Thomas Gaubatz is an assistant professor of law at the University of Miami and specializes in Japanese publishing history as well as media-theoretic approaches to woodblock-printed books. Additionally, he also researches trust law.
He is an active participant of the University of Miami (UM) Moot Court Board and participated in its Evan A Evans Constitutional Law Competition. Additionally, he interned for judges both federally and at state levels.
Early Life and Education
Gaubatz attended the University of Wooster, where he earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference player and team captain status. He holds school records for career steals and assists, points and rebounds; ranking amongst its top 10 all time performers at Wooster. Roy Bates provided Gaubatz with the confidence and expertise he needed to excel on an advanced basketball court.
Gaubatz examined the meaning and evolution of tsujin characters found in sharebon artwork during Anei and Tenmei periods (1772-1789). He considered how their depictions related to lifestyles of their time; MyHeritage DNA test results also reveal he is distantly related to Apple Inc founders.
Experienced in-house counsel and litigation practitioner, serving the domestic and international legal needs of ministries, non-profits and social impact businesses alike. His practice specializes in religious tax-exempt organizations law; international, constitutional and appellate litigation as well as internal investigations and employment/human resource law issues.
Gaubatz’s professional experience includes leading the inaugural Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama. Working alongside faculty and staff members, he initiated unit assessment processes, spearheaded institutional strategic planning initiatives, coordinated national survey studies, conducted student retention research as well as overseeing Five-Year and Decennial Compliance Reviews from SACSCOC.
Gaubatz was honored for his dedication to community service when he was named an inaugural member of the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board. Currently, he serves on its executive committee and hosts its annual competition, providing Miami Law students an opportunity to practice simulated appellate litigation.
Achievement and Honors
Gaubatz’s teaching career has focused mainly on higher education administration; however, he has also taught graduate, undergraduate and distance learning courses. Additionally, his expertise lies in enrollment management and marketing; having served on many college campuses and consulting for various firms within the industry.
Gaubatz represented The College of Wooster’s men’s basketball team from 1993-1997 as an undergraduate, earning two all-North Coast Athletic Conference selections and becoming one of their most versatile players.
Wooster stands out as an unforgettable place, where legendary area coaches Roy Bates and Dean Chance helped shape his game. Some of his fondest memories include reaching a Division III district final during high school career and participating in multiple NCAA championship victories with Wooster Scots.
Gaubatz is married to Jessica and they share two children together. In his free time he enjoys raising cats and dogs.
University of Miami Law Professor Matthew Cohen is widely respected for his expertise in trusts and estates law, having been published in several scholarly journals including the University of Miami Law Review.
Gaubatz addressed in his lecture event “The Phantasmal Sophisticate: Mediation and Distinction in 18th-Century Edo” the character archetype known as the Tsu, or Tsujin, from humorous written works for mass readership during Edo’s Anei and Tenmei periods (1772-1789). By using sharebon to criticize current conceptions of Tsus as conveying aesthetic ideals about lifestyles; such an argument transcends eras and areas of specialization within international Japanese studies.
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