Two new professors joined the University of Kansas School of Law faculty this fall. Associate Professors Najarian Peters and Alexander Platt began their new roles in July.
Najarian R. Peters will teach Torts and Privacy Law in her first year. Peters comes to KU Law from Seton Hall Law School, where she was the inaugural faculty fellow and assistant professor in the Institute for Privacy Protection. She was responsible for the creation and development of the Institute’s programs and developed its structure. Peters also created and taught Seton Hall Law School’s first class focused on blockchain, titled Blockchain, Intellectual Property.
“It is a gift to be joining the KU Law community at a time when ‘Jayhawks Rising’ is both ethos and reality,” Peters said.
In 2019-20, Peters was named a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Security at Harvard University. In July 2020, Peters was selected to continue her faculty associateship for the 2020-21 academic year at the Berkman Klein Center.
Prior to joining Seton Hall, Peters held positions in research compliance, healthcare compliance and privacy in both private and public organizations including Panasonic N.A., Rutgers School of Biomedical Health Sciences, and Weill Cornell Medical School. She earned her law degree from Notre Dame Law School and undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Peters' research focuses on privacy law and emerging technology. Her first article appeared in Volume 25.1 of the Michigan Journal of Law and Race in August 2020.
Alexander I. Platt will teach Contracts and Securities Regulation in his first year. A graduate of Yale Law School, Platt most recently was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Platt taught courses in Legal Research and Writing, and Index Funds and the Concentration of Corporate Ownership.
“I am thrilled to be joining the KU Law community,” Platt said. “Rock Chalk!”
He previously practiced at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Washington, D.C., and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Platt’s research focuses on the public and private enforcement of securities laws. In 2016, the SEC adopted a reform Platt had proposed in a paper, amending the agency's Rules of Practice to give respondents facing enforcement proceedings the right to attack the Commission’s legal theories at the outset of an administrative proceeding.
His scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming in law journals including the Yale Journal on Regulation, the U.C. Davis Law Review and the Journal of Corporation Law.