Stephen Mazza joined the KU Law faculty in 1998 and was named dean in April 2011. An honors graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, he received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Tax Law Review. After practicing in the tax section of a large Atlanta law firm, he returned to NYU as an acting assistant professor teaching in the LL.M. tax program. Professor Mazza has expanded the number of tax offerings at KU, teaching separate courses in Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Procedure and Tax Policy. He also coordinates the law schools tax certificate program and VITA program. Professor Mazza is an active member of the tax section of the Kansas Bar Association and a frequent speaker on tax issues.
- Federal Income Taxation
- Federal Tax Procedure
- Professional Responsibility
- Tax Policy
Raj Bhala, an Indian-American, joined the KU Law faculty in 2003 as the Rice Distinguished Professor, the highest university-level professorship at KU. He received the 2011 Woodyard International Educator Award, a university-wide award granted to one faculty member for outstanding contributions to internationalization efforts, the 2010 Moreau Award for advising and counseling students, and a 2008 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence. He has worked in 28 countries and played in another 19 countries.
Bhala is a member of England's Royal Society for Asian Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the All India Law Teacher's Congress. The Indian Society of International Law has conferred on him Life Membership.
Bhala's scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a sustained, prolific publication record. That record includes a treatise, “Modern GATT Law,” now in its two-volume second edition, and “International Trade Law,” a two-volume textbook in its forthcoming fourth edition. Both books are widely acclaimed for their substance and style. That record also includes more than three dozen provocative articles, including eight major pieces on the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, several works on poor countries, and a trilogy on stare decisis. Bhala's articles have appeared in The International Lawyer, the most widely circulated international law review, five times.
Bhala's energy and enthusiasm extend to Islamic Law. He is the first non-Muslim American law professor to write a comprehensive textbook in the field, "Understanding Islamic Law Shari'a)." This highly praised, widely used work covers in an accessible manner the religion, history and law of Islam. Bhala is honored and humbled to teach Islamic Law to United States Special Operations Forces at the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Bhala's eagerness to pioneer new fields in the American legal academy extends to India. He is under contract to write the first textbook on the business laws of modern India.
Bhala practiced international banking law at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which twice granted him the President's Award for Excellence. At the New York Fed, he represented the United States in international wire transfer negotiations at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), dealt with legal issues in the largest financial market in the world (foreign exchange) and was actively involved in international banking law enforcement, including the infamous scandal involving the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). His UNCITRAL work earned him a Letter of Commendation from the State Department.
Bhala is an International Legal Consultant for The Al Ammari Law Firm, in association with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LL.P., Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. He also has consulted for international organizations, the U.S. and foreign governments, and Cheniere Energy and other private sector entities.
Bhala joined KU from George Washington, where he held the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship, before which he began his teaching career at William & Mary.
Bhala is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. The British government awarded him a Marshall Scholarship, and he earned master's degrees from both the London School of Economics and Oxford in economics and management, respectively. He obtained his law degree with honors from Harvard.
- Advanced International Trade Law
- International Trade Law
- Islamic Law (Shari'a)
- Public International Law
- International Banking Law
- International Business Transactions
- Law and Business in India
Chris Drahozal is an internationally known scholar whose writing focuses on the law and economics of dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. Drahozal is the author of multiple books and numerous articles on commercial arbitration. He has given presentations on the subject in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States, and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on arbitration matters as well. He is serving as an Associate Reporter for the ALI's Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and as a Special Advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, assisting with its study of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts. Drahozal also is a well-respected teacher and received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. Prior to coming to KU, Professor Drahozal practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court, and Judge George H. Aldrich of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.
- Commercial Arbitration
- Commercial Law
Melanie Wilson serves as both a professor and the associate dean for academic affairs. As the academic dean, she oversees the law school’s twelve joint degree programs, eight certificate programs, its academic regulations, course scheduling, the Registrar’s office and collaborates with other units in the law school on all other academic matters. Wilson is also a criminal procedure scholar. Her scholarship views the world of criminal procedure from the perspective of a former federal prosecutor and seeks to reconcile the desire of participants in the criminal justice system (particularly prosecutors, judges and police officers) to act ethically and professionally with the sometimes competing imperative that guilty defendants be swiftly and successfully prosecuted, convicted and sentenced proportionally. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served on the Law Review. Before turning to law teaching, Wilson served as an assistant United States attorney in Georgia for six years. Before that she spent four years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia. She also clerked for Richard Freeman, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Georgia. She joined the KU Law faculty in 2007. In 2011, Wilson sat on an expert panel at William & Mary Law School discussing U.S. v. Jones4, a Supreme Court case focusing on whether the government may attach a GPS to a car without a warrant and whether receiving information from the device is a search. As part of the U.S. Courts Landmarks series, Wilson spoke about the important Fourth Amendment case Mapp v. Ohio (1961)5. And in 2013, Wilson provided expertise on a HuffPost Live panel6 discussing warrantless wiretapping and the future of privacy and national security. She presented "The Moral Impediment to Justice: How the Multiple Occupational Identities Embedded in the Role of Prosecutor Impede Prosecutors from Complying with their Ethical Obligation to 'Do Justice'" at Chapman University School of Law's 2014 Chapman Dialogue.
- Art of Advocacy
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure