Pitt Law: A Faculty For History and Tomorrow
The Pitt Law faculty represents some of the most incisive and productive minds in legal scholarship. Ranked 47th in scholarly impact out of 200 ABA-accredited law schools in the United States, Pitt Law’s faculty focuses its scholarship on such diverse fields as constitutional law, health care law, elder law, international law, tax law, and environmental law. Many of the school’s distinguished professors have a national reputation for their contributions and advisory roles in the federal court system; media; and international law, trade, and business. Members of Pitt Law’s faculty have spoken and testified at judiciary hearings before Congress, the Supreme Court, The Hague, and the United Nations; published award-winning books and articles; and represent a multitude of countries and fields. Pitt Law’s legal prominence is what enables it to attract adjunct and visiting professors from around the world and from within the bustling legal community of Pittsburgh to infuse diverse, real-world experience and applied practice to instruction.
At Pitt Law, students learn from exceptional faculty like Research Professor of History and Law David J. Garrow, whose biography of Martin Luther King, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Students learn from the experiences of Associate Professor of Law Haider Ala Hamoudi, who spent most of 2009 in Baghdad advising the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi Legislature. Students learn from Professor of Law and Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair Arthur D. Hellman, widely considered the nation’s leading academic authority on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. And students explore legal scholarship abroad in places as far reaching as Oman or Austria through groundbreaking programming offered by the Center for International Legal Education, founded and led by Professor Ronald Brand.
These exceptional faculty members demonstrate Pitt Law is as much about teaching for tomorrow as it is about affecting history and the pursuit of justice. Assistant Professor of Law Charles C. Jalloh was in Rwanda in 1994 as an associate legal officer assisting Presiding Judge Erik Møse on the historic trials adjudicating the Rwandan genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Professor of Law Deborah L. Brake testified before Congress in support of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and coauthored a Supreme Court amicus curiae brief in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., in which the Supreme Court rejected a continuing violation rule for challenging ongoing pay discrimination.
Explore these faculty pages to learn more about not just their scholarship but their stories. Learn what drives them to ultimately teach here at Pitt Law and prepare the next generation of the best and brightest legal minds.