Three join Harvard Law faculty, and two are promoted

Nikolas Bowie ’14, Ryan D. Doerfler ’13, Jared Ellias, and Anna Lvovsky ’13 appointed professors of law; Rosalie Abella appointed visiting professor of law

Five professors have joined or advanced in the ranks of the Harvard Law School faculty. Harvard Law is welcoming former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella; legal scholar and philosopher Ryan D. Doerfler ’13, currently a professor of law at the University of Chicago; Jared Ellias, currently the Bion M. Gregory Chair in Business Law and the faculty director of the Center for Business Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. In addition, Nikolas Bowie ’14 and Anna Lvovsky ’13 have both been promoted to professor of law.

Together, the five professors bolster Harvard Law School’s scholarship and teaching in a range of areas, including criminal law and procedure, constitutional law and legal history, the federal judiciary, and corporate bankruptcy law.


Rosalie Abella

Justice Rosalie Abella

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Former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, world-renowned for her decisions and theories on equality, human rights, and constitutional law, has been appointed the Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Justice Abella will lead a variety of workshops, seminars, and reading groups on subjects such as comparative law, human rights, and the role of judges in a democracy.

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Nikolas Bowie

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Nikolas Bowie ’14, a scholar of constitutional law, local government law, and legal history, is being promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School. Bowie joined the Harvard Law faculty as an assistant professor in 2018. He was previously the Reginald Lewis Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard, while completing a Ph.D. in history at Harvard University.

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Ryan Doerfler

Ryan D. Doerfler

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Ryan D. Doerfler ’13, who focuses his research on critically examining the place of the federal judiciary in the American legal and political order, will join the Harvard Law faculty as a professor of law. Doerfler is currently a professor of law at the University of Chicago, where he teaches in the areas of administrative law and legislation. From 2016 to 2019, he was an assistant professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Harvard in the fall of 2018.

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Jared Ellias

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Jared Ellias, a bankruptcy law expert and corporate governance scholar, is joining Harvard Law School as a professor of law. Ellias, who writes and teaches about corporate bankruptcy law and the governance of large firms, is currently the Bion M. Gregory Chair in Business Law and the faculty director of the Center for Business Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He was the William Nelson Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2021.

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Anna Lvovsky

Anna Lvovsky

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Anna Lvovsky ’13 is being promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School. A scholar of criminal law and procedure, legal history, and evidence, she joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2017. A legal historian, she received a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University in 2015.

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