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IU Maurer School of Law
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IU Maurer School of Law welcomes new, returning faculty

April 23, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bolstered by a $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will welcome six new faculty members in the fall 2009 semester. The school also will welcome returning Professor Fred Aman Jr., who had served as dean at Suffolk University Law School since 2007.

The six new faculty members were highly sought-after candidates by law schools nationwide. The new IU Maurer Law faculty members are:

  • Brian Broughman, a lecturer in residence from the University of California, Berkeley Law School.
  • Jayanth Krishnan, a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Law and permanent faculty member at the William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Mark Janis, a 1989 IU Law School graduate and the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.
  • Tim Lynch, a graduate of Harvard Law School who is completing his MBA at the IU Kelley School of Business with a research focus on governance and regulation of global capital markets and international trade, and who will join the law school as a visiting assistant professor.
  • Ryan Scott, currently a practicing attorney at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.
  • Deborah Widiss, a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Joining them will be Aman, who served as dean of the IU Maurer School of Law from 1991 to 2002. Aman, the Roscoe C. O'Byrne Professor of Law, is internationally recognized as a leading authority on administrative, regulatory and deregulatory law, especially as it relates to the global economy. He previously served as director of the IU Institute for Advanced Study and faculty editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

"We are especially delighted to welcome Fred Aman back to the IU Maurer School of Law," said Dean Lauren Robel. "Fred is not only a scholar of international reputation but a treasured member of our scholarly community."

Robel said the new faculty members will enhance areas in which the law school is already strong, and strengthen areas in which the school is looking to broaden its expertise.

"We also are thrilled to welcome these outstanding scholars," Robel said. "Mark Janis adds to our growing concentration in intellectual property law, while Jayanth Krishnan will help solidify the law school's standing as a pioneer in the study of the legal profession. Ryan Scott and Deborah Widiss are two up-and-coming legal talents who will broaden our expertise in areas of criminal and family law, and Brian Broughman and Tim Lynch bring unique perspectives to our business law curriculum. "

Jayanth Krishnan

Janis is one of the most highly cited patent law professors and will head IU Maurer Law's emerging intellectual property program. The Patent Law Blog called Janis's hiring "a coup" for Indiana. Broughman's research focuses on the law and economics of entrepreneurship and venture capital, and he previously practiced law with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in Chicago.

Krishnan will enhance the school's growing expertise in the study of the legal profession. Tim Lynch will teach courses in the areas of corporate finance and international trade, drawing on his prior experience practicing law with Coudert Brothers in New York. Scott, whose work focuses on federal courts issues, will teach criminal law and procedure, and federal jurisdiction. Widiss is the winner of two scholarly prizes and will teach statutory interpretation and legislation, employment discrimination, and family law.

Deborah Widiss

A $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. has allowed the school to solidify and expand its teaching resources.

"I cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Lilly Endowment for last year's $25 million grant, which has made such extraordinary hires possible," Robel said. "We have been able to extend offers to highly sought-after scholars at a time when many law schools, due to tight economic times, are unable to do so."