LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss has announced the appointment of two new LSU Law Center faculty members for Fall 2009. “Professors Ken Levy and Scott Sullivan will fill important vacancies at the Law Center and bring expertise in legal disciplines that will enhance our program,” said the chancellor. “They are both rising stars in the legal academy, with every promise of becoming great teachers in the LSU Law tradition. Our students will benefit greatly from their experience and scholarship.” The appointments are pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
At the Law Center, Levy will teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, jurisprudence, civil procedure, and evidence. Sullivan’s teaching will focus on international law, national security law, and professional responsibility.
Levy has taught as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School since 2007. In addition to teaching, he has written extensively on criminal theory. Levy previously held a visiting teaching fellowship at Columbia Law School and was a Rutgers University Excellence Fellow and Teaching Assistant. Levy’s legal experience includes serving as litigation associate in several law firms in New York, including Arent Fox and White & Case.
Levy earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University in 1999 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002.
Levy has been published in legal journals, both in the United States and abroad. He currently has several works in progress, including Bad-Samaritan Laws: Fair, Balanced, and a Little Bit Afraid and A Theory of Criminal Responsibility. Sullivan has gained national attention for his work in international law and detention of suspected terrorists. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the University of Texas School of Law’s Emerging Scholars Program where he teaches International Law in U.S. Courts, National Security Law, and Professional Responsibility.
Sullivan is the co-founder and faculty affiliate for the National Security & Human Rights Program and Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, and a Strauss Fellow with the Robert Strauss Center on International Security and Law. He is also the faculty affiliate for the Rapoport Center for Human Rights.
Before joining UT, Sullivan practiced law in Chicago and New York at Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy, where he advised foreign and domestic companies on United Nations, European Union, and U.S. sanctions compliance and rose to a leadership role in the Guantanamo Bay litigation. Sullivan remains active as a legal advisor in armed conflict detention cases and most recently, drafted international law arguments for the petitioners in the important 2008 Supreme Court case of Boumediene v. Bush. He has published numerous scholarly works, including Rethinking Treaty Interpretation, Rational Interpretation in Irrational Times: The Third Geneva Convention, and the War on Terror. He has forthcoming articles and papers on topics ranging from The Terror Presidency to post-Guantanamo life, and private military contractors and U.S. Law.
Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas in 1998; his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2001; and his LL.M. in Comparative, European, and International Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2002.