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LAPA Announces 2008-2009 Fellows

A diverse class promises an enriching year

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 Fellows. Each year, LAPA hosts a select group of fellows drawn from the academy, legal practice, and government or policymaking institutions. In addition to pursuing unique research projects, they share their experience and expertise with students and faculty in both formal and informal settings.

The fellows were selected in a competitive process from among more than 100 applicants. "We are delighted that LAPA is developing an international reputation indicated by receipt of applications from five continents," explained LAPA Director Kim Lane Scheppele. "In the coming year, LAPA will assemble a class of fellows with diverse backgrounds, who have much to contribute to their own academic field as well as to each other’s research interests." Throughout the academic year, LAPA Seminars will feature the work of the fellows, providing the opportunity for lively multidisciplinary scholarly discussion among Princeton faculty and graduate students about fellows’ projects. In addition, several of the fellows will offer courses in the spring semester.

The 2008-2009 LAPA Fellows are:

Christopher Beauchamp has been named the Microsoft Fellow. He is a historian of law, business, and technology, with a focus on the areas of intellectual property and regulation. He oins Princeton from New York University School of Law, where he is currently a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Telephone Patents," used the history of Alexander Graham Bell’s patents to reconstruct the legal and economic contexts of intellectual property in nineteenth-century Britain and America. The dissertation received the Cromwell Dissertation Prize of the American Society for Legal History and was a finalist for the Coleman Prize of the Association of Business Historians and the Krooss Prize of the Business History Conference. Beauchamp received his B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. At LAPA, he will be working on a book about patent law and litigation during the "second industrial revolution" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a period that prefigured many of the issues vexing patent law and policy today.

Mark Brandon is Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he is also Director of the Law School's Program in Constitutional Law and Theory. His scholarship focuses on problems of constitutionalism. He is the author of a book, Free in the World (Princeton University Press), on American slavery and constitutional failure. He has also written on secession, federalism, limits to the amending power, and war in the American constitutional order. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, M.A. from University of Michigan, and J.D. from University of Alabama. His current scholarship investigates relations among family, law, and constitutional order in the United States. The project studies the ways in which family might participate in creating, maintaining, and changing a constitutional order, how the order might try to shape or use family, and how effective law can be in achieving either goal. At LAPA Brandon will be writing a book on the constitutional status of family based upon this research.

Malcolm M. Feeley has been named the Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow. He holds the Clare Sanders Clements Dean’s Chair in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Since 1984, he has been associated with the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in the School of Law at UC Berkeley. From 2005-2007 Feeley was the President of the Law & Society Association, and he currently serves as co-editor, with Jonathan Simon, of the journal, Punishment & Society. The author or editor of numerous books and articles on the judicial process and the criminal justice system, his 1979 book The Process is the Punishment received the ABA's Silver Gavel Award for best book in law. His most recent books are (with Edward Rubin) Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (Cambridge); (with Terry Halliday and Lucien Karpik) Fighting for Political Freedom: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex and Political Liberalism (Hart); and (with Ed Rubin) Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Choice (Michigan). Feeley has taught at NYU, Yale, where he was a Russell Sage Post Doctoral Fellow in Law and the Behavioral Sciences, and Wisconsin, and has been a fellow in the Guggenheim Criminal Justice Program. He has also held several visiting positions abroad, including in Jerusalem, Cologne, Milan, Bologna, and Kobe. Feeley received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently involved in a trio of historically oriented studies on the criminal process. The first of them, a comparative historical study of women accused of crime in the eighteenth century, is near completion. The others explore the importance of privatization in the development of the prison, and the origins and antecedents of plea bargaining. He plans to work on these projects during his tenure at LAPA.

Christina Murray is Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law at the University of Cape Town. She is currently Head of the Department of Public Law and Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty. Between 1994 and 1996 she served on a panel of seven experts advising the South African Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa’s ‘final’ Constitution. Since then most of her work has focused on constitution making, constitutional design and the implementation of new constitutions. In South Africa most of this work has been with the national treasury (implementing the fiscal elements of the new decentralized system of government) and with the national Parliament and nine provincial legislatures. She has also advised other nation’s constitutional development processes, including Kenya, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Southern Sudan and Bolivia. Among her most recent published work is a book, edited with Michelle O’Sullivan, Advancing Women’s Rights: the first decade of democracy (2005) and papers on traditional leadership, federalism and international relations in South Africa, the executive under South Africa’s constitution, and ethnicity in South Africa’s constitutional design. At Princeton, Murray will be writing a book on constitution making processes from a comparative constitutional law perspective.

Ingolf Pernice is a Professor and holds the Chair for Public Law, International and European Law at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, where for the past two years (until March 2008) he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Formerly, he was a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission and served as the legal advisor to the European delegation in their negotiations in preparation for the Rio Summit 1992, including the Framework Convention of Climate Change. From 1997 to 2001 he served as a member of the European Forum for Environment and Sustainable Development. Pernice founded and directed the Walter Hallstein-Institut for European Constitutional Law of the Humboldt University Berlin and advised the German government in the preparation of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. After specializing in European antitrust and environmental law in practice, Pernice devoted his academic research to more general questions of legal philosophy, constitutional law and, in particular, European constitutional law. His publications include a book (in French), commentaries (in German) and numerous articles in German, French and English on how to conceptualize the relationship of national and European law. In October 2006 Pernice was awarded a doctor honoris causa by the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. At LAPA he will be examining a multilevel constitutionalism as a theoretical pattern for a global law system.

Noah Zatz is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School and comes to LAPA after a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. His main scholarly interests are in employment and labor law, welfare and poverty law, work/family policy, and feminist legal theory. Zatz’s research primarily explores how and why the law distinguishes work from other activities and differentiates market and nonmarket modes of organizing labor. His publications in this area have analyzed what qualifies as work under welfare work requirements, the application of labor and employment law to prison labor and other paid work that is organized outside traditional labor markets, and feminist perspectives on prostitution as sex work. Before entering law teaching, Zatz was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to support his public interest work at the National Employment Law Project in New York City. Zatz received his A.B. summa cum laude from Cornell University in 1994, his M.A. from Cornell University in 1996, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999. He clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and then for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While at LAPA, Zatz will investigate how contemporary antipoverty policy’s roots in a family wage model of the household economy have rendered child-care invisible both as a component of household need and as a form of valuable work, and he will develop new approaches to means-testing and work requirements that are responsive to this critique.

The Program in Law and Public Affairs is jointly funded by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the University Center for Human Values, and Princeton University.