Category: Administrative Announcements


Introducing Guest Blogger Rachel Godsil

godsil-rachel.jpgI’m delighted to introduce Professor Rachel Godsil of Seton Hall Law School. Rachel will be visiting with us for the next several weeks. She teaches Equality Under American Law, Property, and Zoning and Land Use Policy. Racel graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as executive articles editor of the law review, was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

Rachel writes about the convergence of race, poverty, and the environment. Her publications include: Race-Nuisance: The Politics of Law in the Jim Crow Era, 105 Mich. L. Rev. (forthcoming December 2006); Viewing the Cathedral from Behind the Color Line: Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Environmental Racism, 54 Emory L. J. 1808 (2004); Environmental Justice and the Integration Ideal, 59 NY L. J. 1109 (2004). She is a co-editor of the book, Awakening From the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice (2005). Her law school note, Remedying Environmental Racism, 90 Mich. L. Rev. 394 (1991), is one of the most cited law school notes of all time.


Introducing Guest Blogger Salil Mehra

salilWe’re delighted to announce that Salil Mehra will be visiting with us this month. Salil is an Associate Professor at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, where he teaches contracts, antitrust, corporations, and Japanese law.

Salil’s research interests are broad. Some representative publications include: “Post a Message and Go to Jail: Criminalizing Internet Libel in Japan and the United States,” 78 Colorado L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2007); “Software as Crime: Japan, the United States and Contributory Copyright Infringement,” 79 Tulane L. Rev. 265 (2004); and “Copyright and Comics in Japan: Does Law Explain Why All the Cartoons My Kid Watches Are Japanese Imports?” 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 155 (2002).

Welcome, Salil!


And Now a Word from the Oracle of Delphi

Temple at DelphiThanks to the Co-Op crew for inviting me here to guest-blog — I’ve really enjoyed it. I figured I would, but I did discover one thing I was not expecting: my blog posts are loooong. Longer than I would read if I wasn’t writing them myself (which is similar to what I used to tell the students in my Saturday morning Internet Law class back when I was an adjunct: I wouldn’t have signed up for this class when I was in law school!). So thanks to those who read and commented as well.

Having just put up a long post, I don’t want to do another, but I did have one more in me. So instead of writing it out, I’m just going to summarize cryptically: Read the excellent discussion of complexity and the law at Jurisdynamics. Read the fascinating article at Vanity Fair on the confusion at NORAD’s northeast regional headquarters on September 11. Contemplate Roberta Wohlstetter’s classic, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, and Bob Ellickson’s Order Without Law. Think about whether the formation and enforcement of informal norms in a community displays similar properties and behaviors as complex systems, and how the salience of certain events in that community depends more on the conceptual framework the members operate under, than on the content of the formal law. Know thyself. Goo goo g’joob.


Introducing Guest Blogger Amanda Frost

frost-amanda.jpgI’m very pleased to introduce Amanda Frost, who will be joining us as a guest blogger for the next few weeks. Amanda joined the faculty of American University Washington College of Law in 2004. She specializes in the federal court system and federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, statutory interpretation, and transparency in government. Prior to joining American University’s faculty, Amanda was a staff attorney for Public Citizen, where she litigated cases in the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Amanda graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Some of her publications include: Certifying Questions to Congress, 101 Northwestern Law Review __ (2007) and Keeping Up Appearances: A Process-Oriented Approach to Judicial Recusal, 53 Kansas Law Review 531 (2005).


Introducing Guest Blogger Charles Sullivan

sullivan-charlie.jpgI’m very glad that Charles A. Sullivan will be joining us for as a guest blogger over the next few weeks. Charlie is a law professor at Seton Hall Law School and a former colleague. He takes great pride in disagreeing with me about nearly everything.

Charlie graduated from Harvard Law School and went on to get an LLM at NYU Law School. Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Charlie taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Arkansas. Charlie’s scholarship focuses on employment discrimination, antitrust, and contracts. He is the co-author on many casebooks, including Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination, Cases and Materials on Employment Law, and Employment Law: Private Ordering and Its Limitations, all published by Aspen. He is also a co-author of a treatise, Employment Discrimination: Law & Practice. Charlie is a member of the ALI and has served as Associate Dean of Seton Hall Law School in the past.

Charlie has also written a number of law review articles. Some recent publications include: Disparate Impact: Looking Past the Desert Palace Mirage, 47 Wm & Mary L. Rev. __ (2006); The Under-Theorized Asterisk Footnote, 93 Geo. L. J. 1093 (2005); Circling Back to the Obvious: The Convergence of Traditional and Reverse Discrimination in Title VII Proof, 46 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1031 (2004); and The Law and Genetics of Racial Profiling in Medicine, 39 Harv. Civ. Rts.-Civ. Lib. L. Rev. 391 (2004) (with Erik Lillquist).


Introducing Guest Blogger Rafael Pardo

pardor.jpgI’m very pleased to announce that Associate Professor Rafael Pardo (Seattle) will be joining us as a guest blogger for the next month.

Before joining Seattle this summer, Raf was an Associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. He is a graduate of NYU Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review, and Yale College. Raf’s scholarly interests focus on bankruptcy law, and he has recently published several papers in that field, including an empirical piece, Undue Hardship in the Bankruptcy Courts: An Empirical Assessment of the Discharge of Educational Debt (with Michelle R. Lacey) and his Alabama Law Review publication, On Proof of Preferential Effect.

Welcome, Raf!


Brief Comment Shutdown

We’ve been experiencing a barrage of comments from a spammer today, so we temporarily shut off comments. Unfortunately, Movable Type doesn’t have an easy way of shutting off comments to older posts, so the only efficient way to stop the torrent of spam is to shut off comments globally. We’ll reopen comments by tomorrow morning.


Seaside, Florida: My New Urbanism Vacation


The time has come for a little R&R so I’m hanging out in Seaside, Florida for a weeklong vacation. It was time to put away the white noise machine and spend some time listening to the ocean. Or at least that pleasant warble of people gathering at the bistro across the park from our rowhouse. (Parks? Rowhouses? Ahh yes. A little gilded New Urbanism. Not exactly what Jane Jacobs would have had in mind, I suspect.)

I love Seaside for the same reason I used to love tripping out to Fire Island for long weekends. You can walk everywhere. Not that everyone does; this is, after all, the South. But it is awfully nice to walk to the beach, lunch, dinner, and a concert in the park. (Picture is of Ruskin park, where I am currently blogging.)

Anyway, this is all by way of explanation. I don’t expect to be blogging too much this week. See y’all again soon.


Introducing guest blogger Deven Desai


I’m happy to announce that my colleague Deven Desai will be guest blogging at Concurring Opinions during this month. Deven is a recent addition to the faculty at Thomas Jefferson, where he is an Assistant Professor and teaches Business Associations, International Business Transactions, and Copyright law. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. After graduation from law school, he worked with a several institutions: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, where he handled Internet-related intellectual property matters; the Cory Booker for Mayor campaign, where he worked with the policy and finance groups; and Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit group devoted to improving literacy, language, social, and initiative skills in young children.

Deven’s recent article is Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: A Proposal for a Layered Approach to Regulating Private Military Companies. His research interests include intellectual property law, corporate governance and ethics, internet law, and business associations. (And I should note that dozens of long office conversations I’ve had with Deven attest to some very interesting informal research interests as well: Literature, rhetoric, pop culture, pedagogy, science fiction, and philosophy, just to name a few.) Welcome aboard, Deven!