Georgetown Law Welcomes Visiting Professors

August 18, 2014 — Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the addition of 10 new visiting faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Peter Brooks Peter Brooks
Anne-Marie Carstens Anne-Marie Carstens
Sheila Foster Sheila Foster
Michelle Harner Michelle Harner
Jennifer Hillman Jennifer Hillman
Robin Lenhardt Robin Lenhardt
Joost Pauwelyn Joost Pauwelyn
David Schizer David Schizer
Brad Snyder Brad Snyder
George Yin George Yin

“We are delighted to welcome these 10 remarkable faculty members to the Law Center,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “Their wide-ranging expertise, public service, scholarly achievements and teaching experience will benefit our students and our community immeasurably."

Peter Brooks, who will teach Law’s Stories: Narrative, Rhetoric and the Legal Case Seminar, is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar in the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2008 after many decades of teaching at Yale, where he was the Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature. He has published on narrative and narrative theory, on the 19th and 20th century novel, mainly French and English, and more recently, on the interrelations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of Identity (2011), Henry James Goes to Paris (2007), Realist Vision (2005), Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature (2000), Psychoanalysis and Storytelling (1994), Body Work (1993), Reading for the Plot (1984), The Melodramatic Imagination (1976) and The Novel of Worldliness (1969), and two novels. He also co-edited Whose Freud? (2000) and Law’s Stories (1996). His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Time Literary Supplement, The Nation, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review and elsewhere. 

Brooks has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, University of Texas, University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna, Georgetown Law and Boston University Law School. He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, Eastman Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of Balliol College. He was University Professor at the University of Virginia, teaching in the English department and the law school. He was also the founding director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. Brooks obtained both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. 

Anne-Marie Carstens, who will teach Property and an Art, Artifacts and Cultural Property Seminar, joins Georgetown Law from the U.S. Department of State, where she served as a research historian and Franklin Fellow in the Office of the Historian. Her teaching and research interests cover the intersections of public international law, cultural property law and international intellectual property law. Before joining the Department of State, Carstens completed her DPhil in Law at Oxford University on the protection of cultural property in the law of armed conflict, which was based on extensive archival and other historical research conducted in the United States and Europe, and was Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School. She also taught International Intellectual Property in Georgetown Law’s London summer law program and taught intellectual property and cultural property law courses for another London-based law program. 

Carstens has contributed to a variety of academic journals, including the British Year Book of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Transnational Dispute Management and Art Antiquity and Law. After law school, she practiced with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington and London, and she clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She earned a B.A. and M.T. from the University of Virginia.  

Sheila Foster, who will teach Land Use Law and an Environmental Justice Seminar: Law, Theory and Practice, is the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law and co-director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School, where she served as associate dean and then vice dean from 2008 to 2014. At Fordham, she teaches courses in tort law, environmental law, environmental justice, land use law and antidiscrimination law. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a professor of law at Rutgers University-Camden from 1994 to 2001. After law school, Foster worked for two years in the San Francisco office of Morrison and Foerster. She then spent four years as a lecturer and coordinator of academic support at the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law and anti-discrimination law. She is the co-author of a groundbreaking casebook, Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary. Her early work was dedicated to exploring the intersection of civil rights and environmental law, in a field called environmental justice. She is the co-author of From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement and co-editor of the 2nd edition of The Law of Environmental Justice. Her most recent work explores the legal and theoretical frameworks in which land use decisions are made. Foster received a B.A. in English with honors from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Michelle Harner, who will teach Corporate Finance, joined the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law faculty in 2009. At Maryland, she teaches courses in Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Business Associations, Business Planning, Corporate Finance and Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, where she also served as associate dean for academic programs, she served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law, where she was twice voted professor of the year. Harner is widely published and lectures frequently on various topics involving corporate governance, financially distressed entities and related legal issues. Her scholarship has been cited by numerous courts, and her current research interests include shareholder and creditor activism and its impact on enterprise value; legislative responses to serial business failures and related implications for discrete industries; and the ethical implications of insolvency for directors, officers and other fiduciaries.

Harner was previously in private practice in the business restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy and related transactional fields, most recently as a partner in the Chicago office of Jones Day. Before joining the firm in 1996, she served as law clerk to Judge William T. Bodoh of the U.S. Bankrupcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She is an honors graduate of Boston College and was valedictorian of her class at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was executive editor of the school’s law journal. 

Jennifer Hillman, who will teach the courses International Law I and International Law II: International Trade and Business Law, has had a distinguished career in public service both nationally and internationally. Most recently, she served as one of seven judges from around the world on the WTO’s highest court, its Appellate Body, where she helped adjudicate 20 disputes involving a wide variety of legal obligations ranging from claims arising from subsidies to Airbus, Boeing and United States cotton producers to regulations over trade in agriculture products, antidumping disputes and claims regarding the nature and extent of China’s WTO accession commitments. Hillman also has in-depth experience adjudicating antidumping, countervailing duty, patent and safeguards cases, having served as a commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission. 

Through her work as the general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Hillman was integrally involved in all litigation matters in which the United States was a party or third party in disputes before panels of the NAFTA or the WTO. She was also able to reach mutually acceptable agreements with over 45 countries while serving as the United States Trade Representative’s ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. She began her public service working in the United States Senate on numerous pieces of legislation relating to banking, securities, financial services, investment, housing and international trade. Hillman currently serves as a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States and with the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent. She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.Ed. and B.A. magna cum laude from Duke University.

Robin Lenhardt, who will teach a Family Law Seminar: Race, Sex and Love and Family Law I: Marriage and Divorce, joined the Fordham Law faculty in 2004. At Fordham, she teaches Family Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and advanced seminars on issues of race, equality and family. She has visited at the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School. A leading scholar on race and family, her research addresses questions of race, family and the structural barriers to full citizenship and belonging. Her work has been published in numerous legal journals. 

After law school, Lenhardt clerked for Judge Hugh Bownes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. She received a Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work as a civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and she also served as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. Later, Lenhardt joined Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where she held the position of counsel and was a member of the litigation team that defended the University of Michigan in the Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger affirmative action cases. She is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Georgetown Law, where she received an LL.M., and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she earned an M.P.A.  

Joost Pauwelyn, who will teach International Trade Law and lead a practicum in International Trade and Investment Law, specializes in international economic law, in particular the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and foreign investment law. Since 2007 he has been a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration. Pauwelyn has also advised governments and non-state actors in WTO dispute settlement and investor-state arbitration. From 2007 to 2014 he was senior adviser with the law firm of King & Spalding and is a co-founder of, an online platform aimed at broadening access to justice under trade and investment treaties.  

Before joining the Graduate Institute, Pauwelyn was a tenured professor at Duke Law School. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard law schools and also taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia University and New York University. He served as legal officer at the WTO from 1996 to 2002 and practiced law at a major Brussels law firm. Pauwelyn received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium, as well as Oxford University; he also holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel.

David Schizer, who will teach a Tax Law and Public Finance Workshop as the Martin D. Ginsburg Visiting Professor of Taxation, is the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia Law School, where he served as dean from 2004 to 2014. When he was appointed, he became the youngest dean in the school’s history, and he was the school’s longest-serving dean in over four decades. Prior to his service as dean, he was the Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law at Columbia, which awarded him the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.  

Schizer is one of the nation’s leading academic experts in tax law, and his research focuses on energy law and corporate governance issues. He has written more than 30 books and articles on taxation, governance, and energy law, on such topics as financial instruments, executive compensation, gas taxes, the shale oil and gas and hydraulic fracturing, the charitable deduction, tax expenditures, the interplay of tax and corporate governance and press subsidies. He worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law School faculty in 1998. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned his B.A., M.A. and J.D. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit from 1993 to 1994 and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1994 to 1995. 

Brad Snyder, who will teach Sports Law, Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights and Liberties, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. At Wisconsin, he teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, constitutional history and sports law. He also visited at Brooklyn Law School. He has published law review articles in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Law & History Review, UC-Davis Law Review and Boston College Law Review. Prior to teaching law, he wrote two critically acclaimed books about baseball, A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports (2006) and Beyond the Shadow of the Senators: The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball (2003). He is currently working on a book about Felix Frankfurter, Walter Lippmann, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others who lived at or frequented a Dupont Circle political salon known as the House of Truth. A pre-New Deal history of American liberalism, The House of Truth will be published by Oxford University Press.  

Snyder graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University, where he earned an A.B. in history and Afro-American Studies. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was notes editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked at Williams & Connolly LLP on civil litigation matters, including libel and defamation, legal malpractice and international commercial arbitration.  

George Yin, who will teach Taxation I, Taxation II and the Tax Seminar: Exempt Organizations, is the Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1994. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Florida College of Law and has been a visiting professor at New York University Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Brigham Young University Law School. From 2003 to 2005, Yin served as chief of staff of the U.S. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation, one of the most influential tax positions in the country. While at the Joint Committee, he assisted Congress on a number of tax bills, including the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 and the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. 

Yin also served as tax counsel to the US. Senate Finance Committee during the mid-1980’s, where he coordinated a major project to reform and simplify the tax laws dealing with corporate-shareholder transactions, including corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. From 1994 to 1999, he was a reporter to the American Law Institute’s federal tax project concerning the income taxation of private business enterprises, such as closely held corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. He has written extensively in the tax area, most recently on the IRS’s problems in administering the EO tax laws. Yin received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Ed. from the University of Florida, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.   

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