BYU Law Dean Gordon Smith announces the appointment of Professor Christine Hurt as Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum, effective May 1, 2016. Professor Brett Scharffs, who completed a three-year term as associate dean, is now the new Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.
Professor Hurt joined the BYU faculty as the Rex J. and Maureen E. Rawlinson Professor in the Fall of 2014. Before coming to BYU, she was a professor of law and Director of the Program in Business Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to teaching at Ilinois, Professor Hurt taught at Marquette University Law School, the University of Houston, and Texas Tech University School of Law. Before teaching law, Professor Hurt practiced corporate law for a number of years in Houston at Baker Botts, LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. As a first-year student at the University of Texas School of Law, she co-founded the Texas Journal of Women and the Law.
Professor Hurt’s teaching and research focuses on securities regulation, corporate tax, microfinance, torts, and business associations. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Corporate Law, Iowa Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review, and she is a founder and regular contributor to The Conglomerate. Professor Hurt has also been a regular commentator on the radio program, Legal Issues in the News, on WILL Illinois Public Radio and BYU radio, and a host of the former weekly television show, Illinois Law on WCIA-TV.