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January 14, 2016

Baum’s Article on “Compassion Fatigue” Featured in ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Newsletter

Professor Jennifer Baum’s new article, “Compassion Fatigue: Caveat Caregiver?” appears in the

Jennifer Baum

Jennifer Baum

winter edition of the ABA’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee newsletter.

The article reports on a recent ABA teleconference examining “compassion fatigue,” a condition that can negatively impact lawyers and others working closely with traumatized individuals.  Studies show that so-called helping professionals who work day in and day out with victims of serious trauma can, over time, show changes in their ability to demonstrate compassion and care, and these workers can themselves also suffer from symptoms of PTSD, such as nightmares and desensitization.  As. Professor Baum notes, “research has shown that compassion fatigue leads to an increase in direct negative impacts on clients, including legal errors, client profiling, general disorganization, and conflict and toxicity in the workplace (“horizontal violence”), which in turn leads to decreased job performance.”   The article goes on to explain how to treat and reduce compassion fatigue, and improve representation for traumatized youth.

January 12, 2016

Sovern’s Letter Published in New York Times

The New York Times published a letter from Professor Jeff Sovern on December 30 on debt collectionSovern Two[2] and arbitration. Sovern wrote in part:

You show that debt collectors sue consumers in court when it suits them but bar consumers from bringing court actions by invoking obscure arbitration clauses in consumer contracts.

Businesses defend their right to do so because, they claim, arbitration is better than court for resolving disputes. But if arbitration is superior, why do businesses want to sue in court, rather than arbitrate, as your article shows and an empirical study confirms?

The answer is that businesses value arbitration chiefly when it enables them to block class actions so they may take advantage of consumers for small amounts without worrying about consumers suing them.

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November 10, 2015

LA Times Quotes Sovern

Jeff Sovern

Jeff Sovern

The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Jeff Sovern in an article titled Using TiVo? Your personal choices may be going straight to advertisers. Consumer columnist David Lazarus explains:

If you’re a TiVo user, your digital video recorder may be ratting you out to advertisers.

In the latest example of consumer privacy being threatened by Big Data, TiVo’s number-crunching subsidiary this week announced a partnership with media heavyweight Viacom that helps advertisers target TV viewers with specific commercials.
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Is this arrangement fair to TiVo users? They apparently have no choice except to cancel their service. TiVo’s privacy policy states that the company “may work with third-party advertising companies that collect and use information to deliver more relevant advertising.”

Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, called this an “unfortunate” way of getting subscribers to agree to having their personal information exploited for marketing purposes.

“Unless TiVo actually makes an additional effort to tell its customers what it is doing, probably many will think that information about their viewing choices is not being given to others, when it is,” he said.

November 2, 2015

Scholarly Updates for Elayne Greenberg

A few updates about Professor Elayne Greenberg.image

Professor Greenberg has been selected this year by Best Lawyers in America as among the top New York lawyers in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, an honor she has received every year since 2005. Professor Greenberg has also been recognized by the American Registry as among the top 5% of America’s Most Honored Professionals, a cross-industry and cross-profession award to successful professionals recognized for professional excellence.

Professor Greenberg has been appointed to the Executive Board of the New York State Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section. She is co-chair of their ADR Committee.

On August 25, 2015, Professor Greenberg conducted an implicit bias training designed for senior management at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Virginia.

On October 23, 2015, Professor Greenberg presented her paper “Changing Hearts, Changing Minds – Empathy, the Rule of Law and Implicit Discrimination” at the ADR Works in Progress Conference held at Texas A & M Law School.

October 21, 2015

DeGirolami’s Article on Religion and the Roberts Court Published in Stanford Law and Policy Review Symposium

Professor Marc DeGirolami’s article, Constitutional Contraction: Religion and the Roberts Court, was published by the Marc DeGirolamiStanford Law and Policy Review in a symposium on Religion and the Law.

October 21, 2015

Joseph’s Poetry Discussed at Commonweal Magazine

Professor Larry Joseph’s poetry received critical notice in this piece, An Heir to Both Stevens and Pound, at Commonweal Magazine by literature professor Anthony Domestico. Lawrence Joseph

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October 21, 2015

Cunningham’s Article on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Oral Argument Published in Nevada Law Journal

Associate Academic Dean and Professor Larry Cunningham recently published an article in the Nevada Law Journal entitled,

Larry Cunningham

Larry Cunningham

Using Principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Nervousness in Oral Argument or Moot Court.  The article, which is based on a presentation Dean Cunningham gave at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, examines “stage fright” in the high pressure world of appellate advocacy.  Drawing upon a recognized technique for combating anxiety generally, the paper explores ways that  principles from “cognitive behavioral therapy” can be infused into a legal writing or appellate advocacy classroom to help students calm fears they may have of public speaking.  Dean Cunningham’s article was recently a “top ten download” on the Social Science Research Network and has been discussed internationally, including a recent feature by the Law Society of New Zealand.  The paper can be downloaded here.  At St. John’s, Dean Cunningham teaches, among other things, Appellate Advocacy for students in the Moot Court Honor Society.

October 15, 2015

West Publishes Sovern’s Selected Consumer Statutes

West Academic Publishing has published the 2015 edition of Selected Consumer Statutes, co-edited Sovern Two[2]by Professor Jeff Sovern, along with Professors Dee Pridgen and Christopher L. Peterson. The volume spans 1200 pages and is the most up-to-date collection of statutes, regulations, and other consumer law materials available for use in a consumer protection course or for practicing attorneys.

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October 7, 2015

Lazaro Quoted Several Times in New Issue of FA Magazine

Professor Christine Lazaro was quoted in two articles in Financial Advisor (“FA”) Magazine this month discussing the FINRA Christine Lazaroarbitration process.  The magazine’s cover article, “Resolving Client Disputes,” discusses the securities arbitration process at length.  Professor Lazaro commented on the similarities between arbitration and court litigation:

“As cases get bigger, arbitration begins to look a lot like the litigation process,” says Christine Lazaro, director of the Securities Arbitration Clinic at St. John’s University’s School of Law. “There aren’t as many of the traditional benefits that arbitration generally offers in terms of reduced costs and timeliness. Cases are taking a fairly long time, and they’re going to be expensive.”

The second article, “FINRA Streamlines Arbitration Process Online,” touches on the mandatory nature of the FINRA arbitration process.  In commenting on the perceptions of the parties to FINRA arbitration, Professor Lazaro observed: “It really depends on whether you win or you lose….If you’re on the losing end, the process feels pretty unfair.”

September 25, 2015

Sovern Quoted in L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Jeff Sovern in an article titled “Airlines’ privacy policies doSovern Two[2] little to protect consumers’ personal data.”  According to the Times:

“If a company doesn’t promise to keep your information private, it generally doesn’t have to,” he said.

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