Maryland Carey Law welcomes four new faculty members

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Pictured top l-r: Rabiat Akande, Sarah Lorr; bottom l-r: Daniel Rauch, Omavi Shukur

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will welcome four new faculty members in the 2024-2025 academic year, adding diversity of thought and expertise to its dynamic membership. Rabiat Akande, Sarah Lorr, Daniel Rauch, and Omavi Shukur will begin their work at Maryland Carey Law July 1. 

Associate Professor Rabiat Akande works in the fields of legal history, law and religion, constitutional and comparative constitutional law, Islamic law, international law, and (post)colonial African law and society. 

Her extensive scholarly work includes Entangled Domains: Empire, Law, and Religion in Northern Nigeria (Cambridge University Press, 2023) and articles in the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Law and History Review, and the Supreme Court Review 

Akande comes to Maryland Carey Law from the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Previously, she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She has taught at Harvard Law School as a Clark Byse Fellow and at Northeastern University School of Law. 

She received her Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ibadan. 

Associate Professor Sarah Lorr’s research focuses on disability law and family regulation, specifically how substantive legal doctrine and ostensibly neutral standards subordinate poor, nonwhite, and disabled parents in the family regulation system. She also studies the overapplication of guardianships to adults with disabilities. 

Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Oklahoma Law Review, and the Columbia Journal of Race & the Law 

Lorr comes to Maryland Carey Law from Brooklyn Law School where she co-directed the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic and taught doctrinal law. Previously, she clerked for Judge Joan N. Ericksen, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and for Judge Boyce F. Martin III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was a supervising attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice.  

She holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from Haverford College. 

Assistant Professor Daniel Rauch’s research focuses on the laws governing political speech, and how they work (and ought to work) in our digital democracy. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Yale Journal on Regulation 

Rauch comes to Maryland Carey Law from Harvard Law School where he was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Previously, he was a law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to Judge Neil Gorsuch then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also worked as a data privacy and cybersecurity practitioner. 

He holds a JD from Yale Law School and an AB from Princeton University. Before law school, he taught middle school English in Newark, New Jersey, through the Teach for America national service program. 

Assistant Professor Omavi Shukur conducts research at the intersection of criminal law, criminal procedure, and critical race theory. His research explores contextual factors often elided in laws, legal proceedings, and legal academic discourse concerning subordinated people’s efforts to contest state control. His scholarship assesses these constraints by pairing doctrinal, legislative, and statuary analysis with insights from history, behavioral science, and social sciences. 

His recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston University Law Review and the Georgetown Law Journal. 

Shukur comes to Maryland Carey Law from Columbia Law School, where he was a lecturer and research scholar teaching an Abolition Practicum. 

Previously, he was an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Before that, he organized alongside formerly incarcerated people to successfully bring an end to the ban on people with felony drug convictions receiving food stamps and welfare benefits in his home state, Arkansas. He began his legal career as a public defender in New Orleans. 

Shukur received his JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Columbia University.