Penn State Law welcomes new Shughart Scholars

Scholars David H. Blankfein-Tabachnick, Erica Goldberg and Jacob Randall Kreutzer have joined Penn State Law as Dale F. Shughart Jr. Scholars. Each year, Penn State Law welcomes as visiting assistant professors a small group of scholars of exceptional accomplishment and promise as Dale F. Shughart Jr. Scholars.

“Our faculty and students will benefit from the perspective, energy and passion of these emerging scholars,” said Dean Philip J. McConnaughay. In addition to law teaching responsibilities, Shughart scholars enjoy the support and mentorship of Penn State Law faculty in preparation for the highly competitive law teaching market.

The new Shughart Scholars are:

David H. Blankfein-Tabachnick researches property law and its relationship to criminal and constitutional law, contract and tort, legal and political theory, bankruptcy, and private ordering. Prior to joining Penn State Law he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Peking University, School of Transnational Law. Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick holds a doctorate in legal and political philosophy from the University of Virginia, a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School, a master of arts degree from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor of arts degree from Ithaca College.  An award-winning classroom teacher, he teaches criminal law.

Erica Goldberg focuses her scholarship on First Amendment law, due process, academic freedom, and education law. Prior to joining Penn State Law she was a Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellow with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Professor Goldberg also was litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she specialized in federal appellate litigation, white-collar, environmental, communications, and other regulatory matters. She is a former law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Gilman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. A former reporter for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, Professor Goldberg also has been a contributing writer for SCOTUSblog. She holds a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a bachelor of arts degree from Tufts University. She teaches Civil Procedure.

Jacob Randall Kreutzer researches cyber rights and economic analysis. Prior to joining Penn State, he was an associate at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where he participated in defense against SEC enforcement actions and derivative lawsuits. He is a former law clerk for the Honorable Jane Richards of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former associate at Fried, Frank in New York, where he focused on finance and SEC matters. He teaches Civil Procedure. He holds a juris doctor degree from New York University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington.

Professors Goldberg, Kreutzer, and Blankfein-Tabachnick join fellow Shughart scholars Anna Laakmann and Julia Lee, who accepted Shughart Scholar appointments in 2010.

Combining her law and medical backgrounds, Anna Laakmann’s research explores the ways in which the patent, regulatory, and tort systems interact to impact scientific research, health care markets, the practice of medicine, and population health. Her forthcoming article proposes that the FDA should formally recognize the blurred line between investigational and standard therapy by adopting a more fluid approach to its review of new medical technologies. She will teach Torts and Health Law and Policy II: Public Health and Bioethics. Professor Laakmann comes to Penn State Law with a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a doctor of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.

Julia Lee focuses her research on banking and securities regulation and administrative law. She is particularly interested in studying financial services regulation from a historical and social science perspective. Professor Lee will be teaching Payment Systems. Prior to joining Penn State Law, she was a senior regional attorney with the FDIC in Chicago, where she supervised troubled banks and conducted prohibition and removal actions against bank officers and directors. Her juris doctor degree is from Yale Law School.

“Over time, this program will place Shughart Fellows in law schools around the nation and world, bringing lasting honor and attention over the years to Dale’s and the Shughart family’s extraordinary contributions to legal education in America,” said McConnaughay.

A 1974 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, Shughart served with the U.S. Army in Korea as a platoon leader on the DMZ and as a security officer with the United Nation Joint Peacekeeping force in Panmanjom. He practiced law in Carlisle, Pa., taught Pennsylvania Civil Procedure at the Law School, sat on the Board of Directors for Legal Services, Inc. for more than 20 years and served diligently as a member of the Board of Counselors before his death in 2010. A strong supporter of the law school, Shughart played an instrumental role in both contributions to fund the development of new facilities and to a number of funds that support law school operations.

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Last Updated August 24, 2011