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Unprecedented Opportunities Draw Top Talent to Moritz

This unprecedented opportunity to expand the faculty has improved the College's student-faculty ratio, enriched curricular offerings, and positively impacted faculty scholarship.

Dale Oesterle will be the first holder of the J. Gilbert Reese Chair in Contract Law. He is leaving an endowed position and directorship of a center on entrepreneurial law at the University of Colorado School of Law. A graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Professor Oesterle is a nationally-recognized corporate law scholar with broad interests. He has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and has authored a leading casebook on that subject. He practiced law and served as a federal law clerk before beginning teaching at Cornell Law School, where he taught for 13 years before moving to Colorado.

Ellen DeasonEllen Deason (pictured left) will leave the University of Illinois law faculty to join the Ohio State faculty in the fields of comparative dispute resolution and civil process. Professor Deason was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review and served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and in the U.S.-Iran War Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

She also practiced in the field of corporate law. Her publications in dispute resolution provide strong background for her leadership in building the new field of comparative dispute resolution, one that will seek constructive insights into the institutionalization of methods to resolve community-wide conflicts involving race, ethnicity, religion, and policy.

Larry GarvinLarry Garvin (pictured right), a rising star in the commercial law field, will join the College from Florida State University. A Yale Law graduate, Professor Garvin served as a federal law clerk and practiced law prior to teaching. His groundbreaking work in a number of commercial law subjects has been published in a variety of leading law journals. He is also the co-author of a new casebook on law and entrepreneurial finance.

Peter ShanePeter Shane (pictured left) will be the Joseph S. Platt/Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science, leaving Carnegie Mellon University this summer. A Yale Law graduate, Professor Shane is one of the nation's leading scholars in the fields of administrative law and executive power, and is a co-author of the leading casebook in both fields.

As a professor, he has been a faculty member at the University of Iowa law school and dean at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. In addition to his outstanding teaching and scholarship, Professor Shane will bring a National Science Foundation grant for an interdisciplinary study related to cyberspace and democracy, and strong leadership in interdisciplinary scholarship.

Ric SimmonsRic Simmons (pictured right) will join the college as an assistant professor of law, teaching evidence and criminal litigation in the College's clinical program. Following his graduation from Columbia Law School, Professor Simmons clerked for Federal District Judge Laughlin E. Waters in Los Angeles and then spent four years as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's Office. For the past three years, he has been acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law, where he was outstandingly successful teaching in their lawyering skills program and authored significant articles on criminal procedure that have been excerpted in leading casebooks.

Dan TokajiDan Tokaji (pictured left) will join the faculty as an assistant professor of law, with an expertise in civil litigation and constitutional/civil rights issues. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of Yale Law School, Professor Tokaji served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then spent eight years litigating with the ACLU in California. While maintaining this demanding practice, he wrote three law review articles that were published in some of the nation's leading law journals.

Summing up this extraordinary hiring season, Dean Rogers concludes, "We are fortunate to have attracted and retained gifted scholars who can inspire our students through a lifetime pursuit of excellence and determination to make a positive difference."