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Arturo Carrillo

Associate Professor of Clinical Law
BA, Princeton University
JD, George Washington University
LLM, Columbia University

Carrillo teaches GW Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and the human rights advocacy seminar. Previously, he was an adjunct clinical professor at Columbia University and served as the director of Columbia’s Human Rights Clinic. He joined Columbia’s Human Rights Institute in 1999 as the Henkin Senior Fellow, co-teaching the Human Rights Clinic and later serving as lecturer in law and associate director of the Transitional Justice Program for the Human Rights Institute. He served as a legal adviser and human rights monitor in the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Observer Mission to El Salvador from 1991 to 1994. He also worked as the attorney for United Nations affairs of the Colombian Commission of Jurists in Bogotá from 1994 to 1998, and was professor of international human rights and humanitarian law at the Escuela Superior de Administración Pública. Carrillo is senior adviser on human rights policy to the U.S. Agency on International Development in Colombia.

Roger A. Fairfax Jr.

Associate Professor of Law
BA, JD, Harvard University
MA, University of London

A former federal prosecutor, Fairfax worked for the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States in a broad range of public corruption and other investigations and prosecutions. During his time in the Department of Justice Honors Program, he also served details as special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and as special assistant to the assistant attorney general for the criminal division. He later joined the Washington office of O’Melveny & Myers where his practice included white collar criminal and regulatory defense, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and strategic counseling, as well as pro bono affirmative civil rights litigation, indigent criminal defense, and appellate litigation. Fairfax was commentaries chair of Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge Patti Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Fairfax taught courses on the grand jury and criminal procedure as a visiting assistant professor at William & Mary School of Law and for several years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. His research interests include criminal procedure, white collar crime, the grand jury, and federal criminal jurisdiction.

Jamie Grodsky

Associate Professor of Law
BA, JD, Stanford University
MA, University of California, Berkeley

Before joining the Law School faculty, Grodsky was an associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and writes in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and science and technology law. Her scholarly interests include emerging questions of constitutional and administrative law posed by new technologies and the relative capacity of the branches of government to accommodate technological change. Grodsky formerly served as a counsel to the Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995; counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 1997; and was senior adviser to the general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1999 to 2001. She clerked for Chief Judge Proctor R. Hug on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Grodsky worked as an analyst at the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, where she wrote on information technology and economic competitiveness. Previously, she was the educational director at the Oceanic Society in San Francisco and a researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She is currently a co-investigator on a multi-university NIH grant dealing with the impact of new biological technologies on environmental law, regulation, and the assessment of environmental risks.

Kristen E. Murray

Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing; Associate Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program
BA, American University
JD, Georgetown University

Murray began her career as a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins in the firm’s New York and Washington offices. While in private practice, she primarily litigated on behalf of corporate clients in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels and dedicated a significant amount of time to pro bono work through various organizations, including the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She joined the adjunct faculty of the Law School’s legal research and writing program in 2003. Prior to that, she taught U.S. Legal Discourse as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center.

Visiting Faculty

Carter G. Bishop

Visiting Professor of Law
BS, Ball State University
MBA, JD, Drake University
LLM, New York University

Since 1995, Bishop has been a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. Previously, he was a professor of law and the founding director of the graduate tax program at William Mitchell College of Law. He has also taught at the law schools of American University, Northeastern University, the University of San Diego, and Washington and Lee University. Before beginning his teaching career, he clerked for the Hon. Darrell D. Wiles of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington and practiced law in Minneapolis. His teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of contracts; income, partnership, and corporate taxation; corporations; business associations; and international business transactions. He has been a law reporter for several uniform law projects sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws including the Uniform (and Revised) Limited Liability Company Acts and the Limited Liability Partnership Amendments to the Revised Uniform Partnership Act. He has co-authored a casebook on contracts; a law school treatise on federal partnership taxation; and a two-volume law treatise on limited liability companies, which is updated semi-annually. He has also written numerous articles and lectured extensively on tax and business law matters and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Laura Bradford

Frank H. Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Administrative Fellow
BA, Yale University
JD, Stanford University

Bradford’s primary teaching interests are in the areas of copyright, trademark, and cyberspace law. She clerked for Hon. James L. Oakes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Before coming to GW Law, she was an acting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. She previously worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York practicing intellectual property and Internet law, and as a reporter at TIME magazine writing in the areas of business and technology.

Neil Hamilton

Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Colorado College
MA, University of Michigan
JD, University of Minnesota

Hamilton joined the University of St. Thomas law faculty in 2001 as professor of law and founding director of the mentor program. He has taught administrative law for 25 years, and both the required course in professional responsibility and an ethics seminar for 18 years. He practiced with the firms of Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett in Minneapolis and Krieg, DeVault, Alexander and Capehart in Indianapolis before entering academia. He has taught at the Army Finance School in Indianapolis, the law faculty of Airlangga University in Indonesia, Case Western University Law School, and William Mitchell College of Law, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Singapore. The focus of his research over the past 10 years has been the ethics of both the academic and legal professions. He is the author of three books and more than 40 scholarly articles or book chapters, and is a monthly columnist for Minnesota Lawyer. In 2002, Minnesota Lawyer selected Hamilton as one of the recipients of its Lawyer of the Year award. In 2003, he received both the University of St. Thomas School of Law Excellence in Professional Preparation Award and the Hennepin County Professionalism Award, becoming the first law professor to receive either award. In 2004 and 2005, he was selected by Minnesota Law and Politics as a “Minnesota SuperLawyer,” one of two law professors in the state to be so honored. Hamilton served as co-chair of the Hennepin County Professionalism Committee from 2001 to 2003, chair of the MSBA Professionalism Committee from 2003 to 2005, and is a founding director of Res Ipsa Loquitur.

Laird Kirkpatrick

Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Harvard University
JD, University of Oregon

At the University of Oregon Law School, Kirkpatrick is the Hollis Professor of Legal Procedure; he most recently served as the Philip H. Knight Dean. He is the co-author of Federal Evidence (2d ed. West), Evidence Under the Rules (5th ed. Aspen), Evidence (3d ed. Aspen), Evidence: Practice Under the Rules (2d ed. Aspen), and is the author of Oregon Evidence (4th ed. LexisNexis). He is the former chair of the evidence section of the Association of American Law Schools. He previously served as counsel to the head of the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a commissioner ex officio on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Kirkpatrick will visit the Law School in the spring.

Michael Lewyn

Visiting Associate Professor of Law
BA, Wesleyan University
JD, University of Pennsylvania

Lewyn has served on the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Law, Rutgers Law School, John Marshall Law School, and the University of Miami School of Law. Before teaching, he clerked for Judge Morris Arnold and Judge Theodore McMillian, both on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and was an associate in private practice. Lewyn has published articles in the Boston University Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Utah Law Review, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and numerous other journals. His most recent scholarship has focused on legal and policy issues relating to suburban sprawl.

Michael J. Matheson

Visiting Research Professor of Law
BA, LLB, Stanford University

A member of the U.N. International Law Commission, Matheson has argued many cases before international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice. He served for more than 28 years at the U.S. Department of State, including as acting legal adviser or principal deputy legal adviser from 1990 to 2000. While at the State Department he led efforts to create the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the U.N. Compensation Commission for Gulf War claims. Matheson headed the U.S. delegation, with the rank of ambassador, to the U.N. negotiations on conventional weapons. After leaving the State Department, he directed the international law program at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University from 2000 to 2001, and was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 2001 to 2002. Matheson has been a visitor at the Law School since 2002. He has taught courses on public international law, international criminal law, international institutions, and international law and conflict resolution, and has published numerous articles and other pieces. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the executive council of the American Society of International Law, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Thomas J. Schoenbaum

Visiting Research Professor of Law
BA, St. Joseph’s College
JD, University of Michigan
DESS, University of Louvain
PhD, University of Cambridge

Schoenbaum is visiting GW Law from the International Christian University in Japan, where he serves as a professor of international studies. He has taught at the law schools of the University of North Carolina, Tulane University, and the University of Georgia. At Tulane he served as associate dean and at Georgia he was executive director of the Dean Rusk Center of International and Comparative Law. He has practiced law extensively as special counsel for several law firms and has litigated corporate, environmental, and admiralty cases in the federal courts. Schoenbaum has received six Fulbright awards and has held teaching posts in many countries, including Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Austria, Russia, and Japan. He has served as a visiting fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford, and as principal fellow of the Lauterpacht Research Centre of International Law at Cambridge. Professor Schoenbaum specializes in international commercial and environmental law. He is the author of many articles and books, including The World Trade Organization: Law, Policy and Practice (2003), Admiralty and Maritime Law (3d ed. 2001), and Environmental Policy Law (2002). He is currently working on new books in the areas of international environmental law and international business transactions.

Joseph G. Straus

Marshall Coyne Visiting Professor of International Law
LLB, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. jur., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany

Straus is a professor of law at the Universities of Munich and Ljubljana, and managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich. He has been associated with the Max Planck Institute since 1977, has taught European and German patent law at the University of Munich since 1990, and was a visiting faculty member at Cornell Law School between 1989 and 1998. He is author or co-author of numerous publications in the field of intellectual property law, especially in the field of the protection of biological invention. In 2000, Straus was the first non-scientist to win the Science Award of the Foundation for German Science.