Category: Administrative Announcements


Our Millionth Visitor

Well, we finally surpassed a million hits. We began the blog in October 2005, so in a year and a few months of existence, reaching this milestone is truly a proud moment for us. When we began, we wondered whether anybody would keep reading, but we’ve made it to this point, and we’re very grateful and fortunate.

So who was our millionth visitor? Was our millionth visitor a tired, worn-down, bleary-eyed reader in need of secret types of Starbucks coffee? A desperate professor late turning in grades and in need of a quick solution? An expert researcher seeking information about human anatomy, with a particular interest in Jennifer Aniston? A TSA employee in search of the latest airline screening techniques? A super-genius braniac with all-around good sense and judgment — in other words, just your typical reader of Concurring Opinions? Or you — yes, you, the person of the year?

The answer — none of the above. Our millionth visitor came from the U.S. Supreme Court on a Google search for “daniel solove advice for deciding cases.” Ok, in all seriousness, our actual millionth visitor was from Fairport, New York. He/she was referred to us from, viewed 6 pages, and stayed with us for 2 minutes and 22 seconds. We don’t know much more about our millionth visitor, but we like to imagine that he/she is intelligent, well-adjusted, interesting, thoughtful, attractive, kind, and just wonderful in every way.

We’re quite happy to reach this milestone. So thanks to our anonymous millionth visitor. Thanks to the fact that he/she wasn’t looking for Jennifer Aniston. And thanks to all of you, our regular readers who keep coming back in the hopes that one day somebody will actually write something worth reading on this site.



Introducing Guest Blogger Allison Danner

danner-allison.jpgIt is my pleasure to introduce Allison Danner, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Allison is a specialist on international criminal law and teaches courses on a variety of international law topics. She was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in fall 2006 and at UCLA Law School in spring 2006.

Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Allison served as a clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Some of her recent publications include:

* When Courts Make Law: How the International Criminal Tribunals Recast the Laws of War, 59 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (2006).

* Judicial Oversight in Two Dimensions: Charting Area and Intensity in the Decisions of Justice Stevens, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 2051 (2006) (with Adam Samaha).

* Beyond the Geneva Conventions: Lessons from the Tokyo Tribunal in Prosecuting War and Terrorism, 46 Virginia J. Int’l L. (2006).

* Guilty Associations: Joint Criminal Enterprise, Command Responsibility, and the Development of International Criminal Law, 93 Cal. L. Rev. 75 (2005) (with Jenny Martinez).

* Enhancing the Legitimacy and Accountability of Prosecutorial Discretion at the International Criminal Court, 97 Am. J. Int’l L. 510 (2003).


Thanks for the visit

It’s time for me to sign off, so I wanted to say thanks to Dan and company for having me and leave some parting thoughts.

1. Since my post that generated the most comments related to the Duke rape case, I just wanted to make a couple of notes in response to the latest developments. I can think of no justification whatsoever for failing to make a complete and pointed disclosure of the DNA results, and I imagine that Mr. Nifong will soon be facing additional problems related to that lapse. But no matter what the ultimate outcome of the case, I fear the media firestorm the case has generated will deter rape victims from coming forward in the future, and that would be truly be a tragedy. We must not use the problems that have arisen in relation to this alleged victim as an excuse not to take other complaints seriously. At the same time, I hope the the criminal justice apparatus here in North Carolina will take a hard look at itself and consider implementing some new procedures like a more vigorous use of the grand jury and earlier interviews of victims by prosecutors.

2. I also wanted to make an appeal to our law student readers and recent law grads. When you have a minute, send an email to your professors to let us know how you are doing. I find the hardest part of being a law professor is that you meet all these wonderful students and become invested in their success, but then they understandably disappear after graduation, never to be heard from again. I at least want to know how you’re doing! So please keep in touch.

3. Most important, go Deacs! We’re playing in the Orange Bowl tonight, where as always we’re going in as the underdog. No matter what happens, it’s been a glorious season!


AALS Blogger Happy Hour

wine1a.jpgAs a reminder, I’m moving this announcement to the top. Hope to see many of our readers on Wednesday!

It’s time again for what is beginning to be an annual AALS tradition. On Wednesday, January 3rd, at 9:00 PM, we’ll be co-sponsoring a happy hour at the AALS conference. The venue will be Cloud, located at One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC (right off Dupont Circle at New Hampshire Avenue). Thus far, many of the bloggers at PrawfsBlawg and here at Concurring Opinions will be there. Please mark your calendars. I hope you can join us!


Introducing Guest Blogger Marcy Peek

Peek-Marcy.gifIt is my pleasure to introduce Professor Marcy Peek, who will be guesting with us for the next month. Marcy is a professor of law at Whittier and is currently a visiting professor at St. Louis University School of Law. Marcy teaches information privacy, Internet law, and contracts. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as notes editor on the Harvard Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law at firms in California and New York.

In addition to several articles in the Encyclopedia of Privacy, Marcy has authored the following law review articles: Passing Beyond Identity on the Internet: Espionage and Counterespionage in the Internet Age, 28 Vermont Law Review 91 (2003) and Information Privacy and Corporate Power: Towards a Re-Imagination of Information Privacy Law, 37 Seton Hall Law Review 127 (2006). She has also authored a book chapter in a forthcoming book by Stanford University Press — her chapter is Beyond Contract: Utilizing Restitution to Reach Shadow Offenders & Safeguard Information Privacy. Additionally, she has written three pieces in the Harvard Law Review — two casenotes plus a note, which is entitled Finding a Place for the Jobless in Discrimination Theory, 110 Harvard Law Review 1609 (1997).


Deven Desai Returns for Another Visit

devenI’m very happy that Deven Desai will be returning for a repeat guest visit this month. Deven is a law professor at Thomas Jefferson Law School. He teaches business associations, international business transactions, copyright law, and information privacy law.

Deven 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 work examines the intersection between technology, intellectual property, and information. His recent articles include: The Genericism Conundrum, forthcoming 28 Cardozo L. Rev. (2007) (with Sandra Rierson); and Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: A Proposal for a Layered Approach to Regulating Private Military Companies, 39 U.S.F. L. Rev. (2005).


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.


hello and thanks

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).