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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, 2011-12 

August 29, 2011

Afra Afsharipour, UC Davis School of Law
Acting Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  comparative corporate law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation

Afra AfsharipourAfra Afsharipour received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a submissions editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.  Professor Afsharipour researches in the areas of comparative corporate law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation.  Prior to joining the Davis faculty, Professor Afsharipour was an associate in the corporate department of Davis Polk & Wardwell in both New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA, where she advised clients on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance and compliance matters.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.  Professor Afsharipour received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where she studied government, international relations and women's studies.

September 8, 2011

Amos N. Guiora, S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  international law, counterterrorism, criminal procedure

Amos Guiora Professor Guiora, who teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, and Religion and Terrorism, incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas.  He is a member of the American Bar Association's Law and National Security Advisory Committee; a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzylia, Israel; a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law, was awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands (2008) and research grant from the Stuart Family Foundation (2011).  Professor Guiora has published extensively in the US and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism, and human rights. Guiora is the author of numerous articles, op-ed pieces, and books.  He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior commend positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Legal Advisor to the IDF Home Front Command, and Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.  Professor Guiora receved the S.J. Quinney College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award in 2011.


September 19, 2011

Joanna C. Schwartz, UCLA School of Law
Acting Professor of Law 

Areas of Expertise:  civil rights, civil procedure, empirical legal research

Joanna Schwartz A graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, Professor Schwartz teaches Civil Procedure and the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic at UCLA School of Law.  Prior to her current appointment, she was the Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCLA and raught Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation; Fact Investigation; Civil Rights Litigation; and Lawyering Skills.

In law school, she received the Francis Wayland Prize for greatest skill in preparing and presenting a case in negotiation and litigation for her work in Yale Law School's Prison Legal Services clinic.  After law school, Professor Schwartz clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York and for Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She was then associated with a New York City law firm, where she specialized in police misconduct, prisoners' rights, and First Amendment Litigation.  She was awarded the New York City Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Publico Award for her work as co-counsel representing a class of inmates challenging conditions at Rikers Island.  In Los Angeles, she served as deputy director of the Western Regional Office of People for the American Way.

Professor Schwartz's research focuses on the role of lawsuites in organizational decisionmaking.  She recently completed a study of the ways law enforcement agencies gather and analyze information from lawsuits that have been brought against them. In Myths and Mechanics of Deterrence: The Role of Lawsuits in law Enforcement Decisionmaking, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 1023 (2010), Professor Schwartz focuses on the information failures that often prevent informed decisionmaking.  Her next project examines the ways in which litigation information is used by law enforcement agencies--in the rare instances when it is used--to reduce the likelihood of future harms.  Professor Schwartz has begun studying organizational decisionmaking practices in other contexts as well.


October 17, 2011

Paige Marta Skiba, Vanderbilt Law School
Associate Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  behavioral economics, law and economics, banking, consumer finance, applied micro-economics

Paige Marta Skiba Professor Skiba has conducted innovative research in the area of behavioral law and economics, particularly on topics related to her dissertation, Behavior in High-Interest Credit Markets.  Professor Skiba received her PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007.  She studies the ways in which self-control and procrastination affect financial decisionmaking.  Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of borrowing on high-interest credit, such as payday loans and pawnshops, as well as the regulation of these industries.  She has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.  From 1999 to 2001, she was a senior research associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where she conducted research on monetary policy and regional and urban economics. 

November 14, 2011

W. Mark C. Weidemaier, University of North Carolina School of Law
Assistant Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  civil litigation, arbitration and other alternative approaches to dispute resolution, contract law

Richard McAdams After receiving his JD from the University of Minnesota, Mark Weidemaier clerked for Judge Dolores Sloviter on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He then practiced law in the complex commercial litigation group at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia and worked at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a graduate of Carleton College.

Professor Weidemaier's research examines how litigants, lawyers, and other private actors shape dispute resolution systems, both in the context of disputes between private parties and disputes involving sovereign entities.  For example, past research has explored the role of intermediaries in influencing private arbitration contracts and the structure of dispute resolution terms in both historic and modern sovereign debt contracts.  Representative publications are available for download on the Social Science Research Network and the Berkeley Electronic Press.

February 6, 2012

Charles K. Whitehead, Cornell University Law School
Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  financial regulation, corporate governance

Charles Whitehead Professor Whitehead specializes in the law relating to corporations, financial markets, and strategic transactions.  He received fhis undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD from Columbia Law School.  After clerking for the Honorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Professor Whitehead practiced in the United States, Europe, and Asia as outside counsel and general counsel of several multinational financial institutions.  Before joining the Cornell faculty, he was on the faculty of the Boston University School of Law and was a research fellow at Columbia Law School.  Professor Whitehead's current scholarship focuses on the financial markets, financial regulation, and corporate governance.

February 27, 2012

Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School
Guido Calabresi Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  private law and philosophy, legal ethics, political theory

Daniel Markovits Daniel Markovits works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. He has written articles on contract, legal ethics, distributive justice, democratic theory, and other-regarding preferences. Professor Markovits concentrates, in each area, on the ways in which legal orderings engage the human instinct in favor of sociality to sustain cooperation even among persons who pursue conflicting interests and endorse competing moral ideals. He finds respectful relations in surprising places, for example in contracts between self-interested buyers and sellers, litigation between adversary disputants, and political competition between partisan parties. In each case, Markovits argues, seemingly competitive interactions contain, in their immanent logic, forms of reciprocal recognition and respect. After earning a BA in Mathematics, summa cum laude from Yale University, Markovits received a British Marshall Scholarship to study in England, where he was awarded an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Markovits then returned to Yale to study law and, after clerking for the Honorable Guido Calabresi, joined the faculty at Yale..


March 19, 2012

Richard H. McAdams, University of Chicago Law School
Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  criminal law and procedure, social norms, behavioral economics

Richard McAdams Professor McAdams received his BA in economics with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He spent three years as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. 


Professor McAdams began teaching at IIT Chicago-Kent in 1990 and has since served on the faculties at Boston University and the University of Illinois. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Yale Law School and served as a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences of Australian National University. After visiting at the Chicago Law School in 2005, Professor McAdams joined the Chicago faculty in 2007. 


Professor McAdams teaches primarily in the area of criminal law and procedure. His scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure, social norms, discrimination, and inequality. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association. 


April 9, 2012

Kim Brooks, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
Dean and Associate Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  corporate tax, international tax, tax policy

Kim Brooks Kim Brooks was appointed Dean of the Schulich School of Law in July 2010.  She formerly held the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at McGill's Faculty of Law.  Professor Brooks teaches all areas of taxation, and has received several teaching awards.  Her primary research interests lie in the areas of corporate and international tax, and tax policy.  She is currently working on a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)-funded project on tax expenditures - spending programs delivered throughout the tax system. 


Before moving to academia, Professor Brooks practiced as a tax lawyer with Stikeman Elliot LLP in their Toronto and London (UK) offices.  Her practice focused on corporate and international tax, including tax aspects of cross-border investments and transactions, financings, and reorganizations and restructurings. 


Professor Brooks is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association.  She has served as the Chair of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, the managing editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. 


April 18, 2012

Danielle Citron, University of Maryland School of Law
Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  privacy law, cyber law, administrative law

Professor Citron originally joined the Maryland faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2004. She now teaches Civil Procedure, Information Privacy Law, Internet Speech, and LAWR I.  She was voted the "Best Teacher of the Year" by the University of Maryland law school students in 2005.

Danielle CitronProfessor Citron's scholarly interests include information privacy law, cyber law, and administrative law with an emphasis on issues surrounding the government's reliance on information technologies.  She is a prolific scholar who has published and presented her work widely.  In November 2009, the Denver University Law Review devoted a symposium to her work on cyber gender harassment. In 2010-11, Professor Citron presented her scholarship at Columbia University, Stanford Law School, Yale Law School, Fordham Law School, Berkeley Law, Washington University School of Law, and New York University School of Law.

Before beginning to teach, Professor Citron worked as a litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, where she served as MFY Legal Services Fellow, representing clients in landlord-tenant matters.  She served as a law clerk for two years for the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. 



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For information about the 2010-11 Faculty Speaker Series, click here.

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