September 16, 2020

Movsesian Pens Book Review on Judicial Supremacy

Professor Mark Movsesian has just written a book review for Law & Liberty on judicial supremacy, entitled “Does the Court Have the Final Word?” A link to the book review is available here.

Mark L. Movsesian
Frederick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law
Co-Director, Center for Law and Religion
September 15, 2020

Boyle Writes Invited Chapter for Political Science Book

Professor Robin Boyle has written an invited chapter for a forthcoming political science book called “Generations in American Politics.” Her chapter is titled, “The Times They are a Changin'”: Lessons Imparted from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Current-Day Climate Movement. The book is slated for publication by the University of Michigan Press in the Fall of 2021. The book’s editors are Dr. Sally Friedman and Dr. David Schultz, political scientists.

Prof. Boyle’s current chapter continues from earlier research and publications. Her interest in generations grew from her empirical study about the Millennial generation in the context of learning styles, see 56 J. Legal Educ. 281 (2006) (peer-reviewed) (co-authored with Dr. Joanne Ingham). Her interest in American social movements stems from her co-authored legislative and administrative history on the War on Poverty programs (published by Community Services Administration, 1981) (co-authored with Kathryn Lazar, Esq. & Laura Zeisel, Esq.).  

Prof. Boyle will be presenting the current work at the Northeastern Political Science Association virtual conference on November 7th during a Zoom prerecorded panel.

Robin Boyle
Professor of Legal Writing
September 11, 2020

Lazaro Speaks on Securities Arbitration Issues

This past week, Professor Christine Lazaro moderated the webinar, “The Fundamentals of FINRA Arbitration: When the FINRA Forum Applies and Vetting & Accepting Cases,” for PIABA. The panel discussed the types of disputes that are subject to arbitration with FINRA Dispute Resolution Services, as well as the steps involved in initially investigating a case.

Professor Lazaro also participated on PLI’s Securities Arbitration 2020 program. She moderated the panel, Arbitration and Mediation Settlement Practicum, which discussed settlement strategies and handling mediations in an online setting. Professor Lazaro also participated as a speaker on the panel, Staying Ahead of the Curve: Hot Topics in Securities Arbitration and Future Trends, during which she discussed changes to the standards governing investment professionals and other issues on the horizon in securities arbitration for 2021. Additionally, Professor Lazaro and Scott Eichhorn co-authored the article, Telephonic Mediations of Small Claims, for the program materials.

Christine Lazaro
Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic
September 11, 2020

Todres Publishes Article in NYS Bar Association Journal

Professor Jacob Todres has published a short article in this month’s New York State Bar Association Journal, entitled Tax Malpractice Damages—Return to FundamentalsAnother Court Gets It Right, 92 (No. 7) N.Y.S.B.A.J. 57 (Sept/Oct 2020).

The article focuses on Bloostein v. Morrison Cohen LLP, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 50199(U) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Feb. 2019) (Westlaw), which held that additional taxes caused by a tax advisor’s negligence may be recoverable under New York law. While this holding seems unexceptionable under traditional New York tort law, it is important because several cases decided between 2007 and 2014 held such additional taxes were not recoverable. These other cases, rather inexplicably, relied on precedent decided under the fraud measure of damages. Todres is hopeful that Bloostein has properly reset the focus in this area.

Jacob L. Todres
Professor of Law
September 11, 2020

Borgen Writes Essay on “Articles of War” Blog

Yesterday Professor Christopher Borgen posted an essay, “Space Power, Space Force, and Space Law,” on the new Articles of War blog, which is under the auspices of West Point’s Lieber Institute. In it, he describes aspects of the current transformation of civilian and military space activities and introduces some of the ways that the law of armed conflict and space law overlap in this rapidly evolving environment.

A link to Professor Borgen’s essay is available here.

Christopher J. Borgen
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
September 9, 2020

Salomone Quoted in World University News

Professor Rosemary Salomone was quoted in the September 7, 2020 issue of World University News on the question of allowing students in Moroccan universities a choice between remote and in-person learning in the coming semester. Professor Salomone stressed that the choice would prove empty unless the government or university has taken all the necessary measures and provides the resources, staff training, and ongoing technological support to allow a meaningful and safe experience in either model. 

A link is available here.

Rosemary Salomone
Kenneth Wang Professor of Law
September 2, 2020

Greenberg’s Article Accepted for Publication in the Negotiation Journal

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg and her co-author Professor Noam Ebner have had their article “Designing Binge-Worthy Courses: Pandemic Pleasures and Covid Consequences” accepted for publication in the Negotiation Journal. The Negotiation Journal is the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation.

This article draws from the neuroscience research on curiosity, motivation and binge-watching and suggests how dispute resolution professors can design their synchronous online courses to maintain more enthusiastic student engagement.

Professor Greenberg’s Ethical Compass Column, “Moving Your Mojo Online” highlights what arbitrators and mediators could consider when they transition their in-person persona to the online format. This column appears in the NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer Summer 2020.

Elayne E. Greenberg
Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution Programs
Professor of Legal Practice
Director, Hon. Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution

September 1, 2020

Montana’s Article to be Published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal

Professor Patricia Montana’s article The Cognitive Power of Analogies in the Legal Writing Classroom has been accepted for publication in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.  The article explores how new law students traditionally learn better when they can connect what they are learning to a familiar non-legal experience. Therefore, integrating the use of analogies into the teaching of legal analysis and writing is an obvious way to facilitate a student’s connection between the new and what is already known. Thus, the article proposes that faculty incorporate analogies into their classroom teaching, experimenting with interesting and engaging ways to connect all parts of the curriculum to the students’ existing knowledge base.

This proposal has its roots in cognitive learning theory, which expounds that experts use prior knowledge or contexts, referred to as schemata by cognitive psychologists, to facilitate problem solving. When applied to student learners, students will assign a new experience meaning according to how it fits into their existing schema. As students refine their understanding of the new information, they begin to identify connections between the concepts. This, in turn, enables them to expand or modify existing schemata or create new ones. Then, as they recognize the relationships among these concepts, they begin to develop domain-specific patterns of thought and, with practice, eventual mastery over the relevant domain. Hence, the basic principles of cognitive learning theory confirm not only the relevance but the great value of utilizing analogies as a teaching tool.

Patricia Grande Montana
Professor of Legal Writing & Director, Street Law Program
August 31, 2020

Ron Brown Prep Program Joins Forces with WNBA and NBA

Under Professor Elaine Chiu’s leadership along with Director Kamille Dean, the Ron Brown Center and its Prep Program this summer heeded the urgent call for action from St. John’s Law students to address the continuing crisis of racial injustice in our country. In its 15th summer, the Prep Program  had its first virtual summer and also its busiest summer ever, serving 95 diverse students across four distinct programs with their journeys to law school.  Three of the four programs were new initiatives; the High School Sports Law Program was especially ground-breaking because of the unique collaboration between two local professional sports teams (the WNBA’s New York Liberty and the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets) and the Law School. 

Here is a write-up in the New York Post, applauding the teams and the Prep Program for stepping up together to meet the challenge with meaningful, impactful investment into the future of young people. 

The efforts of the Ron Brown Prep Program would not have been successful without the hard work of many people including faculty members Professors Robin Boyle, Rosa Castello, Jeremy Sheff and Rachel Smith, program coordinator Christine Kowlessar (St. John’s Law JD, Class of 2019), and five outstanding current law students (Aminah Ali, Benjamin Ranalli, Ridmila Singh, Zachary Sobel and Ashley Williams).  We are also grateful for the commitment of Dean Michael A. Simons and Associate Dean Sarah Kelly.

Elaine M. Chiu
Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights
Robin A. Boyle Laisure
Professor of Legal Writing
Rosa Castello
Professor of Legal Writing & Assistant Faculty Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights
Jeremy N. Sheff
Professor of Law & Director, Intellectual Property Law Center
Rachel H. Smith
Professor of Legal Writing & Associate Dean for Experiential & Skills-Based Education

August 31, 2020

Barrett’s Recent Online Lectures & Conversations

During this unusual summer, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a number of online lectures and participated in a number of online conversations, all posted on YouTube—

• On May 26, he, Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution, and Professor Kate Klonick discussed former U.S. Attorney General and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), on an episode of Ben’s and Kate’s web show “In Lieu of Fun”:

• On June 11, he discussed “Justice Jackson’s June 1945 Report to President Truman” with Robert H. Jackson Center president Kristan McMahon:

• On June 15, he gave a lecture, “Understanding the Nuremberg Trials,” at a Museum of Jewish Heritage teacher training program:

• On July 6, he introduced and interviewed Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, Chautauqua Institution’s 16th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecturer on the Supreme Court of the United States:

For additional information on this and previous Jackson Lectures at Chautauqua Institution, click this Jackson List post.

• On July 27, he gave a lecture, “Summing Up at Nuremberg 74 Years Ago This Week: Justice Robert H. Jackson’s Closing Statement at the Nazi War Crimes Trial,” hosted by the Holocaust Memorial & Toleration Center of Nassau County, NY:

• On August 8, he lectured (starting at time counter reading 10:10) about Justice Jackson, in an international program, “The Age of Robert H. Jackson: London, Nuremberg, Today,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the historic August 8, 1945, London Agreement.  Click here for the full program:

For additional information on this program and a roster of participants, click this Jackson List post.

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