Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

May 05, 2010
New Full-Time Professors to Join Faculty in the Fall

Four new professors have been appointed to the full-time faculty commencing in Fall 2010. They come to Southwestern from down the street and across the globe. All bring outstanding academic and professional credentials as well as tremendous enthusiasm for teaching and research:

  • Professor Roman J. Hoyos from Duke University School of Law has been appointed as an Associate Professor of Law and will teach in the areas of property and government.
  • Professor Hila Keren from Hebrew University School of Law has been appointed as an Associate Professor of Law and will teach in the areas of contracts and business law.
  • Professor Gabriela E. Ryan from the University of Southern California Law School has been appointed as Director of Academic Support and Bar Related Programming and Associate Professor of Law.
  • Professor Caroline B. Newcombe, a member of Southwestern's Adjunct Faculty since 2003, will serve as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and will teach in the areas of administrative law, community property and contracts.

Professor Roman Hoyos is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University where he has taught Legislation and the Law of Legislatures, and State and Local Government Law for the School of Law. While at Duke he also taught Modern American Legal History for the Department of History. At Southwestern, he will teach Property, and State and Local Government.

Professor Hoyos is a Ph.D. Candidate in American History at the University of Chicago. He completed his A.B. in History in 1993 at the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. in 2001 at Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Special Sections Editor of the Law Review. He went on to earn his M.A. in History in 2003 at the University of Chicago. After law school, he practiced law briefly at Rosen, Bien & Asaro, a small civil rights firm in San Francisco that specializes in prisoners' rights and attorneys' fees litigation.

Professor Hoyos has focused his research in the areas of public law and legal and constitutional history. He is particularly interested in institutional approaches to law which seek to understand the legal, political, and intellectual structures in which legal decisions are made. Currently, he is completing his dissertation, "In Convention Assembled: Constitutional Conventions, Law, and Democracy in 19th Century America," which explores the role, jurisdiction, and authority of constitutional conventions within the larger American legal, political and constitutional structure.

Professor Hila Keren has been a member of the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 2005. There she usually teaches basic and advanced courses in contracts, serves on the teaching committee of the school and has earned the Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor Keren was also invited to teach at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she taught Contracts and Challenges to Legal Rationality as a Visiting Professor. At Southwestern, Professor Keren initially will teach Contracts, and Business Associations in the future.

Professor Keren earned an LL.B., magna cum laude, in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 2001 at the Hebrew University School of Law. She then completed two years of post-doctoral studies at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley. During her studies, she was awarded the Birk Foundation Award for Distinguished Research in the Field of Law, the Alice Shalvi Scholarship for Original Feminist Legal Studies, the Rector's Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Students and the Golda Meir Fellowship. In 2006, Professor Keren was elected by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities to be a member of its Young Researchers' Forum.

A member of the Israeli Bar since 1993, Professor Keren practiced law for ten years primarily in the areas of human rights and discrimination. She litigated and won landmark Supreme Court cases including one concerning discriminatory government funding of educational organizations, and another regarding conversions and freedom of religion. Several of those cases are now part of Hebrew University's constitutional law curriculum. With a particular interest in the relationship between law and social change, Professor Keren's primary areas of scholarship are contract law, feminist jurisprudence critical race theory and the emerging field of law and the emotions. Her book, Contract Law from a Feminist Perspective, was published in Hebrew by Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law (2005), and she is the author or co-author of numerous articles, written and published either in Hebrew or English. Her English publications have appeared in the California Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Michigan Journal of Race and Law, among others. Her article published by the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and Law won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines. Her latest project is a book (co-authored with K. Abrams of UC Berkeley) which explores the interrelationship of law and hope.

Professor Gabriela Ryan comes to Southwestern from the University of Southern California Law School, where she was first appointed as Director of Student Affairs and Academic Support in 2006, and for the past two years has served as Assistant Dean and Dean of Students, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law. As an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Support and Bar Exam Related Programming at Southwestern, she will have primary responsibility for designing and implementing innovative academic support programs, courses and individual and small group counseling sessions, and designing and assisting with bar exam preparation classes, workshops and events.

Professor Ryan earned her B.S., cum laude, in International Politics and Foreign Policy in 1999 at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. in 2004 at the University of Southern California Law School, where she was Senior Editor of the Law Review and a Legal Writing Fellow. She went on to practice law as an associate with the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, representing defendants in white-collar criminal litigation and internal investigations. Prior to entering law school, she served for two years as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Arizona through Teach for America.

Professor Ryan's scholarly articles include "Reenfranchising Noncitizens as Partners in America's Democracy," 77 California Law Review 151 (2003) and "Is Government Knowledge a Defense to False Claims Liability?" 84 Federal Contracts Report 310 (September 2005).

Professor Caroline Newcombe has taught Administrative Law, Contracts, and Community Property as a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty since 2003. She has worked closely with the very successful National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition teams and received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Moot Court Honors Program in 2008. During the 2010-11 academic year, she will teach Administrative Law, Community Property and Contracts as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law.

Professor Newcombe earned her B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Virginia School of Law. She continued her legal education at American University, Washington College of Law where she earned her LL.M. in Law and Government in 2005 and won the award for Best LL.M. Paper.

A member of the California State Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar, Professor Newcombe was associated for more than a decade with the international law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook where she handled civil litigation, civil appeals, commercial insurance contract coverage disputes and aviation defense, and was chosen to write the first brief in the U.S. involving jurisdiction over satellites in space. She prepared a community property brief which formed the basis of the California Supreme Court opinion in the often cited case of Elden v. Sheldon. Professor Newcombe currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. Her scholarly publications include the chapter on "Recent Developments in Education Law," in Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (J. Lubbers, ed.; 2008, 2009, 2010) and "Morse v. Frederick One Year Later: New Limitations on Student Speech and the 'Columbine Factor,'" 42 Suffolk University Law Review 429 (June 2009). She was recently a panelist at Cornell University Law School where she discussed her forthcoming articles on Early Irish Law and the Origin of California Community Property Law.