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Kevin Washburn Joins Arizona Law Faculty

Attorney and legal scholar Kevin K. Washburn will join the Arizona Law faculty starting in the 2008-09 academic year, teaching and working in the areas of American Indian law and criminal law. His hiring was announced today by Toni Massaro, Dean of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

“Professor Washburn’s extensive work in American Indian law and gaming law will consolidate strengths in our Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy program (IPLP), which is known worldwide,” Massaro said, “and his expertise in criminal law will advance our multidisciplinary Program in Criminal Law & Policy (PCLP).”

Currently the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor Washburn previously taught for five years at the University of Minnesota. He has written widely on areas at the intersection of Federal Indian law and criminal law. Professor Washburn is also an expert in gaming law, and has been a frequent commentator on issues in the media, in the legal community, and before Congressional panels examining gaming policy. He has also served as a principal investigator for a $1.4 million federal grant to examine the state of the criminal justice system on Indian reservations and has extensive law practice experience as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and trial attorney for the Department of Justice, as well as general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. He will begin teaching in the fall of 2008, holding the position of Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor of Law.

Professor Washburn earned his law degree at Yale Law School, where he also served as Editor-In-Chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He received a B.A. in economics, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and is an Executive Editor of Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. He is also a member of the Criminal Law and Procedure Drafting Committee for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which drafts the criminal law questions for the Multistate Bar Examination.


Posted:05/20/2008
Updated: 05/23/2008