Category: Administrative Announcements


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!


Introducing Guest Blogger Bruce Boyden

boyden-bruce.jpgWe are very pleased to have Bruce Boyden join us this month for a guest visit. Bruce is a visiting assistant professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he teaches contracts, internet law, and patents. He has a B.A. from the University of Arkansas, did graduate work in history at Northwestern, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. From 1997-2005, Bruce was a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose, where he worked on a wide variety of internet law and copyright matters, including content protection, infringement claims, domain name disputes, keyword advertising, privacy, and suits against anonymous defendants. Bruce left private practice in 2005 to take a visiting position at Michigan State University College of Law, and in the spring moved to Washington & Lee.

His current research focuses on copyrights in videogame displays, and on recent trends in copyright scholarship. He is also the author of a chapter on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in a forthcoming treatise on privacy law, “Proskauer on Privacy” (PLI, Fall 2006).


Introducing Guest Blogger Eduardo Peñalver

penalver-eduardo1.jpgI’m very pleased to announce that Professor Eduardo Peñalver of Cornell Law School will be visiting us this month. Eduardo has just joined the Cornell Law faculty after teaching from 2003-05 at Fordham Law School. He was a visiting professor at Yale Law School for the 2005-06 academic year. Professor Peñalver has a B.A. from Cornell University and a JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Eduardo writes about property and land use, as well as law and religion.

Eduardo will be publishing a book called Property Outlaws with the Yale University Press with co-author Sonia Katyal. Some of his publications include: Property Outlaws, — U. Pa. L. Rev. — (forthcoming 2007) (with Sonia Katyal); Property as Entrance, 91 Va. L. Rev. 1889 (2005); and Regulatory Taxings, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 2182 (2004).


A Milestone

292692_milestone.jpgA brief note to celebrate an artificial milestone. According to Sitemeter, we received visitor number 500,000 sometime during the wee hours of the morning. [My bet: it was Filler, obsessively checking to see who was reading his “very goodKansas v. Marsh post).]

Not too shabby, considering that we’re not even nine months old. Way to go us! [Update:I forgot to mention that we also recently posted our 1,000th entry. Contrary to popular belief, a majority have fit within our motto’s constraints of “the Law, the Universe, and Everything.”]

And now, back to our regular programming.


Nate Oman Returns

Nate Oman, who blogged with us from the start and took a brief leave of absence to finish up work at his firm, is now rejoining us at Concurring Opinions! He’ll be teaching full-time as a law professor at William & Mary School of Law starting this fall.

Welcome back, Nate!


Back to Blogging

I’ve been out-of-pocket over the last week on vacation in sunny California. Astonishingly, something called “June gloom” meant that it is more sunny in Philadelphia than Los Angeles these days. Good riddance! In generally, the trip was terrific notwithstanding the weather. I can recommend the Hess Collection vineyard tour in Napa, as well as Delfina’s restaurant in San Fran. Oh, and we got into Campanile’s grilled cheese night, which was amazing. Not that they don’t have grilled cheese in Philly. But Emily Proctor, who played Ainsley Hayes from the West Wing, won’t be at the next table.

I’ll get back to regular posting soon, but for now, remember that the Conglomerate starts continues its second annual Junior Corporate Scholars Workshop tomorrow. The next paper is The Business Judgment Rule, Disclosure, and Executive Compensation by Jeremy Telman. These types of substantive discussions are what the blawgosphere is all about for me, and I bet the Glom will be well worth visiting over the next week or so.