Law school welcomes first Faculty Fellows

Maggi Carfield, J.D., and Jennifer Carter-Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., are the School of Law’s inaugural Faculty Fellows.

The goal of the Faculty Fellows Program is to train talented law graduates for success in the entry-level law teaching market by providing intensive feedback and assistance in developing academic legal scholarship. It also provides an opportunity for the fellows to gain teaching experience with the mentoring of experienced faculty.

Carfield, a graduate of the law school and of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, was previously a public interest lawyer in the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy III. She also clerked for two years for Chief Judge David R. Herndon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Carfield’s research focuses on the intersection of law and international development. She is interested in how the law can be utilized to enhance the capabilities of people living in poverty. While she was at the law school, Carfield received a Dagen-Legomsky Fellowship to work with a community-based organization in Durban, South Africa. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University with a double concentration in politics and modern culture and media.

Prior to joining the University, Carter-Johnson was an intellectual property lawyer at Perkins Coie LLP. She combines her scientific and legal training to investigate issues at the intersection of biological research and the law.

She graduated with highest honors from Union University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology. Carter-Johnson earned a law degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where she was an articles editor and symposium coordinator of the Michigan Law Review. She earned a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Virginia, where her research concentrated on immune-system development.

Faculty Fellows will serve for two consecutive academic years and will have the opportunity to participate fully in the intellectual life of the law school, including faculty workshops, colloquia and conferences.