William W. Berry III is Associate 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).
Carl Circo joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 2003. He currently teaches: Property; Real Estate Transactions; Construction Law Practice; and Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating. He practiced commercial real estate law in Kansas City from 1981 until 2003, and has been listed since 1995 in The Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. in Philosophy (1971) and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska (1976), where he graduated first in his law school class. Following law school, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Warren K. Urbom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He began his academic career as a visitor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and he was on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City from 1979-1981. Professor Circo has been a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 1993, and he has held numerous leadership positions in sections and committees of the American Bar Association and state bar associations. He is the co-editor of two books on construction law and serves on the steering committee of the Corporate Counsel Division of the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law. His recent publications include articles on construction and design law, sustainable development, real estate transactions, and land use. When sufficiently provoked, Professor Circo has been known to play a mean accordion (but he has promised not to take the squeezebox across the pond).
Iris Goodwin, a legal scholar with a doctorate in political theory, has embraced the challenging task of examining elements of the private law in light of public law concerns. She is particularly interested in understanding how the activities of individuals in civil society – the essential proto-political complement to any healthy democracy – are enabled by elements of the private law. Professor Goodwin earned a J.D. at NYU School of Law and a Ph.D. in Political Theory at Columbia. Before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Law, she practiced in New York City at Sullivan & Cromwell in the Estates Group. Later, she was Associate Fiduciary Counsel at Bessemer Trust. During the fall and spring semesters, she typically teaches Wills & Trusts, Wealth Transfer Tax, Estate Planning, and Tax theory.
Michael Hoffheimer is a Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi, where he holds the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government. A member of The University of Mississippi School of Law faculty since 1987, Professor Hoffheimer practiced law for three years in Cincinnati, Ohio as associate with Frost and Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd) where he was also appointed trial attorney by federal and state courts for indigent defendants in criminal cases. Hoffheimer has published over 90 articles, chapters and reviews on legal, philosophical, and historical topics. His scholarship has been cited in a dissenting opinion by Justice Sotomayor and by numerous federal and state courts. His books are Conflict of Laws (3d ed. 2016), Eduard Gans and the Hegelian Philosophy of Law (1995), Justice Holmes and the Natural Law (1992), Directory of Law Reviews, and Fiddling for Viola (2000). He holds a J.D. cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; Ph.D. and M.A. (History), University of Chicago; and B.A. with
Dr. Federica Paddeu is the John Tiley Fellow in Law at Queens’ College and a Fellow at Lauterpacht Centre for International Law Abogado (cum laude). She received her PhD (Yorke Prize) at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas – Venezuela; her LLM in international law (first class honours, Clive Parry Prize for International Law) at the University of Cambridge; and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE) at the University of Oxford. Paddeu’s main research interests are general international law, the law of State responsibility and the law on the use of force. She is also interested in the history of international law, especially the ‘long’ 19th century. Her work has been published in the British Yearbook of International Law and in the Leiden Journal of International Law. A monograph based on her PhD dissertation on Justification and Excuse in International Law: Concept and Theory of General Defences was published by Cambridge University Press in January of 2018. She has also conducted research for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, as part of the activities of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project. In 2017, she was a member of the legal panel chaired by Shaheed Fatima QC tasked with producing a legal report as part of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict, launched by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and supported by Save the Children and Theirworld. She is currently a Research Associate of the Following Grenfell: The Human Rights and Equality Dimension project of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/following-grenfell). Before arriving to Cambridge, she worked for Baker&McKenzie (Caracas office) as a law-clerk and a paralegal in the criminal law and labour law departments. Paddeu is admitted to practice in Venezuela, as a member of the Caracas (Distrito Federal) Bar.
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.
Steven L. Willborn is the Judge Harry A. Spencer Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He has been on the Nebraska faculty since 1979 and was Dean from 2001-2009. During his time at Nebraska, he has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Oxford University, the University of London, Seton Hall University, and the Australian National University. Professor Willborn received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio, before beginning his academic career. He has authored or co-authored ten books and many articles in his areas of specialty, which include labor and employment law, the law of pensions and employee benefits, and employment discrimination law. He has been licensed to practice law in Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin and to make cheese in Wisconsin.