Our Visiting Scholars Program provides junior faculty members from other law schools the opportunity to spend a semester at Georgetown Law. The Program is intended to assist mid-tenure and recently-tenured faculty members in expanding their body of scholarship and producing a major work of scholarship, preferably a book, while in residence at Georgetown. The Visiting Scholar works closely with the Center’s scholars, attends faculty workshops, and participates in Professor Solum’s Advanced Constitutional Law Colloquium and Professor Barnett’s “Recent Books on the Constitution” seminar.

Visiting Scholar (2018)

Headshot of visiting scholar Donald Kochan

Donald Kochan

Donald Kochan is currently our Visiting Scholar during Fall 2018 and the Parker S. Kennedy Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. His teaching and scholarship focus on areas of property law, constitutional law, administrative law, environmental and natural resources law, and law & economics, among others.

Among Professor Kochan’s current research is his book, Framing the Constitution: The Impact of Labels on Constitutional Interpretation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020) which examines how the labels we affix to constitutional rights, powers, and other concepts have been generated and how those labels impact the interpretation, construction, and perception of the things to which they are attached. He has published more than 40 scholarly articles and essays in well-respected law journals, including recently in the Cardozo Law Review, BYU Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, to name a few. Professor Kochan has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and before a special federal lands committee of the State of Idaho Legislature.

Professor Kochan is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI); and, he was appointed by ALI in July 2016 to serve as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property project. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Education.
Previously, Professor Kochan was an Olin Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law (2003-2004) and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law (2002-2003). He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics and managing editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. He received his B.A. from Western Michigan University.

Professor Kochan was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before entering academia, he was an associate with the law firm Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in natural resources & environmental law.