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Law School adds new faculty, fellows for 2018-2019 academic year

October 22, 2018

This year, the Law School has continued to expand its full-time faculty and has also brought on several new academic fellows.

“We are pleased to welcome so many accomplished faculty members and fellows to Penn Law,” said Ted Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “These exceptional teachers and scholars are wonderful additions to the Penn Law community, bringing insights and a commitment to legal education that will benefit our students and the legal profession at large.”

One new professor, Natasha Sarin, joined the tenure-track faculty this year. Professor Sarin is an assistant professor of law with a secondary appointment in the Finance Department at the Wharton School. Joining Penn Law from Harvard University, where she earned her J.D. and will receive a Ph.D. in economics, she is at the forefront of empirical law and economics, with research and teaching interests that lie at the intersection of law and finance.

The Law School has also added two new faculty to its clinical programs: Jennifer Fernandez and Michael Murphy are new Supervisors and Lecturers in the Civil Practice Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, respectively. Fernandez most recently served as a staff attorney at Queens Legal Services in New York, where she represented clients in family law and housing defense matters. Murphy was previously an in-house attorney at SEI Investments Company, where he was responsible for the negotiation of outsourcing agreements for the company’s technology platform.

Penn Law also welcomed several fellows, including new Sharswood Fellows Bridget Fahey and Michael Janson L’09. Fahey’s research focuses on the federal government’s interaction with states, localities, and Native American tribes. A graduate of Yale Law School, Fahey clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court, and later worked as a litigator representing cities and Native American tribes. Janson is a scholar of telecommunications law who received his J.D. and Ph.D. in political science from Penn. He joins the Law School most recently from the Federal Communications Commission.

Anton Strezhev is Penn Law’s inaugural Empirical Research Fellow. Strezhev earned his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and his research focuses on applied quantitative methodology and international political economy.

Several new fellows also joined the Law School’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Asli Bashir and Rachel Greenspan are the newest Quattrone Center Research Fellows. Bashir is a graduate of Yale Law School, and her current research focuses on the challenges of integrating emerging technologies into the legal system. Greenspan is a social psychologist who joins Penn Law most recently from the University of California, Irvine, where she earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior. She studies topics at the intersection of psychology and the legal system.

Sangyong Han joined the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) as a fellow. Han holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State University.