Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Laura Spitz has joined the law faculty at the University of Colorado as an Associate Professor. Before that, Professor Spitz studied law at Cornell Law School, the European University Institute, and the University of British Columbia; practiced law in Vancouver, B.C.; taught Commercial Transactions at the University of New Mexico; and clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. And before that, she drove a forklift and unloaded fishing boats just off the coast of Alaska. And played field hockey for the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA Div. 1 champions.
"I'm well known for my Canadian Imperialism," she says. Asked repeatedly during the interview process why she was looking for teaching positions in the U.S. rather than returning home to Canada to teach (remember it was election season here) her standard response was that the world needed more Canada, and the key was for Canadians to spread out. "Sort of take over the U.S. while it isn't looking." At school, she says she's frequently referred to as "the" Canadian.
A recipient of several fellowships, including a John M. Olin Foundation Fellowship, a British Columbia Law Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a Gender, Sexuality & Family Project Scholarship, Professor Spitz’s research focuses on the effects of transnational economic integration and trade liberalization on national regulation and norm harmonization in North America. Maybe she can work in the Alaskan fishing industry and field hockey as well.