Visiting Professors Unpack Knowledge in Diverse Courses

Visiting Professors

From left to right: Kimberly Ferzan from Rutgers School of Law, Camden; Mark Graber from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; J. Gordon Hylton from Marquette University Law School; John McGinnis from Northwestern Law School; and Cynthia Nicoletti from Mississippi College.

September 12, 2013

Faculty visiting UVA Law from other law schools this year bring with them a variety of experiences and knowledge as they teach courses on such diverse topics as African-Americans in the legal profession to the effects of technological acceleration on law and politics.

"We are pleased to welcome an outstanding group of visiting professors to UVA this year," said Vice Dean George Geis. "The perspective and expertise that they bring to the Law School, both in the classroom and in frequent discussions with colleagues, is an important source of intellectual renewal for our community."

Kimberly Ferzan, a visiting professor from Rutgers School of Law, Camden, is an expert in criminal law who is teaching Evidence this semester. Ferzan is a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Rules of Evidence Committee and was an adviser to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners. She is currently an adviser to the American Law Institute's committee that is considering both substantive and evidentiary changes to the Model Penal Code's sexual offenses provisions.

Mark Graber, visiting from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is a scholar in constitutional law and politics who is teaching American Constitutional Development, which examines U.S. constitutional change. Graber is currently working on a book, "Forged in Failure," examining how constitutional change sometimes results from failures in constitutional practices.

In addition, Graber is teaching Civil Liberties this fall. His latest book is "A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism," slated to be released this month.

J. Gordon Hylton, a 1977 Virginia Law graduate visiting from Marquette University Law School, is exploring African-American lawyering within the black community and within the larger, predominately white legal community, in the fall course African-American Lawyers from the Civil War to the Present. Hylton, a frequent visitor at UVA, currently serves as a member of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Hylton is a scholar whose interests, in addition to civil rights, include the history of the legal profession and the legal history of American sports. He also will teach Professional Responsibility and Trusts and Estates this spring.

John McGinnis, an expert in constitutional and antitrust law visiting from Northwestern Law School, will teach Law and Accelerating Technology this spring. McGinnis will discuss, among other topics, how law can better use technology to meet the challenges that technology is itself creating. He is the author of "Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Government though Technology." His book "Originalism and the Good Constitution," co-authored with Michael Rappaport, will be published this fall.

In addition, McGinnis, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, will teach Antitrust in the spring.

Cynthia Nicoletti, a legal historian visiting from Mississippi College, is teaching the fall course Civil War and the Constitution. During the class, Nicoletti will look at how the Constitution shaped the course of the war, and alternately, how the war went on to shape the Constitution. Nicoletti is currently working on a book, "The Great Question of the War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869."

Nicoletti will also teach the January Term course Federalism, as well as Property in the spring.

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