A Robust Record of Scholarly Work
Pitt Law’s rich tradition of distinguished academic scholarship continues to thrive. Today, Pitt Law faculty are among some of the nation’s most distinguished and prolific legal scholars. Their robust record of scholarly work has once again been nationally recognized, placing the Pitt Law faculty among the country’s leading law faculties. Pitt Law faculty ranked 28th nationally in a study by University of Texas Law Professor Brian Leiter, measuring the quality of law faculties as based on the scholarly impact of their work.
Within the past year alone, Pitt Law faculty published 15 books, 13 book chapters, and 32 law journal articles, and made more than 80 professional presentations outside of Pittsburgh. Recent publications by faculty include The Derrick Bell Reader (NYU Press) edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Discrimination by Default: How Racism Becomes Routine (NYU Press) by Lu-in Wang, Alan Meisel’s article “Ethics, End-of-Life Care, and the Law: Overview” (Journal of Palliative Medicine), Deborah Brake’s law review article “Retaliation” (Minnesota Law Review), and the casebook by Michael Madison, The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen Publishers).
Beyond their published work, our faculty regularly share their expertise and insight, speaking as invited key speakers and guest lecturers at academic and professional conferences, and universities and institutes worldwide. They have a presence that spans the nation and globe, speaking just this past year in Paris, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, New York, Los Angeles, and many points in-between. For example, Janice Mueller’s work took her to India where she researched India’s new patent law reforms. Vivian Curran made a presentation at the Collège de France in Paris on the “French Perspectives of the Internationalization of Law” before an audience that included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and three French supreme court justices, among others. Tom Ross taught a workshop on “Affirmative Action” at the UCLA Law School. Ron Brand presented “The U.S., the E.U., and the Coming Hague Convention on Exclusive Choice of Court Agreements” at the University of Bologna Faculty of Law Honors College in Bologna, Italy.
Together, the published scholarship, professional speaking engagements, and consulting by our faculty comprise an important component of Pitt Law’s mission “to help lawyers and legal institutions meet the demands of a rapidly changing legal and professional environment.” In other words, faculty scholarship—in a very real way—is of vital importance to the world we live in, not only to the scholars themselves.
Strong academic scholarship flourishes at Pitt Law—scholarship that remains vitally important to our students, to the School and to our world— enriching students’ learning, enhancing the School’s reputation in academic and professional circles, and deepening our understanding of law and justice.