Author: Sarah Waldeck

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Inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for Law and Stem

I thought some readers would be interested in a new Junior Faculty Forum.  The details are below:

The Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce the creation of a new Junior Faculty Forum dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM).

The forum will be held each fall, rotating among Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford. The inaugural forum will be held at Penn Law in Philadelphia on October 6-7, 2017. The forum is currently seeking submissions from junior faculty interested in presenting papers at the forum. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9.

Twelve to twenty young scholars will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests.

The goal is to promote interdisciplinary research exploring how developments in STEM are affecting law and vice versa. Preference will be given to papers with the strong interdisciplinary approaches integrating these two areas of study.

The Forum invites submissions on any topic related to the intersection of law and any STEM field. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  •   Artificial intelligence
  •   Assisted reproduction
  •   Autonomous vehicles
  •   Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies
  •   Computational law
  •   Customized medicine
  •   Epigenetics
  •   Genomics: Human and Non-Human
  •   Machine learning and predictive analytics
  •   Nanotechnology
  •   Neuroscience
  •   Online security and privacy
  •   Regulation of online platforms
  •   Robotics
  •   Smart contracting and automated analysis of legal texts
  •   Stem cell research
  •   Synthetic biology

A jury of accomplished scholars with expertise in the particular topic will select the papers to be presented. Suggestions of possible commentators are also welcome.  There is no publication commitment, nor is previously published work eligible for presentation. Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. university in a tenured or tenure-track position and must have been teaching at either of those ranks for no more than seven years. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible to submit provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for no more than seven years and that they earned their last degree after 2007.  Jointly authored submissions are accepted so long as the presenting coauthor is individually eligible to participate in the Forum and none of the other coauthors has taught in a tenured or tenure-track position for more than seven years. Given the novelty of this Forum, the organizers reserve the right to accept submissions in exceptional cases that fall outside the strict eligibility criteria. Papers that will be published prior to the meeting in October 6-7, 2017, are not eligible. Authors may submit more than one paper.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Electronic submissions should be sent to CTIC with the subject line “Law-STEM Junior Faculty Forum.” The deadline for submission is Friday, June 9, 2017. Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, and the general topic under which your paper falls. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Professor Christopher Yoo and the email account for the Forum conference coordinator at ctic@law.upenn.edu.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to David Schwartz at the Northwestern University School of Law, Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, or Mark Lemley at the Stanford Law School.

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Starting with the Obituaries

I recently came across a great piece of Estates and Trusts scholarship: “Making Things Fair”: An Empirical Study of How People Approach the Wealth Transmission System, by Naomi Cahn and Amy Ziettlow.  I was hooked as soon as I read that Cahn and Ziettlow began their data collection by reading every obituary that appeared in Baton Rouge’s most popular newspaper over a seven-month period and then invited the decedents’ adult children and stepchildren to participate in their study. Because Cahn and Ziettlow started with obituaries, and not probate records, they were able to explore testate and intestacy experiences from both inside and outside the probate process. Most significantly, Cahn and Ziettlow’s methodology allowed them to include poor and middle class families, demographic groups that are often altogether ignored in estates and trusts pedagogy and scholarship.  Their interviews with decedents’ children suggest that family dynamics often determine inheritance and that black letter law often matters very little.  The interviews also show that children greatly appreciate any kind of estate planning by their parents, and Cahn and Ziettlow offer creative suggestions for prodding people to plan. Read More

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Introducing Professor Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer3Mike Zimmer is a Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches labor and employment courses and constitutional law.

Zimmer was awarded the first “Paul Steven Miller Memorial Award for Scholarly Contributions to the Field of Labor and Employment Law” in 2011. His writing focuses on employment discrimination, constitutional law and international and comparative employment law. He is co-author of Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination (8th ed. 2013), The Global Workplace: International & Comparative Employment Law: Cases & Materials (2nd ed. 2012) and numerous articles in leading law journals and he has presented at many conferences on labor and employment topics.  You can access many of Mike’s articles here.

Mike has had a peripatetic career in teaching. Having taught at the University of South Carolina and Wayne State, he was on the faculty at Seton Hall for 30 years before joining Loyola. He has visited at numerous schools including Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan State, Chicago-Kent and DePaul. Mike also has had a lot of experience teaching American and foreign law students abroad, including in Italy, France, the UK and China.

Welcome, Mike!

 

 

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Introducing Professor Marc Roark

Marc Roark

Marc Roark teaches Property, Commercial Law,  Law and Literature, Law and Society, and Law and Religion at Savannah Law School.   Before joining the faculty at Savannah Law School, Professor Roark held appointments at the University of Missouri, the University of Tulsa, and the University of La Verne.

Marc is a well-known Property scholar, and has appeared nationally in interviews by NPR and MSNBC News.   His articles include Homelessness at the Cathedral (Missouri Law Review) and Payment Systems, Consumer Tragedy, and Ineffective Remedies (St. John’s Law Review). You can sample more of Marc’s articles at his SSRN page.

Marc is currently working on a book project titled unPopular Property, describing the intersection of property and identity in outlier cultures.  He is also working on an article articulating the need for human impact statements as a part of public and private land development.

Welcome Marc!

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Introducing Professor Kenneth Stahl

Kenneth StahKen teaches Land Use, Real Property, and Local Government Law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and is the director of the Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program. Before joining Fowler, Ken spent four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to that, he worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Constitutional Torts, and as an Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter.

Ken’s scholarly work focuses on local politics and the relationship between the local political process and judicial doctrine in land use and local government law. Professor Stahl’s articles include Neighborhood Empowerment and the Future of the City, 161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 939 (2013) and The Suburb as a Legal Concept: The Problem of Organization and the Fate of Municipalities in American Law, 29 Cardozo Law Review 1193 (2008). He also wrote Local Government, “One Person/One Vote,” and the Jewish Question, 49 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 (2014). This piece was selected as one of the winning papers for the 2012 Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School.

Welcome, Ken!

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Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium

Loyola University Chicago School of Law will host a Constitutional Law Colloquium on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014.

This will be the fifth annual Loyola constitutional law colloquium.  Organizers hope to attract constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional careers to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. The conference will bring together scholars to discuss their works-in-progress concerning constitutional issues, such as, but not limited to Free Speech, Substantive Due Process, Equal Protection, Suffrage Rights and Campaign Finance, Process Oriented Constitutionalism, Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Theory, National Security and Constitutional Rights, Due Process Underpinnings of Criminal Procedure, Judicial Review, Executive Privilege, Suspect Classification, Free Exercise and Establishment of Religion, and Federalism. As in years past, there will be many opportunities for the vetting of ideas and for informed critiques. Submissions will be liberally considered, but participation is by invitation only. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Irvine School of Law, will be the keynote speaker.

Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically to constitutionlaw@luc.edu no later than June 15, 2014.

The Law Center is located on Loyola’s Water Tower campus, near Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Chicago Symphony Center.

Participants’ home institutions are expected to pay for their own travel expenses. Loyola will provide facilities, meals, and support.

There are numerous reasonably priced hotels within walking distance of the Loyola School of Law and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Conference Organizers:

Professor Barry Sullivan, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy, bsullivan7@luc.edu
Professor Alexander Tsesis, atsesis@luc.edu
Professor Michael Zimmer, mzimme4@luc.edu

Program Administrator:
Heather Figus, ConstitutionLaw@law.edu

 

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Fast Track Your Article Submission

Do you have an article that you want to hit the streets by June?  If so, Seton Hall Law Review has an opportunity that may be right for you.  Here is their announcement:

The Seton Hall Law Review has two remaining spots for Articles in its Third Book of Volume 44, which will be published this June. Authors are encouraged to submit articles through ExpressO or via email (lawreview@shu.edu) as soon as possible.

All topics are welcome, but authors with topics that would benefit from prompt publication are especially encouraged to submit. Because the edits for this issue will begin on February 17, the decision to accept or reject will be made very quickly, and an offer would need to be accepted within 3 days. The first two accepted offers will be chosen for publication.

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Introducing Margaret K. Lewis

Maggie LewisMaggie Lewis joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2009. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an Affiliated Scholar of NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law. She is also the co-author of the book Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor with Jerome A. Cohen.  You can read some of Maggie’s work here.

Most recently before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China. Following graduation from law school, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego. After clerking, she returned to NYU School of Law and was awarded a Furman Fellowship.

Welcome, Maggie!

 

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Introducing Thomas Healy

Healy, Thomas (photo credit Sean Sime)[1]I’m pleased to welcome Thomas Healy, who will be guest blogging this month.

Thomas is a professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, federal courts, First Amendment, and criminal procedure.  He recently published “The Great Dissent:  How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind — and Changed the History of Free Speech in America,” which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and which Erwin Chemerinsky called “wonderful and engaging” in a review for California Lawyer.  Thomas began his career as a journalist and was the Supreme Court correspondent for the Baltimore Sun prior to joining Seton Hall.

Welcome Thomas!

 

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Introducing Rachel Godsil

Rachel Godsil is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School. Her teaching and research interests include race and social science, constitutional law, property, education, and environmental law. Her recent scholarship focuses on implicit bias and the role of perception on public policy decisions and institutional treatment of people of color.  Professor Godsil is a co-founder and research director for the American Values Institute, a national consortium of social scientists and law professors focusing on the role of implicit bias in law and policy. She is currently working on the link between stereotype threat and the success of students of color in law. Professor Godsil has written amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of research psychologists in the Fisher v. University of Texas and on behalf of the National Parent Teacher Association in the Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District litigation at the Supreme Court. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues of race and property and is the co-editor of Awakening From The Dream:  Civil Rights Under Siege And The New Struggle For Equal Justice (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).

Welcome, Rachel!