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Kenneth S. Abraham
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
Payvand Ahdout
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.
Barbara Armacost
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.
Scott Ballenger
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
Aditya Bamzai
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
Charles Barzun
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.
Michal Barzuza
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. 
Rachel Bayefsky
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
Andrew Block
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)
Richard Bonnie
Psychiatry and criminal law, mental health law, bioethics, public health
  • Has chaired numerous National Academy of Medicine studies on subjects ranging from elder mistreatment to underage drinking
  • Among his advisory roles, served as chair of the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform established by the chief justice of Virginia (2006-11) in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting
  • Awarded the American Psychiatric Association's Special Presidential Commendation in 2003 and 2016 for his contributions to American psychiatry
  • In 2013 Bonnie met with Vice President Joe Biden on gun violence, participated in a round-table discussion of the problem along with federal officials and testified on a Connecticut advisory panel following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. (Faculty Q&A
Josh Bowers
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)
Darryl Brown
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"
Ruth Buck
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
Jay Butler
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
Naomi Cahn
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
Danielle Citron
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
George Cohen
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"
Michael Collins
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
Kevin Cope
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
Anne Coughlin
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)
Quinn Curtis
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)
Ashley Deeks
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. 
Michael Doran
Tax policy, legislative process and legal ethics
  • 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.
  • Most recent scholarship (two articles forthcoming in 2017) challenges conventional theory of executive compensation.
John Duffy
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.
Kristen Eichensehr
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


Deirdre Enright
Innocence cases, DNA exoneration, criminal investigation
  • Worked as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center and at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings
  • Led UVA Law’s Innocence Project Clinic from its launch in 2008 through July 2021. 
  • She and her students were featured on the hit podcast "Serial," Episode 7. (Story)
Josh Fischman
Law and economics, quantitative methods/statistics in the law
  • Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • His research interests include law and economics, empirical methods, judicial decision-making and criminal sentencing
  • Rejoined the faculty as professor of law in 2016 after previously serving on the faculty from 2008 until 2012
Kim Forde-Mazrui
Race and law, constitutional law, employment discrimination
  • Clerked for Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Served for seven years as inaugural director of the UVA Center for the Study of Race and Law
  • Scholarship focuses on equal protection, especially involving race and sexual orientation (Faculty Q&A)
Joe Fore
Legal research and writing
  • Was an associate with BakerHostetler, practicing commercial litigation in Washington, D.C., and Orlando
  • Litigation at trial and appellate levels, including cases involving real estate, contract disputes, election law and class action.
Thomas Frampton
Criminal law, civil rights, race
  • Clerked for Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York
  • Worked as a trial attorney and special litigation attorney for the Orleans Public Defenders
  • Recent scholarship has focused on legal history, race and criminal juries
Amanda Frost
Immigration and refugee law, judging, legal ethics, legal history
  • Litigated dozens of cases before U.S. federal courts of appeals, U.S. Supreme Court and immigration courts
  • Author of the 2021 book “You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers”
  • Fellowship from 2019-21 at the Collegium de Lyon in France researching immigration and citizenship laws and policies
  • Clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
George Geis
Business law, contract theory, mergers and acquisitions
  • Research focuses on problems related to contract theory, business alliances, shareholder litigation and other issues involving the intersection of law and business
  • Spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients on corporate strategy, mergers and marketing; also worked with a New York and a Los Angeles law firmCo-author of a book on business partnership and alliance strategies
  • Taught courses as a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and the University of Trento in Italy
Michael Gilbert
Legislation, election law, law and economics, and direct democracy
  • Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Scholarship applies economic analysis to election law and constitutional design
  • Clerked for Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The first law professor to receive the UVA Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award
Jennifer Givens
Post-conviction relief, innocence, death-penalty cases
  • Worked as an assistant federal defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 
  • Served as senior staff attorney with the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented death-sentenced inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings
  • Secured clemency for a severely mentally ill client and won a life sentence for an intellectually disabled client, both of whom were sentenced to death in Virginia 
Alison Gocke
Energy law, environmental law, administrative law
  • An expert on environmental regulation and its history, Gocke holds an M.S. in the environment and natural resources in addition to a J.D. from Stanford
  • Co-directed the Environmental Protection Clinic at Yale Law School
  • Served as a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Risa Goluboff
Civil rights, constitutional history and constitutional law
  • Goluboff, the 12th dean at UVA Law, is the first woman to lead the school
  • Goluboff, who has a Ph.D. in history from Princeton, also is a history professor at UVA
  • Won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize for her first book, "The Lost Promise of Civil Rights" (Story)
  • Received a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a 2012 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support her work on the demise of vagrancy laws as part of the social transformations of the 1960s. (Story)
Mitu Gulati
Sovereign debt
  • Focuses on sovereign debt restructuring and contracts, and explores how to help countries in financial distress
  • Co-hosts the podcast “Clauses and Controversies,” is a contributor to the blog, and serves as regional editor for the journal Capital Markets Law Journal
  • His work on contracts frequently addresses their often-unexpected nature, and he has questioned the assumption that parties fully understand the provisions and outcomes of deals
  • Has also written on “odious debts” — whether debts made by preceding regimes, such as that of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, should always be honored by future governments
Rachel A. Harmon
Criminal law, criminal procedure, policing and civil rights
  • Prosecuted federal civil rights crimes for the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section of the Department of Justice, including hate crimes and official misconduct cases, many of which involved excessive force or sexual abuse by police officers.
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • M.Sc. in political theory and M.Sc. in political sociology, London School of Economics 
  • Harmon's scholarship focuses on the legal regulation of the police and mechanisms for improving policing. (Scholarship Profile)
John Harrison
Administrative law, constitutional law and history
  • Clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Served as counselor on international law in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (2008)
  • Worked with the Department of Justice in numerous capacities, including deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (1990-93)
  • A text-based interpreter of the Constitution, in 2009 Harrison testified before Congress about the legality and powers of the White House policy advisers referred to as "czars."
Juliet Hatchett
Innocence cases, criminal investigation
  • Now associate director of the Innocence Project at UVA Law, Hatchett also participated in the clinic while a student at UVA Law
  • Previously worked at Brune Law and Baker McKenzie, focusing on white-collar criminal defense issues
Andrew Hayashi
Tax law and policy, behavioral economics
  • Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley; M.Sc. in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics 
  • Was a research fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, where his research focused on the effects of tax policy on real estate and housing markets
  • Hayashi's research on "tax salience" — meaning how visible a tax is — showed a correlation between higher salience and a higher number of appeals of property tax assessments.
Deborah Hellman
Affirmative action and equal protection, constitutional law and theory
  • Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1999
  • Author of the book "When Is Discrimination Wrong?" 
  • Hellman's work primarily focuses on discrimination and equality. In addition, she writes about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws and the obligations of professional roles, especially in the context of clinical medical research. (Scholarship Profile | Faculty Q&A)
A. E. Dick Howard
Constitutional law and history, Supreme Court
  • Was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, and is now one of the nation's foremost experts on the court (Supreme Court Roundup)
  • Executive Director the commission that wrote Virginia's current constitution and directed the successful referendum campaign for its ratification
  • Has been consulted by constitutional draftsmen around the world
  • In 2013 the University of Virginia recognized Howard with its Thomas Jefferson Award — the highest honor given to faculty members at the University. (Scholarship Profile)
Cathy Hwang
Corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and deals
  • Research focuses on business law, including corporate contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance
  • Articles have twice been named among the top 10 corporate and securities articles of the year
  • Practiced in M&A at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York
Rich Hynes
Bankruptcy and consumer finance law
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Practiced law with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles
  • Hynes focuses on parallel systems outside of bankruptcy that handle debtor-creditor relations, including the use of state courts to collect debts. (Scholarship Profile)
Cale Jaffe
Environmental and regulatory law, energy policy, climate change policy
  • Directs the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic
  • Served as an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville office director
  • Part of the SELC team that won a unanimous victory in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy
  • Clerked for Judge Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
John C. Jeffries, Jr.
Criminal and constitutional law; civil rights
  • Former Dean of the Law School (2001-08)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and later wrote a biography of him
  • Created the Program in Law & Business and facilitated the Law School’s transition to financial self-sufficiency (receiving no funding from the state)
Alex M. Johnson, Jr.
Contracts, property and real estate; critical race theory
  • Former Dean the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Lectures and writes on the LSAT and academic standards, and has argued both in favor of the continued use of affirmative action in law school admittance as well as the continued use of the LSAT as an objective measure for considering students (Faculty Q&A)
  • Served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admissions Council and the LSAC's Test, Development and Research, and Minority Affairs Standing Committees
Jason S. Johnston
Law and economics, environmental liability
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan
  • Clerked for Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Has served on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association, on the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science grant review panel, and on the Board of the Searle Civil Justice Institute
  • Former director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Johnston currently working on a book that critically analyzes the foundations of global warming law and policy.
Leslie Kendrick
First Amendment, constitutional law and torts
  • Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she received her master's and doctorate in English literature 
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 
  • Scholarly research has focused on free speech (Faculty Q&A), including the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretations (C-SPAN Supreme Court Term Preview)
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
Annie Kim
Public service, state and local government law, litigation
  • Practiced for 12 years as a litigator and in-house counsel, representing Virginia school districts and local governments
  • Her 2012 victory in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the school board in Republic Franklin Ins. Co. v. Albemarle County School Board secured a landmark ruling in the circuit protecting the rights of local governments against insurance companies seeking to avoid coverage under a wrongful act policy
  • Practiced extensively in state and federal courts across Virginia, conducting two jury trials and numerous bench trials, arguing motions before trial courts throughout the Commonwealth, serving as counsel of record on appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit, and filing amicus curiae briefs on behalf of public bodies
Edmund W. Kitch
Corporate law and securities, industrial and intellectual property, economic regulation and history
  • Was special assistant to the solicitor general of the United States and executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board Committee on Procedural Reform
  • Was a member of the Committee on Public-Private Sector Interactions in Vaccine Innovation of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1983-85)
  • Co-authored books include "Selected Statutes and International Agreements on Unfair Competition, Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents" and "Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition"
Craig Konnoth
Health policy, LGBTQ rights
  • Work focuses on how medicine and medical discourse can be reconfigured to work with law to produce civil rights and justice
  • Went to law school to do LGBTQ rights work, and continues to file briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in major cases
  • As deputy solicitor general of California with a docket focused on the U.S. Supreme Court, he has been involved in a broad range of litigation
Kevin Kordana
Contracts and corporations, nonprofit organizations, bankruptcy
  • Clerked for Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Scholarly interests include bankruptcy and law and economics issues
  • Expert on nonprofits
Kim Krawiec
Securities, corporate and derivatives law, taboo markets
  • Corporate law expert teaches courses on securities, corporate and derivatives law
  • A leading thinker on forbidden or contested markets like organ donation
  • Prior to academia, practiced in the Commodity & Derivatives Group at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York
David Law
Comparative and empirical study of public law, courts and legal texts
  • Internationally recognized expert in the comparative study of constitutional law, constitutional politics and judicial politics, and a pioneer in the application of empirical social science methods to the study of legal texts
  • Scholarship combines qualitative fieldwork on foreign judicial and constitutional systems, quantitative analysis of constitutions and treaties, and regional expertise on Asia
  • Ph.D. in political science, Stanford University; his work on courts and constitutions has been featured in media around the world and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Romanian and Persian
Douglas Laycock
Religious liberty, church and state, law of remedies, constitutional law
Chinh Le
Legal aid, civil rights, impact litigation
  • Former legal director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in the nation’s capital
  • Oversaw roughly 60 lawyers and a dozen legal assistants in leading Legal Aid’s individual client representation, systemic appellate and policy advocacy, and impact litigation across all practice areas
  • Former director of the division on civil rights in the office of the New Jersey attorney general
  • Former assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., where he began his career as a Skadden Fellow after law school
Michael Livermore
Environmental law and climate change, administrative law
  • Clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law
  • Co-authored "Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health." The book became the foundation for a new approach public interest organizations could take in arguing for policies to protect the environment. (Faculty Q&A on related scholarship)
Julia Mahoney
Property, corporations and land conservation, nonprofit organizations
  • Has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School
  • Scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials
  • Practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Paul G. Mahoney
Corporations, securities regulation, contracts
  • Former Dean of the Law School (2008-16)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Worked on legal reform projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Nepal
Ruth Mason
State, international taxation and policy
  • National reporter for the United States to the 2008 IFA Congress on tax discrimination and the 2014 European Associate Tax Law Professors Congress on tax information exchange
  • Co-editor of Kluwer's "Series on International Taxation" and a member of the editorial board of the World Tax Journal
  • Mason's research focuses on comparative taxation, with an emphasis on EU tax law.
  • Amicus brief cited by U.S. Supreme Court in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne.
  • Has a four-part special report on EU state aids forthcoming in Tax Notes
Joy Milligan
Civil rights, constitutional law, legal history, law and inequality
  • Studies the intersection of law and inequality, with a particular focus on race-based economic inequality
  • Before entering academia, Milligan practiced civil rights law at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., where she was a Skadden Fellow, and clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Earned a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on race, politics and legal history
Gregory Mitchell
Civil litigation; law and psychology
  • Ph.D. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Scholarship focuses on legal judgment and decision-making, the psychology of justice and the application of social science to legal theory and policy (Faculty Q&A)
  • Mitchell's background in social psychology informs his work, which explores how human reactions to legal rules vary across individuals and are influenced by context. (Scholarship Profile)
John Monahan
Social science in law, mental health law, forensic psychiatry
  • Ph.D. in psychology, Indiana University
  • Directed two large research projects in the area of mental health law, authored or edited more than a dozen books and has written more than 200 articles and chapters. His book, "Social Science in Law: Cases and Materials," co-authored with Professor Emeritus Larry Walker, was a seminal work in the field.
  • Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a former fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation 
  • Monahan's work has been cited frequently by courts, including the California Supreme Court in the landmark Tarasoff v. Regents, and the U.S. Supreme Court in Barefoot v. Estelle, in which he was referred to as "the leading thinker" on the issue of violence risk assessment. (Faculty Q&A)
Thomas B. Nachbar
Constitutional law, antitrust and communications regulation, national security
  • Clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Practiced with what is now Mayer Brown in Chicago 
  • Is a U.S. Army Reserve judge advocate, and was a principal editor and contributor for the first three editions of "The Rule of Law Handbook: A Practitioners’ Guide" (2007-09)
  • Before he went to law school, Nachbar spent five years as a systems analyst, working for both Andersen Consulting and Hughes Space and Communications.
Caleb E. Nelson
Constitutional law and civil procedure; federal courts
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 
  • Practiced law with the Cincinnati firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, where he focused on appellate litigation
  • An expert in legislation and federal courts and a renowned classroom instructor, Nelson is author of the textbook "Statutory Interpretation." (Story)
Cynthia L. Nicoletti
Constitutionalism, federalism, Civil War legal history
  • Won the American Society for Legal History's William Nelson Cromwell Prize in 2011. 
  • Nicoletti is working on a book based on her doctoral dissertation. The book examines the issue of whether secession during the Civil War could have been legally valid.
Moira O'Neill
  • Teaches Land Use Law, Local and State Government Law, and Community Development Planning
  • Leads the Comprehensive Assessment of Land Use Entitlements Study (CALES), a collaborative study that joins legal and planning scholars and students to understand how land use regulations influence residential development patterns
  • O’Neill, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is also collaborating with UCLA scholars to explore fair housing questions
Dotan Oliar
Intellectual property, law and economics
  • Clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court after earning his law degree at Tel Aviv University
  • Served as a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Olin Center for Law and Economics
  • Has presented in several fora, including the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum; the annual meetings of the American, Canadian and European law and economics associations; and the intellectual property scholars conference. (Story)
Kelly Orians
Prisoner decarceration and reentry, civil rights, nonprofit organizations
  • Leads the Decarceration and Community Reentry Clinic at UVA Law
  • Awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship to help launch The First 72+, a holistic reentry services organization serving formerly incarcerated people in New Orleans, and Rising Foundations, a community development corporation dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated people become business owners and homeowners
  • Helped craft policy and impact litigation strategies, including the implementation of the Graham v. Florida decision, which made the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole unconstitutional in non-homicide cases.
  • Scholarship has focused on the collateral consequences of arrests, convictions and incarceration, as well as the history and impact of sentencing reform and prisoner reentry reform
Daniel Ortiz
Constitutional law, administrative law, election law
  • M. Phil. in English studies, University of Oxford (Marshall Scholar)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. and for then-Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Argued on behalf of Maetta Vance before the Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State.
Saikrishna Prakash
Separation of powers, presidential powers, constitutional law
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • A frequent commentator in the media on presidential power, Prakash is the author of "Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive."
  • Among Prakash's articles are "How to Remove a Federal Judge," and "The Executive Power Over Foreign Affairs." (Scholarship Profile)
Richard Re
Criminal procedure, federal courts and constitutional law
  • Clerked for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • His research garnered attention in 2018 as part of an amicus brief he wrote for the Supreme Court case Hughes v. United States
  • Runs the blog Re's Judicata and is a member of PrawfsBlog
Margaret Foster Riley
Food and drug law, health law, animal law
  • Has written, researched and presented extensively about biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease (Faculty Q&A)
  • Chair, UVA Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee
  • Legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures
Kimberly Robinson
Education law, Civil rights, Affirmative action, Desegregation and integration, Race, Sexual discrimination and harrassment
  • Scholarship proposes novel law and policy solutions that advance educational equity and help to close opportunity and achievement gaps
  • Editor of the book “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy”
  • Co-editor with Charles J. Ogletree Jr. of “The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways for Equal Educational Opportunity” (Harvard Education Press, 2015)
  • Provided legal advice on race, sex and disability discrimination in education as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education Office of the General Counsel and on school finance litigation as an attorney with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)
  • Clerked for Judge James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Bertrall Ross
Constitutional law, election law, constitutional theory, legislation and statutory interpretation
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics (Marshall Scholar), and M.P.A., Princeton
  • Received the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction at UC Berkeley School of Law (2021)
  • Serves on Administrative Conference of the United States, and President Biden’s Commission on Supreme Court Reform
  • Clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Myron Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Elizabeth Rowe
Trade secret law, intellectual property, trademark law, patent law
  • Co-author of the first and leading U.S. casebook on trade secrets, in addition to a “Nutshell” treatise on trade secrets
  • Four of her articles have been named by Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property Review as among the best intellectual property articles of the year
  • Member of the American Law Institute and a member of the Leadership Council for The Sedona Conference Rowe, which conducts in-depth study in the areas of antitrust, complex litigation and intellectual property rights to provide nonpartisan consensus-based guidance to courts and attorneys
  • Former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr in Boston (now WilmerHale), where she practiced complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property and employment litigation
George Rutherglen
Employment discrimination, civil rights and admiralty, civil procedure and international civil litigation
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices William O. Douglas and John Paul Stevens, and forJudge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Chaired the advisory committee on Fourth Circuit Rules 
  • Rutherglen's book, "Civil Rights in the Shadow of Slavery," discusses the dynamics of legislative and judicial enforcement over the entire history of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. (Story)
Jim Ryan
Education law, constitutional law, local government law
  • President of the University of Virginia since Aug. 1, 2018
  • Former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2013-18
  • Also served on the UVA Law faculty from 1998-2013, including as academic associate dean (vice dean)
  • Author of “Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America” and the New York Times best-selling “Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions”
Katie Ryan
Children and the law, state and local policy, special education, juvenile justice
  • Has served as staff attorney for the Education Law Clinic at Harvard Law School and as a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in its Child Advocacy Program
  • From 2008-13, Ryan was the director of the Child Advocacy Pro Bono Project at the Law School
  • Early in her career, she received an Echoing Green fellowship to develop a child advocacy project in San Diego, worked on education reform issues at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York and served as deputy counsel for a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
A. Sprightley Ryan
Externships, directed study and field experience in the law
  • Served as inspector general of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Practiced with the law firm Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C.
  • In 1995 Ryan joined the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney, and during that time served as a special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Nelson Camilo Sánchez León
International human rights law, Inter-American human rights system, business and human rights, transitional justice
  • Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, co-director of the Human Rights Program and director of the Human Rights Study Project
  • Worked as research director of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia)
  • Former associate professor of law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Served with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Colombian Commission of Jurists
Frederick Schauer
Constitutional law, evidence and legal reasoning, philosophy of law
  • Frank Stanton Professor the First Amendment, Emeritus, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (also taught courses on evidence and freedom of speech at Harvard Law School)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
  • Author of numerous books and articles, including "Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning" and "The Force of Law" (forthcoming in 2015) (Faculty Q&A)
  • Was founding co-editor of the journal Legal Theory
Richard C. Schragger
Separation of church and state, property, local government and land use
  • M.A. in legal theory, University College London
  • Clerked for then-Chief Judge Dolores Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Authored articles on the establishment clause and local regulation of religion, the role of cities in a federal system, local recognition of same-sex marriage, takings law and economic development, and the history of the anti-chain store movement. (Faculty Q&A)
Micah J. Schwartzman
Law and religion, jurisprudence and political philosophy
  • Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in politics
  • Clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
  • Schwartzman's scholarship has explored the First Amendment's religion clauses, the free exercise clause and the establishment clause. He is the co-editor of "The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty." (More)
John Setear
International law, including international environmental law and counterfactual diplomatic history
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Was a policy analyst in the behavioral sciences department of the RAND Corp.
  • Setear’s academic interests include a short course on the law of baseball, and research into contractual “deals with the devil” in popular culture. (Story)
Molly Shadel
Advocacy and verbal persuasion, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Sarah Shalf
Civil litigation, appellate advocacy, clinical education and community engagement
  • Clerked for Frank M. Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Worked nine years at a litigation boutique in Atlanta on both commercial and public interest cases, including cases involving employment discrimination and consumer class actions, protests, election law, disability rights, prisoner civil rights and tort reform
  • Served for eight years as counsel of record for the student-run Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program, and director of Emory’s externship program
Crystal Shin
Special education, child advocacy and juvenile justice
  • Directs the Program in Law and Public Service
  • Formerly worked as a legal aid attorney representing indigent children and families on special education, juvenile justice and immigration matters
  • Is the 2017 co-recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Lawrence B. Solum
Legal theory, constitutional theory, procedure, philosophy of law
  • His series of articles on constitutional originalism have shaped contemporary thinking about the debate between originalism and constitutional theory
  • Editor of Legal Theory Blog, an influential weblog that focuses on developments in contemporary normative and positive legal theory
  • Also works on problems of law and technology, including Internet governance, copyright policy and patent law
Barbara Spellman
Evidence, psychology and the law
  • Ph.D. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Previously the editor-in-chief of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, Spellman is the co-author of "The Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law."
  • Teaches evidence and courses on the intersection of psychology and law
  • Studied cognitive psychology at UCLA; her research focused mostly on memory, analogical reasoning and causal reasoning
Paul Stephan
International law, business and economics
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and for Judge Levin Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Has taught extensively abroad (Story)
  • Worked on a variety of projects involving law reform in former socialist states after the collapse of the Soviet Union, including Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Albania and Slovakia on behalf of the U.S. Treasury, and in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on behalf of the International Monetary Fund
  • Helped win case against Russian government's seizure of oil company (Story)
  • Is the coordinating reporter on the Fourth Restatement, providing guidance on foreign relations law (Story)
Megan Stevenson
Criminal law and criminal procedure
  • Economist and criminal justice scholar focused on criminal justice reform, including bail, algorithmic risk assessment, misdemeanors and juvenile justice
  • Research on bail cited extensively in a landmark federal civil rights decision, O’Donnell v. Harris, and in the media 
  • Holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley
Gregg Strauss
Domestic relations and family law
  • Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Recent scholarship has revolved around defining a theory behind marriage, including why the state is involved in licensing marriages at all
  • Teaches Family Law and Torts
Leon Szeptycki
Environmental law, water law and policy
  • Expert in water law and policy and has worked extensively on large-scale watershed restoration projects
  • Also serves as associate director of the University of Virginia Environmental Resilience Institute
  • Previously served as a professor of the practice and executive director of Water in the West at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University
  • Former general counsel, Trout Unlimited
  • Appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to the board of the Klamath River Renewal Corp., a nonprofit corporation charged with removing four hydropower dams on the Klamath River
Pierres-Hugues Verdier
International law and business, financial regulation
  • Practiced corporate and financial law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City
  • Is one of five Canadians to be awarded the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law since 1950
  • Writes on the international regulation of banking and securities markets, the law of foreign state immunity, and the application of international law in domestic courts around the world     
Rip Verkerke
Employment law and discrimination, contracts, contract theory, law and economics
  • M.Phil. in economics, Yale University
  • A pioneer in the use of technology in the classroom, won a $10,000 Hybrid Challenge Grant for Technology-Enhanced Teaching to convert his first-semester Contracts course into flipped classroom model of instruction (Story)
  • Author of an open-source Contracts casebook published by the CALI eLangdell Press. (Link)
  • Recent scholarship focuses on information-forcing rules in contracts and on vicarious liability for employee torts
  • In 2013, began an empirical study of law school teaching practices and how they affect student experiences and outcomes
Mila Versteeg
Comparative law and human rights
  • D.Phil. in socio-legal studies, Oxford University
  • Has written on the constitutions of nations, including the declining influence of the U.S. Constitution (Story)
  • Named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, which provided her with a $200,000 award to expand her research into the world's constitutions to better understand how constitutional rights are enforced in different countries. (More)
  • Gained human rights experience working at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg
Steve Walt
Contracts, sales/commercial paper, legal philosophy, bankruptcy and secured transactions
  • Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy, University of Chicago
  • Has received several academic awards, including a Whiting National Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Co-author of two popular casebooks, "Secured Transactions in Personal Property" and "Payments and Credits"
Sarah Stewart Ware
Legal research and writing
  • Served as an assistant corporation counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation Division, which brings lawsuits on behalf of the city as plaintiff.
  • Stewart prepares first-year law students for the culmination of their Legal Research and Writing course: arguing a mock courtroom case. (Video)
Ted White
Legal history, constitutional law, torts
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • White's 17 published books have won numerous honors and awards, including the final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history.
  • Former fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute.
Federal court system and civil procedure
  • Worked for a decade as a civil rights lawyer in Louisiana
  • Scholarly interests involve key doctrinal features of the law of federal courts
Ethan Yale
Tax policy, tax shelters, federal taxation
  • Clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Research and teaching emphasizes the taxation of business entities and complex transactions
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
  • Selected to present at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum