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The faculty members of Tulane Law School have unusually rich and diverse academic backgrounds, enabling them to offer a curriculum that encompasses the broadest range of subject matter.  As important as their commitment to teaching is their commitment to ongoing scholarship.  Members of the faculty regularly publish books (including edited volumes), law review articles, and countless chapters in books, reports, essays, and book reviews.

Faculty Speaker Series, 2012-13 

Monday, September 10, 2012 

Douglas Baird, University of Chicago Law School
Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Bankruptcy, Contracts, Reorganizations 

Douglas BairdDouglas Baird graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979.  At Stanford, he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  He received his BA in English summa cum laude from Yale College in 1975.  Before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1980, he was a law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler and Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, both of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Baird served as Dean of the University of Chicago Law School from 1994 to 1999.  His research and teaching interests focus on corporate reorganizations and contracts.


Friday, September 21, 2012 

Tara Grove, William & Mary Law School
Associate Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  Constitutional Law, Federal Courts 

Tara GroveTara Grove received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Duke University, where she majored in political science.  After teaching English in Japan for a year, she attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review.  She clerked for Judge Emilio Garza on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then spent four years as an appellate attorney for the US Department of Justice, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals.

Prior to joining the William and Mary Law School faculty in 2011, Grove was Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Law.  She has published with such prestigious law journals as the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and Cornell Law Review.  Her research interests include federal courts, constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and bankruptcy.

During the 2012 fall semester, Professor Grove is a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law.


Monday, October 1, 2012 

Jim Rossi, Vanderbilt Law School
Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Energy 

Jim RossiJim Rossi received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, and his LLM from Yale Law School.  His scholarship addresses energy law, federal administrative law, and state constitutional and administrative law.  His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (3rd edition, Foundation Press, 2010, with Fred Bosselman, Jacqueline Weaver, David Spence, and Joel Eisen); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and a recent edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner).  Rossi serves as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States's Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities.  Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, he was Harry M. Walborsky Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Florida State University College of Law, where he taught Administrative Law, Energy Law, and Torts.  Rossi previously served as visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School and has also taught at Harvard Law School, the University of Texas Law School, and the University of North Carolina Law School.  Before entering the legal academy, he practiced energy law in Washington, DC, with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Miller Balis & O'Neil.

Friday, January 18, 2013 

Adrian Vermeule, Harvard Law School
John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law 

Adrian VermeuleAdrian Vermeule is a graduate of Harvard College and Harbard Law School.  He clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and then for US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.  He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1998 and came to Harvard as Visiting Professor in 2005.  He became Professor of Law at Harvard in 2006 and John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law in 2008.

Monday, January 28, 2013 

Karen Engle, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law

Founder and Co-Director, Bermard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
Areas of Expertise:   Feminist Legal Theory, International Human Rights, International Law, Latin American Law 

Karen EngleProfessor Engle received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as a a post-doctoral Ford Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah prior to joining the University of Texas.

Professor Engle writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law. She is author of The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. Other recent publications include "On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights" (European Journal of International Law, 2011), "The Force of Shame" (in Rethinking Rape Law)(Routledge, 2010)(with Annelies Lottmann), "Indigenous Rights Claims in International Law: Self-Determination, Culture and Development" (in Handbook of International Law)(Routledge, 2009), "Judging Sex in War" (Michigan Law Review, 2008), "Calling in the Troops: The Uneasy Relationship Among Human Rights, Women's Rights and Humanitarian Intervention" (Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2007), and "Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing War-Time Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (American Journal of International Law, 2005). Professor Engle received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogota in 2010.

She is also an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas. She teaches courses and specialized seminars in public international law, international human rights law and employment discrimination.

Monday, February 18, 2013 

Daniel N. Shaviro, New York University School of Law
Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation

Areas of Expertise:  Budget Policy, Entitlements, Tax Policy, Transfers 

Daniel ShaviroProfessor Shaviro received his undergraduate degree in history, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and his JD from Yale Law School.  He became Professor of Law at NYU in 1995 and Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation in 2003.  He teaches Corporate Tax, Foreign Tax, Tax Policy, and Tax Policy & Public Finance Colloquium.    

Monday, March 18, 2013 

Eduardo Peñalver, Cornell Law School
Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise: Property, Land Use, Law & Religion 

Eduardo PeñalverEduardo Peñalver joined the Cornell faculty in 2006 after teaching from 2003-05 at Fordham Law School and spending 2005-06 as a visiting professor at Yale Law School. Professor Peñalver received his BA from Cornell University and his law degree from Yale Law School. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship after completing his undergraduate degree and received the MA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, Oriel College, before attending law school. Upon completing law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and at the US Supreme Court for Justice John Paul Stevens. His research interests focus on property and land use, as well as law and religion. He is particularly interested in the ways property both fosters and reflects social bonds. His work on property has appeared in numerous leading law journals. His most recent book, Property Outlaws (co-authored with Sonia Katyal), was published by Yale University Press in February 2010. It explores the role of disobedience in the evolution of property law. His forthcoming book, an introduction to property theory (co-authored with Gregory Alexander), will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.


Monday, April 8, 2013 

Amalia Kessler, Stanford Law School
Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies

Areas of Expertise:  Commercial Law, Civil Procedure, Legal History 

Amelia KesslerA scholar whose research focuses on the evolution of commercial law and civil procedure, Amalia D. Kessler seeks to explore the roots of modern market culture and present-day process norms. In 2007–08, she received a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, supporting research on her current book project concerning the 19th-century origins of American adversarial legal culture. In 2008, her book, A Revolution in Commerce: The Parisian Merchant Court and the Rise of Commercial Society in Eighteenth-Century France (Yale University Press, 2007), was awarded the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for the best book in English on any aspect of French history. In 2011, she received the Hessel Yntema Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law for the “most outstanding” article by a scholar under 40 appearing in the previous year’s volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law. And in 2005, she received the Surrency Prize from the American Society for Legal History for the best article in the previous year’s volume of the Law and History Review. Professor Kessler has been a visiting professor at both the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She has an appointment (by courtesy) with the Stanford University Department of History. 

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Kessler was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, her MA at Stanford, her JD at Yale Law School, and her PhD in European History at Stanford University.


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