Jurisprudence Works in Progress Workshop

Date: Friday, August 12, 2022, 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET

Webinar Description: This is a workshop where two junior scholars, Zalman Rothschild and Nina Varsava, will present drafts of papers, with comments by Ash Bhagwat and Jeff Pojanowski.


*This Webinar was not recorded.




Chad Flanders, Ph.D., J.D., Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law


Since arriving at SLU, Flanders has published more than 20 articles or essays in journals such as the Florida Law Review, the California Law Review, the Missouri Law Review and the Alaska Law Review, and his work on Bush v. Gore has been cited by state and federal courts. He has also written numerous opinion pieces for national and local newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Politico.

After law school, Flanders served as a law clerk to the Hon. Warren Matthews on the Alaska Supreme Court and the Hon. Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, Flanders was a Fulbright Lecturer at Nanjing University, China. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a visiting professor at DePaul University School of Law.




Ashutosh Bhagwat, J.D., Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law


Ash Bhagwat is a Distinguished Professor of Law and the Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Economic Regulation. Prior to joining the Davis faculty in 2011, Professor Bhagwat was a member of the faculty at the UC Hastings College of the Law for seventeen years. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. Professor Bhagwat is the author of Our Democratic First Amendment, published by the Cambridge University Press, as well as numerous books and articles on a wide variety of legal subjects, with a particular focus on the First Amendment. Professor Bhagwat is a member of the American Law Institute.


Jeff Pojanowski, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame The Law School


Jeff Pojanowski joined the faculty and community of Notre Dame Law School in 2010 and was promoted to full professor in 2015. He teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, jurisprudence, legal interpretation, and torts. He has published work in the Georgetown Law JournalHarvard Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewNorthwestern University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among other publications. He serves as co-editor of The American Journal of Jurisprudence.

Pojanowski earned his A.B. in Public Policy with highest honors from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was Articles Co-Chair for the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk to then-Judge John Roberts on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. He then practiced law with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in appellate litigation and administrative-law matters.


Zalman Rothschild, Ph.D., J.D., Non-resident Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School


Zalman Rothschild’s research focuses on the First Amendment, anti-discrimination law, and law and religion. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Law and ReligionColumbia Law Review ForumYale Law Journal Forum, and other academic publications, and has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The New Yorker. His writing for popular audiences has appeared in The AtlanticThe Guardian, the Jewish Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Zalman served as a law clerk to Judge Jane Roth on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced law for several years as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss. During that time, Zalman was recognized by The American Lawyer in its “Litigator of the Week” profile for winning a Fourth Amendment appeal and securing the reversal of all convictions of his client (2021) and received the “On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyer” award from the American Bar Association (2022).

Zalman holds a JD, manga cum laude, from Harvard Law School, a PhD in Religion from New York University, an MA from Yeshiva University, and a BA from Binghamton University.


Nina Varsava, Ph.D, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School


Professor Varsava’s research focuses on procedure, courts, judicial administration, ethics, and jurisprudence. She is especially interested in issues of precedent and interpretation.

Professor Varsava has published her work in law reviews such as the Notre Dame Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and the NYU Law Review Online, as well as in peer-reviewed journals. Her scholarship has been covered by media outlets such as the The New York Times and the American Bar Association Journal, and has been cited by both federal and state courts.

Following law school, Professor Varsava served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Colorado.

In her spare time, Professor Varsava enjoys climbing rocks, cliffs, and walls.