Jeffrey A. Van Detta

John E. Ryan Professor of International Business and Workplace Law

(678) 916-2633


B.A., Union College, summa cum laude
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, cum laude

Courses Taught

International Business Transactions & Writing Seminar; International Civil Litigation; Conflict of Laws; Contracts; Jurisprudence & Writing Seminar; Employment Discrimination Law; LL.M. 475 (Investigating and Litigating Employment Law Cases); LL.M. 851 (International Civil Litigation in United States Courts), LL.M. 853 (United States Employment Law and Regulation)

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

Professor Van Detta entered the legal field after numerous academic achievements and honors. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Union College of Union University, and during law school, he was elected Editor-In-Chief of Volume 51 of the Albany Law Review at Albany Law School of Union University. In law school, he was the inaugural Dean Ralph G. Semerad Memorial Scholar as well as a Van Horne Scholar; elected to the Justinian Academic Honor Society; selected by the faculty to receive the Scribes Award for the most outstanding and analytical student article published in Volume 50 of the Albany Law Review; and awarded the Cardozo Prize for his leadership and editorial work on the Law Review.

After law school, Professor Van Detta first served as Law Clerk to Judge Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before entering private practice. He practiced for 12 years at the international law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP in Atlanta where he was elected to the partnership and concentrated his practice in the areas of domestic and trans-national employment discrimination law, domestic and European labor law, and international business issues, representing major international corporations.

Professor Van Detta then followed his father’s footsteps into academia, and joined the John Marshall faculty in August 1999. He was tenured and promoted to the rank of full Professor of Law in 2005. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2002 and in 2004.

In 2006, Professor Van Detta received the Robert J. D’Agostino Teaching Excellence Award from the students of John Marshall Law School, and he was named John Marshall’s 2006 Association of American Law Schools Teacher of the Year.

From 2011-2015, Professor Van Detta served as the Associate Dean for Scholarship. In addition to being a prolific writer, Professor Van Detta has lectured in collaboration with Professor Timothy Terrell of Emory University Law School on the topic of judicial opinion writing and editing. Professor Van Detta has also served on the faculty of numerous legal institutes in New York, Washington, D.C., and Montreal. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia.

In 2013, Merkourios, Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, appointed Professor Van Detta as a member of the inaugural Permanent Board of Referees, based on his expertise and scholarly publications in the areas of Trans-National Commercial Law, International Business Transactions, International Civil Litigation, Private International Law, Employment and Labour Law, and Jurisprudence. Professor Van Detta teaches courses encompassing those areas in AJMLS’s J.D. Program, American Legal Studies LL.M. Program, and Employment Law LL.M. Program. He also has taught and continues to pursue scholarship in the areas of Civil Procedure and Torts.

In recognition of his distinguished service to the law school, his excellence as a teacher, and the breadth and depth of his scholarship, the Board of Directors has conferred upon Professor Van Detta a named Chair in Law: The John E. Ryan Professor Of International Business & Workplace Law.


I. Articles Published To Date

The Strange Career of Title VII § 703(m): An Unfulfilled Promise of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 87 St. John’s L. Rev. ___ (Spring 2014)(Symposium Issue: “Title VII at 50”)(forthcoming)

Sexual Orientation, Human Rights, and Corporate Sponsorship of the Sochi Olympic Games: Rethinking the Voluntary Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, 30 Utrecht J Int’l & European L. Issue 78 (Spring 2014)(special edition on Legal Aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility)(forthcoming)(peer-reviewed)

A Bridge To The Practicing Bar Of Foreign Nations—Online American Legal Studies Programs As Forums For The Rule Of Law And Pipelines To Bar-Qualifying LL.M. Programs In The U.S, 10 South Carolina  J.  Int’l  L. & Bus. 63 (Fall 2013)

Some Legal Considerations For EU-Based MNEs Contemplating High-Risk Foreign Direct Investments In The Energy Sector After Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Chevron Corporation v. Naranjo,  9 South Carolina  J.  Int’l  L. & Bus. 162 (Issue 2, Spring 2013)(lead article)

Transnational Legal Services In Globalized Economies: American Leadership, Not Mere Compliance, With GATS Through Qualifying LL.M. Degree Programs For Foreign-Educated Lawyers Seeking State-Bar Admissions, 12 Hofstra J. Int’l Bus. & L. ___ (Fall 2013)

Politics And Legal Regulation In The International Business Environment:  An FDI Case Study Of Alstom, S.A., In Israel, 21 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2013)(lead article)

Rethinking Liability for Vaccine Injuries, 19 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 537 (2010) with Professor Joanna B. Apolinsky)(CITED in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 562 U.S. __, 131 S.Ct. 1068 (2011))

The Decline And Fall Of The American Judicial Opinion, Part II:  Back To The Future From The Roberts Court To Learned Hand–Segmentation, Audience, And The Opportunity Of Justice Sotomayor, 13 Barry L. Rev. 29 (2010)

The Decline And Fall Of The American Judicial Opinion, Part I:  Back To The Future From The Roberts Court To Learned Hand–Context And Congruence, 12 Barry L. Rev. 53 (2009)

Dialogue With A Neurosurgeon: Toward A Dépeçage Approach To Achieve Tort Reform And Preserve Corrective Justice In Medical Malpractice Cases, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (Summer 2009)(lead article)

Learned Hand’s District Court Opinions, 1916-1917: A Macrostructural Analysis Employing Cognitive Psychology Principles, currently available at Professor Van Detta’s Berkeley Electronic Press “Selected Works” webpage, (Posted April 2008)

Extraterritorial Personal Jurisdiction For The Twenty-First Century: A Case Study Reconceptualizing The Typical Long-Arm Statute To Codify And Refine International Shoe After Its First 60 Years, 3 Seton Hall Circuit Review 339  (Spring 2007)(with Shiv K. Kapoor, Esq.)(CITED in Huggins v. Boyd, 304 Ga.App. 563, 697 S.E.2d 253 (2010)(Barnes, J., concurring))

Requiem For A Heavyweight:  Costa As Countermonument To McDonnell Douglas—A Countermemory Reply To Instrumentalism, 67 Alb. L. Rev. 965 (2004)

“Le Roi Est Mort” Redux:  Section 703(m), Costa, McDonnell Douglas, and the Title VII Revolution, and a Reply To Hedican, Hudson, and Hedican, 52 Drake L. Rev. 427 (Spring 2004)

Essay:   “Le Roi est Mort; Vive le Roi!”:  An Essay On The Quiet Demise Of McDonnell Douglas And The Transformation Of Every Title VII Case After Desert Hotels v. Costa Into A “Mixed-Motives” Case, 52 Drake L. Rev. 71 (Fall 2003) (CITED in White v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 533 F.3d 381 (6th Cir. 2008); Van Arkel v. Warren, 365 F.Supp.2d 979 (S.D. Iowa April 12, 2005); Carey v. Fedex Ground Package System, Inc., 321 F.Supp.2d 902 (S.D. Ohio, Jun 15, 2004 ); Oby v. Baton Rouge Marriot, 329 F. Supp.2d 772 (M.D. La. Aug. 5, 2004); Grutz v. Nat’l Bank Ass’n, 695 N.W.2d 505, 2005 WL 291592, (Table, Text in Westlaw)(Iowa App., February 09, 2005) (No. 04-0107); William Joel Friedman, The Law Of Employment Discrimination:  Cases And Materials (Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2009))

Justice Restored:  Using A Preservation-Of-Court Access Approach To Replace Forum Non Conveniens In Five International Product-Injury Cases, 28 Northwestern J. of Int’l L. & Bus. 53 (Fall 2003)

The Irony of Instrumentalism:  Using Dworkin’s Principle-Rule Distinction To Reconceptualize Metaphorically A Substance-Procedure Dissonance Exemplified By Forum Non Conveniens Dismissals In International Product Injury Cases, 87 Marquette L. Rev. 425 (lead article Spring 2004) (entered in 2004 AALS Annual Scholarly Papers Competition)

Constitutionalizing Roe, Casey, and Carhart:  A Due-Process Anti-Discrimination Principle To Give Constitutional Content To The “Undue Burden” Standard Of Review Applied To Abortion Control Legislation, 10 So. Cal. Rev. L. & Women’s Studies 211 (Spring 2001)

Collaborative Problem Solving Responsive to Diverse Learning Styles:  Labor Law as an Active Learning Experience, 24 N.C.C.U. L. J. 46 (Fall 2001).

Lawyers as Investigators: How Ellerth and Faragher Will Spotlight a Modern Crisis of Ethics, Professionalism, And Profits Through Trial Counsel Disqualification And Waivers of Privilege In Workplace Harassment Cases, 24 J. Legal Prof. 261 (Spring 2000)(CITED in Fognani v. Young, 115 P.3d 1268 Colo. 2005)(en banc))

Judges And Juries: Why Are So Many ADA Plaintiffs Losing Summary Judgment Motions And Would They Fare Better Before A Jury? A Response To Professor Colker, 19 Rev. Litig. 505 (2000)(University of Texas ADA Symposium Issue)(with Dr. Dan Gallipeau) (CITED in Maynard v. Pneumatic Products Corp., 233 F.3d 1344 (11th Cir. 2000))

“Typhoid Mary” Meets The ADA:  A Case Study Of The “Direct Threat” Standard Under The Americans With Disabilities Act, 22 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 849 (June 1999)(CITED in EEOC v. Exxon Corp., 203 F.3d 871, 874-75 (5th Cir. Feb. 11, 2000); Rizzo v. Children’s World Learning Centers, 213 F.3d 209, 221 n.30 (5th Cir. May 26, 2000) (en banc) (Jones, J., dissenting); Robert Belton, Dianne Avery, Maria L. Ontiveros & Roberto Corrada, Employment Discrimination Law:  Cases And Materials On Equality In The Workplace 756, 780 (West 7th Ed. 2004).

Compelling Governmental Interest Jurisprudence of the Burger Court:  A New Perspective On Roe v. Wade, 50 Alb. L. Rev. 675 (1986)

II.  Treatise Contributions To Date

Lead author, Labor and Employment Laws of Chile, in International Labor And Employment Laws, volume II (ABA 2001).

Author and Contributing Editor, with Professor Helen de Haven, How To Take A Case Before The NLRB, Chapter 14 (ABA 8th ed. 2007)

Co-author with Professor Lynn Rhys-Jones, Cumulative Supplement to International Labor And Employment Laws, volume II, Ch. 30 Labor and Employment Laws of Chile (ABA 2002)

Co-author with Professor Lynn-Rhys Jones and Contributing Editor, Cumulative Supplement to How To Take A Case Before The NLRB, Chapter 14 (ABA 2002 and 2003)

Author and Contributing Editor, How To Take A Case Before The NLRB, Chapter 14 (ABA 1996-99 & 7th ed. 2000)

Media, Public & Professional Appearances

Panel Moderator, “Three Degrees Of Separation: The Gap Between International Human Rights Law And Human Rights Enforcement,” Feb. 8, 2012, at The John Marshall Law Journal— Dean Robert J. D’Agostino 2012 Symposium, Breaking Down Borders: A Look At Immigration Law In Georgia

Panel Moderator, “Developments In The Hague Child Abduction Convention,” Feb. 9, 2011, at

The John Marshall Law Journal— Dean Robert J. D’Agostino 2011 Symposium, In The Best Interest Of’:  A Look At Family Law In Georgia, at State Bar of Georgia Headquarters.

Presenter, “Supreme Court And Eleventh Circuit Employment Discrimination Law Update Covering The Period December 2009-November 2010,” 40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute (December 7, 2010)(Atlanta Bar Association-Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia)

Presenter, “Update On  Eleventh Circuit and Supreme Court Labor and Employment Law Decisions, December 2005-December 2006,” at The Labor & Employment Law Institute (State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2006)

Presenter, “Update On  Eleventh Circuit and Supreme Court Labor and Employment Law Decisions, December 2005-December 2006,” at Employment Law Update Seminar (State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 2007)

Panelist, Professionalism Issues Every Lawyer Should Know, presented by ABA Center for Professional Responsibility for the ABA Law Student Division at the ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 7, 2004.

Outside the Classroom

Professor Van Detta has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board since 2005. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Atlanta-Theater-To-Go, a non-profit that brings theater productions with professionals into nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Greater Atlanta Area. Finally, Professor Van Detta gives his time as a volunteer at the Smyrna Public Library.