2010 Thrower Participants

Robert Ahdieh
Emory University School of Law

Robert B. Ahdieh is a professor of law and director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance at Emory University.  Professor Ahdieh received his law degree from Yale University, where he 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. While a student at Yale, he also served as an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law.  Professor Ahdieh clerked for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before serving as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. During the 2007 to 2009 school years, Professor Ahdieh was variously a visiting professor at Columbia, Georgetown, and Princeton universities, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey). Professor Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design, including especially those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Paradigms of coordination, he has argued, hold significant promise both in helping us theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs. At present, he is working on a book entitled The Visible Hand: Coordination Functions of the Regulatory State. Professor Ahdieh's work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review and Yale Law Journal Online, among other journals.


Philip C. Bobbitt
University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Columbia Law School

One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published six books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978), Constitutional Fate (1982), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Interpretation (1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002) and, most recently, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2008).

Professor Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He has served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly of the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. For the Fall term 2005, he was the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. For the Spring term 2007, he was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Formerly the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair at the Law School, Professor Bobbitt now holds a chair at the Columbia Law School, though he remains a Senior Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.


Barry Cushman
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History

Professor Barry Cushman serves as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and also teaches courses in the University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History.  Professor Cushman has produced a large scholarly body of work regarding the New Deal and its historical and constitutional significance, including his book Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1998), which was awarded the American Historical Association's 1998 Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society.  His scholarship on the New Deal also has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, the University of Virginia Law Review, and the Cambridge History of Law in America.  Before joining the University of Virginia faculty, Profess Cushman taught at the St. Louis University School of Law, held the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at the New York University School of Law, and practiced law with Riordan & McKinzie in Los Angeles, California.


William A. Darity, Jr.
Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Professor William “Sandy” Darity serves as an Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University.  Professor Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, doctrinal history and the social psychological effects of unemployment exposure.  Professor Darity was a fellow at the National Humanities Center and served as President of the National Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association.  Before teaching at Duke, he was the Director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina.  Professor Darity has published over 200 articles, with his work appearing in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Socioeconomics, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, The University of Kansas Law Review, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Public Health, the Review of Black Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Psychology, among many other scholarly journals.  He recently served as editor-in-chief for the 2008 publication of the second edition of The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.


Michele Landis Dauber
Stanford Law School

A law professor and a sociologist, Michele Landis Dauber has written highly original historical and sociological studies about the relationship between welfare programs and disaster relief programs in the formation of the modern American welfare state. She has focused her scholarship on aspects of the history of the New Deal and the fate of the legal doctrines and policies it created. She has also written about such varied topics as abortion clinic conflict, social security privatization, affirmative action, and the early history of administrative law during the War of 1812. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Dauber is an officer and director of Building a Better Legal Profession, which was founded by Stanford Law students in 2007. The organization uses innovative data advocacy and Web-based social entrepreneurship strategies to mobilize market pressure for workplace reforms in large law firms, including better working conditions, work-life policies, and increased racial and gender diversity. Currently, Professor Dauber teaches Law and Wikinomics, which studies this issue.  Winner of the 2006 Walter J. Gores Award, Professor Dauber is only the second law professor to receive the highest teaching honor at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2001, she was a clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Professor Dauber has an appointment (by courtesy) with the Stanford University Department of Sociology and is a faculty affiliate with the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.


Daniel R. Ernst
Georgetown University Law Center

Daniel R. Ernst has been a member of the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center since 1988.  He is the author of Lawyers Against Labor (1995), for which he received the Littleton-Griswold Award of the American Historical Association and co-editor of Total War and the Law (2003). He was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the National Library of New Zealand and received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his book in progress on New Deal lawyers.  He is co-editor of "Studies in Legal History," a book series sponsored by the American Society for Legal History and the University of North Carolina Press.




Samuel Estreicher
New York University School of Law

Samuel Estreicher is the Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law and serves as Director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University School of Law.  He has written over a hundred professional articles and several books, including several casebooks and treatises on labor and employment law, and serves as Chief Reporter for the new Restatement of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute.  After graduating from Columbia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, Professor Estreicher clerked for the late Judge Harold Leventhal of the D.C. Circuit, and proceeded to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.  In addition to a wealth of experience litigating before the Second Circuit, Professor Estreicher’s appellate litigation experience includes a victory as co-counsel before the Supreme Court in the cases of Circuit City v. Adams and Giles v. California.  He established the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at New York University School of Law.  Professor Estreicher is the former Secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, and is a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar for the City of New York.  He is also a member of the arbitration/mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association and Center for Public Resources, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.


Martha A. Fineman
Emory University School of Law

Martha Albertson Fineman serves as a Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University School of law.  She clerked for the Honorable Luther M. Swygert of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and subsequently taught at the University of Wisconsin, Columbia, and Cornell, where she held the Dorothea Clarke Professorship, the first endowed chair in the nation in feminist jurisprudence, before joining the Emory Law faculty.  She is the founder of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law, and serves as director of the Vulnerability Studies Project, a sub-initiative of Emory’s Race and Difference Initiative.  She has published numerous articles and essays published in various scholarly journals, and her published books include The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency (2004); The Neutered Mother, and The Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies (1995); and The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform (1991).  Her essay in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, “The Vulnerable Subject: Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition,” will form the basis of a book to be published by Princeton University Press in 2010.


William Forbath
The University of Texas School of Law

William Forbath holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law and is Associate Dean for Research at the School of Law and is also Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches constitutional law and legal and constitutional history. He is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement and about seventy articles on legal and constitutional history and theory. He has two books in progress: Courting the State: Law and the Making of the Modern American State and Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain. He is on the boards of several scholarly journals and public interest organizations.


Donald C. Langevoort
Georgetown University Law Center

Donald C. Langevoort is the Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.  He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1999 after eighteen years at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he had been the Lee S. & Charles A. Speir Professor.  He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School, and the University of Sydney in Australia.  Professor Langevoort graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1976, and went into private practice with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington.  In 1978, he joined the staff of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission as Special Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.   Since entering academia in 1981, Professor Langevoort has written a treatise on insider trading, co-authored a casebook on securities regulation, and produced numerous law review articles on topics such as insider trading, the impact of technology on securities regulation, investor behavior and the intersection between cognitive psychology and lawyers' professional responsibilities.  He has served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers, the SEC's Advisory Committee on Market Information (chairing its subcommittee on alternative models for data consolidation), and the Nominating Committee of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and has testified numerous times before Congressional committees on matters relating to securities regulation and litigation.  Professor Langevoort is also a member of the American Law Institute.


Jonathan R. Macey
Yale Law School

Jonathan R. Macey is the Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law at Yale University, and Professor in the Yale School of Management.  Professor Macey is the author of several books including Corporate Governance: Promises Kept; Promises Broken and the two-volume treatise, Macey on Corporation Laws.  He is the co-author of two leading casebooks, Corporations: Including Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies and Banking Law and Regulation.  He has also published over 100 articles in various scholarly journals, including the Banking Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Emory Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Brookings Wharton Papers on Financial Institutions.  He has also published op-ed pieces in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Forbes.  Professor Macey holds a Ph.D. honoris causa from the Stockholm School of Economics.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, Professor Macey served as a Law Clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.



Victoria Nourse
Georgetown University Law Center
Emory University School of Law

Victoria F. Nourse is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She has served as the LQC Lamar Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, where she has taught criminal law, legislation, and constitutional law, and is also the Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has written extensively on the separation of powers, constitutional history, and the criminal law.  Prior to teaching, Professor Nourse served as Assistant Counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair. Professor Nourse also argued appellate cases on behalf of the government for the United States Department of Justice and then served as Special Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, assisting in drafting the Violence Against Women Act on behalf of its author, then-Senator Joseph Biden.  She began her legal career as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, after clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York.  Professor Nourse has held the Burrus-Bascom professorship at the University of Wisconsin, and has been a visiting professor at Yale and NYU law schools. Professor Nourse’s most recent book, In Reckless Hands (2008), is a history a controversial constitutional case arising during the Depression and New Deal.  That book was one of four books deemed "Exemplary Legal Writing" for 2008 by the legal magazine Green Bag.  Beyond her book, some of Professor Nourse’s recent scholarship includes two articles on the constitutional history of equality and rights during the Lochner era that will appear in the Duke Law Journal and the California Law Review (Boalt Hall) in 2009. In 2008, Professor Nourse presented papers at Oxford University, All-Souls College, and in 2009, she presented papers at the American Association of Law Schools, Queen's College in Canada, the University of California at Berkeley, the Law & Society conference, and a "Life of the Mind" lecture at Emory University.


William J. Novak
University of Michigan Law School

Professor William J. Novak joined the faculty of University of Michigan Law School in the fall of 2009.  Professor Novak previously taught at The University of Chicago, where he was an associate professor of history, a founding member of the university's Human Rights Program and Law, Letters, and Society Program, and director of its Center for Comparative Legal History.  Since 2000, Professor Novak has been a research professor at the American Bar Foundation.  In 1996, he published The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America, which won the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize and was named Best Book in the History of Law and Society. A specialist on the legal, political, and intellectual history of the United States, Professor Novak earned his Ph. D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University in 1991. He was a visiting faculty member at Michigan Law School during fall 2007, when he taught courses in U.S. Legal History and Legislation.  Professor Novak is currently at work on The People’s Government: Law and the Creation of the Modern American State, a study of the transformation in American liberal governance around the turn of the twentieth century.


Frank Partnoy
University of San Diego School of Law

Professor Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and is the director of the Center on Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego.  He worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley and CS First Boston during the mid-1990s and wrote F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street, a best-selling book about his experiences there.  Since 1997, he has been a law professor at the University of San Diego.  He has written numerous opinion pieces for The New York Times and the Financial Times, and more than two dozen scholarly articles published in academic journals including The Journal of Finance.  His books include Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets; The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals, about the 1920s markets and Ivar Kreuger, who many consider the father of modern financial schemes; and Corporations: A Contemporary Approach, a new casebook in West’s Interactive Casebook Series.



Polly J. Price
Emory University School of Law

Polly J. Price joined the Emory Law faculty in 1995 and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty.  Professor Price is also an associated faculty member of Emory’s Department of History.  An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Price clerked for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her clerkship she practiced law with King & Spalding in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., working with clients in regulated industries.  Professor Price served as the U.S. Representative at the Equality Law Conference for South African Judges and Magistrates in 2001, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt.  Her most recent book, Judge Richard S. Arnold: A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench, was published in 2009.  Her work on American Legal History has appeared in the Law and History Journal, the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, the American Journal of Legal History, the Boston College Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review.



Teemu Ruskola
Emory University School of Law

Teemu Ruskola, a member of the Emory Law faculty since 2007, previously taught at American University School of Law and has been a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and at Cornell Law School. Professor Ruskola is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the Law and Public Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University and the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship with the American Council of Learned Societies. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey in 2008-2009. Professor Ruskola’s legal scholarship questions of legal theory from multiple perspectives, frequently with China as a vantage point. He is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which examines the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law. His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Michigan Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the American Quarterly, and Social Text. Professor Ruskola is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.


Ani B. Satz
Emory University School of Law

Ani B. Satz, Ph.D., J.D., is an associate professor of law at Emory University School of Law and also holds faculty appointments at the Rollins School of Public Health and the Center for Ethics. She has teaching and research interests in health, disability, tort, and animal law in addition to law and philosophy. Her scholarship focuses on the legal response to vulnerability and governmental obligations to those who are vulnerable. Professor Satz's most recent scholarship addresses, from a law and ethics perspective, access to health care, disability discrimination, and the well-being of nonhuman animals. She has published numerous articles at the intersection of health and disability law and ethics, and her work has appeared in books, journals, and law reviews, including the Michigan Law Review, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Washington Law Review, and the Alabama Law Review. She serves as the 2009-2010 chair of the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is a member of the executive board of the Animal Law Section. Before joining the Emory Law faculty, Professor Satz clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and lectured at Yale University in the Philosophy Department and the Ethics, Politics and Economics Program as well as at Monash University Medical School. Professor Satz was a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Scholar at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tulsa. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Monash University, which she completed while a fellow at Princeton University.


Frederick Tung
Emory University School of Law

Professor Frederick Tung is the Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law and Business at Emory University School of Law.  Professor Tung has served as a consultant on corporate and commercial law reform for the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia, the Center for Commercial Law and Economics in Indonesia, and the California Law Revision Commission.  Prior to joining the Emory Law faculty, Professor Tung clerked for the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, practiced corporate and bankruptcy law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and taught in the law department at Peking University in Beijing, China.  He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals about corporate governance and financial regulation, including, most recently, “Leverage in the Board Room:  The Unsung Influence of Private Lenders in Corporate Governance,” forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review, and “What Else Matters for Corporate Governance?: The Case of Bank Monitoring,” in the Boston University Law Review.


Paul R. Verkuil
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Paul Verkuil is a professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  He previously served as Dean of Cardozo, Tulane Law School, and acting Dean of the University of Miami Law School.  He teaches administrative law and government regulation.  In 1994, Professor Verkuil was appointed as Special Master by the Supreme Court of the United States for the original jurisdiction case of New Jersey v. New York.  He is the coauthor of Administrative Law and Process and Regulation and Deregulation and has published more than sixty articles in the field of law and regulation.  His work has been featured in the Administrative Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Duke Law Journal, and the Cornell Law Review.  His most recent book, Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do about It, was published in 2007.