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Each year, Tulane Law School invites leading legal scholars from throughout the US to come to Tulane to discuss their latest work or to share their ideas on a topic of interest. 

Faculty Speaker Series, 2010-11 

September 20, 2010

Ingrid Wuerth, Vanderbilt University Law School
Professor of Law and Director, International Legal Studies Program

Areas of Expertise:  international law, foreign relations law, German constitutional law

facspeaker_iwuerthProfessor Wuerth's research focuses on foreign affairs, international law, and comparative constitutional law.  She joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was appointed director of Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program in 2009.  Professor Wuerth graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  After law school, she clerked on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then practiced law in Philadelphia.  In 1997, she was named a Chancellor's Scholar of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, and in 2007 she was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar; in both capacities, she served as a research fellow in Berlin, Germany.  Professor Wuerth is currently the co-chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on International Law in the Domestic Courts.  She has written broadly on international law in domestic courts and US foreign relations law. 


October 20, 2010

Adrienne Davis, Washington University Law School
William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and Project Director of the Black Sexual Economies Project

Areas of Expertise:  feminist legal theory, slavery, sexual economies

facspeaker_adavisProfessor Davis's scholarship emphasizes the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery.  She also does work on feminist legal theory and conceptions of justice and reparations.  A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, she clerked after law school for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Professor Davis is the recipient of two grants from the Ford Foundation, the first to explore black women and labor, and the most recent administered through Brandeis University's Feminist Sexual Ethics Project to research women, slavery, sexuality, and religion.  In 2001, she was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellegio Study and Conference Center, and she is currently serving her second term as a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.  She is co-author of the book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America (NYU Press), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Prior to joining the Washington University law faculty in 2008, Professor Davis taught at the law schools of the University of North Carolina and American University.


October 25, 2010

Adam B. Cox, University of Chicago Law School
Professor of Law

Areas of expertise: voting rights, election law, immigration law, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and procedure)

facspeaker_acoxProfessor Cox received his BSE summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1996.  In 1999, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  After his graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He then served as a Karpatkin Civil Rights Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union and practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.  He taught at the University of Chicago law school as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law before joining the faculty in 2004.


November 5, 2010

Mitu Gulati, Duke University School of Law
Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  financial law, contracting, employment discrimination, judicial behavior

facspeaker_mgulatiProfessor Gulati is known as a particularly creative and versatile scholar with significant research and publications in fields that include employment discrimination, critical race theory, securities regulation, and international sovereign debt.  He received his baccalaureate degree at the University of Chicago, his Master of Arts from Yale, and his JD from Harvard, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.  After graduating from law school, he worked for a year as an associate with the New York law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, followed by a clerkship with Judge Sandra Lynch of the US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and a clerkship with Judge Samuel Alito, then on the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.  Prior to joining the Duke faculty, he taught at the UCLA Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, and the Georgetown University Law Center.


November 8, 2010

Kim Krawiec, Duke University School of Law
Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  taboo markets, derivatives, securities trading, corporate law and governance

facspeaker_kkrawiecProfessor Krawiec is an expert in corporate law and teaches courses on securities, corporate, and derivatives law. Her research interests include the empirical analysis of contract disputes, the choice of organizational form by professional service firms including law firms, forbidden or taboo markets, corporate compliance systems, insider trading, derivatives hedging practices, and "rogue" trading.

After graduating from law school, Professor Krawiec practiced law in the Commodity & Derivatives Group at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  She received her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University and her law degree from Georgetown University.  She has served as a commentator for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) of the American Bar Association. Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Professor Krawiec taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, and Northwestern, among others.


November 11, 2010

Brad Snyder, University of Wisconsin Law School
Assistant Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  constitutional law, legal history, sports law

facspeaker_bsnyderProfessor Snyder joined the Wisconsin law faculty in 2008 after a number of years spent as a full-time writer.  He received his A.B. summa cum laude in history and Afro-American Studies from Duke University.  His honors thesis won the William T. Laprade Prize from the Duke history department and was the basis for his first book, Beyond the Shadow of the Senators: The Homestead Grays and the Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball (McGraw-Hill 2003). Professor Snyder received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was a notes editor on the Yale Law Journal.  Before law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter.  After his graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC.  Professor Snyder's second book, A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports, was published in 2006.


January 24, 2011

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School
Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  comparative law, international law, legal systems, East Asian law

facspeaker_tginsburgProfessor Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective.  He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.  One of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2003) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts.  He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, Seoul National University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Trento.  He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789.  Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and consulted with numerous international develeopment agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform.


February 7, 2011

Josh Chafetz, Cornell University Law School
Assistant Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  constitutional law and history, legislation, congressional procedure, law and religion

facspeaker_jchafetzProfessor Chafetz received his BA from Yale College, his doctorate in Politics from Oxford (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his JD from Yale Law School.  Following law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Much of his work focuses on the constitutional law of congressional procedure.  His book, Democracy's Privileged Few: Legislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions, was published by the Yale University Press in 2007.


February 28, 2011

M. Elizabeth Magill, University of Virginia Law School
Vice Dean and Joseph Weintraub-Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  administrative law, constitutional law, separation of powers

facspeaker_memagillProfessor Magill teaches administrative law, food and drug law, and seminars in constitutional structure and administrative law.  Her scholarship focuses on administrative law and constitutional law, particularly separation of powers theory and doctrine, and her articles have been published in the Chicago, Northwestern, Pennsylvania and Virginia law reviews.  Her 2004 article, "Agency Choice of Policymaking Form," was honored as the year's top scholarly article by the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

After completing her BA at Yale University, she served as a senior legislative assistant for a US Senator, and then attended the University of Virginia Law School, where she served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review.  After graduating, she clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then for US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


March 30, 2011

Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA Law School
Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law

Areas of expertise:  immigration and citizenship law


Hiroshi Motomura is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law.  He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (now in its sixth edition), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy, published in 2007.  His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published in 2006 by Oxford University Press, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers.  In addition, Professor Motomura has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship.  He has testified as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appeals courts, has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and is one of the co-founders and current Directors of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN). In the fall of 2008, he served as an outside advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team's Working Group on Immigration Policy.

Before joining the permanent faculty of UCLA Law in 2008, Professor Motomura was Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He has been a visiting professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, the University of Michigan Law School, and UCLA.  He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


April 18, 2011

Suja Thomas, University of Illinois College of Law
Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Faculty Scholar

Areas of expertise:  civil procedure, Seventh Amendment, constitutional interpretation

facspeaker_sthomasProfessor Suja A. Thomas's research interests include the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial, civil procedure, and theories of constitutional interpretation. Her article "Why Summary Judgment is Unconstitutional," published by the Virginia Law Review, has been the basis of arguments in the federal courts and was featured in a piece in The New York Times.  Professor Thomas's other work has also been influential. Her article on remittitur was the basis of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, and a federal judge has commented that "her caution [regarding the effective elimination of the jury trial right through remittitur] merits evaluation by the federal courts."

Professor Thomas earned her BA from Northwestern University in mathematics and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.  At NYU, she served as an articles editor on the NYU Law Review. After graduating from law school and a federal clerkship in Chicago, Professor Thomas practiced law in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.

Professor Thomas began her academic career as a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2000 and was a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School in the spring of 2008.  She joined the University of Illinois College of Law faculty in the fall of 2008.



For information about the 2013-14 Faculty Speaker Series, click here.
For information about the 2012-13 Faculty Speaker Series, click here.
For information about the 2011-12 Faculty Speaker Series, click here.

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