Alabama Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

August 7, 2017

The University of Alabama School of Law announces the hiring of six new faculty members: Professors Yonathan Arbel, Alfred Brophy, Courtney Cross, Allyson Gold, Shalini Ray, and Philip Reich.

Professor Arbel is an expert on the enforcement of contracts and commercial obligations. His work covers not only contracts, but also commercial law, torts, and consumer law. Professor Arbel received his S.J.D. degree in law and economics from Harvard Law School, J.S.M. in law and society from Stanford Law School, and LL.B. in law and humanities, summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University.

Professor Brophy is the D. Paul Jones, Jr. & Charlene Jones Chairholder of Law.  He teaches in the fields of property, trusts and estates, remedies, and legal history.  He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, J.D. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Professor Cross is the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. Her research explores the intersections of domestic violence, criminal law, and poverty. Professor Cross received an LL.M. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Gold is the Director of the Elder Law Clinic. Her research examines the effect of property law on the achievement of health equity and social justice. Professor Gold earned her J.D., with Honors, from Emory University School of Law and a B.A., with High Distinction, from the University of Virginia.


Professor Ray will teach Legal Profession, Legislation/Regulation, and an immigration law seminar during the 2017-18 year.  She conducts research in the areas of immigration, administrative, and international law.  Professor Ray earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University.


Judge Reich teaches a course entitled ” The Business of Being a Lawyer” at the University of Alabama School of Law and a legal studies course in the University of Alabama Honors College.  He is a retired Circuit Judge for the State of Alabama, former Deputy General Counsel for the University of Alabama System, and serves as a mediator.  Professor Reich received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.