What excites you most about joining the UCI Law faculty?
I am inspired to join a law school where students and faculty members alike are engaged in reimagining what a world-class legal education should look like. Faculty members at UCI Law are willing to take risks and try new things in order to build the law school of the future. It's just beyond exciting to see a top law school devoted to experiential learning and a curriculum based as much in skills as in theory. Students graduating from UCI Law will be able to think critically, argue persuasively, and serve their communities ethically and professionally.
Why did you go into law teaching? What is your teaching style?
I served as a student mentor and teaching assistant throughout my time in law school, and I missed that in practice. Although I enjoyed practicing law, I have found the academic environment to be incredibly rewarding. Teaching offers me the opportunity to spend time thinking deeply and critically about important legal issues, and it has also given me the great privilege of helping guide new law students into the profession.
As a professor, I am incredibly demanding. (My students have described me as "tough, but fair.") I expect hard work, dedication, and professionalism. However, I firmly believe that a learning environment can be rigorous without being intimidating, and I try to foster an open, comfortable relationship with my students. Many of my former students have become close friends (and even colleagues).
Describe your scholarship, or a favorite pro bono or service project.
I am currently working on a textbook on employment discrimination. When writing the book, I approached the subject matter from the position that we can and should integrate skills and doctrine across the curriculum. Integrating skills and theory in the law school classroom contributes to an academically rich, exciting learning environment and allows students a more seamless transition to law practice.