Category: Administrative Announcements


Introducing Guest Blogger Michelle Adams

adams-michelle.gifI’m very pleased to introduce Professor Michelle Adams of Seton Hall Law School, who will be visiting us for the next few weeks. Michelle received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the City University of New York. She clerked for Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, IV of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then became an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit in New York, focusing primarily on race discrimination and federal housing law. Michelle then received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School as a Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow. She then joined the faculty at Seton Hall. This coming academic year, Michelle will be visiting at Brooklyn Law School (fall) and Cardozo Law School (spring).

Michelle writes about affirmative action, race and sex discrimination and housing law. Some of her publications include: Radical Integration, 94 Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2006), Intergroup Rivalry, Anti-Competitive Conduct and Affirmative Action, 82 B.U. L. Rev. 1089 (2002), and Causation and Responsibility in Tort and Affirmative Action, 79 Tex. L. Rev. 643 (2001).


Introducing Guest Blogger Elizabeth Nowicki

nowicki-elizabeth.jpgWe’re very fortunate to have Professor Elizabeth Nowicki of Richmond Law School join us for the next few weeks. Elizabeth received her JD from Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She served as an articles editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She practiced law at the Securities and Exchange Commission and at Sullivan & Cromwell.

She joined the University of Richmond School of Law faculty in 2002, and she teaches in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. This fall, she will be visiting at Cornell Law School.

Some of Elizabeth’s publications include: A Response to Professor John Coffee: Analyst Liability Under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 72 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1305 (2004); 10(b) or Not 10(b)? Yanking the Security Blanket for Attorneys in Securities Litigation, 2004 Columbia Business L. Rev. 637 (2004); Denial of Regulatory Assistance in Stranded Cost Recovery in a Deregulated Electricity Industry, 32 Loyola Los Angeles L. Rev. 431 (1999); and Competition in the Local Telecommunications Market: Legislate or Litigate?, 1996 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 353. Works in progress include Revisiting Director Liability: The Unimportance of Being Earnest and The Meaning of a Director’s Obligation to Act in Good Faith.


Sex change and inmate rights

And now, from the Department of Most-Likely-to-Make-Your-Conservative-Cousin’s-Head-Explode, comes this one. The headline pretty much says it all: “Convicted Killer Asks Judge to Force State to Pay for Sex Change.” The news story delivers on the promise of the headline, too:

A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife is asking a federal judge to order the state to pay for a sex-change operation for him, saying that denying him the surgery amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. . . . Kosilek sued the Department of Correction for the second time last year, saying that numerous psychiatrists who had examined him — including two of the DOC’s own experts — had determined that a sex-change operation is “medically necessary.” “We ask that gender identity disorder be treated like any other medical condition,” said Kosilek’s attorney, Frances Cohen.

What do we think of these kinds of accounts? As someone who considers himself a left-leaning moderate, I haven’t yet arrived at any consensus on this story.

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Extended Stay

My guest stint has been extended for a couple more weeks (thanks everyone!). You’ll see more from me on employment law, contracts, information markets, some law and literature, and other sundry and assorted topics. Don’t worry, there will be plenty more bad puns too.


Introducing Guest Blogger Francesca Bignami

francesca-bignami.jpgJoining us for a very brief guest stint is Professor Francesca Bignami of Duke Law School. Francesca writes about international and comparative law issues, and her work focuses on rights and democracy in the European Union.

Francesca receceived has an A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; an M.Sc. from Oxford; and a JD from Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; and served as a stagiare for Advocate General Philippe Léger of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. She also was a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute.

Francesca is Chair of the Rulemaking Advisory Group of the ABA Project on EU Administrative Law and is on the academic advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Francesca will be visiting us very briefly to post about the NSA surveillance program from an international law perspective. This is a dimension of the NSA surveillance issue that I have not yet seen addressed, and I’m really looking forward to Francesca’s insights.


Comment Spam Deluge

spam1a.jpgWe’ve been receiving a deluge of comment spam recently, and we’re in the process of experimenting with using more aggressive settings on our junk comment filters. If your comment doesn’t appear after you go to post it, please let the author of the post know so it can be fished out of our junk comment bin.

Spam is a technological rat race, and sadly, the bad rats seem to be winning lately. SiliconBeat reports that Russian spammers have attacked the anti-spam company Blue Security to the point where it has been forced to shut down. We beat the Russians in the Cold War; but we’re not faring as well against them in the Spam War.

Anyway, we’re raising our defenses, and we hope that this won’t have effects on legitimate comments. Please let us know if it does.


Glad to Be Here

Thanks, Dan S., for the warm Concurring Opinions welcome! I’m happy to be here, writing whatever I want, I mean, advancing the intellectual legal dialectic of this most scholarly blog. Enough filler for now (no offense, Dan F.), more about contracts, employment, law and popular culture (and dinosaurs) to come.


Introducing Guest Blogger Miriam Cherry

cherry-miriam1a.jpgWe are delighted that Miriam Cherry will be joining us for a guest visit over the next few weeks.

This fall, Miriam will be joining McGeorge-University of the Pacific School of Law. She is currently a law professor at Cumberland Law School, and she is finishing a visit at Hofstra Law School. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Miriam teaches business associations, employment law, and sales.

Prior to entering law teaching, Miriam clerked for Justice Roderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and for Judge Gerald Heaney of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a corporate attorney at Foley Hoag in Boston, and, in the wake of Enron and Worldcom, litigated accounting fraud cases on behalf of pension funds at Berman DeValerio & Pease, also in Boston.

Some of Miriam’s recent publications include: Whistling in the Dark? Corporate Fraud, Whistleblowers, and the Implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Employment Law, 79 Wash. L. Rev. 1029 (2004); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Cases): Gender Stereotypes and Sexual Harassment Since the Passage of Title VII, 22 Hofstra Labor & Employment L.J. 533 (2005) (invited symposium contribution); A Tyrannosaurus-Rex Aptly Named “Sue”: Using a Disputed Dinosaur to Teach Contract Defenses, 82 N.D. L. Rev. 295 (2005). She also has two forthcoming articles on the subject of information markets in the Nw. U. L. Rev. and Rutgers L. Rev., and two forthcoming articles on employment topics in the U.C. Davis L. Rev. and the Berkeley J. of Labor & Employment Law. More publications are at Miriam’s SSRN page.

I was going to write that one of Miriam’s claims to fame is that she has penned the only law review article with “Tyrannosaurus” in the title, but surprisingly there are two other articles. Who would have thought that there are three law review articles about Tyrannosaurus Rex? You learn something new every day.


Michelle Anderson’s New Deanship

CUNY.jpgThere is terrific news to report. Our current guest blogger, Michelle Anderson, was just appointed as the new dean of CUNY Law School. This news is proof that if you blog at Concurring Opinions, great things will happen to you. From the CUNY Law School press release:

Prominent legal scholar Michelle J. Anderson, Esq. has been appointed by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York as Dean of the CUNY School of Law, effective July 1, 2006.

An academic leader with a passion for social justice, Professor Anderson is a graduate of Yale Law School where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. A member of the faculty of Villanova University School of Law since 1998, she has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, children and the law, and feminist legal theory and received top rankings as a classroom teacher. . . .

Professor Anderson is one of the nation’s leading scholars on the legal aspects of sexual assault. Widely published, her articles have appeared in the University of Southern California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, and Boston University Law Review, among other journals. Recently, in Commonwealth v. King, a case involving the admission of a first complaint of child sexual abuse, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, the state’s highest appellate court, cited two of Professor Anderson’s published pieces. . . .

Opened in 1983, CUNY School of Law, located in Flushing, Queens, is the only law school which, from its inception, has defined its mission as training law students for public service. In addition to its unique educational mission, the Law School takes pride in its national leadership in clinical education, its affordable cost, and its distinction as the nation’s most diverse law school. The School is a national leader in progressive legal education with the highest rate of placement of graduates in public interest and public service careers.


Hat tip: As usual, Brian Leiter had the breaking news. In fact, he probably knows whether you’re moving before you do.