Category: Administrative Announcements


Farewell and Thank You

I have really enjoyed my guest stint here at Concurring Opinions over the last month. Many thanks to my hosts for the invitation and your hospitality. And thanks to all of you for the lively and engaging discussion.


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Thanks to Dan and to everyone else here at Concurring Opinions for inviting me to hang out for the month. I suspect that I will blog mainly about two topics: (1) the intersection of national security and free speech and (2) current debates about presidential power. Unfortunately, there’s all too much to say about both issues these days … I also may make the occasional lame pop culture observation (I confess to a bit of an agenda on that score: there’s a bone I’ve been meaning to pick with the Smurfs® since roughly 1982).

I’m glad to be here!


Introducing Guest Blogger Heidi Kitrosser

kitrosser-heidi2.jpgI’m delighted to introduce Professor Heidi Kitrosser, who will be guest blogging with us this month. Heidi Kitrosser is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She joined the faculty this fall after serving as a visiting associate professor at Minnesota during the 2005 – 2006 school year and an assistant professor at Brooklyn Law School from 2003 – 2006. Heidi received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996 and her B.A. from UCLA, summa cum laude, in 1993. She clerked for Judge Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Judge William Rea on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She also worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block.

Heidi writes about constitutional law – primarily free speech and separation of powers. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these topics in the realm of government secrecy. She currently is working on an article entitled Classified Information Leaks and Free Speech and will be writing about congressional oversight of post-9/11 executive branch activities for a spring symposium at the Cardozo Law School.

Some other recent publications include: “Macro-Transparency” as Structural Directive: A Look at the NSA Surveillance Controversy, 91 Minn. L. Rev. ___ (2007) (invited symposium piece) (forthcoming); Secrecy and Separated Powers: Executive Privilege Revisited, 92 Iowa L. Rev. ___ (2007) (forthcoming); Containing Unprotected Speech, 57 Fla. L. Rev. 843 (2005); Secrecy in the Immigration Courts and Beyond: Considering the Right to Know in the Administrative State, 39 Harv. C.R. – C.L. L. Rev. 95 (2004); and From Marshall McLuhan to Anthropomorphic Cows: Communicative Manner and the First Amendment, 96 Nw. U. L.R. 1339 (2002).


Introducing Guest Blogger Christine Farley

farley-christine.jpgIt is my pleasure to introduce Professor Christine Haight Farley of American University Washington College of Law. Christine will be guest blogging here for the next month. Christine teaches courses in Intellectual Property Law, U.S. Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, and Law and the Visual Arts. In addition, she serves as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

Before joining the law faculty at American, Christine was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman in New York. She received her B.A. from Binghamton University, her J.D. from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law School.

Christine writes in the areas of on intellectual property, international law, and art law. Her current projects study the intersection of art and IP, and the unstable basis of rights in the development of trademark law.

Beginning in January 2007, Christine will serve as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Washington College of Law.

Some of her publications include: Judging Art, 79 Tulane L. Rev. 805 (2005); Copyright Law’s Response to the Invention of Photography, 65 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 385 (2004); Protecting Folklore of Indigenous Peoples: Is Intellectual Property the Answer?, 30 Conn. L. Rev. 1 (1997).


Introducing Guest Blogger Jennifer Collins

We’re very fortunate to have Professor Jennifer Collins joining us this month as a guest blogger. Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship are concentrated in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law. Prior to entering academia, Jennifer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than seven years, specializing in homicide cases. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Some of her recent publications include: Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 807 (2006); Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties, forthcoming Illinois L. Rev. (2007); And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Sharing Grand Jury Information with the Intelligence Community Under the USA PATRIOT Act, 39 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1261 (2002).


One Year and Counting . . .

birthday-candle3.jpgConcurring Opinions recently celebrated its birthday. We started this blog back in October 2005, and we’re now 1 year old — I guess that’s middle-age in blogosphere years. In the past year, we’ve had over 740,000 visitors, and we’re averaging between 2200 to 2400 per day. I’d like to thank all our readers and commenters. I, for one, would not enjoy blogging without readers and commentators — who wants to blog into the blankness of cyberspace and get heard by nobody? So thanks for listening and responding.

The recent Concurring Opinions readership poll reveals that our readers are a diverse and interesting group of people (you can participate here if you haven’t participated already). Thus far, about 340 people have taken the poll. We have nearly 100 law professors and law professor wannabe readers, plus nearly 100 lawyers and law clerks, about 70 law students, over 10 professors from other fields, and many businesspeople, technologists, and people in other professions. And our totally-scientific 100% accurate poll has revealed that 8 Supreme Court Justices are among our readers. I hope they convince that lone holdout Justice to join the ranks of our readers.


Concurring Opinions Reader Poll

I thought I’d play a little with our new poll-taking toy, and I thought I’d do so by finding out a bit more about our readers.

Who are you?

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UPDATE: I forgot to add categories for Journalist and Lawyer (Public Interest). If you’re a journalist, please select Other. If you’re a public interest lawyer, please select Lawyer (Government).


Frank Pasquale Joins Our Team

pasquale.jpgWe are delighted that Frank Pasquale will be joining us on a permanent basis. Frank guested with us a while ago, and now he’s back for good.

Frank is a professor of law at Seton Hall Law School. He holds a BA from Harvard, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and a JD from Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Frank clerked for the Honorable Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, served as a fellow at the Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property in Lima, Peru, and was an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Frank focuses his scholarship on intellectual property and health law, and he has a broad-ranging interdisciplinary approach that draws from economics, philosophy, and social science.

His recent scholarship includes, The Law and Economics of Information Overload Externalities, Vanderbilt L. Rev. (forthcoming 2006); Toward an Ecology of Intellectual Property, forthcoming in the Yale J. Law & Tech. (forthcoming 2006); Breaking the Vicious Circularity: Sony’s Contribution to the Fair Use Doctrine, 55 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 777 (2005); Beyond Napster: Using Antitrust Law to Advance and Enhance Online Music Distribution, 8 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 451 (2002) (with Kimberlee Weatherall and Matthew Fagin); and Two Concepts of Immortality: Reframing Public Debate on Stem Cell Research, 14 Yale J.L. & Human. 73 (2002). His recent works-in-progress include Rankings, Reductionism, and Responsibility (about search engine regulation) and The Law and Economics of Information Overload Externalities.

Frank will begin posting next week. Welcome, Frank!


Introducing Guest Blogger Timothy Glynn

glynn-timothy.jpgI am delighted that Timothy Glynn will be visiting with us over the next several weeks. Tim is a law professor at Seton Hall Law School. He joined the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1999, and he teaches in the corporate, employment, and civil procedure areas. Tim received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then practiced law as an associate at the firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Seton Hall, he again served as a judicial clerk, this time for the Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Tim has written in the areas of corporate law, employment law, the law of evidentiary privileges, and civil procedure. He and his co-authors are currently completing an employment law casebook entitled Employment Law: Private Ordering and Its Limitations (Aspen Publishing, available December 2006). Other recent works include One Privilege To Rule Them All? Some Post-Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Reflections on a Federally Codified Attorney-Client Privilege, 38 Loy. La. L. Rev. 597 (2005), and Beyond “Unlimiting” Shareholder Liability: Vicarious Tort Liability for Corporate Officers, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 329 (2004), reprinted in 46 CORP. PRAC. COMMENTATOR 178 (2004).


Introducing Guest Blogger Anupam Chander

chander-anupam.gifI am very pleased to announce that Anupam Chander will be guest blogging with us for the next month. Anupam is a professor of law at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the blogosphere. His research focuses on the regulation of globalization and digitization.

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign sovereigns in international financial transactions. He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford and Cornell law schools. He began teaching as an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, and joined the UC Davis faculty in 2000.

His most recent publications include: Homeward Bound, 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 60 (2006); Globalization and Distrust, 114 Yale L. J. 1193 (2005); The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 1331 (2004) (with Madhavi Sunder); Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise, 113 Yale L. J. 119 (2003); The New, New Property, 81 Tex. L. Rev. 715 (2003); Whose Republic?, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1479 (2002); Diaspora Bonds, 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1005 (2001).