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Litigation Attorney Joins Legal Writing Faculty

Professor Joy Kanwar joined the legal writing faculty this fall from private practice where she was a senior staff associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She practiced at that firm from 2001–2008 and focused on the areas of complex mass torts and insurance litigation, general litigation, products liability, securities litigation, and general torts and contract law. Prior to work at Skadden, she was a legal information analyst at

Kanwar is a graduate of New College and Vermont Law School, where she was the editor of Res Communes, the school’s environmental law journal. Her article, “Preserving Gypsy Culture through Romani Law in America,” was published in the Vermont Law Review. Kanwar also holds an M.S.E.L (Masters of Studies in Environmental Law) from Vermont Law School.

Her research interests are in the areas of comparative domestic and international environmental law, torts, and products liability, and she hopes that in addition to her legal writing courses she will have the opportunity to teach a course in environmental law or comparative international environmental law in the future.

Kanwar said that she enjoys bringing the real world into the classroom by having one or two colleagues from the field join the classroom discussion and run simulations with students. “They grill the students and treat them just like they would in an office setting. It’s instructive for students to deal with real attorneys, and they see that it’s not just about the answer, but that it’s about how we think about this problem in terms of a possible settlement.” Kanwar noted how her students really light up on these days. “They are excited about the prospect of joining the legal profession and seeing that what they do makes a difference.”

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