Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 28, 2008
New Full-Time Professors to Join Faculty for 2008-09

Several new full-time faculty members will join Southwestern in the 2008-2009 academic year. They include three exceptional young "rising stars" and two prominent senior faculty who are top experts in their fields. All bring outstanding academic and professional credentials as well as tremendous enthusiasm for teaching and scholarship.

In the Fall, Professor Arthur F. McEvoy, a veteran of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, law faculty, will join Southwestern as a tenured Professor of Law and will teach in the areas of Torts, Legal History, Environmental Law and Water Law, and Professor Cristina C. Knolton will join the Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills faculty. In the Spring, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow from Georgetown will teach Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure as a Visiting Professor of Law, and Professor Gary D. Rowe from the University of California, Los Angeles, will be teaching here in the areas of Federal Courts and Legal History as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law. As announced earlier, Professor Andrea Ramos will leave her post at Public Counsel to direct our new Immigration Law Clinic as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law, beginning in July.

In announcing the new appointments, Dean Garth said, "We are extremely fortunate again to have several extraordinary members of the academic community joining our faculty in the coming months, and look forward with great anticipation to welcoming all of them to Southwestern."

Fall 2008

Arthur F. McEvoy

Arthur F. McEvoy is the J. Willard Hurst Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1994. Teaching in the areas of Administrative Law, American Legal History, Environmental Law, Water Rights Law, and Torts, he holds joint appointments in the Department of History and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at Madison where he is currently chair of the Environment and Resources Program. Professor McEvoy has been honored for his teaching and research on legal history, the environment, and labor. His book, The Fisherman's Problem: Ecology and Law in the California Fisheries, 1895-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1986), has garnered awards from the Law and Society Association, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Environmental History, and the North American Society for Oceanic History. His writing on law-and-environment issues has been translated into Spanish and Russian, and his current scholarship is focused on the history of U.S. Environmental Law.  Professor McEvoy has served as amicus counsel in several U.S. Supreme Court cases, all of them dealing with tort damages.

A member of the Illinois State Bar and Order of the Coif, Professor McEvoy earned his A.B. and J.D. degrees at Stanford University and his M.A. (U.S. History) and Ph.D. (U.S. Economic History) degrees at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining the Wisconsin faculty, he spent 14 years on the History faculty at Northwestern University where he was named as the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and was honored for his teaching several times by Northwestern's student government. He also served as a Research Fellow and co-editor of Law & Social Inquiry at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago.

Cristina C. Knolton

Cristina Knolton comes to Southwestern from the University of La Verne College of Law where she teaches Legal Analysis & Writing, and Property. Prior to joining La Verne in 2007, she was a member of the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law where she taught Legal Research and Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Community Property. At Texas Tech, Professor Knolton also coached the ABA National Negotiation team, which placed fifth in the nation. Last year, Professor Knolton was nominated for the Hemphill-Wells New Professor Teaching Award. She has spoken before academic and professional forums on topics such as "How to Succeed in Law School," "Texas Community Property Law," and "A Lawyer's Role as an Advocate in the Legal System."

A member of the Texas State Bar, Professor Knolton bergan her legal career as a real estate attorney at the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Haeur & Feld in San Antonio, Texas, representing commercial real estate clients in the acquisition, sale, ownership, and leasing of income-producing properties. She also served as a volunteer mediator for the Lubbock County Alternative Dispute Resource Center. Professor Knolton completed her B.A. degree with honors at the University of California at Irvine and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review.

Andrea Ramos

For the past decade, Andrea Ramos has served on the staff of Public Counsel, originally leading the School-Based Legal Assistance Program. During the past three years, she has directed the organization's largest program, the Children's Rights Project, which involves more than 700 volunteers assisting over 6,000 children and youth annually. Read full story announced earlier.

Spring 2009

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Carrie Menkel-Meadow is the A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving at Georgetown University Law Center. A pioneering legal educator and scholar in alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure and legal ethics, Professor Menkel-Meadow joined the faculty at Georgetown in 1996 after teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law for 20 years. In 2005, she was named as the inaugural Chettle Professor. She has also taught law at Stanford and Harvard universities, among other law schools, and was a Visiting Scholar at Southwestern in Spring 2006.

Professor Menkel-Meadow is the author of several books and over 100 articles on subjects ranging from dispute and conflict resolution, mediation, legal ethics, feminist theory, law and popular culture and legal education. She has served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Legal Education and The International Journal of Law in Context and Associate Editor of The Negotiation Journal, published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation. An active arbitrator and mediator who has trained judicial professionals all over the world, Professor Menkel-Meadow also consults for the federal courts on issues involving ADR. She chairs the Georgetown-CPR Commission on Ethics and Standards in ADR; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation for many years; and has chaired the AALS Sections on Law and Social Science, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Women in Legal Education.

Professor Menkel Meadow earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, at Barnard College of Columbia University, and her J.D., cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served on the Law Review. She is a member of the California and Pennsylvania State and District of Columbia Bars. Before pursuing an academic career, Professor Menkel-Meadow served as a legal services attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and as an associate at Dechert, Price and Rhoads. She has been honored by the Center for Public Resources and UCLA, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Quinnipiac College of Law.

Gary Rowe

Since 2001, Gary Rowe has been a member of the law faculty at UCLA where he teaches American Legal History, Federal Courts, and Civil Procedure. He will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas in Fall 2008. His principal area of scholarly interest lies in American legal history, particularly the history of the Constitution and the early American republic. His article, "Constitutionalism in the Streets" (78 Southern California Law Review 401, 2005), was selected for presentation at both the Yale-Stanford Junior Faculty Forum and the Columbia-Georgetown-UCLA-USC Junior Scholars Workshop. Professor Rowe is also the author of the widely-cited essay "Lochner Revisionism Revisited"(24 Law & Social Inquiry 221, 1999), which connects the notorious 1905 Supreme Court case to changing understandings of the central questions in contemporary constitutional law.

Professor Rowe earned his A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in History at Harvard where he was Associate Editorial Chair of The Harvard Crimson, and following college, completed his M.St. degree in Modern History and received the Sara Norton Prize for historical writing as a Henry Fellow at Oxford University. While a student at Yale Law School, he served as the Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. A member of the California State and District of Columbia Bars, Professor Rowe began his career as an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., was a law clerk for Judge William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and served as a regulatory policy advisor in the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration. He subsequently enrolled in graduate school at Princeton, where he completed his M.A. degree in History, taught English constitutional and American legal history and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.