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Brian Blum

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Professor Blum practiced as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1972 to 1975 and as an advocate in the following two years. Blum taught part time at the School of Law of the University of Witwatersrand while in practice as an advocate. He joined the law school faculty in 1978. Blum has published law review articles on bankruptcy law, contracts and commercial law as well as a books on bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law and contracts.

B.A., 1969, University of Witwatersrand
LL.B. cum laude, 1971, University of Witwatersrand
LL.M., 1978, University of Michigan Law School


Amy Bushaw

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Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Bushaw was a partner with the law firm of Hughes & Luce, LLP in Texas. Among other clients, she represented financial institutions in a broad range of domestic and international transactions. Some of the transactions were corporate acquisitions; others established commercial lending facilities; yet others involved real estate. As a student at Yale she was a research assistant for the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, and pursued research on martial law in Poland. She also worked on the Yale Journal of International Law.

In Bushaw’s second year of teaching at Lewis & Clark, and again in her fourth, she was voted the Leo Levenson award for excellence in teaching by the graduating class. Her research interests include theories of legal education and legal practice, transactional approaches to legal issues, non-economic interests in business law, and the intersections among commercial law and economic and social development. She has recently co-authored a Contracts text with Professor Brian Blum. She has published articles relating to economic and social development in the United States and abroad, and she has concentrated on small business development in particular. Her specific international focus is central and eastern Europe, and she has conducted research, taught classes and lectured throughout the region.

A.B. with honors, 1981, Princeton University
J.D., 1984, Yale Law School