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Wayne Law Welcomes New Professors, Enhances Program and Clinic Offerings for Students

June 10, 2009

 

DETROIT (June 10, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the addition of five men and women who will join the faculty at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year. They include Assistant Professor Christopher Lund, Associate Professor Adele Morrison, Assistant Professor Aaron Perzanowski and Assistant Professor (Clinical) Rachel Settlage. Wayne Law will also welcome Sharon Keller, who will serve one year as a visiting professor.

"I am delighted that the Law School was able to bring on board such a talented and exciting group of new professors,” said Professor Jonathan Weinberg, who served on the Law School’s Faculty Appointments Committee. “It’s a pleasure to welcome them to Wayne Law. I am looking forward to our working together."

Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman added, “These talented people will be valuable additions to our faculty. We’ve had an excellent recruiting year, thanks to the fine work of the Appointments Committee and the faculty.”

 

Assistant Professor Christopher Lund, next year, will teach courses in Contracts, Torts and Evidence, and Law and Religion. He most recently served as an assistant professor of law at the Mississippi College of Law. He also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Karen Moore, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; was a Madison Fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State; practiced law at Dechert, LLP in Philadelphia; and was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston Law School.

Lund earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from Rice University. His publications are in the field of law and religion.  

 

Associate Professor Adele Morrison, next year, will teach courses in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child, Family and State. She most recently served as visiting professor of law and acting director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. She was a Remington Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has visited at Western New England College School of Law and the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law from her tenured position with Northern Illinois University College of Law. She directed an Echoing Green funded program, which was part of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, and was program director for the Dane County Commission on Sensitive Crimes in Madison, Wis. 

Morrison earned an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from San Francisco State University. Her publications are in the areas of family law, domestic violence, Critical Race Theory and LGBT studies.

Assistant Professor Aaron Perzanowski, next year, will teach courses in the area of intellectual property law. He most recently served as the Microsoft research fellow at the Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property Law for the Information Industries. He practiced law at Fenwick and West in San Francisco.

Perzanowski earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and an A.B. from Kenyon College. His publications are in the areas of intellectual property and copyright.

 

Assistant Professor (Clinical) Rachel Settlage, next year, will teach internship courses and is expected to supervise a new Wayne Law Immigration Law Clinic. She most recently served as a clinical fellow with the University of Baltimore School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic. She has also practiced law at the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona; served as a Senior Researcher at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian; and served as a Foreign Affairs Officer/Senior Editor at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Settlage earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications are in the areas of immigration and domestic violence.

 

Visiting Professor Sharon Keller, next year, will teach courses in Consumer Law, Corporations, Agency and Partnership, and Non-profit Entities. She most recently served as a visiting professor of law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. She has also served as a visiting associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Law; was an associate professor at Gonzaga University School of Law; served as research associate professor of law and assistant dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Miami School of Law; and practiced law at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C.

Keller earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Antioch College. Her publications are in the fields of religion and public education.

 

Wayne Law has a strong tradition of faculty governance. As such, a selected faculty Appointments Committee determines who can be made offers for full-time positions. This faculty committee is responsible for conducting preliminary interviews and coordinating the process as a whole. For more information regarding this committee, our new faculty members or the Law School in general, please visit Wayne Law online at www.law.wayne.edu.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu