Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Another tight year on the academic law market, though my guess is that when the final numbers are in, there will turn out to be 80 or so new hires, compared to 65 (roughly) each of the last two years (but still way down from the 150-175 pre-recession). Once again, our alumni and Bigelows did gratifyingly well. (As in prior years, all our Bigelows secured tenure-track offers, though two of them (one also an alumna) had to turn down the positions for personal reasons.) Here are the Chicago candidates--alums and Bigelows--who have accepted tenure-track jobs for the fall; they are:
Aditya Bamzai ’04 who will join the faculty at the University of Virginia. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, spent two years in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Justice Department, and then clerked for Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. for five years, three of them as a partner. He is presently Counsel in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. His research and teaching areas include federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, property, and national security law.
Paul Crane who will join the faculty at the University of Richmond. He is presently a a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia in 2007; he also earned an M.A. in History at Virginia. He clerked for Judge Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Chief Justice Roberts on the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the U.S., as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., and as an associate in the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice Group at Latham & Watkins, also in D.C., before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research areas include criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and constitutional law.
Ryan D. Doerfler who will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He is presently a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy, also from Harvard, in 2011. He clerked for Chief Judge Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston during 2013-14, before coming to Chicago. His teaching and research interests include legislation, administrative law, federal courts, jurisprudence, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and race.
Cathy Hwang '10 who will join the faculty at the University of Utah. At the Law School, she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law and Co-President of the China Law Society. She was an M&A associate with Skadden Arps in New York for three years, before becoming an Academic Fellow in the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. Her research and teaching areas inclue business associations, contracts, securities regulation, mergers & acquisition, commercial law, and international business transactions.
Matthew B. Kugler '15 who will join the faculty at Northwestern University. He graduated with Highest Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and both a Rubenstein Scholar and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He also has a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University. He is presently clerking for Judge Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His teaching and research areas include intellectual property, privacy, property, criminal procedure, and law & psychology.
Seth C. Oranburg ’11 who will join the faculty at Duquesne University. He graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from the Law School, where he was also a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He worked as an antitrust associate for one year with Cadwalader in Washington, D.C., before becoming a corporate associate at Fenwick LLP in Silicon Valley, where he worked extensively on venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and other finance issues with the high tech and computer industries. He has been a VAP at both Florida State University and Chicago-Kent College of Law. His teaching and research interests include business associations, contracts, commercial law, entrepreneurship, securities regulation, corporate finance, and financial institutions.
William Ortman ’06 who will join the faculty at Wayne State University. He graduated with Highest Honors from the Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Tatel on the D.C. Circuit, and then practiced criminal defense and commercial litigation in his native Iowa for six years, finishing as a partner with Weinhardt & Logan in Des Moines. He is presently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. His teaching and research interests include administrative law, legislation, civil and criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, federal courts, and conflicts.
Vanessa Casado Perez LLM ’09 who will join the faculty at Texas A&M University. She earned undergraduate degrees in law and in economics from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, before taking her LLM at Chicago and an SJD at New York University School of Law. Most recently, she was a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School. While in the U.S., she has advised Spanish law firms on issues of environmental and natural resources law. Her research and teaching interests include environmental law, water law, natural resouces, and property.
Aaron Simowitz ’06 who will join the faculty at Willamette University. He graduated with Honors from the Law School, where he was the Book Reviews Editor and Business Manager of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was a litigator for four years with Gibson Dunn in New York, where he worked extensively on international commercial disputes. He has been an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU Law School and a Lecturer at Columbia Law School (teaching Transnational Litigation and Arbitration) and a Fellow at NYU. His research and teaching interests include international business transactions, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure, conflicts, and contracts.
One additional graduate has a tenure-track offer, but has not yet decided whether to accept it. I will update this post when a decision is made.
If you're curious, you can read about some of our recent placements in law teaching here, here, here, here and here, and see a more comprehensive listing here. You can see a comprehensive list of past Bigelows and where they now are here.