USD School of Law Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Professors

SAN DIEGO (January 11, 2012)—University of San Diego School of Law announced today that it will welcome an impressive set of seven visiting professors to the school for the spring 2012 semester. Each year, the law school brings experts in their respective fields to campus as visiting professors to provide students with a current view of today's legal market.

Albert Alschuler, Board of Visitors Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

  • Julius Kreeger Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology Emeritus, University of Chicago
  • AB, LLB Harvard University

One of the country's pre-eminent scholars in the area of criminal procedure, Professor Alschuler has written on plea bargaining, sentencing reform, presidential pardons, the exclusionary rule, jury selection, police hunches, civil procedure, confessions, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Blacksone and other topics mostly related to the area of criminal justice. Click here to read Professor Alschuler's full biography.

Professor Alschuler will teach criminal procedure.

Carr Ferguson, Visiting Professor of Law

  • Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (New York)
  • BA, LLB (specialization in International Affairs), Cornell University
  • LLM in Taxation, New York University

Professor Ferguson has been a visiting professor in USD School of Law's graduate tax program during the spring semester since 1995. He is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and various other federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court. He was a trial attorney and special assistant to the Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice from 1954-60. Click here to read professor Ferguson's full biography

Professor Ferguson will teach corporate reorganization.

Jody Freeman, Stanley Legro Visiting Professor in Environmental Law

  • Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • BA, Stanford University
  • LLB, University of Toronto
  • LLM, SJD Harvard Law School

Professor Freeman is a leading scholar of administrative and environmental law. She served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change from 2009-10. In her role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling as well as comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. She played a key role in President Obama's historic national auto agreement, which set the first-ever greenhouse gas standards and strictest-ever fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Click here to read Professor Freeman's full biography.

Professor Freeman will teach Energy and Climate Policy in the Obama Administration.

The Honorable David Laro, Visiting Professor of Law

  • BA, University of Michigan
  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law; LLM in Taxation, New York University

Judge David Laro was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. Tax Court in November 1992. While practicing law for more than 20 years in Michigan with a special emphasis on tax law, Judge Laro held several public offices—regent of the University of Michigan, a member of the State Board of Education and chairman of the State Tenure Commision in Michigan. Click here to read Judge Laro's biography.

Judge Laro will teach tax policy and business evaluation.

Horacio Spector, Visiting Professor of Law

  • Dean and Founder of the School of Law, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • Doctor of Law, University of Buenos Aires
  • Master of Philosophy, SADAF

Dean Spector writes and researches in the area of legal and moral philosophy as well as the economic analysis of law. After graduating with his Doctor of Law from Buenos Aires in 1989, he became visiting researcher at the Seminary of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. In 1993, he was awarded a research grant from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, becoming a researcher at Harvard University. In 1996, he was awarded the Diploma of Merit Konex in Philosophy of Law. Click here to read Professor Spector's biography.

Professor Spector will teach in the areas of ethics, international affairs, Latin American law and institutions.

Willard Taylor, Visiting Professor of Law

  • Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
  • BA, LLB, Yale University

Professor Taylor was a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 1972 to 2007. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at New York University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1986. At NYU, Professor Taylor teaches taxation of business conduits and international tax policy. Click here to read Professor Taylor's biography.

Professor Taylor will teach taxation of business conduits.

Michael Yu, Visiting Professor of Law

  • Associate Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
  • AB, Harvard College
  • JD, Columbia University School of Law
  • LLM in Taxation, New York University

While still in law school, Professor Yu served as an externlaw clerk to The Honorable Theodore H. Katz, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas B. Wells of the U.S Tax Court. Professor Yu has worked in private practice in both San Francisco and Los Angeles as a legal expert in trusts and estates and tax. Click here to read Professor Yu's biography.

Professor Yu will teach trusts and estates: wills and trusts.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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