Seven Professors Join HLS Faculty with the Arrival of the 2011-2012 Academic Year

We are proud to welcome the following seven professors who are joining the faculty with the arrival of the 2011-2012 academic year.  

 Mihir Desai has accepted our invitation to join us in addition to his ongoing roles as Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, and Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School. Although he is not teaching in the coming year at HLS, we hope to see him at workshops and otherwise involve him in the life of the school, the joint degree program, and other activities.  He was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems here at HLS in 2009. He has been on the faculty at HBS since 1998, and also holds his Ph.D. and his M.B.A. from Harvard. Mihir is an expert in tax policy and specifically on the appropriate design of tax policy in global settings.  His scholarship investigates the links between corporate governance and taxation, the globalization of firm activities, and empirical effects of tax and economic policies.  

Announcement and further descriptions: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/05/17_desai-accepts-joint-hbs-hls-professorship.html
http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=859
  

 

 

 Jake Gersen visited here in the spring of 2009, when he served as Samuel Williston Visiting Assistant Professor of Law.  He joins us now as Professor of Law.  Jake started his career as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2005, where he graduated from law school the previous year.  Jake completed his Ph.D. in Political Science from Chicago in 2001, and is also a 1996 graduate of Brown University. He was granted tenure at Chicago in 2010.  Jake clerked for Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2004-05.   His scholarship is in both administrative law and public law, and his current work is on agency spending and political control of bureaucracy; the implications of election timing for public policy; and the administrative law of money.  

Announcement and further descriptions: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/03/16_jacob-gersen-will-join-hls-faculty.html 
http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=805
  

 

 

 Nancy Gertner starts in September as Professor of Practice; at that time, she will be retiring from the federal bench where she has served as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts since 1994.  Prior to that, she was a leading criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist, first at Silverglate & Gertner and later at Dwyer, Collora & Gertner. In addition to authoring many leading legal opinions as a judge, on matters ranging from constitutional law to employment law to trademark law to class actions to criminal law and sentencing, Judge Gertner has also written and taught throughout her legal career.  Among her publications are a treatise, The Law of Juries, and many publications on sentencing under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  Her new book, In Defense of Women, is a vivid and engaging autobiography.  She served as a Lecturer on Law at HLS most recently during the Winter Term of 2011, teaching Sentencing, and previously served as a visiting professor here in the 1985-86 academic year, when she taught Evidence.  She has also taught at a variety of other schools, including for the last decade at Yale Law School.  She received her J.D. and M.A. from Yale, and her B.A. from Barnard. She clerked for Chief Judge Luther Swygert of the Seventh Circuit after law school.  

Announcement and further descriptions: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/02/4_practice.html http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=953
  

 

 

 Vicki Jackson is the first HLS Professor to hold the Thurgood Marshall Professorship of Constitutional Law at HLS, having already served with that as her visiting title this past year.  She earlier visited HLS in spring 2008 as the Felix Frankfurter Visiting Professor of Law.  Vicki was most recently Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she has been since 1985, writing and teaching courses on constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, gender equality, federal courts, and the Supreme Court.  She has also served as a partner at the firm of Rogovin, Huge & Lenzner in Washington, D.C.; as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice; and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, as well as to Judge Murray Gurfein of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to Judge Morris Lasker of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.  She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.  Vicki will be arriving in Cambridge at the end of July.  

Announcement and further descriptions:
http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/06/13_vicki-c-jackson.html  http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=731
  

 

 

 Richard Lazarus joins us as the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at HLS.  He was a visiting professor of law at HLS in 2002 and again in 2008-09, when he was the Austin Wakeman Scott Visiting Professor of Law.  He joins us from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law and faculty co-director of their Supreme Court Institute.  Richard teaches and writes in environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts.  He has been at Georgetown since 1996.  He previously served as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States.  He has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in nearly 40 cases and has presented oral argument in more than a dozen of those cases.  He also recently served as executive director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, appointed by President Obama to investigate the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  He is a graduate of HLS, and holds his B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois.  He also was a student here in Cambridge at MIT, studying economics with Nobel Laureate Robert Solow (and was on the varsity tennis team!).  Our announcement and more information about Richard are available here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/04/20_richard-j-lazarus-appointed-professor.html http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=811
  

 

 

 Stephen Shay has already joined us as Professor of Practice during the late spring.  Before that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury since 2009.  Before that post, Stephen was at Ropes & Gray for 22 years, where he developed extensive tax counseling experience advising multinational companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, global institutional investors, and foreign governments on cross-border taxation matters and transfer pricing.  While in private practice, in addition to teaching as a Lecturer on Law at HLS many times, he continued to publish regularly, writing scholarly and practice articles relating to international taxation, and testified for law reform before Congressional tax-writing committees.  He started his career at the Treasury Department, as International Tax Counsel for five years. He holds his J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia University, and has his B.A. from Wesleyan.  

Announcement and further descriptions: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/02/4_practice.html http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=543.  
  

 

 

 Holger Spamann joins us as Assistant Professor of Law, coming full-time to campus in January. He received his LL.M. from HLS in 2001 and his S.J.D. also from HLS in 2009.  He also served as co-executive director of the Program on Corporate Governance at HLS, and was also a Lecturer on Law here in 2009, co-teaching with Professor Lucian Bebchuk.  He writes and teaches in a variety of areas including comparative corporate governance, corporate law theory, law and economics, and the diffusion of legal systems across borders.  He practiced as a private equity mergers and acquisitions associate at Debevoise and Plimpton in New York after completing his LL.M.  In addition to his HLS degrees, he has an A.M. in economics from Harvard and is completing his Ph.D.  He also holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and law degrees from the University of Paris and the University of Hamburg.

Announcement and further descriptions: http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2011/04/21_holger-spamann.html http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=895
   
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