Center for Business Law & Regulation
Center for Business Law & Regulation

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Jonathan H. Adler
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor & Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation
B.A. 1991 (Yale University), J.D. 2000 (George Mason)
Jonathan Adler is one of the most widely cited academics in environmental
law. Prof. Adler is the author or editor of three books on environmental policy, including Environmentalism at the Crossroads (1995), and several book chapters, and his articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A regular commentator on environmental and legal issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including “Newshour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Talk of the Nation” (NPR), “O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News) and Entertainment Tonight. Prof. Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy.”

Prof. Adler teaches courses in environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law. In 2004, he received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded him its annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.” Prof. Adler serves on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the advisory board of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and the Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board of the Environmental Law Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty, he clerked for the Hon. David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Prof. Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed the environmental studies program.

George W. Dent, Jr.
Associate Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation, B.A. 1969, J.D. 1973 (Columbia), LL.M. 1981 (New York University)
George Dent taught law at New York University, Cardozo, and the New York Law School before joining the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty in 1990. He also clerked for Judge Paul R. Hays of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and practiced corporate law in New York with Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons & Gates. He teaches Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Planning. Prof. Dent has published many articles on corporate and securities law, including “Lawyers and Trust in Business Alliances,” Business
Lawyer (2002).

Richard Gordon
Professor; Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy; B.A. 1978 (Yale), J.D. 1984 (Harvard)
Richard Gordon teaches courses on business associations, corporate governance, financial institutions integrity, and international and comparative taxation. Earlier, he practiced law at Dewey Ballantine in Washington and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, where he was a visiting lecturer in the law faculty, and the Harvard Law School, where he was Deputy Director of the International Tax Program. While at Harvard Prof. Gordon completed extensive field work on law and development in both Indonesia and rural India, and advised the government of Indonesia on the reform of tax, company, and securities laws. After leaving Harvard he joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund, where worked on a wide variety of issues, including public international law, governance, sovereign debt restructuring, and taxation. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 he was appointed to the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and was a principal author of the report on the role of the IMF and World Bank in countering terrorism finance and money laundering. He is a principal author of the book Tax Law Design and Drafting (Aspen 2001) and the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.

Jonathan Entin
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law and Political Science; A.B. 1969 (Brown), J.D. 1981 (Northwestern)
Before joining the faculty in 1984, Jonathan Entin clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (when she was on the U.S. Court of Appeals) and practiced in Washington with Steptoe & Johnson. The recipient of several teaching awards and a former co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, he is at work on a book about equal protection. Prof. Entin has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Courts, Public Policy, and Social Change, and a Supreme Court seminar. Among his recent publications are “An Ohio Dilemma: Race, Equal Protection, and the Unfulfilled Promise of a State Bill of Rights,” Cleveland State Law Review (2004), and “Judicial Selection and Political Culture,” Capital University Law Review (2002).

Leon Gabinet
Professor, Ph.B. 1950, J.D. 1953 (Chicago)

Leon Gabinet practiced law for many years in Oregon before coming to Case Western in 1968. He is co-author of Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolution (1986, Second Revised Edition, 2005). Prof. Gabinet is a member of the American Law Institute and was invited to The Netherlands as a Cambridge-Tilburg lecturer.

Peter M. Gerhart
Professor, B.A. 1967 (Northwestern), J.D. 1971 (Columbia)

Former dean of the law school, Peter Gerhart teaches International Business Transactions, International Trade and Development, and Torts. Before joining the law school, he practiced in New York with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, with an expertise in antitrust and trade regulation. He teaches Global Economic Issues at Weatherhead School of Business, was a visiting Scholar at the Centre for European Legal Studies at Cambridge University (U.K.), and has taught Intellectual Property at the Central European
University in Budapest. His series of articles on the World Trade Organization advance the view that the WTO is an institution of participatory democracy.

Erik M. Jensen
Schott van den Eynden Professor, S.B. 1967 (MIT), M.A. 1972 (Chicago), J.D. 1979 (Cornell)
Erik Jensen clerked for Judge Monroe G. McKay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and practiced in New York with Sullivan & Cromwell before joining the faculty in 1983. He specializes in taxation, business planning, and American Indian law. Recent publications include “The U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Approach to Tax Avoidance,” in Comparative Perspectives on Revenue Law: Essays in Honour of John Tiley (Cambridge University Press 2008); “Taxation and Doing Business in Indian Country,” Maine Law Review (2008); and The Taxing Power (Praeger 2005).

Juliet P. Kostritsky
Everett D. & Eugenia S. McCurdy Professor of Contract Law, A.B. 1976 (Harvard), J.D. 1980 (Wisconsin)

Juliet Kostritsky, who joined the School of Law in 1984 after practicing in New York with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, teaches Contracts, Property, Advanced Contracts and Commercial Paper. Her two most recent papers have been accepted for presentation by the American Law & Economics Association. They are: “Uncertainty, Reliance, Preliminary Negotiations and the Hold Up Problem,” SMU Law Review, and “Plain Meaning vs. Broad Interpretation: How the Risk of Opportunism Defeats a Unitary Default Rule for Interpretation” Kentucky Law Journal (2007). She presented the “Plain Meaning” article at Harvard Law School, in 2007 and the “Hold Up” article at Columbia Law School in 2008. Her paper “Taxonomy for Justifying Legal Intervention in an Imperfect World: What To Do When the Parties Have Not
Achieved Bargains or Have Drafted Incomplete Contracts,” appeared in the 2004 Wisconsin Law Review.

Raymond Ku
Professor and Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, A.B. 1992 (Brown), J.D. 1995 (New York University)

A nationally known expert in copyright and Cyberspace law, Raymond Ku writes on legal issues impacting individual liberty, creativity, and technology. His articles appear in the law reviews and journals of Berkeley, Chicago, Fordham, Minnesota, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin among others. Prof. Ku is also the lead author of the first casebook devoted exclusively to the study of cyberspace law.

Craig A. Nard
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and Founding Director, Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, B.A. 1987 (Washington & Jefferson), J.D. 1990 (Capital), LL.M. 1995, J.S.D. 1999 (Columbia)

Craig Nard is a Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy, University of Torino, Italy. He practiced IP law in Dallas, Texas prior to becoming the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia University School of Law. He then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. for the Hon. Helen W. Nies and the Hon. Giles S. Rich. Before joining our faculty in 2001, Prof. Nard was Associate Professor at Marquette University Law School and Visiting Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden. He has published in numerous law reviews and is author of The Law of Patents (Aspen 2008); The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen 2006) (with Barnes & Madison), Patent Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2007) (with Wagner), and Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law (Kluwer 1999) (with Halpern & Port). His teaching focuses on IP and patent law.

Calvin W. Sharpe
Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation and Founding Director, CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution), B.A. 1967 (Clark), J.D. 1974 (Northwestern), M.A. 1996 (Chicago Theological Seminary)

Calvin Sharpe clerked for U.S. District Judge Hubert L. Will (N. Dist. Ill.), practiced law in Chicago, spent four years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and began his teaching career at Virginia. He teaches Evidence, Trial Tactics, Alternative Dispute Resolution and courses in labor and employment law. He has published in all four areas. He chaired the Evidence section of the AALS and the Section on Labor and Employment Law for the Industrial Relations Research Association (national). Member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators, he serves on the U.S. Executive Board of the International Society of Labor and Social Security Law and the Board of Directors, JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation. He has held visiting appointments at George Washington, DePaul, Wake Forest, and Minnesota.

Robert N. Strassfeld
Professor, B.A. 1976 (Wesleyan), M.A. 1980 (Rochester), J.D. 1984 (Virginia)

Robert Strassfeld, who joined Case Western in 1988, teaches Torts, labor law, law and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, American legal history, and National Security Law. He clerked for Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and then practiced in Washington, D.C. with Shea & Gardner. He has published articles in the George Washington, Fordham, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Duke law reviews. He is co-author of Understanding Labor Law (Matthew-Bender 1999).

David P. Porter
Visiting Professor, B.S. 1975 (UC Davis), J.D. 1981 (Case Western Reserve)

Dave Porter is a Visiting Professor of Law and regularly teaches Securities Regulation and Advanced Securities Regulation; he has also taught Mergers & Acquisition. Before receiving his current appointment, Professor Porter served the Law School as an Adjunct Professor teaching its securities courses. He retired in December 2008 as a partner of the Jones Day law firm, where he had practiced in its Cleveland office since 1981. In his practice, he worked principally in the areas of corporate governance, disclosure, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and complex corporate transactions. During his practice years, he was a frequent speaker and writer on corporate and securities law topics. He remains an active member of the Corporation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, which he served as Vice-Chair 2005-2007 and Chair 2007-2009, and where he has led numerous initiatives for legislative enhancements to Ohio's corporate statutes.

Adjunct Faculty
Cleveland stands out as one of the nation's top legal and business centers. Home to four of the top fifty law firms, greater Cleveland is fourth in the nation based on the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. Students benefit from the law school's many ties to the legal and business communities. Legal practitioners, seving as Adjunct faculty, bring their expertise and practical experience to the classroom.

Mark Avsec
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP,

Course: Law of the Music Industry

Thomas Barnard
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Amoak & Stewart, PC
Course: Employment Law

James Bildner
New Horizon Partners

Courses: Capital Markets; Selected Topics in Law & Business

Henry Billingsley, II
Tucker Ellis & West LLP
Course: Admiralty

Maureen Brennan
Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP

Course: Business Negotiation of an Environmental Problem

Peter Carfagna
Senior Counsel, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Course: Sports Law

Joseph Dreher
Partner, Faye, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & Mckee

Courses: Computer Law and Policy, Copyright Law

James Hagy
Courses: International Real Estate; Corporate Real Estate Transactions

Victoria Johnson
Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Course: Real Estate Transactions & Finance

Jason Korosec
General Manager, PayPal, Developer Platform

Course: e-Payment Systems

Hermann Krull
Course: Banking Law

Catherine LaCroix
Courses: Administrative Law; Environmental Law; Land Use

David Lamb
Course: Sports Law

Lisa Levine
Corporate Counsel, The Scott Fetzer Company

Courses: Sports Law, Representing the Individual Athlete

Jeffrey Lietzke
Deputy General Counsel, Cuyahoga Community College
Courses: Representing the Internet Start-Up and Digital Law & Business

Kalle Lyytinen
Iris S. Wolstein Chair, Weatherhead School of Management
Course: Digital Business & Law

Chris Meyer
Squire Sanders & Dempsey
Course: Bankruptcy

James Rosenthal
Course: Business Associations

Russell Shaw
Walter & Haverfield, LLP

Theodore Theofrastous, Esq.
ThetaSquared, LLC; Managing Director and Fund Counsel, Panzica Investments
Course: Intellectual Property Transactions

Aaron Vaughn
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Course: Business Associations

William Warren
General Counsel Emeritus, Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Legal Department
Courses: Real Estate Transactions and Finance, Advanced Real Estate Development - Shopping Centers