What excites you most about joining the new law school faculty?
To be part of building a top law school from scratch is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The University has assembled an amazing group of faculty and administrators who all share the common goal of crafting a law school that is truly innovative, prepares our entrepreneurial students for the practice of law, and responds to the needs of the local business and legal community. I’m also looking forward to building relationships with the many other respected departments here at the University of California, Irvine.
What is your teaching style?
Teaching is the most important part of my job. I want students to be challenged and engaged. Instead of lecturing, I try to help students find the answers themselves. My hope is that my students can both identify the correct answer and understand why an incorrect answer may be deceptively attractive but nevertheless inaccurate. My ultimate goal is that by the end of the semester the law becomes so intuitive and second nature that students forget how apprehensive they may have been at the beginning of the semester.
Describe your scholarship.
The primary focus of my scholarship is antitrust law, which establishes the rules for competition in a free market economy. Much of my research discusses how price-fixing conspiracies function and how antitrust law can destabilize cartels by creating distrust within criminal conspiracies. I also write about the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law, especially how antitrust law should address the problem of fraudulently procured patents.