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Wayne Law Welcomes New Visiting Professors

August 13, 2008

DETROIT (Aug. 12, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the addition of four men and women who will join the faculty at the start of the 2008-2009 academic year as visiting professors. They include James Richard Broughton, William J. Mateikis, Vanessa Pierce Rollins and Stephen J. Safranek.

Additionally, the Law School welcomes back Margaret S. Leibowitz as a returning visiting professor for the Fall 2008 semester. 

“On behalf of Wayne State University Law School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning faculty members,” said Professor Peter Henning, chair of the Law School’s Faculty Appointments Committee. “They each bring with them unique expertise, experience and talents that will greatly benefit our students and the Law School for years to come.”

James Richard Broughton will teach courses in criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as a seminar about the death penalty, as a visiting professor during the 2008-2009 academic year. His most recent professional experience includes serving as a lecturer in Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate Program in Government in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla., and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Some of his legal experience outside of academia includes serving as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, as assistant attorney general and fellow in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, and as a law clerk to The Honorable Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Appeals.

Broughton holds a LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Widener University School of Law and a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

Margaret S. Leibowitz will continue to teach courses in labor law during the Fall 2008 semester. She spent 18 years teaching at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). 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.

William J. Mateikis will teach civil procedure and courses in labor and employment law as a visiting professor during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years. His recent professional experience includes stints with Honeywell International Inc. as director of Global Trade Compliance and director of Human Resources, as well as director of Employee Relations with Gateway Companies Inc. He has also practiced privately, worked as a labor and employment attorney/director of Human Resources at General Mills, Inc., and served as an associate attorney with Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz LLP.

Mateikis holds the following degrees: an M.A. in international relations from Tufts University, The Fletcher School Of Law and Diplomacy; a certificate of concentration in international trade law from the John Marshall Law School LL.M. Program in International Business and Trade Law; a J.D. from New York University School of Law; an M.S. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Industrial Relations Research Institute; and a B.S. in economics from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

Vanessa Pierce Rollins will teach courses in copyright and trademark law, as well as an intellectual property seminar, as a visiting professor during the 2008-2009 academic year. Her most recent professional experience includes serving as an assistant professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law and Michigan State University College of Law. Other past work experiences include serving as an associate with Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, an associate with Workman, Nydegger & Seeley in Salt Lake City, and an associate with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in Palo Alto, Calif.

Rollins worked as a molecular biologist before entering the legal profession. She holds a B.S. from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Stephen J. Safranek will teach courses in corporations and a seminar about jurisprudence as a visiting professor during the fall 2008 semester. His recent professional experience includes serving as a professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law. He has also taught at the University of Detroit Mercy, worked for Latham & Watkins in its Chicago office, and served as a clerk for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Safranek has been interviewed on national television regarding constitutional law issues and has appeared on local and national radio programs. He holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. from the University of Dallas, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

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 State University Law School online at www.law.wayne.edu.

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 State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-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.

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