UC Irvine School of Law Adds Nine New Faculty Members for the 2011-12 School Year


IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 12, 2011—UC Irvine School of Law has added nine new law professors to its faculty, recruiting them from schools such as Northwestern, Michigan and Yale.

The nine new law faculty are part of UC Irvine’s push to hire as many as 70 new faculty across campus in the past year, including several each in areas such as medicine, engineering, business and biology.

“These new law professors are stellar teaches and scholars who will help ensure that our law faculty continues to be ranked among the very best in the nation,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

The nine new law faculty are Funmi Arewa, previously at Northwestern University School of Law, who will teach Business Associations this fall; Sameer Ashar, previously at City University of New York School of Law, who will direct the new immigration law clinic; Rachel Croskery-Roberts, previously at the University of Michigan Law School, who will teach Lawyering Skills; Jonathan Glater, previously a visiting professor at UC Irvine School of Law, who will teach Statutory Analysis; Rick Hasen, previously a professor at Loyola Law School, who will teach Election Law and Remedies this fall; Katie Porter, previously a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, who will teach Bankruptcy Law this fall; Trilby Robinson-Dorn, previously a partner at K & L Gates, who will teach Lawyering Skills; Robert Solomon, previously a professor at Yale Law School, who will direct the new community economic development clinic; and Shauhin Talesh , who just completed his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley and who will teach Insurance Law in the spring.

The Law School now has 29 full-time and six joint appointments. The student to faculty ratio is very low, about 7 to 1. Opened in August 2009 and recently granted provisional ABA accreditation, the Law School will hold its first graduation on May 5, 2012.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, Assistant Dean for Communications, rbossert@law.uci.edu, (949) 824-3063.


UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked ninth in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.