GW Law Announces Seven Professorships

Seven New Professorships
January 17, 2023

"GW Law is proud to announce recent awards of endowed professorships to seven outstanding members of our tenured law faculty. Thanks to the generosity of a distinguished alumni donor, Professor Dan Solove has been named the inaugural recipient of the Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Endowed Professorship, recognizing his highly acclaimed work as the nation’s leading scholar in data privacy law. We also proudly announce Professor Dawn Nunziato as the new holder of GW Law’s premier endowed professorship in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Finally, we have the pleasure of awarding four research professorships that will provide financial support for pathbreaking research. These honorifics celebrate the impact of our colleagues’ scholarship and are evidence of the national and international recognition that the entire GW Law faculty has earned for being inspiring, influential, and impactful."

- Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew


Daniel Solove



Daniel J. Solove

Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law

Professor Solove is the nation’s most productive and influential scholar in data privacy law. His work has been cited in more than 4,600 publications. He has been recognized as the #1 most-cited legal scholar born after 1970. Professor Solove recently co-authored "Data Vu: Why Breaches Involve the Same Stories Again and Again" with Professor Woodrow Hartzog. This is the latest piece in their collaboration, based on their jointly-authored book with Oxford University Press: Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve it.

"I am thrilled and honored to be awarded with this professorship. I’ve been so fortunate to be part of this great community here at GW Law. I have colleagues who inspire and challenge me and students who are eager to learn and who are a joy to teach. I’ve seen my field – privacy and data security law – grow from something very small when I began more than two decades ago to a rather gigantic field today. There are so many new developments and laws, and it is so energizing to be part of it. I love what I do, and I am so grateful I have the opportunity to keep doing it. To receive this recognition adds such a wonderful layer on top of my wonderful experiences here at GW Law.” - Daniel J. Solove

Dalia Tsuk Mitchell



Dalia Tsuk Mitchell

The John Marshall Harlan Dean's Research Professor of Law; Professor of Law and History

Professor Mitchell recently published two full-length law review articles and several shorter pieces. In "Business as Usual: Hobby Lobby and the Purpose of Corporate Rights," she presents a sweeping survey of the relationship between corporate rights and the social, political and cultural purposes that corporations have played over time. In "From Vulnerable to Sophisticated: The Changing Representation of Creditors in Business Reorganizations," Professor Mitchell turns a historical lens on the underlying views and purposes of the law. Professor Mitchell also published a book chapter in Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Corporate Law.

“I am very grateful to Dean Matthew and my colleagues for this recognition. The professorship will support my research exploring how assumptions about class, gender, and race helped shape modern corporate law and theory.” - Dalia Tsuk Mitchell

Dawn C. Nunziato



Dawn C. Nunziato

The Pedas Family Endowed Professorship; William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor

Professor Nunziato is internationally known as an expert on issues including free speech and technology. In just the past two years, she has published four full-length law review articles. Professor Nunziato’s First Amendment expertise positions her as an intellectual convener in the field, hosting and speaking at Ethical Tech conferences locally and nationally.

“I am deeply honored to have been named the Theodore and James Pedas Family Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law. In my past 20+ years at GW Law, I have devoted my efforts to studying how the protections of copyright and free speech should be implemented in the developing terrain of digital technology, with a current focus on the cutting-edge field of social media regulation. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work in this intellectually stimulating and supportive environment and for all the support that my brilliant students, colleagues, and deans have provided over the past many years, and I look forward to continuing to produce influential scholarship and to engage in meaningful advocacy in this field with the support provided by this endowed chair.” - Dawn C. Nunziato

Spencer Overton



Spencer Overton

The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship; Professor of Law

Professor Spencer Overton, a nationally-recognized expert on voting rights and election law, returns to the GW Law faculty after successfully serving as President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, known as “America’s Black Think Tank.” Following the success of his book, Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression, Professor Overton has launched the Multiracial Democracy Project as part of George Washington University’s new Equity Institute Initiative. This project will help produce research on challenges to the legitimacy of democracy and democratic processes, develop a new GW Law course, convene academic and government leaders for solution-oriented dialogue, train experts to testify at legislative and agency hearings, and organize groups to write and file amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court.

"Holding a chair named after Patricia Roberts Harris will consistently remind me of GW’s foundational contributions to multiracial democracy, and our potential for future contributions. Harris graduated first in her class at GW Law, served as a GW Law professor, and in the 1970s became the first Black woman to serve in a presidential cabinet (Secretary of HUD and later HHS). Since then, our nation’s population and leadership have become more diverse. Unfortunately, several challenges threaten the future of our democracy, including cultural anxiety, polarization, online disinformation, gerrymandering, voting restrictions, election denialism, and political violence. As I help address these challenges through my research, teaching, and efforts at the GW Equity Institute to build the field of multiracial democracy, I’ll be inspired by Patricia Roberts Harris." - Spencer Overton

Naomi Schoenbaum



Naomi Schoenbaum

The William Wallace Kirkpatrick Dean's Research Professor

Professor Schoenbaum’s article “Unsexing Breastfeeding,” published in the Minnesota Law Review, continues her work examining ways in which sex-based rules do not further harmful sex stereotypes. Her article “Equal Protection and the New Sex” provocatively argues that the Equal Protection Clause does not require that sex be conceptualized as based on biology, and challenges the biological basis for determining the meaning of sex to ascribe a level of constitutional scrutiny for sex classifications. The article explores a new account of constitutional sex equality law and its implications for LGBTQ, transgender, and women plaintiffs seeking protection against discrimination.

“There is so much exciting scholarship focused on the meaning of sex and gender in law right now. I am eager to bring together a group of scholars for a roundtable discussion of our research and looking forward to the opportunity that this will provide to advance both my own projects and the field of scholarship more broadly.” - Naomi Schoenbaum

Jonathan Siegel



Jonathan R. Siegel

The Freda H. Alverson Dean's Research Professor of Law; The F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law

Professor Siegel is one of the nation's foremost authorities on both administrative procedure and legislative interpretation. His recent essay “Habeas, History, and Hermeneutics” in the Arizona Law Review was cited twice by Justice Elena Kagan in her dissenting opinion in Brown v. Davenport. Professor Siegel published A Law Professor’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure in the Journal of Legal Education. He also completed revisions on his Sourcebook of Federal Judicial Review Statutes.

“I am honored to receive this new research professorship. The funding associated with it shows the Dean's commitment to supporting scholarship. Scholarship is such a vital part of what we do, and I look forward to continuing to explore the mysteries of federal courts, administrative law, and statutory interpretation - and the funding associated with this professorship will help!” - Jonathan R. Siegel

Sonia Suter



Sonia M. Suter

The Henry St. George Tucker III Dean's Research Professor of Law; The Kahan Family Research Professor of Law; Founding Director, Health Law Initiative

Professor Suter has authored or co-authored six articles that have appeared in some of the nation’s most prestigious peer-reviewed journals. She published a full-length article in each of the past two years, completed a casebook on reproductive technologies and the law, and placed multiple op-ed pieces to complement dozens of speaking engagements, including over 20 academic workshops and conferences across the country.

"The Henry St. George Tucker III Dean’s Research Professorship is a great honor to me in its recognition of my scholarship and efforts to help make GW a leader in health law. I look forward to using this professorship to continue collaborating with scholars across the country and at The George Washington University; providing expertise to policymakers contemplating the regulation of assisted reproductive technologies, forensic genetics, and other areas at the intersection of genetics, reproduction, and law; and inviting distinguished speakers and bringing together scholars for symposia to address cutting-edge issues in health law." - Sonia M. Suter