This Fall, Santa Clara Law will welcome two new members to its faculty: Sue Guan and Nicholas Serafin, both of whom graduated in 2012 from Yale Law School.


Sue Guan’s primary research interests are financial markets, securities regulation, corporate law, and contracts. A 2012 graduate of Yale Law School, she was in private practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York before coming to Columbia in 2018. While at Cleary, she focused on complex commercial matters, including multiple benchmark-related antitrust class actions. She also represented pro bono a class of detainees at Rikers Island in a Section 1983 lawsuit. From 2012-13, she clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At Santa Clara Law, Guan will teach contracts and other courses.

“We look forward to having Sue join the faculty and bringing her practical experience as well as her deep knowledge of the workings of capital markets to our school,” said Interim Dean Anna Han.

Guan says she is “incredibly excited” to be joining the Santa Clara Law community. “So many aspects of Santa Clara made it an ideal academic home for me,” she said, including “the dynamism of the faculty and students, the pioneering teaching and scholarship initiatives, and the deep commitment to social justice.”


Nicholas Serafin is also a 2012 graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development as well as a fellow at the Yale Center for Law and Philosophy. He earned a PhD in moral and political philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he was a finalist for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award. He works on questions concerning the nature of moral and political equality, especially in relation to constitutional law. His recent article, In Defense of Immutability, is forthcoming in the BYU Law Review. At Santa Clara Law, Serafin will teach torts, constitutional law, and other courses.

“Nick’s teaching and his work on Constitutional Law will bring even more depth and diversity to Santa Clara Law’s cohort of top scholars,” said Interim Dean Anna Han.

Serafin said he appreciated Santa Clara Law’s “collegial and scholarly environment,” adding that “the faculty were extraordinarily welcoming and provided really insightful feedback [during the interview process].”


Learn more about Santa Clara Law’s teaching scholars.