Law School Has Banner Year for Faculty Recruitment

June 21, 2006

The Law School is significantly boosting its faculty ranks this year with three entry-level hires and several faculty members recruited from other law schools, including experts in intellectual property, criminal law, civil procedure, public interest law, psychology and law, federal courts, civil rights, and legal history.

"With our star faculty attracting attention from law schools nationwide, it becomes ever more important to recruit the next generation of stars to succeed them. This year we've done just that," said Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. "Our seven new hires-four from other schools and three first-time teachers-bring a remarkable diversity of talent to the Law School. They have great careers ahead of them, and we are delighted to have them at Virginia."

The school had a record number of accepted offers from tenured faculty candidates, said Professor Anne Coughlin, chair of the Law School's Tenured Appointments Committee.

"This year, as always, we focused on hiring lateral colleagues who are at the very top of their disciplines," Coughlin said. "To ensure that Virginia remains at the forefront of new scholarly developments, we pursued candidates who also would bring intellectual and methodological diversity to our community. At the same time, we were determined to make new hires that would enrich our curriculum, provide excellent classroom instruction, and be professional mentors to our students. Each of our new colleagues satisfies-and more-these demanding criteria."

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Margo A. Bagley, an intellectual property expert, joins the faculty as a Professor of Law and Class of 1941 Research Professor. After receiving her B.S. in chemical engineering in 1986, Bagley worked in products research and development with the Procter & Gamble Company and as a senior research analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. She received her J.D. in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow and an editor of the Emory Law Journal . Bagley worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner before becoming an associate professor of law at Emory University in 1999. She teaches courses on patent law, international and comparative patent law, intellectual property, fundamentals of innovation, and contracts.


Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who served as a visiting professor during the 2004-2005 academic year, joins Virginia as a Professor of Law and History and F. Palmer Weber Research Professor in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke and a law degree from Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal . She clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Brown-Nagin served as an associate professor of law and history at Washington University in St. Louis before joining Virginia's faculty. She teaches courses on American social and legal history, public interest lawyering, education law and policy, constitutional law, and remedies.


A frequent visiting professor at Virginia, Michael Collins will join the Law School as Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law in January 2007. Prior to coming to Virginia, Collins was Robert A. Ainsworth Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. Collins earned a graduate degree in classical languages and literature at Stanford University before attending Harvard Law School. After law school, he practiced commercial and employment law in Los Angeles and civil rights law in New Orleans, and was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. Collins's teaching and research interests include federal courts, procedure, legal history, evidence, civil rights, and transnational litigation.


Rachel Harmon, who most recently worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in its Criminal Section, joins the school as an Associate Professor of Law. Harmon graduated from Yale Law School and has master's degrees in political theory and political sociology from the London School of Economics, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from MIT. After law school she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her teaching interests include criminal law and theory, evidence, criminal procedure, constitutional law, civil rights, and law and science.


Toby J. Heytens joins the Law School as an Associate Professor of Law after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell Law School and working at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focused on appellate litigation. A graduate of Macalester College, Heytens received his J.D. in 2000 from Virginia, where he served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review . After law school, Heytens clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, and clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. His teaching and research interests include civil procedure, civil rights, criminal procedure, federal courts, and remedies.


Greg Mitchell joins the faculty as a Professor of Law and E. James Kelly, Jr.-Class of 1965 Research Professor after visiting here during the 2004-2005 academic year. Prior to joining the Law School, Mitchell was an assistant professor at Michigan State and an associate professor and the Sheila M. McDevitt Professor of Law at Florida State. After receiving his law degree and doctorate in psychology from UC-Berkeley, Mitchell clerked for Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., in the Middle District of Tennessee, and then practiced civil litigation with the Nashville law firm of Doramus, Trauger & Ney. He teaches courses in civil litigation and law and psychology, and his scholarship focuses on legal judgment and decision-making, the psychology of justice, and the application of social science to legal theory and policy.


Dotan Oliar will join the Law School as an Associate Professor of Law in January 2007, after serving as a research assistant professor since June 2005. Oliar received his B.A. in philosophy and LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and is expected to receive his S.J.D. this year from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a Clark Byse Teaching Fellow, a Berkman Center for Internet & Society Fellow, and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He clerked for the Hon. Jacob Kedmi of the Israeli Supreme Court during 1999-2000. Oliar has previously taught Advanced Issues in Intellectual Property at the Law School. His teaching and research interests include copyright law, patent law, law and economics, property law, trademark law, and cyberlaw.

The Law School also hired two new clinical faculty members who are experts in environmental law and poverty law.


Daniel Nagin, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, will direct the Family Resource Clinic, a joint project with Charlottesville's Legal Aid Justice Center, and will teach a course on poverty law. Nagin was previously lecturer in law and administrative director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining Washington University's clinical program, he spent two years at a New York City nonprofit organization as director of a social services and advocacy program for homeless persons living with, or at risk of, HIV/AIDS. He has also practiced law with legal services programs in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y., and in Indianapolis, Ind., where he was first staff attorney and then acting co-director of a homeless advocacy project. Nagin graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors and received the Edwin F. Mandel Award for his contributions to the clinical program. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and holds a master's degree in education from Stanford University.


Leon Szeptycki, Associate Professor, General Faculty, will lead the redesigned Environmental Practice Clinic, which will offer students practical experience in environmental problem-solving in a fashion that will be fully integrated with the rest of the curriculum. Szeptycki is formerly general counsel and eastern conservation director of the national environmental organization Trout Unlimited. For several years he co-taught Environmental Lawyering, a Principles and Practice course at the Law School that used case simulations to develop students' environmental advocacy skills. After receiving his law degree from Yale, Szeptycki clerked for Judge Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He has also served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Consumer Litigation and with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, Va.

For more information on new clinics, see Clinics on Supreme Court, Environment, Iraqi Tribunal, Poverty Law to Be Offered Next Year.

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