Four young HLS faculty members selected to participate in Junior Faculty Forum

Assistant Professors I. Glenn Cohen ’03, Adriaan Lanni, Jed Shugerman, and Matthew Stephenson ’03 each had papers selected for the ninth annual Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum, which will take place at Yale Law School in June.

The Forum hopes to encourage the work of leading young academics with one to seven years of teaching experience by providing an opportunity for high-level discussion of their scholarly work. Senior scholars will comment on and lead discussions on the work of the junior scholars.

The four from HLS will join eight other young scholars, whose papers were selected by a jury of senior academics from a variety of legal fields.

Cohen, who is currently an academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and recently accepted an offer to join the HLS faculty, will discuss a paper entitled “The Right Not to be a Genetic Parent,” forthcoming in the Southern California Law Review.

Lanni, in a discussion paper entitled “Law and Order in Ancient Athens,” argues that the rule of law in Athens was not achieved through formal court systems, but rather through informal social pressures. An expert in ancient law, she joined the HLS faculty in 2005.

Shugerman’s paper is entitled “The People’s Courts: The Rise of Judicial Elections and Judicial Power in Amerca.” In it, he examines the rise of judicial elections in the mid-19th century and the effect they had on democracy. Shugerman joined the HLS faculty in 2005, and was also selected to present a paper at last year’s Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

In a paper entitled “Optimal Political Control of the Bureaucracy,” Stephenson argues that the appointed bureaucracy should be somewhat insulated from the political process in order to maintain democracy. The paper is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review. Stephenson joined the HLS faculty in 2004.