Lance Gable presented at the Health Law Professors Conference in Chicago, IL, an annual meeting sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, on the topic Reimagining Public Health Governance: Emergency Preparedness Beyond the Rigid Limits of Law in June 2011.
Lance Gable presented at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Berlin, Germany, on the topic Human Rights for Mental Health Governance: The CRPD in Concept, Structure, and Substance in July 2011.
Lance Gable presented at the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Association's Annual Mini-conference, on the topic of Ethics, Health, and the Law in October 2011. Professor Gable also delivered a lecture for the Wayne State University Humanities Center Colloquium Series on the topic of Ethical Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources During Public Health Emergencies. In addition, he presented at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Penny Webster was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Community Legal Resources (CLR). According to CLR, "Webster routinely helps CLR clients through the Wayne State Law School Small Business and Nonprofit Start Up Clinic. But this year she stood out for personally accepting additional referrals, often assisting in emergency situations with short time frames. Because of this, Penny helped several vital organizations keep their doors open. She is a fantastic resource on 501c3 status and general exemption law, and the clients she assisted are all overwhelmed by and grateful for her knowledge, help, and responsiveness."
Paul Dubinsky was one of 10 invited scholars from across the U.S., Canada and France to present works in progress at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute's Faculty Colloquium on International Law and Theory at Washington University St. Louis School of Law in November 2011. Professor Dubinsky's paper, entitled "The Place of International Law in the U.S. Legal System: The Fragile Status of the Traditional Understanding in the Winter of our Discontent," is part of his ongoing research into relative changes in the way that the U.S. legal system receives treaties, customary international law, and other forms of international law.
Paul Dubinsky contributed a chapter to Oxford University Press's recently published book International Law and Domestic Legal Systems: Incorporation, Transformation, and Persuasion, edited by Dinah Shelton.
Julia Qin delivered a distinguished lecture at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, entitled "China and the WTO: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of Membership" in October 2011.
Julia Qin was invited to a conference on China Economic and Trade Relations, held at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, in New York City in November 2011, where she made a presentation on "China in WTO Dispute Settlement."
Julia Qin delivered a lecture on "The Challenge of China's State Capitalism" at the seminar of WTO Law, co-taught by Professors Merit Janow and Jagdish Bhagwati at Columbia Law School.
Robert Sedler received the 2011 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Detroit Community Service Award, along with his wife, Rozanne, on Dec. 5, 2011. The award is given by AJC each year in recognition of a recipient’s outstanding contributions to the Jewish people, to the preservation and strengthening of democratic rights and ideas, and to the welfare of Michigan.
Steven Winter had his recent paper, "Frame Semantics and the ‘Internal Point of View,’" accepted for publication in the conference volume Current Legal Issues Colloquium: Law and Language (Michael Freeman & Fiona Smith eds. Oxford University Press), to be published in Sept. 2012.
Linda Beale presented at the Joint Fall CLE Meeting of the ABA Section of Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Division in Denver in October on the topic of "Recent amendments to Circular 230 and their impact on the Office of Professional Responsibility's role in practitioner discipline." In November, she presented at the Central States Law School Association annual conference in Toledo in November on "Fairness in Context." She also participated in the University of Chicago's Tax Conference, an annual conference that invites prominent tax lawyers from prestigious national firms, corporate tax counsel, and academia for a two-day conference on advanced tax concepts.
Robert Sedler had a paper titled "Religion, Politics, and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East" published in Forum on Public Policy, Vol 2011 no 3.
Robert Sedler gave a presentation on November 30, on United States Supreme Court constitutional decisions during the 2010 term and Michigan Supreme Court constitutional decisions during 2010-11. The presentation took place at the Court's offices in Detroit and was transmitted simultaneously to the Court's offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids. The presentation was attended by the Court's professional staff and clerks and a few judges. The presentation was part of the Court's Education Program, which is chaired by Judge Henry Saad, ’74.
Brad Roth was interviewed by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) about his recent book Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 2011). ACUNS posted a podcast of the interview. Professor Roth also gave talks in October to the law faculties of Carleton University in Ottawa and McGill University in Montreal, and in November participated in a workshop of contributors to a forthcoming Cambridge University Press volume on International Legal Positivism in a Post-Modern World.
Nick Schroeck was recently named co-chair of the Water Law Committee of the State Bar Environmental Law Section.
Robert Sedler gave a presentation on Nov. 3 on constitutional challenges to state immigration laws at the Immigration Forum of the Public Affairs Committee on the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, in Southfield.
Nick Schroeck presented the State of the Law update for water law in Michigan at the 2011 State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section meeting held in September.
Christopher Lund spoke at a symposium at Duquesne University School of Law entitled, "The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance?" The papers from the symposium will be published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review in 2012. http://www.duq.edu/law/establishment/
Christopher Lund spoke at the University of California at Davis School of Law, one of two law professors debating the ministerial exception and the Supreme Court’s current case, EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor. http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/event.aspx?id=2750
Christopher Lund travelled to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law to speak as a panelist for a symposium put on by the First Amendment Law Review. The symposium, “Discrimination By and Against Religion and the First Amendment,” featured law professors from across the country, with a keynote address given by Dr. Martin Marty of the University of Chicago. http://www.firstamendmentlawreview.org/symposium.html
Alan Schenk has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the University's Board of Governors. He has been Professor of Law at Wayne Law School since 1969. He has received numerous teaching awards at Wayne Law including the President's Award For Excellence in Teaching in 1995, the Donald Gordon Award for Teaching Excellence in 1983 and 1986 and Best Teacher Award for 1986- 1987, presented by the students at graduation.
Stephen Calkins presented "Advertising Litigation Update" at the National Advertising Division Annual Conference 2011 in New York.
Robert Sedler made a presentation titled "Religion, Politics and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East" to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit's Institute for Retired Professionals as a part of its fall mini-series at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park.
Julia Qin was featured on a panel titled "China, the WTO, and International Economic Law." The panel was recorded April 6, 2011 as part of the China and International Law Symposium sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the University of Chicago Law School. Click here to listen to the panel discussion.
Julia Qin was invited to speak at the 11th annual WTO Conference, sponsored by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Institute of International Economic Law of Georgetown Law Center, held at the BIICL in London on May 25-26, 2011. The title of her presentation was "WTO Export Duty Regime, Sovereignty over Natural Resources, and Sustainable Development: The Case of China and Beyond." Additionally, her article, "Pushing the Limits of Global Governance: Trading Rights, Political Censorship, and WTO Jurisprudence," was published in the Chinese Journal of International Law in June 2011. Beginning in September 2011, she will be on academic leave and serve as a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea.
Kirsten Carlson's brief that was submitted on behalf of the Indian Law Resource Center and Sacred Circle National Network to End Violence Against Indian Women in Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States (Report No. 80/11) was cited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The decision condemned the United States for its failure to protect women and children from domestic violence.
Steven Winter served as a presenter at the University College London's 2011 Current Legal Issues Colloquium on Law and Language in London on July 5, 2011. He participated in the "Final Thoughts" panel, presenting a paper titled "Frame Semantics and the ‘Internal Point of View,'" which uses the frame semantics of Charles Fillmore and the more recent work of Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner on conceptual blending to critique the standard jurisprudential perspectives of H.L.A. Hart and Ronald Dworkin. He served as a presenter at the 2011 Conference on Philosophy and Social Sciences in Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic on May 15, 2011. He presented a paper titled "Democracy and Gender Equality in Liberation Square." He also served as chair and panelist for a roundtable on the "State of Political Discourse," in Las Vegas on March 12, 2011. He organized and participated in a discussion with Marianne Constable (UC Berkeley), Francis J. Mootz (UNLV), and James A. Gardner (SUNY Buffalo) on the state of contemporary political discourse and its social and epistemic causes.
Christopher Lund was an invited panelist for the July 25 First Amendment Workshop at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual event in Hilton Head, S.C. He discussed the state of the Free Exercise Clause, drawing on his published paper, "Religious Liberty After Gonzales: A Look at State RFRAs." He also moderated the panel, "Student Speech in the Wake of Morse v. Frederick," discussing the scope of student free speech rights after the Supreme Court's decision in Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007), which upheld punishment of a student for displaying a banner which read, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during a school field trip. On June 23, Professor Lund spoke at the Law and Religion Roundtable as part of a panel on EEOC v. Hosanna-Tabor, an upcoming Supreme Court case that will decide to what extent churches and other religious organizations are immune from discrimination claims brought by those with significant religious duties.
Brandon Hofmeister's paper, "Bridging the Gap: Using Social Psychology to Design Market Interventions to Overcome the Energy Efficiency Gap in Residential Energy Markets," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for the Energy Law and Policy eJournal, the Behavioral Economics eJournal, ERN: Capital; Investment; Capacity (Topic), Environmental Economics eJournal and Macroeconomics: Production and Investment eJournal.
Katherine White former judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, spoke at the CASRIP 2011 High Technology Protection Summit at the University of Washington School of Law on July 22. White spoke on Judge Rader's judicial opinions on patent infringement throughout his 20 years on the Federal Circuit. Click here for more information.
Stephen Calkins presented "Horizontal Restraints" at the Fordham Competition Law Institute Refresher Course for Experienced International Agency Staff and Judges in New York.
Linda Beale and her blog, A Taxing Matter, were mentioned in a post titled "Top 50 Tax Policy Blogs" by The Acclaimed Accountant at http://www.mastersinaccounting.org/2011/top-50-tax-policy-blogs/.
Nick Schroeck co-authored an article with Katherine Storch titled "Asian Carp, Chicago Canal Litigation, and The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Inter‐Basin Study" in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.
Aimee Godfrey will receive a master's degree in theology June 1 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The title of her thesis, which she defended last week, is "The Status Questionis of Catholic Bioethicists on Brain Death."
Stephen Calkins delivered an address titled "What's Hot?" at the ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting in April 2011.
Lance Gable published a paper, "Reproductive Health as a Human Right" in 60 Case Western Reserve Law Review 957 (2010). He also presented at the inaugural Michigan Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science Brown Bag Lecture series on the topic of legal and ethical issues in stem cell research on April, 28 2011.
Julia Qin made a presentation on "China and International Economic Law: The WTO Experience" at the China and International Law Symposium, held at the University of Chicago Law School on April 6, 2011.
Linda Beale - on May 6 at the ABA Tax Section's annual meeting in Washington - led the"pro" position in spirited debate on the ethics of tax practice before the IRS, put together for a session of the Standards Committee of which she is vice-chair. The debate format, content and performance were a resounding success. The debate was an outgrowth of Professor Beale's dissent on a critical recommendation of the Standards Committee in comments on proposed amendments to Circular 230. The Tax Council had overruled the Standards' Committee's position that favored harmonization of statutory and Circular 230 ethics standards. Professor Beale suggested that a broader discussion was mandated, and recommended this program as the first post-comment dialogue in that broader discussion. The same day, Professor Beale and the incoming chair of Standards presented a brief overview of the developments in respect of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A court in Massachusetts, which permits same-sex marriages, has ruled DOMA unconstitutional, and the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, has announced that the Department of Justice has also concluded that DOMA is unconstitutional. As a result, DOJ will enforce DOMA, but does not intend to defend it in court. A number of ethical concerns are raised by these recent developments, regarding whether a tax lawyer can advise a client to file jointly without disclosure under the substantial authority (statutory) or realistic possibility of success (ethical) standards, and how to take into consideration the potential forum shopping results of the DoJ's decision not to defend in court. Much will depend on the IRS's interpretation of its duty to enforce, but it may be that couples will have a better chance of success in district courts, in which DOJ is the government representative, than in tax courts.
Jonathan Weinberg presented his paper, "Governments, privatization and 'privatization': the evolution of ICANN," at a workshop on Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade at the American University School of International Service on May 6, 2011. (Video is available here.) He presented the same paper at a symposium on Bits Without Borders at Michigan State University on Sept. 24, 2010, and also made a presentation on "The Laws of Cyberspace" at a symposium on Cyberterrorism: What? Where? Why? sponsored by the WSU Center on National Security Intelligence Studies on April 5, 2011.
Gregory Fox spoke at Vanderbilt Law School's International Legal Studies Roundtable on International Organizations in Transition, which took place on April 18, 2011.
Alan Schenk Professor Schenk wrote a chapter in The VAT Reader: What a Federal Consumption Tax Would Mean for America (Tax Analysts, 2011) called "Prior U.S. Flirtations with VAT."
Robert Ackerman spoke about cross-border legal education at the Council of Canadian Law Deans, hosted by the University of Windsor Law School.
Peter Henning will speak at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York on "The Madoff Clawbacks: Whose Money Is It?" on May 10. On April 13, he spoke at the Center for Corporate Citizenship's presentation on corporate criminal prosecutions titled "Corporate Citizenship and White Collar Crime in the Age of Enron and Madoff." Henning also recently published the book The Prosecution and Defense of Public Corruption: The Law and Legal Strategies (Oxford University Press) with co-author Lee J. Radek, former chief of the Public Integrity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jocelyn Benson is the creator and director of the Michigan Citizens' Redistricting Competition. The competition will provide any Michigan citizen with the tools to produce potential district maps for Michigan's 14 Congressional Seats, or Michigan's state senate or legislative seats. The maps will be then scored based upon objective criteria, such as how well they keep county and city residents in one district or how close each district comes to having the same number of people.
Robert Sedler recently spoke at a number of events including: April 21, Adult Learning Institute, Oakland Community College: The Constitution, Politics, and Campaign Finance Regulation April 19, Society of Active Retirees, Wayne State University (Birmingham Temple): Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System April 16, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Detroit, Royal Oak Senior Center, Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System April 1, Institute of Retired Professionals. Jewish Community Center, The Supreme Court as an Institution
Ralph Slovenko gave a lecture on his paper "Psychotherapy Testimonial Privilege in Criminal Cases" at an American College of Forensic Psychiatry event in San Diego on March 23, 2011.
Ralph Slovenko's paper, titled "The DSM in Litigation and Legislation," was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2011).
Steven Winter will be honored for his work as a philosopher and legal theorist by the Dutch Association of Legal Philosophy, also known as the Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht (VWR), and Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie (R&R), the leading Dutch journal of legal philosophy. Every year, the association and journal collaborate on a special issue “dedicated to an outstanding international scholar who has made significant contributions to legal and political theory,” said Professor Bart van Klink of VU University Amsterdam and chairperson of the VWR and Professor Hans Lindahl of Tilburg University and editor-in-chief of R&R. Winter’s work, according to van Klink and Lindahl, “has attracted considerable attention in the Netherlands and Flanders” and will be honored at a conference hosted by VWR on June 22, 2012. The proceedings will be published by R&R and available online. Click here to read the full release online.
Katherine White has been selected as an Instructor of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for her army reserve duty. She will be teaching courses beginning in May 2011. Her rank is Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Julia Qin served as a commentator in a policy symposium on "Clean Trade in Natural Resources" on March 18 at the University of Michigan. It was sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, and the Center for Ethics in Public Life, of the University of Michigan.
Jocelyn Benson will address "Redistricting in Michigan: Who Should Draw the Lines?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.
John Rothchild delivered a lecture titled "The FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules: Are They Good for Consumers?" at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section on Mar. 10, 2011. Other recent accomplishments include: A Jan. 28, 2011, talk on "Net Neutrality" at the Winter Working Meeting of the American Bar Association's Cyberspace Law Committee in Austin, Texas. A Nov. 5, 2010, presentation of his paper, titled "Exhausting Extraterritoriality," at the Santa Clara Law Symposium on First Sale and Exhaustion, held at Santa Clara University School of Law. A Nov. 4, 2010, presentation of his paper, titled "How the United States Stopped Being a Pirate Nation and Learned to Love International Copyright," to a faculty forum at Santa Clara University School of Law.
Eric Zacks's 2005 article with co-author NYU Professor Joshua Blank was cited in a Supreme Court brief. Oral argument for the case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is scheduled for March 29, 2011. Dukes, a sexual discrimination lawsuit, has been brought as a civil rights class action suit on behalf of approximately 1.5 million women.
Michael McIntyre's paper titled "Identifying the New International Standard for Effective Information Exchange" was recently published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. The paper is included in a book edited by Michal Lang, et al, titled Tax Treaties from a Legal and Economic Perspective. The book collects papers from a conference sponsored by the Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, held last March in Vienna.