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News Posted on May 15, 2013

Outstanding New Faculty Join King Hall

New Faculty

UC Davis School of Law has succeeded in recruiting four outstanding additions to its already-exceptional faculty.  Professors Lesley McAllister, Darien Shanske, Andrea Chandrasekher, and Brian Soucek have accepted offers to join King Hall.

Professor McAllister is a tenured Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she has taught since 2005 and where she serves as the Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law.  She holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a PhD from UC Berkeley.   She has also taught at UC San Diego, clerked for Judge Fern M. Smith of the Northern District of California, and worked as an attorney for Earthjustice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She teaches and writes in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and energy law, comparative and international law, administrative law, and property law. Her current research focuses on innovative regulatory approaches in environmental and energy policy. Her publications include Climate Change Law & Policy (Aspen, Wolter Lluwer, 2012) and Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles in leading law journals.

Professor Shanske is tenured Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he has been on the faculty since 2008. Professor Shanske earned a law degree from Stanford Law School, a PhD from UC Berkeley, and a Master's Degree from McGill University in Montreal. Prior to earning his JD, he worked as a financial consultant for California local governments.  After law school, he worked as an attorney in the public finance department of Sidley Austin in San Francisco and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His academic interests  focus on taxation, local government law, public finance, and jurisprudence.  He has published widely in taxation as well as general interest law journals.

Professor Chandrasekher's educational background includes a JD from Stanford Law School and a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley.  She has taught as a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern School of Law and served as a fellow at Stanford Law School.  Her research interests include criminal law, law and economics, quantitative methods, criminal justice public policy analysis, and policing.

Professor Soucek holds a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD from Columbia University.  Prior to law school, he taught as Collegiate Assistant Professor and Chair of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. Since earning his JD in 2011, he clerked for U.S. District Court  Judge Mark. R. Kravitz in Connecticut, and is currently clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi  of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His primary teaching and research interests are discrimination law, civil procedure, constitutional law, the regulatory state, and immigration law.