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Meet Our Visiting Scholars: 2019-2020


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Paul D Paton, University of Alberta

Dr. Paul D. Paton was appointed Dean of Law and Wilbur Fee Bowker Professor of Law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in July 2014. An expert on legal ethics, professional responsibility, the regulation of lawyers, and corporate governance, he has written and spoken extensively on these issues and in particular on the changing role of lawyers and accountants in corporate contexts post-Enron, and on the role of corporate counsel. Recognized for his work in the United States, Canada and England, he was appointed as Reporter to the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission to support its work on Alternative Business Structures between 2010-12. He served two terms as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee between 2009-2011, following two years as Vice Chair. Between 2014-2016 he was a Member of the ABA Business Law Section Professional Responsibility Committee.

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Bryant Garth, UC Irvine School of Law

Bryant Garth comes to UCI after a number of administrative positions. Most recently, he served as Dean of Southwestern Law School from 2005 until 2012. Before coming to Southwestern, he was Dean of the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law (1986-90) and Director of the American Bar Foundation (1990-2004).

His scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, and globalization. Two of his books co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue(1996) and Asian Legal Revivals (2010), were given the Herbert Jacobs Award from the Law and Society Association as the best books in the field of Law and Society published that year. He also served as co-editor of the Journal of Legal Educationfrom 2011-14.

He is on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the “After the J.D.” project, the first longitudinal study of the legal profession, and chairs the advisory committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).

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Erika George, University of Utah College of Law

Erika George studies the obligations of private actors under public international law and policy. Her current research explores the evolving responsibilities of business enterprises to respect human rights, various efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged rights violations, and efforts by corporations to fill voids in global governance. Her regional areas of interest and experience include Africa, Asia and Latin America where she studies the human rights of women and children.


Gregory Shill, University of Iowa College of Law

Gregory H. Shill is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. His scholarship focuses on corporate law, securities regulation, and law and mobility. His work is forthcoming or has been published in the NYU Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and has been cited by courts, scholars, and practitioners. He is currently working on projects (1) in corporate governance and (2) at the nexus of law, economic geography, and transportation, building on Should Law Subsidize Driving? (NYU Law Review forthcoming 2020). He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Professor Shill joined the Iowa faculty in fall 2017 from a fellowship at Harvard Law School in the Program on Corporate Governance. Previously, he practiced at leading law firms in New York and London as a litigator and transactional lawyer. In the latter role, he advised on M&A transactions and securities offerings, activist investor situations, and corporate governance matters. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Jennifer W. Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked as a legislative assistant to the late Rep. Tom Lantos of California and received an M.A. in Judaic studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

In addition to his Iowa role, Professor Shill is a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation and a Program Affiliate Scholar at NYU School of Law. He is also a member of the Road to Zero Coalition, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council to eliminate traffic deaths by midcentury.

Professor Shill is a member of the New York Bar and a nonprofit board member. His publications and working papers are available on SSRN.

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Alexandru Grigorescu, Loyola University Chicago

 Professor Grigorescu's research and teaching focuses on international relations. He teaches courses on international organization, globalization, international relations theory, the United Nations system and international human rights. His work on international organizations and their impact on domestic politics has been published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Global Governance, Review of International Organizations, and World Politics. He is also the author of Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations? Normative Pressures and Decision-Making Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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Wooseok Jung, HEC Paris

Wooseok Jung received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Management. His research concerns law professionals, and their employers, with a focus on status as a key mechanism in individual career development, and in the production of distinctive management talent. In his dissertation, he explains how status competition and rivalry prompt elite U.S. law firms to reinforce their social performance by changing internal reward systems and acquiring new partners. His work has appeared in a leading scholarly journal, the American Journal of Sociology. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for various academic journals, and is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association.

Nate Ela

Nate Ela is a sociologist and legal scholar who studies institutional and environmental change in cities. He is completing a manuscript for Cultivating the City: Urban Agriculture and the Promise of Property. Drawing on five years of ethnographic fieldwork and original archival research, the book explains why and how reformers have repeatedly turned to property and land use as tools for redistributive social policy. To do so, it analyzes a case study of the periodic reemergence of urban agriculture in Chicago from the Progressive Era to the present. Ela’s next project compares past and present efforts to theorize and govern cities as a socio-ecological systems. Prior work has explained how human rights litigation in U.S. courts can create dilemmas for social movement activists. His articles have appeared in Law & Social InquirySocial Science History, the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and Social Policy. Ela holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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Kristen Barnes, Syracuse University College of Law

Kristen Barnes is a Professor of Law. Professor Barnes teaches courses on Property, Housing Law, and Voting Rights Law. Barnes received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. Dr. Barnes’s scholarship focuses on anti-discrimination and equality law, property, housing, education, constitutional law, and pensions. She has published articles in top law review journals including Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice, and Chicago-Kent Law Review.

The American Bar Foundation awarded Dr. Barnes a residency as a visiting scholar for the 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 academic years. She has presented her work at numerous prestigious conferences such as the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, Harvard Law School’s Institute of Global Law and Policy Conference, the Association of Law, Property, and Society Annual Conference, Loyola Law School’s Constitutional Colloquium, and Fordham Law School’s International and Comparative Urban Law Conference.

Professor Barnes has served in several AALS leadership roles including Chair of the Section on Property Law, Chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section, and Chair-Elect of the European Law Section. In the international arena, Barnes has served as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting (2019). She is also a member of the University of California - Berkeley’s Comparative Law Equality Working Group. Prior to entering academia, Professor Barnes practiced commercial real estate law in Chicago and clerked for a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois.

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