Six professors at the S.J. Quinney College of Law have been named to new chaired professor appointment
s, a result of their excellence in teaching, research and service.
The positions were announced at a public reception and ceremony on Jan.12 at the law school.
The new chairs are:
—Professor Erika George as the Samuel D. Thurman Endowed Professor of Law
—Professor RonNell Andersen Jones as the Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowed Professor of Law
— Professor Jeff Schwartz as the William H. Leary Professor of Law
—Professor Linda F. Smith as the James T. Jensen Professor of Transactional Law
—Professor Robin Craig (previously the Leary Professor) as the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Chair in Law
— Associate Dean Lincoln Davies (previously the James I. Farr Chair) as the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law
“Each of these faculty members richly deserves this honor, which recognizes their individual professional achievements in the realms of scholarship, teaching, and service,” said Robert B. Keiter, a law professor who chairs the committee that recommends the appointments. He those honored have impressive achievements at the law school.
Here’s a closer look at the background of the newly appointed chairs:
Professor Erika George, the new Thurman Professor, has developed an excellent reputation in the field of international law and human rights during the 13 years that she has been on the College of Law faculty. Her legal scholarship, which addresses corporate responsibility, human trafficking, environmental justice, regulatory governance, the rights of women and children, and related topics, is quite influential in the field of international human rights. She has published book chapters with Cambridge University Press and the American Bar Association; her law review articles have appeared in California Law Review, NYU Journal of International Law and Policy, and Seattle University Law Review; and she currently has a book on corporate responsibility under contract with Oxford University Press. Her expertise in international human rights has brought her speaking opportunities at numerous prestigious venues, including Harvard, NYU, UCLA, Northwestern, the International Commission on Justice, and the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting. She is well regarded as a classroom teacher, a devoted mentor to her students, and she has provided extensive service to the University, the College of Law, and the Salt Lake City community. She has received noteworthy awards from the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, the University of Utah Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice.
Professor RonNell Andersen Jones, the new Teitelbaum Professor, is an accomplished scholar and teacher who recently joined the College of Law faculty from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. During her legal academic career, she has published more than 20 law review articles and book chapters focusing on the First Amendment and freedom of the press. Her work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Georgia Law Review, earning her a well-deserved reputation as astute and insightful First Amendment scholar. She won several teaching awards during her tenure at BYU, where she also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research. She has presented domestically and internationally, including appearances at Yale, Duke, Oxford, Boston College, and the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. Her background includes serving as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Further, she has been engaged in numerous professional and community service activities.
Professor Jeff Schwartz, the new Leary Professor, has distinguished himself as a scholar and teacher in the field of corporate law. He has numerous law review publications, including articles in the University of Illinois Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and the Harvard Business Law Review. His work on conflict minerals has drawn widespread attention as well as the opportunity to testify before a U.S. House Committee investigating this matter. He has presented at the University of Southern California, Loyola University (Los Angeles), the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, and the Annual Business Scholars Conference. He is an extremely popular and accomplished classroom teacher, having been selected by the Class of 2015 to speak at its graduation dinner. He has provided substantial service to the College of Law, including service on the Faculty Recruitment Committee, the Admissions Committee, and the ABA Site Visit Committee, as well as very successfully coaching student teams competing in interuniversity moot court competitions.
Professor Linda Smith, the recently appointed Jensen Professor of Transactional Law, also serves as the College of Law’s Clinical Program Director. In that capacity, she has developed a unique approach to clinical legal education, which has become the model for service learning around the country. The model combines student service with the study of lawyering skills and ethics to produce greater self-knowledge while providing representation to needy clients and governmental entities. Largely as a result of her efforts, the College of Law’s clinical program is consistently ranked among the top law schools for student clinical education opportunities. Professor Smith’s scholarship spans three areas. She writes about the pedagogy of clinical legal education and civic engagement, focusing on the intersection of the lawyer’s skills and ethics. Her judicial clinic article was a seminal piece about supervising and teaching judicial clinic interns. She has also addressed the skills of client interviewing from the perspective of conversation analysis. Her scholarly work, her teaching, and her service merge in her most recent writings about pro bono programs and the need to provide access to justice for all. In this area, Professor Smith “walks the walk” by providing advice and full representation in challenging family law cases on a pro bono basis. She has chaired numerous University committees, served as Academic Senate President, received the University of Utah Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and was tapped to be the interim Chair of Ballet for a 2-year period. Through her research, teaching, and service activities, Professor Smith has helped to advance knowledge and to provide experience in transactional lawyering skills.
Professor Robin Craig formerly occupied the Leary Chair and will now occupy the Farr Chair. Professor Craig’s research focuses on “all things water,” especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author or co-author of seven books: The End of Sustainability (University of Kansas Press: forthcoming 2017, with Melinda Harm Benson); Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press: forthcoming 2017, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press: 2013, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar: 2012), Environmental Law in Context (West: 3rd ed. 2011), Toxic and Environmental Torts (West: 2010, with Michael D. Green, Andrew R. Klein, and Joseph Sanders), and The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute: 2nd ed. 2009). Her publications also include over 100 law review articles and book chapters. In January 2014 and then again in July 2015, Craig was appointed to the National Research Council’s two Committees to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.. She also served on three successive National Research Council Committees on the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi River and as a consultant to the Environmental Defense Fund, to the State of Victoria, Australia, and to the Council on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Quebec. She is also active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she served a three-year term on the Executive Council, as Co-Chair of the Water Resource Committee, on the Planning Committee for the 43rd Annual Spring Conference on Environmental Law, as Vice Chair for the 2014 Water Law Conference, and as Chair of the 2015 Water Law Conference.
Professor Lincoln Davies formerly occupied the Farr Chair and will now occupy the Brown Chair. Professor Davies focuses his scholarship on energy, environmental, and administrative law, particularly addressing renewable energy legal issues. A prolific scholar, his work includes a casebook on Energy Law and Policy, the forthcoming USA volume for the International Encyclopedia of Law: Energy Law, numerous law review articles published in such journals as Maryland Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, BYU Law Review, and Ecology Law Quarterly, legal reports for the Department of Energy, and comparative legal analyses of German, U.S., and Korean energy laws and policies. In 2014, the University of Utah recognized Professor Davies as a Presidential Scholar, an award reserved for only a handful of accomplished young faculty scholars. He has spoken at numerous conferences across the country, participated in the University’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, and organized several Stegner Center symposiums and conferences. His service to the College of Law is extensive, including his role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, faculty adviser to the Utah Law Review, and coach of the environmental law moot court team. He also serves on the Utah Interfaith Power and Light board of directors and on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.