Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          Academic Chairs Awarded to Four Faculty Members

          UC Hastings is pleased to announce Professors Field, Keitner, Reiss, and Short have all been appointed to new or existing faculty Chairs.
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          Endowed Chairs represent the nexus between high caliber professors and the generosity of an alumni base that values the teaching, scholarship, and service of faculty members.

          Professors Chimène Keitner and Dorit Rubinstein Reiss have been appointed to Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs, effective July 1, 2015, for Professor Keitner and July 1, 2016, for Professor Reiss. Associate Academic Dean and Professor Heather M. Field will become the inaugural Eucalyptus Foundation Endowed Chair, vacating her current position as the Bion Gregory Chair in Business Law. Professor Jodi Short will become the second faculty member to hold the Bion Gregory Chair.

          The appointments were made by Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, with advice and counsel from Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman and Associate Dean for Research Reuel Schiller.

          “During Dean Wu’s leadership, UC Hastings has increased the number and funding of the Hastings Research Chairs and has secured gifts for establishing new chairs like the Bion Gregory and Eucalyptus,” says Dean Schiller. “These awards are a public recognition of the rigorous academic scholarship, teaching, and leadership for which our professors are so well known throughout the legal academy.”

          “We are grateful to have such devoted alumni and other friends of UC Hastings, dedicated to our efforts to support, recruit, and retain a world-class faculty,” adds Dean Wu. 

          Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs Chimène Keitner and Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

          Chimene KeitnerProfessor Chimène Keitner is an expert in international law, international dispute resolution, and the intersection of these areas with domestic litigation. She is the author of a book, The Paradoxes of Nationalism, and dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on questions surrounding the relationship among law, communities, and borders. She is on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser on the ALI's Fourth Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. 

          Dorit Rubinstein ReissProfessor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss is an expert in tort law and administrative law. Her research examines the accountability of agencies at the state, national, and international level. Recently, she has focused her research and scholarship on legal issues related to vaccines, including exemption laws and tort liability related to non-vaccination, and is widely considered the nation’s leading expert on the intersection of torts and vaccine law.

          The Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs are for a two-year term and include an honorarium. Currently, two other professors are beginning the second year of their terms: Professors Ben Depoorter and Scott Dodson were awarded the Hastings Research Chair last year. 

          Established by the Harry & Lillian Hastings Foundation, these research chairs rotate among the faculty and are awarded to scholars whose research, teaching, and scholarship reflect the high standards of UC Hastings. Previous recipients include Professors Hadar Aviram, Jo Carrillo, John Diamond, David Faigman, Evan Lee, Joel Paul, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, and Jodi Short.

          Bion Gregory Chair in Business Law 

          Jodi ShortCreated in 2012 to honor the memory of Bion Gregory ’68, Professor Jodi Short will become the Bion Gregory Chair in Business Law effective July 1, 2015. Her appointment is for a two-year term and is accompanied by an honorarium.

          Professor Short’s research focuses on the regulation of business, in particular, the intersection of public and private regulatory regimes and the theory and practice of regulatory reform. Her prior work has examined the effects of corporate internal compliance auditing on regulatory performance, theoretical justifications for and critiques of public regulation, and tensions in the U.S. administrative state between cooperation and coercion, expertise and politics, and public and private interests.

          Eucalyptus Foundation Endowed Chair 

          Heather M. FieldAssociate Academic Dean Heather M. Field will become the inaugural holder of the Eucalyptus Foundation Chair effective July 1, 2015. The Chair, which is for a five-year term and is accompanied by an honorarium, recognizes a mid-level faculty member’s excellence in scholarship, teaching, and institutional service and leadership.

          “Dean Field exemplifies the very best of what it means to be a UC Hastings faculty member,” remarks Academic Dean Elizabeth Hillman. “She is a nationally recognized scholar, a teacher beloved by her students, and one of the leaders of the UC Hastings administration. I cannot imagine a more worthy inaugural holder of the Eucalyptus Foundation Endowed Chair.” 

          Dean Field teaches courses in taxation, and her research interests include tax elections, the role of choice in the tax law, and the effect of tax law on businesses and on business transactions. She will step down from the Bion Gregory Chair, which she currently holds, in order to accept the Eucalyptus Foundation Chair.

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