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October 1, 2009

New academic and clinical faculty at the School of Law

In academic year 2009–2010, the Law School welcomes the following new professors:

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David Adelman
Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law

David Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science, with particular emphasis on evaluating environmental and regulatory issues relating to new technologies and assessing the impacts of intellectual property regimes on scientific research in the United States. He comes to UT Law from the University of Arizona, where he was an associate professor of law and the director of Law, Science & Technology Initiatives.

He practiced intellectual property litigation and environmental law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and then, in 1998, took a position as senior attorney in the Nuclear and Public Health programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. During his time there he was appointed to the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board and two National Academy of Sciences committees.

Adelman has published multiple articles on environmental law and policy, including articles on climate change, “The Challenge of Abrupt Climate Change for U.S. Environmental Regulation,” 58 Emory Law Journal 379 (2008) and “Reorienting State Climate Change Policies,” 50 Arizona Law Review 835 (2008), and environmental federalism, “Adaptive Federalism: The Case Against Reallocating Environmental Regulatory Authority,” 92 Minnesota Law Review 1797 (2008). He also writes in the area of intellectual property law and innovation policy, “Patent Metrics: The Mismeasure of Innovation in the Biotech Patent Debate,” 85 Texas Law Review 1677 (2007)(co-authored with Katheryn L. DeAngelis).

Adelman has a PhD in chemical physics from Stanford University and a BA in chemistry/physics from Reed College. He obtained his JD with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California.


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Ronen Avraham
Thomas Shelton Maxey Professor in Law

Ronen Avraham’s research interests focus on the economic analysis of tort law and healthcare law, specifically on the question of how liability reform can influence healthcare policy. He is an expert on the economic analysis of torts and contracts; distribution in the law; and behavioral economics and the law. He comes to UT Law from Northwestern University, where he was an associate professor of law, and co-led the Law and Economics Colloquium. He has also taught at the University of Michigan Law School and at Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities (Israel).

Avraham has received grants from the Searle Foundation to study tort reform and pain-and-suffering damages, and from the National Science Foundation to create a database of state tort law reforms from 1960 to 2004. He has written several articles on tort reform and healthcare based on those datasets, including two forthcoming articles that examine the measurable effects of tort reform initiatives. The first, “The Impact of Tort Reform on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums,” was coauthored with colleagues from Northwestern University, Leemore Dafny and Max Schanzenbach. The second, “The Impact of Tort Reform on Private Health Insurance Coverage,” was coauthored with Max Schanzenbach.

Other recent articles include: “An Empirical Study of the Impact of Tort Reforms on Medical Malpractice Settlement Payments,” Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 36 (2007); “The Tragedy of the Human Commons,” 29 Cardozo Law Review 15 (2008, with Kiwi Camara); and “Incomplete Contracts with Asymmetric Information: Exclusive v. Optional Remedies,” American Law and Economic Review, Vol. 8 (2), (2006, with Zhiyong Liu).

Avraham graduated with a JSD and LLM from the University of Michigan School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Bar Ilan University with a master’s in finance and an LLB. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Theodore Or of the Israeli Supreme Court.


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Robert Bone
G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law

Robert Bone is a leading civil procedure and intellectual property scholar, known especially for his interdisciplinary and theoretical work. He is currently writing a civil procedure casebook with Lawrence Solum of the University of Illinois College of Law and a number of articles in both the civil procedure and intellectual property fields. Previously, he was a professor of law and Robert Kent Professor in Civil Procedure at Boston University, where he received awards for excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement, and service to the university. He has visited at Harvard and Columbia and began his teaching career at the University of Southern California.

Bone’s book, The Economics of Civil Procedure, was translated into Japanese in 2004. His forthcoming publications include an essay on trade secret law, “Trade Secrecy, Innovation, and the Requirement of Reasonable Secrecy Precautions”; an essay on pleading, “Plausibility Pleading Revisited and Revised: A Comment on Ashcroft v. Iqbal”; and three essay contributions to the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Elgar). Other important publications include: “Twombly, Pleading Rules, and the Regulation of Court Access,” 94 Iowa Law Review 873 (2009); “‘To Encourage Settlement’: Rule 68, Offers of Judgment, and the History of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 102 Northwestern University Law Review 1561 (2008); “Enforcement Costs and Trademark Puzzles,” 90 Virginia Law Review 2099 (2004); “A New Look at Trade Secret Law: Doctrine in Search of Justification,” 86 California Law Review 241 (1998); “Rethinking the ‘Day in Court’ Ideal and Nonparty Preclusion,” 67 New York University Law Review 193 (1992); and “Mapping the Boundaries of a Dispute: Conceptions of Ideal Lawsuit Structure from the Field Code to the Federal Rules,” 89 Columbia Law Review 1 (1989). He has taught and delivered lectures on American civil procedure and intellectual property in England, Canada, Japan, Italy, Israel, and Turkey. Bone is a member of the American Law Institute.

Bone graduated magna cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School and earned a BA with distinction in anthropology from Stanford University. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. and served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow before joining the University of Southern California law faculty in 1983.


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Robert M. Chesney
Charles I. Francis Professor in Law

Robert M. Chesney is a national-security law and policy specialist, with a particular interest in counterterrorism policy. He comes to us from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was regarded as an outstanding teacher and won several law school teaching awards.

In addition to his service with the Detainee Policy Task Force, Chesney is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, a senior nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institute, a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the American Law Institute.

Chesney has published extensively on topics ranging from detention and prosecution in the counterterrorism context to the State Secrets Privilege; he testified in Congress last year regarding the latter topic. Recent publications include: “National Security Fact Deference,” Virginia Law Review (forthcoming 2009); “Terrorism and the Convergence of Criminal and Military Detention Models,” 60 Stanford Law Review 1079 (2008, with Jack Goldsmith); “Beyond Conspiracy? Preventative Prosecution and the Challenge of Unaffiliated Terrorism,” 80 Southern California Law Review 425 (2007); and “State Secrets and the Limits of National Security Litigation,” 75 George Washington Law Review 1249 (2007).

He is currently working on a book, under contract with Oxford University Press, concerning the evolving judicial role in national security affairs. Chesney is a frequent contributor to popular media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Journal, the National Law Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio.

Chesney graduated magna cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School and magna cum laude with a BS in political science and psychology from Texas Christian University. He clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


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Justin Driver
Assistant Professor

Justin Driver’s teaching and scholarly interests lie at the intersection of constitutional law and race within legal institutions, with specialization in the doctrinal developments of the Reconstruction Amendments. He is particularly interested in how the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution has “both stimulated and stymied” racial progress in the United States. He spent the last few years as an associate in the appellate division at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C.

Driver’s latest research effort is titled “Rethinking the Interest-Convergence Thesis,” a critique of Derrick Bell’s theory of racial progress. His previous publications include: “Rules, The New Standards: Partisan Gerrymandering and Judicial Manageability After Vieth v. Jubelirer,” 73 George Washington Law Review 1166 (2005), which contends that the Court’s approach transformed the political question doctrine’s requirement for judicially manageable standards into a requirement for judicially manageable rules; and “Underenfranchisement: Black Voters and the Presidential Nomination Process,” 117 Harvard Law Review 2318 (2004), his student note, which explores New Hampshire and Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status in the presidential nomination process through the lens of the Court’s vote dilution jurisprudence. He has often contributed to the New Republic, where he served as assistant literary editor before attending law school.

Driver graduated with a JD from Harvard Law School and was the articles editor and book reviews chair of the Harvard Law Review. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, Magdalen College and earned his Master’s degree in modern history. He also earned an MA in teaching from Duke University and a BA in public policy from Brown University. In addition to his clerkships with Justices Breyer and O’Connor, Driver clerked for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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Jennifer Laurin
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Laurin’s principal research interests lie at the intersection of criminal procedure and constitutional law, with particular concentration on the regulation of criminal justice institutions. As a litigation associate at the civil rights firm of Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, she represented victims of police and other official misconduct in cases across the country, with a primary focus on federal civil rights actions and wrongful conviction litigation. She was deeply involved in all stages of litigation in Rodriguez v. City of Houston, a federal civil rights claim involving false scientific evidence in a police crime laboratory, which recently resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff following a trial in Houston federal court.

Her work on Rodriguez v. City of Houston is highlighted in a recent essay in the Columbia Law Review Sidebar, which examines the regulatory potential for litigation of criminal procedure rights. Another paper, “Rights Translation & Remedial Disequilibriation in Constitutional Criminal Procedure,” is forthcoming in 2010, also in the Columbia Law Review.

Laurin has worked with the Innocence Project at the Cardozo School of Law and has designed and presented sessions on wrongful conviction litigation for clinical students associated with the Project. She has also worked with other criminal defense attorneys on high-profile federal cases.

Laurin earned a BA in politics from Earlham College and a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was executive articles editor of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She spent the last academic year as Law Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School.


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Ranjana Natarajan
Clinical Professor

Ranjana Natarajan directs the National Security Clinic, at which law students work on cases involving counter-terrorism law enforcement as well as military justice issues. Her teaching, litigation, and research interests center on detention based on national security concerns, terrorism financing, First and Fifth Amendment protections in the context of counterterrorism law enforcement, and international humanitarian law relating to the laws of armed conflict.

Before joining UT Law, she was a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, where her practice focused on national security and immigrant rights. Prior to that, she held a clinical fellowship with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, where she litigated workers’ rights and immigration cases in federal and administrative courts. Before that she served as a Kirkland and Ellis Fellow and staff attorney with South Brooklyn Legal Services, focusing on housing and disability rights issues.

Natarajan received a Lawyer of the Year Award from California Lawyer magazine in 2007 for her work on behalf of an asylum-seeker detained for six years on national security grounds by immigration authorities. She has received numerous honors from community-based organizations in Southern California for her work representing persons targeted by counter-terrorism investigations. From 2006 to 2008, Natarajan served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Network, a grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California. Natarajan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from Columbia Law School.


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Abraham Wickelgren
Bernard J. Ward Professor in Law

Abraham Wickelgren’s research uses economics to analyze legal issues, especially antitrust, contracts, and settlement bargaining. Recently, in a series of papers, he has been working on how to improve the enforcement of the antitrust laws. He comes to UT Law from Northwestern University, where he was an assistant professor. He previously taught at Duke University and the University of Texas, in the Economics Department. Before that he served at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics, in Washington, D.C., as a staff economist.

Wickelgren has two forthcoming book chapters on contract law and antitrust law, respectively: “Option Contracts,” in the Contract Law and Economics volume of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, and “Enforcement Issues in Antitrust” in the Research Handbook on the Economics of Antitrust Law. His forthcoming publications include: “A Right to Silence for Civil Defendants?”; “Credible Discovery, Settlement, and Negative Expected Value Suits,” (with Warren Schwartz); and “Chilling, Settlement, and the Accuracy of the Legal Process,” (with Ezra Friedman).

Wickelgren earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He has an AB in applied mathematics/economics from Harvard College.