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Meet Our Visiting Scholars: 2019-2020


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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.


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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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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 joins Syracuse University College of Law as a tenured full professor in fall 2019. At Syracuse, Barnes will be teaching courses in property, housing law, and voting rights. Professor 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. Barnes has published articles in top law review journals including Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice, and Chicago-Kent Law Review. Her scholarship focuses on antidiscrimination law, international equality law, education and constitutional law issues, real estate finance, pensions, and property theory.

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