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Wills, Trusts and Estates: Professor Faizer

Akram Faizer

Biography

Akram Faizer 

Associate Professor of Law
akram.faizer@LMUnet.edu, Room 335

B.A., McGill University
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

Courses taught: U.S. Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Property

Professor M. Akram Faizer joined the LMU faculty in July 2011 and was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year. Prior to teaching, Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, New York, at the venerable law firm of Barclay Damon LLP. Faizer focused his practice on real estate valuation, with special emphasis on both eminent domain and tax assessment disputes. Professor Faizer was the first person to be awarded the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association for pro bono legal services. The award is given on annual basis to only one attorney in the State of New York based on the recommendation of that attorney’s local bar association.

Faizer’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, with a special emphasis on the tension between democracy and its imperative of self-government with western societies’ increased focus on individual autonomy. Faizer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in June 2000. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the New York and Tennessee bars.

Faizer’s teaching philosophy is to be provocative in the classroom to focus on student learning, while at the same time engendering student discussion in an honest and critical manner. He also tries to emphasize a diversity of learning patterns to anticipate and respond to different student learning gaps or styles. “I very much enjoy the subjects I teach for different reasons. Constitutional Law and First Amendment because they are intellectually fascinating, public spirited and focus on the critical thinking side of law,” Faizer says. “I enjoy teaching Wills, Trusts and Estates and Property because they are both intellectually interesting and allow me an opportunity to teach students needed practical skills. I transitioned from practice to teaching notwithstanding my love of practice because I sincerely believe I can make a greater contribution by teaching.”

When he’s not teaching, Faizer likes to indulge his love of coffee, pastries, chocolates, fine cheeses, and classical music. He also loves reading, working out, and has an unfortunate fondness for expensive neckties.