New Faculty Appointments Announced for UCLA School of Law 2012-13

June 18, 2012 – Seven highly-regarded professors will be joining UCLA School of Law in the 2012-13 academic year, adding to the law school’s world-class faculty roster.

Jill Horwitz and Edward Parson come to UCLA from the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Horwitz is a gifted health economist who is addressing some of the most pressing law and policy issues of our day, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and the impact of hospital ownership on the delivery of medical services. At Michigan, Professor Horwitz served as co-director of the Law and Economics Program, and she held joint appointments with the School of Public Health and the Ford School of Public Policy. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and advisor for the American Law Institute, a fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a core faculty member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical and Health Policy Scholars Program. She teaches Torts, Nonprofit Law and Policy, as well as workshops on law and economics, governance, and health care reform. Professor Horwitz obtained her J.D., her master’s in public policy and her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard.

At Michigan, Professor Parson was the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, Professor of Natural Resources & Environment, and Professor of Public Policy. He is a leading expert on climate change law and policy, and his book “Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy,” won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association. Professor Parson has worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the Privy Council Office of Canada, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Before joining the Michigan faculty, he was a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has led and served on many advisory bodies on environment and climate policy, including the U.S. National Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change and the current National Academy of Sciences Panel on America’s Climate Choices. He teaches International Environmental Law and Policy, and earned his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard.

Jason Oh, a rising star in the field of tax law, joins the UCLA School of Law faculty, from New York University School of Law, where he was an acting assistant professor of tax law. Previously, Professor Oh worked in New York City as a tax attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and restructurings. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Oh was attracted by UCLA Law’s renowned tax program, which recently was ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

Four professors will join UCLA Law as visitors next year. Leslie Kendrick and Micah Schwartzman come from the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Kendrick works in the area of torts and the First Amendment with a focus on speech and the press. She teaches tort theory, First Amendment theory, and a seminar on ethical values. Professor Kendrick is a Rhodes Scholar and earned her law degree at the University of Virginia, where she was essays development for the law review and received many awards and prizes. After graduation, she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Hackett Souter.

Professor Schwartzman’s research focuses on questions of law and religion, jurisprudence and political philosophy. He teaches courses on constitutional law and the First Amendment. He is a Rhodes Scholar and obtained his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he was articles development editor of the law review and won a number of prizes and awards. Before joining the Virginia faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

James Park will be joining the UCLA Law faculty from Brooklyn Law School. Jim is a widely published scholar in the field of securities regulation and corporate law. His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, Duke Law Journal and the Michigan Law Review. He teaches civil procedure as well as securities law and corporations. Before becoming an academic, Professor Park served as Assistant Attorney General in the Investment Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz . Professor Park received his law degree from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge John G. Koelti of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as well as for Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Daniel Schwarcz is a leading scholar in insurance law, who will be joining the faculty from the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Schwarcz’s research focuses on consumer protection and regulation in property, casualty and health insurance markets. He has published in a number of law journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review. In 2011, one of his articles received the Liberty Mutual Prize as an exceptional analysis of insurance law and regulation. Additionally, he is a co-author of one of the most influential casebooks in the field. He teaches insurance law, health care regulation and finance, contract law and commercial law. Professor Schwarcz serves as a Funded Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and in 2007-08, he was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Tenure-Track Teacher of the Year. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor for the law review and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Upon graduation, he clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and worked on insurance law matters at Ropes & Gray. Additionally, Professor Schwarcz spent two years as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.