Meet This Year’s New UW Law Faculty

posted Jan 01, 0001

Daniel Foote and Michael Hatfield Members of the University of Washington School of Law faculty are leaders in their fields, distinguished scholars, respected practitioners and dedicated educators. They bring their scholarship and research to bear on the critical legal issues of our time and provide students with the skills and instruction that will shape their futures and our society.

This fall, the ranks of our renowned faculty grew to include two more full-time professors, Professor Daniel Foote and Professor Michael Hatfield.

Professor Daniel Foote served as the UW Law’s Dan Fenno Henderson Professor of East Asian Legal Studies from 1988 to 2000, specializing in Japanese Law. He has served on numerous advisory committees for the Japanese government and the Japanese Association of Law Schools. As an expert on U.S. and Japanese legal systems and education, Prof. Foote has been heavily involved in Japan’s introduction of U.S. style legal education, and has closely followed the criminal justice reforms, including the Saiban’in system, a lay participation system frequently referred to as the Japanese-style jury.

Prior to returning to UW Law, Professor Foote had been at the University of Tokyo, where he was co-teaching a cutting edge course on international contracting, in which Tokyo University law students in Japan and UW Law students in Seattle negotiated and drafted legal documents in a simulated cross-border business transaction.

Professor Michael Hatfield has been at UW Law as a visiting professor since 2012 and joins the faculty as a full-time professor this year. Previously, Professor Hatfield taught at Texas Tech University, where he served as the associate dean for faculty development and research. Prior to joining Texas Tech’s faculty in 2005, Professor Hatfield was a shareholder at Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., in San Antonio, Texas, where his practice was devoted to taxation and estate planning. He teaches courses in taxation, legal ethics, and trusts and estates.

Professor Hatfield’s primary research interest is in taxation, especially legal ethics for tax lawyers. He has also written on legal ethics more generally, as well as trusts, estates, and law and religion.

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