DALLAS (SMU) — SMU Dedman School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of four new professors to the law school faculty who are all outstanding teachers and distinguished scholars on issues ranging from constitutional law and LGBT rights to energy regulation, voting rights, and gender and the law.
Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law
Dale Carpenter will become the Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law this fall at SMU Dedman School of Law. Carpenter is currently serving as the Charles J. and Inez Wright Murray Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at SMU, teaching "Constitutional Law I" and "LGBT Rights and the Law." This fall he will teach "Constitutional Law II."
Carpenter comes to SMU after a 16-year teaching career at the University of Minnesota, where he served as a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law. He won multiple teaching awards. He is also an editor of Constitutional Commentary.
The Texas native received his B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude
, from Yale College and received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review
. After serving as a law clerk for Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones, he practiced at the firms Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, P.C. in San Francisco.
As the author of numerous articles and an award-winning book - Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
(W.W. Norton & Co., 2012), about the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that invalidated America’s sodomy laws — he is often asked by the media to comment on constitutional law and the First Amendment, as well as sexual orientation and the law. Since 2005, he has been an active blogger on the popular legal blog, The Volokh Conspiracy
, which is hosted by the Washington Post
Assistant Professor of Law (energy focus)
James Coleman comes to SMU from the University of Calgary, where he taught at both the law school and the business school. Before Calgary he served on the faculty at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Beginning this fall he will teach "Oil & Gas Law."
He has earned two degrees from Harvard University - a J.D. (cum laude
) and B.A. in biology (magna cum laude
with highest honors in field). Upon graduation from law school he served as clerk for Eighth Circuit Judge Steve Colloton, and then practiced energy, environmental, and appellate law as an associate in the Washington, D.C., firm of Sidley Austin LLP for three years.
Coleman’s scholarship addresses regulation of North American energy companies, focusing on how countries account for and influence regulation of fuel and electricity in their trading partners and how global energy companies respond to competing pressures from investors and regulators in multiple jurisdictions. He publishes the Energy Law Professor
blog and you can follow him on Twitter at @energylawprof.
Joanna L. Grossman
Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law
Joanna Grossman will become the inaugural Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law. She will teach “Women and Law” this fall.
Grossman comes to SMU Dedman School of Law from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she served as the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law. After graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School, she began her career as a clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Norris. She also worked as staff counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. In addition, she practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly LLP.
Grossman writes extensively on sex discrimination and workplace equality, with a particular focus on issues such as sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Her forthcoming book, Nine to Five: How Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Continue to Define the American Workplace
(Cambridge 2016) provides a lively and accessible discussion of contemporary cases and events that show gender continues to define the work experience in both predictable and surprising ways. She is also an expert in family law, especially parentage law and the state regulation of marriage. She is co-author (with Lawrence M. Friedman) of Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America
(Princeton University Press, 2011), a comprehensive social history of U.S. family law. She has published articles in Stanford Law Review
, Georgetown Law Journal
, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism
, among other places. Grossman is the coeditor of Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship
(Cambridge University Press, 2009), an interdisciplinary anthology that explores persistent gaps between formal commitments to gender equality and the reality of women’s lives, and Family Law in New York
(Carolina Academic Press, 2015). She is also a regular columnist for Justia’s Verdict
, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on parentage law.
Grant M. Hayden
Professor of Law (labor, corporate governance, & election law focuses)
Grant Hayden is joining SMU after teaching at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and serving as a Hofstra Research Fellow. He writes and teaches in the areas of corporate governance, voting rights, and labor law, and this fall will teach “Election Law” and “Labor Law.” His recent publications include articles in the California, Illinois, Vanderbilt,
and Michigan Law Reviews
. He is the author of two forthcoming books, American Law: An Introduction
(third edition) (Oxford University Press) (with Lawrence M. Friedman) and Reconstructing the Corporation
(Cambridge University Press) (with Matthew T. Bodie).
Hayden received his law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School and holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in art history from the University of Kansas. While in law school, he served as editor of the Stanford Law Review
and the Stanford Law and Policy Review
, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation he worked as a clerk for Tenth Circuit Judge Deanell Reece Tacha and as an associate at the Washington, D.C. firm of Shea & Gardner.
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