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Hofstra Law Announces 2 New Faculty Appointments for Fall 2018

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law today announced that Brenner Fissell and Matthew Shapiro will join its full-time faculty as Associate Professors of Law, effective in the fall 2018 semester.

“The Law School is proud of its accomplished and talented faculty, and I am excited to announce that its ranks will be strengthened this fall by the addition of two new outstanding young scholars,” said Judge Gail Prudenti, dean of Hofstra Law.

Brenner Fissell is a widely cited scholar of criminal law and philosophy with unusual experience litigating international war crimes issues in U.S. courts. Professor Fissell received his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively. He also graduated with first class honors with a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

After serving as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Professor Fissell practiced as a criminal defense lawyer at Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, D.C. He then joined the U.S. Department of Defense as an appellate defense counsel for detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he handled litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review.

Professor Fissell’s work has focused on applying principles of analytic philosophy to assess the proper scope of criminalization, how criminal law is created and changed, and how criminal law doctrines succeed or fail to achieve its goals. He has already published seven law review articles in leading academic law journals on many of these issues, including a forthcoming article in the Hofstra Law Review on the relationship of federalism to the lack of constitutional limits on substantive criminal law. He will be teaching courses in criminal law and criminal procedure.

Matthew Shapiro brings a diverse set of outstanding professional, teaching and scholarly experiences to the Law School. Professor Shapiro holds a B.A. from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Professor Shapiro served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After practicing as an attorney specializing in appellate litigation in Washington, D.C., Professor Shapiro was appointed an Associate in Law and Lecturer in Law at Columbia University in 2016.

Professor Shapiro’s research focuses on the areas of civil procedure and dispute resolution. His most recent article, forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, contributes to the debate about the rise of private arbitration by exploring the ways that existing state civil procedural rules also rely on delegations to private parties. Professor Shapiro will be teaching courses in civil procedure, evidence and alternative dispute resolution.