Stanford Law School Appoints Three New Scholars

Anne Joseph O’Connell and Diego A. Zambrano Join Faculty, Jamie O’Connell Appointed Lecturer in Residence

Stanford Law School today announced the faculty appointment of Anne Joseph O’Connell as Professor of Law who will focus on administrative law and the federal bureaucracy and Diego A. Zambrano as Assistant Professor of Law who will teach civil procedure, transnational litigation, and federalism. Stanford Law also announced the appointment of Jamie O’Connell as a Lecturer in Residence who will teach law and development, as well as other business and human rights topics. All appointees have joined Stanford Law School this summer and will teach during the 2018 fall quarter.

“We are thrilled to bring Anne, Diego, and Jamie to Stanford Law School,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean at Stanford Law School. “Anne is a ground-breaking scholar, exceptional teacher and mentor, and leading voice in scholarly and policy circles in her areas of focus. Diego’s inspired scholarship has already taught us new things, and he too promises to be a teacher and mentor of the first order. And Jamie’s deep experience in political and legal development, combined with his creative teaching, will critically enhance what SLS has to offer in these areas.  We could not be happier that they are calling SLS home.”

Anne Joseph O’Connell  

Anne Joseph O'Connell

“I am thrilled to be joining the Stanford Law community and look forward to teaching and mentoring our students, particularly those interested in public service, and interacting with a wide range of scholars at the law school and across campus.” 

Anne Joseph O’Connell has written on a number of topics, including agency and judicial nominations, political appointees, bureaucratic organization (and reorganization), political changes in agency rulemaking, quasi-agencies, and congressional oversight of agencies. Her publications have appeared in leading law and political science journals. She is also a contributor to the Center on Regulation and Markets at the Brookings Institution, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency dedicated to improving regulatory procedures.

Anne Joseph O’Connell’s research has received a number of awards and she is a two-time winner of the American Bar Association’s Scholarship Award in Administrative Law for the best article or book published in the preceding year. In addition, her research has been cited by the U.S. Congress, SCOTUS, and the D.C. Circuit, and has been featured prominently in the media.

Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Anne Joseph O’Connell was the George Johnson Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award (the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching) in 2016 and Berkeley Law’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction in 2012. Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 2004, Anne Joseph O’Connell clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court during the October 2003 term. From 2001 to 2003, she was a trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. She clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 2000 to 2001 and is a member of the New York bar.

Diego A. Zambrano

Diego Zambrano

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Stanford Law faculty,” said Diego A. Zambrano. “I look forward to collaborating and working closely with a community of fantastic civil procedure and federal courts scholars.”

Zambrano’s primary research and teaching interests lie in the areas of civil procedure, transnational litigation, and federalism. His work generally explores the civil litigation landscape: the institutions, practices, and incentives that influence litigant choices and outcomes, including how parties in the legal system strategically shape and respond to procedural rules. Zambrano’s projects aim to address the doctrinal revolution in civil procedure that has taken place over the past few decades through a blend of doctrinal analysis and theories of institutional design and political economy.

After graduating with honors from Harvard Law School in 2013, Zambrano spent three years as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb in New York, focusing on transnational litigation and arbitration. At the firm, Zambrano worked on discovery motions involving bank secrecy statutes and expansive subpoenas, state court cases, and a Supreme Court case on worldwide discovery. Zambrano recently completed his second year as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago School of Law.

Zambrano’s current research was published this year by the Stanford Law Review, “The States’ Interest in Federal Procedure,” and another article, “Judicial Mistakes in Discovery,” is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review.

Jamie O’Connell

Jamie O'Connell

“I am delighted to join this extraordinary community and very impressed with Stanford Law School’s support for innovation in teaching and the culture of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship,” said Jamie O’Connell. “I look forward to contributing to the school’s exciting programs to expand law students’ international exposure and to the intellectual and professional development of students focused on social justice.”

Jamie O’Connell teaches and writes on political and legal development and has particular expertise in law and development, transitional justice, democratization, post-conflict reconstruction, and business and human rights. Until 2018, he was a senior fellow of the Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, as well as a Lecturer in Residence, teaching both law and undergraduate students.

Jamie O’Connell has worked on human rights and development in more than a dozen countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe under the auspices of the United Nations, local and international non governmental organizations, and academic institutions. He co-founded the International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone, a non-governmental organization that worked with the government of Sierra Leone to enhance the performance of its agencies and civil servants. Earlier in his career, Jamie O’Connell studied international business as a researcher at Harvard Business School, publishing numerous case studies. He has directed the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Sierra Leone and taught as a visitor at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. O’Connell clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is admitted to practice in California (inactive status) and New York. In 2016-17, he was a visiting professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Valencia (Spain) Faculty of Law.

About Stanford Law School

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