From the 2007 News Archive
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School of Law Welcomes Outstanding New Faculty

As the School of Law begins the 2007-08 academic year, it is happy to welcome a number of faculty with demonstrated expertise in a wide range of legal fields.

New Faculty Appointments

Law School Associate Professor Jane Barrett (’76) brings a wealth of experience as an environmental law litigator in her new role as Director of the Environmental Law Clinic. Jane most recently was in private practice at Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C., where she litigated complex environmental and civil cases and advised clients on corporate compliance with environmental regulations. Previously, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, where she served as chief of environmental litigation, supervising environmental litigation within the District of Maryland.

Law School Associate Professor Patricia Campbell now directs the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center after spending a number of years in private and corporate practice. Most recently, she was associate general counsel at Kajeet, Inc., a telecommunications company. She was previously a litigator and transactional attorney with the Fish & Neave IP Group and at Ropes & Gray in Palo Alto, Calif. She received an LL.M. in intellectual property law from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Professor of Law Martha Ertman holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Northwestern University. She is a nationally recognized expert in contract law, commercial law, and commodification theory. Her work examines ways that commercial law models can be used to understand family law, feminist theory, and domestic relations. Her recent book, Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture (with Joan Williams, NYU Press 2005), has been called a "must read" on the debate surrounding the increasing commodification of areas of human life and family relationships.

Mark Graber has been appointed Professor of Law and Government, moving his tenure home from the University of Maryland, College Park to the School of Law. Mark had held a faculty position in the Department of Government and Politics at College Park since 1993, before joining us as an adjunct in 2002 and accepting a joint appointment in 2004. He is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. Last year, Mark published Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, and he also is author of Rethinking Abortion (Princeton University Press) and Transforming Free Speech (University of California Press). He has published scores of articles, and is a leading organizer of the School of Law’s annual Constitutional "Schmooze," which has become one of the leading annual gatherings of political scientists and law professors.

Assistant Professor of Law Shruti Rana holds a graduate degree from the London School of Economics (with distinction) and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER & LAW and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. James R. Browning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was most recently in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. Shruti has expertise in international law and will teach contracts and comparative commercial law.

Associate Professor of Law Robert Rhee’s legal experience includes positions as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as a trial attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also has significant investment banking experience, having served as a vice president in the corporate finance group at Swiss Re in New York and as an associate in the European mergers and acquisitions group at UBS Warburg in London. A professor of torts and business law, Robert has published articles on tort issues, insurance, capital markets, and bargaining. He earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Visiting Professors

School of Law alumnus Michael DeVinne (’01) joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor. After graduating from law school first in his class, he clerked for Judge Frederic N. Smalkin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and for Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., of the same court. He is on leave from Venable LLP in Baltimore, where he is an Associate in their commercial litigation practice. Michael has taught Greek, Latin, and ancient history at Stanford University, and he looks forward to bringing his skills and experience to teaching legal analysis and writing. In addition to his law degree, he has a B.A. in classics from the College of the Holy Cross and a Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University.

Deborah Thompson Eisenberg will be a Visiting Assistant Professor for the fall 2007 semester. Professor Eisenberg has been a Partner with the Baltimore law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP since 2003. She litigates complex civil and appellate matters in state and federal courts with an emphasis on employment law on behalf of employees, disability law, and other civil rights matters. Before joining her current firm, Deborah worked for more than six years at the Public Justice Center, a nonprofit legal organization in Baltimore. She was Director of the PJC’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic and also litigated on behalf of low-wage workers, individuals with disabilities, tenants, and other underrepresented persons. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, an editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, a supervising student in the Poverty Clinic, and a Trial Director for the Barristers’ Union.

Visiting Associate Professor Orde Kittrie teaches and writes in the areas of criminal and international law. He is a full-time faculty member at Arizona State University. Before entering academia, Professor Kittrie worked for 11 years at the U.S. Department of State. Most recently, he worked at the Department’s Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, overseeing U.S. policy and technical-assistance programs for combating transnational crime worldwide. He earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

After serving as an adjunct professor at the School of Law for several years, Ann MacNeille (’82) joins the full-time faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She brings with her substantial experience in academic support services and appellate advocacy. While a student at the School of Law, she served as Assistant Editor of the Maryland Law Review and earned membership in the Order of the Coif. She has substantial experience in private practice and is currently Of Counsel to a firm in Towson, Md.

Russell A. McClain, a 1995 Order of the Coif graduate of our law school, is now Director of the Academic Achievement Program and a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor. Until 2005, Russell was a civil litigator in Los Angeles, with practice areas including entertainment law, breach of contract, unfair business practices, and automobile (consumer) litigation. He then taught at Howard University School of Law as a Legal Writing Instructor, before joining the School of Law last year. His current research focuses on education financing and equal access to higher education, particularly the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, and the comparison of student lending to predatory consumer lending.

Visiting Professor Mark Rothstein is a leading authority on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, privacy, occupational health, employment law, and public health law. He is Chair of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and is President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and is Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Georgetown University.


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