In baseball games and faculty hiring, going three-for-three is a good thing. Over the last several months, the Law Center aggressively pursued three top candidates for open positions on our faculty. All three have accepted our offers – and rejected offers from other schools. We have added a trio of remarkably talented young law professors who are equal to or superior to the new hires by any other school this year.
First up is Gavin Clarkson, who holds both a J.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Gavin joins us from the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he taught courses in intellectual property, American Indian law and the information college. He is a gifted lawyer and an accomplished scholar in other fields. He holds a number of grants from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, and his long list of published works emphasizes his standing as one of the premier scholars on legal issues involving Native Americans and other matters. Gavin told me he was especially intrigued about continuing his American Indian law studies and participating in our nationally ranked Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law.
Brigham Daniels joins us from Duke University, where he headed a statewide climate policy project for the Nicholas Institute and pursued a Ph.D. from the School of the Environment (to go along with his J.D. from Stanford). Brigham’s areas of study include environmental and natural resources law and policy, legal ethics and the genesis of political outcomes that ultimately affect the environment. Brigham instantly augments our newly launched EENR Center under the direction of Professor Victor Flatt.
Jim Hawkins earned his J.D. as a Grand Chancellor (highest G.P.A. after two years) from the University of Texas in 2006 – and the first works by this newly minted scholar have already been published in respected law reviews at William and Mary, UCLA and Berkeley. Jim joins us from Fulbright & Jaworski and is certain to play a pivotal role in our commercial law program and our Center for Consumer Law.
Opening day for our new professors will be the start of the Fall 2008 semester. They will join the two faculty we hired last year: Barbara Evans and Julie Hill. Overall, in two years we have added two people with Ph.D.s from leading schools in addition to J.D.’s; one who will shortly have his Ph.D. to add to a J.D.; and two people who graduated at the top of their J.D. classes, clerked at courts of appeals, and served as associates at the major law firms of Fulbright and Skadden Arps.
The excellence of our newest recruits underscores the positive direction in which our school is heading, and we will reap the dividends of their remarkable talents for years to come.
On behalf of our faculty, students and staff, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the new faculty to the Law Center.