Meet this year’s new HLS faculty

A host of new faculty members arrived at Harvard Law School this academic year.

In addition, over the summer, Dean Martha Minow announced two new faculty who will join HLS in 2015.

bar-gill_orenOren Bar-Gill LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’05, a leading expert on the law and economics of contracts and contracting, joined the faculty in July. He had been the Evelyn and Harold Meltzer Professor of Law and Economics at New York University School of Law. He will teach Contracts 4 and lead a Behavioral Law and Economics reading group this fall, and he will teach a Law, Economics and Psychology course and Consumer Contracts seminar in the spring.

Alma CohenIn August, Alma Cohen joined the faculty as a Professor of Empirical Practice. Most recently, she taught at Tel-Aviv University Department of Economics, where she served as an Associate Professor. Cohen is an applied empirical economist, who has done influential work in the areas of law and economics, risk and uncertainty, regulation and corporate governance. She will teach Empirical Methods and co-teach Empirical Law and Economics, with Allen Ferrell, this fall.

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Samuel Moyn ’01, a leading historian and prize-winning author, joined the faculty in July. He previously was the James Bryce Professor of European Legal History in the Columbia University history department. He will teach International Law and Human Rights course and a International Criminal Law: Theoretical Perspectives seminar in the spring.

Two new faculty, Intisar Rabb and Kristen A. Stilt, are co-directing the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ISLP).

Professor Intisar A. Rabb

Rabb, a leading expert on Islamic Law and legal history, joined the faculty as Professor of Law in the Spring of 2014, after being an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Law at New York University School of Law, where she held a joint appointment at the NYU Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department and the NYU School of Law.  In the Fall, Rabb will teach Introduction to Islamic Law and Islamic Law and Society: Historians, Biographers, Judges, and co-teach International and Comparative Law Workshop, with William Alford. She’ll teach Advanced Legislation: Theories of Statutory Interpretation and Digital Islamic Law Lab: Online Analysis of Contemporary Islamic Legislation and Interpretation in the spring.

StiltKristen Stilt, who joined the faculty in September, had previously been the Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law at Northwestern University School of Law and Professor of History at Northwestern University. Stilt is a leading expert on Islamic law and society. She will teach Animal Law and Islamic Law and Human Rights in the spring.

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In July, Crystal Yang ’13, a scholar specializing in criminal law and consumer finance, joined the Harvard Law School faculty as an assistant professor. This past year, Yang was an Olin Fellow and Instructor in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she taught a seminar on Empirical Criminal Law.

Over the summer, Dean Minow also announced two alumni who will join the HLS faculty as professors in 2015.

Thomas J. BrennanThomas-Brennan ’01, a scholar specializing in tax and finance, will arrive in July 2015 as a professor of law. Since 2008, Brennan has been on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law.

 

Andrew Crespo '08

Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08, an expert in criminal law and criminal justice, will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law. Crespo is currently a staff attorney in the Trial Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where he represents defendants in jury trials and other proceedings in the criminal process, and also assists in the training of other criminal defense attorneys.

Christopher Bavitz

This past spring, two clinical instructors were promoted to Clinical Professors. Christopher T. Bavitz had been a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS, in addition to Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a position he will continue to serve.

 

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Esme Caramello ’99 had been a lecturer on law and clinical instructor at the law school. She will continue in her role as deputy director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Bavitz will teach a Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar in the Fall and a Music and Digital Media in the Spring. Caramello will co-teach Introduction to Advocacy: Skills and Ethics in Clinical Practice and Housing Law and Policy with David Grossman.