Author of the Week: Professor Celia Taylor

Celia Taylor came to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law from Columbia University, where she taught a course in legal writing and research while obtaining an LLM in international human rights law. Prior to Columbia, Taylor was in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in corporate and securities law. Taylor currently teaches primarily in the corporate area, but has an abiding interest in human rights law. She is currently working to develop programs to build relationships with law schools in Central and South America.

Author of the Week: Professor Sibyl Marshall


Professor Marshall teaches Legal Research I, Legal Research II, and Advanced Legal Research. She also provides reference and research assistance to all library patrons. As Head of Public Services, she is responsible for managing reference, circulation, interlibrary loan, research education, and other library matters directly affecting library patrons.

Prof. Marshall has developed and taught several attorney seminars on legal research and Internet legal resources. She has also spoken at local and national law librarian conferences on the topics of government documents, library staff management, and teaching online legal research skills. She has served as a member of the Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee and as a member of the Research and Scholarship Committee for the American Association of Law Libraries. She represents the College of Law at the University Graduate Council and chaired the Graduate Council’s Curriculum Committee for several years. Prof. Marshall was a litigation associate with the Seattle-based law firm of Perkins Coie from 1990 until 1996.

Author of the Week: Professor Daisy Hurst Floyd

Daisy Hurst Floyd is University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation at Mercer University School of Law. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Alston, Miller, and Gaines, and then served on the faculties of the University of Georgia School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law before coming to Mercer Law School in 2004. She served as Dean of Mercer Law School from 2004 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2017.

Professor Floyd is the author of numerous law review articles and is a frequent speaker at academic and law conferences. Her teaching and research interests include Ethics, Legal Education, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. She has a particular interest in the ways in which higher education shapes students’ ethical development and in the possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration within higher education. Professor Floyd was named a Carnegie Scholar by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2001 in support of her research on the development of professional identity among American law students and participated in the Carnegie Foundation’s 2007 study of legal education, William M. Sullivan, et al., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law. She was an invited member of the Foundation’s Life of the Mind for Practice Seminar, focusing on the relationship between liberal education and professional education, whose findings are reported in William M. Sullivan & Matthew S. Rosin, A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping A Life of the Mind for Practice. Recent scholarship includes work on effective pedagogy for developing lawyers’ capacities for practical wisdom and on cross-disciplinary comparisons between legal education and clergy education regarding professional formation.

Professor Floyd is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, and the Texas Bar Foundation, and is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia and Texas. She has served on numerous professional committees, including currently serving as a member of the ABA Professionalism Committee and formerly as a member of the ABA President’s Council on Diversity in the Profession, the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program Committee, and the Macon Bar Association Advisory Committee. She is a Master of the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court in Macon, Georgia.

Author of the Week: Professor Anne Johnson

Anne G. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Mercer University School of Law.  She received her B.A. and J.D. from Villanova University and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. Since 2004, she has taught Advanced Legal Research, Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Writing Group. As a former Assistant Council for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Resources, she specializes in research related to administrative law, environmental law, policy, and legislative history.

Author of the Week: Professor Ronald Benton Brown

Professor Brown has been teaching full-time at the College of Law since 1976 and has been a tenured full professor since 1981. He regularly teaches: Property, Real Estate Transactions Law, Contracts, and Legislation (focusing on statutory interpretation).  He has also taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Land Use Planning, and the Uniform Commercial Code courses (Sales, Secured Transactions and Negotiable Instruments).  His activities include serving as the faculty advisor to the College of Law's chapter of Toastmasters and to the College of Law’s Moot Court Society, both of which he helped found.  He is on the editorial board of the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and for years he was a regular contributor to Keeping Current-Property in PROBATE & PROPERTY magazine which is published by the ABA Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law.  On occasion, he has served as an arbitrator, legal consultant, expert witness and special master.

Author of the Week: Professor Ed Butterfoss

Professor Ed Butterfoss joined the Hamline University School of Law faculty from the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where he practiced in the areas of product liability, employment discrimination, and commercial law. He also handled pro bono cases involving prisoners’ rights and was a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocacy.

As a faculty member at Mitchell Hamline, Professor Butterfoss teaches contracts, criminal law, and criminal procedure. He is known for providing a challenging classroom environment where students learn to make solid, persuasive arguments, and to see a case from a judge’s view point.

Butterfoss previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at Hamline Law from 1995 to 1998 and again from July 2010 through December 2012; he was dean of the law school from 1998 to 2003. His articles on criminal procedure are frequently cited by state and federal courts and in treatises. He has served as a special assistant Hennepin County attorney, as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police-Community Relations in Saint Paul, a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court-Criminal Courts Study Commission, as a founding board member of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, as a board member of the ACLU of Minnesota and Centro Legal of Minnesota, and as a member of the ABA Accreditation Committee, which he chaired for three years. Currently, he is a member of the Minnesota Judges’ Criminal Benchbook Committee, and the Council on Legal Education and the Foreign Programs Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Author of the Week: Professor Marcia Narine

Marcia Narine is an Assistant Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida teaching and researching on civil procedure, business associations, corporate governance, compliance, corporate social responsibility, legal ethics, human rights, and employment law. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, Compliance Week, Verge, and other publications. She also blogs weekly on the Business Law Professor Blog.

Prior to joining St. Thomas Law, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Professor Narine also served as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, as well the Vice President, Global Compliance and Business Standards and Chief Privacy Officer of Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 global transportation and supply chain management solutions company. Before joining Ryder, Professor Narine was an attorney with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius' labor and employment practice in Miami. She has also worked as a commercial litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, and as a law clerk to former Justice Marie Garibaldi of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

In 2012, Professor Narine was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. In May 2011, Ms. Narine testified before the House Financial Services Committee in Congress on the unintended impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform on corporate compliance programs. 

Professor Narine earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and psychology from Columbia University. 

Author of the Week: Professor Peter Honigsberg

Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg’s current research focuses on the rule of law and human rights violations that occurred in the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on the study of terrorism and other post–9/11 issues. Honigsberg is the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo project, which began in fall 2008. He has filmed over 125 full–length and in–depth interviews in nineteen countries of former detainees and others who have worked in or are associated with Guantanamo Bay, including prison guards, interrogators, interpreters, chaplains, medical personnel, prosecutors, habeas and JAG attorneys, high–ranking government and military officials, and family members of former prisoners. In May 2007, Honigsberg visited the detention center at Guantanamo. He teaches Legal Issues of Terrorism, International Criminal Law and Administrative Law. He is the author of Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror (University of California Press, 2009) and Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir (University of California Press, 2000). His articles include, “Linguistic Isolation: A New Human Rights Violation Constituting Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment” (Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights); “Chasing Enemy Combatants and Circumventing International Law: A License for Sanctioned Abuse” (UCLA International Law and Foreign Affairs Journal); “Inside Guantanamo,” (Nevada Law Journal); “In Search of a Forum for the Guantanamo Disappeared” (University of Denver Law Review); and “The Evolution and Revolution of Napster” (University of San Francisco Law Review). Honigsberg also frequently contributes pieces to the Huffington Post and to other media and blogs. He is currently writing a book on his work with the Witness to Guantanamo project.

Author of the Week: Professor John Makdisi

Professor Makdisi earned degrees from Harvard College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1971), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1974), and Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 1985). After serving on the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for ten years, he served as dean at The University of Tulsa College of Law (1991-1994), Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (1996-1999), and St. Thomas University School of Law (1999-2003). He is currently on the faculty at St. Thomas and teaches primarily in the area of Property Law.

His publications include ESTATES IN LAND AND FUTURE INTERESTS (6th ed. with D. Bogart, 2014), INSIDE PROPERTY LAW (with D. BOGART, 2009), INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LAW (3d ed. with M. Makdisi, 2009), FLORIDA PROPERTY LAW II (2007), FLORIDA PROPERTY LAW I (2006), and ISLAMIC PROPERTY LAW (2005), as well as various articles and treatise chapters on property law.

Author of the Week: Professor Suzanna Sherry

Suzanna Sherry is the Cal Turner Professor of Law and Leadership at the Vanderbilt University Law School. She received her A.B. from Middlebury College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She clerked for Judge John Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then practiced primarily white collar criminal defense law with the Washington D.C. law firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin. She began her academic career at the University of Minnesota Law School, moving to Vanderbilt in the fall of 2000.

Professor Sherry's most recent work includes Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations (with Daniel A. Farber) (Chicago 2002) and Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law (with Daniel A. Farber) (Oxford 1997). Both books critique contemporary constitutional theory. She has written several dozen articles on such topics as constitutional theory and judicial decision-making, First Amendment law, cyberspace law, constitutional history, and state sovereign immunity. She has also co-authored three textbooks.