January 19, 2022

Roberts Participates in AALS Sessions

Professor Anna Roberts participated in 3 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) sessions this month:

  • She co-moderated a discussion group on “Critical Evidence Reform: How do we change prior conviction impeachment in the U.S.?”
  • She was a panelist in a Criminal Justice Section webinar that she had conceived on the topic “Rethinking Criminal Law Language.”
  • Finally, she participated in the Criminal Justice Section “works in progress” session, providing comments on a draft by her mentee, Professor Yvette Butler.

Anna Roberts
Professor of Law
January 4, 2022

Wade to Present Twice at AALS

Professor Cheryl L. Wade will make two presentations for panels at this week’s Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). On January 7th, Professor Wade will present at the Section on Business Associations – Main Panel entitled “Race and Teaching Business Associations.” On January 8th, she will present aspects of her book, Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream, for the Section on Contracts – Main Panel entitled “Current Events in the Contracts Course and in Contracts Scholarship.”

Cheryl L. Wade
Dean Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law
December 22, 2021

Boyle is Keynote Speaker at Shanxi University

On December 18th, Professor Robin Boyle was the Keynote Speaker at a conference at Shanxi University in China.  The theme of the conference was “The 2nd Cultic Phenomenon Studies Workshop, 2021.” Professor Boyle’s topic was “Human Trafficking and Coercion.”  Her presentation was pre-recorded and was provided to the audience in English. 

In her presentation, Professor Boyle addressed the prevalence of the crimes of sex trafficking and labor trafficking worldwide, an overview of the federal and state legislation in the United States, and examples of criminal prosecutions in American courts.  She discussed the element of coercion, vulnerable populations frequently targeted as victims, and indicators of trafficking. She concluded with words from Congress, urging countries to work together to combat this transnational crime and to bring perpetrators to justice.

Professor Boyle has spoken domestically and internationally on the topic of human trafficking, undue influence and coercion, and cults.  Her work was previously presented on this topic in China.  In 2015, her paper, Employing Trafficking Laws to Capture Elusive Leaders of Destructive Cults, was presented on her behalf before the Center for the Study of Cultic Groups & Religious Culture at Beijing Union University’s conference.

Professor Boyle has published several articles in peer-reviewed and law school journals.  Her most recent article, which helped to form the basis of her Keynote speech, is Preventing Predatory Alienation by High-Control Groups:  The Application of Human Trafficking Laws to Groups Popularly Known as Cults, and Proposed Changes to Laws Regarding Federal Immigration, State Child Marriage, and Undue Influence, 1(2) Int’l J. Coercion, Abuse, & Manipulation 27 (2021) (peer-reviewed).

Robin Boyle
Professor of Legal Writing
December 16, 2021

Salomone Receives “A Feast” of Praise for Her New Book

“The Downside of English’s Dominance,” an adapted excerpt of Professor Rosemary Salomone’s newly published book, The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language, was featured in the Review Section of the November 27th edition of the Wall Street Journal. On December 6th, Professor Salomone discussed her book in an interview with the hosts of “Mountain Money” on NPR station KPCW. The book received another favorable review on the blog Sentence First, calling it “thoughtful, timely, [and] deeply researched” and inviting readers to “prepare for a feast.” The December 7th issue of Times Higher Education quoted her in an article on “‘Big Five’ Losing Monopoly on English-Language Degree Courses.”

In addition, Professor Salomone’s commentary, “China and the Geopolitics of Language in Africa,” discussing President Biden’s recent virtual Summit for Africa together with the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Dakar, Senegal, appeared in the December 11th issue of University World News. She argues that as China reaches into the hearts and minds of young Africans through its language and education programs, “it exposes them to a worldview that undermines democracy.” She calls on the United Kingdom and the United States to learn from France’s experience, and “refocus and strengthen their relationship with Africa, especially with its youth, while taking care not to reopen wounds from the past.” 

Rosemary Salomone
Kenneth Wang Professor of Law
December 14, 2021

Wade Presents Many Works, is Interviewed, and is Quoted

Professor Cheryl L. Wade presented her book chapter, Race and the American Corporation: The Rhetoric of Anti-Racism and Diversity in the Twenty-First Century, at a workshop on The Role of Corporations in Social Movements sponsored by The University of Iowa & The Journal of Corporate Law. The chapter will be published in 2022 in The Oxford Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (Oxford University).

She presented another book chapter, Perspectives in Corporate Law (coauthored with Martha Fineman & Anne Choike) at Emory Law School’s workshop on Vulnerability Theory, The Employment Relationship, and The State. This chapter will be published in 2022 in Feminist Judgments: Corporate Law Rewritten (Cambridge University Press). Professor Wade also completed and presented a second chapter that will be published in Feminist Judgments: Corporate Law Rewritten—Commentary on Walkovsky v. Carlton (coauthored with Janis Sarra)—at the Feminist Judgment Series Corporate Law Workshop.

Professor Wade presented her book, Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream (coauthored with Janis Sarra) as the keynote speaker for the Law School Admissions Council. She also presented sections of her book at: two faculty workshops at New York Law School and the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law; three academic conferences sponsored by The University of Houston Law Center, The Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates; and for the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

Professor Wade’s book was also featured at an Author Meets Reader Session at the Law & Society Annual Meeting. She discussed her book on Ingrid’s World, a television program produced by Fairfax Public Access. You can see the interview here.

In addition, Professor Wade was a speaker at a launch for a book on climate change, From Ideas to Action: Governance Paths to Net Zero, written by Janis Sarra, for the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. She discussed the impact of the climate crisis on communities of color in the U.S. As part of this project, Professor Wade helped to produce and participated in a climate preservation video entitled “Time for Hope: A Song for our Planet in the Face of Climate Crisis” that included several St. John’s Law alumni.

Professor Wade’s law review article, Transforming Discriminatory Corporate Cultures: This Is Not Just Women’s Work, was quoted by a dissenting judge on the State of New York Court of Appeals in Margaret Doe v. Bloomberg, L.P.; Michael Bloomberg (February 11, 2021, No. 8, pages 26-27).  

Finally, Professor Wade has posted several blogs in recent months: Black (Economic) Lives Matter: Confronting Systemic Racism and Exploitation (with Janis Sarra) at Cambridge Reflections; Protesting Racism: Was it a Moment or a Movement? And What Does This Have to Do with Corporate Compliance (Blogpost) for the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University School of Law; Count the Black Lawyers (Blogpost); Systemic Racism in the Home Mortgage Context: We Don’t Have Time to Notice (Blogpost).

Cheryl L. Wade
Dean Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law
December 9, 2021

Lazaro Moderates at PIABA Annual Meeting and Joins CFP Board’s Standards Resource Commission

In October, Professor Christine Lazaro co-moderated a panel, entitled Exploring Obligations – and Regulatory Challenges – of Online Broker-Dealers and Trading Platforms, at the PIABA Annual Meeting. For the program, Professor Lazaro co-authored an article, “The Obligations and Regulatory Challenges of Online Broker-Dealers and Trading Platforms.” She also participated on the panel Fundamentals of Arbitration: Significant Documents and an Introduction to the Discovery Guide.

In addition, Professor Lazaro was invited to join the CFP Board’s Standards Resource Commission. (The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) is a “non-profit organization that serves the public by fostering professional standards in personal financial planning.”)

On December 2, Professor Lazaro participated on the SEC Investor Advisory Committee’s Panel Discussion Regarding the SEC’s Potential Role in Addressing Elder Financial Abuse Issues.

Christine Lazaro
Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic
December 8, 2021

Barrett Joins FDR Library Board of Trustees

Professor John Q. Barrett has accepted an appointment to serve as a Trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, located in Hyde Park, New York.  The Board of Trustees provides support to the Library Director and assists fundraising efforts that support programs and exhibitions.

Professor Barrett has been deeply involved with the Roosevelt Library for twenty years, including as a researcher and as a regular speaker in its programs.  (A recent program, as broadcast on C-SPAN, is available here.)

Sept. 17, 2016:  FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow interviewing Professor Barrett

In his work as biographer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Professor Barrett discovered and edited Jackson’s previously unknown manuscript, now an acclaimed book, That Man: An Insider’s Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Oxford University Press, 2003; paperback 2004).  That Man, an eloquent memoir of FDR—from Jackson first meeting him in 1911 through their close working relationship and friendship during the New Deal years and World War II—is both FDR biography and Jackson autobiography.

November 1, 2021

Greenberg Conducts Training as Part of NY’s System-wide ADR Initiative

On October 19th, Professor Elayne E. Greenberg conducted a virtual training entitled “Empowering Parties to Overcome Impasse(s) and Get Past ‘No.'” Professor Greenberg educated about impasse-breaking strategies to use in settlement conferences that will help parties overcome the frequent emotional and structural impasses that prevent cases from settling. The training was attended by judges, their court attorneys, JHOs and ADR program staff representing every Judicial District in NYS. Under Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s leadership, NYS has adopted a presumptive ADR approach to case management. This training is part of that system-wide initiative.

Elayne E. Greenberg
Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution Programs
Professor of Legal Practice
Faculty Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution
October 27, 2021

Allen Presents Article to Two Arizona Faculties

Professor Renee Nicole Allen recently presented her work-in-progress, Get Out: Structural Racism and Academic Terror, to the faculties at Arizona Law and Arizona State Law. The invited talks were an opportunity to receive comments and feedback on her WIP. 

Here is an abstract of the article:

Released in 2017, Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed film Get Out explores the horrors of racism. The film’s plot involves the murder and appropriation of Black bodies for the benefit of wealthy, white people. After luring Black people to their country home, a white family uses hypnosis to paralyze victims and send them to the Sunken Place where screams go unheard. Black bodies are auctioned off to the highest bidder; the winner’s brain is transplanted into the prized Black body. Black victims are rendered passengers in their own bodies so that white inhabitants can obtain physical advantages and immortality.  

Like Get Out, this article reveals academic horrors that are far too familiar to people of color. In the legal academy, structural racism is the monster, and under the guise of academic freedom, faculty members inflict terror on marginalized people. Black bodies are objectified and colonized in the name of diversity and antiracism. No matter how loud we scream, the academy remains a Sunken Place. Only time will tell if the antiracism proclamations of 2020 are a beginning or a killer ending.  

This article explores the relationship between structural racism and academic terror in the legal academy and articulates an effective framework for analyzing academic terrorism.   

Renee Nicole Allen
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
Faculty Advisor, First Generation Professionals
Faculty Advisor, Women’s Law Society 
Co-Director, Writing Center
October 25, 2021

Movsesian Interviewed about Courts and COVID-19

Professor Mark Movsesian was interviewed by Kelsey Dallas about his upcoming article on the courts’ responses to COVID-19 restrictions, State of the Field Essay: Law, Religion, and the COVID Crisis, forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Religion.

The interview was first published in the State of Faith newsletter and can be found here.

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

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