People

People

Bertrall Ross

Director

Bertrall Ross is the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy and the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law. Ross' research focuses on democratic responsiveness and accountability, as well as the inclusion of marginalized communities in administrative and political processes.

Bertrall Ross

Ross joined the UVA Law faculty in 2021. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, constitutional theory, election law, administrative law and statutory interpretation. Ross earned his undergraduate degree in international affairs and history from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs; and his law degree from Yale Law School. In addition to his UVA Law roles, Ross is serving on the Administrative Conference of the United States and the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. 
 


Micah Schwartzman

Director

Micah Schwartzman ’05 is the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy and the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law. A scholar who focuses on law and religion, jurisprudence, political philosophy and constitutional law, Schwartzman joined the UVA Law faculty in 2007.

Micah Schwartzman

Schwartzman received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. During law school, he served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review and received numerous awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Daniel Rosenbloom Award, and the Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship. After graduating, Schwartzman clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Schwartzman’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Law & Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Political Theory. He co-edited “The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty” (Oxford University Press) and is co-authoring a forthcoming casebook on “Constitutional Law and Religion.”

Q&A With Micah Schwartzman on the Karsh Center's Goals
 


Nicholas Nugent

Program Director

Nick Nugent is the program director for the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. Nugent earned his undergraduate degrees from Indiana University in computer science and music, and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he attended on a full scholarship.

Nicholas Nugent

During law school, Nugent served as managing editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. After graduating, he practiced patent law with Finnegan before working as in-house corporate counsel for Microsoft and then Amazon. He researches in the area of internet governance and has published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Colorado Technology Law Journal.
 


Affiliated Faculty

Aditya Bamzai

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Aditya Bamzai teaches administrative law, advanced administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime and conflicts of law. His work on the development of American administrative law has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review and various other journals. He is a coauthor of the forthcoming ninth edition of the casebook Administrative Law: The American Public Law System, Cases and Materials.

Aditya Bamzai

From 2019 to 2021, Bamzai served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal agency charged with ensuring that government national security efforts are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He has argued cases relating to the separation of powers and national security in the U.S. Supreme Court, Foreign Intelligence Court of Review, D.C. Circuit and other federal courts of appeals. 
 


Melody C. Barnes

Senior Fellow

Melody Barnes is co-director for policy and public affairs for the Democracy Initiative, an interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort led by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor and a professor of practice at the Miller Center, and is also a senior fellow at UVA Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

Melody Barnes

During the administration of President Barack Obama, Barnes was assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Barnes’ experience also includes service as chief counsel to the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy ’59 on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in other government, non-profit and private sector posts.
 


Kristen Eichensehr

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Kristen Eichensehr joined the Law School in 2020 as a professor of law after serving on the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. She writes and teaches about cybersecurity, foreign relations, international law and national security law.

Kristen Eichensehr

She has written articles on, among other things, the attribution of state-sponsored cyberattacks, the important roles that private parties play in cybersecurity, the constitutional allocation of powers between the president and Congress in foreign relations, and the role of foreign sovereign amici in the Supreme Court. In 2021 she became director of UVA Law’s National Security Law Center.
 


Linda Greenhouse

Distinguished Fellow

Linda Greenhouse is a senior research scholar in law at Yale Law School and teaches The Institutional Supreme Court at UVA Law. Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist.

Linda Greenhouse

She received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

Her books include “Becoming Justice Blackmun,” “Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling” (with Reva B. Siegel), “The U.S. Supreme Court, a Very Short Introduction,” and “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right,” with Michael J. Graetz. Her latest book is “Just a Journalist: Reflections on the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between,” published by Harvard University Press in 2017.
 


Craig Konnoth

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Craig Konnoth  teaches Medicalization and the Law, and Sexuality and the Law at UVA Law. Previously, Konnoth was an associate professor at the University of Colorado, where he ran the Health Law Certificate Program. Before that, he was a Sharswood and Rudin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and New York University Medical School, where he taught health information law, health law, and LGBT heath law and bioethics.

Craig Konnoth

He writes in health, civil rights and health data regulation. He is also active in LGBT rights litigation, and has filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit on LGBT rights issues. In 2022, he was named UVA's John T. Casteen III Faculty Fellow in Ethics, a program that supports integrating ethical analysis and reasoning into courses.

Konnoth has also served as a deputy solicitor general with the California Department of Justice, where his cases involved the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, sexual orientation change efforts, Facebook privacy policies and cellphone searches.
 


Chinh Q. Le ’00

Visiting Professor of Practice
Distinguished Fellow

Chinh Le is a visiting professor of practice at the Law School. From 2011 to 2021, he served as 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. In that capacity, he was responsible for the organization’s legal program — including Legal Aid’s individual client representation, systemic appellate and policy advocacy, and impact litigation across all of its practice areas — and oversaw a staff of roughly 60 lawyers and more than a dozen legal assistants.

Chinh Le

Prior to joining Legal Aid, Le was director of the division on civil rights in the office of the New Jersey Attorney General, where he led the state’s enforcement of state and federal civil rights and family leave laws. Between 2001 and 2006, he served as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., in New York, the first two years as a Skadden Fellow. Le spent the 2008-09 academic year as a practitioner-in-residence at Seton Hall Law School and an adjunct associate research scholar at Columbia Law School, where he was affiliated with the Center for Institutional and Social Change. He has also worked as a litigation associate at Jenner & Block.
 


Joy Milligan

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Joy Milligan studies the intersection of law and inequality, with a particular focus on race-based economic inequality. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, drawing on social theory and methods, and has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, UCLA Law Review, NYU Law Review, Annual Review of Law & Social Science, and the Journal of Legal Education. Her current work examines the legal and political struggles over federal administrators' ling-term role in extending racial segregation.

Joy Milligan

Before joining UVA Law Faculty, 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. Milligan is a member of the state bars of California and New York. 

She graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School, where she was a Furman Scholar and Fellow, and an articles editor of the NYU Law Review. She earned a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on race, politics and legal history.
 


Robert S. Mueller III ’73

Distinguished Fellow

Robert Mueller is participating in the short course The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel, sponsored by the Karsh Center, at the Law School in the fall of 2021. 

 
Robert Mueller

Mueller became the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 4, 2001, one week before the attacks of Sept. 11. He is widely credited for not only leading the FBI during an extremely challenging time, but also with transforming the FBI from a traditional law enforcement agency to an intelligence-based national security organization. In 2017, Mueller was appointed special counsel by the U.S. deputy attorney general to oversee the investigation of Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and related matters.

Mueller currently is a partner at WilmerHale, where his practice is focused on high-profile investigations and crisis management. 
 


Richard C. Schragger

Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Rich Schragger joined the Virginia faculty in 2001 and was named the Perre Bowen Professor in 2013. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy, and the constitutional and economic status of cities. 

Richard Schragger

He also writes about law and religion. He has authored articles on the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, 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. Schragger has published in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Virginia and Michigan law reviews, among others. He teaches property, local government law, urban law and policy, and church and state. He is a senior fellow at the Miller Center.
 


Aaron Zebley ’96

Distinguished Fellow

Aaron Zebley, a partner at WilmerHale, is teaching the short course The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel, sponsored by the Karsh Center, at the Law School in the fall of 2021. 

Aaron Zebley

Before rejoining WilmerHale in 2019, Zebley served as the deputy special counsel under Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III for the duration of the office’s investigation of Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing and managing all day-to-day investigation and prosecution matters. Zebley’s practice focuses on investigations, national security matters, and defending clients facing government enforcement actions or congressional inquiries.

Zebley has more than 18 years of public sector experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice and at a U.S. attorney’s office. He served as chief of staff for the FBI, including when Mueller was FBI director. He was also a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Justice Department.


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