August 8, 2011 13:20 Age: 3 yrs

Emory Law Announces New Administrative Appointments

Robert Ahdieh and Michael Kang

Emory Law Interim Dean Robert Schapiro has announced the appointment of Robert B. Ahdieh as vice dean and Michael S. Kang as associate dean of the faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year.

“Bobby and Michael are both leading experts in their fields, and their work has national and global influence,” Schapiro said. “In addition to their path breaking scholarship, they also are outstanding teachers who demonstrate how law and policy have an impact on the public—from international finance to campaign finance.”

Ahdieh previously served as associate dean of the faculty and is co-director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. His areas of expertise include international trade and finance, corporate and securities law, federalism and Russian law.

Ahdieh earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1994 and his JD from Yale Law School in 1997. While a student at Yale, he published the book Russia's Constitutional Revolution—Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy, which remains the seminal treatment of post-Soviet constitutional transition in Russia.

He served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor's Program in the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kang is an expert in election law, business associations, politics and democratic governance. He has written about recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on corporate campaign financing and is co-editor of the book series, “Cambridge Studies in Election Law and Democracy.He co-wrote a chapter for the first book in the series, "Race, Reform, and Regulation of the Electoral Process."

Kang received his bachelor’s degree and JD from the University of Chicago, where he served as technical editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and his PhD in government from Harvard University. Kang clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked at Ropes & Gray in Boston before joining the Emory Law faculty in 2004.

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