One hundred years ago, Gonzaga Law began classes with a faculty of five and 19 students. At the beginning of Gonzaga Law’s 100th academic year, Gonzaga continued its long-standing tradition of excellent faculty with the appointment of new professors Kevin Michels and Jessica Kiser, the granting of tenure to professors Brooks Holland and Upendra Acharya, and the appointment of Professor Jason Gillmer to the new position of Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development.
New Professors Appointed
“We are pleased to have two new faculty members with us,” stated Jane Korn, Dean of the Law School. “Kevin Michels, our new J. Donald and Va Lena Scarpelli Curran Visiting Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, comes to us with experience in Business Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Ethics. Jessica Kiser, who comes to us as an Assistant Professor from Loyola New Orleans, will be teaching primarily in the area of Intellectual Property.”
Seeing the Law as a Calling
The J. Donald and Va Lena Scarpelli Curran Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism was first endowed in 2009 by alumni Don and Va Lena Curran. The couple first met while they were both attending law school at Gonzaga in 1953. In addition to teaching classes in areas such as Professional Responsibility and Torts, Michels examines legal ethics, professionalism, and liability questions in both his teaching and research. He has published in several law reviews and authored New Jersey Attorney Ethics, a work frequently cited by New Jersey courts. “It’s exciting to join Gonzaga Law in the year of its Centennial. I look forward to helping Gonzaga students see the law as a great calling,” said Michels, who was recently elected to the American Law Institute.
Intellectual Law in Emerging Technology
“I am very excited to join the vibrant community of Intellectual Property students, scholars and attorneys at Gonzaga’s law school and in the city of Spokane,” said professor Jessica Kiser, who comes to Gonzaga Law to continue building instructional strength in the growing areas of intellectual property law. Kiser has both practice experience at the Transactional Intellectual Property Group in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York City office and instructional experience from Loyola New Orleans College of Law. The focus of Kiser’s research is on intellectual property law as it relates to emerging technologies, international law, and contractual relationships.
A new Associate Dean
Along with the two new professors, Jason Gillmer, the John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties, has been appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. The Associate Dean is charged with assisting the faculty in all aspects of their scholarly endeavors, including maintaining regular faculty colloquia, facilitating faculty mentoring, and developing additional opportunities for faculty development. “The Gonzaga law faculty has been engaging in scholarship at the highest level for years. I am looking forward to showcasing their work to see how it shapes and influences important conversations among both academics and practitioners. I am also very excited to work with our younger faculty, helping them to develop into productive and contributing members of the academy,” said Gillmer.
Newly Tenured Professors
At the beginning of the summer, two outstanding Gonzaga Law professors were also granted tenure. Upendra Acharya, who works mainly in international law, and Brooks Holland, who works mainly in criminal law, were promoted to Associate Professor and will receive tenure in 2013. You can read more about their promotions in this early-summer news release.
This year marks Gonzaga Law’s Centennial year and Gonzaga University’s 125th anniversary. Celebrations for both anniversaries are scheduled throughout the year, and more information can be found by visiting law100.gonzaga.edu.