Monday, June 2, 2008
From the Press Release: "Kevin K. Washburn will join the Arizona Law faculty, teaching and working in the areas of American Indian law and criminal 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,” Dean Toni 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 at the University of Minnesota. He has written widely (SSRN page here) 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."
My former Cincinnati colleague Jack Chin is on the Arizona faculty; he told me that in addition to snagging Kevin, Arizona recently hired Katherine Barnes from Wash U (SSRN page here), a J.D./Ph.D. in statistics who is an expert in racial disparity, and Marc Miller from Emory (SSRN page here), known for his Criminal Procedure and Sentencing casebooks, and his empirical work on prosecutorial charging decisions. Marc and Jack appear in Brian Leiter's study of highly cited CrimProfs. Arizona has a criminal law speaker every week, a Criminal Law and Policy Certificate Program just graduated its first class, and a new White Collar prosecution clinic with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, in addition to the traditional prosecution and defense clinics. Jack told me that he and his colleagues have been especially pleased with the interest and participation of the criminal bar--both sides, and up and down the ranks--in the research and policy and discussions at the U of A. It looks like Arizona is building quite a strong criminal program. [Mark Godsey]