Marc L. Roark, visiting associate professor of law, teaches torts, secured transactions and sales at the School of Law. Previously he served as a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. His research focuses on the interaction of commercial law and property, particularly the description of wealth through the law; the historical and economic development of fixtures as a legal category of property; the role of slavery and agriculture in the 19th Century Southern United States; and the role of language, norms and rhetoric in the legal process.
Roark’s most recent publications include “Reading Mohammed in Charleston: Understanding U.S. Jurisprudential Approaches to Law, Language and Norms,” 14 Widener Law Review (2007); “The CONSTITUTION as IDEA: Defining – Describing – Deciding in Kelo,” 43 California Western Law Review (2007); “Opening the Barbarians’ Gate or Watching the Barbarians from the Coliseum: A Requiem on the Nomos of the Louisiana Civil Law,” 67 Louisiana Law Review (2006); and “All in the Family: The Apocalyptic Legal Tradition as Crit Theory,” 75 UMKC Law Review (2006).
Roark holds a BA from Louisiana State University, a JD from Loyola University School of Law and an LLM from Duke University School of Law.