2011 January Intersession Faculty Profiles

Honorable William B. Chandler III

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Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a St. Louis litigator and partner in the national law firm ethics and risk management practice group at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. His practice focuses on representing law and accounting firms in civil and disciplinary matter, and advising such professionals on legal, ethics, risk management, and related business and professional issues. Prof. Downey has led or participated in numerous national and state bar committees relating to legal ethics and law firm management, including that he is presently Secretary of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and past chair of both the ABA Ethics & Technology Committee and Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, and served on the Missouri Bar's Ethics 2005 Committee and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising. A frequent speaker and prolific author, Prof. Downey authored Introduction to Law Firm Practice (ABA 2010) and has been quoted in the New York Times, ABA Journal, American Lawyer, and National Law Journal, and appeared as a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation. Prof. Downey graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law, and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice. He also completed a graduate certificate in Law Firm Management at George Washington University. Mr. Downey has been an adjunct at Washington University School of Law for more than a decade, teaching classes on legal ethics and law firm practice.

Robert J. Grados

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Yoichiro Hamabe

Yoichiro Hamabe is a corporate and business lawyer based in Tokyo for over twenty years. He is a partner of the Waseda Law School Legal Clinic. PLC., where his practice focuses on corporation laws, legal risk management, and other business law issues. He has also been involved in various cross-border transactions and disputes involving Japanese companies. He has published more than 40 books in Japan, and often presents to Japanese business people on corporation laws and other business legal topics. He teaches law at Aoyama Gakuin Law School, Waseda University, Tokyo University of Technology and Business Breakthrough University. He acquired a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) from Keio University and a master's degree in law (LL.M) from Indiana University, Bloomington (LL.M.).

C.J. Larkin

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Asher Moaz

Professor Maoz is the founding Dean of the Law School at the Peres Academic Center named in honor of President Shimon Peres. He teaches Constitutional Law, State and Religion, Human Rights and Family Law at Tel-Aviv University. Professor Maoz holds the degrees LL.B. & LL.M. summa cum laude (Hebrew U.), M. Comp.L. (Chicago), J.S.D. (Tel-Aviv U), Doctor Honoris Causa (Ovidius U., Romania). ; He is founding Editor-in-chief, The Buchman Faculty of Law Series. Former editor, TAU L. Rev.; Member of the Scientific Board, Review Dionysina; Co-chair, Joint Working Group, Freedom of Religion, Multiculturalism & Minorities Rights, Canada-Israel Legal Cooperation Programme; Member of the International Academic Council of The International Academy for Jewish Leadership; Member, Commission for Codification of the Succession Law.; Academic Advisor to the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on adopting a constitution for the State of Israel; Member, Public Council, Israel Democracy Institute.; Senior fellow, Int'l Advisory & Research Council, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies & Center for Terrorism Studies; Headed the Law Commission for Journalists’ Privileges; Member of the Committee for Drafting a Constitution for Israel; Headed the Taubenschlag Institute, Tel-Aviv U.; Was Board member, Ispac, Int’l Scientific & Professional Advisory Council of the U. N. Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice. Taught at several universities in the United States, Europe and Australia. Author of dozens of academic publications

Jill Nicholson

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Tom Zwart

Tom Zwart is Professor of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is also the Director of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, established by the five leading Dutch universities, which consists of around 200 researchers from diverse academic disciplines.
Zwart specialises in comparative law, the Asian and African approach towards human rights, the relation between international criminal law and local peace and justice initiatives, and human rights and traditional values. Together with Mimi Zou he has developed a new approach towards human rights, the so-called receptor approach, which is currently being tested in China as part of the first joint Chinese-Western human rights project in the history of the People’s Republic. In his work Zwart tries to benefit as much as possible from the insights of various disciplines.
He has been a visiting scholar at a number of law schools around the world including Cambridge, Sciences-Po (Paris), Tsinghua, Chinese People’s Public Security University, Sydney, and Case Western Reserve University. He has advised national and international governmental bodies on human rights, including the EU, the Council of Europe and the UN Human Rights Council. Prior to taking up his current position, Zwart served as Head of the European and Legal Affairs Department of the Dutch Home Office, as senior counsel to the Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and as the International Dean of Utrecht School of Law.
Zwart is a member of the Board of the European Public law Organization, the convener of the African Network on Human Rights and Good Governance and the founder of the Network on Traditional Values and Human Rights.

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