Resident Faculty

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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 
Risa Goluboff
Civil rights, constitutional history and constitutional law
  • 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