure covering every Article III judge in the federal judiciary
  • Currently working to develop a method that could help international treaty negotiators achieve global-welfare-increasing cooperation
  • Clerked for three federal judges, including Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced government enforcement litigation law in Washington, D.C., with Skadden, Arps
Criminal law, feminist jurisprudence and women's issues
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Co-authored the casebook "Criminal Law: Cases and Materials"
  • In 2012 Coughlin and a group of law students using the moniker "The Molly Pitcher Project" helped file a lawsuit on behalf of military women seeking to overturn the combat exclusion. (Story)
Corporations, securities and real estate law; consumer financial markets
  • Ph.D. in economics, Yale University
  • Prior to law school, worked as a software engineer for Microsoft
  • Recent scholarship focuses on how law can help reform 401(k) plans (Faculty Q&A)
International law and litigation, national security, law of war
  • Served as White House associate counsel and deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council, 2021-22
  • Served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser
  • Embassy legal adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in 2005, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations
  • Since joining the Law School in 2012, has been frequently quoted in the national media on topics such as legal justifications for war, the Edward Snowden affair and the use of cyber and drone warfare. 
Tax policy, retirement policy, executive compensation and federal Indian law
  • Former partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., practicing federal tax and federal pension law
  • Served twice in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department
  • Recent scholarship challenges conventional theory of executive compensation, largesse of tax cuts for wealthiest Americans
Intellectual property, patents, administrative law
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 
  • Served as an attorney adviser in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel
  • In the field of intellectual property, Duffy has been identified as one of the 25 most-influential people in the nation by The American Lawyer and one of the 50 most influential people in the world by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property. He was named a legal “visionary” by the Legal Times in 2009 and has been profiled in Businessweek.
Cybersecurity, foreign relations, international law and national security law
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor and for Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Served as a special assistant to the State Department legal adviser and practiced appellate and national security law, including advising on cybersecurity issues, at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.
  • Eichensehr’s recent scholarship focuses on the constitutional powers of the president and Congress in foreign relations law, the role of private actors in cybersecurity, and the development of international law to govern state behavior in cyberspace