UW Law welcomes new faculty

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

Gwendolyn Leachman teaches labor and employment law. 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. Most recently, she served as the Sears Law Fellow at the UCLA School of Law, where she taught courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and the law. Leachman earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and legal studies from UC Santa Cruz, and her JD and PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from UC Berkeley.

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

Robert Yablon is teaching Law of Democracy this fall. His teaching and research interests include constitutional law, civil procedure, statutory interpretation, and campaign and election law. He joins the Law School from private practice. He has argued before the US Supreme Court (United States v. Davila, 2013) and in other state and federal appellate courts. After law school, he clerked for Judge William Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for US Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from 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 JD from Yale Law School.