Three faculty earn professorships

12 Jan 2022    

headshots of professors Blankley, Shoemaker and Thimmesch

Three Nebraska Law faculty members have been awarded professorships. Professorships are one of the highest forms of recognition bestowed upon our faculty.

“Each of the professors receiving recognition contributes greatly to the Nebraska Law community,” said Dean Richard Moberly. “I appreciate each of their scholarly contributions and their dedication to supporting our mission of developing inclusive leaders.”

Kristen Blankley, Henry M. Grether, Jr. Professor of Law, is the director of the Robert J. Kutak Center on the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. Her work largely focuses on the crossroads of alternative dispute resolution and ethics and on contemporary issues in arbitration law. She is a practicing mediator and arbitrator in Nebraska and has mediated a wide variety of disputes, including civil, family, collective bargaining, and workplace disputes. She is also an approved Parenting Act Mediator in Nebraska. 

Jessica Shoemaker, Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Law, has been recognized both national and internationally for her work on adaptive change in pluralistic land-tenure systems. In Fall 2021, Shoemaker was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to analyze how property law has shaped who owns agricultural land in America and why, as well as what might come next. From 2018-2019, she also served as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Legal and Resource Rights at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. She is currently working to establish and co-direct the Rural Reconciliation Project at the University of Nebraska.

Adam Thimmesch, Margaret R. Larson Professor of Law, focuses his research on the impact of modern technology and markets on existing legal doctrine, with particular emphasis on tax policy and the regulation of interstate commerce. His research on state tax jurisdiction and tax compliance issues has been published in a variety of publications. He speaks frequently at academic and professional conferences around the country. Thimmesch is also the faculty director of the Law+Business program at the College of Law.

College of Law professorships are made possible through the generosity of donors who recognize the importance of high-quality faculty who are excellent teachers and scholars. 

In addition to these three faculty members receiving recognition from the College of Law, The Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance has named Professor Matthew Schaefer the ­­­­inaugural Clayton Yeutter Institute Chair in the Nebraska College of Law.