Chancellor’s Professors of Law

Chancellor’s Professors of Law are endowed positions awarded to UC Irvine Law School professors who demonstrate unusual academic merit.

The following UCI Law professors have been named to this honor, and each one has presented a lecture on his or her area of expertise. 

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    Kenneth W. Simons

    Professor Simons is a leading scholar of tort law, criminal law, and law and philosophy who has served since 2014 as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third of Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons. He has published influential scholarship concerning assumption of risk and contributory negligence; the nature and role of mental states in criminal, tort and constitutional law; and negligence as a moral and legal concept. He has also explored such topics as bias crimes, corrective justice, the logic of egalitarian norms, mistake and impossibility in criminal law, and strict criminal liability. Before joining UC Irvine School of Law, Prof. Simons was Professor of Law and The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar in Law at Boston University School of Law. He was Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs there.

    Chancellor’s Chair Lecture:
    March 30, 2016:  “Assumption of Risk and Consent in the Twenty-First Century”

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    Gregory Shaffer

    Prof. Shaffer is one of the world’s leading authorities on international trade law and law and globalization. His publications include six books and over 80 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization’s impact on domestic regulation. He is the director of the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society, the umbrella center for the study of international, transnational and comparative law at UCI Law. He is also Vice President of the American Society of International Law (2014-2016), and is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and on the Founding Advisory Board of the journal of Transnational Environmental Law. His new book with Terence Halliday, Transnational Legal Orders, provides a transformative theory and approach to global law and has been described as “spectacular,” a “landmark” and “path-breaking” in a series of advance reviews by leading scholars across disciplines.

    Chancellor’s Chair Lecture:
    April 6, 2015:  “The Problem with Trade Agreements and Why We Need Them”

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    Michele Bratcher Goodwin

    Prof. Goodwin researches and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, property, biotechnology, bioethics, and cultural politics. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law. She is one of the leading voices internationally on reproductive justice and human rights. She is also president of the Defense for Children International U.S. affiliate, founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy, and founder of the Baby Markets Roundtable series, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in April 2016 with an International Congress at UCI Law. Prof. Goodwin is a prolific author and public voice on civil liberties and human rights, particularly human trafficking for sex, labor, body parts, and marriage. She is the author of the forthcoming book Policing The Womb (Cambridge University Press) and numerous editorials and commentaries in various news media.

    Chancellor’s Chair Lecture:
    April 1, 2015: “Reproductive Justice in An Era of Resistance”

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    Christopher Leslie

    Prof. Leslie’s scholarship focuses on antitrust law, the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property rights, sexual orientation discrimination, and class action settlements. He is the author of the casebook Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Rights (Oxford University Press) and a co-author of the leading treatise in that field, IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law (2nd Edition 2009, and annual supplements, with Hovenkamp, Janis, and Lemley). His works have been published in Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal and Texas Law Review, among others.

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    March 18, 2015: “The Logic of Gay Rights”

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    Bryant Garth

    Prof. Garth’s scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, and globalization. Two of his books co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue (1996) and Asian Legal Revivals (2010), were given the Herbert Jacobs Award from the Law and Society Association as the best books in the field of Law and Society published that year. He also served as co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education from 2011-14.

    Prof. Garth came to UC Irvine School of Law after serving as Dean of Southwestern Law School from 2005 until 2012. Before that, he was Dean of the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law (1986-90) and Director of the American Bar Foundation (1990-2004).

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    April 2, 2014: “Legal Education Reform, Legal Globalization, and the American Dream”

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    Richard L. Hasen

    Prof. Hasen is a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. From 2001 to 2010, he served as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of more than four dozen articles on election law issues and his op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Slate. His book, The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, was published in summer 2012 by Yale University Press. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. He joined UCI Law in July 2011 after teaching at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    February 13, 2012: The Voting Wars

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    Tony Reese

    Prof. Reese is a leading scholar in the field of copyright and has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in a variety of U.S. and foreign law reviews and collections. He is a co-author of the casebooks Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Related State Doctrines (with Paul Goldstein), Copyright (with Robert Gorman & Jane Ginsburg), and Internet Commerce (with Margaret Jane Radin & John Rothchild). He joined the UCI Law faculty in July 2009 after 10 years of teaching at University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and New York University, and has taught copyright law in several international programs.

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    April 26, 2011: What Copyright Owes the Future: Preserving Access to Creative Works

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    Carrie Menkel-Meadow

    Prof. Menkel-Meadow is one of the founders of the dispute resolution field. She came to UCI Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving. She recently received the first-ever Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work presented by the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution section.

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    March 1, 2011: Seeking Consensus in a Polarized World: The Role of Dispute Resolution and Deliberative Democracy

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    Dan L. Burk

    Prof. Burk is an internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology. He lectures, teaches and writes in the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce and biotechnology law. He co-authored The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It (with Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley), and has written numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on scientific misconduct, on the regulation of biotechnology, and on the intellectual property implications of global computer networks.

    Chancellors Chair Lecture:
    May 13, 2009: Virtual Worlds, Virtual Property