8 Highly Influential Law Professors Today

in Background Check.ORG, May 21, 2012

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Many law professors today are known for doubling as attorneys, judges, and federal and state officials. There have been some remarkable law professors that have helped shape young students into great attorneys because of their influence and dedication to society. The following are some of the many highly influential law professors today:

1. Noah Feldman
An author and Harvard law professor, Noah Feldman is known for his expertise in Constitutional Law and Islamic philosophy. Born in 1970, Feldman graduated from Harvard, where he was ranked first in his class and earned his J.D. from Yale in 1997, where he served as the book review editor for the Yale Law Journal. Feldman, who is fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic was awarded a Brainiac award from New York Magazine and topped Esquire Magazine’s Most Influential People in the 21st Century list. He has served as a law clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals, served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution.

 2. Deborah Denno
A law professor at the Fordham University School of Law, Deborah Denno has been previously selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in the U.S. by the National Law Journal. Denno, who is frequently consulted by the news and media for her expertise, is one of the nation’s go to experts on lethal injection and the death penalty. Denno also contributes to Encyclopedia Britannica with some of her books including Biology and Violence: From Birth to Adulthood and Changing Law’s Mind: From How Neuroscience can Help us Punish Criminals More Fairly and Effectively.

 3. Nicholas Johnson
University of Iowa law professor Nicholas Johnson was named one of the Most Influential People in American Legal History in the book, “The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law”, which depicts professionals that have had significant and lasting impacts in history. Born in Iowa City, Johnson focuses on communications and Internet law and is widely known for his term as Federal Communications Commission commissioner and his book, “How to Talk Back to Your Television Set.” Johnson received his undergraduate and law degree at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John R. Brown and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

 4. Lori B. Andrews
Having received her B.A from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School, Lori Andrews is a biotechnology expert who is internationally recognized for her litigation techniques as well as her knowledge and experience with genetic and reproductive technologies. Andrews, who has authored several books about genetics and biotechnology, is a professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and has been involved in setting policies for genetic technology. She has previously been an advisor to Congress, National Institutes of Health, The World Health Organization, and several foreign nations. Andrews has been awarded one of the Most Influential Lawyers in America by National Law Journal, made an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine for her distinguished achievements, and has made several media appearances such as on “Nightline” and “The Opera Winfrey Show”.

 5. Richard Allen Epstein
New York University School of Law Professor Richard Allen Epstein graduated cum laude from Yale Law School with an interest in law and economics. Epstein, who is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer at The University of Chicago Law School served as the editor of Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991 and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991 to 2001. He was also named one of the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America by Legal Affairs, has authored several books, and has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal issues.

 6. Mark A Lemley
As director of the Stanford University program in Law, Science and Technology, Mark Lemley teaches and specializes in intellectual property, computer and Internet law, antitrust, and patent law. Lemley is the author of several books and has been cited over 100 times by courts, including several Supreme Court opinions as well as thousands of times in books and law review articles, which have been translated into several different languages. He has taught intellectual property law to federal and state judges and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Litigators in the Country under 45 by the American Lawyer, one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the Nation by the National Law Journal, one of the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California, among many other honors.

 7. Lawrence Lessig
An academic, political activist, and Harvard Law School professor, Lawrence Lessig has clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and serves on the board for several foundations and organizations. Lessig, who was also a professor at Stanford Law School, is well known for his support of reducing legal restrictions on copyright and trademark. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award as well as being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

 8. Elizabeth Warren
A bankruptcy law expert, policy advocate, and Harvard Law School professor, Elizabeth Warren has contributed to oversight in the U.S. Bailout Program in 2008 and has served as the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel in the wake of the U.S. Financial Crisis. Recognized as a political leader, Warren has been awarded Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, named Times Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has repeatedly been named one of the Fifty Most Influential Women Attorneys in America. Having also been named one of 40 of the Most Influential Attorneys of the Decade, Warren has also had numerous media appearances lending advice on finance, has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and has served as Assistant to the President under President Barack Obama.


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