Summer 2015 Cambridge Program Faculty
William W. Berry III is Assistant Professor and Beccaria Scholar in Criminal Law, as well as Director of the Cambridge Summer Abroad Program. A gifted teacher, Professor Berry won the Elsie M. Hood Award in 2013, given to the Outstanding Teacher at the University of Mississippi. In addition, Professor Berry has written over twenty scholarly articles in the areas of capital punishment, sentencing, substantive criminal law, and sports law. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (D. Phil.) in law from the University of Oxford (UK), where he also received a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Criminology. Previously, Professor Berry received his law degree from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr. in the Middle District of Tennessee and the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition, Professor Berry practiced law in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter).
Michèle Alexandre is Professor of Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr. Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Alexandre was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2013 and one of the 50 “Most Influential Minority Law Professors 50 Years of Age or Younger” by Lawyers of Color Magazine. The first black woman valedictorian of Colgate University, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2000. She has received Fulbright and Watson Fellowships. Professor Alexandre’s scholarship and teaching focus on international law, civil rights, constitutional law and gender. Alexandre’s book: Sexploitation, Sexual Profiling and the Illusion of Gender will be released in December 2014. Professor Alexandre’s prior professional experience includes serving as a civil rights attorney with Chestnut Sanders Sanders Pettaway Campbell & Albright L.L.C. in Selma, AL—where she worked, among many discrimination cases, on both iterations of the Black Farmers class action suit. She served as an Associate in the Corporate Real Estate Department of the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm; and as a Law Clerk for the Hon. John P. Fullam, U.S. Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania.
Robert C. Blitt is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. His scholarship explores the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in promoting international human rights norms, NGO regulation, and issues related to the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief. His current research projects include studying the horizontal and vertical movement of anti-constitutional ideas both across states and within the international system. Professor Blitt has lectured and presented his research findings in the United States and abroad, including at international conferences in Australia, China, Israel, Malaysia, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom. He has published op-eds and been interviewed and quoted in national and international media outlets, most recently on subjects including the UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza, the Arab Spring, defamation of religion, Iraq’s constitution, freedom of religion or belief under international law, and U.S. policies relating to detention and torture.
Carol Goforth is a University Professor and the Clayton N. Little Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville). Both her practice and her teaching have focused on business and transactional work. She has taught most business entity-oriented courses at the UofA School of Law, including advanced corporations, business organizations, business planning, business lawyering skills, business drafting, corporate finance, and securities regulation. She has written numerous books and articles on various aspect of business law, particularly focusing on privately held enterprises. She is a member of the American Law Institute, has been an official observer to the ULC’s Uniform LLC Act drafting process, and has consulted on business entity issues in Arkansas and in other jurisdictions.
John Hopkins received his M.A. and LL.B. from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of Downing College and a Lecturer on the Cambridge Faculty of Law. In addition, he is a Barrister and Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple.
Brendan Plant is Hopkins–Parry Fellow and Director of Studies in Law (LLM) at Downing College, Cambridge and Affiliated Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge. Having practised as a solicitor in leading commercial law firms in Sydney, Australia and London, Dr. Plant became a Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, where he co-authored the book ‘Evidence before the International Court of Justice.’ He has held research fellowships in Germany at the University of Freiburg and the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, and he has acted as consultant to numerous international NGOs, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Dr. Plant holds undergraduate honours degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, a Master’s in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He lectures international human rights law, public international law and English private law, and he pursues research in international dispute settlement, territorial sovereignty, human rights and international legal theory.
Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto is the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska and its Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR). She has a JD from Rutgers Law School and an MA (English Literature) from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the ABA and Nebraska Bar Foundations. She was project director and co-reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Model Sentencing and Corrections Act, advisor to the NCCUSL Athlete Agent Uniform Act, and reporter for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s project to draft pattern jury instructions in criminal cases. She served on the AALS Committee for Academic Freedom and Tenure. She is a past member of the Federal Practice Committee and the Federal Civil Justice Advisory Group (Fed.D.Ct.,D.Neb.). She has written three books, including “Winning Appeals,” and has taught legal writing in a variety of fora. Potuto served as chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions; served on the NCAA Division I Management Council; and presents, writes, consults, and has served as an expert witness on sports law issues. She regularly is quoted in the media, including the N.Y. Times, LA Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, CBSSports.com, the Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Potuto blogs at Potuto’s Points of Sports & Law (jpotuto.blogspot.com/). Her twitter accounts are @PtsOfSports_Law