News Release: Law

Aug. 26,  2008

Emory Law Announces New Faculty Members

From Emory Law News

Emory Law is pleased to announce the appointment of three new full-time faculty members: Dorothy Brown, professor of law; Jonathan Nash, professor of law; and Mark Engsberg, director of library services and assistant professor of law. Brown, Nash and Engsberg will begin their terms at Emory Law this fall.

"Dorothy and Jonathan bring diverse experience to the Emory Law faculty through their contributions in tax law, critical race studies and environmental law," said Dean David F. Partlett, "and we look forward to Mark's leadership of our MacMillan Law Library in an environment of growing institutional momentum."

Under Partlett's leadership, Emory Law continues toward its goal of hiring ten new faculty members over the next five years, providing additional opportunities for student-faculty interaction, adding depth to existing program areas and providing leadership in new areas.

Brown, who currently serves as a visiting professor at Emory Law, specializes in the areas of tax law and critical race theory. Formerly a professor of law at Washington and Lee University, Brown taught courses in federal income taxation, partnership tax, critical race theory and administrative law, and served as director of the school’s Frances Lewis Law Center. She is renowned for her scholarship in tax policy as it relates to race and difference.

Before entering academia, Brown worked as associate deputy general counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; as an investment banker at New York's Drexel, Burnham & Lambert; as an associate with Haynes & Miller in Washington, D.C.; and as an adviser to J. Stephen Swift of the U.S. Tax Court. Brown earned her LL.M. in tax from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

Jonathan Nash specializes in environmental and natural resource law. Nash previously served as the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University, where he taught courses in environmental law, property, law and economics, and civil procedure. Most recently, Nash was a visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School, and he has served as a visiting professor at Hofstra University School of Law and a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. Nash is a prolific scholar, publishing in many top-ranked law journals.

Prior to teaching, Professor Nash was a law clerk to the Honorable Donald Stuart Russell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Nina Gershon, then-Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Nash also worked as an attorney at the New York law firms of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent and Sheinfeld LLP; Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP; and Dewey Ballantine LLP. Nash received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School; his J.D. from New York University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude; and his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in New York.

Before coming to Emory Law, Engsberg served as head of reference of the Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School for eight years. He also serves as editor of the International Journal of Legal Information, published by the International Association of Law Libraries.

Engsberg received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree, as well as a master's degree and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Illinois. He also holds a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Drury College.

In addition to Brown, Nash and Engsberg, Emory Law also has made two significant hires for the next academic year. Alexander "Sasha" Volokh of Georgetown University Law Center and Barbara Bennett Woodhouse of the University of Florida Levin College of Law will join the faculty as professors of law in the fall of 2009.


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