BU Law Welcomes New Faculty and Associate Dean

Incoming professors bring expertise in clinical programs, criminal law, Islamic law, and health law and economics

Boston University School of Law continues to enhance its nationally recognized experiential learning programs with the appointment of Associate Dean for Experiential Education Peggy Maisel and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Laila Hlass. New York Law School Professor Sadiq Reza, a scholar and teacher of criminal law, criminal procedure, and Islamic law, will join Georgetown Law School Professor Kathryn Zeiler, an expert in health care law and economics, as visiting professors at BU Law during the 2014-15 academic year.

Laila Hlass joins BU Law as a clinical associate professor in the Civil Litigation program, where she will oversee the Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Before coming to BU, she was a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center's Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she taught and supervised law students representing asylum seekers. Hlass was a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, where she also served as the interim director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning, and as an adjunct professor, teaching a seminar in refugee and asylum law. During 2009-10, Hlass was selected as an Effective Leadership fellow with Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

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Peggy Maisel assumes the new position of associate dean for experiential education and joins the faculty as a clinical professor. She will oversee more than 20 clinical and externship programs, and advance curriculum initiatives, pedagogical practices and academic research that strengthen linkages between the School’s experiential education program and its traditional academic curriculum. Maisel comes to BU Law from Florida International University, where she had been the director of the law school’s Clinical Legal Education Program since its inception in 2003. From 1997 to 2001, she was an associate professor of law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where she co-authored two textbooks, Introduction to Law and Legal Skills and Foundations of South African Law: Critical Issues for Law Students, that drew from her experiences transforming the law school’s in-house law clinic and first-year curriculum. During this time, she also helped found Global Alliance for Justice Education, which advocates for international clinical legal education.

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Sadiq Reza, who joins BU Law as a visiting professor, is a professor of law at New York Law School, where he teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and Islamic law. In 2007 he was named New York Law School’s Teacher of the Year, and in 2008, he was named a Carnegie Scholar for his research and writing on criminal law and procedure under Islamic law (sharia) and in the countries of today’s Muslim world. Reza taught criminal procedure and Islamic law at BU Law in 2008, and he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Islamic Legal Studies Program, a visiting professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Suffolk University Law School. Before teaching, he spent four years as a public defender in Washington, DC.

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Kathryn Zeiler, a visiting professor from Georgetown Law, teaches health law and torts and organizes the Law and Economics Workshop Series at BU Law. Her research focuses on health care law and economics, medical malpractice liability and insurance, disclosure regulation, experimental economics, and behavioral law and economics. She has been published in the American Economic Review, Virginia Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Georgetown Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Studies. She served as a member of the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association from 2010 to 2012, and is currently serving on the editorial board of the American Law and Economics Review. She is a member of the Max Planck Institute's Scientific Review Board for Research on Collective Goods.

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boston university school of law new faculty 2014

BU Law welcomes Peggy Maisel, Laila Hlass, Kathryn Zeiler, and Sadiq Reza

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Last edited August 5, 2014

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