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Professors Jon Kahn and Tom Romero Promoted, Granted Tenure


Associate Professor Jonathan D. Kahn (far right) and Associate Professor Tom I. Romero II (second from left) have been granted tenure by the Hamline University Board of Trustees and promoted to Professor of Law. In making the announcement, Dean Donald Lewis noted the "effective teaching, remarkable scholarship and service to the academy, legal profession and Hamline University" on behalf of both professors that were compelling factors in the decisions.


Professor Kahn joined the Hamline law faculty in August 2004 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in August 2007. Professor Kahn earned his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Yale University, and his J.D. in 1988 from the University of California, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He also holds a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University.

Professor Kahn is an internationally recognized expert in race-specific medicine, bioethics, genetics and law. His expertise involves a variety of legal disciplines, including constitutional law, torts, and administrative law. His publications cross disciplines and audiences, and range from first-tier law reviews, peer-reviewed medical and health law journals, to Scientific American and other popular periodicals, web journals, and civil-liberties encyclopedias. He has published a book (recently translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai People's Press), articles, book chapters, book reviews, comments and correspondences. Professor Kahn has made multiple presentations at important venues of intellectual note, including the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Simon Frazier University, Tilburg Institute of Law and Technology, Universite de Paris, University of Alberta, University of Edinburgh, among others.

Professor Kahn had extensive teaching experience before he came to Hamline and also served as an associate attorney at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. At Hamline, he has taught Constitutional Law I and II, Torts II, Genetics: Law, Ethics and Policy, Regulation of the Health Care Industry, Public Health Law and "Law and Human Genetics." In addition, he has served on the Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion Committee and the Special Projects Committee, and has been an active member of Hamline's Public Law Community. He has presented at symposia, conferences, and other forums organized by the Health Law Institute and others. He also has served as the faculty advisor to the Journal of Public Law and Policy; has been a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Law and Religion; and advises students enrolled in the Health Law Institute's certificate program. Students consistently report great satisfaction with his teaching style.

He has provided substantial service to the legal profession, including active involvement in the health law section of the American Association of Law Schools, and is a founding member of an AALS working group that hopes to create a new bio-law section within the association. He participates in the American Bar Association's science and technology section; speaks at its conferences and is a peer reviewer for an ABA-related journal. He is a member of the American Society on Law, Medicine and Ethics, a multi-disciplinary non-profit entity in whose journal he published a co-authored article on the FDA and the drug BiDil.

Professor Tom I. Romero II

Professor Tom Romero joined the Hamline faculty in 2004, and was promoted to associate professor in August 2007. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver, and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000. Professor Romero also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. At Hamline he has taught first year Property, Property II, Legal History, and seminars in Legal History (Latinos and the Development of Law), Interdisciplinary Studies (Law and Religion), and Property (Metropolitan Development since World War II). He is a "demanding, intellectually-stimulating professor who effectively utilizes technology, relates well with students, teaches a substantial menu of courses, and is passionate about teaching future lawyers," according to Dean Lewis. Students also give him high marks for his accessibility outside the classroom.

During his time on the Hamline law faculty, Professor Romero has developed and carried out an ambitious scholarly agenda and has developed a local and national reputation for his work on race, property and civil rights. Specifically, his work explores racial transformation in relation to law and jurisprudence in the post- World War II urban United States, and focuses on the relationship between land use, metropolitan development, local government, and its impact on multiracial communities. Since his promotion to associate professor, he has authored three articles and two essays that are published (or are in production) in the New Mexico Law Review, Utah Law Review, Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, Oregon Review of International Law and Berkeley La Raza La Journal. He also has co-authored with a noted legal historian a book chapter on Latinos in Colorado that is forthcoming in a 50-state multivolume work, and he is completing a book manuscript on the legal history of multiracial post-World War II Denver. Both his published and unpublished scholarship has been cited in a recent amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in a variety of law reviews.

Professor Romero has been an exceptionally active member of the law school community, serving on various committees and as advisor for Hamline's Latino Law Student Association, and as primary advisor of the Journal of Public Law and Policy. He was instrumental in the planning, development and implementation of the Journal's two-day international symposium, "Children and their Protection in Law," which resulted in the largest circulation of published scholarship from Hamline University School of Law to date. Professor Romero's service and leadership in the administrative and intellectual life of the University has been extraordinary and resulted in his spring 2008 nomination for a John Wesley Award. He recently was promoted by President Linda Hanson to the university-wide Diversity Integration Steering Committee, and he provided leadership of the "Strength Through Diversity" Strategic Planning Framework for Hamline University.

Professor Romero also has been actively engaged in legal issues beyond the Hamline campus and has been particularly devoted to serving communities of color. He has been involved in the work of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) and was a key organizer with the National Hispanic Bar Association (NHBA) of the National Moot Court competition, held in Minneapolis in March. He served on the MHBA committee that successfully petitioned the NHBA to hold its 2010 annual meeting in the Twin Cities. Professor Romero has served on the board of Centro Legal and on the advisory board of El Fondo de Nuestra Comunidad (one of only seven Latino-based philanthropies in the United States). He as recognized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the "25 rising Lation/a change agents in Minnesota."