New Faculty for 2004-2005

Joaquin G. Avila (Full Year), Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Having received his B.A degree from Yale University in 1970 and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1973, where he was Case and Comments Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, he served as a Law Clerk to Alaska Supreme Court Justice James Fitzgerald before joining the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, initially as Staff Attorney (1974-1976), then as Associate Counsel (1976-1982), and finally as President and General Counsel (1982-1985). In 1985, he established a private practice focusing exclusively on protecting minority voting rights. As a nationally recognized minority voting rights expert, Professor Avila taught courses at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas, and UCLA Schools of Law. He also received a John D. and Catherine R. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1996 in recognition of his work in the voting rights area. He will teach Constitutional Law, Voting Rights, and Latinos and the Law.

Jonathan Eddy (Fall Semester), Visiting Professor of Law

He received his B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1966, and his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1969, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He started his teaching career in 1969 at the University of California, Berkeley, and spent 3 years as Assistant Dean and Lecturer at Haile Sellassie I University in Ethiopia. He became a tenured member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina and visited at the University of Virginia and the University of Puget Sound. In December, 1980, Professor Eddy entered private practice in Seattle, initially with Garvey, Shubert, Adams & Barer (1980-1986), followed by tenures at Bogle & Gates (1986-1995), and Riddell Williams, P.S. (1995-2002). Since January 2003, he has been a Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will teach Commercial Law.

Wendy C. Gerzog (Spring Semester), Visiting Professor of Law

She received a B.A. degree, with honors, from Clark University in 1968, an M.A. from Assumption College, a J.D. degree from the University of Akron in 1976, and an LL.M. degree in tax from George Washington University in 1979. She was an Attorney Advisor to Judge Tietjens of the U.S. Tax Court from 1979 to 1982. Professor Gerzog has been a faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law since 1983, teaching courses primarily in the tax area. She will teach a basic course in taxation and a seminar in tax policy.

Joseph T. Henke (Full Year), Visiting Professor of Law

Having received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1960, his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1964, and an LL.M. from New York University in 1971, he practiced law in Seattle for 3 years. He joined the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1971 and served as Acting Dean from 1980-1982. He was a visiting faculty member at the University of California-Hastings, the East China Institute of Politics and Law, and the Cambodian Center for Legal Education. Professor Henke was also a Fellow in Law and Humanities at Harvard University. He has written extensively in the areas of Community Property and Trusts and Estates, the areas in which he will also be teaching.

Paul Holland, Assistant Professor of Law

He received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, in 1988, his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University in 1991, and an LL.M. from Georgetown, in 1996. He worked initially at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He was Deputy Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University from 1994-1999, when he became Director of the Child Law Clinic at Loyola University Chicago. In 2001, Professor Holland joined the University of Michigan Law School in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He has written and taught in the area of juvenile justice. He will join the faculty in the Ronald L. Peterson Law Clinic.

Pedro Malavet (Full Year), Visiting Professor of Law

He received his B.B.A. from Emory University, his J.D. from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, and his LL.M. from Georgetown University. He practiced law in Puerto Rico from 1989-1993, before pursing graduate legal work. He joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1995 and is currently a tenured Professor of Law. Professor Malavet clerked with Judge Raymond Acosta of the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico from 1987-1989, and taught courses at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has published extensively in the areas of Comparative Law, the Latin Notary system, and the legal status of Puerto Rico. He will teach Evidence, Comparative Law, and a seminar in U.S. Territorial Possessions.

Michael Rooke-Ley (Full Year), Visiting Professor of Law

A graduate of California State University in 1969, he interrupted his education at Stanford University to be a VISTA volunteer from 1966-1968. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1974. After two years of private practice and four years of teaching at John Kennedy University, he started his legal academic career at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 1979. He is currently an Emeritus Professor from Nova Southeastern and has held visiting positions at Santa Clara, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, the University of Oregon, Willamette University, and the University of Rijeka (Croatia). He will teach Family Law, a specialized Constitutional Law course, and Administrative Law.

Thomas Sponsler (Fall Semester), Visiting Professor of Law

A graduate of the University of Toledo with at B.A., magna cum laude, in 1994, a J.D. from the University of Toledo, summa cum laude, in 1967, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1968, he was a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, New Orleans from 1968 to 1989, having served as Dean from 1983-1989. He served as Director of Staff Attorneys for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1989-1991, and as Counsel for the Professional Liability Section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1991-1995. Professor Sponsler was also President and Dean of Albany Law School from 1995-2003. He has taught primarily in the areas of Evidence and Criminal Law.

George Yeannakis (Fall Semester), Clinical Visiting Professor

A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Economics in 1970, and a J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1973, he started his career as an attorney with Seattle Legal Services. He was in private practice from 1976-1981, when he joined the Seattle/King County Public Defender Association. Professor Yeannakis joined the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) in 1988, where he remained until taking a visiting position at Seattle University School of Law. He will supervise students in the externship program.

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