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Law School adds new faculty, fellows for 2017–18 academic year

September 25, 2017

This academic year, Penn Law has added four new members to the full-time faculty at the Law School, as well as a number of new academic fellows.

“We are excited to welcome our new faculty members and fellows to Penn Law,” said Ted Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “They are outstanding scholars and teachers, and their commitment to research and legal education enriches the Law School’s academic community.”

Three new professors, Herb Hovenkamp, Allison K. Hoffman, and Maggie McKinley, joined the tenured or tenure-track faculty beginning this academic year.

Hovenkamp is the James G. Dinan University Professor with appointments at the Law School and the Wharton School. He is an internationally recognized authority on antitrust law and policy and one of the university’s newest Penn Integrates Knowledge Professors. He comes to Penn Law from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Hoffman is a Professor of Law and an expert on health law and policy. Her work examines important legal and social issues, such as the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and retiree healthcare expenses, and long-term care. She was previously a faculty member at the UCLA School of Law.

McKinley (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) teaches in the areas of constitutional law, federal Indian law, and legislation. Her scholarship examines the structural representation and empowerment of minorities, and her current project focuses on legislation, petitioning, lobbying, and Federal Indian Law. Before joining the Penn Law faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law, she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

In addition, David Hoffman (no relation to Allison K. Hoffman), joined the academic faculty in January of 2017. David Hoffman is a Professor of Law and an expert in contracts, law and psychology, and empirical legal studies. He was previously the Murray H. Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple University.

Along with these new additions, the Law School added a new faculty member, Sarah Pierce, to its Legal Practice Skills Program. Pierce was previously Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she practiced for 13 years, focusing on corporate and financial restructurings and reorganizations. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Penn Law also welcomed six new fellows to its academic community. These fellows have a diverse range of scholarly and research interests.

Mark Patrick Nevitt C’97 is the newest Sharswood Fellow at Penn Law. The Sharswood Fellowship funds two years of research, writing, and teaching for scholars committed to a career in legal academia. Nevitt is a former aviator and attorney in the U.S. Navy, and his research examines civilian control of military institutions, with a focus on the intersection of environmental, international, and national security law.

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition added two new fellows, Muge Haseki and David Aaron Wishnik.

Haseki is a CTIC Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She received her PhD in Communication and Information from Rutgers University and is working on the 1 World Connected project, focusing on the evaluation and assessment of connectivity initiatives around the world.

Wishnik is an Academic Fellow at CTIC focusing on communications law, corporate and financial law, contracts, and law and technology. He was previously an associate at Jenner & Block LLP.

Two new Research Fellows, Matthew Clair and Amanda Renee Woog, joined the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.

Clair is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Harvard University. His current research centers on the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic disparities in the criminal justice system.

Woog holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law. Her research examines transparency in the criminal justice system and how transparency and secrecy impact public trust.

Jason Iuliano joins Penn Law as an Olin-Searle Fellow sponsored by the Federalist Society. Iuliano is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton University, and his research focuses on constitutional law and consumer bankruptcy.