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Assistant Professor of Law

Before joining the law school, Professor Persily was Associate Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he specialized in voting rights and election law. In addition to filing Supreme Court amicus briefs in Bush v. Gore and California Democratic Party v. Jones, Professor Persily was one of the lawyers representing Senator John McCain in his successful challenge to the 2000 New York Republican presidential primary ballot access laws. Since 1999 he has published several articles on the legal regulation of political parties (Columbia Law Review, NYU Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal) and on issues surrounding the 2000 Census and redistricting process (Stanford Law Review and Minnesota Law Review). He is editor and contributor to The Real Y2K Problem: Census 2000 Data and Redistricting Technology (Brennan Center, 2000). Throughout the 2000 presidential election controversy, Professor Persily was an election law analyst for ABC News radio, FoxNews television, and several other national and local radio and television programs. The following semester, he was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School teaching “Advanced Constitutional Law: The Political Process.” Before joining the Brennan Center, Professor Persily clerked for Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. & M.A. 1992) and Stanford Law School (1998), where he was President of Volume 50 of the Stanford Law Review. Currently completing his dissertation on the legal regulation of political parties, he is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at U.C. Berkeley.

Assistant Professor of Law

Arti K. Rai joins Penn Law School’s faculty from the University of San Diego School of Law as a scholar in health care regulation and intellectual property. Professor Rai was a visiting professor at the Law School in Fall 2000, and also visited at Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law in Spring 2001. She was a Faculty Fellow with the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University, and a MacLean Fellow at the University of Chicago Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. From 1995- 96 she was a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, Medical School and Graduate School of Public Policy. Professor Rai holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1991 cum laude) where she was a research assistant to professors Paul Weiler and Laurence Tribe and Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She earned an A.B. in Biochemistry and History (1987 magna cum laude) from Harvard College, and studied for one year at Harvard Medical School. She is a co-author, with Ralph Reisner and Chris Slobogin, of Law and the Mental Health System, 3rd edition (West Publishing, 1999). A sampling of her publications include “Evolving Research Norms and the Public Domain: A Reply to Professor Kieff ” 95 Northwestern University Law Review 707 (2001); “Addressing the Patent Gold Rush: The Role of Deference to PTO Patent Denials” in symposium issue “Reengineering Patent Law: The Challenge of New Technologies” 2 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 199 (2000); “Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology: Addressing New Technology” in symposium issue “Electronic Medical Information: Privacy, Liability, & Quality Issues” 25 American Journal of Law & Medicine 387 (1999); and “Regulating Scientific Research: Intellectual Property Rights an the Norms of Science” 94 Northwestern University Law Review 77 (1999). Professor Rai will teach Intellectual Property and the Biotechnology Industry, and the seminar Science and the Public Domain.

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