Four New Faculty Members to Join Pitt Law

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of four new faculty members who will join us beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. They will add to the Law School’s strengths in landlord-tenant and housing law, health law, environmental law, and tax law. Students interested in registering for upper-level courses offered by these new faculty members should review the revised course catalog.

The Honorable Laurie Marin, Visiting Professor of Practice

Judge Marin will teach Landlord-Tenant Law in fall 2018.

Judge Laurie Marin currently sits as a Housing Court Judge in the New York City Civil Court, New York County. She previously worked as a Court Attorney in the New York City Civil Court, resolving landlord-tenant disputes as a litigator at both the trial and appellate levels, and as a legal counselor and advocate at several public interest organizations.

Judge Marin’s experiences as a Judge and a Court Attorney for the Housing Court have given her a broad knowledge of state and federal housing laws. She has assisted practitioners and litigants in settling thousands of cases, researched and written hundreds of decisions, and ultimately assisted numerous persons of diverse backgrounds to reach equitable resolutions to their disputes.

Prior to her employment with the New York State Court System, Judge Marin worked for a small-firm specializing in real estate litigation and transactions, focusing on appellate practice. In earlier employment as a staff attorney for the West Side Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) Law Project, she represented low-income tenants in Housing Court and learned how to be a zealous advocate for the disenfranchised and to work collaboratively with community organizers.

Judge Marin has also been involved with numerous civic and professional associations, including the New York City Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee, the Gay/Straight Alliance of the N.Y. State Courts, and the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, among many others.  She has also received numerous honors and awards, including the 2007 Certificate of Honor from the Queens Borough President for her contributions to the LGBT community and as the 2011 Honoree of the Kings County Housing Court Bar Association.

Judge Marin received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Greer Donley, Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Donley will teach Legislation and Regulation in fall 2018 and Bioethics and Law in spring 2019.

Greer Donley’s teaching and scholarship focus on healthcare, bioethics, and administrative law, especially as those topics relate to reproductive rights. She has been published in numerous law reviews and bioethics journals, including Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Hastings Center Report, Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, NYU Journal of Law and Social Change, and Health Matrix.

Prior to joining the faculty at Pitt Law, Donley was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham and Watkins, LLP, where she advised a variety of healthcare clients in fraud and abuse, administrative law, and FDA law. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before law school, she was a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, where she contributed as an ethics consultant and researched topics related to genetics and the fair allocation of healthcare resources. Donley graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School and was an Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Josh Galperin, Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Professor Galperin will teach Environmental Policy and Practice in fall 2018 and Administrative Law in spring 2019.

Prior to joining the Pitt Law faculty, Josh Galperin was the Director of the Environmental Protection Clinic, Lecturer in Law, and a Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He was also a lecturer and the Environmental Law and Policy Program Director at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In addition to directing and teaching the Environmental Protection Clinic, Galperin directed the law and the environment dual-degree program between Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Pace, Vermont, and Yale law schools. He was a lead collaborator in the Land Use Collaborative and the Associate Director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, where he oversaw all operations of the Center.

Galperin’s research addresses the law of takings and just compensation, invasive species management, the role of environmentalism in environmental policymaking, food law and policy, private environmental governance, and instrument choice among non-governmental organizations.

Galperin graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School and was a member of the Vermont Law Review’s senior editorial board. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware.

Phil Hackney, Associate Professor of Law

Professor Hackney will teach Agency and Partnership Law and Partnership Tax in fall 2018 and Federal Income Tax and Tax Law and Policy Seminar in spring 2019.

Phil Hackney joins Pitt Law from the Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2011. Hackney’s scholarship focuses on the law that governs the nonprofit tax-exempt sector of the economy, such as charities, social welfare organizations, labor unions, and trade associations. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been published in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and Salon. He is frequently quoted in the press as a national expert on nonprofit organizations.

Hackney is deeply engaged in law reform efforts. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Independent Sector to update its Ethics and Principles of Good Governance for Nonprofit Organizations in 2014. In Louisiana, he served as a member of the Louisiana Tax Institute, a state board created to aid the state in improving its tax system. He also served as a member of the Corporations Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute to revise the limited liability company statute of Louisiana. He is an author of a treatise on Limited Liability Companies in Louisiana.

Before joining the academy, Hackney spent five years at the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. Hackney began his legal career as a law clerk to the late Honorable Henry A. Politz on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Hackney received his J.D. from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, his LL.M from New York University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University.