Professor James P. Nehf Becomes Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor James P. Nehf became Associate Dean for Graduate Studies on January 9, 2009. He is now overseeing the law school's LL.M. (Master of Laws) program and S.J.D. degree. The LL.M. program is offered to qualified students in five areas of specialization: American Law for Foreign Lawyers (available only to students with law degrees from outside the United States); Health Law Policy and Bioethics; Intellectual Property Law; International and Comparative Law; and International Human Rights Law. The S.J.D. degree is the terminable degree in law and is available to scholars who desire to research and write a dissertation on a subject of particular interest and importance.
Professor Nehf has taught contracts, consumer law, and commercial law subjects since joining the faculty in 1989. He is an internationally recognized expert in consumer privacy law and serves as an executive board member of the International Association of Consumer Law, a society of consumer law academics and policy makers worldwide. He has won numerous teaching awards and has been a frequent speaker at law conferences, CLE seminars, and law-related lecture series. Professor Nehf was the inaugural director of the law school's European Law Program and has held several university administrative positions, including a term as interim director of the Indiana University Center on Southeast Asia. His publications include an updated and revised edition of Corbin on Contracts - Impossibility, and numerous articles on privacy law, consumer law, commercial transactions and international/comparative law subjects.
Professor Nehf graduated first in his law school class, served as editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Law Review, and was elected to Order of the Coif. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and entered private practice with O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. Before joining the faculty in 1989, he was a partner in the Washington firm of Choate, Filler, & Nehf, specializing in commercial and consumer litigation. In recent years, Professor Nehf has taught as a visiting professor at Wake Forest University and the University of Georgia.