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Penn Law expands interdisciplinary faculty with five new hires

June 04, 2014

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has hired five new faculty to begin in the 2014-15 academic year, adding expertise in key areas including Constitutional law, criminal law, education law and policy, foreign relations law, regulation, and urban law.

“These appointments to the standing and practice faculty add depth and breadth to what is undoubtedly the finest interdisciplinary law faculty in the country,” said Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. “Each brings to the Law School a demonstrated commitment to teaching and to preparing law students for careers in a complex, multi-dimensional society. We welcome them to our vibrant intellectual community.”  

Appointed to the standing faculty are:

Mitchell Berman, appointed as the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law. Berman teaches and writes in diverse areas of legal theory, specializing in criminal law, constitutional law, and a new domain of scholarly inquiry he has dubbed “the jurisprudence of sport.” Before joining the Penn faculty he was the Richard Dale Endowed Chair in Law, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director Law & Philosophy Program at the University of Texas, and has been Visiting Professor at the law schools of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

Jean Galbraith, who teaches and writes in public international law and U.S. foreign relations law. Her research focuses on the structure of international legal institutions, especially treaty regimes, and the connections between these institutions and U.S. domestic law. Prior to joining the Penn faculty, Galbraith was an Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers-Camden. She has previously served as an associate legal officer for Judge Theodor Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, an associate at Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia, and a Sharswood Fellow in Law and International Affairs at Penn Law.

Wendell Pritchett, who rejoins the Law School faculty as a Penn Presidential Term Professor, and who will serve as the Law School’s Interim Dean during the 2014-15 academic year. Previously chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, Pritchett is an award-winning urban historian, an accomplished educational leader and administrator, and a distinguished legal teacher and scholar. He served as a Penn Law faculty member from 2001 to 2009 and earned a Ph.D. in history from Penn in 1997.

While at Penn Law Pritchett served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2006 to 2007.  In 2008, he served as deputy chief of staff and director of policy for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, who appointed him to the School Reform Commission in 2011.  In 2012, Pritchett was elected president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, a national consortium of higher education institutions.

Appointed to the practice faculty are:

Bernice Grant, who will join Penn Law as a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer for the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. She also worked as a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York for seven years, primarily on mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation matters, where she also maintained a pro bono practice, representing start-up entities and artists on employment and contractual matters. Grant’s scholarly interests include corporate governance and executive compensation.

Troy Paredes, appointed for the 2014-16 academic years as Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer, as part of the Law School’s Government Service Initiative. Paredes, currently Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor in the Financial Services Regulatory Practice of PwC, served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining the SEC, Paredes was a tenured professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where his teaching and research focused on corporate governance, securities regulation, administrative law, and behavioral economics. Before joining Washington University, Paredes practiced law at prominent national law firms.

Since his appointment as Dean in 2000, Fitts has increased the size of the faculty by 40 percent. Fitts will step down as Dean to be President of Tulane University, effective July 1.