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News Posted on July 1, 2012

Distinguished New Faculty Join King Hall

Professors Karima Bennoune of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Rose Cuison Villazor of Hofstra University School of Law, and David Horton of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, have joined the UC Davis School of Law faculty.  In addition, Professor Emma Jordan of Georgetown Law will teach at King Hall as a visiting professor in Spring 2013.

An established international law scholar, Professor Bennoune was the Arthur L. Dickson Scholar at Rutgers, where she taught international law and human rights.  Since graduating from a joint program in law and Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Michigan, she has devoted her career to advancing legal and institutional systems for protecting human rights and women's rights. She is a highly respected author, lecturer, teacher, and scholar as well as the first Arab-American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools.  More recently, she was selected as the 2010-11 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Scholar at Rutgers-Newark. 

Professor Villazor's areas of expertise include property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship.  Prior to teaching at Hofstra, she taught at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law.  Professor Villazor received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and LL.M. from Columbia Law School.  She clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  She is the recipient of the 2011 Derrick A. Bell Award. 

Professor Horton joined the Loyola faculty in 2009. He earned his law degree at UCLA, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 2004 and served as Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review.  He then practiced at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  He has been a Lecturer in Residence at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  Professor Horton will teach in the area of Trusts, Wills, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Professor Emma Jordan, a former president of both the Association of American Law Schools and the Society of American Law Teachers, is known for her work in establishing the field of economic justice in legal theory and in financial services and civil rights.  Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, she taught at King Hall for a dozen years.  She will rejoin UC Davis School of Law as a visiting professor in Spring 2013.