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Helen de Haven

Helen de Haven

Associate Professor


404-872-3593 Ext. 2635


B.A., New College

J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, Order of the Coif

Courses Taught

Arbitration; Evidence; Labor Law; Public International Law; Public Sector Labor Law; Real Property; Remedies; Trial Advocacy

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

While in law school, Professor de Haven was Order of the Coif, Research Editor and Executive Editor of the Tennessee Law Review, and Vice-Chair of the Moot Court Board. She has worked as staff counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, as a litigation attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and as a litigator in private practice representing labor unions, employment discrimination plaintiffs, and whistleblowers. Before joining John Marshall Law School in 2003, Professor de Haven was an Associate Professor and Dean of Students at Appalachian School of Law in Virginia, where she helped the school achieve ABA accreditation.


The Academy and the Public Peril: Mental Illness, Student Rampage, and Institutional Duty, 37 J.Coll. & Univ.L. 29 (2011).

The Elephant in the Ivory Tower: Rampages in Higher Education and the Case for Institutional Liability, 35 J. Coll. & Univ. L. 503 (2009).

January 2009: Presenter at AALS Education Section annual meeting on Campus Violence: Prevention and Response. (Podcast at AALS Education Law website:https://memberaccess.aals,org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=SesDetails&ses_kev:1A9EI 823-0824-4F02-9438-BD46l7 CD4DE D).

The Academy and the Public Peril: Mental Illness, Student Rampage, and Institutional Duty, 37 J. Coll. & Univ. L. 267 (2011).