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Spring Visitors Expand Curriculum, Intellectual Diversity
Five distinguished legal scholars and practitioners will serve as visiting faculty for the spring semester as part of the ongoing Visiting Faculty Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law.
“Visiting professors invigorate a community with different viewpoints and new energy,” said interim Dean Marc Miller, noting that the College has been consistently able to attract nationally-prominent scholars, jurists, and practitioners. “The courses they teach deepen our curriculum, and each of them helps to mentor our students and enrich the intellectual community. We’re very thankful they’re part of Arizona Law.”
Returning this year to teach corporate governance, Robert Mundheim has been a leader in the worlds of law, business, and politics. He served as a professor and Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; as General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was instrumental in negotiating the release of the U.S. hostages in Iran; as Special Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Salomon Smith Barney. Professor Mundheim currently chairs the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and is Of Counsel to the firm of Shearman and Sterling in New York. During the semester, Mundheim will also host a series of business and law programs named in his honor. The schedule for the Mundheim Speaker Series is available on the Arizona Law website at www.law.arizona.edu.
Daniel Pollack returns to teach a one-unit seminar on negotiating employment and separation agreements, as he has for the last six years. Pollack currently practices law in New York at the firm of McCarter & English, where he is managing partner, and is considered one of the preeminent trial lawyers in the country in the conduct of financial litigation, advising corporations on issues of corporate governance, and advising executives on employment and exit agreements.
Professor Francisco Reyes Villamizar will teach a short course on Latin American company law. He participated in drafting the 1995 and 2008 comprehensive reforms to the Colombian laws of corporations and bankruptcy. He designed and implemented the 2008 law that introduced the so-called Simplified Stock Corporation, a successful new form of business governance. In 2010, he acted as the president of the commission appointed by the Government of Colombia for the successful amendment of the Bankruptcy Law. He is the author of several books and articles in the fields of Business Associations and Bankruptcy, written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His publications include the two volume “Latin American Company Law (with Arizona Law Professor Boris Kozolchyk) (2013).
Alfred C. Yen is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, a Law School Fund Scholar, and the Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. His recent works include Third Party Liability After Grokster, which appeared in the Minnesota Law Review. He also co-authored, with Professor Joseph Liu, a casebook entitled Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials.
Serving in his second semester as Visiting Scholar in Residence, Professor Endre Stavangfrom the University of Oslo Faculty of Law, does not teach conventional courses, but will continue to speak, research, and write during this year at Arizona Law.
In most semesters, Arizona Law welcomes a group of scholars and leaders from the bench and bar, and provides visitors with significant opportunity for student and community contact. The University of Arizona and the College of Law have strengths across a full range of legal fields and policy. Faculty, judges, lawyers who are interested in applying for the program should contact Associate Dean Kirsten Engel, or see details on the Arizona Law website at www.law.arizona.edu.