Former USC Law Dean/Current Texas Professor Re-Joins Northwestern Law Faculty

July 04, 2012

Matthew L. Spitzer, the Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas School of Law, will join the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law as a tenured professor next summer (2013). 
Formerly serving as dean of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law from 2000 to 2006, Spitzer began his academic career here at Northwestern Law as an assistant professor and is remembered fondly by a number of distinguished faculty members as a valuable colleague. He left Northwestern in 1981 for the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, his alma mater. 
“Matt is a seasoned, world-class teacher and scholar.  He has brought his unique, considerable skills to bear on a great number of central issues in law, regulation, and political economy,” said Daniel B. Rodriguez, dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.  “And, to top it all off,” Rodriguez remarked, “he is a wonderful colleague, savvy institutional citizen, and good friend.”
In addition to his law degree, Spitzer holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was an early pioneer in the application of social science to law. He has been on both the business and law faculties at the University of Texas since July 2010.  
Spitzer is an expert in law and economics, broadcast regulation, and communications and mass media law. He has taught administrative law, broadcast regulation, and economic analysis of law. Spitzer is the author of several scholarly articles and publications and has published several articles relating to legal education and law school administration.
“I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of one of the finest law schools in North America,” Spitzer said. “The energy, insight and creativity of the faculty, students and alumni of the Northwestern University School of Law is unsurpassed. And because of the extremely high quality of Northwestern University, the setting at the waterfront in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, and the resources available to improve the law school even further, the future looks very, very good. I am truly excited to be a part of it.”