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New Faculty Join Law School

November 29, 2006

Wayne State University Law School is pleased to introduce the men and women who have joined the faculty at the start of the 2006-2007 academic year.

Assistant Professor of Law Derek E. Bambauer joins the Law School from a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.  He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004, and his B.A. in History and Science summa cum laude in 1996, also from Harvard.  His most recent publication is “Shopping Badly:  Cognitive Biases, Communications, and the Fallacy of the Marketplace of Ideas,” in the 77 University Colorado Law Review.  Building on his research on the Internet, Prof. Bambauer will be teaching Trademarks, Copyright, and Intellectual Property this year.  He writes a blog on Information Law at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/infolaw/.

Associate Professor of Law Linda M. Beale comes to WSU from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Prior to beginning her teaching career, Professor Beale practiced tax law for six years at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton's New York City and Washington, D.C. offices and clerked for the Hon. D.W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, CA.   Prof. Beale received her undergraduate degree in chemistry magna cum laude from Duke University, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell University.   She studied law at Cornell Law School, graduating summa cum laude in 1994, and at New York University, receiving her LL.M. in Taxation in 2001.  She is an expert in federal income tax law, publishing primarily in the area of corporate, finance and business tax issues.  In addition, she writes a tax blog:  A Taxing Matter at http://ataxingmatter.us.

Assistant Professor of Law Susan E. Cancelosi has been a research professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center since 2005.  She received her LL.M. in Health Law from the same center in 2005 and her J.D. cum laude in 1992 from Cornell University Law School.  She has worked at law firms in Ohio and Texas, as well as with national benefits consulting firms. Her undergraduate degrees cum laude are from Southern Methodist University in Marketing and History.  Among her publications is a 2006 article in Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, “Revisiting Employer Drug Prescription Drug Plans for Medicare-Eligible Retirees in the Medicare Part D Era.”  Professor Cancelosi’s teaching will focus on Employee Benefits, Elder Law and Trusts and Estates.

Assistant Professor of Law Steven M. Davidoff received his B.A. in History cum laude with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law with honors in 1995 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He worked as a Mergers and Acquisitions attorney for approximately a decade with Shearman & Sterling in New York City and London and the international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, also in London.  He also holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.  His recent publications include “Getting U.S. Security Holders to the Party:  The SEC’s Cross Border Release Five Years On,” in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of International Economics and “Fairness Opinions,” in the American University Law Review.  He will be teaching Corporate and Securities Law as well as Law and Economics.

Assistant Professor of Law Lance Gable’s area of expertise is Health Law.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in Political Science and Biology.  Most recently, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities and a lecturer at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  He is the editor (with David Buchanan and Celia Fisher) of the book Ethical and Legal Issues in Research with High Risk Populations:  Addressing Threats of Suicide, Child Abuse, and Violence which will be published later this year.

Clara Scholla McCarthy joins the faculty as a Lecturer in Legal Research and Writing after nine years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Oakland County, Michigan where she worked in the District Court, Family Court and Warrants Divisions.  Prior to that, she was a Law Clerk to the Hon. John Corbett O’Meara, U.S. District Court.  She also practiced environmental law with Dickinson Wright in Detroit.  Her J.D. was awarded from Wayne State University Law School, cum laude, Order of the Coif.  Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from the University of San Francisco and she has both legal and scientific publications to her credit.

Assistant Professor of Law (Clinical) Dana A. Roach comes to the Law School after a year teaching in the Urban Communities Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.  Prior to that she was an attorney for The Nature Conservancy in San Francisco and an associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP and Miller, Starr & Regalia in California.  She received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Michigan Law School where she was Associate Editor and Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  Her undergraduate degree in Political Science and French is from Bryn Mawr College.  She will be teaching the Non-profit Corporations and Urban Development Clinic this fall.

Finally, the Law School would like to welcome Margaret S. Leibowitz as a Visiting Professor for the 2006-2007 academic year.  Her area of expertise is Labor Law; she spent 18 years teaching at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  She is also an arbitrator and mediator of labor-management disputes in the private and public sectors.  Her undergraduate degree is from ILR at Cornell and her J.D. is from New York University School of Law.

With the addition of these scholars, Wayne State University Law School now has 47 full-time faculty members.  Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of over 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classroom, and offices for student groups.  The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries.  Since 2004, the Law School’s dean has been Frank H. Wu.