George Mason School of Law Welcomes New Faculty For Fall 2007

For Fall 2007, George Mason School of Law welcomes two new full-time faculty members, two new visiting professors, and a new director of the Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (LRWA) program. In addition, three visiting faculty are returning.

New Full-Time Faculty


Before joining the faculty in June 2007, Professor Rabkin was a Professor of Government at Cornell University for 27 years. Professor Rabkin is a renowned scholar in international law and was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Cornell University.

His full-length books include Law Without Nations— (Princeton University Press, 2005), The Case for Sovereignty (AEI Press, 2004), Why Sovereignty Matters (AEI Press, 1998), Judicial Compulsions, How Public Law Distorts Public Policy (Basic Books, 1989). He also co-edited (with L. Gordon Crovitz) The Fettered Presidency, Legal Limitations and the Conditions of Responsible Policymaking (AEI Press 1989).

Professor Rabkin has also written numerous chapters in edited books, articles in academic journals, and essays. He will be teaching International Law in the fall and the Founders' Constitution in the spring.

Professor Jeremy Claeys


Prior to joining the George Mason Law School faculty, Professor Claeys taught at Saint Louis University School of Law for six years and was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law for two years at the University of Chicago Law School.  Before teaching, he practiced appellate and tort litigation and clerked for the Hon. Melvin Brunetti, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.

Professor Claeys' scholarship focuses on American property and constitutional law, and particularly on the influence of American natural-law/natural-rights theory on the law. Professor Claeys received his J.D. from the University of Southern California where he also served at Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Law Review and his A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton.

Professor Claeys will be teaching Property in the fall and the Founders' Constitution and Trade Secrets in the spring.

New Visiting Faculty

Professor Laura Bradford


Professor Bradford is a graduate of Stanford Law School and clerked for the Honorable James L. Oakes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before coming to George Mason Law, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Interim Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at George Washington University.  She previously practiced as an associate in the intellectual property law group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, and as a reporter at Time Magazine  writing in the areas of business and technology.

Professor Bradford will teach Trademark Law in the fall and the Intellectual Property in the spring.


Professor Christine Kymn


Professor Kymn comes to George Mason from the Green Green Bag Journal of Law, where she was a Green Bag Fellow.  Professor Kymn received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law, where she was a Robert A. Levy Fellow.  She was an articles editor for the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy and a member/associate editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal

Professor Kymn also formerly taught at Washington and Lee University.  Her current teaching interests are in American Legal History, Law and Economics, Public Choice and the Law, and Environmental Law.

Professor Kym will co-teach an American Legal History seminar with Professor Ross Davies in the fall and will teach Environmental Law in the spring.


New Director of Legal Research, Writing & Analysis

Professor Jennifer Hodge


Before returning to George Mason in a teaching capacity, Jennifer Hodge worked for the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division, as a Deputy Chief in the Electronic Surveillance Unit. Professor Hodge handled commercial and employment law matters as a litigation associate at Charlson Bredehoft & Cohen, P.C. and at Holland & Knight, LLP, and she managed a variety of civil matters serving as a law clerk for the former Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Professor Hodge began her career by practicing criminal law, primarily as an Assistant Public Defender, first in Fauquier County, and then in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she represented clients in all stages of litigation before the General District and Circuit Courts for those jurisdictions, the Virginia Court of Appeals, and the Virginia Supreme Court. 

Professor Hodge earned her B.A. in History and French from the College of William & Mary and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Returning Visiting Faculty

Professor Nita Ghei


Professor Ghei is returning to George Mason Law School for a third semester as a visiting professor. Professor Ghei previously taught Comparative Law at Northwestern University School of Law as a Searle Fellow.  Professor Ghei received her law degree from George Mason School of Law, where she was a Robert A. Levy Fellow.  She was also articles editor for the George Mason Law Review.

Professor Ghei was formerly a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John C. Eldridge, Jr. for the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  Her current teaching interests are in Comparative Law, International Trade, International Law, Law and Economics, Conflicts of Law, and Civil Procedure.

Professor Ghei will teach European Union Law and International Business and Economics Law in the fall semester.



Professor Katzen is returning to the law school as a visiting professor after having most recently taught as an Adjunct Professor and Public Interest/Public Service Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School. She has also taught administrative law courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Georgetown Law Center.

From '93-'98, Professor Katzen served as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (the senior adviser to the President on regulatory matters); she then became the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House ('98-'99), and returned to OMB in '99-2001 as the Deputy Director for Management. Before her government service, she was a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in administrative law and legislative matters.

Professor Katzen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Law Review, after which she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Professor Katzen frequently testifies before Congress on issues of administrative law and rulemaking and will be teaching Constitutional Law in the fall and Administrative Law in the spring.


Professor Schaefer returns for his seventh year as a visiting professor at George Mason Law School. He is also on the Faculty of Economics at the University of Hamburg. In addition, he is director of the Ph.D. Graduate College on Law and Economics. His main fields of interest are economic analysis of civil law and development economics. He is co-author of the textbook The Economic Analysis of Civil Law which was published by Edward Elgar, and he has authored a series of articles on law and economics. He also helped establish George Mason School of Law's Exchange Program in Law and Economics.

Professor Schaefer has his Ph.D. from the University of Bochum. He will be teaching a seminar on the Law and Poverty of Nations during the fall semester.