Conference Speaker Bios


Felice Batlan is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. Cambridge University Press has recently published her book Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1940. Her groundbreaking work which explores interactions between law, gender, history and the legal profession have appeared in numerous law reviews, history journals, and anthologies. She is also Book Review Editor for Law and History Review, and was an associate editor of Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court and the journal Continuity and Change. She has taught and lectured throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and her work has been translated into numerous languages. She was an NYU Golieb Fellow, A Hurst Fellow, a Freehling Fellow, and received the CCWH/Berkshire Women’s History Dissertation Award. Her J.D. is from Harvard and her PhD in history is from NYU.

Anita Bernstein, a graduate of Queens College and Yale Law School, is the Anita and Stuart Subotnick Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. She writes in torts, professional responsibility, feminist jurisprudence, and family law. In 2010, she graduated from Transylvania University with a B.A. in French and History. From 2010-2011, Ms. Bernstein taught English at a vocational lycee in Hennebont, France. In 2011, she received the James Madison Fellowship for Kentucky. From 2011-2013, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Louisville and obtained her MA in History. In 2013, she started teaching at the J. Graham Brown School in Louisville, Kentucky, while earning her MA in Teaching from the University of Louisville. Ms. Bernstein currently teaches AP Human Geography, AP United States History and French I at the secondary level.
Vincent Blasi is the Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties at Columbia Law School, where he has been a law professor since 1983. His law degree is from the University of Chicago, where he studied with the renowned First Amendment scholar Harry Kalven, Jr. He has published many articles about the history and theory of the freedom of speech. His casebook, Ideas of the First Amendment (2d. ed. 2012), introduced a history-of-ideas approach to the study of First Amendment law. Mr. Blasi's current project is a book entitled The Classic Arguments for Free Speech: Milton, Madison, and Mill.
Robert F. Cochran, Jr. is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor and Director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He teaches legal ethics, torts, and religion and the law. He is the author of more than 50 articles and 10 books. His books include Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy, and Legal Institutions (InterVarsity Press, 2013) (with David VanDrunen), Louis D. Brandeis’s MIT Lectures on Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2012), Lawyers, Clients, and Moral Responsibility (Second Edition) (West, 2009) (with Thomas L. Shaffer), Faith and Law (NYU Press, 2008), Law and Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003) (with Robert M. Ackerman), and Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (Yale University Press, 2001) (with Michael McConnell and Angela Carmella).
Erin K. Coyle, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Early in her career, she worked as a journalist covering government and breaking news.That work inspired her research interests in access to government information, freedom of expression, privacy, and journalism. She has published a book and scholarly articles on press freedom and privacy. She also published an article on Louis D. Brandeis’ work with muckraking journalists. She teaches mass communication law, media history, and media writing courses.
Barry Cushman is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of History, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Hasia Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and also Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center of American Jewish History also at NYU. She is the author of over 10 books in the fields of American Jewish history, American immigration history and women's history. Her most recent book, ROADS TAKEN: THE GREAT JEWISH MIGRATIONS TO THE NEW WORLD AND THE PEDDLERS WHO FORGED THE WAY (Yale, 2015) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, 2015.
John Dzienkowski teaches and writes in the areas of legal ethics, property law, and international energy transactions. His work in legal ethics has focused upon topics in conflicts of interest and in the regulation of the delivery of legal services to clients. John is a four-term member of the MPRE Drafting Committee and the co-author of Morgan, Rotunda, and Dzienkowski, Professional Responsibility: Problems and Materials (12th ed. 2014). 
Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. An expert in antitrust economics, he has testified in several precedent-setting antitrust cases, including three Supreme Court decisions. The author of more than seventy academic publications, Mr. Elzinga also is known for his mystery novels written under the pen name Marshall Jevons, in which the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve crimes.
Susan Fortney serves as Professor at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Before joining the TAMU faculty, Professor Fortney served as the Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice Deane School of Law at Hofstra University from 2011-2015. Previously, she taught at Texas Tech School of Law where she served as the Interim Dean and a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished University Professor. Fortney’s has conducted a number of empirical studies related to law firm ethics, governance and culture. In 2015 she published the second edition of LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW: PROBLEMS AND PREVENTION (co-written). Fortney is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and The Texas Bar Foundation. She also serves on the National Conference of Bar Examiners Committee that drafts the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination.
Susan E. Gallagher, Associate Professor, Political Science Dept., UMass Lowell, focuses on the history of ideas about inequality in American political thought. She is currently completing “The Right to Privacy, by Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren: A Digital Critical Edition, and also working on a biography of abolitionist orator H. Ford Douglas, a once famous but now largely forgotten fugitive slave who joined the Union Army before blacks were permitted to serve and became the only African American to command his own unit: A “Black John Brown”: The Life, Lectures & Legacy of H. Ford Douglas. 
Joel K. Goldstein, the Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, has written widely on constitutional law and American governmental institutions, especially the vice presidency and presidential succession and inability. His most recent book is The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden (University Press of Kansas, 2016). He has written about and taught a seminar on Justice Brandeis. 
Mark A. Graber is the Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is the author of A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism, the American Constitutionalism textbook series and other monographs that are available whenever fine scholarly books are overpriced.
Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and is involved in various bar association activities, including many in these fields.
Rick Haselton (Stanford University (A.B. 1976); Yale Law School (J.D. 1979)) is a senior judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, having served as the longest-tenured judge in that court's history (from 1994 to 2015), including the last four years as chief judge. Judge Haselton, whose interest in Justice Brandeis began with an undergraduate paper on Muller v. Oregon, is a member and past president of Congregation Kesser Israel in Portland, Oregon. 
Katherine A. ("Kassie") Helm, J.D., Ph.D., is a member of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Group.Her practice focuses on representing clients in complex patent litigation and related intellectual property, antitrust and international arbitration matters. Dr. Helm has published over 50 articles, book chapters and commentary on a variety of legal issues, including as a legal columnist for She has authored papers presenting her own independent research in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered talks and lectured on panels at national and international conferences, on both scientific and legal topics.
Jeremy K. Kessler is Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches and writes about First Amendment law, administrative law, and legal history. His forthcoming book, Fortress of Liberty: The Rise and Fall of the Draft and the Remaking of American Law (Harvard) explores how the contested development of the military draft transformed the relationship between civil liberties law and the American administrative state. Kessler's articles on First Amendment law, administrative law, conscientious objection, and human rights have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, The Cambridge History of World War II, The New Republic, The Boston Review, n+1, and Jacobin. He serves on the board of the American Society for Legal History, and co-directs Columbia's 20th Century Politics and Society Workshop.
Renee Knake is a Professor of Law and the Foster Swift Professor of Legal Ethics at Michigan State University, where she also co-directs the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession. A primary area of Professor Knake's scholarship addresses the intersection between the first amendment and the regulation of lawyers, and she is a co-author of the casebook PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (West Publishing 2013). She is currently the Reporter for the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services.
Frederick M. Lawrence is Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, Professor of Politics at Brandeis University, and the former President of Brandeis. He has published widely and lectured internationally on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes and is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law (Harvard University Press). As president of Brandeis, Lawrence strengthened ties between the university and its alumni and focused on sustaining the university’s historical commitment to educational access through financial aid. His accomplishments during his presidency included restoring fiscal stability to the university and overseeing record setting increases in admissions applications, undergraduate financial aid and the university’s endowment. Lawrence was widely regarded as a champion of the fine arts, and revitalized the university’s Rose Art Museum. 
Randy Lee teaches Torts, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility at Widener University's Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, PA. He has served as the chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Professional Responsibility and also as the chair of the Law School Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Professionalism Committee. Randy is married to Brenda Lee, and the couple have six children. 
Prof. Judith A. McMorrow teaches torts, professional responsibility and related topics at Boston College Law School. Prof. McMorrow writes in the area of professional responsibility. Her current work focuses on globalization and lawyering, including non-lawyer owners and investors in law firm. In the 2008-2009 academic year she was a Fulbright professor at Renmin University School of Law in Beijing, China. Prof. McMorrow is the co-author, with Daniel R. Coquillette, of THE FEDERAL LAW OF ATTORNEY CONDUCT (Moore’s Federal Practice), and with Daniel R. Coquillette & R. Michael Cassidy of LAWYERS AND FUNDAMENTAL MORAL RESPONSIBILITY (2010). She is currently authoring a new creative commons licensed textbook on INTRODUCTION TO TORTS: INJURY LAW IN THE UNITED STATES (2013), part of a movement to provide free textbooks to students. 
Ajay K. Mehrotra is the Executive Director and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, an independent, empirical and interdisciplinary research institute based in Chicago, IL. His research focuses on the history of American law and political economy, and the relationship between taxation and state formation in historical and comparative contexts. He is the author of Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which received the 2014 Best Book Award from the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. He is the co-editor (with Isaac William Martin and Monica Prasad) of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2009). 
William E. Nelson is Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law and History at New York University. He is the author of Americanization of the Common Law: The Impact of Legal Change on Massachusetts Society, 1760-1830 (1975), The Legalist Reformation: Law, Politics, and Ideology in New York, 1920-1980 (2001), The Fourteenth Amendment: From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine (1988), as well as nine other books and numerous articles. His most recent books are The Common Law in Colonial America: The Chesapeake and New England, 1607-1660 (2008), and The Common Law in Colonial America-Volume II: The Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, 1660-1730 (2013), which are volumes one and two of a multi-volume series on colonial American law. 
Edward A. Purcell, Jr. is Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor at New York Law School. In addition to many articles and book chapters, he has written Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise (Yale 2007), Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution (Yale, 2000), Litigation and Inequality (Oxford, 1992), and The Crisis of Democratic Theory (Kentucky, 1973). His work has won numerous prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, the Triennial Griswold Book Prize, and the Triennial Coif Book Award.
Robert Pushaw served as notes editor of the Yale Law Journal and received an Olin Foundation Fellowship while in law school. After graduation, he clerked for Judge James Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then worked as an associate for Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle. Joining the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 1992, Professor Pushaw taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Contracts, and Estates & Trusts. In 1998, he won the Blackwell Sanders Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award as the law school's top teacher. In 2000, Pushaw received the William Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the University of Missouri's highest teaching honor. He came to Pepperdine in 2001, and won the School of Law's Teaching Award in 2007.
Micah Webber graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Louisiana State University in Psychology and Philosophy. He has traveled independently in the UK, Western and Central Europe and Asia, and has been published online and in print. Currently he is a research assistant to Professor Kenneth G. Elzinga at the University of Virginia. 
Adam Winer is a J.D. candidate at NYU Law (Class of 2018). Adam earned an Honors B.A. in Philosophy from McGill University, and subsequently worked as an investment analyst. 
Steven L. Winter is the Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law. He served as an Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., where he litigated a wide range of civil rights cases concerning prisoners’ rights, employment discrimination, school desegregation, police violence, capital punishment, habeas corpus jurisdiction, discrimination in the military, and attorneys’ fees. He is the author of numerous articles on constitutional law and legal theory, including The Metaphor of Standing and the Problem of Self-Governance; Bull Durham and the Uses of Theory; An Upside/Down View of the Countermajoritarian Difficulty; The “Power” Thing; Melville, Slavery, and the Failure of the Judicial Process; What Makes Modernity Late? and Reimagining Democracy for Social Individuals. In 2012, the Dutch Association of Legal Philosophy and Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy held a conference celebrating his contributions to legal and political theory. The conference proceedings—including his principal paper, Down Freedom’s Main Line—are available online at His book, A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life and Mind (Univ. Of Chicago Press 2001), is the first systematic attempt to assess cognitive science’s implications for law and legal theory. He has taught at Brooklyn Law School, the University of Miami School of Law, American University’s Washington College of Law and the Cardozo, Rutgers-Newark, and Yale Law Schools.
Larry Zacharias is Emeritus Professor at UMass-Amherst. His work ranges from Anglo-American legal history to business and economic history. He co-authored Managers vs. Owners: The Struggle for Corporate Control in American Democracy (Oxford U. Pr., 1995) and Of Cabbages and Kings County: Agriculture and the Formation of Modern Brooklyn (U. of Iowa Pr., 1999), and he has published three articles on Louis Brandeis.