2013-14 Professorships Announced
The Board of Trustees has awarded the 2013-14 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professorship to Southwestern's most recently tenured faculty member, Professor Hila Keren, in recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching and service to the law school and the legal profession. The law school's other professorships are held by faculty who are in the second year of three-year terms in the positions - John Tehranian as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law, Arthur F. McEvoy as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law, and Debra L. Bassett as the Justice Marshall McComb Professor of Law.
A member of the faculty since 2010, Professor Keren was granted tenure this past academic year. Prior to joining Southwestern, where she teaches Contracts and Business Associations, she studied, taught and practiced law in Israel for more than a decade. She served on the Faculty of Law of her alma mater, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she taught basic and advanced courses in contracts and earned the Outstanding Teaching Award.
In addition to earning her LL.B. and Ph.D. degrees in Israel, Professor Keren completed two years of post-doctoral studies in 2005 at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, where she later also taught Contracts and Challenges to Legal Rationality as a Visiting Professor.
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, several of which are now part of the Israeli constitutional law curriculum.
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 publications have appeared in California Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Minnesota Law Review and Michigan Journal of Race and Law, among others. Her most recent articles are "Consenting Under Stress," 64 Hastings Law Journal 679 (2013) and "Legal Hopes: Enhancing Resilience Through the External Cultivation of Positive Emotions," 64 Northern Ireland Law Quarterly 111 (with K. Abrams, 2013). Professor Keren's book, Contract Law from a Feminist Perspective, was published in Hebrew by Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law (2005).
"Professor Keren's commitment to her students has been tremendous, and her scholarship in the area of law and emotions has garnered national attention," Dean Austen Parrish said. "We are fortunate to have her on our faculty."