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Philip Ashton: Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Policy at University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Ashton’s research focuses on fringe financial sectors and on the tensions involved in applying fair lending regulations to a consolidated and globalizing financial sector. He has applied this concern in written work on subprime mortgage lending, remittances, and the Community Reinvestment Act. Recently, he has turned to study the social dimensions of ad hoc forms of financial governance – including emergency banking interventions, the Home Affordable Modification Program, and DOJ regulatory enforcement actions – for their implications for low-income and minority borrowers and communities. He is now working on a book on the juridical dimensions of the subprime mortgage crisis, including recent legal settlements with large subprime lenders over lending and servicing abuses.

Katherine Barnes: Professor of Law at University of Arizona.  Professor Barnes specializes in criminal procedure, discrimination, and causal inference. She received her JD from University of Michigan in 2000, and her MS and PhD in Statistics from the University of Michigan. Professor Barnes research includes empirical investigations of the death penalty and racial profiling. More recently, Professor Barnes has focused on legal education and law schools, working with the ABF's own Elizabeth Mertz on the After Tenure project, and additional projects on admissions to law schools.

 Steve Engel: Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College. His research and teaching focuses on constitutional law and theory, American political development, and LGBTQ political mobilization. Professor Engel is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Cambridge 2001) and American Politicians Confront the Court: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power (Cambridge 2011). His scholarship has also been published in Studies in American Political Development, Law & Social Inquiry, the Journal of the Philosophy of Education, and Advertising & Society Review. He is currently working on two projects; The Progressives' Century conference at Yale Law School and the second project, tentatively titled Fragmented Citizens: Regulatory Power and LGBTQ Identities.  

Erika GeorgeProfessor of Law at University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. George teaches constitutional law, international human rights law, international environmental law and seminar courses on corporations and human rights.  Professor George earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.  Her current research explores the responsibilities of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and various efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged rights violations.  She is the author of Incorporating Rights, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Sydney Halpern: Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Halpern coordinates the department's health and medicine graduate-training and research concentration. Her current scholarship addresses formal and informal rule making that affects the conduct of medical science. Her recent book, Lesser Harms: The Morality of Risk in Medical Research (University of Chicago Press, 2004) explores professional and institutional constraints on clinical experimentation. She is now undertaking a project, "Human Experimentation and Public Policy," funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, which examines federal human-subjects regulations inaugurated during second half of the twentieth century. Halpern applies historical techniques and a range of social-science perspectives to the study of medicine's professional and scientific institutions.

Patrisia Macias-Rojas: Professor of Sociology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her research interests are in the area of race, migration, and the law. She is currently writing her first book, Making Crime and Criminals: Race, Rights, and Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border. The work follows migrants through the criminal immigration system on the Arizona–Sonora border in order to shed light on the rising rates of Latino incarceration and deportation. Dr. Macías-Rojas is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology, Social Science Research Council, and Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California-Berkeley. Prior to earning her doctorate in sociology at UC Berkeley, she was trained as a community organizer at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in Oakland, CA. She is a native of the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago's Southside.

Quinn Weber Mulroy:  Assistant Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her primary research and teaching interests include law and courts, the bureaucracy, the presidency, Congress, race policy, and American political development. Mulroy is currently working on her book manuscript, “Public Regulation through Private Litigation: The Regulatory Power of Private Lawsuits and the American Bureaucracy.” An earlier version of this manuscript received the Leonard D. White Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association in 2012, and an earlier chapter draft received the 2012 Best Conference Paper Award from APSA’s Law & Courts Section. Mulroy’s research has also appeared in the Journal of Politics and Studies in American Political Development.

Justin Richland:  Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from UCLA and a JD from UC Berkeley. His research interests include legal language and semiotics, anthropology of law, and Native American self-governance. Professor Richland is the founding Board Chairman of The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Inc. a non-profit offering social justice services to indigenous peoples in the US. From 2005-2009, he served as Justice Pro Tempore of the Hopi Appellate Court, and is currently Co-Editor of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. In addition to his articles in peer reviewed outlets he is the author of two books, Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and (with Sarah Deer) Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies 2nd Edition (Alta Mira Press, 2009).

Flannery Stevens: Assistant Professor in Management at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan. Professor Flannery’s research interests include employment discrimination, work and inequality, and the sociology of law. She is currently working on a project that explores whether – and if so, how and to what extent – the local social context of the communities in which firms are embedded affects the nature of workplace inequality and, moreover, to uncover the mechanisms by which variation in inequality is created and maintained across communities.

Chang Wang:  Chief Research and Academic Officer at Thomson Reuters, Associate Professor of Law at College of Comparative Law, China University of Political Science and Law,and adjunct professor at six law schools in the US, Europe, and China.  Chang Wang is the second Chinese ever elected to the American Law Institute (ALI); Vice Chair of Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee at the American Bar Association (ABA). He serves on various Steering Groups of at the ABA, and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Transnational Legal Issues.  Professor Wang has been admitted into law practice in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and federal courts. He has published three books and numerous academic papers and essays on law, critical theory, and art history.

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