Summer Institute Faculty
The Summer Institute draws instructors from the Law School’s outstanding faculty and leaders in the New York City legal community. Summer Institute professors are pioneers in their respective fields of expertise and are as known for their cutting-edge legal scholarship and for their classroom teaching.
The following faculty have lectured at previous Summer Institutes:
Professor Brudney joined the Fordham faculty after nineteen years at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law. Following graduation from law school, Professor Brudney clerked for the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and then for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He was associated for four years with the firm of Bredhoff and Kaiser in Washington, representing individuals and unions in constitutional and statutory matters.
Professor Brudney served for six years as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. At Fordham, Professor Brudney teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Legislation and Regulation, Comparative Labor and Employment Law, and Statutory Interpretation and Separation of Powers. His scholarly writing is in the areas of workplace law and statutory interpretation.
Professor Brudney is co-chair of the Public Review Board for the United Auto Works International Union, and is a member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labor Organization. He received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to do research and lecturing at Oxford University in the fall of 2000. In 2008, he received an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University.
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Harkiranjit (Kiran) Chahal
Ms. Chahal received her B.A. from the University of California–Berkeley in 2002 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. While at law school, she interned with the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Capetown, South Africa, and with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a student assistant in the office of J.D. Academic Services for more than two years and was a summer resident adviser to the 2005–2006 LL.M. class. After law school, Ms. Chahal joined the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York as an Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection. Immediately prior to joining Fordham Law, Ms. Chahal worked as a legal officer for Jesuit Refugee Service and Boat People S.O.S. in Bangkok, Thailand, where she represented asylum seekers and refugees from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Howard M. Erichson
Professor Erichson is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches in the areas of civil procedure, complex litigation, and professional responsibility. He has published widely on topics of procedure and ethics, particularly as they relate to mass torts and other complex litigation. He is past chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of Aggregate Litigation. Professor Erichson is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Before coming to Fordham, he clerked for Justice Stewart Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court and for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, was a litigator with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City, and taught at Seton Hall Law School. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, and Chuo University in Tokyo.
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Toni M. Jaeger-Fine
Dean Jaeger-Fine is Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School and Co-Director of the Fordham Law Summer Institute in NYC. An expert on the U.S. legal system and on the internationalization of legal education, Dean Jaeger-Fine has served as Chair of the Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Students, the Section on International Legal Exchange, and the Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools. Prior to joining Fordham, Dean Jaeger-Fine was Director of Graduate and International Programs at Cardozo School of Law, Assistant Director of the Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, and an associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C. Dean Jaeger-Fine is the author of American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide (Lexis), An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (Thompson), Intodução au Sistema Juríduco Anglo-Americano (WMF Martinsfontes), co-author of books in a series entitled Mastering the Master (of Laws), and author numerous articles on varied topics published in the U.S. and abroad. She has taught or lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
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Professor Flaherty is a Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights at Fordham Law. He is a Visiting Fellow and Professor in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Flaherty has taught in a number of foreign venues, including Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul), The Queen’s University of Belfast, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), and the National Judges College (Beijing). An expert in constitutional law, foreign relations law, and legal history, Professor Flaherty is a prolific scholar on these and related topics. Professor Flaherty served as law clerk to the Honorable Byron R. White, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable John J. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has also participated in a number of international human rights missions in Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Romania, and Turkey.
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Sean J. Griffith
Professor Griffith is the T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director of the Corporate Law Center at Fordham Law School. He has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the University of Aix-Marseilles. He worked as an associate in the corporate department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, focusing on public company mergers and acquisitions. Professor Griffith has written widely on issues related to corporate and securities law. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Harvard Law School, where he was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Griffith was named Teacher of the year in 2009. He recently co-authored a book, Ensuring Corporate Misconduct (The University of Chicago Press).
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Jose Luis Guerra
Mr. Guerra is a graduate of Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City, and holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. He is licensed to practice law in both the U.S. and Mexico. He was an associate in the mergers and acquisitions department at the law firm Cravath, Swaine, and Moore, where he was later in the Latin American practice group. He has served as in-house counsel for Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc., a large Japanese multinational trading company, and as the Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department at Credit Suisse in New York City. Currently, Mr. Guerra is Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase.
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Professor Kainen is the Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy and Director of the Moore Advocacy Center at Fordham Law School. Professor Kainen’s principal subjects are property, evidence, trial advocacy, jurisprudence, and legal process. Before entering academia, Professor Kainen was Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and an associate at Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossman and at Kreindler & Kreindler, as well as Assistant Professor at Brown University. Professor Kainen is the author of a range of articles on varied topics. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Kainen served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Sonia K. Katyal
Professor Katyal is Associate Dean for Research and the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Before coming to Fordham, Professor Katyal was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling. She recevied her A.B. from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Katyal clerked for the Honorable Carlos Moreno (now a California Supreme Court Juice) in the Central District of California, and the Honorable Dorothy Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the winner of the Dukeminier Award (2002) and the Yale Cybercrime Award (2004), and has received a grant from the Warhol Foundation (2008). Her book (co-authored with Eduardo M. Penalver), Property Outlaws, was published in 2010 by Yale University Press.
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Thomas H. Lee
Professor Lee is a Leitner Family Professor of International Law and Director of Graduate and International Studies at Fordham Law School. Professor Lee teaches and writes in the fields of civil procedure, international arbitration and litigation, comparative and U.S. constitutional law, public international law, and the U.S. federal court system. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2012-13), University of Virginia School of Law (2007), and Columbia Law School (2005-06). After receiving his J.D. in 2000, he clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. During law school, he was Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a Ph.D. candidate in Government. He has also worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson; Wachtell, Lipton & Rosen; and Wesil, Gotshal & Manges. He received an A.B. summa cum laude in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and Government and an A.M. in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard in 1991, after which he served four years in the U.S. Navy as a signals intelligence officer with our submarine deployments and shore duty in Korea, Japan, and Washington, D.C. Professor Lee is a member of the bars of New York, Massachusetts (inactive), and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is admitted in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., First, and Second Circuits. He has advised the Korean Constitutional Court and consults on U.S. federal appeals and jurisdictional issues, international arbitrations, and multi-country litigation matters. He is proficient in Korean and reads French, Japanese, and Latin.
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Professor Sugin joined the Fordham Law faculty in 1994. A graduate of Harvard and NYU Law, Professor Sugin teaches Income Taxation, Tax Policy and Distributive Justice, and Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy. She is an author of The Individual Tax Base (West), a textbook for the basic law school tax course. In 2007, she received the Law School’s Teacher of the Year Award.
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Ms. Smiley is Director of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School. Megan received her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to transitioning into higher education, Megan was a corporate associate in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities, and financings. Megan graduated from Boston College Law School in 2006 and graduated summa cum laude from Colby College in 2000, where she majored in French and international studies.
Professor Squire is an expert in the fields of corporate law and antitrust/competition law. Before joining the faculty at Fordham, Professor Squire taught at Harvard College, where he won the Allyn Young Award for excellence in the teaching of principles of economics. Before teaching, Professor Squire was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. Professor Squire is the author of numerous articles. Professor Squire holds an M.B.A. and a J.D., magna cum laude from Harvard, as well as a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2010 and 2011, he received the Teacher of the Year Award. During the 2012 to 2013 school year he was a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School.
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Elizabeth S. Stong
The Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York on September 2, 2003. Before taking the bench, Judge Stong was an associate and then a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York from 1987 and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York from 1983 to 1987, concentrating in complex federal and state civil litigation. She also was a mediator and arbitrator for the NASD, the Eastern District of New York, and the New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. Judge Stong is Vice President of the Board of the Federal Bar Council and a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Practising Law Institute. She is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program and has trained judges in Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, and the Arabian peninsula in business reorganization and liquidation issues, business dispute adjudication, and alternative dispute resolution. Judge Stong is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Chair of its International Judicial Relations Committee, and a member of its Liaison Committee to the American Bar Association, as well as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and was a member of the Commission on Women in the Profession. She is an officer of the ABA Business Law Section, chaired its Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, co-chairs the ABA’s Judicial Division Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Council, and serves on the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges Executive Committee. Judge Stong is a member of the New York City Bar’s Committee to Encourage Judicial Service, and chaired the City Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She also served as Vice Chair and a member of the City Bar’s Judiciary Committee and a member of its Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization and Public Service and Education Committee. She is a member of the New York State and Brooklyn Bar Associations. Judge Stong previously served as President of the Harvard Law School Association, Vice President of the Board of Directors of New York City Bar Fund Inc. and the City Bar Justice Center, and was a member of the board of MFY Legal Services, Inc., one of the largest providers of free civil legal services to low-income residents of New York City.
Judge Stong is an occasional speaker at Harvard Law School. She has authored articles and contributed chapters to several practice manuals and treatises on bankruptcy law, securities law, trial strategy, and alternative dispute resolution. She is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy law and procedure, securities law, settlement strategy and damages assessment, discovery techniques, ADR, and public service. She is a member of the American Law Institute and International Adviser to its joint project with the International Insolvency Institute on Transnational Insolvency, and a fellow of the American and New York Bar Foundations.
Judge Stong graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with an A.B. in History and Science in 1978 and from Harvard Law School in 1982. She was a law clerk to Honorable A. David Mazzone of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1982 to 1983.
Ms. Thorn is Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School. Prior to joining Fordham, Ms. Thorn was an Associate Attorney in the Corporate Transactions and Latin America practice groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is an active member and former Section Chair of the International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section for NALP (The Association for Legal Career Professionals) and was also a member of the New York City Bar’s Law Student Perspectives Committee for several years. Outside the legal world, Ms. Thorn enjoys singing with the New York Choral Society. Ms. Thorn holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Music from Western Washington University.
Benjamin Zipursky is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Fordham Law School, where he holds the James H. Quinn '49 Chair in Legal Ethics. Professor Zipursky is a leading scholar in tort law, including product liability law, and jurisprudence. He has published more than forty articles and chapters on subjects ranging from punitive damages and duty in tort law to the varieties of pragmatism within legal philosophy. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is a frequent lecturer in the news media on issues related to pharmaceutical liability. Professor Zipursky is perhaps best known as a pioneer of the civil recourse theory of tort law. Professor Zipursky has been a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, and Vanderbilt Law School. In addition to his law degree, Professor Zipursky holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy.
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