Villanova University School of Law welcomes four visiting faculty for 2012-13 Academic Year

Visiting Faculty will teach courses in Insurance Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Islamic Law, and National Security Law, among others

Villanova, Pa. –Villanova University School of Law (VLS) welcomes four visiting faculty members—Christopher French, Lauren Ouziel, Kish Vinayagamoorthy, and Seval Yildrim—for the 2012-13 Academic Year. These individuals bring impressive credentials in both scholarship and practice to the VLS classroom. Detailed biographical information for each faculty member is listed below.

Christopher French (Visiting Assistant Professor) comes to VLS from K&L Gates LLP in Pittsburgh, where he was a partner and practiced since 1991 in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on insurance coverage disputes. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University since 2010. Professor French received his BA in philosophy and economics from Columbia University and his JD from Harvard Law School. His interests are in insurance, civil procedure, contracts, evidence, torts, and conflicts of law. Professor French will teach Insurance Law in the fall and Contracts in the spring.

Lauren Ouziel (Visiting Assistant Professor) was most recently Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal matters, including financial frauds, national security offenses, narcotics, violent gangs, and corruption. From 2005 to 2008, Professor Ouziel was Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and from 2002 to 2004 was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. She received her BA in history from Harvard University and her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Professor Ouziel will teach National Security Law in the fall and Evidence in the spring.

Kish Vinayagamoorthy (Visiting Assistant Professor) returns for her second year at Villanova. Previously, she was an associate in the international law practice group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC. Professor Vinayagamoorthy received her BA in international relations from the University of Western Ontario, her Master of Philosophy in international relations from Cambridge, and her JD and LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Duke Law Journal. Professor Vinayagamoorthy will teach International Commercial Arbitration in the fall and Contracts in the spring.

Seval Yildirim (Visiting Associate Professor) joins VLS from Whittier Law School, where she has taught since 2005, following a year as a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Professor Yildirim served as the Director of Whittier’s Center for International and Comparative Law during the 2007-08 academic year, and she is the incoming chair of the Islamic Law Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. She received her BA in women’s studies and politics from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, her MA in international affairs from George Washington University, and her JD and LLM from New York University School of Law. Professor Yildirim will teach Constitutional Law II and Islamic Law in the fall as well as International Law and Constitutional Law I in the spring.

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