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ASU Law welcomes 10 new faculty members for the 2019–20 school year.

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September 26, 2019

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is pleased to welcome 10 new faculty members for the 2019–20 school year:

  • Valena Elizabeth Beety (from West Virginia University College of Law), deputy director of ASU Law’s Academy for Justice and professor of law
  • Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes (from Ho-Chunk Inc. and U.S. Department of the Interior), professor of practice, Indian Legal Program
  • Mary Nicol Bowman (from Seattle University School of Law), clinical professor of law, Legal Method and Writing program
  • Ann Ching (from Pepperdine University), associate clinical professor of law, Legal Method and Writing program
  • Ben A. McJunkin (from University of Michigan Law School), assistant deputy director of ASU Law’s Academy for Justice and associate professor of law
  • Timothy Myers (from Chicago Public Schools), fellow, Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Lawrence S. Roberts (from private practice and U.S. Department of the Interior), professor of practice, Indian Legal Program
  • Michael Selmi (from George Washington University Law School), professor of law
  • Michael Serota (from the D.C. Criminal Code Reform Commission), visiting assistant professor and associate deputy director of ASU Law’s Academy for Justice
  • Rachel Stabler (from University of Miami School of Law), associate clinical professor of law, Legal Method and Writing program

“ASU Law is proud of the nationally renowned faculty and practitioners that have chosen to teach here. Our law school offers students with an incredible array of expertise and access to some of the brightest minds in the world,” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “Attracting faculty that are committed to our student success will always remain one of our top of our priorities here. These 10 individuals bring exciting new thought and expertise, as well as a passion to educate our future legal sector leaders.”

ASU Law is on an unparalleled rise among law schools around the world. Specifically, with the addition of Professors Mary Bowman, Ann Ching and Rachel Stabler, the No. 5-ranked Legal Method and Writing program will continue to excel. Also by bringing Professors Valena Beety, Ben McJunkin and Michael Serota to ASU Law’s Academy for Justice, the program will be able to increase its ability to influence criminal justice reform in profound ways. Additionally, Professors Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes and Lawrence Roberts will bring an array of talent and knowledge to the Indian Legal Program’s new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs.

Ranked a top nine public law school in the nation and No. 27 among all law schools according to U.S. News & World Report, ASU Law’s expert faculty offer students a comprehensive and personalized legal education. ASU Law is also ranked No. 24 in the nation for percentage of graduates who land high-quality law jobs and has ranked in the top 25 in that category for the past five years. During that same five-year stretch, ASU Law has also held the highest bar passage rate in Arizona.

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