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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chicago Alumni (plus Bigelows and other Fellows) on the Teaching Market, 2012-13

MOVING TO FRONT

This post is strictly for schools doing hiring this year; it concerns our alumni and our Bigelow and other Fellows on the teaching market.  I am Chair of the Placement Committee at the Law School, and happy to supply more information, including confidential evaluations, on any of these candidates.  You can reach me at bleiter@uchicago.edu or at 773-702-0953.  You may also contact the recommenders listed below directly, of course, but I've talked to all the Chicago ones and may be able to save you some time (or point you to the recommenders who would be most helpful given your school's needs/interests).

Here are profiles of the alumni candidates who presently have recommenders at Chicago and with whom we have worked, and so about whom we have the most information.  (We have had to omit one very strong candidate working in international business transactions and international antitrust, among other areas, because her employer does not know she is on the market.  Feel free to contact me for more information.)  All these candidates have submitted materials to the FAR:

Karen Bradshaw Shulz '10 has research and teaching interests in environmental law, property, land use, natural resources, energy law, business associations, and real estate transactions.  She graduated with Honors from the Law School and was Comment Editor of the Law Review, and clerked for Judge Jolly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She also has an MBA and worked as a realtor before Law School.  Her publications appear in Notre Dame Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review, Utah Environmental Law Review and elsewhere.  She is presently a Fellow at NYU Law School.  Her Chicago recommenders include Omri Ben-Shahar, Lisa Bernstein, Richard Epstein, Geoffrey Stone, and Lior Strahilevitz.  Other references include Daniel Ernst at Georgetown.

Alicia Hilton '97 has research and teaching interests in all aspects of criminal law and procedure, as well as torts, art law, evidence, and trial advocacy.  Prior to law school, she worked for several years as an FBI agent, and since graduating, she has been a litigator with two leading law firms in New York and served as a VAP at DePaul and John Marshall.  Her publications appear in Villanova Law Review, Police, and elsewhere.  Her Chicago recommenders include Albert Alschuler and Kenneth Dam.  Other references include Professor Samuel Jones at John Marshall.

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz '07 has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (including patents), telecommunications law, regulated industries, payment systems, law & technology , contracts and property.  He has an M.A. in Economics from George Mason, and held the Olin Law & Economics Fellowship at the Law School.   He was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for several years, and is presently a Fellow at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition directed by Professor Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  His publications appear in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Journal of Law & Technology, DePaul Journal of Healthcare Law, and elsewhere.  His Chicago recommenders include Lisa Bernstein and Richard Epstein.  Other recommenders include Professor Yoo at Penn.

Rhett B. Larson '05 has research and teaching interests in administrative and environmental law, property, water law, energy and natural resources law, and trusts & estates.  He earned an M.Sc. from Oxford University in water science, policy and management, and practiced with Perkins Coie and Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix.  He is currently a VAP at Arizona State.  His publications appear in Utah Law Review, Journal of Water Law, Journal of International & Comparative Law, Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and elsewhere.  He also has strong teaching evaluations available from his time at ASU.  His Chicago references include Bernard Harcourt and Geoffrey Stone.  Other recommenders include Professors Dan Bodansky and Carissa Byrne Hessick at Arizona State, Professor A. Dan Tarlock at Chicago-Kent, and Professor Robert Hope in Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment.

Anne E. Mullins '04 has research and teaching interests in legal research and writing, trial advocacy, appellate practice, evidence, civil procedure, and alternative dispute resolution.  She graduated with Honors from the Law School and was a member of the Law Review.  She clerked for Chief Judge Vance on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and for Judge Wiener on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then was a litigator with Susman Godfrey for five years.  She is presently a VAP at the University of Oregon, where she has taught legal research and writing and received very good student evaluations.  Her Chicago recommenders include Gerald Rosenberg.  Her other recommenders include Professor Suzanne Rowe, the director of legal research  writing at the University of Oregon, and Judge Wiener.

Roger J. Perlstadt '02 has research and teaching interests in civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration), employment discrimination, contracts, conflicts, and federal courts.  He was a member of the Law Review at Chicago, and clerked for Judge Bucklo in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and then practiced for eight years with Miller Shakman, one of Chicago's top litigation firms.  He is currently a VAP at the University of Florida, where he has gotten quite good teaching evaluations.  His publications appear in American University Law Review and Akron Law Review.  His Chicago references include Eric Posner.  His other recommenders include Professors Jonathan Cohen and Sharon Rush at Florida, and Professor Frederick Vars at the University of Alabama.

David Schraub '11 has research and teaching interests in constitutional law (esp. antidiscrimination law), employment discriminiation, civil rights, federal courts, civil procedure, labor law, and law and religion.  He was Articles Editor of the Law Review and graduated with High Honors.  He was a VAP at the University of Illinois and is presently clerking for Judge Murphy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  His publications appear in California Law Review, Cardozo Law Review De Novo, and elsewhere.  His Chicago references include Lisa Bernstein, Martha Nussbaum, and David Strauss.  His other recommenders include, at Illinois, Professors Daniel Hamilton and Kurt Lash.

Sherod Thaxton '08 has research and teaching interests in criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice administration, juvenile law, evidence, and law and social science.  At the Law School, he was a member of the Law Review and an Olin Fellow.  He also earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University under the direction of leading criminologist Robert Agnew.   His scholarly work on the criminal justice system (esp. capital punishment) is complemented by five years of experience as a principal investigator for the Public Defender in Atlanta prior to law school, and then three years as an attorney for the Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of California, where he was a member of the Capital Habeas Unit.  He is presently the inaugural Earl B. Dickerson Fellow back at Chicago.  His many authored and co-authored articles appear in University of Chicago Law Review, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, and elsewhere.  His Chicago references include Bernard Harcourt and Thomas Miles.  Other recommenders include, from Emory, Professor Agnew, and, from Yale, Stephen Bright and Tracey Meares.

Joshua G. Urquhart '01 has research and teaching interests in state and local government law, civil procedure, administrative law, health law, alternative dispute resolution, federal courts, and contracts.  He spent almost seven years in private practice (first with Sidley Austin in Chicago, then with the firm now known as Hale Westfall in Denver), before spending four years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado.  He is presently clerking for Chief Judge Simon on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.  He recently published the lead article in volume 12 of the Nevada Law Journal and has a forthcoming article in Fordham Law Review.  His Chicago references include William Hubbard and David Strauss.  His other recommenders include Professor Michael Solimine at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Stephen C. Yelderman '10 has research and teaching interests in intellectual property (including patents), property, antitrust, bankruptcy, trusts & estates, and local government law.  He graduated with High Honors and was a member of the Law Review and held an Olin Fellowship while in Law School.  He also earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and worked as a patent analyst and patent agent prior to Law School.  He clerked for Judge Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and is presently an Honor Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He recently published an article on the intersection of patent law and antitrust in the Texas Intellectual Property Journal.   His Chicago recommenders include Richard Epstein and Lee Fennell.  Other references include Professor Daniel Crane at the University of Michigan Law School.

Here are the Bigelow and other Fellows on the teaching market from Chicago this year:

Anya Bernstein is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  She has research and teaching interests in administrative law, federal courts, immigration, legislation, law and society, and comparative law.  She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007 and a J.D. from Yale in 2010.  She clerked for Judge Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before coming to Chicago.  Her publications appear in Indiana Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry and elsewhere.  Her Chicago recommenders include Aziz Huq, Jonathan Masur, and Lior Strahilevitz, as well as distinguished Chicago anthropologist Susan Gal.  Her Yale references include Professors William Eskridge, Jr. and Jerry Mashaw, as well as Judge Calabresi.

Alexander Boni-Saenz is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He has research and teaching interests in family law, property, trusts & estates, health law, and elder law.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2008, and clerked for Judge Wood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He was then a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he created the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors, and also represented low-income clients in immigration, consumer, family law, and other matters.  Prior to law school, he earned an M.Sc. in Social Policy & Planning at the London School of Economics and was a Research Associate at the Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society at Northwestern University.  His publications appear in Brooklyn Law Review, Journal of Pain & Symptom Manaagement, Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, and elsewhere.  His Chicago recommenders include Mary Anne Case, Lee Fennell, Jonathan Masur, and Martha Nussbaum, as well as Judge Wood.  His other references include Dean Martha Minow and Professor Todd Rakoff at Harvard.

Jennifer Nou is the Public Law Fellow at the Law School.  She has research and teaching interests in administrative law, legislation and statutory interpretation, election law, and torts.  She received her J.D. from Yale in 2008, where she served on the Yale Law Journal and was a Coker Fellow.  She clerked for Judge Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Associate Justice Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.  She then worked in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C., where she was a Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the former Administrator of the Office, Cass Sunstein.  Prior to law school, she earned an M.Phil. in Politics at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.  Her publications appear in Northwestern University Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies and Harvard Law Review.  Her recommenders include Aziz Huq, Jonathan Masur and Judge Posner at Chicago; Bruce Ackerman, Jack Balkin, Heather Gerken, Jerry Mashaw and Susan Rose-Ackerman at Yale; and Professor Sunstein at Harvard.

Victoria Schwartz is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  She has research and teaching interests in contracts, employment law and employment discrimination, corporate law and governance, and privacy law.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2007, clerked for Judge Bybee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was a commercial litigator with O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles for three years before coming to Chicago.  Her publications appear in Florida State University Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review and elsewhere.  Her Chicago recommenders include Lee Fennell, Jonathan Masur, Thomas Miles, and Lior Strahilevitz.  Other references include Professors Richard Fallon at Harvard, Christine Jolls at Yale, and Frederick Schauer at Virginia.

Finally, if you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here.  You can also see a list of past Bigelows and where they now teach here.

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