Introducing Guest Blogger Shruti Rana

srana.jpgI am delighted to introduce my colleague Shruti Rana who will be guest blogging with us this month while she teaches in China. Professor Rana is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Law School, where she currently teaches Contracts and Comparative Commercial Law. In December 2008, she will be a visiting professor at the Central University of Economics and Finance in Beijing, China. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations and practiced commercial and administrative law at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and Quinn Emanuel LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco, CA. She also clerked for the Hon. James R. Browning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Her research focuses on the intersection of administrative law and immigration policy, comparative approaches to credit regulation, and corporate accountability.

Some of Professor Rana’s publications include:

Streamlining” the Rule of Law: How the Department of Justice is Undermining Judicial Review of Agency Action, University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming 2009).

From Making Money Without Doing Evil to Doing Good Without Handouts: The Experiment in Philanthropy, 3 Journal of Business & Technology Law 87 (2008).

Fulfilling Technology’s Promise: Enforcing the Rights of Women Caught in the Global High-Tech Underclass, 15 Berkeley Women’s L.J. 272 (2000), reprinted in Women, Science & Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies (Mary Wyer et. al. eds., 2d ed. 2008).

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3 Responses

  1. A.W. says:

    Well, welcome…

    Though I wonder if we can expect any biting criticism of the chinese legal culture (or complete lack thereof), if she is blogging from China.

    That is not a diss on her students, mind you, but the system they deal with. In fact, I am willing to bet they won’t even be allowed to read what i wrote.

    See, in some countries, we decide cases based on the law, not who is more powerful, and there is no one above the law. Sadly, that is not china, yet. Let’s hope that changes in the future.

  2. Anon says:

    Shruti is a terrific addition. We the audience welcome her with open arms.

  3. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I’m looking forward to her posts simply out of fondness for her first name: in Sanskrit, it refers to the revelatory (i.e., Vedic) literature, “that which is heard” or “revealed” (thus: revelations), in other words, the Divine Word heard by the (maha)rsis (or ‘seers,’ although strictly speaking they are ‘hearers,’ yet the original revelations were subject to the constructions of poetic imagination [vikalpa], hence the truth of the appellation). Still, I anticipate revelations of a different sort from Professor Rana.