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Prof. Jill Hasday Named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

APRIL 30, 2014—The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that Prof. Jill Hasday has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor—one of just six University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes the University's "highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status . . . and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota." Recipients hold the title "Distinguished McKnight University Professor" for as long as they remain at the University.

Hasday joined the Law School faculty as a tenured professor in 2005 and was appointed to the Centennial Professorship in Law in 2013. She teaches and writes in the fields of antidiscrimination law, constitutional law, family law, legal history, and national security law. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, and she clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

"Jill Hasday is an extraordinary scholar," said Dean David Wippman. "She has the ability to identify some of the toughest and most interesting issues in family and constitutional law, and then to offer transformative ways for us to rethink those issues."

Hasday's new book, Family Law Reimagined, will be published by Harvard University Press in June. Prof. Maxine Eichner of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law has called it "a tremendously ambitious attempt to identify the basic principles governing family law, used on the bench and in family law classes. It is beautifully and lucidly written, meticulously researched, and the most sophisticated theoretical assessment of the current state of family law."