With the start of the Fall 2015 semester, William & Mary Law School has added a new faculty member to its ranks: Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl. Most recently an associate professor at the University of Houston Law Center, Bruhl joins the Law School as Professor of Law and brings with him expertise in statutory interpretation, federal courts, and the legislative process.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Professor Bruhl to our faculty,” said Davison M. Douglas, Dean and Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law. “He is a terrific scholar and teacher who will strengthen our faculty.”
Bruhl earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in philosophy, politics, and economics from Pomona College, and holds a master’s degree in political theory from the University of Cambridge. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as book reviews editor for the Yale Law Journal and also worked on the Yale Law & Policy Review and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. As a student, he was awarded the Emerson Prize for Distinguished Paper on Legislation.
After law school, Bruhl clerked for the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner & Block LLP. His work focused on federal appellate litigation and included cases involving election law, the First Amendment, federal Indian law, and copyright law.
Bruhl began his academic career at the University of Houston Law Center in 2006 and served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law during Fall 2010. His scholarly publications have appeared in such journals as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the NYU Law Review.
Bruhl has offered expert commentary for television, radio, magazines, and national wire services. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2014.
“I'm excited and honored to join William & Mary,” Bruhl said. “I wanted to come here because the Law School has an accomplished community of scholars, a talented student body, and the support of dedicated alumni. I look forward to my first semester and to meeting my new students.”
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