From the 2009 News Archive
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School Marks Year’s Start with New Dean, Faculty, and Students

As the University of Maryland School of Law begins its academic year, the institution welcomes 307 highly qualified new students, new faculty with outstanding reputations, and a new dean who is a national leader in legal education.

“Maryland’s talented and diverse student body is one of the things that attracted me to the Law School,” says Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, who assumed her position as the ninth dean of the School of Law on July 1, 2009. “I am very proud to welcome this group of excellent individuals as my inaugural class.”

This year’s entering class of 232 day and 75 evening students were selected from almost 4,000 applications. Ranging in age from 20 to 50, with 41 students having already earned at least one graduate degree, this year’s class includes teachers, members of the armed forces, Peace Corp volunteers, and broadcast and print journalists. They hail from more than half the states in the U.S., as well as spanning the globe from Germany to Japan, China to Bulgaria.

Along with the incoming class, the School of Law also welcomes a dynamic group of new faculty members.

New Faculty

Michelle Harner
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Harner comes to the Law School from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where, as an Assistant Professor of Law, she was named “Professor of the Year” twice.

Leslie Meltzer Henry
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Henry served as the School of Law’s first Health Law & Bioethics Fellow in 2008, and has previously been a bioethics consultant to the Department of Defense, a member of the Yale Institutional Review Board, and a fellow in the NIH’s Office of Human Subjects Research.

Russell McClain
Law School Assistant Professor and Director of the Academic Achievement Program
Professor McClain, a 1995 graduate of the School of Law, was recently appointed Law School Assistant Professor after serving as a Visiting Law School Assistant Professor since the fall of 2006. Throughout his tenure at the School of Law, he has also served as the Director of the Academic Achievement Program.

Amanda Pustilnik
Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Pustilnik joins the Law School from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law. She has practiced pharmaceutical and securities regulation litigation with Covington & Burling and clerked for Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

New Visiting Faculty

Lia Epperson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Epperson will be visiting the Law School for the entire academic year. She joined the Santa Clara Law School faculty in 2005, where she taught in the areas of constitutional law, civil rights, and education.

Davida Isaacs
Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Isaacs will join the School of Law for the Fall 2009 semester. She teaches Civil Procedure at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at North Kentucky University.

Laura Kessler
Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Kessler, a Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be visiting for the Fall 2009 semester. Her work has been cited or reprinted in Supreme Court amicus briefs, law school casebooks, edited anthologies, and numerous law review articles.

Wendy Seiden
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Seiden joins the Law School for the full academic year. Previously, she was a Clinical Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law and spent 12 years representing children and parents in child welfare, custody, special education, and immigration proceedings.

Scholar

Shijun Zhang
Visiting Scholar
Dr. Zhang will be visiting from August 2009 to July 2010 to engage in advanced study on environmental law. He is an Associate Professor at the Shandong University of China Law School, where he teaches environmental law, and a post-doctoral researcher of the Environmental School of Nanjing University.

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Shirley Abrahamson
Distinguished Visiting Professor
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and past president of the National Conference of Chief Justices and past chair of the board of directors of the National Center for State Court, Justice Abrahamson will deliver a lecture, teach classes, and collaborate with faculty on their ongoing research for two weeks this fall.

Visiting Professors

Peter Holland
Visiting Professor
Previously an Adjunct Professor of the School of Law, Professor Holland will teach a Consumer Law Clinic. A graduate of the School of Law, his background includes cases in the District and Circuit courts of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Barbara Olshansky
Visiting Professor
A renowned author and most recently the Leah Kaplan Distinguished Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School, Professor Olshanksy will begin a clinic at the School of Law in the Spring 2010 semester.

Georgia Sorenson
Visiting Research Professor of Leadership Studies
Georgia Sorenson, Ph.D., joins the School of Law as the LEAD Initiative’s first Visiting Research Professor and will teach a new course, Foundations of Leadership Seminar: Theory and Praxis, this fall. She founded the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she is a research professor at the Academy of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership.


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