ROUNDUP: Law and Humanities 05.14.14

The Law and Humanities Institute and Thomas Jefferson School of Law are sponsoring a Conference on Law and Magic on June 6, 2014. Registration is free for TJSL alums, faculty, staff, and students, $20 for others. Lunch is provided, as is a post-conference reception. Panels run from 8:30 to 5:30.

The Conference hotels are Hotel Indigo and the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. CLE has been applied for.

Here’s the schedule for June 6.


8:00  Check-in

8:30-10:00  Panel 1 – First Amendment and Magic

Christine Corcos, LSU Law Center
Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
Rob McQueen, University of London
Julie Cromer-Young,  Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Chair and Discussant

10:15-11:45  Panel 2 – Law, the Humanities, and Magic

Anthony Farley, Albany Law School
Richard Weisberg, Cardozo Law School
Annette Houlihan, St. Thomas University (New Brunswick, Canada)
Christine Corcos, Chair and Discussant

12:00-1:15  Lunch – Entertainment by Curt Frye

1:30-3:30  Panel 3 – Intellectual Property and Magic

Jay Dougherty, Loyola (Los Angeles), Law School
Jennifer Hagan, Hagan & Hagan
Mark Tratos, Greenberg Traurig
Pierre Fleury-LeGros, University of Le Havre
Guilhem Julia, University of Paris XIII
Jay Dougherty, Chair and Discussant

3:45-5:30  Panel 4 – Magic in the Courtroom

Sydney Beckman, Duncan School of Law
Curtis Frye, Independent Scholar
Rostam Neuwirth, University of Macao
Julie Cromer Young, Chair and Discussant

5:30-6:30  Closing reception for panelists and attendees


The American Bar Association has published the list of Silver Gavel Award winners and Honorable Mention awardees for 2014. Here it is.


Silver Gavel

The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

Jess Bravin, Author

Yale University Press


Honorable Mention

A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America

Evan J. Mandery, Author

W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.



Silver Gavel

American Gulag

The Atlantic

Andrew Cohen, Writer

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz and Heather Horn, Editors



Silver Gavel

Gideon’s Army

Trilogy Films

Dawn Porter, Director/Producer

Julie Goldman, Producer

Matthew Hamachek, Editor



Silver Gavel

Twice Betrayed: A three-part investigation into how military sex-assault victims fight a lonely battle

San Antonio Express News

David Sheppard, Projects Editor

Karissa King and Sig Christenson, Reporters

Lisa Krantz, Photographer

Jose Luis Rios, Director of Photography


Honorable Mention

Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers

The Plain Dealer

Debra Adams Simmons, Editor

Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi, Reporters

Cleveland, OH



Silver Gavel

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl


Jad Abumrad, Host/Editor

Robert Krulwich, Host

Tim Howard, Producer



Silver Gavel

The Invisible War

Chain Camera Pictures

Kirby Dick, Director

Tanner Barklow and Amy Ziering, Producers

Los Angeles, CA


Honorable Mention

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

Twin Cities Public Television

Stephen Ives, Director

Amanda Pollak, Producer

Catherine Allan, Executive Producer

Jaime Bernanke, Co-Writer

Peter Sagal, Host



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  1. Douglas Levene says:

    Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” That certainly describes my relationship with the laptop on which I am typing this comment.