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Five New Faculty Members to Join Georgetown Law

August 22, 2016 —

Professor Aderson Francois Professor Aderson Francois
Professor Erica Hashimoto Professor Erica Hashimoto
Professor David Hyman Professor David Hyman
Professor Sherally Munshi Professor Sherally Munshi
Professor Brian Wolfman Professor Brian Wolfman

Georgetown Law is pleased to announce the addition of five new full-time faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. They will strengthen the Law Center’s classrooms and clinics in a number of areas from racial justice to health care to appellate litigation.  

“Each of our new full-time professors is a remarkable addition to our faculty, and I look forward to the work that they will do as teachers and as scholars in the years ahead,” said Dean William M. Treanor. 

All of the new hires, he said, will help to advance important Law Center goals — which include an expanded racial justice curriculum, a deeper focus on health care and an even greater attention to experiential learning through the Law Center’s top-ranked clinical program. 

Aderson François will direct the Civil Rights Section of the Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation (IPR) as well as the Voting Rights Institute. He comes to Georgetown from Howard University School of Law, where he directed the civil rights clinic and did impact litigation involving racial justice. He previously served as the assistant director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. François has extensive federal trial and appellate litigation experience concerning equal protection in education, employment discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality and the right to a fair trial. He has provided pro bono death penalty representation to inmates before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, served as a special assistant with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and practiced commercial litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. François’s scholarly interests include voting rights, education law and the history of slavery and Reconstruction. He received his J.D. from New York University and clerked for the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Erica Hashimoto will co-teach the Appellate Litigation Clinic. She comes to Georgetown from the University of Georgia, where she was associate dean for clinical programs and experiential education and also taught criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, sentencing and more. At Georgia, she was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (the highest university-wide teaching honor), received the Allen Post Professorship, won the John O’Byrne Memorial Student Faculty Award and twice won the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. Hashimoto earned her A.B. in government with honors from Harvard and her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. She clerked for Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Hashimoto later joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Washington, D.C. 

David A. Hyman will teach first-year civil procedure, which he taught as a visiting professor at Georgetown Law in 2015. A doctor as well as a lawyer, Hyman served most recently as the Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois, where he directed the Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy. He focuses his research on the regulation and financing of health care and has taught insurance, medical malpractice, law and economics, professional responsibility and tax policy in addition to civil procedure. Hyman served as special counsel on the Federal Trade Commission, where he organized and led hearings on health care and competition — leading to the first joint report issued by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, “Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition.” Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, practicing tax litigation and health care law. He has been a visiting law professor at the University of Texas and George Washington University, a law professor at the University of Maryland and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Hyman earned his B.A., J.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. 

Sherally Munshi will teach a seminar on Racialization and American Law, emphasizing the role that histories of migration have played in processes of differentiation. She will also teach property, which she taught at Georgetown Law as a research fellow in 2014 and 2015. Munshi has worked as a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York, doing general commercial litigation with a focus on intellectual property and antitrust as well as pro bono representation in immigration and family law. She was also a pro bono attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition in D.C., where she represented Central American Youth seeking asylum. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Munshi was a Perkins/Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University. She holds a B.A. from Brown, a J.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Brian Wolfman will teach a new appellate litigation clinic at Georgetown Law. He headed the civil rights division of our Institute for Public Representation (IPR) clinic from 2009 to 2014 and most recently co-directed the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford. During his IPR years, Wolfman successfully led Georgetown Law students through federal trial and appellate litigation relating to civil rights and general public interest law. This included a wide range of plaintiffs’ employment-discrimination cases, both at the trial and appellate level, civil rights and open-government suits, and consumer-rights litigation. Prior to 2009, he spent nearly 20 years at Public Citizen Litigation Group, including five years as director. He has been lead and co-counsel in several dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases, argued six cases before that Court (winning five), and litigated dozens of other cases before federal and state courts. He directed Public Citizen’s Supreme Court Assistance Project, which helps “underdog” public interest clients litigate before the Supreme Court.

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