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Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Columbia University, 1999; B.A., Yale University, 1996
Professor Szalai graduated from Yale University, double majoring in Economics and Classical Civilizations, and he received his law degree from Columbia University, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After graduating from law school, Professor Szalai practiced antitrust law in New York City, and then he practiced complex commercial litigation in Miami, Florida, representing clients in high risk cases in various jurisdictions. Prior to joining Loyola’s faculty in 2009, Professor Szalai served on the faculty of California Western School of Law.
Professor Szalai’s teaching interests and scholarship focus on civil procedure and dispute resolution, particularly arbitration and the Federal Arbitration Act. His scholarship has been cited in briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state courts in cases involving the Federal Arbitration Act.
Professor Szalai maintains a blog about arbitration at outsourcingjustice.com.
Professor Szalai recently finished writing a book, Outsourcing Justice: The Rise of Modern Arbitration Laws in America, which was published by Carolina Academic Press in Summer 2013. Professor Szalai’s book, which draws on previously untapped archival sources, explores the many different people, institutions, forces, beliefs, and events that led to the enactment of modern arbitration laws during the 1920s, and this book examines why America’s arbitration laws radically changed during this period. By examining the history of modern arbitration laws and the original intent behind these laws, this book demonstrates how the U.S. Supreme Court has grossly misconstrued these laws.