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Kenneth S. Abraham
Torts and insurance law
  • His torts treatise, "The Forms and Functions of Tort Law," has become a basic text for first-year law students across the country.
  • Leading insurance law scholar and author of the foremost casebook in the field
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the Council of the American Law Institute
Kerry Abrams
Family, immigration and constitutional law
  • Currently serving as UVA vice provost of faculty affairs
  • Lectures and writes frequently on same-sex marriage law (Video | Marriage and Family Law: A Decade of Change)
  • Noted for her work analyzing how federal immigration statues have shaped family law 
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
Barbara Armacost
Criminal procedure, civil rights litigation, torts and constitutional law
  • Served as attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Frequently provides commentary on Supreme Court decisions (Supreme Court Roundup)
  • Spent eight months working at a mission hospital in Haiti before pursuing her J.D. Her life as a nurse and theologian shaped her approach to law teaching and scholarship.
Bagley
Intellectual property, biotechnology and patent law
  • Co-author of "International Patent Law and Policy" and co-editor of the 2014 book "Patent Law in Global Perspective"
  • Helped negiotate on behalf of Mozambique for World Intellectual Property Organization committee talks (Story)
  • Co-inventor of a U.S. patent for improved peanut butter while working in products research and development for Procter & Gamble; also served as a senior research analyst for Coca-Cola Co.
Aditya Bamzai
Administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime, federal courts, national security law
  • Served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice
  • Practice appellate litigation privately and for DOJ's National Security Division
  • Clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court
Barzun
Evidence, torts, jurisprudence and legal history
  • Clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • Former Climenko Fellow and lecturer, Harvard Law School 
  • Barzun's research fcuses on the interdependence of the philosophy of law and the history of law.
Michal Barzuza
Corporate law and corporate finance
  • Received the John M. Olin Prize for outstanding S.J.D. dissertation in law and economics at Harvard Law School 
  • Her article, "Market Segmentation: The Rise of Nevada as a Liability-Free Jurisdiction," was named among the 10 best corporate and securities law articles published in 2012, in an annual poll of corporate law professors conducted by Corporate Practice Commentator (Story)
  • Scholarship integrates law and finance (Scholarship Profile). Her article "What Happens in Nevada? Self-Selecting into Lax Law," was published in the Review of Financial Studies. 
Richard Bonnie
Psychiatry and criminal law, mental health law, bioethics, public health
  • Has chaired numerous National Academy of Medicine studies on subjects ranging from elder mistreatment to underage drinking
  • Among his advisory roles, served as chair of the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform established by the chief justice of Virginia (2006-11) in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting
  • Awarded a special presidential commendation in 2003 for his contributions to American psychiatry
  • In 2013 Bonnie met with Vice President Joe Biden on gun violence, participated in a round-table discussion of the problem along with federal officials and testified on a Connecticut advisory panel following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. (Faculty Q&A
Bowers
Criminal procedure and criminal defense law
  • Clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Practiced criminal defense as an associate for Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg and as staff attorney for the Bronx Defenders 
  • Scholarship often focuses on fairness for the accused in the legal system (Faculty Q&A)
Molly Brady
Property, land use, state and local government law, legal history, IP law
  • Ph.D. in law from Yale University
  • Her scholarship undertakes historical analyses of legal rules and land use policies
  • Two-time recipient of the Parker Prize for legal history scholarship at Yale
  • Clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Braga
Appeals, white-collar criminal defense

Secured the release of two men who had spent decades in prison for wrongful murder convictions: Marty Tankleff, who was exonerated on appeal, and Damien Echols — one of the "West Memphis Three" — who was on death row. (Story)
Has argued more than 25 federal appeals cases and about 20 before state appellate courts
Along with Professor Brandon Garrett, he has addressed the United Nations regarding wrongful convictions. (Story
Over 30 years of practice as a white-collar criminal defense attorney

Darryl Brown
Criminal law, evidence and procedure
  • Clerked for then-Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Worked as an assistant public defender, a source of inspiration for his later scholarship explaining how criminal law works (Scholarship Profile)
  • Has explored over-criminalization in the justice system (Faculty Q&A)
Ruth Buck
Legal research and writing
  • Practiced in the litigation section of Neely & Player in Atlanta, handling cases ranging from personal injury and contract disputes to securities fraud
  • As a law student, was a finalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition and won the Stephen Pierre Traynor Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
Cannon
Environmental and land use law
  • Served as general counsel (1995-98) and an assistant administrator (1992-95) for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • In 2009 was appointed to a National Academy of Sciences committee tasked by Congress to explore climate change
  • Scholarship has explored environmental decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court
Choi
Contracts, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions
  • Ph.D. in economics, MIT
  • Director on the American Law and Economics Association’s board (2011-14)
  • Associate Editor at the American Law and Economics Review and the International Review of Law and Economics
  • Teaches abroad periodically, including at Seoul National University Law School
Cohen
Contracts and professional responsibility
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • A member of the American Law and Economics Association who has served as an ethics consultant and expert for several law firms (Faculty Q&A)
  • Co-authored the books "The Law and Ethics of Lawyering" and "Foundations of the Law and Ethics of Lawyering"
Michael Collins
Civil procedure, conflict of laws, evidence
  • M.A. in classics, Stanford University
  • Scholarship focuses on jurisdiction and history of the federal courts
  • Co-author of casebooks on transnational litigation, federal courts, and civil procedure
  • Recipient of UVA All-University Teaching Award, 2013
Anne Coughlin
Criminal law, feminist jurisprudence and women's issues
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Co-authored the casebook "Criminal Law: Cases and Materials"
  • In 2012 Coughlin and a group of law students using the moniker "The Molly Pitcher Project" helped file a lawsuit on behalf of military women seeking to overturn the combat exclusion. (Story)
Curtis
Corporations, securities and real estate law; consumer financial markets
  • Ph.D. in economics, Yale University
  • Prior to law school, worked as a software engineer for Microsoft
  • Recent scholarship focuses on how law can help reform 401(k) plans (Faculty Q&A)
Deeks
International law and litigation, national security, law of war
  • Served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser
  • Embassy legal adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in 2005, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations
  • Was a 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and a visiting fellow in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Since joining the Law School in 2012, has been frequently quoted in the national media on topics such as legal justifications for war, the Edward Snowden affair and the use of cyber and drone warfare. (Faculty Q&A)
Doran
Tax policy, legislative process and legal ethics
  • Former partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., practicing federal tax and federal pension law.
  • Served twice in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • Most recent scholarship (two articles forthcoming in 2017) challenges conventional theory of executive compensation.
John Duffy
Intellectual property, patents, administrative law
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 
  • Served as an attorney adviser in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel
  • In the field of intellectual property, Duffy has been identified as one of the 25 most-influential people in the nation by The American Lawyer and one of the 50 most influential people in the world by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property. He was named a legal “visionary” by the Legal Times in 2009 and has been profiled in Businessweek.
Enright
Innocence cases, DNA exoneration, criminal investigation
  • Worked as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center and at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings
  • Through the clinic, recently helped vacate the murder conviction of Justin Wolfe and the rape conviction of Edgar Coker
  • She and her students were recently featured on "This American Life's" hit podcast "Serial," Episode 7. (Story)
Kimberly Ferzan
Criminal law, evidence and prosecution
  • Co-editor in Chief of the journal Law and Philosophy; on the editorial boards of Legal Theory and Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • Her recent scholarship includes the article "Beyond Crime and Commitment," which was selected for the 2013 American Philosophical Association's Berger Memorial Prize.
  • From 1997-2000, she worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, where she investigated and prosecuted criminal offenses committed by federal, state and local officials.
Fischman
Law and economics, quantitative methods/statistics in the law
  • Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • His research interests include law and economics, empirical methods, judicial decision-making and criminal sentencing
  • Rejoined the faculty as professor of law in 2016 after previously serving on the faculty from 2008 until 2012
Doug Ford
Immigration and family law
  • Immigration attorney at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
  • Former policy analyst for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Washington, D.C. 
  • Served as a senior research associate and deputy director of Bosnia Projects with Physicians for Human Rights.
Forde-Mazrui
Race and law, constitutional law, employment discrimination
  • Clerked for Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Served for seven years as inaugural director of the UVA Center for the Study of Race and Law
  • Scholarship focuses on equal protection, especially involving race and sexual orientation (Faculty Q&A)
Fore
Legal research and writing
  • Was an associate with BakerHostetler, practicing commercial litigation in Washington, D.C., and Orlando
  • Litigation at trial and appellate levels, including cases involving real estate, contract disputes, election law and class action.
Brandon Garrett
Criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, DNA exoneration, habeas corpus, corporate crime
  • Nationally recognized expert on wrongful conviction, eyewitness misidentification, corporate crime and criminal justice reform 
  • Author of "Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations" (Story)
  • Author of "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong," examining the cases of the first 250 people to be exonerated by DNA testing (Story)
  • Co-author of the first comprehensive casebook on habeas corpus (Story)
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, direct democracy and judicial decision-making
  • Ph.D., jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, University of California, Berkeley
  • Clerked for Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • At Berkeley, an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation 
  • Gilbert's recent papers amine judicial independence, campaign finance disclosure and the interpretation of ballot initiatives. (Story)
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)
Rachel A. Harmon
Criminal law, criminal procedure, policing and civil rights
  • Prosecuted federal civil rights crimes for the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section of the Department of Justice, including hate crimes and official misconduct cases, many of which involved excessive force or sexual abuse by police officers.
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • M.SC. in political theory and M.Sc. in political sociology, London School of Economics 
  • Harmon's scholarship focuses on the legal regulation of the police and mechanisms for improving policing. (Scholarship Profile)
John Harrison
Administrative law, constitutional law and history
  • Clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Served as counselor on international law in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (2008)
  • Worked with the Department of Justice in numerous capacities, including deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (1990-93)
  • A text-based interpreter of the Constitution, in 2009 Harrison testified before Congress about the legality and powers of the White House policy advisers referred to as "czars."
Andrew Hayashi
Tax law and policy, behavioral economics
  • Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley; M.Sc. in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics 
  • Was a research fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, where his research focused on the effects of tax policy on real estate and housing markets
  • Hayashi's research on "tax salience" — meaning how visible a tax is — showed a correlation between higher salience and a higher number of appeals of property tax assessments.
Deborah Hellman
Affirmative action and equal protection, constitutional law and theory
  • Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1999
  • Author of the book "When Is Discrimination Wrong?" 
  • Hellman's work primarily focuses on discrimination and equality. In addition, she writes about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws and the obligations of professional roles, especially in the context of clinical medical research. (Scholarship Profile | Faculty Q&A)
Toby Heytens
Civil rights and criminal procedure
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and for then-Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
  • Worked in the Office of the Solicitor General, arguing six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and at O’Melveny & Myers, where his practice focused on appellate litigation
  • Heytens' recent article published in the Stanford Law Review focused on judicial reassignment in federal appellate courts (Faculty Q&A)
A. E. Dick Howard
Constitutional law and history, Supreme Court
  • Was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, and is now one of the nation's foremost experts on the court (Supreme Court Roundup)
  • Executive Director the commission that wrote Virginia's current constitution and directed the successful referendum campaign for its ratification
  • Has been consulted by constitutional draftsmen around the world
  • In 2013 the University of Virginia recognized Howard with its Thomas Jefferson Award — the highest honor given to faculty members at the University. (Scholarship Profile)
J. Gordon Hylton
Legal history (lawyers, civil rights, sports) and property
  • Ph.D. in the history of American Civilization from Harvard University 
  • Teaches a class on the history of African-American lawyers from Civil War to present 
  • Former member of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
  • Co-authored the textbook "Property Law in the Public Interest: Cases and Materials" and co-edited the book "Sports Law and Regulation"
Rich Hynes
Bankruptcy and consumer finance law
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Practiced law with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles
  • Hynes focuses on parallel systems outside of bankruptcy that handle debtor-creditor relations, including the use of state courts to collect debts. (Scholarship Profile)
Cale Jaffe
Environmental and regulatory law, energy policy, climate change policy
  • Directs the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic
  • Served as an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville office director
  • Part of the SELC team that won a unanimous victory in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy
  • Clerked for Judge Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
John C. Jeffries, Jr.
Criminal and constitutional law; civil rights
  • Former Dean of the Law School (2001-08)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and later wrote a biography of him
  • Created the Program in Law & Business and facilitated the Law School’s transition to financial self-sufficiency (receiving no funding from the state)
Alex M. Johnson, Jr.
Contracts, property and real estate; critical race theory
  • Former Dean the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Lectures and writes on the LSAT and academic standards, and has argued both in favor of the continued use of affirmative action in law school admittance as well as the continued use of the LSAT as an objective measure for considering students (Faculty Q&A)
  • Served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admissions Council and the LSAC's Test, Development and Research, and Minority Affairs Standing Committees
Jason S. Johnston
Law and economics, environmental liability
  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan
  • Clerked for Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Has served on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association, on the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science grant review panel, and on the Board of the Searle Civil Justice Institute
  • Former director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Johnston currently working on a book that critically analyzes the foundations of global warming law and policy.
Leslie Kendrick
First Amendment, constitutional law and torts
  • Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she received her master's and doctorate in English literature 
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 
  • Scholarly research has focused on free speech (Faculty Q&A), including the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretations (C-SPAN Supreme Court Term Preview)
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
Edmund W. Kitch
Corporate law and securities, industrial and intellectual property, economic regulation and history
  • Was special assistant to the solicitor general of the United States and executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board Committee on Procedural Reform
  • Was a member of the Committee on Public-Private Sector Interactions in Vaccine Innovation of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1983-85)
  • Co-authored books include "Selected Statutes and International Agreements on Unfair Competition, Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents" and "Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition"
Kevin Kordana
Contracts and corporations
  • Clerked for Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Scholarly interests include bankruptcy and law and economics issues
  • Expert on nonprofits
Douglas Laycock
Religious liberty, church and state, law of remedies, constitutional law
Douglas L. Leslie
Labor and sports law; health law
  • Served as an appellate branch attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Practiced labor law at O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue in Washington, D.C.
  • Was editor-in-chief of the "Railway Labor Act Treatise" for the American Bar Association's labor and employment law section. He also served as secretary of that section in 1987-88.
Michael Livermore
Environmental law and climate change, administrative law
  • Clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law
  • Co-authored "Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health." The book became the foundation for a new approach public interest organizations could take in arguing for policies to protect the environment. (Faculty Q&A on related scholarship)
Jessica Lowe
Constitutional and legal history; criminal law
  • Ph.D. in history, Princeton University
  • Clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Practiced appellate law at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Her upcoming book "Murder in the Shenandoah: Commonwealth v. John Crane and Law in Federal Virginia," is a history of a controversial 1791 Virginia murder case.
Julia Mahoney
Property, corporations and land conservation
  • Has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School
  • Scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials
  • Practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Paul G. Mahoney
Corporations, securities regulation, contracts
  • Former Dean of the Law School (2008-16)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Worked on legal reform projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Nepal
Ruth Mason
State, federal and international taxation and policy
  • National reporter for the United States to the 2008 IFA Congress on tax discrimination
  • Co-author of Kluwer's Series on International Taxation, and a member of the editorial board of the World Tax Journal
  • Mason's research focuses on comparative taxation, with an emphasis on EU tax law
Molly McShane
  • Provides representation to children in the juvenile justice system and children with disabilities in the public school system
  • Former director of public service at the Law School
  • Worked for Legal Aid Society of New York, Juvenile Rights Division and Advocates for Children in New York City
Gregory Mitchell
Civil litigation; law and psychology
  • Ph.D. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Scholarship focuses on legal judgment and decision-making, the psychology of justice and the application of social science to legal theory and policy (Faculty Q&A)
  • Mitchell's background in social psychology informs his work, which explores how human reactions to legal rules vary across individuals and are influenced by context. (Scholarship Profile)
John Monahan
Social science in law, mental health law, forensic psychiatry
  • Ph.D. in psychology, Indiana University
  • Directed two large research projects in the area of mental health law, authored or edited more than a dozen books and has written more than 200 articles and chapters. His book, "Social Science in Law: Cases and Materials," co-authored with Professor Emeritus Larry Walker, was a seminal work in the field.
  • Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a former fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation 
  • Monahan's work has been cited frequently by courts, including the California Supreme Court in the landmark Tarasoff v. Regents, and the U.S. Supreme Court in Barefoot v. Estelle, in which he was referred to as "the leading thinker" on the issue of violence risk assessment. (Faculty Q&A)
John Norton Moore
National security, rule of law, law of the sea
  • Taught the first course in the country on national security law and conceived and co-authored the first casebook on the subject
  • ABA recognized Moore with highest honor in national security law, the Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security (Story)
  • Chaired the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (1985-91), one of six presidential appointments he has held
  • From 1991-93, during the Gulf War and its aftermath, Moore was the principal legal adviser to the Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States and to the Kuwait delegation to the U.N. Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission
  • Former chairman, NSC Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea; U.S. ambassador and deputy special representative of the president to the Law of the Sea Conference (1973-76)
Thomas B. Nachbar
Constitutional law, antitrust and communications regulation, national security
  • Clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Practiced with what is now Mayer Brown in Chicago 
  • Is a U.S. Army Reserve judge advocate, and was a principal editor and contributor for the first three editions of "The Rule of Law Handbook: A Practitioners’ Guide" (2007-09)
  • Before he went to law school, Nachbar spent five years as a systems analyst, working for both Andersen Consulting and Hughes Space and Communications.
Caleb E. Nelson
Constitutional law and civil procedure; federal courts
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 
  • Practiced law with the Cincinnati firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, where he focused on appellate litigation
  • An expert in legislation and federal courts and a renowned classroom instructor, Nelson is author of the textbook "Statutory Interpretation." (Story)
Cynthia L. Nicoletti
Constitutionalism, federalism, Civil War legal history
  • Won the American Society for Legal History's William Nelson Cromwell Prize in 2011. 
  • Nicoletti is working on a book based on her doctoral dissertation. The book examines the issue of whether secession during the Civil War could have been legally valid.
Dotan Oliar
Intellectual property, law and economics
  • Clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court after earning his law degree at Tel Aviv University
  • Served as a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Olin Center for Law and Economics
  • Has presented in several fora, including the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum; the annual meetings of the American, Canadian and European law and economics associations; and the intellectual property scholars conference. (Story)
Daniel Ortiz
Constitutional law, administrative law, election law
  • M. Phil. in English studies, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar)
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. and for then-Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Argued on behalf of Maetta Vance before the Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State.
Saikrishna Prakash
Separation of powers, presidential powers, constitutional law
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Among Prakash's articles are "How to Remove a Federal Judge," and "The Executive Power Over Foreign Affairs." (Scholarship Profile)
Margaret Foster Riley
Food and drug law, health law, animal law
  • Has written, researched and presented extensively about biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease (Faculty Q&A)
  • Chair, UVA Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee
  • Legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures
Mildred Robinson
Federal, state and local tax; trust and estates
  • Commissioner from Virginia to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws from 1990-94
  • Teaches courses on estate planning and gift taxes, federal income tax and how gender and status relate to economics
  • Was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for Law Access, Inc. (currently The Access Group)
  • Has proposed tax solutions to stabilize K-12 education funding (Faculty Q&A)
George Rutherglen
Employment discrimination, civil rights and admiralty, civil procedure and international civil litigation

Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices William O. Douglas and John Paul Stevens, and for
Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Chaired the advisory committee on Fourth Circuit Rules 
Rutherglen's book, "Civil Rights in the Shadow of Slavery," discusses the dynamics of legislative and judicial enforcement over the entire history of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. (Story)

A. Sprightley Ryan
Externships, directed study and field experience in the law
  • Served as inspector general of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Practiced with the law firm Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C.
  • In 1995 Ryan joined the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney, and during that time served as a special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Robert Nelson Sayler
Rhetoric and persuasion; oral advocacy
  • Served as board president of the Legal Aid Society in Washington
  • Co-authored the book “Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion” with Molly Bishop Shadel (Story)
  • Senior Counsel and a former partner at Covington & Burling
  • National law journal included Sayler in its Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers list in 1997 and 2000
  • Past chair, ABA Litigation Section, and member, American College of Trial Lawyers. 
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.
John Setear
nternational 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
Gil Siegal
Health law and bioethics
Kent Sinclair
Advocacy and lawyer training
  • Clerked for Chief Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Was U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York
  • An expert in civil procedure, Virginia procedure and evidence, Sinclair drafted Virginia's rules governing evidence in Virginia trials
  • Founding director of the Virginia Judicial Institute, an educational program for state trial judges.
Barbara Spellman
Evidence, psychology and the law
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • 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
Ben Spencer
Civil procedure, class action, federal courts, jurisdiction
  • Clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • 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
  • Awarded the "Rising Star" award, granted to the most promising junior faculty member among all academic fields at Virginia's colleges and universities
  • 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
Pierres-Hugues Verdier
International law and business, financial regulation
  • Practiced corporate and financial law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City
  • Is one of five Canadians to be awarded the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law since 1950
  • Writes on the international regulation of banking and securities markets, the law of foreign state immunity, and the application of international law in domestic courts around the world     
Rip Verkerke
Employment law and discrimination, contracts, contract theory, law and economics
  • M.Phil. in economics, Yale University
  • A pioneer in the use of technology in the classroom, won a $10,000 Hybrid Challenge Grant for Technology-Enhanced Teaching to convert his first-semester Contracts course into flipped classroom model of instruction (Story)
  • Author of an open-source Contracts casebook published by the CALI eLangdell Press. (Link)
  • Recent scholarship focuses on information-forcing rules in contracts and on vicarious liability for employee torts
  • In 2013, began an empirical study of law school teaching practices and how they affect student experiences and outcomes
Mila Versteeg
Comparative law and human rights
  • D.Phil. in socio-legal studies, Oxford University
  • Has written on the constitutions of nations, including the declining influence of the U.S. Constitution (Story)
  • Gained human rights experience working at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg
Andrew Vollmer
SEC and class action enforcement of federal securities laws
  • Served as deputy general counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission (2006-early 2009)
  • Was a partner in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where his practice concentrated on securities enforcement, private securities litigation and internal investigations
Steve Walt
Contracts, sales/commercial paper, legal philosophy, bankruptcy and secured transactions
  • Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy, University of Chicago
  • Has received several academic awards, including a Whiting National Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Co-author of two popular casebooks, "Secured Transactions in Personal Property" and "Payments and Credits"
Sarah Stewart Ware
Legal research and writing
  • Served as an assistant corporation counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation Division, which brings lawsuits on behalf of the city as plaintiff.
  • Stewart prepares first-year law students for the culmination of their Legal Research and Writing course: arguing a mock courtroom case. (Video)
Ted White
Legal history, constitutional law, torts
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • White's 15 published books have won numerous honors and awards, including the final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history.
  • Former fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute.
Federal court system and civil procedures
  • Worked for a decade as a civil rights lawyer in Louisiana
  • Scholarly interests involve key doctrinal features of the law of federal courts
Ethan Yale
Tax policy, tax shelters, federal taxation
  • Clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Research and teaching emphasizes the taxation of business entities and complex transactions
  • Received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Prize for outstanding research (Story)
  • Selected to present at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
George Yin
Tax and budget law and policy, tax reform, legislative processes
  • Served as chief of staff of the U.S. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation, one of the most influential tax positions in the country
  • Coordinated project to reform and simplify tax laws for the Senate Finance Committee
  • Served as a consultant to a number of organizations, including the Department of Treasury
  • Scholarship often has real-world applications (Faculty Q&A on President Obama's tax proposals | Faculty Q&A on "greatest tax suit" in history)