Profs. Meili, Moriearty, and Soper Receive Promotions

The Board of Regents yesterday approved the promotions of Steve Meili and Perry Moriearty to the rank of associate professor with tenure and Chris Soper, who will become associate clinical professor and director of legal writing.

Meili writes and teaches about the rights of noncitizens, particularly those seeking asylum. His two most recent publications analyze the constitutionalization of human rights law in the European Union and in Ecuador. His other recent publications include a comparative study of the detention of asylum-seekers in the United States and the United Kingdom, the right not to hold a political opinion as the basis for asylum, and a human rights-based analysis of U.S. refugee resettlement policy. Meili also serves as director of the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.

Moriearty joined the faculty in 2008 with expertise in clinical legal education and juvenile justice. She teaches criminal law, race and the law, and co-directs the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic. She writes in the areas of juvenile law and justice, criminal law, and race and the law. She also serves on the boards of the McKnight Foundation, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the Council on Crime and Justice.

Soper, who joined the Law School in 2014, coordinates and supervises the legal writing and moot court programs. He teaches legal writing and bankruptcy law and writes in the area of bankruptcy law.

“Professors Meili, Moriearty, and Soper exemplify why the Law School’s clinical and legal writing programs are among the best in the country,” said Dean Garry W. Jenkins. “Their commitment to outstanding scholarship, skill building, and teaching is truly an inspiration. I congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions.”

Steve Meili
Steve Meili
James H. Michael Chair in International Human Rights Law
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education
Professor of Law
Christopher Soper