Five new faculty join Vanderbilt Law School

Vanderbilt Law School Dean Edward L. Rubin has announced the appointment of five new members to Vanderbilt’s law faculty.

“I am very pleased to announce that five accomplished scholars who have also distinguished themselves as excellent teachers are joining our faculty this year,” Dean Rubin said. “We have added nationally renowned scholars in criminal law, international intellectual property law and state and federal conflicts as well as a rising young securities law scholar and an appellate law expert who will start a new appellate law clinic this coming spring. We were fortunate to recruit scholars and teachers of this caliber, and it’s a genuine pleasure to welcome them to Vanderbilt and to Nashville.”

New senior faculty appointments include Professors of Law Daniel Gervais, Robert Mikos and Christopher Slobogin. Amanda Rose has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law, and Alistair Newbern has been named Assistant Clinical Professor of Law.

Daniel Gervais comes to Vanderbilt Law School after serving as Acting Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa. Professor Gervais, who holds a doctorate from the University of Nantes, France, as well as an LL.M. from the University of Montreal and an LL.B. from McGill University, focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (GATT), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), CISAC and CCC before entering the academy. Professor Gervais practiced law in Montreal from 1985 to 1990, and then became a consultant and legal officer with the World Trade Organization, where he was actively involved in the TRIPS Agreement negotiations. He has also worked with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Dr. Gervais currently serves as a panelist (domain name) at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property.

Robert Mikos joins Vanderbilt’s faculty after serving on the law faculty at the University of California-Davis. Professor Mikos’ most recent scholarship examines interactions between federal law and state policy, including ways in which federal laws affect state criminal proceedings, state supervision of risky behavior, and state efforts to curb the discretion of state agents. Professor Mikos earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and then clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. At the University of California at Davis, he was twice nominated for the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He will teach federalism, constitutional law and federal criminal law.

Christopher Slobogin comes to Vanderbilt from the law faculty at the University of Florida, where he held the Stephen C. O’Connell Chair at the Fredric C. Levin School of Law. An expert in criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence law, Professor Slobogin has authored or co-authored more than 70 articles, books and chapters on these topics. His most recent book, Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, was released by the University of Chicago Press in 2007, and two books, Minding Justice: Laws that Deprive People with Mental Disability of Life and Liberty (Harvard University Press) and Proving the Unprovable: The Role of Law, Science and Speculation in Assessing Culpability and Dangerousness (Oxford University Press) were released in 2006. Professor Slobogin has also served as reporter for the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Law Enforcement and Technology and its Task Force on the Insanity Defense, as well as chair of the Florida Assessment Team for the ABA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. He helped draft standards dealing with mental disability and the death penalty that have been adopted by the ABA, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.

Amanda Rose, who has joined the law faculty as an assistant professor of law, focuses on corporate and securities law and commercial litigation. After graduating first in her law school class at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Rose clerked for the Honorable William Fletcher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then served as a litigation associate with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco for five years, where her practice included the defense of state regulatory proceedings, SEC enforcement actions, and state and federal class action and derivative litigation. During 2006-07, she was a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy and taught securities regulation as a lecturer.

Alistair Newbern, who joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty from the University of North Carolina School of Law, will begin an Appellate Litigation Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School in the spring of 2009 in which third-year law students will practice before the United States Courts of Appeals on behalf of clients who could not otherwise afford representation. Professor Newbern’s research focuses on access to the courts for underrepresented litigants. After earning her J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Newbern clerked for Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey, ’68, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for Judge Aleta A. Trauger, ’76, of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. In 2001, she won the American Bar Association’s Ross Award for best published comment. Before joining Vanderbilt, Professor Newbern directed the University of North Carolina’s Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. She also held a teaching fellowship in the Georgetown University Law Center Appellate Litigation Clinic and practiced in the Nashville office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein.

Founded in 1874, Vanderbilt Law School has trained excellent lawyers for careers throughout the nation and around the world. Located on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combined the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a rigorous academic program and a small, carefully selected student body of 630 students, in a vibrant, livable city.

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