I am pleased to welcome ten new faculty members to George Mason for fall 2008. Four of the new faculty members work in the area of intellectual property, giving Mason one of the most talented and interesting groups of young IP scholars in the country. Mason Law faculty consistently ranks in the top 25 for scholarly impact. These outstanding new hires are sure to contribute to the growing reputation of Mason’s law faculty and the education of Mason law students.

Dean Daniel Polsby


Dean Daniel Polsby


Associate Professor Helen M. Alvaré comes to George Mason from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, where she was an associate professor. She received her law degree from Cornell University in 1984 and a master's degree in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in 1989.

Professor Alvaré practiced with the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, specializing in commercial litigation and free exercise of religion matters. For three years, she worked at the Office of General Counsel for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she drafted amicus briefs in leading U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning abortion, euthanasia and the Establishment Clause. For the next ten years, she worked with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the NCCB. There, she lobbied, testified before federal congressional committees, addressed university audiences, and appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs on behalf of the U.S. Catholic bishops. She also assisted the Holy See on matters concerning women, marriage and the family, and respect for human life.

Professor Alvaré chaired the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as an ABC News consultant. Her scholarship regularly treats current controversies about marriage, parenting, and the new reproductive technologies.

Helen M.

Associate Professor Adam Mossoff joins the Mason Law faculty in fall 2008 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he pursued his interest in the theoretical and doctrinal intersections between property and intellectual property, with a special focus on the intellectual history of patents. He has taught in the areas of patent law, property, cyberlaw, jurisprudence, estates and trusts, and property theory.

Professor Mossoff graduated in 2001 with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a research assistant to Richard A. Epstein and held the Bradley Governance Fellowship. Following law school, Professor Mossoff spent the academic year 2001-2002 at Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law. Just prior to joining the law faculty at MSU, Professor Mossoff completed a clerkship for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He holds an MA in philosophy, specializing in legal and political philosophy, from Columbia University and a BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he graduated magna cum laude.


Assistant Professor Laura Bradford graduated in 1997 with honors from Stanford Law School, where she was note editor for the Stanford Law Review. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English from Yale University. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable James L. Oakes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Before coming to George Mason Law, Professor Bradford was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Interim Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at George Washington University, as well as an Acting Assistant Professor for the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. She had practiced previously as an associate in the intellectual property law group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and was a reporter at Time magazine, writing in the areas of business and technology.

Professor Bradford’s primary teaching interests are in the areas of copyright, trademark, business associations, property, contracts, trade regulation, privacy law, and intellectual property.


Assistant Professor Tun-Jen Chiang arrives at Mason Law after having been an associate with business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhard Oliver & Hedges, LLP, in Silicon Valley, California, since 2005. His practice has been in patent litigation in the district courts and the federal circuit.

Professor Chiang was awarded his JD with honors in 2004 by the University of Chicago Law School, where he was comment editor for the law review and a member of Order of the Coif. Professor Chiang was a research assistant to the Honorable Richard A. Posner, University of Chicago Law School, and also completed a clerkship for the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to entering law school, he earned a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of Melbourne.


Assistant Professor Rachelle Holmes is a 2002 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and a member of the Columbia Business Law Review. She holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded the Joseph E. Pogue Scholarship and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Scholarship.

Prior to joining the Mason Law faculty, Professor Holmes served as the Transactional Studies Research Fellow at Columbia Law School. She was a tax associate with King & Spalding, LLP, in Washington, D.C., from 2004 to 2006 and with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York from 2002 to 2004.

Professor Holmes' teaching and research interests include corporate tax, international tax, tax policy, financial products, and federal income tax.


Assistant Professor Jonathan Mitchell graduated in 2001 with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif.

After graduating from law school, Professor Mitchell was a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice from August 2003 through January 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason, Professor Mitchell was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 2006 through 2008. His research and teaching interests include national security law, criminal law and procedure, and federal habeas corpus.


Assistant Professor Christopher M. Newman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, where he served as book review editor for the Michigan Law Review and received Michigan's highest law school award, the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. He also holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Classical Liberal Arts awarded by St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Following law school, Professor Newman was a clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with whom he co-published What's So Fair About Fair Use?, 46 J. Copyright Soc'y 513 (1999). From 2000-2007, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters, as well as pro bono family and criminal law matters. Professor Newman left practice at the beginning of 2007 to serve an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he focused on his research and writing in the areas of property theory and intellectual property, and since January 2008 has served as a research fellow of UCLA's Intellectual Property Project.

Christopher M.

Assistant Professor David Schleicher is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude with an AB in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

After law school, Professor Schleicher was a clerk for the Honorable Carlos Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was associated with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, where he worked on cases involving the Voting Rights Act and securities fraud.

From 2006 to 2008, Professor Schleicher was Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, where he taught Election Law and Legal Research and Writing. His research examines issues in election law and local government law, with a particular focus on the effect of election laws on political party competition and on problems in urban elections. His work has appeared in a number of law journals, including the Supreme Court Economic Review, the Election Law Journal and the Journal of Law and Politics.


Assistant Professor J.W. Verret received his JD and MA in Public Policy from Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, respectively, in 2006. While in law school, Professor Verret served an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics under the guidance of Lucian Bebchuk at the Harvard Olin Center Program on Corporate Governance, completing a paper on hedge fund regulation. His bachelor’s degree was awarded by Louisiana State University in the area of accounting.

After law school, Professor Verret served as a law clerk for Vice-Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the forum in which disputes between shareholders and directors of Delaware corporations (which represent 70% of all publicly traded corporations) are adjudicated.

Prior to joining the faculty at Mason Law, Professor Verret was an associate in the SEC Enforcement Defense Practice Group at Skadden, Arps in Washington, D.C. He has written extensively on corporate law topics, including a recent paper co-written with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court.

J.W. Verret

The Honorable Robert W. Wooldridge Jr. joins the faculty of Mason Law as Senior Lecturer in Law, after a long association with the law school as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy. Judge Wooldridge is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where he also earned his law degree at its Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

From 1992 until his retirement from the bench this summer, Judge Wooldridge will have served as a judge in Virginia’s 19th Judicial Circuit.

In addition to his time in the courtroom and his teaching duties at Mason Law, Judge Wooldridge has been a Professional Associate and member of the Board of Directors of the Graduate School of Forensic Psychology at Marymount University, serving also as a mentor to graduate students taking a Field Experience class.

Judge Wooldridge’s dedication to the legal profession extends to his service to the bar associations at both state and local levels. He was formerly president of the Fairfax Bar Association, a member of the Bar Council of the Virginia State Bar, and a faculty member of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course. Judge Wooldridge will be teaching courses in Virginia Practice, Virginia Remedies and related fields.

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Wooldridge Jr.

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