SIU Law Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

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SIU Law Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

August 12, 2014

SIU School of Law is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to the SIU Law community.

Jennifer Brobst

Jennifer A. Brobst, Assistant Professor of Law & Director, Center for Health Law & Policy

Jennifer Brobst holds an LL.M. from Victoria University of Wellington Law School, New Zealand; a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law; and a B.A. from the University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. 

Brobst’s career has been dedicated to health law and policy education and service, particularly the intersection of public health law and trial practice. She formerly served as the Legal Director for the nationally recognized nonprofit Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, North Carolina, a medico-legal consortium of faculty and staff from Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.

As a member of the faculty at NCCU for ten years, Brobst taught Evidence and Professional Responsibility, and developed the law school’s first Domestic Violence clinic and Scientific Evidence courses. In 2011, she received the Cheryl Amana-Burris Faculty Award for Distinguished Service for her contributions to women’s leadership and service. Prior to entering academia, Brobst was a child forensic interviewer and an assistant prosecuting attorney in South Bend, Indiana.

Brobst currently serves in the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Her publications and presentations have spanned the academic, professional, and public service arenas, with a devotion to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration.

Brobst will teach Public Health Law and Legal Profession this year, and will direct the activities of the Center for Health Law and Policy.

Edward C. Dawson, Assistant Professor of LawEd Dawson

Ed Dawson received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Dawson served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ed Carnes (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit) and Honorable Anthony Kennedy (United States Supreme Court). Between his clerkships and academia, he practiced appellate law in Austin, Texas, for eight years, most recently as a partner at Yetter Coleman LLP. While in practice, he represented clients in Texas state trial and appellate courts, and federal trial and appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court, in a wide variety of cases, including public-law cases and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining the faculty of SIU, he was a teaching fellow and assistant professor of professional practice at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he taught legal research and writing, civil rights litigation, and constitutional law. His scholarship focuses on constitutional law, civil rights law, and federal courts.

Dawson is a regularly invited presenter at programs of the National Association of Attorneys General Training and Research Institute in Washington D.C. and throughout the U.S.

He is scheduled to teach Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Advanced Torts, and Legislative and Administrative Process.

Angela Upchurch, Associate Professor of LawAngela Upchurch

Angela Upchurch received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she graduated first in her class and served as the editor-in-chief for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and as a Loyola Child Law Fellow.

After graduation from law school, Upchurch was a law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and to the Honorable Avern Cohn of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Prior to joining the law faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Law, Upchurch was a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Pedagogical Development at Capital University Law School. She also served as the Academic Director of the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy at Capital University Law School from 2007 to 2010.

Her research interests include children and family law, procedural law, and the impact of dispute resolution systems on the interests of children and families. An expert in children and family law, Professor Upchurch participated in the 2008 White House Compassion in Action Roundtable on “Faith and Community Solutions for Orphans and Vulnerable Children” and presented on the Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption before the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has taught a variety of children and family law courses, including: Adoption Law; Children, Family and the States; Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Law; and Biotechnology and Reproduction Law.

Upchurch is also a recognized expert in law school pedagogy. She has presented on her innovative approaches to integrating technology into the law school classroom at several national teaching conferences, and she drew upon her innovative use of educational technology to co-author Civil Procedure: An Interactive Guide, an online interactive book for law students to be published by Carolina Academic Press. She also serves as the 2015 Program Committee Co-Chair for the AALS Teaching Methods Section.

She is scheduled to teach Family Law, Children and the Law, Torts, Civil Procedure and Products Liability.