July 20, 2015
On July 8th, Professor John Q. Barrett introduced Chautauqua Institution’s 11th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the
Supreme Court of the United States. The lecturer, Professor Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard University, then delivered “The Constitution Writ Large,” addressing:
- the Charleston, South Carolina, murders;
- leading decisions in the Supreme Court’s just-completed term, including Zivotofsky v. Kerry (the Jerusalem birth/U.S. passport case), Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. (the Confederate license plate case), and Obergefell v. Hodges (the marriage case);
- Justice Robert H. Jackson’s judging during his 1941-1954 tenure on the Supreme Court; and
- Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s judging today, including especially his recent opinion for the Court in Obergefell.
For YouTube video of the entire program, click here.
For the text of Professor Tribe’s lecture, click here and here.
July 6, 2015
Professor Mark Movsesian’s piece, Are Statutes Really ‘Legislative Bargains’? The Failure of the Contract Analogy in Statutory
Interpretation, was cited in a Time Magazine article by Professor John McGinnis criticizing the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act against a statutory challenge.
July 6, 2015
Professor John Q. Barrett recently participated in the following:
- On May 20, he lectured on “Justice Robert H. Jackson & Other Military Lawyers at Nuremberg,” at a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces continuing legal education conference in Washington, DC.
- On May 28, he spoke on “Third Reich Lawyers & Lessons to Be Learned for Modern Legal Ethics,” at the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility national conference, in Denver, CO.
- On June 13, he gave a lecture, “The Pending U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Cases,” that introduced a moderated conversation with Paul Campion and Randell Johnson, a married couple and two of the plaintiffs in the then-pending Kentucky cases, Bourke, et al. v. Beshear. To watch video of this program, held at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY, click here (6:50 start, 10:30 Barrett, 40:30 Campion & Johnson). (On June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Campion, Johnson and their fellow plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges and its companion cases, including Bourke.)
- On June 29, he spoke about the World War II-era Japanese-American cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, in a Law and Civic Education Summer Institute for New York teachers, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association.
June 23, 2015
Professor Ray Warner will deliver the keynote address at this week’s “Re-Imagining Rescue” Insolvency Conference in
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Nottingham, United Kingdom. The conference is being held by the INSOL Europe Academic Forum.
June 8, 2015
On Thursday, June 4, Professor Michael Perino presented his paper Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions (co-authored with Lynn A. Baker and Charles Silver) at the National Business Law Scholars Conference held at Seton Hall Law School. The paper will be published this fall in the Columbia Law Review.
June 8, 2015
Professor Ann Goldweber presented on a panel at the NYC Elder Abuse Conference, co-sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law, NYC Department for the Aging, and NYC Human Resources Administration, among others, on June 3, 2015. The panel was entitled “Prosecuting Fraud and Neglect” and Professor Goldweber presented on financial abuse of the elderly and civil legal remedies available to victims. Also presenting on the panel were Kristen Kane, Chief of the Elder Fraud Unit at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and Arlene Markarian, Bureau Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau/Elder Abuse Unit at the King’s County District Attorney’s Office.
June 1, 2015
On May 22, Professor Jeff Sovern presented a paper he co-authored with Professors Elayne Greenberg, Paul Kirgis, and Yuxiang Liu at the American Council on Consumer Interests, “‘Whimsy Little Contracts’ with Unexpected Consequences: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Understanding of Arbitration Agreements.”
May 26, 2015
Professor Rosemary Salomone presented a paper on “The Rise of Global English: The Challenges for Language Rights Across
Education” at the First Worldwide Congress for Language Rights at the University of Teramo in Italy on May 22nd. The paper examines questions of institutional autonomy, academic integrity, the right of professors to teach, the right of students to learn, and the implications for equal opportunity in a case challenging Polytechnic University of Milan’s plan to offer all masters and doctoral courses in English. The case is now pending before the Italian Constitutional Court.
May 26, 2015
Professor Jeff Sovern’s op-ed, “Arbitration Clauses for Credit Cards Cost Consumers,” appeared in the Boston Globe on May 25. A bit:
Businesses say it doesn’t matter that consumers don’t understand arbitration clauses, because they insist consumers fare better in arbitration than in court.
Recently, however, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a creation of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — released a massive report that shows arbitration benefits businesses at the expense of consumers.
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Arbitration clauses have long caused confusion, but the Bureau’s report has provided some clarity — it’s time for them to be banned from consumer contracts.