Law associate professor selected for Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum

July 19, 2016 | News, UToday, Law
By Kirsten M. Winek

Evan Zoldan, an associate professor in the UT College of Law, was selected to participate in the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum June 28-29 at Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn.

Zoldan, who received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and joined the UT faculty in 2012, is the first faculty member from the UT College of Law to be selected for this prestigious event.



“I am delighted that Professor Zoldan’s paper was selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum,” said UT Law Dean D. Benjamin Barros. “This is a great honor for Professor Zoldan and is a reflection of the quality of his writing and his ideas.”

According to the organizers of the forum, the goal is to “encourage the work of scholars recently appointed to a tenure-track position by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange.” Between 12 and 20 young scholars — all with seven or fewer years of teaching law — are selected to present their papers at this annual event. Senior scholars provide comments on the selected papers, and one of the forum’s aims is to help connect newer and more seasoned legal scholars.

Zoldan’s paper, “The Equal Protection Component of Legislative Generality,” describes an under-explored aspect of constitutional law and theory.

“Our commitment to equality is compromised by the ability of Congress and state legislatures to target named individuals for special treatment that is not applied to the population generally,” Zoldan wrote. “This article describes how the Equal Protection Clause can be read to contribute to a constitutional value of legislative generality — that is — a value that suggests that targeted legislation should be disfavored simply because of its particularized effect.” 

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