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Belmont Law Welcomes New Faculty

July 25, 2019

Kristi W. Arth

Assistant Professor of Law

KristiArth-34.jpgKristi W. Arth teaches Legal Information and Communication at Belmont Law. Prior to joining Belmont’s faculty, she was a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. At Bradley, Professor Arth practiced in the areas of civil litigation and intellectual property. She regularly tried cases in federal and state court and represented clients on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the Tennessee Supreme Court. She also prosecuted and defended intellectual property assets before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Copyright Office. She founded the Wellness Subcommittee for the Defense Research Institute's Young Lawyers Committee and served on the recruiting committee for Bradley. Professor Arth earned her juris doctor at The Ohio State University, where she served on the managing board of the law review and was named to the Order of the Coif. A two-time Buckeye, she also earned her Master’s in Arts Policy & Administration from Ohio State, where she taught the undergraduate course American Art & Music Since 1945. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in creative writing. She co-founded the University of Alabama's Creative Campus and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the John Fraser Ramsey Award, one of the University's six premier awards. She is a member of the Tennessee bar and a graduate of the Nashville Young Leaders Council and the Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum. Her short story, “The Sentence,” was published in the Tennessee Bar Journal, where it won the inaugural legal fiction contest.

 

Caleb N. Griffin

Assistant Professor of Law

CalebGriffin.jpegCaleb N. Griffin will join Belmont University College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining Belmont, Professor Griffin taught business and corporate law courses at Regent University School of Law, where he was the recipient of multiple teaching awards. Prior to entering the academy, Professor Griffin was an associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas, where he practiced corporate law. Professor Griffin's scholarship focuses on corporate law and corporate governance. His most recent paper provides a critical assessment of asset stewardship and proxy voting at index funds. Professor Griffin has also published theoretical and empirical work on mergers and acquisitions, the shareholder wealth maximization norm, and director fiduciary duties. Professor Griffin received his undergraduate degree in Finance, summa cum laude, from Oklahoma Christian University. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

 

David L. Hudson, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Law

DavidHudson231_cropped.jpgDavid L. Hudson, Jr. teaches Legal Information and Communication at Belmont Law. He was previously a Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Practice at Belmont Law. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 books. For much of his career, he has worked on First Amendment issues. He serves as a Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellow for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a First Amendment Fellow for the Freedom Forum Institute. For 17 years, he was an attorney and scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hudson has taught classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. In June 2018, the Nashville School of Law awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Professor Hudson's published works have been cited and relied upon by other scholars and courts. Hudson also is a licensed boxing judge and has judged a dozen world title bouts.