Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Congratulations to the Chicago Alumni Who Accepted Tenure-Track Positions for Next Year


Congratulations to the following University of Chicago alumni who were on the very difficult teaching market this year and who have now accepted tenure-track positions for 2011-12:

Samuel Bray '05, who will join the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He clerked for (then) Judge McConnell on the 10th Circuit, practiced with Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C., was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and is the current Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School.   He specializes in remedies, constitutional law, and property.

Anthony Casey '02, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for then-Chief Judge Flaum on the 7th Circuit and was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, before becoming a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School.  He specializes in commercial law, corporate law, and bankruptcy.

William Hubbard '00, who will join the faculty at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Higginbotham on the 5th Circuit and practiced commercial law and appellate litigation for five years with Mayer Brown in Chicago, before entering the PhD program in Economics at the University of Chicago.  He is currently a Kauffman Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Chicago.  He specializes in law and economics, empirical legal studies, civil procedure, and labor and education economics.

Anthony Johnstone '99, who will join the faculty at the University of Montana.  He clerked for Judge Thomas on the 9th Circuit in Billings and practiced with Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York, before becoming Assistant Attorney General of Montana in 2004, and then State Solicitor.  He specializes in constitutional law, state and local government law, legislation, and election law.

Jason Rantanen '03, who will join the faculty at the University of Iowa.  He clerked for Judge Bryson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and litigated patents at Monger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, before taking up a position as Visiting Researcher at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  He also holds an M.A. in History from Chicago.  He specializes in intellectual property and patents.

Shine Tu '08, who will join the faculty at West Virginia University.  He is currently an associate with Foley & Lardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced intellectual property and patent law.  Prior to law school, he earned a PhD in pharmacology and cell biology at Cornell University.  He specializes in patents and intellectual property. 

In addition, five other alumni (or soon-to-be alumni!) have taken VAP/Fellowship positions (not all of them were on the teaching market this year):

Karen M. Bradshaw '10 has accepted the Koch-Searle Fellowship for 2011-13 at New York University.  She is presently clerking for Judge Jolly on the 5th Circuit.  She also has an M.B.A. from California State University, Chico.  She specializes in private law, with a focus on norms, propert, and environmental issues.

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz '07 has accepted a Fellowship for 2011-13 at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School directed by Professor Christopher Yoo.  He has been a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University this Spring.  He specializes in antitrust, intellectual property, and regulated industries.

Rhett Larson '05 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 at Arizona State University.   He practiced environmental and natural resources law in Phoenix, and is completing an M.Sc. in Water Science, Policy & Management at Oxford University.  He specializes in environmental and natural resources law.

Roger Perlstadt '02 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  He clerked for Judge Bucklo in the Northern District of Illinois, and has been a commercial litigator in Chicago.  He specializes in civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, contracts, and employment discrimination.

David Schraub '11 has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2011-12 at the University of Illinois College of Law.  He will then clerk for Judge Murphy on the 8th Circuit in 2012-13.  He specializes in antidiscrimination law and constitutional law and theory.

Aaron Simowitz '07 has accepted an Acting Assistant Professorship for 2011-13 in the Lawyering Program at New York University.  He clerked for Judge Smith on the 3rd Circuit, and has been a litigator with Gibson Dunn in New York City.  He specializes in criminal law, immigration law, constitutional law, and property.

Again, congratulations to them all!

ADDENDUM:  For those interested in trends in law school hiring over a longer period of time, do see this recent study.

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