Three Minnesota Law Faculty Members Promoted

May 13, 2020

The Board of Regents recently approved the promotion of Francis Shen to professor of law, Jennie Green to clinical professor of law, and Ryan Greenwood to member of the Law Library faculty, with the title associate law librarian. The promotions are effective with the upcoming academic year.

Shen joined the Law School as an associate professor in 2012. He is a McKnight Presidential Fellow, and also serves as executive director of the MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior. He conducts empirical and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and the brain sciences, and directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab, whose Lab motto is, “Every story is a brain story.” Dr. Shen conducts empirical, legal, and ethical research to examine how insights from neuroscience can make the legal system more just and effective. He has co-authored 3 books, including the first Law and Neuroscience casebook (Aspen, with Jones and Schall), and many articles. He also teaches and writes on artificial intelligence and the law.

Shen completed his B.A. in economics and English at the University of Chicago in 2000, his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2006, and his Ph.D. in government and social policy at Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government in 2008.

Green joined the Law School in the fall of 2009 from her positions as senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and adjunct professor at the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic, City University of New York School of Law. She specializes in international human rights law, and in litigation in U.S. courts and the international legal systems. She has worked on human rights cases in U.S. courts since 1990. She has also worked on international human rights claims, in particular, gender claims, in international fora.

Green received the Yale Law School Orville Schell Center for International Human Rights fellowship and the Mark DeWolfe Howe fellowship and served as editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal at Harvard Law School, where she completed her J.D. in 1991. She received her B.A. in political science, international relations, and women’s studies with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.

Greenwood specializes in rare books and historical legal research. His areas of interest include legal history, Roman and canon law, Anglo-American law, and the history of international law. As curator of rare books and special collections, he is steward of the Law Library’s special collections, including the Pulling Rare Books Collection and Law School Archives.

Greenwood earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University. He has served in positions with a focus on special collections at Columbia University, Rutgers University and Yale Law School, where he was 2013-14 Rare Book Fellow at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.

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