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UNH Law Names Calvin Massey as the First Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law

The University of New Hampshire School of Law has named noted constitutional scholar Calvin R. Massey as the first Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law. Massey, who is currently professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, will join UNH Law next fall.

“We are very excited to welcome Calvin Massey as the first occupant of the Daniel Webster chair,” said John Broderick, dean of UNH Law. “In establishing this honor, we sought a scholar who, like Daniel Webster in his day, is a major voice in debating the most crucial issues facing American society. In Calvin Massey we have found the ideal choice. His record as one of America’s foremost constitutional scholars will make him a great addition to our faculty and strengthen UNH Law's position as an emerging center for dynamic scholarship and teaching.”

A widely-regarded authority on constitutional law, Massey has published several books and over 50 articles, including American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties (now in its 3rd edition) and Silent Rights: The Ninth Amendment and the Constitution's Unenumerated Rights. He is also the author of a property casebook, Property: Principles, Problems, and Cases (forthcoming in 2012), and is at work on Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and the Constitution, a study of constitutional interpretation.

“This is a terrific opportunity to join a law school on the move,” said Massey. “I have been greatly impressed by the faculty and the students at UNH Law, and the energy I felt there. While it won’t be easy to leave after so many years at UC Hastings, I know I will be warmly embraced in New Hampshire.”

Massey is a regular contributor to the influential blog The Faculty Lounge: Conversations about law, culture, and academia. He will be a featured panelist next month at UNH Law’s symposium Constitutional Constraints on State Health Care & Privacy Regulation after Sorrell v. IMS Health.

According to Jordan Budd, UNH Law’s associate dean and a constitutional scholar himself, the appointment of Massey will “underscore UNH Law’s commitment to recruiting and supporting scholars engaged in the most consequential forms of legal research. For years, Calvin Massey has been at the forefront of the debate over key constitutional issues and has done so with wit, insight, and a keen awareness of how those debates matter to American life.”

Massey has taught at UC Hastings since 1987, where he was twice voted “Outstanding Professor” by the graduating class. Prior to that he spent a dozen years in private practice in San Francisco. He has also been a visiting professor at the law schools of Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Lewis & Clark, Washington & Lee, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Massey earned his J.D. at Columbia Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from Whitman College.