Robert Ackerman will serve as a panelist on the Deans' Panel on Socioeconomics on Jan. 7, 2010, at the AALS Annual Meeting.
Paul Dubinsky will deliver the Justice K. T. Desai Memorial Lecture at the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, India on March 11, 2010. The annual Desai Lecture is named after the late Justice K.T. Desai, who served as a judge of the Bombay High Court and later as Chief Justice of Gujarat. Justice Desai's extraordinary career also included service as vice chairman of the State Bank of India and president of the Asiatic Society of Bombay. Professor Dubinsky will also visit several law schools in India during this trip.
Linda Beale will serve as a panelist in a discussion titled "Teaching Beyond the Appellate Opinion" that will be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2010, from 1:30-3:15 p.m. The panel will focus on a range of different approaches in core courses such as the use of non-appellate opinion casebooks, the use of Foundation Press Stories books, case studies (more common in business schools), students doing actual observations of police and other methods.
Robert Sedler spoke in a briefing held by The United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on Solutions to the Indigent Defense Crisis on Dec. 14, 2009. He spoke on the responsbility of the federal government to implement the constitutional guarantee of right to counsel for indigent defendants, and on the use of federal habeas corpus to assert violations of federal constitutional rights.
Anne Marie Burr participated in the LexisNexis Legal Research & Writing Summit in Miami Dec. 7-9, 2009, as a guest of LexisNexis. The LR&W Summit is an opportunity to collaborate with a select group of faculty from around the country. The Summit focuses on challenges and trends in the growing field of legal research and writing. Professor Burr has been Director of the Legal Research and Writing program at Wayne Law since 2008. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Methods at Peking University's School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.
Robert Ackerman will join Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), '58, and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president, Detroit Branch NAACP, in a briefing held by The United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on Solutions to the Indigent Defense Crisis on Dec. 14, 2009. The event is hosted by the Michigan Campaign for Justice and will be held at 9 a.m. at the Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit. The briefing will address the indigent defense crisis facing our country, and will discuss existing obstacles to the effective and meaningful representation of indigent defendants and will consider solutions to these obstacles. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn J. Kelly, '71, will be the keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion of national and state experts on the issue of public defense.
was a panelist at the Third FTC/DOJ Workshop for the Horizontal Merger Guidelines Review Project, Northwestern University Law School. More information at http://www.ftc.gov/bc/workshops/hmg/121009agenda.pdf
Linda Beale participated, as a member of the steering committee for the Tax Literary Project, in mid-November in an intensive workshop launching the Project, which is a national effort founded at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law by tax professor Marjorie Kornhauser. The Project seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of taxation among the general public by means of popular media such as electronic games and other online activities. It focuses on the federal income tax, with content and method aimed toward individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 who are about to enter-or have just entered-the workforce. The intent is to educate young Americans about the purposes of taxation, the connection between taxing and spending, fairness issues in the distribution of the tax burden, including choice of tax base and rate structure, and basic tax concepts, such as the difference between statutory rates and the effective tax rates actually paid by taxpayers. The steering committee is made up of academics, practitioners, former government officials and non-profit organization representatives.
Linda Beale was an invited speaker at the International Monetary Fund's 10th Seminar on Current Developments in Monetary and Financial Law. On Dec. 3, 2009, Prof. Beale participated in a panel on recent developments in financial accounting standards, with a presentation on "Legal and Accounting Implications of Proposed Financial System Reforms." A book with presentation articles from the seminar will be published early next spring by the International Monetary Fund.
Robert Sedler gave an address at the Law School titled "Our System of Protecting the Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes."
Noah Hall's symposium article, "The Centennial of the Boundary Waters Treaty: A Century of United States-Canadian Transboundary Water Management," was published in The Wayne Law Review (54 Wayne L. Rev. 1417, 2008).
John Mogk chaired the Executive Committee of the state's Council on Labor and Economic Growth, a 70-member advisory body generating recommendations for new strategies to promote business and industry in Michigan and coordinated training of the state's workforce to spur economic expansion.
John Mogk addressed the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce on the current state of the economy in Southeast Michigan and prospects for its future recovery.
John Mogk coordinated a student research group in preparing a report analyzing successful economic development zones within the United States and worldwide for the Engineering Society of Detroit in connection with the Society's engagement in an initiative to attract and expand Green (solar) and Blue (water) technology industries in Michigan.
Kingsley Browne had a brief article published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences titled "Sex Differences in Aggression: Origins and Implications for Sexual Integration of Combat Forces."
Julia Qin's recent paper, "Managing Conflicts between Rulings of WTO and RTA Tribunals: Reflections on the Brazil-Tyres Case," was listed on the SSRN's Top Ten download list for Dispute Resolution, International Organizations, Regional Arrangements and WTO Law.
Linda Beale participated in the first workshop meeting of the steering committee for The Tax Literacy Project Nov. 13-14, 2009, at the O'Connor Law School, Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. The Project's purpose is to increase knowledge about the tax system among young adults age 16-30 through internet games, website information and modules that can be adapted for classes from high school to college to organizational workshops. The steering committee includes academics, practitioners, media experts and representatives of various non-profit organizations that have an interest in countering the widespread misleading or downright wrong information about the way taxes work and why taxes are important in a democracy.
Lance Gable presented several papers at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Penn., including "Mental Health as a Human Right" and "Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health Systems" on Nov. 10, 2009. He also served as a moderator for a panel on "Global Health Governance" and co-authored a presentation on "ART Programs and Embryo Storage: Reasons for Public Health Concern."
Robert Sedler made a presentation at Wayne State University's Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) program. SOAR is part of the University's Educational Outreach acticity and is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institution Network. The classes are held at the Oakland Center in Farmington Hills. The topic of this year's presentation was "Our Eighteenth Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two-Party Political System.
Lance Gable presented a paper entitled "Mental Health as a Human Right" at the Canadian Conference on International Health in Ottawa, Canada on Oct. 26, 2009.
Robert Sedler attended the 50th reunion of the University of Pittsburgh Law School Class of 1959.
Lance Gable delivered a guest lecture on "Ethics, Health, and the Law" for the Occupational & Evironmental Health Seminar at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at Wayne State University on Oct. 20, 2009.
Linda Beale was the moderator for the Center for the Study of Citizenship's Fifth Annual Corporate Citizenship Symposium on October 5 at the Law School.
co-taught a one day session on horizontal restraints at the Fordham Competition Law Institute Refresher Course for Experienced Agency Staff and Judges in New York City this past summer. He also delivered invited testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on the "Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Implications for Consumers and the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
Brad Roth has authored essays for the European Journal of International Law weblog on the "torture memo" controversy and on the current crisis in Honduras. These can be read at < http://www.ejiltalk.org/author/brad-roth/>.
Linda Beale who is serving as vice-chair of the ABA Tax Section Standards of Tax Practice Committee, moderated a panel representative of small, large and in-house practices to discuss the impact of the changes to Circular 230. The panel was part of the ABA Tax Section's fall meeting in Chicago September 25-26. Prof. Beale noted that the initial amendments to Circular 230 drew widespread criticism from practitioners, complaining of a "sea change" to the rules that would wreak havoc on attorney-client relationships and cause enormous additional transaction costs for the simplest planning. The panel concluded that the changes had been less onerous than predicted, and that they had encouraged practitioners to focus on quality control issues that are always worthy of attention. Panelists even suggested that it was time for the Treasury and IRS to just leave the rules alone -more tweaking to address the few remaining complaints would likely just create more problems as practitioners have to adjust their current procedures to suit.
Lance Gable presented a talk titled "Responding to the Swine Flu Pandemic: The Role of International Law" for the Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies Brown Bag Series on Sept. 30, 3009.
Julia Qin has been honored by the Law School with the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established by friends of Gordon who served as dean of Wayne Law from 1975 to 1980. At Wayne Law, Professor Qin teaches courses on international business transactions, international finance, international trade law and doing business in China. She joined the Wayne Law faculty in 2000.
Robert Sedler gave a presentation on September 23 at the Michigan Supreme Court 2009 Judicial Conference, which all Circuit Court and District Court judges are required to attend. Court of Appeals judges are encouraged to attend. Sedler reviewed constitutional decisions rendered during the last year by the United States Supreme Court and the Michigan Supreme Court. His presentation will be available on the Web site of the Michigan Judicial Institute, the educational arm of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Lance Gable was selected as a participant in the St. Louis University Your Health Law Scholars Workshop. At the workshop, he presented a paper titled "Reinventing Public Health Governance" on Sept. 11, 2009.
Julia Qin's paper entitled, "The Challenge of Interpreting 'WTO-Plus' Provisions" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Asian law, dispute resolution, international courts and adjudication, treaties and other sources of international law, and WTO law.
Alan Schenk co-taught a course in late July and the beginning of August 2009 on value added tax for tax administrators as part of the African Tax Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also taught a course on value added tax to students enrolled in the African Tax Institute's Masters of Taxation degree program in the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria.
Alan Schenk spent almost the full month of May 2009 in China. On May 13, he discussed the process of drafting tax legislation with students in the master's program in taxation at Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law in Guangzhou, China. He also served as an outside expert and made a presentation as part of the International Symposium on the Reform and Legislation of Value Added Tax of China, held in Zhenjiang, China on May 26 and 27. The symposium was jointly organized by the Legislative Affairs Department of the Budget Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, and the Tax Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance. He also was invited to discuss tax issues of concern to the Ministry of Finance in Beijing, China in June 2009.
Christopher Lund presented a paper, "Keeping the Government's Religion Pure: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum," at the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) in West Palm Beach, Florida. The paper was published earlier this summer and is available by clicking here and on Lexis/Westlaw at 104 Northwestern Law Review Colloquy 46 (2009).
Christopher Lund published an article titled, "The Congressional Chaplaincies," which is now available at 17 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1171 (2009) on Lexis/Westlaw.
Christopher Lund will speak on Sept. 24 at Brooklyn Law School on a panel titled, "Supreme Court Roundup: Religious Messages and Government Land." The panel's focus is on the Supreme Court's recent decision in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum and the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in Salazar v. Buono. The essays of the four panelists were published in the Northwestern Law Review Colloquy earlier this summer.
Noah Hall published an article titled "Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment," in 39 Environmental Law Reporter 10667 (2009). The article proposes a new state-based policy that builds on the National Environmental Policy Act's Environmental Impact Statement process to address interstate environmental harms.
Brad Roth is the author of the fourth most frequently-cited Journal of International Criminal Justice article. Click here for a link to the article titled "Just Short of Torture: Abusive Treatment and the Limits of International Criminal Justice."
Julia Qin attended the second annual meeting of the Asian Society of International Law and the inaugural conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network, held at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in early August, and presented a paper on "Managing Conflicts Arising from WTO and RTA Rulings."
Brad Roth's paper titled, "Coming to Terms with Ruthlessness: Sovereign Equality, Global Pluralism, and the Limits of International Criminal Justice" was recently listed on the Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for Law School Research Papers - Legal Studies.
Lance Gable presented a lecture on "Regulation and Governance in Health Care" at the Wayne State University Medical School on Aug. 13, 2009.
Linda Beale serves as a contributing blogger on the Angry Bear blog, a blog that was recently listed by the Wall Street Journal as among the "top 25" economics blogs. Angry Bear highlights topics as varied as worldwide trade, industrial production, US government programs and regulations like Social Security. Professor Beale also maintains her own blog, A Taxing Matter.
Peter Henning testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing on "Preventing Unfair Trading by Government Officials" on July 13, 2009. In his prepared testimony, Hennings addressed four issues: The Scope of the Insider Trading Prohibition Insider Trading and the SEC Staff The STOCK Act (H.R. 682) Favoring Personal Financial Interests Click here to read Professor Hennings' recommendations and full statement.
testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection at a hearing on the proposed Consumer Protection Agency Act of 2009. In his prepared statement, Calkins made three points: The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") is an extraordinary agency with unique attributes and a unique role, and, although by no means perfect, it has performed its mission well. Many of the consumer protection laws that now protect consumers reflect work done by the agency in the consumer financial services area. The proposed Consumer Protection Agency Act of 2009 would fundamentally change the functioning of the agency, both with respect to protection of consumers in the financial services market and more generally. Before imposing these restrictions on the Commission's authority, Congress should consider carefully whether the gains outweigh the harms and whether those gains could be achieved without causing such extensive harm. Click here to read Professor Calkins' recommendations and full statement.
Lance Gable presented a paper titled "Governance of Public Health Emergencies Through Ethics and Human Rights" at several conferences, including the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting (Denver, May 31, 2009); the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Annual Health Law Professors Conference (Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, June 6, 2009); and the International Congress on Law and Mental Health (New York, June 29, 2009). He also presented the paper "Mental Health as a Human Right" at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health on July 2, 2009.
Steven Winter presented a plenary lecture at the 55th Annual Conference of The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, which took place this year at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY. The lecture, "Reimagining Democracy for Social Individuals," examined the relationships between democracy, autonomy, sexuality and self-governance.
Susan Cancelosi was an invited speaker at an ICLE conference on "Basics of Advising Elderly Clients & Those with Disabilities," held in Plymouth, Mich. Her presentation covered government benefits for the elderly and disabled, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and veterans' benefits.
Susan Cancelosi was an invited presenter at the AALS mid-year meeting's Workshop on Work Law, speaking on "ERISA Preemption and Health Benefits: Reform Efforts" in Long Beach, California.
Katherine White received the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award at the Vista Maria Celebrating Women event on May 7, 2009. She was honored for being a role model for young women.
Susan Cancelosi presented a paper on "Risk-Shifting and Retiree Benefits" at the Law and Society Association's annual meeting in Denver. She presented the same paper June 6, 2009, at the 32nd Annual Health Law Professors Conference sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, held this year at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.
Steven Winter participated in a roundtable on "Changing the Game: Barack Obama and the New Politics of Race" at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Law and Society Association in Denver, CO.
Steven Winter has for the past decade been a regular participant in the annual Conference on Philosophy and Social Sciences which is held at the Villa Lana, Prague, Czech Republic. This is the successor to the Frankfurt School conference founded by Herbert Marcuse and, over the years, run by such luminaries as Jurgen Habermas and Richard Bernstein. This year he presented a paper entitled "Faux Constitutionalism: Of Coase and Footnote 4" examining the theory behind the selling of constitutionalism, rule of law, and free market values in the post-communist countries of Eastern Europe.
Lance Gable was named a member of the Wayne State University Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.
Robert Sedler is celebrating 50 years since his graduation from law school. He, along with the other 50 year members of the bar, are being honored by the Michigan State Bar at a luncheon on May 11, 2009. Professor Sedler is also a member of the Kentucky State Bar, and along with a number of other members of the Kentucky Bar, he will be honored as a Senior Counselor at the Bar's Annual Meeting in Covington, Kentucky on June 12, 2009.
Robert Sedler will make a presentation to the Adult Learning Institute at Oakland Community College on May 6, 2009, on the topic, The Media and National Security.
Robert Sedler presented a series of lectures on American Constitutional Law at the Ural State Academy of Law in Ekaterinburg, Russia, from March 16 to March 20, 2009.
Kingsley Browne presented a paper titled Cohesion and Trust: Evolutionary Psychology and the Sexual Integration of Combat Forces on April 17, 2009, at the 10th annual Conference of the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
delivered an address, "What's Hot?," at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting (April 2009). He also was a discussant on Lessons from the "Old World"-the U.S. Experience, discussant at the George Washington University Law School Competition Law Center program: Private Enforcement of Competition Law: New Directions (Washington, D.C. Feb. 27, 2009).
Gregory Fox will deliver the Hillaire McCoubrey Memorial Lecture at the University of Hull (England) on May 13, 2009. The lecture will be titled Transformative Occupation: Needed Progress or Retrogression?
Noah Hall published a short introductory article, "Canada-United States Transboundary Environmental Protection," in the Windsor Review of Legal and Social (Volume 26, Issue 1) (2009).
Jocelyn Benson will serve as the guest speaker at the Ann Arbor Community Center's 2nd annual Dinner and Dance on April 24, 2009. This gala will be held at the AACC, with the theme "Changing Lives and Transforming Communities since 1923." Hundreds of youth, from low to moderate income families have benefited from the Summer Day Camp and much of the proceeds will go toward this effort. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Ann Arbor Community Center, (734) 662-3128.
Susan Cancelosi was an invited presenter at the John Marshall Law School's 7th annual Employee Benefits Symposium. This year's Symposium focused on legal issues affecting public sector employee benefits, and Professor Cancelosi's presentation was titled "VEBAs to the Rescue?"
Jocelyn Benson will be a featured speaker at the Promoting Michigan Voter Power conference at Henry Ford Community College on April 24, 2009. The conference is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVMI) and HFCC. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about election-related issues and discuss ways to make voting easier and reduce the influence of special interests in elections.
Linda Beale has been appointed Vice Chair of the Committee on Standards of Tax Practice for a two-year term starting July 1. Her selection as a Committee Vice Chair and a part of the Section of Taxation's leadership for 2009-2010 represents recognition by her peers of her abilities and contributions to the work of the Section.
Peter Henning spoke at the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section program, "Ethics, Politics and Public Corruption," held in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 3, 2009. He was a member of the panel on "Trying the Public Corruption Case."
Steven Winter participated in the 12th Annual Law, Culture & the Humanities Conference, which was held at the Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA. He presented his "Law, Culture, and Humility" chapter as part of a panel on "Aesthetics, Democracy, and Law" and served as chair and discussant for the panel on "Law and Religion."
David Moss presented a paper titled "Disability Parking Privileges and the Elderly" at Marquette University Law School's Symposium on The Convergence of Elder and Disability Policy.
Sarah Abramowicz spoke on "The Forgotten Child: Reframing the Legal Canon," Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, MA, April 2009.
Janet Findlater was invited to participate in a meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City for The Ending Homelessness After Foster Care gathering on April 1, 2009, to discuss DREAM Academy, a program for juniors & seniors in high school who are transitioning out of foster care.
Peter Henning wrote a monograph (with Scott W. MacKay, deputy general counsel of Lockheed Martin Corp.) that has been published by BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) as part of its Accounting Policy and Practice Portfolios. The title is "Responding to Department of Justice Investigations."
Lance Gable published an article entitled "A Global Assessment of the Role of Law in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic" in the March 2009 issue of the Journal Public Health with co-authors Lawrence O. Gostin and James G. Hodge, Jr. The article examines the dynamic role of law as a tool, and potential barrier, to public health interventions designed to ameliorate the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS globally.
Lance Gable delivered a Grand Rounds Lecture at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit on the topic of "Ethics and Law in Assisted Reproduction."
Lance Gable was named a member of the Project Advisory Group for the Legal and Ethical Assessments Concerning Mental and Behavioral Health Preparedness Project, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
will be speaking together with Professor Howard Bromberg, of the University of Michigan's Law School, to the International Law Society and faculty of Ave Maria School of Law at noon on March 24, 2009, at Ave Maria's Ann Arbor campus. The topic of the presentation is the Peking University's School of Transnational Law and a comparison of skills training in the United States and China.
Noah Hall was invited to speak at the American Bar Association 2009 Water Law Conference titled "Change in the Midst of Constants: Adapting Water Law to Meet New Demands" (San Diego, CA, Feb. 19, 2009) on the recently enacted Great Lakes Compact.
Julia Qin published a piece in the American Society of International Law's publication of ASIL Insight: "The Mercosur Exemption Reversed - Conflict between WTO and Mercosur Rulings and Its Implications for Environmental Values." Available online at http://www.asil.org/insights070905_update.cfm
Peter Henning spoke to the Detroit Chapter of the Gray Panthers on the topic, "The Financial Crisis: What Can We Do?" on Feb. 21, 2009.
Peter Hammer edited a set of conference proceedings titled "Living on the Margins: Minorities and Borderlines in Cambodia and Southeast Asia" recently published by the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia.
John Mogk has been appointed by Governor Granholm as Chair of the state's Council for Labor and Economic Growth. The Council is charged with helping the state meet the federal No Worker Left Behind Program goals and facilitating the diversification of the Michigan economy into the renewable energy and energy conservation fields.
Gregory Fox is spending his Sabbatical this semester as a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Center for International Law, Cambridge University, UK. On March 13 Professor Fox gave a public lecture at the Center on "The Obama Administration and International Law."
Joan Mahoney is presenting a paper March 21 at a conference in London, UK called "Rescuing Human Rights." Her paper is called "Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, and the Cold War," and it is expected that the conference proceedings will be published in a book.
Brad Roth will be giving papers at three national conferences in the coming weeks: Santa Clara University School of Law, Symposium on "The Future of International Criminal Justice," March 13-14, 2009 (paper on "Coming to Terms with Ruthlessness: Sovereign Equality, Global Pluralism, and the Limits of International Criminal Justice"). http://law.scu.edu/international-criminal-justice-symposium/speakers.cfm American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 26, 2009 (Participating on panel on "The Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law "). http://am2009.asil.org/full-program-schedule.cfm University of Washington, Simpson Center for the Humanities, Symposium on "Global Justice in the 21st Century," April 17-18, 2009 ("Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement"). http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/projects_conferences_global0809.htm
Paul Dubinsky spoke at two conferences during the week of March 2, 2009. At Yale Law's Arthur Liman Conference, he participated in a roundtable discussion on the "Globalization of Clinical Legal Education," and at the International Law Association's West Coast Conference, he gave a presentation on lis pendens and forum non conveniens in the European Union.
Paul Dubinsky will serve as moot court judge in the international rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition at the upcoming annual conference of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.
Alan Schenk will be presenting a paper entitled "Worldwide Versus Territorial Tax Systems: Comparison of Value Added Tax and Income Tax," at the International Network for Tax Research Conference on March 26-28, 2009 in Vienna, Austria, organized by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and the Institute for VAT Research at Stockholm University.
Noah Hall was honored by the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars with a Junior Faculty Award. The Award seeks to honor faculty members who have significant publications or creative achievements that have enabled them to achieve national/international recognition earlier than usual in their careers. As one of only two Junior Faculty Awardees, Hall will receive a stipend of $1,000 for his/her research and will be recognized at the Annual Initiation Banquet of the Academy in October.
Alan Schenk presented a paper titled "Value Added Taxation of Financial Services" on Feb. 18, 2009, in Washington, DC, at the American Tax Policy Institute Conference on Structuring a Federal VAT: Design and Coordination Issues. His presentation was discussed by Arthur Kerrigan of the European Commission and Timothy Edgar of the University of Western Ontario Law School.
Linda Beale will be presenting "Is Bilski the final word on tax strategy patents?" at the Drake IP Conference-Tundra Roundtable, to be held at the Intellectual Property Center at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 27, 2009.
Noah Hall serves as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, which recently moved to an exciting new location in TechTown, the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park. TechTown brings together a diverse and exciting group of researchers, new business ventures, entrepreneurs, technology innovators, and community partners. The location is ideal for students and visitors, just a few blocks from the Wayne Law. TechTown has several Centers of Excellence with partners that complement the work of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. The Great Lakes Center includes the Great Lakes Environmental Digital Library, which is developing a comprehensive environmental data system linking atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial measurements of urban watershed quality to give a complete picture of the urban environment at any given time. The Alternative Energy Center includes NextEnergy, Michigan's leading alternative and renewable energy business incubator and accelerator, which supports progressive policies that advance Michigan as an alternative energy leader. It also includes Carbon Credit Environmental Services, a leader in carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs. For more information, see the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center's webpage at http://www.greatlakeslaw.org/.
Peter Henning has been appointed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to a three-year term on the Criminal Law & Procedure Drafting Committee, which is responsible for drafting the questions on the Multistate Bar Examination. The Drafting Committee meets twice a year to review proposed questions and analyze questions given on prior exams.
Peter Henning published a monograph through the Bureau of National Affairs' Accounting Policy and Practice Series entitled Responding to Department of Justice Investigations, which discusses the issues that companies and individual officers may face when the Department of Justice conducts a federal investigation of potential criminal violations.
Ralph Slovenko served as editor of the American Series in Behavioral Science and Law, published by Charles C. Thomas.
was honored by Robert I. Simon, M.D., who dedicated his book Accessing and Managing Risk: Guidelines for Clinically Based Risk Management to Professor Slovenko. Simon serves as clinical director of psychiatry and director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
Alan Schenk just returned from a week in St. Kitts and Nevis. On behalf of the International Monetary Fund's legal department, he served as technical advisor and assisted both St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia draft value added tax laws for their countries.
Robert Sedler made a presentation at a program sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan, "36 Years of Women's Choice," on Jan. 22, 2009. The day marked the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and Professor Sedler spoke on the legal aspects of reproductive choice. Before teaching at Wayne Law, Professor Sedler litigated the Kentucky version of Roe vs. Wade for the Kentucky ACLU.
Robert Sedler taped an interview with Greg Bowman at WWJ-AM on Roe v. Wade, the "Freedom of Choice" Act, no pending in Congress, and President Obama's power to lift a Bush restriction on providing federal funds for contraception to an international organization that also performs abortions.
Jonathan Weinberg will publish a book review, The End of Citizenship?, in 2009 in the Michigan Law Review.
Linda Beale organized and participated in a competitive "open source" program at the AALS annual meeting (Jan. 9, 2009, in San Diego) on "The business of tax patents."
Robert Ackerman will be interviewed during half-time as a featured guest at the Wayne State University Warrior's men's basketball game vs. Ashland on Jan. 31, 2009.
Alan Schenk was a panelist on two panels for the Committee on VAT and Other Consumption Taxes in connection with the American Bar Association Section of Taxation meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2009. He compared the Model VAT (on which he served as reporter) with a proposed new VAT for the United States. He also discussed various approaches to the taxation of financial services under a value added tax, if Congress considers a new revenue source to finance new federal programs or to pay down the federal budget deficit.
Noah Hall contributed a section on water law reform in the Great Lakes region for the annual "Year in Review" (2008), published jointly by Energy Law Journal and American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.
Lance Gable published a chapter with coauthor James G. Hodge Jr. titled "Public Health Law and Biological Terrorism," in Beyond Anthrax: The Weaponization of Infectious Diseases 239-252. (Larry I. Lutwick & Suzanne M. Lutwick eds.).
Jonathan Weinberg organized a panel discussion on "Immigration, Databases, Credentials, and Privacy" at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools. At that meeting, he stepped down as chair of the AALS Defamation and Privacy section and began a year as chair of the section on Mass Communications Law.