Faculty Profile: Associate Professor Will Moon

If students in Associate Professor Will Moon’s business law classes expect the classic “read, memorize, regurgitate” experience, they are in for a surprise. A good one, by all accounts.

According to recent graduate Veronica Mina ’21, “Professor Moon made class inviting and fun,” and “has a great talent for making complicated information easily digestible.”

Moon’s secret, he says, is in blending classic Socratic method with experiential learning through specially developed simulations featuring relatable hypotheticals. Maybe the scenario jumps off a Shark Tank video clip or involves a contract negotiation between Beyoncé and a video game company. With modern-day fact patterns, students break into groups to role-play lawyers and judges and emerge with an understanding of the law that Moon believes makes a memorable impression.

“This kind of active learning has been linked by researchers to sharpening analytical skills and facilitating memory retention,” says Moon, who formerly taught in NYU’s lawyering program. Moreover, his hypotheticals are often infused with diverse players whose stories he says “draw more engagement from underrepresented groups of students who are traditionally marginalized in the classroom.”

It’s all part of Moon’s overall philosophy of promoting success by meeting students where they are and offering support in and outside the classroom.

Moon builds relationships with an open office door and participation in student social events. He is faculty advisor for the Maryland Law Review, working closely with students to get their scholarly work published, and advises APALSA, the Asian/Pacific-American Law Student Association through which he shares advice and camaraderie.

Recalling being the beneficiary of mentorship in law school, Moon says lifting students up and helping them feel a sense of belonging is deeply gratifying. Connecting with students outside of academics also contributes to his effectiveness in class, “creating this vibe like we’re going to struggle together, and I’ll be in the trenches to help you along the way,” he says.

Moon is not just a highly dedicated teacher; he is also a cutting-edge scholar specializing in contracts, corporate law, and private international law. His current research focuses on corporate charter competition, documenting the rise of offshore jurisdictions competing in the emerging international market for corporate law. Recent publications include “Delaware’s Global Competitiveness” in the Iowa Law Review and “Delaware’s New Competition” in the Northwestern University Law Review.

He has had past scholarship published in the Michigan Law ReviewVanderbilt Law Review, European Journal of Law and Economics, and Journal of International Economic Law.

Moon joined the Maryland Carey Law faculty after a stint as a litigation associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in New York City, where he specialized in cross-border commercial disputes. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his JD in 2012 from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow.

In 2021, Moon was named the Maryland Carey Law Black Law Students Association Professor of the Year.

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