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New Faculty

Professor of Law

Claire Oakes Finkelstein joins the faculty of Penn Law School after spending Academic Year 2000-2001 as a Visiting Professor here. She was Acting Professor of Law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley from 1995 until 2000 when she was named Professor of Law. Professor Finkelstein holds a Ph.D. (1996) from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. (1993) from Yale Law School, Maîtrise (Masters) in Philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and a B.A. (1986 magna cum laude) from Harvard College where she majored in philosophy and government. She studied at Columbia Law School for the first year of her law degree. Professor Finkelstein is widely published in the areas of law and political philosophy, rational choice theory, and criminal law theory. Recent publications include “The Inefficiency of Mens Rea” in The Morality of Criminal Law: Symposium in Honor of Sanford Kadish, 88 California Law Review 895 (2000), “Positivism and the Notion of an Offense” 88 California Law Review 335 (2000), “Threats and Pre-emptive Practices” 5 Legal Theory 311 (1999) and “On the Obligation of the State to Extend a Right of Self-Defense to its Citizens” 147 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1361 (1999). Forthcoming articles include “Lack of a Voluntary Act” in a volume on Criminal Law Theory, ed. Steven Shute, Oxford University Press (2001) and “What is Crime?” in Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice (McMillan Press, 2001). She will teach the seminar Theory of Rights in the Fall semester.

Professor of Law

Amy L. Wax joins Penn Law’s faculty from the University of Virginia Law School where she was on the faculty from 1994 until 2001, most recently as the Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law. Professor Wax was a Visiting Professor at Penn Law School during this past academic year. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School (1987) and studied for a year at Harvard Law School. She earned an M.D. with distinction in neuroscience from Harvard Medical School (1981 cum laude), a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College (1975 summa cum laude), and was a Marshall Scholar in Philosophy, Physiology, and Psychology at Somerville College of Oxford University. Professor Wax began her law career clerking at Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, followed by a summer internship with the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Wax was a clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1987-88), and was Assistant to the Solicitor General from 1988-1994. She has argued 15 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Among her publications are “Rethinking Welfare Rights: Reciprocity Norms, Reactive Attitudes and the Political Economy of Welfare Reform” 63 Law & Contemporary Problems 257 Winter/Spring 2000; “Caring Enough: Sex Roles, Work, and Taxing Women” 44 Villanova Law Review 495 (1999), and “Technology Assessment and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, a Comment on Einer Elhauge’s ‘Regulating Medical Innovation,’ 82 Virginia Law Review 164 (1996). Forthcoming publications include the coursebook, co-authored with Anne Alstott, Social Welfare Law and Policy, and “A Reciprocal Welfare Program” in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law. Professor Wax will teach the courses Civil Procedure, Remedies, and the seminar Law and Economics of Work and Family this year.

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