Faculty Roundup: The latest highlights from UCI Law’s faculty

May 2024


Mehrsa Baradaran 

Professor Mehrsa Baradaran’s book, “The Quiet Coup: Neoliberalism and the Looting of America” (W. W. Norton & Company 2024), was published in May. The book, which “reveals how neoliberals rigged American law, creating widespread distrust, inequality, and injustice,” was the No. 1 new release in the Income Inequality category on Amazon. In the book, Baradaran reveals a hidden history of legal transformation, from the late 1960s to today, where lawyers, judges, regulators, and lobbyists, under the guise of market-centered doctrines, subtly altered laws to benefit the wealthy.

Rachel Croskery-Roberts 

Professor Rachel Croskery-Roberts’ article, “It’s About Time: Kairos as a Dynamic Frame for Crafting Legal Arguments and Analyzing Rhetorical Performances in the Law,” was published in the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. Read the article here. In addition, Croskery-Roberts is the 2024 Chair-Elect for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Teaching Methods. 

Jack Lerner 

Professor Jack Lerner has been appointed to UC Irvine’s Department of Film and Media Studies faculty. In addition, Lerner and the UC Irvine School of Law’s Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic (IPAT) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Whyte Monkee Prods., LLC v. Netflix, Inc., arguing the appeals court erred in its ruling regarding fair use doctrine as applied to documentary films. Read the full amicus brief here. 

Ezra Ross 

Professor Ezra Ross was featured in the Association of American Law Schools’ article, “Faculty Perspectives: The Experiential Sabbatical.” In the article, Ross describes his sabbatical experience working with Community Legal Aid SoCal in Orange County. The article was adapted from the 2024 AALS Annual Meeting Arc of Career session, “The Experiential Sabbatical: How a Semester in Practice Can Reignite Your Career and Inspire Your Students.” A recording of the full session, along with materials including templates to assist with sabbatical proposals, is available online. 

Ann Southworth 

Professor Ann Southworth will attend an author-meets-reader event on June 7 at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Denver to discuss her book, “Big Money Unleashed: The Campaign to Deregulate Election Spending” (University of Chicago Press 2023). Scott Cummings (UCLA Law), Eli Wald (University of Denver Sturm College of Law), Robin Stryker (Purdue), and Chuck Epp (University of Kansas) will serve as commenters on the panel.  

Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources (CLEANR) and Gregg Macey 

UC Irvine School of Law’s Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources and CLEANR Director Gregg Macey’s article, “Equitable infrastructure: Achieving resilient systems and restorative justice through policy and research innovation,” was published by PNAS Nexus. Co-authors include Jason P. Giovannettone, Amir AghaKouchak, Michele Barbato, William J. Capehart, Auroop R. Ganguly, Mital Hall, Jennifer F. Helgeson, Si Han Li, Teng Wu, Guirong Yan, and Farshid Vahedifard. Read the article here. 

Domestic Violence Clinic and Jane Stoever 

UC Irvine School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, directed by Professor Jane Stoever, was awarded a $5,000 philanthropic gift by the Orange County Women Lawyers Foundation. The foundation commended the Domestic Violence Clinic’s focus on providing legal advocacy for women survivors of domestic violence in Orange County.