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LPE Mentoring “Office Hours”

Nov 12, 2021



Time of Event:

Friday 4PM - 5PM ET

Please join the LPE Project and The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy & the Law (APPEAL) for our informal LPE “Office Hours.”

When: Friday Nov. 12, 2021, 4:00 PM -5:00 PM Eastern Time (UTC-5) via Zoom (link will be provided to accepted registrants)

Registration & DeadlineSign up here by 12:00 PM ET on Wed. Nov. 10. Space is limited.

Who: We welcome new and aspiring scholars, graduate and professional students, and others interested in careers in Law and Political Economy to join us to discuss academic interests and career strategies.

Participating Faculty:

Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Nathan Cortez, Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies, SMU Dedman School of Law

Goals and Themes: 

  • Get ideas and advice for formulating research projects in the LPE approach and strategizing for job market placement.  
  • Connect with peers with similar concerns
  • Share enthusiasm for being intellectually curious and genuinely thoughtful!

Guiding Thought (from Dr. John Haskell, University of Manchester Law):

“We all face doors that seem locked in our lives at various moments. Sometimes they are; sometimes it is just a matter of the wrong key. Sometimes it is just that there are other doors we aren’t seeing. But there is always something to do about a situation and often the best way to get unstuck (or to stay unstuck) is to have opportunities to brainstorm with others. We hope these sessions help facilitate everyone to discover more and better choices in their professional and political life journeys.”

More on Participating Faculty Interests and Expertise  

Prof. Catherine Fisk:

Research Interests: I am a scholar of labor and employment law and have done a fair amount of legal historical writing. I also teach civil procedure and legal profession (also known as professional responsibility), in addition to labor law, employment law, and sometimes employment discrimination. I have written lots of law review articles, but have also written monographs (books aimed primarily at an academic audience) and a couple of casebooks (for use in law school instruction).

Career Topics of Interest:
I am happy to discuss whatever is of interest to the participants. I can talk about any aspect of law faculty hiring – entry level, lateral, or interdisciplinary – as well as clinical faculty hiring. I’ve been on hiring committees at four different law schools and have had jobs at six, so I am happy to contrast and compare them.

Prof. Nathan Cortez:

Research Interests: I research and teach in health care and biotech regulation, with a special emphasis on new modes of regulation and government information policy (how federal agencies handle information and leverage it for regulatory purposes). I teach courses on Administrative Law, Legislation & Regulation, Health Law, Comparative Health Law, and Food & Drug Law. I’ve written books, articles, and contributed reports and recommendations to the Administrative Conference of the United States. I also do grant-funded work on recommendations for government regulation of A.I. and machine learning in medicine.

Topics of Interest: I can speak to VAPs, entry-level hiring, chair hiring, and lateral hiring. I have been chair of Appointments at SMU for the last three years. Likewise, I can’t speak to our hiring plans this year, but I can speak generally about the process and what we look for in candidates. As a former VAP who transitioned from practice, I can also speak about that process. Finally, I’m now at a stage in my career (!) that I get asked to be a senior commenter/mentor for new scholars, usually once or twice a year. I’ve done the Administrative Law New Scholars Workshop the last two years, and the Health Law Scholars Workshop three times as a senior mentor.