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Friday, May 02, 2014

Legal Historian and "Outstanding Professor" to Promote Engaged Scholarship at UC Hastings

Professor Reuel Schiller named Associate Academic Dean for Research.
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Professor Reuel Schiller will succeed William S. Dodge as the next Associate Academic Dean for Research.

Reuel Schiller is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, and serves on the editorial boards of the Law and History Review and California Legal History, the journal of California Supreme Court Historical Society. He has been awarded the American Bar Association Administrative Law Section’s Scholarship Award, and the Rutter Teaching Award, and has also been named Outstanding Professor of the Year four times.

“UC Hastings already has an impressive scholarly environment,” says Schiller. “Faculty members here are leaders in their fields, producing widely acclaimed work that directly affects policy-making. I believe it is particularly important to nurture the scholarly work of our junior faculty by ensuring they have the support they need to do the creative, interdisciplinary work that UC Hastings is known for. I will also work toward better integration of the College’s two primary missions: teaching and scholarship. Students benefit tremendously from exposure to the scholarly mission of the College. It helps them become creative thinkers and problem-solvers, and exposes them to cutting-edge approaches to the law that will be of service to them in the rapidly changing legal environment in which we now live.”

“I appreciate Reuel taking on this important role that sustains the intellectual life of the law school,” said Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. “Bill Dodge was a passionate advocate for the importance of engaged scholarship, and Reuel shares that same spirit.”

"Professor Reuel Schiller has long inspired his students with his zeal for legal history and astonishing breadth of knowledge," says Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman. "We're lucky to have a scholar like Reuel to help us bring alive how important scholarship, critical thinking, and deep learning are to our mission."

Schiller graduated from Yale University, B.A. History (1988); and University of Virginia, J.D. (1993), Ph.D. History (1997). After college he worked for the City of New York on immigration, criminal justice, education, and civil rights policy. During law school he served on the Virginia Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. Schiller also received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia.

After graduating from law school, Schiller clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Following his clerkship, he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law and a Louis Prashker Teaching Fellow at St. John’s University School of Law.

Schiller’s areas of academic interest are twentieth-century American legal history, administrative law, and labor and employment law. His new book about the interaction between the legal strategies of the labor movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the years after the Second World War will be published in 2015.

Professor William S. Dodge Retires as Research Dean; Returns to Full-Time Faculty

William S. Dodge

UC Hastings welcomes back William S. Dodge, The Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law, to the full-time faculty.

In his two years as Associate Dean for Research, Professor Dodge has revamped and reenergized the College’s commitment to showcasing the engaged scholarship produced by its faculty. Dodge launched the UC Hastings Engaged Scholarship Blog, which celebrates the academic accomplishments of professors. Dodge was also instrumental in the production of the Fall 2013 UC Hastings Magazine, which was devoted entirely to engaged scholarship and which won a Council for Advancement and Support of Education award.

“It has been rewarding to encourage and spotlight the great scholarship that so many of my colleagues are doing,” said Dodge. “But after two years of focusing on other people’s research, I’m looking forward to refocusing on my own.” Dodge plans to spend the summer looking at the extraterritorial application of U.S. law as co-reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction.

“I am thrilled and excited to follow Bill Dodge as Associate Dean for Research,” said Schiller. “I am looking forward to continuing Bill’s work in creating an intellectual environment that helps make our already productive faculty even more so.”

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