Resident Faculty

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Scott Ballenger
Appellate litigation, civil liberties
  • Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Former partner in Latham & Watkins' Supreme Court and appellate practice
  • 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
  • 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