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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Four Professors Appointed to Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs

Professors Depoorter, Dodson, Feldman, and Keitner have been appointed to the research chairs for two-year terms.

UC Hastings Professors Ben Depoorter, Scott Dodson, Robin Feldman, and Chimène Keitner have been appointed to Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs, each for a two-year term; the appointments also include an honorarium.

Established by the Harry & Lillian Hastings Foundation, these research chairs rotate among the faculty and are awarded to scholars whose research, teaching and scholarship reflect the high standards of UC Hastings. The appointments were made by Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, with input and guidance from Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman and Associate Dean for Research William S. Dodge.

“I am delighted that UC Hastings is able to award four Research Chairs,” said Dean Wu. “The administration has worked hard to make it economically feasible to increase the number of endowed chairs for our faculty. These four professors are strong examples of the dedicated teacher-scholars our school strives to produce and reward.”

Previous recipients of Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chairs include, among others, Professors Hadar Aviram, Jo Carrillo, John Diamond, William S. Dodge, David Faigman, Evan Lee, Joel Paul, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, and Jodi Short.

Ben DepoorterAbout Ben Depoorter

Professor Ben Depoorter is a graduate of Yale Law School (L.L.M., J.S.D.). He also holds a JD (1999) and PhD (2003) from Ghent University and a Master's degree from the University of Hamburg (2001). Depoorter received the Roger Traynor scholarship prize at UC Hastings in 2011. He currently holds the Roger J. Traynor Research Chair at UC Hastings and is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford University Center for Internet & Society. Professor Depoorter's scholarly interests include the enforcement of copyright law, property law theory, technology and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on behavioral research. 

Professor Depoorter has authored over 40 articles, appearing in Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the International Review of Law & Economics. His interdisciplinary work on anticommons property theory is widely cited in American law reviews and international peer-reviewed journals and was featured in 2008 in the New Yorker magazine.

Scott DodsonAbout Scott Dodson

Professor Scott Dodson graduated from Duke University School of Law (JD 2000) and Rice University (BA Biology 1996). After graduating from law school, Professor Dodson clerked for the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, Professor Dodson has authored more than thirty articles, appearing in Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. He is the author or editor of three books: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Cambridge forthcoming 2014), New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford 2013), and Civil Procedure: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers (Oxford 2011, 2d ed. 2012). His writings have been cited by the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Prior to joining UC Hastings, Professor Dodson held a permanent faculty appointment at William & Mary Law School from 2009-2012 and at the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006-2009. For the 2008 fall semester, Professor Dodson was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.

Robin FeldmanAbout Robin Feldman

Professor Robin Feldman's work is widely regarded as some of the most influential scholarship in the field of intellectual property law. In the last year, she published seven law review articles, a book for Harvard University Press, and a book chapter for the Amherst Series, as well as commentaries for publications like the Boston Globe and SCOTUSBlog. Her empirical and theoretical work on patent assertion has been cited by the White House, in Congressional hearings, and by the Chairwoman of the FTC. In addition, a study of the 1.4 million academic biomedical peer-reviewed articles from 2010-2012 showed that her 2011 New England Journal of Medicine piece, "Copyright at the Bedside," (with John Newman) was the 8th most tweeted of all, and the only one in the top 15 that was law-related. Professor Feldman's 2012 article on patent mass aggregators has received rave reviews. (The Giants Among Us, 2012 Stanford Technology Law Review 1, with Tom Ewing.) One reviewer called it "one of the most important contributions to the debate about NPEs, patent aggregators and the state of the US patent marketplace," another called it "an absolutely remarkable study," and a third called it simply "superb." Other articles by Professor Feldman have appeared in journals at Georgetown, Stanford, Texas, USC, UCLA and Virginia law schools.

Chimene KeitnerAbout Chimène Keitner

Professor Keitner holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in history and literature from Harvard, a JD from Yale, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. After law school, Keitner clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and spent three and a half years in private practice in San Francisco. Keitner’s research focuses on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of international law and domestic litigation, and is widely cited by courts and other scholars. She is the author of a book, The Paradoxes of Nationalism, and over twenty articles, essays, and book chapters on the relationships among law, communities, and borders. Among other positions, Keitner is an Adviser on the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

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