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Five MLaw Professors Appointed to Named Professorships

By Lori Atherton
March 22, 2013

Five Michigan Law professors with expertise in antitrust, election law, corporate and securities law, administrative law, and legal history have been appointed to named professorships following approval by the University of Michigan Board of Regents on March 21.

The professors and their named chairs are Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law; Ellen D. Katz, the Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law; Vikramaditya S. Khanna, the William W. Cook Professor of Law; Nina Mendelson, the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law; and William J. Novak, the Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law.

Prof. Crane teaches courses on basic and advanced antitrust, as well as contracts. He is the inaugural chairholder of the new Furth chair, established earlier this year through a gift from Fred Furth, '59, in honor of his father. Furth, who is nationally renowned for his pathbreaking career as an antitrust and class action litigator, hoped that a Michigan Law antitrust expert would inhabit his chair. Prof. Crane previously was a professor of law at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. In addition, he taught antitrust law on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon in spring 2009. Prof. Crane's recent scholarship has focused primarily on antitrust and economic regulation, particularly the institutional structure of antitrust enforcement, predatory pricing, bundling, and the antitrust implications of various patent practices.

Prof. Katz writes and teaches about election law, civil rights and remedies, and equal protection. Her scholarship addresses questions of minority representation, political equality, and the role of institutions in crafting and implementing anti-discrimination laws. She has published numerous articles, including an influential empirical study of litigation under the Voting Rights Act, which was recently relied upon by the D.C. Court of Appeals and may influence the Supreme Court's upcoming determination as to the continuing constitutionality of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. In addition to teaching courses in these areas of scholarly expertise, Prof. Katz is a popular teacher of Property, which dovetails with Prof. Ralph Aigler's area of expertise. Before joining the Michigan faculty, she practiced as an attorney with the appellate sections of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division and its Environment and Natural Resources Division. She was a judicial clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Prof. Khanna's scholarship and teaching both focus on corporate and securities law, corporate crime, law in India, corporate governance in emerging markets, and law and economics. As an expression of his global interests, he is a codirector of the joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, which is a collaborative program between Michigan Law and the Jindal Global Law School in India. He is the founding and current editor of both the India Law Abstracts and the White Collar Crime Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as a senior research fellow at Columbia Law School and Yale Law School, and as a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. In addition, he was a recipient of the John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship in 2002–2003. The namesake for Prof. Khanna's chair, William Cook, was not only the benefactor for the original Law School Quadrangle buildings, but was in his day perhaps the preeminent scholar on the law of corporations.

Prof. Mendelson teaches and conducts research in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, statutory interpretation, and the legislative process. Her work is published in prominent law reviews and has been cited by Supreme Court justices. Her recent article, "Disclosing Political Oversight of Agency Decision Making," was chosen as the best scholarly article in the field in 2010 by the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a member of the governing council of the ABA Section of Administrative Law. In addition to teaching in the field of administrative law, she also teaches environmental law, the career focus of former Michigan Law Prof. Joe Sax. Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty in 1999, Prof. Mendelson served for several years as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, litigating and advising other federal agencies on legislative and policy matters. She also participated extensively in federal legislative negotiations. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Pierre Leval in the Southern District of New York and for Judge John Walker Jr., '66, on the Second Circuit.

Prof. Novak is an award-winning legal scholar and historian. He joined the Law School faculty in fall 2009 from the University of Chicago, where he had been an associate professor of history, a founding member of the university's Human Rights Program and Law, Letters, and Society Program, and director of its Center for Comparative Legal History. Since 2000, Prof. Novak has been a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. In 1996, he published The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America, which won the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize and was named Best Book in the History of Law and Society. A specialist on the legal, political, and intellectual history of the United States, Prof. Novak is currently working on The People's Government: Law and the Creation of the Modern American State, a study of the transformation in American liberal governance around the turn of the 20th century. He is a fitting chairholder of the Clyne Professorship, following in the footsteps of an eminent historian, the late Prof. Brian Simpson. Charles Clyne of the class of 1902 served as the United States Attorney in Chicago from 1914 to 1923, one of Prof. Novak's important historical periods of study.

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