Introducing Professor Payvand Ahdout, YLJ’s Emerging Scholar of the Year



In this episode, Vol. 131’s Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Sommers, and Executive Editor for Features & Book Reviews, Bapu Kotapati, speak with the Yale Law Journal’s inaugural Emerging Scholar of the Year: Professor Payvand Ahdout. The Emerging Scholar of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of early-career academics who have made significant contributions to legal thought and scholarship. Professor Ahdout is currently an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches Federal Courts and a seminar on the Separation of Powers. Her scholarship uncovers judicial practices and procedures that have important implications for our understanding of federal courts as critical fora for the vindication of constitutional rights. In this wide-ranging conversation, Professor Adhout speaks about the formative professional and academic experiences of her career, discusses her scholarship and pedagogical style, shares her practical advice for law students, and answers questions from the Yale Law community.