Professors Florey, Ventry Granted Tenure
Professors Katherine Florey and Dennis J. Ventry, Jr. have been approved for promotion to Professor of Law, a move that effectively grants tenure to the King Hall faculty members.
Professor Florey's scholarship focuses on federal courts, choice of law, and civil procedure. Within these fields, she is particularly interested in sovereign immunity, theories of jurisdiction, and the procedural rules applicable to tribal courts. Her current research considers the ways in which Native American tribes and tribal courts represent a sort of "third prong" of federalism, fitting partially but uneasily into the body of doctrine that governs the relationship between state and federal courts. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2007, Professor Florey served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she received the Thelen Marrin Award for graduating first in her class. Prior to law school, she worked for several years as an editor, travel writer, and theater critic.
Professor Ventry is a graduate of UCLA (B.A., History), UC Santa Barbara (Ph.D., Economic and Legal History), and New York University School of Law (J.D.). He is the author of dozens of articles, book chapters, and an edited volume. His research interests include tax policy, tax theory and history, family taxation, legal ethics and professional standards, tax administration and compliance, distributive justice, and public finance. He is a frequent contributor to Tax Notes, the leading publisher of tax policy and tax information, and he has provided commentary to popular media including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, International Business Times, USA Today, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor.