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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.


Introducing Guest Blogger Eric Muller


I’m very pleased to introduce Professor Eric Muller, of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Eric, who will be visiting with us for the next month or so, is well known to many for his blog Is That Legal (which he started way back in January 2003, BCE.) He is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School East, Brown University and Yale Law School. After clerking for Judge H. Lee Sarokin, and working at Anderson, Russell, Kill and Olick (conveniently known as ARKO, until they reformed as Anderson, Kill, Olick, and Oshinsky, which carried the more zooilogical sounding “AKOO” acronym), Professor Muller served as an assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey under Michael Chertoff. In 1994 he joined the University of Wyoming School of Law and four years later moved to Chapel Hill. He is now the George R. Ward Professor of Law.

Eric started out as a plain old crimprof, but has morphed into a leading scholar on Japanese Internment during World War II. His book, Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II (U of Chicago Press), was named one of the Washington Post’s top nonfiction books of 2001. Chapter 1 is available here. His law review publications include: Solving the Batson Paradox: Harmless Error, Jury Representation, and the Sixth Amendment, 106 Yale Law Journal 93 (1996), The Hobgoblin of Little Minds? Our Foolish Law of Inconsistent Verdicts, 111 Harvard Law Review 771 (1998), All the Themes But One, 66 University of Chicago Law Review 1395 (1999), Betrayal on Trial: Japanese American ‘Treason’ in World War II , 82 North Carolina Law Review 1759 (2004), and Constitutional Conscience, 84 Boston University Law Review 571 (2004).

Interested readers may also want to read Greg Robinson’s and Eric’s amazing takedown of Michelle Malkin’s “In Defense of Internment.”

Eric is pictured here with one of his heroes.


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.