Law & Policy Seminars

Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics
Spring 2021

Jamila Michener is an associate professor of Government at Cornell University. She studies poverty, racism, and public policy, with a particular focus on health and housing. She is author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE)research initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program.

Michener is a publicly engaged scholar who works extensively with state, local, and national organizations, advising on issues related to poverty and public policy. Her public writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington PostVoxSalon and other outlets. Locally, she is a member of the community advisory board of the Rural Health Equity Training Collaborative (RHETC) and a board member of Ithaca Family and Children Services.

Prior to working at Cornell, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Education as a Fundamental Right: Spring 2019

Justin Driver, Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School

Justin Driver clerked for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor. A recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize, Driver has a distinguished publication record in the nation’s leading law reviews. He has also written extensively for lay audiences, including pieces in Slate, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. A member of the American Law Institute and of the American Constitution Society’s Academic Advisory Board, Driver is also an editor of the Supreme Court Review. Before attending law school, Driver received a master’s degree in education from Duke and taught civics and American history to high school students. His first book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, was published by Pantheon in September 2018. (biography information from:

Future of Energy Policy: Fall 2018

Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies at UC Davis

Julie Sze is the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism. Professor Sze has published over 45 journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, primarily in the fields of environmental studies and the environmental humanities, geography, and public policy. She works in collaboration with environmental scientists, engineers, social scientists, humanists and community based organizers on a wide range of research projects in California, New York, and China.


Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy at The University of Arizona

Robert Glennon is one of the nation’s thought leaders and commentators on water policy and law. Author of two award winning best sellers, he is a frequent contributor to national publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and a guest on various television and radio shows, including The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. Glennon helps reporters, government officials, the business community, academics, and the public to understand the current water policy landscape and proposes a blueprint for achieving a sustainable water future.

Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Jeffrey Ball is a writer whose work focuses on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Ball’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Slate, among other publications. At Stanford, Ball launched and directs the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford, an initiative that encourages students to wrestle daily with the possibilities and difficulties of living more sustainably. Prior to heading to Stanford in 2011, Ball was The Wall Street Journal’s environment editor and before that was a columnist and reporter focusing on energy and the environment.

International Humanitarian Law: Spring 2018

David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone

David Crane was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal, appointed to that position by Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. Crane’s mandate was to prosecute those who bore the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s. Among those he indicted for horrific crimes was Liberian President Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be held accountable in this way. Serving more than 30 years in the U.S. federal government, Crane held numerous key managerial positions, including Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School.


James Johnson, Former Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone

James C. Johnson serves as Director of the Henry T. King Jr. War Crimes Research Office and Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Mr. Johnson is also the Senior International Fellow for the Robert H. Jackson Center, having served as the President and CEO of the Jackson Center from 2012 until 2015. From 2003 until 2012, Mr. Johnson served as the Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. As such, Mr. Johnson supervised trial and investigative teams, which prosecuted ten accused, including the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law. Prior to joining the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Mr. Johnson served for 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army. Mr. Johnson also serves as Managing Director of the consulting firm, Justice Consultancy International.

Carrie Booth Walling, Associate Professor of Political Science at Albion College

Carrie Booth Walling is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Associate Director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Walling teaches courses in international politics and human rights. Her research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials; and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations. Walling is author of All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013).


Criminal Sentencing: Spring 2017

Mark Stevens, Crawford County (PA) Court of Common Pleas Judge


Managing Priorities and Politics in the Budgetary Process: Fall 2016

Darrel Park, Executive, Entrepreneur, and Author

Darrell Park is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur, and author, with over 20 years of experience in both private and public leadership. After earning an undergraduate degree in History from Allegheny College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Park spent nearly 10 years in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). There, he participated in the multi-year balancing of the Federal Budget. Mr. Park then received an MBA at Stanford Business School, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue entrepreneurial ventures in the tech sector. Darrell divides his professional time between new start-up projects and envisioning real-world solutions to America’s toughest problems. He is the author of Better than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World’s Toughest Problems and is currently running for public office as the Democratic Candidate for the 5th District of the LA County Board of Supervisors.