For Immediate Release:  Aug 12, 2009
2009, 08, 12

Three Full-Time Faculty Members Join Hofstra Law

Three Full-Time Faculty Members Join Hofstra Law

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner announced three new, full-time faculty members beginning fall 2009:  Professor of Law Camille Nelson and Associate Professors of Law Rose Cuison Villazor and James J. Sample.

“Professors Nelson, Cuison Villazor and Sample are accomplished academics and dedicated teachers,” said Dean Demleitner.  “They join an existing group of distinguished scholars who are committed to preparing, challenging and inspiring students to make an impact.”

Professor Camille Nelson holds a B.A. from University of Toronto, an LL.B. from University of Ottawa School of Law and an LL.M. from Columbia University.  After law school, Nelson clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada and worked as an associate at McCarthy, Tetrault, Barristers & Solicitors LLP, the largest law firm in Canada.

Prior to joining the Hofstra Law community, Nelson taught at Saint Louis University School of Law and served as the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, where she also served as a visiting professor, teaching contracts and criminal law.
Nelson is a widely recognized scholar in the field of critical race theory and cultural studies, with particular focus in criminal law, criminal procedure, disability law and comparative law.  She has published 15 law review articles, an anthology, book chapters, and national and international scholarly articles and professional working papers.

Students at Saint Louis University recognized Nelson with the Faculty Excellence Award.  In 2005 she received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Faculty Award from the Association of American Law Schools, Section on Minority Groups.  In 2004 she received the Extraordinary Service Award from the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and was named Faculty Member of the Year at Saint Louis University School of Law.

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor holds a B.A. from The University of Texas, a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. from Columbia University.

She comes to Hofstra Law from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she was an assistant professor of law for three years, teaching property, immigration law and an advanced citizenship seminar.  While at SMU, she organized a colloquium on law and citizenship, which she will continue at Hofstra beginning fall 2010. 

Previously, Cuison Villazor served as a human rights fellow at Columbia Law School, where she focused on the domestic application of international human rights.  After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  She then received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2001 to 2004. 

Cuison Villazor’s scholarship focuses on the ways property law, immigration law, racism, colonialism and culture have shaped the definitions, rights and privileges of citizenship.  She is co-editor of and contributor to a forthcoming book titled Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage (Cambridge University Press). 

Cuison Villazor is currently researching the regulation of interracial marriages through the Soldier Brides Act of 1947, the negotiation for citizenship in formerly colonized territories and the recognition of birthright citizenship as a fundamental right in the U.S. territories.
Professor James J. Sample holds a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Columbia University.  Prior to joining Hofstra Law, he served as counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, litigating, publishing, and engaging in public advocacy related to issues of campaign finance, voting rights and judicial independence.

He is a leading expert on campaign spending in judicial elections and on the topic of judicial recusal.  Sample’s frequent citations by the media include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, USA Today, National Public Radio and The Chicago Tribune.

In the recent Supreme Court term, Sample wrote cert and merits stage amicus briefs, and was responsible for recruiting and coordinating amici in the case of Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, Inc., a 5-4 landmark decision, requiring a state supreme court’s recusal on due process grounds, based on extraordinary campaign support from a litigant.

In 2004 Sample worked on current Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's campaign.  Prior to the campaign, in 2003-2004, Sample clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Sample was also a three-time Emmy Award-winning producer for NBC Sports.

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