November 09, 2009
Adriaan Lanni and Matthew Stephenson ’03 have been promoted to tenured professorships of law at Harvard Law School, and current Lecturer on Law Michael Gregory ’04 has been appointed as an assistant clinical professor of law.
The promotions were approved by vote of the HLS faculty.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to announce these outstanding appointments,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Adriaan Lanni is one of the world’s leading experts on the ancient legal systems of Classical Greece and Rome, which she researches with fresh insights informed by contemporary legal theories; and she is a treasured teacher who brings her deep knowledge of ancient systems and of relationships between law and society to her criminal law with vigor and imagination. Matthew Stephenson’s interdisciplinary scholarship has blended law and political science to shed new light on important questions of administrative procedure, separation of powers, and our judicial institutions. And Mike Gregory has been instrumental in building a unique clinic here focusing on the needs of children traumatized by violence and abuse, with an eye to how schools, courts, legislatures, and communities can help meet their unique needs. All three of these experts are also first-rate teachers, as our students well know, and superb colleagues who build communities within the school. We are wonderfully fortunate to have them on our faculty.”
Lanni, who is at Stanford Law School this semester as a visiting professor, joined the HLS faculty as an assistant professor of law in 2005. An expert in ancient law and criminal law, she is the author of Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens, which examines the role of law in ancient Athens, and a forthcoming book, Law and Order in Ancient Athens.
At HLS, Lanni teaches the Criminal Justice Workshop, a 1L criminal law class, and a course entitled Greek and Roman Constitutionalism. She holds a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Yale, an M.Phil. in Classics from Cambridge University, a J.D. from Yale, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.
Stephenson [photo right] joined the HLS faculty in 2005 and teaches courses on administrative law, legislation, and environmental law. His research focuses on the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, judicial institutions, and separation of powers. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles appearing in leading legal and political science journals.
Prior to joining the HLS faculty, Stephenson clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Stephenson holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies, a J.D., and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.
Gregory [photo left] teaches in HLS’ Education Law Clinic, which is part of the innovative Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative. TLPI is a partnership between HLS and the non-profit Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Created by clinical instructor and lecturer Susan Cole, TLPI’s mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to violence succeed in school. In the clinic, which is the only one of its kind, HLS students have the opportunity both to zealously assert the educational rights of individual clients and to participate fully in a real-world systemic change agenda in both the legal and policy arenas. “This dual focus is possible through the project’s unique clinical model, in which Cole – who is also a senior project director at MAC – serves as the leader of the project's systemic policy agenda, while Gregory will anchor the clinic's work more deeply in the academy – teaching courses in education law and expanding the research and scholarly interests of the project. “
Along with his J.D. from HLS, Gregory holds a M.A. in teaching and a B.A. from Brown University. He has previously held a teaching appointment at Brown’s Alpert Medical School and was the recipient of a Skadden Fellowship in 2004. Gregory co-teaches the clinical course, “Educational Advocacy and Systemic Change: Children at Risk,” with Cole and will also teach a non-clinical course on law and education at HLS next spring. He is currently conducting research on special education funding and the role of law in education reform.