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Four Score: Berkeley Law Welcomes New Faculty Quartet

New faculty

By Andrew Cohen

Berkeley Law recently welcomed four top educators to its faculty ranks: Kenneth Ayotte, Catherine Crump, Steven Davidoff Solomon, and Christopher Tomlins.

Ayotte’s teaching and scholarship focus on bankruptcy, corporate finance, law and economics. He’s spent the past 12 years at Northwestern University School of Law and Columbia Business School, where he won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Crump is the new associate director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. She most recently worked as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project and a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Davidoff Solomon migrated west from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. He pens a New York Times column called “The Deal Professor” that focuses on mergers and acquisitions. Davidoff Solomon practiced corporate law for nearly a decade before entering academia.

Tomlins served as the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UC Irvine. A prominent legal historian, he was instrumental in building the school’s law and society program, as well as forging cross-disciplinary ties with other campus departments.

The following profiles of each new faculty member are not intended to encompass all career achievements, but rather to highlight noteworthy positions and accomplishments:

Bankruptcy Beacon: Kenneth Ayotte

Tech Law Tracker: Catherine Crump

M&A Maestro: Steven Davidoff Solomon

History Highbrow: Christopher Tomlins