Archive for April 20th, 2012

April 20, 2012

Janai Nelson on Voter Access

Janai Nelson

Over at Concurring Opinions, Associate Professor Janai Nelson just posted “NVRA (National Voter Registration Act) vs. Voter ID and Other Voter Access Challenges.” It is well worth the read.

April 20, 2012

Professor DeGirolami Speaks on Punishment Theory

Assistant Professor Marc O. DeGirolami is speaking today at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Appearing with United States District Judge Richard Sullivan, Marc will discuss theories of criminal punishment as part of the Hot Topics: Cool Talk series sponsored by St. Thomas’ Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. St. Thomas’ announcement for the talk describes Marc as “a leading theorist on punishment theory” who possesses “a comprehensive and academic sense of the theory of punishment outside of any one case. His work is forthright and compelling, drawing from the deep well of Catholic scholarship.” I couldn’t agree more.

April 20, 2012

New York City Council Honors St. John’s Immigration Clinic

On April 18th, the New York City Council honored St. John’s Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic.  Coinciding with Immigrant Heritage Week, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Speaker Christine Quinn and the entire City Council presented the Clinic with a Proclamation stating, in part, that:  

The Council of the City of New York is proud to honor the St. John’s School of Law Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic for its outstanding service to immigrants in New York City: and . . .

The St. John’s School of Law Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic represents some of the neediest and most challenging cases before the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Courts; and . . .

The work of the Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic on these cases is often groundbreaking and precedential, impacting immigration cases not just in New York City but across the country: and . . .

The Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic provides experiential learning to law students, many of whom go on to serve as prominent immigration attorneys and leading advocates for immigration reform; . . .   

Congratulations to our Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic, Clinic Directors Mario Russell and Mark von Sternberg, and all the clinic students for their great work.

April 20, 2012

Jeremy Sheff Analyzes the Theoretical Underpinnings of Trademark Law

Associate Professor Jeremy Sheff’s latest article, Marks, Morals, and Markets challenges the conventional wisdom about why we enforce trademarks. For years, the majority of academics studying intellectual property have argued that the current shape of trademark law can be explained through the basic tools of law and economics. A smaller group asserts that trademarks are all about natural rights. Jeremy, who is quickly emerging as one of the leading new voices in IP scholarship, says that both those explanations are incomplete.  Here is the full abstract of his article, which is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review:

Trademark law depends for its justification on economic arguments that cannot account for much of the law’s recent development, nor for mounting empirical evidence that consumer decisionmaking is inconsistent with assumptions of rational choice. But the only extant theoretical alternative to economic analysis is a Lockean “natural rights” theory that scholars have found even more unsatisfying. This Article proposes a third option. I analyze the law of trademarks and unfair competition as a system of moral obligations between producers and consumers. Drawing on the contractarian tradition in moral philosophy, I develop and apply a new theoretical framework to evaluate trademark doctrine. I argue that this contractarian theory holds great promise not only as a descriptive and prescriptive theory of trademark law, but as a framework for normative analysis in consumer protection law generally.

For those looking to explore more of Jeremy’s work, you can find links here.

April 20, 2012

The Faculty Scholarship Blog at St. John’s Law School

Welcome to the St. John’s Law School Faculty Scholarship Blog. As the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at the law school, I’ll be using this blog to disseminate information about the academic and professional achievements of the St. John’s faculty, including information on new books and articles, speaking engagements, and media appearances. We will also feature information on symposia and colloquia at St. John’s as well as what’s going on in our academic centers and legal clinics. In the future, you will be able to find faculty comments on the legal issues of the day—commentaries that should be of interest not only to the academic community, but to our alumni, students, and friends. So please scroll over to the right-hand column to subscribe to email updates. And, of course, you can also follow us on RSS, Facebook, or Twitter.

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