PUBLISHED:July 12, 2019

Visiting faculty bring expertise in corporate, environmental, criminal, and immigration law


In the 2019-20 academic year, Duke Law School will host three distinguished visiting faculty whose research and teaching interests range from corporate law and regulation and environmental and regulatory law to criminal and immigration law.

Gina-Gail FletcherGina-Gail Fletcher is visiting in the fall semester from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she is an associate professor of law. Her current research focuses on the interplay of public regulation and private ordering in enhancing market stability and integrity. At Duke Law she will teach Business Associations.

Fletcher’s recent scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in New York University Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and Iowa Law Review. Her scholarship has also been featured on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and the Oxford Legal Blog. She has presented her work at Yale Law School, Duke Law School, and Notre Dame Law School, among others, and she has been an invited speaker at George Washington University Law School on the role of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the financial markets.

At the Maurer School of Law, which she joined in 2014 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell Law School, Fletcher teaches Corporations, Venture Capital Financing, and Financial Regulation. In 2016, she was awarded the IU Trustees' Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

Prior to entering academia, Fletcher was an associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, banking, and corporate governance. She received her BA magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and her JD cum laude from Cornell Law School, where she was a member of the Cornell Law Review.

“It is a privilege to be part of Duke Law’s vibrant scholarly community during the fall semester,” Fletcher said. “I am excited to interact and engage with Duke’s phenomenal faculty, especially fellow financial regulation and capital markets scholars. Additionally, I am thrilled to teach Business Associations to Duke Law students. This will certainly be an intellectually stimulating and fun semester at Duke Law.”

Michael Livermore is visiting in the fall semester from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he is a professor of law teaching Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Regulatory Law and Policy, and a course on new technologies and the legal profession. His research focuses on environmental law, regulation, bureaucratic oversight, and the computational analysis of law. He frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with researchers in other academic fields, including economics, computer science, and neurology. At Duke Livermore will teach Environmental Law. 

Livermore is a leading expert on the use of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate environmental regulation. He is the co-author of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (Oxford University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy (Oxford University Press, 2013). His research also focuses on the computational analysis of legal texts and he recently published a co-edited volume on that subject, Law as Data: Computation, Text, and the Future of Legal Analysis (SFI Press, 2019).

Livermore’s work has appeared in leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, New York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Duke Law Journal. He is the recipient of UVA Law’s Carl McFarland Prize, which honors outstanding research by a junior faculty member.

Prior to joining the UVA faculty in 2013, Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, a think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making. In that capacity, he participated in dozens of regulatory proceedings on a diverse set of issues ranging from climate change to prison safety. He remains an active participant in environmental policy discussions.

Livermore earned his JD magna cum laude from NYU Law, where he was a Furman Scholar, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as a managing editor of the Law Review. After law school, he spent a year as a fellow at NYU Law's Center on Environmental and Land Use Law before clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Said Livermore: “I'm thrilled to spend some time at Duke, with its wonderful community of scholars and students. As someone who works on cost-benefit analysis and risk regulation, it will be fun to interact with leading figures such as Matt Adler and Jonathan Wiener, and I'm excited for the opportunity to teach environmental law in an interdisciplinary setting with students from across the university.”

Eisha Jain is visiting for the full academic year from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she is an assistant professor of law. Jain’s research focuses on immigration enforcement and the blurring boundaries between civil and criminal law. She has recently written about interior immigration enforcement, arrests, and collateral consequences. Her publications appear or are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and Georgetown Law Journal, among others.  At Duke, she will be teaching Immigration Law and Criminal Law. 

Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2016, Jain held a law research fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught Criminal Law. She also previously taught Immigration Enforcement at the University of Virginia School of Law. Jain earlier engaged in a wide-ranging civil rights practice, including cases involving wrongful convictions, unlawful immigration detention, police misconduct, fair housing, and other anti-discrimination law. For her civil rights work, she was selected as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist.

Jain earned her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director in the Immigration and Child Advocacy clinics and was awarded the Michael Egger Prize for the best student article published in the Yale Law Journal on a current social problem. She clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“I am delighted to be part of Duke Law’s vibrant intellectual community during my visit this year,” said Jain. “It has been a privilege to present my scholarship on immigration law and criminal law at Duke workshops and at Duke’s Culp Colloquium in the past, and I am excited about continuing to interact with Duke’s outstanding faculty. I am looking forward to teaching Immigration Law and Criminal Law at Duke. I am also thrilled to be working with Duke faculty to organize several immigration law events this year.”