September 4, 2018

Cunningham’s Article to be Published in Case Western Law Review

Professor Larry Cunningham’s latest article, Building a Culture of Assessment in Law Schools, has been accepted for publication in the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. Vice_Dean_CunninghamThe article surveys the higher education literature about ways that colleges and universities can implement assessment practices in a meaningful manner. His article then distills ten best practices for law schools to adopt. Here is the abstract:

A new era of legal education is upon us: Law schools are now required to assess learning outcomes across their degrees and programs, not just in individual courses. Programmatic assessment is new to legal education, but it has existed in higher education for decades. To be successful, assessment requires cooperation and buy-in from faculty. Yet establishing a culture of assessment in other disciplines has not been easy, and there is no reason to believe that it will be any different in legal education. A survey of provosts identified faculty buy-in as the single biggest challenge towards implementing assessment efforts. This article surveys the literature on culture of assessment, including conceptual papers and quantitative and qualitative studies. It then draws ten themes from the literature about how to build a culture of assessment: (1) the purpose of assessment, which is a form of scholarship, is improving student learning, not just for satisfying accreditors; (2) assessment must be faculty-driven; (3) messaging and communication around assessment is critical, from the reasons for assessment through celebrating successes; (4) faculty should be provided professional development, including in their own graduate studies; (5) resources are important; (6) successes should be rewarded and recognized; (7) priority should be given to utilizing faculty’s existing assessment devices rather than employing externally developed tests; (8) the unique needs of contingent faculty and other populations should be considered; (9) to accomplish change, stakeholders should draw on theories of leadership, business, motivation, and the social process of innovation; and (10) student affairs should be integrated with faculty and academic assessment activities. These themes, if implemented by law schools, will help programmatic assessment to become an effective addition to legal education and not just something viewed as a regulatory burden.

August 30, 2018

Levine Presents Paper at Crimfest, is Quoted in Mississippi Today

In July, Professor Kate Levine presented her work in progress, Policing Danger, levineat Crimfest. This paper examines the danger narrative propagated by the police, and argues that other system actors have ceded control over this narrative to law enforcement. It theorizes that this danger narrative props up our unsustainable criminal justice machinery to the detriment of multiple areas of law and policy. The overblown danger rhetoric and refusal to seriously challenge it has deleterious effects on constitutional law, the relationship between police and the communities they serve, and the health and well being of individual officers.

Professor Levine also was quoted in an article for Mississippi Today about D.A. conflicts in cases where police harm civilians. The article can be found here.

August 30, 2018

Goldweber and Calabrese Featured in Queens Daily Eagle Article

On August 20, Professors Ann Goldweber and Gina Calabrese were featured in article in the Queens Daily Eagle titled, “SJU Consumer Clinic Aids Queens’ Aging Population.”

The article describes the important work performed by the Consumer Justice for the Elderly Clinic and quotes Professors Goldweber and Calabrese, as well as recent clinic students.

August 9, 2018

Cunningham Presents at LWI and SEALS

Professor Larry Cunningham spoke at two recent conferences on subjects related to legal education. Vice_Dean_CunninghamIn July, he presented a work-in-progress, Law School Faculty Hierarchies and Academic Departments, at a session of the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference in Milwaukee, WI. In August, he spoke at two programs of the Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was a discussant at a program on teaching with technology and at a second session on assessment in legal education. Both of his SEALS presentations built on his recently posted draft article, Building a Culture of Assessment in Law Schools.

August 8, 2018

Movsesian Offers Views on Kavanaugh’s Record in Church-State Cases

Professor Mark Movsesian has recorded a podcastand written an online essay on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record in church-state cases.


Mark Movsesian

Movsesian argues that Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would resemble the person he would replace, Justice Anthony Kennedy. The podcast, “Who Is Brett Kavanaugh,” is on the First Things website and the essay, “God, Man, and the Law According to Judge Kavanaugh” is at the Law and Liberty Blog.

August 5, 2018

Salomone Publishes Commentary in University World News, Quoted in Hechinger Report

Professor Rosemary Salomone‘s commentary, “The Dutch Court Defers Decision on English in Universities,” appeared in the July 27th issue of University World News.


Rosemary Salomone

The commentary maintains that a recent Dutch court ruling on English language programs at the University of Twente and Maastricht University is not the clear victory for universities teaching in English that some believe it to be. By deferring to the legislature and the minister of education, culture and science, the court has implicitly placed pressure on them to find a workable solution to a policy problem with broad implications for higher education and for Dutch society. Once the law is clarified and updated, the universities may still find themselves in court defending the “necessity” of these programs however newly defined.

Professor Salomone also was extensively quoted in an article in the July 20th edition of The Hechinger Report on “Girls-Only Trade Classes Are Spreading — Upending Stereotypes.” The article addresses the legality of such classes under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX regulations that Professor Salomone helped draft and which she believes demand revision to accommodate more young women being trained for traditionally male trades.


July 17, 2018

Greenberg Appointed to ADR Advisory Board, Conducts Mediation and Arbitration Trainings

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg has been appointed to serve as a member of Chief Justice DiFiore’s ADR Advisory Board to promote the use of ADR in the New York State court system. imageShe also has been appointed as chair of the Promoting/Educating about ADR Subcommittee and a member of the Development and Selection of Neutrals Subcommittee.

On June 19, 2018, Professor Greenberg  conducted an advanced mediation training, “Expanding a Lawyer’s Philosophic Map to Overcome Impasse(s): The Role of Law in Commercial Mediation” at the Universita Degli Studi Firenze.

And on May 18-19, 2018, the Hugh L. Carey Center co-sponsored the NYSBA Mediation and Arbitration Training Clinic for Advocates and New Lawyers  at the St. John’s Manhattan campus.  At the clinic, Professor Greenberg presented the module “Advocating in the Mediation Process.”

July 16, 2018

Barrett Lectures in Nuremberg, Germany

On July 6, 2018, Professor John Q. Barrett taught a class, on U.S. Supreme Court justice jqb photoRobert H. Jackson and his role as U.S. chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals following World War II, in Creighton University’s summer law school program, “From Nuremberg to The Hague.

On July 9, Professor Barrett gave a public lecture, “The U.S. Criminal Investigations of President Trump, Russians, & Others: A Status Report,” at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg.

On July 10, Professor Barrett spoke to the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also about Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of President Trump and others.

July 12, 2018

Sovern Publishes Articles in Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law, Rutgers

Professor Jeff Sovern’s short article, The Content of Consumer Law Classes III, will appear in the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law.


Jeff Sovern

Here is the abstract:

This paper reports on a 2018 survey of law professors teaching consumer protection, and follows up on similar 2010 and 2008 surveys, which appeared in Jeff Sovern, The Content of Consumer Law Classes II, 14 J. Consumer & Commercial L. 16 (No. 1 2010), and Jeff Sovern, The Content of Consumer Law Classes, 12 J. Consumer & Commercial L. 48 (No. 1 2008), respectively. As reported in previous surveys, professors teaching consumer law report considerable variation in coverage. Professors want to cover relatively current subjects within their courses, such as FinTech, credit invisibles, and mortgage servicing. They also continue to cover topics traditionally explored in consumer law courses, such as common law fraud and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The 2018 survey also found considerable interest in some topics that did not generate any interest in the 2010 survey, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission and student loan servicing.

The survey also asked professors whether they read contracts before agreeing to them and read required disclosures before entering into consumer transactions. Not one professor reported always doing so, while 57% said they rarely or never read contracts and 48% said they rarely or never read required disclosures. It thus appears that not even consumer law professors routinely read consumer contracts and disclosures.

Meanwhile, Rutgers University Law Review published Sovern’s article, Free-Market Failure: The Wells Fargo Arbitration Clause Example, 70 Rutgers. U. L. Rev. 417 (2018). Rutgers will publish another of Sovern’s articles during the next school year.

On June 29, The Conversation ran Sovern’s op-ed, Mick Mulvaney turned the CFPB from a forceful consumer watchdog into a do-nothing government cog. It has been read by over 11,000 readers and was republished online by the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle, among others. The essay began:

Until last Thanksgiving, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was known for forcefully pursuing its core mission, returning nearly US$12 billion to about 30 million consumers who had been taken advantage of by financial institutions.

But since then, the bureau has been known for … well, not much. After Obama-appointee Richard Cordray stepped down in November, President Donald Trump named as interim director, his budget chief Mick Mulvaney, who has long been a foe of the CFPB.

Finally, one of Sovern’s blog posts was referred to by the Credit Union Times in an article headlined Federal Judge Strikes Down CFPB Structure as follows:

[T]he New York decision could lead to more lawsuits being filed challenging the constitutionality of the agency, according to Jeff Sovern, a law professor at the St. John’s University Law School. He wrote in a consumer law blog sponsored by Public Citizen that the constitutionality of the agency may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

July 11, 2018

Boyle Presents at ICSA

On July 6, 2018, Professor Robin Boyle presented at the annual conference for International Cultic Studies Association (“ICSA”), which was held in Philadelphia, PA.  BoyleThe conference drew 200 attendees from various countries, including lawyers, mental health professionals, medical doctors, sociologists, academics, and former (and current) cult members.

Professor Boyle’s presentation focused on criminal and civil legal strategies that can be used to litigate against cults as well as legal theories in the civil context that can be used by former cult members to seek remedies.  Her talk highlighted the recent federal case filed against Nxivm, a purported self-help organization.  In April, Nxivm’s founder, Keith Raniere, and actress Allison Mack were indicted for sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy.

Professor Boyle is on the editorial board of ICSA’s International Journal of Cultic Studies. She lectures on topics concerning cults and the law.  Her recent article, Employing Trafficking Laws to Capture Elusive Leaders of Destructive Cults, published by the Oregon Review of International Law (2016), was reprinted in the International Journal of Cultic Studies (2018).

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