Resident Faculty

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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
Gil Siegal
Health law and bioethics
  • Scholarly focus on modern health law and bioethics, with dual degrees and practices in medicine and law
  • Director of the Center for Health Law and Bioethics at Kiryat Ono College in Israel and a senior researcher at the Gertner Institute for Health Policy
  • Has taught internationally in law and medical schools
  • Has served as a fellow in medical ethics at Harvard University Medical School and a research fellow and consultant at Harvard School of Public Health
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
A. Ben Spencer
Civil procedure, class action, federal courts, jurisdiction
  • He is an author of Wright & Miller's "Federal Practice & Procedure," a multi-volume treatise that is the preeminent reference work on civil procedure topics for practitioners, courts and professors. (More)
  • Appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the U.S. Judicial Conference. (More)
  • Authored two books in the area of civil procedure, "Acing Civil Procedure" and "Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach" — both are used widely by professors and students throughout the country
  • Has served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, occasionally handling appellate cases in the Fourth Circuit on behalf of the government on a pro bono basis
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)
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