School of Law welcomes two visiting assistant professors

Duquesne University's School of Law is pleased to welcome two visiting assistant professors. Linh K. Dai and John Towers Rice began their new appointments effective the Fall 2021 semester.

Linh K. DaiLinh K. Dai
Linh K. Dai joins Duquesne to teach torts. Dai recently held the position of assistant visiting professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, Florida. Dai's other teaching and scholarly interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, constitutional law, women and the law, human trafficking, and international human rights.

In addition to those topics, Dai conducted extensive research on women's and children's rights and gender equality in Asia. Dai's important work in these areas are a way to give a power to those who do not have a voice.

Interested in diversity and service, Dai participated and served as an executive planning committee member for the Southeast-Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and served as co-chair of the Law Student Writing Competition and as an editorial board member of the Criminal Justice Perspectives Journal.

Mentoring along with teaching is important to Dai, who was chosen to be one of the Fellows in the Preparing Future Faculty Program. While an instructor at Northern Arizona University, Dai was nominated for the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award by faculty, staff, and students.

Dai earned a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, a certificate in humanitarian law, an LL.M. in law and government from American University, a J.D. from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, an M.P.A. from Hamline University, and a B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Metropolitan State University.

John Towers RiceJohn Towers Rice
John Towers Rice joins Duquesne to teach business associations. He recently held the position of visiting professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law and was a lecturer for the University of Massachusetts School of Law. Rice's professional experience also includes working as an associate attorney at two firms and as a judicial clerk for Tennessee's Supreme Court.

Rice's primary teaching interests include business associations; evidence; professional responsibility; civil procedure and federal courts; constitutional rights and liberties; sex, gender and sexuality; and advocacy and professional skills. Rice is a frequent panelist and moderator on these topics. Rice's writings include a forthcoming article, The Road to Bostock, and a post noted on SCOTUS Blog, A Victory for Equality and the Rule of Law.

Rice's institutional, professional, and community service is extensive. He serves institutionally on the academic standards committee, the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, among others. Rice also helps develop resources for remote and online education.

Professionally and in the community, Rice has worked with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being to develop resources on law student well-being, and he has been actively engaged in several leadership positions with the American Bar Association since 2015.

Rice holds a J.D. degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating cum laude, and a B.S. degree in sociology from Clemson University, also graduating cum laude.

Dean April Barton is looking forward to these two newest faculty members beginning their appointments. She said, "Linh and John demonstrate a passion for education on the rule of law and a commitment to diversity, service, and scholarship. Their teaching, research, and knowledge will have a positive impact on the Duquesne law community and our students."

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