Emory Report
September 22, 2008
Volume 61, Number 5



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New Emory law faculty specialize in hot topics

By Liz Chilla

Four new and visiting faculty members join Emory Law this fall: Dorothy Brown, professor of law; Jonathan Nash, professor of law; Mark Engsberg, assistant professor of law and director of library services; and Laura Spitz, visiting professor of law.

Brown, who served as a visiting professor at Emory Law last year, specializes in the areas of tax law and critical race theory. Formerly a professor of law at Washington and Lee University, Brown taught courses in federal income taxation, partnership tax, critical race theory and administrative law, and served as director of the school’s Frances Lewis Law Center. She is renowned for her scholarship in tax policy as it relates to race and difference.

Nash specializes in environmental law, property law, civil procedure, and the study of courts and judges. He previously served as the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University, where he taught courses in environmental law, property, law and economics and civil procedure. Most recently, he was a visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School. Nash is a prolific scholar, publishing in many top-ranked law journals.

Engsberg previously served as head of reference of the Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School. He currently is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Legal Information, published by the International Association of Law Libraries.

Spitz, who is visiting Emory Law for the 2008–09 academic year, specializes in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial transactions. She joins the Emory faculty from the University of Colorado Law School, where she serves as an associate professor teaching courses in contracts, commercial transactions and bankruptcy.

Under Dean David Partlett’s leadership, Emory Law continues toward its goal of hiring 10 new faculty members over the next five years, providing additional opportunities for student-faculty interaction, adding depth to existing program areas and providing leadership in new areas.