Northwestern Law Welcomes New Faculty

September 13, 2012

New in 2012

Northwestern Law is pleased to welcome a trio of new professors who joined our faculty this fall: Erin Delaney, Joshua B. Fischman, and Nadav Shoked. Each brings a strong record of teaching and scholarship, and, collectively, their research blends the eclectic mix of empiricism and public law expertise that distinguishes the Northwestern Law faculty.

Erin Delaney
Assistant Professor of Law
Erin Delaney is an expert in comparative constitutional law and constitutional design; US constitutional law and federal courts; the institutional design of federal legal systems; and European Union law. Before joining the Northwestern Law faculty, she was an academic fellow and lecturer at Columbia Law School. Delaney clerked for Justice Guido Calabresi on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Souter on the US Supreme Court. View profile…

Joshua B. Fischman
Associate Professor of Law
Joshua Fischman specializes in law and economics, empirical methods, and judicial decision making. Fischman incorporates empirical research into his classroom curriculum, drawing from economics and political science and striking a balance between theory and practice. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.  He was previously an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and an assistant professor in the economics department at Tufts University. 

Nadav Shoked
Assistant Professor of Law
Navid Shoked is an emerging scholar of state and local government law, property, land use, and legal history. He was previously a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he taught American legal history, property, and housing law and policy. Shoked clerked for Justice Eliezer Rivlin of the Supreme Court of Israel. He also taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was an associate at the New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP. View profile…

New in 2013

Northwestern Law is also pleased to have two additional scholars joining the faculty in 2013. Jeffrey Sheffield will serve as a senior lecturer beginning in spring 2013, and Matthew Spitzer as professor of law in summer 2013.

Jeffrey Sheffield
Senior Lecturer (beginning Spring 2013)
A senior partner at Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago, Jeffrey Sheffield concentrates his practice in the areas of tax planning, mergers, acquisi­tions, and spinoffs, with a focus on complex tax planning for publicly traded companies and consolidated groups. He has written many articles on tax matters and speaks regularly at tax conferences throughout the United States.

Matthew Spitzer
Professor of Law (beginning Summer 2013)
Matthew 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. Among his publications are several articles relating to legal education and law school administration. A 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.

Visiting Faculty 2012–13

Northwestern Law also welcomes the following faculty who will be visiting during the 2012–13 academic year:

Sungjoon Cho, Visiting Professor (Spring 2013)
Sungjoon Cho is visiting from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he is the Professor of Law and Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar. He teaches courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, and comparative law. Before coming to the United States, Professor Cho represented the government of the Republic of Korea in negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Professor Cho currently serves as Advisor on International Affairs and Global Industrial Cooperation to the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

Elizabeth Glazer, Visiting Professor (Spring 2013)
Elizabeth M. Glazer joins the Law School from Hofstra University Law School where she is the co-director of the Hofstra LGBT Rights Fellowship. Her research examines the topic of exclusion in the First Amendment, antidiscrimination law, and property law. Recent work has focused on the legal treatment of sexual minorities—specifically, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and polyamorists—who do not fit precisely into antidiscrimination law’s established identity categories. Glazer's work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, among other journals.

Tara Leigh Grove, Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2012)
Tara Leigh Grove’s research interests include federal courts, constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and civil procedure. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and subsequently went on to clerk for Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then spent four years as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals. She is visiting from William and Mary Law School.

Emily Kadens, Visiting Professor (Fall 2012)
Emily Kadens specializes in European legal history and her current research focuses on the historical problem of how custom functioned as law, the history of bankruptcy, and early modern commercial law. She is visiting from the University of Texas at Austin where she is the Baker and Botts Professor in Law. Prior to her placement at Texas she clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Heidi Kitrosser, Visiting Professor (2012-13)
Heidi Kitrosser’s research centers on constitutional law, particularly free speech, separation of powers and government secrecy. She is visiting from the University of Minnesota, where she teaches constitutional law and First Amendment law. Her She has clerked for Judge William Rea on the District Court for the Central District of California and for Judge Judith Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Kurt Lash, Visiting Professor (Fall 2012)
Kurt Lash focuses his scholarship on constitutional law, theory, and history, and his work has appeared in some of the top law reviews in the United States. Counted as a leading scholar of constitutional law, he is visiting from the University Of Illinois College Of Law, where he is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law and directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law. His work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and his latest book "American Privileges and Immunities" will be published by Cambridge Press.

Pierre Legrand, Visiting Professor (Spring 2013)
Pierre Legrand acts as director of postgraduate studies in globalization and legal pluralism at the Sorbonne (Paris). He has taught and lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Brazil, Singapore and throughout Europe. He teaches and writes in comparative legal studies with reference to theoretical issues arising from comparative interventions.

Sheldon Lyke, Visiting Assistant Professor
Sheldon Bernard Lyke has served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology where he has taught a variety of courses including Race as Property, Contemporary Global Issues, Sexuality and Human Rights, and Contemporary Constitutional Issues. His current work examines race and sexuality as forms of property in the context of affirmative action and uses empirical methods and sociological theory to study the role of law and its institutions in the stratification of racial and sexual minorities within society.

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Visiting Assistant Professor
Mary-Hunter McDonnell's research interests lie at the intersection of law and corporate behavior, including corporate governance, the punishment of corporate transgressions, and the formal and informal mechanisms through which we attempt to regulate corporate behavior.

Len Riskin, Visiting Professor (Fall 2012)
Leonard L. Riskin’s work centers on mindsets with which lawyers and other dispute resolvers approach their work. Since 1980, he has been mediating, writing about mediation, and training lawyers and law students in mediation and other methods of dispute resolution. He is a visiting professor at Northwestern Law and the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College Of Law. He previously served as C.A. Leedy and Isidor Loeb Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he founded and, for 20 years, directed the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.

Cristina Tilley, Visiting Assistant Professor
Cristina Tilley is a former news reporter who focuses on media law issues. She has taught courses in media law and ethics at Northwestern and at DePaul University's College of Communications. As a member of the Appellate Group at Mayer Brown, she worked extensively on asbestos litigation, securities class action issues, and First Amendment matters. She clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.