Borgen, Perino, and Turano on Research Leave to Pursue Various Scholarship Projects

Each year, eligible, tenured members of the St. John’s law faculty receive course relief to pursue important research projects and advance the law school’s scholarly mission. I am pleased to announce this year’s research leave recipients and their projects.

Christopher Borgen

In the upcoming academic year, Professor Borgen, the Associate Dean for International Studies, will work on a series of writing projects involving the interlocking issues of sovereignty, self-determination, and the recognition and non-recognition of states. Part of this work will relate to his responsibilities as a co-rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition in International Law. The Committee considers legal issues related to when one country “recognizes”—or doesn’t recognize—the existence of a new state, such as Kosovo, or a new government, such as in Egypt or Libya. During his research leave, Professor Borgen will also continue his ongoing contributions on Opinio Juris, the website he co-founded that is devoted to discussions, debates, and reports on international law.


Michael Perino

After serving as Associate Dean of Faculty Scholarship for two years, Professor Perino will spend his research leave this fall working on a new book project—a social history of insider trading. This project follows his highly successful book, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed America. Against the backdrop of the largest wave of insider trading enforcement actions since the late 1980s, Professor Perino’s new book will examine evolving attitudes toward insider trading over time as well as tell the story of how insider trading became a crime.

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Margaret Turano

Professor Turano is returning to the faculty full-time after serving as Associate Academic Dean for four years. She will spend the fall semester on research leave during which time she will continue her work as an oft-quoted commentator for McKinney’s Laws of New York. For many years Professor Turano has written the annual Practice Commentaries for eleven volumes of McKinney’s–five for the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law and six for the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. In addition, she has co-authored a treatise with Judge Raymond Radigan, entitled New York Estate Administration, which was originally in the West Hornbook series and is now published by Lexis/Nexis. During her leave, she’ll rewrite one volume of Practice Commentaries—her sixth new volume in five years—and begin writing her annual Practice Commentaries for next year. In addition, Professor Turano will update her New York State Administration treatise and create new course materials based on a draft manuscript she wrote on New York Trusts & Estates Law.

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