New Faculty for 2005-2006

Joaquin G. Avila, Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Avila has been a visiting professor at SU Law during 2004-2005. Beginning in 2005, he will teach Constitutional Law, Voting Rights, and Latinos and the Law.

Lucas M. Cupps, Legal Writing Professor

Professor Cupps received his B.A. degree from Yale University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1998. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2003. After his admission to the Washington Bar Professor Cupps practiced as a public defender at The Defender Association and Northwest Defenders Association in Seattle. While in practice he litigated cases at both the trial and appellate level. He will teach Legal Writing I and Legal Writing II.

Russell Powell, Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Powell received his B.A. degree from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1988, specializing in Middle Eastern studies. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of law in 1996, he was an Associate with Coudert Brothers from 1996-1998 and an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 1998-1999. He then became Counsel to the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles before teaching at the University of Jordan and at Loyola University Chicago, where he also received an M.A. in Social Philosophy in 2003. He taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law from 2003-2005. He is fluent in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Turkmen and Urdu. He will be teaching Business Entities, an advanced Corporate course, and a comparative law course examining the Islamic tradition.