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Faculty Profile: Jonathan Cardi

Professor Jonathan Cardi is best known for his expertise in tort law and his research into the nature and source of the duty concept. He has also begun research in the area of race issues, specifically how race affects tort outcomes.

Cardi is the Wake Forest University School of Law’s newest tenured professor, joining the school in the summer of 2010. As a visiting professor at the law school in the fall of 2008, he taught torts and copyright.

“I really enjoyed the time I spent here as a visiting professor,” he said. “I look forward to working with such a collegial and talented group again.”

The co-author of a torts casebook and a remedies casebook, Cardi is also co-editor of a book entitled Critical Race Realism. He also writes about copyright. In 2010, he served as president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and he is a member of the American Law Institute.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, he was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he taught in the areas of copyright, torts, jurisprudence and remedies for eight years.

In his free time, Cardi is learning yoga and to paint and play the guitar—in his words, “each more poorly than the other.” He and his wife, Shelly, have two daughters.

“We are loving living in Winston-Salem,” he said. “Everyone has been so welcoming.”

In 1998, Cardi graduated Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he served as Senior Articles Editor for the Iowa Law Review. He was awarded his A.B. in English from Harvard University in 1991.

Prior to teaching, Cardi was an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he worked on a variety of litigation, copyright, and legislative matters from 1999-2002. In addition, he clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris, of the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Columbus, Ohio.