Monthly Archive: November 2007


Introducing Guest Blogger Sarah Waldeck

waldeck-sarah2.jpgI’m very pleased to announce that Professor Sarah Waldeck will be joining us as a guest blogger for this month. Sarah is a professor of law at Seton Hall University. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. She clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, she was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. At Seton Hall, she teaches a variety of courses related to property and estates and trusts law, and, on occasion, criminal law.

Sarah’s scholarship focuses on the connections between law and cultural norms. Her work addresses topics such as charitable giving and the estate tax, circumcision, and electronic payment systems. She is currently working on a piece about families, tenancies-in-common, and inherited second homes. Some of her recent papers include:

* Influencing Public Preferences in the Era of Electronic Payment Options (with R. Erik Lillquist)

* An Appeal to Charity: Using Philanthropy to Revitalize the Estate Tax, 25 Va. Tax. Rev. (2005)

* Using Male Circumcision to Understand Social Norms as Multipliers, 72 U. Cincinnati L. Rev. 455 (2003)


Introducing Guest Blogger Anita S. Krishnakumar

krisnakumar-anita2.jpgI’m delighted to introduce Professor Anita S. Krishnakumar (St. John’s School of Law), who will be guest blogging with us for the next month.

Anita teaches Legislation, Introduction to Law, and Trusts and Estates. She received her J.D. from Yale University, and her B.A. from the Stanford University. Before joining the St. John’s faculty in 2006, she visited at Touro Law School from 2004-06. Prior to entering law teaching, she worked as an associate in the appellate litigation group at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, and as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, & Hamilton. Before that, she was as a law clerk for Jose A. Cabranes of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Anita’s current research focuses on legislative solutions to legislative process dysfunctions, recent trends in the Supreme Court’s statutory interpretation cases, judicial treatment of political parties, and election law.

Her publications include:

* Towards A Madisonian “Interest-Group” Approach To Lobbying Regulation, 58 Alabama Law Review 513 (2007)

* In Defense of the Debt Limit Statute, 42 Harvard J. on Legis. 135 (2005)

* On the Evolution of the Canonical Dissent in Supreme Court Jurisprudence, 52 Rutgers Law Review 781 (2000)

* Reconciliation and the Fiscal Constitution: The Anatomy of the 1995-96 Budget Train Wreck, 35 Harvard J. on Legis. 589 (1998)


Introducing Guest Blogger Jack Chin

chin-jack.jpgI’m very happy to announce that Professor Gabriel (Jack) Chin will be joining us as a guest blogger this month.

Jack is the Chester H. Smith Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. He received a J.D. from Michigan and an LL.M. from Yale, and formerly taught at the University of Cincinnati and Western New England College School of Law (and visited at NYU). For the past several years, he has worked with students to repeal Jim Crow laws still on the books; in 2003, they persuaded the Ohio legislature to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment.

His current research interests include race, voting rights and criminal law; they intersect in such projects as his service as reporter to NCCUSL’s Uniform Act on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction

His publications include:

* The Tyranny of the Minority: Jim Crow and the Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty, 43 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming 2008) (with Randy Wagner)

* Reconstruction, Felon Disenfranchisement and the Right to Vote: Did the Fifteenth Amendment Repeal Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment?, 92 Georgetown Law Journal 259 (2004)

* Effective Assistance of Counsel and the Consequences of Guilty Pleas, 87 Cornell Law Review 697(2002) (with Richard W. Holmes)


Introducing Guest Blogger Adam Kolber

kolber-adam.jpgIt is my pleasure to introduce Professor Adam Kolber, who will be guest blogging with us this month. Adam is a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and an associate professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Adam writes and teaches in the areas of neuroethics, bioethics, and criminal law and is the founder and editor of the Neuroethics & Law Blog.

Before joining the faculty, he clerked for the Honorable Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to law school, he was a business ethics consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Among his publications, Adam has written:

* Therapeutic Forgetting: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Memory Dampening, 59 Vanderbilt Law Review 1561 (2006)

* A Limited Defense of Clinical Placebo Deception, Yale Law & Policy Review (forthcoming)

* Pain Detection and the Privacy of Subjective Experience, 33 American Journal of Law & Medicine 433 (2007)

* A Matter of Priority: Transplanting Organs Preferentially to Registered Donors, 55 Rutgers Law Review 671 (2003)

* Standing Upright: The Moral and Legal Standing of Humans and Other Apes, 54 Stanford Law Review 163 (2001)