UCLA Law Faculty Highlights

FALL 2017

Motomura Named Guggenheim Fellow

UCLA School of Law professor Hiroshi Motomura, one of the nation's leading experts on immigration law and policy, was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2017. He is one of only two law professors to receive the honor in 2017. Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, is the author of two books: Americans in Waiting:The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States and Immigration Outside the Law, both of which won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PROSE) Award from the Association of American Publishers. Motomura was profiled in the 2013 book What the Best Law Teachers Do and teaches the Immigrants' Rights Policy Clinic.

UCLA Law Faculty Among the Most Cited Scholars

Two members of the UCLA Law faculty are listed as among the "Top 25 Law Professors by Judicial Citation," based on a 2016 University of St. Thomas School of Law study. Eugene Volokh ’92, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law and leader of the Scott and Cyan Bannister First Amendment Clinic, is the fourth-most cited scholar in appellate opinions, according to the study. Professor Adam Winkler, author of the 2011 book Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America and the upcoming We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, is the 20th most-cited academic. In a separate study, 13 UCLA Law faculty members – 24% of the school’s full-time faculty – are listed as among the most cited legal scholars in their fields from 2010 to 2014, according to Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports. In addition to Volokh, this list includes: Stephen Bainbridge, William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law; Stuart Banner, Norman Abrams Professor of Law; Devon Carbado, Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law and UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Distinguished Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw (above); Jerry Kang, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Russell Korobkin, UCLA Law Vice Dean and Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law; Lynn LoPucki, Security Pacific Bank Distinguished Professor of Law; Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law; Neil Netanel (above), Pete Kameron Professor of Law; Kal Raustiala, director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations; James Salzman, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law; Seana Shiffrin, Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice.

Work Begins at Human Rights Institute After $20 Million Gift

Launched with a $20 million gift in April 2017, the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law leapt into its first academic year with an array of classes, clinics and guest lectures. The school is thrilled to have named professor Asli Bâli (right) the first faculty director of the Promise Institute. UCLA Law is conducting a search for the institute's first executive director. In the institute's first foreign foray, UCLA Law Clinical Project Director Joseph Berra will lead students to Honduras in January to do work on behalf of indigenous people adversely affected by the 2009 government coup. Short courses offered in 2017-2018 will feature Richard Dicker, founding director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, and NYU Law professor Joseph Weiler, co-author of the European Union's Declaration of Human Rights. The creation of the Promise Institute has allowed UCLA Law to expand its human rights clinics and course offerings, and the institute now supports the ICC Forum, in which members of the legal community, governments, academics, and others debate complex issues faced by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Dr. Eric Esrailian, the lead producer of the feature film The Promise and the upcoming Armenian genocide documentary Intent to Destroy, and a faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, spearheaded the effort to establish the Promise Institute. 

Shiffrin Delivers Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Seana Valentine Shiffrin, UCLA Law’s Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice and chair of the Department of Philosophy at UCLA, delivered the prestigious Tanner Lectures on Human Values at UC Berkeley in April 2017. Previous Tanner lecturers include several U.S. Supreme Court justices, philosophers Frances Kamm, and K. Anthony Appiah, and scientists David Baltimore and Richard Dawkins. In lectures titled "Speaking Among Ourselves: Democracy and Law," Shiffrin addressed democracy's intrinsic communicative value and law's role in expressing that value, and the democratic values of the common law and a democratic approach to constitutional balancing. Shiffrin is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her 2014 book Speech Matters explores the ethics of communications and the connections between freedom of speech, the prohibition on lying and moral progress.

Future Law: School Wins $2.3M for Cutting-Edge Research

UCLA Law received two grants totaling $2.3 million from the San Francisco-based Open Philanthropy Project to pursue work at the intersection new technology and the law. The Program on Understanding Law, Science and Evidence (PULSE) received $1.5 million to create fellowships and study disruptive societal and legal changes stemming from advances in artificial intelligence. And the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment received $800,000 to explore governance of climate engineering technologies. Ted Parson,  Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law, is working on both projects. Professor Richard Re is co-director of the PULSE project.

UCLA Law Launches Three New Clinical Programs

Bolstering its rich tradition of clinical and experiential programs, in 2017-18 UCLA Law opened the Veterans Services Legal Clinic at the VA in Westwood, part of UCLA’s $16.5 million commitment to veterans services. Sunita Patel, who most recently held clinical teaching positions at American University Washington College of Law and University of Pennsylvania Law School, is the inaugural faculty director of the clinic. Wilbert Watts, a former partner at DLA Piper and most recently directing attorney for the Homelessness Prevention Law Project at Public Counsel, is co-director. In the spring the school will open a Documentary Film Legal Clinic, in which students will assist independent filmmakers in areas including contracts, intellectual property and First Amendment law. Dale Cohen, author of the leading text Media and the Law and advisor to "Frontline" and other media properties, will lead the clinic. Finally, in 2018, in conjunction with L.A. Unified School District, the school will open an immigration clinic in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood. The clinic, supported with a $1 million gift from an anonymous alum, is a companion to the Immigrants' Rights Policy Clinic launched in 2017.

Leading Environmental Law Expert Boyd to Join UCLA Law

In July 2018 William Boyd, one of the nation’s leading scholars of energy and environmental law, will join UCLA Law. He will hold appointments with the school's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Boyd is currently a professor of law and the John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at University of Colorado Law School. His scholarship examines the impacts of government regulation, science and technology on energy, environmental and climate law and policy. His 2016 book, The Slain Wood: Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences in the American South, won the Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Boyd served as a law clerk to the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, then worked as Democratic minority counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works before working in private practice and then becoming a law professor.

Women in Leadership: From the Bench to the Boardroom

The Fall 2017 UCLA Law Magazine highlights the achievements of eight accomplished alumnae and the efforts of the school's rapidly expanding UCLA Law Women LEAD network. Also included are articles about the school's new initiatives in artificial intelligence and the law and governance of climate engineering; student awards, including three Skadden Fellowships in 2017; the school's launch of two new full-tuition scholarship programs; the unrivaled success of UCLA Law's Supreme Court Clinic; a look back at the school's 41st Entertainment Symposium; highlights from school centers, programs and institutes; major gifts from friends and alumni to support work in human rights, trial advocacy, and research into LGBT rights and policy; law firm support of the Law Firm Challenge; faculty awards and publications; and alumni news and notes.

Recent and Upcoming Faculty Books

Limited Liability: A Legal and Economic Analysis
Stephen M. Bainbridge, co-author
Edward Elgar Publishing

Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy
Asli Ü. Bâli, co-editor
Cambridge University Press

Speculation: A History of the Fine Line Between Gambling and Investing
By Stuart Banner
Oxford University Press

Blue and Green: The Drive for Justice at America’s Port
Scott L. Cummings
The MIT Press

The New Criminal Justice Thinking
Sharon Dolovich, co-editor
New York University Press

Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study
Máximo Langer, co-editor 
Cambridge University Press

Constitutional Coup: Privatization's Threat to the American Republic
By Jon Michaels
Harvard University Press

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
By Adam Winkler
W.W. Norton & Company (forthcoming 2018)

Lawsuits in a Market Economy: The Evolution of Civil Litigation
By Stephen C. Yeazell, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
University of Chicago Press (forthcoming 2018)