Byron Stier Named Professor of Law
Byron G. Stier has been granted tenure and promoted to Professor of Law. The appointment acknowledges Professor Stier's exceptional teaching, scholarly research and writing and service to Southwestern. He was also named as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law.
Professor Stier joined Southwestern in 2005 as an Associate Professor of Law. In addition to courses in the Legal Profession, Torts, and Products Liability, during the Fall 2008 semester, he became the first to teach one of Southwestern's innovative Capstone courses in Mass Tort Litigation. "Professor Stier has produced an impressive body of scholarly work, especially in the area of mass torts, is an outstanding teacher, and is to be commended also for coming forward to offer the first of our new Capstone courses," Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth said.
An expert in mass tort litigation, Professor Stier has handled a number of controversial cases of national interest and brings his unique insider's perspective to the law classroom. He began his legal career in 1996 with the firm of Jones Day in New York where he served on a lead counsel team that defended the tobacco industry against numerous class action lawsuits. In 2001, he joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as an associate in the firm's Complex Mass Torts and Insurance Group. That year, he also taught professional responsibility as a guest lecturer at Suffolk University Law School. In 2003, Professor Stier left private practice to return to academia as a fellow and lecturer at Temple University where he earned his LL.M. degree (2005). He is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School and earned a B.A. degree in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.