Professor Warner’s article on the recent oral arguments in a pending Supreme Court bankruptcy case, “A ‘Wellness’ Check For Bankruptcy — Confusion Reigns,” appeared in the January 30th edition of Law 360.
At the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in January, Professor Jeremy Sheff was elected to the board of AALS’s Intellectual Property Law Section. AALS is a nonprofit association of 178 law schools, and also serves as the learned society for the more than 9,000 law faculty at its member schools. Professor Sheff is the Director of the new St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Center.
On December 16, 2014, Professor John Q. Barrett was the guest speaker at Columbia
University’s Seminar on the Problem of Peace. The Seminar, founded by Phillip C. Jessup in 1945, is a trans-university forum concerned with peace, security, international organizations and dispute resolution. Professor Barrett spoke about the ICC and the problems of attempting to investigate and prosecute criminally, nationally and/or internationally, through the ICC or ad hoc, sitting heads of state.
In an American Banker op-ed, Consumers Fare Better with Arbitration, Alan Kaplinsky, Mark Levin, and Daniel McKenna, lawyers from Ballard Spahr, a leading firm representing banks and others in the consumer financial services industry, commented on the St. John’s Arbitration Study, and responded to an earlier American Banker op-ed authored by Professor Jeff Sovern. Sovern rebutted in another American Banker op-ed, Arbitration Tricks Consumers into Giving Up Their Rights. In addition, Maryland law professor Peter Holland offered his own views on the study in a blog post.
Vincent Di Lorenzo’s article, “The 2008 Amendments to the New York Adverse Possession Law: Unresolved Ambiguity and Suggestions for Clarity,” has been published in the winter 2015 issue of the N.Y. Real Property Law Journal. He will present his findings at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association on January 29, 2015.
On December 3, 2014, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a lecture, “Justice Jackson, the IMT & OMGUS: Delivering ‘the assistance of Counsel’ to the Nuremberg Defendants,” at a conference on “The Defence in International Criminal Courts”, at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany. The lecture will be published next year, in a conference volume, by T.M.C. Asser Press.
On Wednesday, December 10, Professor Jeremy Sheff served as an invited commentator at
a workshop on Intellectual Property and Competition convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization at WIPO’s New York Office. The workshop focused on a recent empirical study of patenting by small- to medium-sized entities (SMEs) in the smartphone industry, and was co-sponsored by Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy, which performed the study.
Professor Michael Perino had a column in Friday, December 12th’s New York Times titled, “The Gift of Inside Information,” which discusses and criticizes a recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A bit:
Insider trading is perhaps our most symbolic white-collar crime. Our ban on the practice expresses our deep social commitment to equality of opportunity; it embodies that peculiarly American revulsion for any special privileges that might be thought to accrue to the wealthy or to the political and social elite. As Preet Bharara, the United States attorney who spearheaded the most recent spate of prosecutions, explained, insider trading tells everybody “that everything is rigged and only people who have a billion dollars and have access to and are best friends with people who are on the boards of directors of major companies … can make a true buck.”
Allowing executives to give away information to whomever they choose so long as they get nothing in return simply makes no sense.
On November 19th, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a plenary session lecture, “The
Rule of Law at Nuremberg, 1945-1946 (and Its Lessons for Today),” at the Canadian National Judicial Institute‘s Nova Scotia All Courts Education Seminar, held in Halifax. The seminar was a three-day program of judges, from all levels of courts, across the province of Nova Scotia.
Professor Ray Warner will be in Vienna, Austria, this week working with United Nations UNCITRAL Working Group VI. Working Group VI is preparing an international model law on secured transactions.