Faculty


Co-Directors

Robert B. Ahdieh
Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Director, Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance

A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, Robert B. Ahdieh 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.

While still in law school, Professor Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: Russia's Constitutional Revolution - Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy. Professor Ahdieh's work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Southern California Law Review and the Emory Law Journal, among other journals.

Professor Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design. His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including especially those grounded in dynamics of coordination.  Paradigms of coordination, though relatively less attended to in the legal literature, hold significant promise both in helping us to theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs.

Professor Ahdieh has explored these issues in a variety of transactional areas, including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts. Within these, Ahdieh’s work has emphasized two particular patterns of coordination. The first—intersystemic governance—draws on domestic regimes of federalism and transnational regimes of global governance and subsidiarity, to highlight patterns of jurisdictional overlap that, in their very complexity, may offer significant benefits. The second—patterns Professor Ahdieh places under a rubric of ‘The New Regulation’—draws more directly on coordination game dynamics, to highlight various non-traditional regulatory forms, as well distinct occasions for potential regulatory intervention.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Professor Ahdieh is a Visiting Professor and the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Professor Ahdieh's courses include Contracts, Comparative Law, International Trade Law, Corporate Federalism and Emerging Markets Law.

William W. Buzbee
Professor of Law

William W. Buzbee is a professor of law, director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He was a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School (2003) and Cornell Law School (2006), and he taught in 2003, 2005 and 2007 for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law. Professor Buzbee helped design and launch the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law and chairs its advisory board. Professor Buzbee also is a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.-based regulatory think tank. Professor Buzbee was awarded the 2007-2008 Emory Williams Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

Scholarship: Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law and other public law topics, with his most recent publications focusing on regulatory federalism and design issues. Recent scholarship includes “Asymmetrical Regulation: Risk, Preemption, and the Floor/Ceiling Distinction,” in 82 New York University Law Review 1547 (December 2007), as well as a Cambridge University Press book for which he is the editor and a contributor, Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question. Other publications have appeared in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), Iowa Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics and in an array of other journals and books. Three of his articles have been named among the 10 best environmental or land use law articles of that year and republished in the Land Use and Environment Law Review. He is a co-author of the 5th edition of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (Aspen 2007), with professors Glicksman, Markell, Mandelker and Tarlock. 

Education, service and professional background: JD, Columbia Law School, 1986; BA, Amherst College, magna cum laude, 1983. Prior to joining Emory’s faculty, Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, was an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council and did environmental, land use and litigation work for the New York City law firm, Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler. Since becoming a professor, he has provided pro bono assistance to several not-for-profits and was co-counsel for a bipartisan group of former U.S. EPA administrators in an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s Rapanos case. He also testified about environmental and federalism issues before committees of Congress.

Robert Schapiro
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Robert Schapiro was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., where he practiced general and appellate litigation.

Area of Specialty: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure

Research and Scholarship: Dean Schapiro taught for two years at Duke Law School before coming to Emory. Currently, he teaches federal courts, constitutional law and civil procedure. 

Select Publications: Monophonic Preemption, 102 Northwestern L. Rev. (forthcoming 2008); “Toward a Theory of Interactive Federalism,” Iowa Law Review (2005); “Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Rights in a Post-Erie World,” William & Mary Law Review (2005); (with William Buzbee) “Unidimensional Federalism: Power and Perspective in Commerce Clause Adjudication,” Cornell Law Review (2003); (with William Buzbee) “Legislative Record Review,” Stanford Law Review (2001); “Judicial Deference and Interpretive Coordinacy in State and Federal Constitutional Law,” Cornell Law Review (2000); “Polyphonic Federalism: State Constitutions in the Federal Courts,” California Law Review (1999). His book manuscript, Polyphonic Federalism: How a Federal System Protects Fundamental Rights, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.

Emory Law Affiliated Faculty

Martha Albertson Fineman
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law

Martha Albertson Fineman is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor, the highest honor Emory University can bestow on a faculty member. An internationally recognized law and society scholar, Professor Fineman is a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Following graduation from University of Chicago Law School, Fineman clerked for the Hon. Luther M. Swygert of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and then taught at University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She joined Cornell Law School in 1999 to become the first endowed chair in the nation in feminist jurisprudence.

Her scholarly interest is in the legal regulation of intimacy. Professor Fineman is founder and director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, which was inaugurated in 1984. Professor Fineman's publications include The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press (2003); "Taking Children's Interest Seriously," Nomos; "Why Marriage?" University of Virginia Journal of Law and Social Policy (2001); The Neutered Mother, and The Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies, Routledge Press (1995). She has received awards for her writing and teaching and has served on several government study commissions. She teaches family law, feminist jurisprudence, law and sexuality and seminars on reproductive issues and select topics in feminist legal theory. For more information, visit www.law.emory.edu/flt.

Richard D. Freer
Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law

Richard D. Freer clerked for a federal district court judge and for a federal appellate judge before working as an associate with the Los Angeles firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the Emory faculty in 1983 and has taught a variety of courses relating to civil procedure, federal jurisdiction and complex litigation.

Area of Specialty: civil procedure, complex litigation and business associations

Research and Scholarship: Professor Freer is coauthor of a popular casebook on civil procedure and two volumes of Moore’s Federal Practice, a leading multi-volume treatise. He also has written several widely cited articles and was the first author to criticize the supplemental jurisdiction statute passed in 1990. His criticism provoked a nationally noted debate over that statute. Professor Freer serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Federal Judicial Code Project and is a National Bar Review lecturer. His audio and videotape lectures on civil procedure are distributed nationally. He also served as Emory University's first vice provost for academic affairs.

Select Publications: (with Epstein & Roberts), Business Structures (with Teachers’ Manual), (West 2002); (with Perdue), Civil Procedure: Cases, Materials, and Questions (with Teachers’ Manual), (Anderson 3d ed. 2001); (with Wright, Miller & Cooper), 15 Federal Practice and Procedure (annual update for 2002); “Business Organizations,” The Oxford Companion to American Law (2002); “Supreme Court Appointments in the New Century,” 3 Government, Law & Policy Journal (2001); “Advice? Consent?  Senatorial Immaturity and the Judicial Confirmation Process,”101 West Virginia Law Review, 495 (2000) (Edward G. Donley Memorial Lecture).

Michael S. Kang
Associate Professor of Law

Michael S. Kang teaches Election Law, Business Associations, and Law and Democratic Governance. His research focuses on issues of voting rights, race, redistricting, campaign finance and direct democracy. Professor Kang's articles have been published by the Yale Law Journal and the Michigan, Texas, UCLA, Iowa, Washington University, George Washington and University of Chicago law reviews, among others. He visited Cornell Law School during the 2008 spring semester and Harvard Law School during the 2009 spring semester.

Professor Kang received his BA and JD degrees 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 an master's degree from the University of Illinois and received his PhD in government from Harvard University. After law school, Professor Kang clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked in private practice at Ropes & Gray in Boston before joining the faculty of Emory Law in 2004.

Kay L. Levine
Associate Professor of Law

Kay Levine teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, regulation of sexuality and victimless crimes. Her research focuses on issues of prosecutorial behavior, sex crimes, statutory rape and the use of culture as a defense to crime. Professor Levine’s articles appear in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Emory Law Journal, the Wake Forest University Law Review, the American Criminal Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, the Fordham Urban Law Journal and Studies in Law, Politics and Society.

Professor Levine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and received her JD from the University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal. She later earned both a masters and a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Before joining Emory, Professor Levine served as a law clerk for the Honorable David Alan Ezra, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; as a deputy district attorney in Riverside County, California; as a criminal defense consultant; and as an adjunct faculty member of Boalt Hall.

Jonathan Nash
Professor of Law

Jonathan Nash specializes in environmental law, property law, civil procedure and the study of courts and judges. Before coming to Emory Law, Professor Nash served as the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University. He teaches courses in environmental law, international environmental law, property, land use, civil procedure, and law and economics. Most recently, Professor Nash was a visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School, and he has served as a visiting professor at Hofstra University School of Law and a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. Professor Nash is a prolific scholar, publishing in many top-ranked law journals.

Prior to teaching, Professor Nash was a law clerk to the Honorable Donald Stuart Russell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Nina Gershon, then-Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Professor Nash also worked as an attorney in New York. Professor Nash received his LLM from Harvard Law School; his JD from New York University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude; and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York.

Charles A. Shanor
Professor of Law

Charles A. Shanor was president of the student government association at Rice University and a Rhodes Scholar. After earning both his BA and MA (in jurisprudence) from Oxford University, he received his JD from the University of Virginia.

Before joining the Emory faculty in 1975, he served as law clerk to Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced with the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. After three years as general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., he returned to Emory in 1990, where he teaches and writes about the areas of employment discrimination, labor law and constitutional law.

Professor Shanor's books include National Security and Military Law (West/Thomson Nutshell Series 2003), American Constitutional Law: Structure and Reconstruction (West, 2000), Military Law in a Nutshell (2nd ed., West, 1996, with Hogue) and a forthcoming volume, EEOC Litigation and Charge Resolution (BNA, 2002, with Livingston). His articles and book chapters include "Battleground for a Divided Court: Employment Discrimination in the Supreme Court, 1988-1989," in The Labor Lawyer (1990), "Some Observations on Broadly Construing Civil Rights Laws," 14 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 8 (1991), Sexual Harassment in Employment Law by B. Schlei, P. Grossman, and D. Kadue (Bureau of National Affairs, 1991), Employment Discrimination Law (Bureau of National Affairs, annual supplements).

Professor Shanor served in a part-time of counsel position in the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker from 1990-1997. He continues to do occasional consulting, expert witness and appellate work on employment discrimination and constitutional law matters.

John Witte Jr.
Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law; Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

John Witte Jr. has lectured and convened major conferences throughout Western Europe, Israel, Japan and South Africa. He has been selected ten times by the Emory Law students as the Most Outstanding Professor and has won numerous other major awards for his teaching and research from universities and learned societies throughout North America and Europe.

Areas of Specialty: Legal History, Religious Liberty, Marriage Law and Human Rights

Research and Scholarship: Professor Witte has published 150 articles, 10 journal symposia and 22 books and has five books under contract. His writings have appeared in 10 languages. He has lectured and convened conferences throughout North America, Western Europe, Israel, Japan and South Africa. With more than $10 million of funding from the Ford, Luce, Lilly, McDonald and Pew foundations, Witte has directed two dozen major projects on issues of democracy, human rights and religious freedom; sex, marriage, family and children; and Christian Jurisprudence. These projects have collectively yielded 150 volumes of new scholarship and more than 250 public forums. Professor Witte also edits two book series for Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion and the Religion, Marriage and Family Series.

Selected Recent Publications: Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2002); Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment (2d ed. Westview Press, 2005); Sex, Marriage and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005) (with R.M. Kingdon);  The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature (2 vols.) (Columbia University Press, 2006) (with F.S. Alexander); The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Christianity and Law: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2008) (with F.S. Alexander).