UW Law welcomes three new faculty members


Professors Gwendolyn Leachman, Miriam Seifter and Robert Yablon

University of Wisconsin Law School welcomed three faculty members in July: Gwendolyn Leachman, Miriam Seifter and Robert Yablon. All three will begin their teaching duties this fall.

Gwendolyn Leachman will teach Labor Relations at UW Law this fall. Most recently, she served as the Sears Law Fellow at UCLA School of Law, where she taught courses on sexual orientation, gender identity and the law. Leachman earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and legal studies from UC Santa Cruz, and her J.D. and Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from UC Berkeley. Her research, which investigates questions related to law, inequality and social change, has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and the Williams Institute. Her recent publications examine the impact of legal strategies on the LGBT movement’s dominant substantive goals and message.

Miriam Seifter will teach Administrative Law this fall. She has just completed a visiting researcher position at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she also served as adjunct professor of law. Prior to that, she was a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her master’s degree from the University of Oxford and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Chief Judge Merrick Garland in the U.S. Court of Appeals on the D.C. Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Besides administrative law, Seifter’s research and teaching interests include environmental law, energy law, property and federalism. Her recent publications appear or are forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Virginia Law Review.

Robert Yablon will teach Law of Democracy this fall. He joins the Law School from private practice, where he served as a senior associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and prior to that, at WilmerHale. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court (United States v. Davila, 2013) and in other state and federal appellate courts. His research interests include constitutional law, civil procedure, statutory interpretation, and campaign and election law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at UW-Madison. He then received his master’s degree in social policy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Submitted by Law School News on July 31, 2014

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