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.
Sovern Presents St. John’s Arbitration Study at American Council on Consumer Interests Annual Conference
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.”
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.
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.
Professor Cheryl L. Wade will present a paper at a Yale Law School symposium entitled “Challenging Boardroom
Homogeneity” on May 21st, 2015. Professor Wade’s paper on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s diversity disclosure rule regarding nominees to corporate boards of directors is part of a panel on the future of diversity in the corporate sphere. The full program is here.
On May 7th, Professor Rosemary Salomone made a presentation on “Europe’s Multilingualism Agenda in the Face of English:
Rhetoric, Reality and Linguistic Justice” at the Symposium on Language and Exclusion sponsored by the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems at the University of Hartford and the Universal Esperanto Association on behalf of the Study Group on Language and the United Nations.
Professor Jeff Sovern’s broadcast about the St. John’s Arbitration Study was heard on Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute on Monday, May 11. To listen, go here.