Volume 96 Symposium Speakers
Posted on September 1st, 2023

Thomas Nachbar, University of Virginia

Thomas Nachbar is the F.D.G. Ribble Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. After earning his undergraduate degree in history and economics, Tom Nachbar spent five years as a systems analyst, working for both Andersen Consulting and Hughes Space and Communications before entering law school, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and later practiced with what is now Mayer Brown in Chicago as a member of the firm’s appellate litigation, information technology, and intellectual property practice groups.

Nachbar’s research focuses on the nature of regulation: how the law is used (and by whom) to shape and control behavior. His early work addressed how the availability of new technologies alters conceptions of regulation. His current work is on the relationship between public and private regulation. Throughout, his work has retained a focus on the regulation of markets and networks. Additionally, Nachbar has experience in telecommunications law, the Supreme Court’s constitutional equal protection and due process jurisprudence, and national security. He is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is affiliated with the National Security Law Center at the University of Virginia School of Law and the National Security Policy Center at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. 

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Diana Moss, Progressive Policy Institute

Diana Moss is the Vice President and Director of Competition Policy at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, DC. Before joining PPI, she served as the President of the American Antitrust Institute. Her work spans both antitrust and regulation, with industry expertise in digital technology, energy, agriculture, airlines, telecommunications, media, and healthcare. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Moss served in the Office of Economic Policy and Office of Markets, Tariffs, and Rates at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There, she coordinated the agency’s economic analysis for electricity mergers and contributed to the development of the landmark open access rules. From 1989 to 1995, she consulted in private practice in the areas of regulation and antitrust. Dr. Moss is also Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Moss has spoken widely on various topics involving competition policy and enforcement, testified before Congress, appeared before state and federal regulatory commissions, at industry and academic conferences, and made numerous radio and television appearances. She has published articles in numerous economic and legal journals. Dr. Moss was named to the GCR’s Women in Antitrust in 2016 and again in 2021. She has long championed the advancement of women in the law and economics profession and in the antitrust bar, in particular. In 2021, Dr. Moss was inducted into the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Hall of Fame-inism. She holds a M.A. degree from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.

Sam Weinstein, Cardozo School of Law

Sam Weinstein is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. He joined Cardozo from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where from 2015-17 he was a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Business.  Before that, Weinstein was an attorney in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Division.  Professor Weinstein began his career as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, after serving as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a graduate of Haverford College and received his J.D. and Ph.D. in U.S. History from U.C. Berkeley.

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John B. Kirkwood, Seattle University School of Law

John B. Kirkwood is a Professor at Seattle University School of Law and a member of the American Law Institute. The Supreme Court has quoted his work and four of his articles have won national awards for pathbreaking antitrust scholarship. He has published in the Florida Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and many other journals and books. He has testified before Congress and at the hearings on predatory pricing held by the FTC and Justice Department. The New York Times, USA Today, The Seattle Times, and numerous other print and broadcast media have quoted him. He speaks often at antitrust conferences, consults on antitrust cases, and has drafted professors’ amicus briefs in high-profile antitrust appeals. He is the immediate past Chair of the Antitrust and Economic Regulation Section of the Association of American Law Schools and an Advisor to the American Antitrust Institute and the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies. He was Co-Editor of Research in Law and Economics for eight years. After graduating from Yale magna cum laude and with Honors of Exceptional Distinction in Economics, he received a master’s degree in public policy and a law degree from Harvard, both with honors. He set up the FTC’s first antitrust policy planning office and later managed the Evaluation Office and the Premerger Notification Program. After transferring to the FTC’s Northwest Regional Office, he led cases and investigations. At Seattle University, he has received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Dean’s Medal.

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Darren Bush, University of Houston Law Center

Professor Bush’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of regulation and antitrust, with emphasis on deregulated markets, immunities and exemptions, and merger review. Along with Harry First and the late John J. Flynn, he is coauthor on the antitrust casebook “Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust.”

Professor Bush received his Ph.D. in economics and J.D., both from the University of Utah. After receiving his J.D., he served as an Attorney General’s Honor Program Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division’s Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section, where his primary focus was the investigation of mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets and airlines. He has testified numerous times on antitrust matters before congressional committees and federal commissions.

He is also a third-degree black sash in Northern Shaolin/Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.

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Hiba Hafiz, Boston College Law School

Hiba Hafiz is an associate professor with tenure at Boston College Law School. She teaches and writes in labor and employment, antitrust, and administrative law. Her work focuses on strengthening workers’ bargaining power and legal solutions to labor market concentration and inequality. Professor Hafiz has published articles in law journals, including the University of Chicago Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Michigan Law Review, and her writing has been featured in places including the New York TimesThe Atlantic, and WBUR. She also serves as an Expert Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, an affiliate fellow with the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, and as a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute.

After graduating with a B.A. from Wellesley College, Hafiz completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Yale University. After graduating in 2010, she represented farmworker victims of trafficking as a David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellow at the International Rights Advocates. Between 2011 and 2013, Hafiz clerked for Judge Juan R. Torruella of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge José L. Linares of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. After clerking, she practiced law in the Antitrust Practice Group at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Washington, D.C. Hafiz left practice to become a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where she taught legal research and writing and a seminar on work law in the new economy.

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Zephyr Teachout, Fordham University School of Law

Zephyr Teachout is a Fordham Law Professor, specializing in the intersection of corporate and political power. She is the author of two books (Corruption in America and Break ’em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money), and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. She is the founding Board Chair of the Open Markets Institute and an advisor to the American Economic Liberties Project.

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Howard Shelanski, Georgetown University Law Center 

Howard Shelanski earned his B.A. from Haverford College and received his J.D. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from law school he clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. After practicing law in Washington, D.C., Professor Shelanski joined the Berkeley faculty in 1997, where he remained until coming to Georgetown in 2011. In addition to being a member of the Georgetown Law faculty, Professor Shelanski practices antitrust law and is a member of the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. 

Professor Shelanski has held several positions in the federal government. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Before President Obama nominated him to OIRA, Professor Shelanski was Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission from 2012 to 2013, where he had previously been Deputy Director from 2009 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he was Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (1999-2000) and a Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers at the White House (1998-1999). 

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Sabeel Rahman, Cornell Law School 

K. Sabeel Rahman is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is also a co-founder and faculty co-chair of the Law and Political Economy Project. His academic research focuses on issues of democracy, governance, economic power, political economy paradigms, racial equity, and inequality. He works extensively with a range of think tanks, advocacy organizations, and foundations to develop novel approaches to addressing these issues in practice. 

From 2021-2023, he served in the Biden-Harris Administration where he led the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). At OIRA, he oversaw the policy review and approval of all significant federal regulations and played a lead role in the Administration’s efforts on equity, data and information policy, and reforming regulatory analysis. From 2018-2021, he served as President of Demos, a national racial justice think tank and advocacy organization that played a key role in combatting voter suppression and developing and mainstreaming major policy ideas from climate justice to student debt relief to energy democracy. 

He is the author of Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Civic Power (with Hollie Russon Gillman, Cambridge University Press, 2019). His popular writings have appeared in venues like The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Boston Review, Dissent, and The Washington Post. 

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