Archive for May, 2016

May 29, 2016

DeGirolami’s Essay Published in Illinois Law Review Online Symposium

Professor Marc O. DeGirolami’s essay, Substantial Burdens Imply Central Beliefs, has been marc dpublished by the University of Illinois Law Review Online in its symposium on “substantial burdens” and religious free exercise. Here is the abstract.

Any society that is open to religious accommodation will want to know about the quality of the burden its laws impose on religious belief and exercise. This short essay reflects on the nature of that inquiry. It argues that to speak of a substantial burden on religion is by implication to understand religion as constituted by a system, within which certain beliefs and exercises occupy different positions of relative importance or centrality.


May 24, 2016

Sovern Speaks at Teaching Consumer Law Conference

Professor Jeff Sovern spoke at the University of Houston’s Teaching Consumer Law Sovern Two[2]Conference (held in Santa Fe) on May 20. His topic was “Are FDCPA Validation Notices Valid?” and he spoke about the study he and Psychology Associate Professor Kate Walton are conducting, funded by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education.

In addition, Professor Sovern was quoted by Law360 on May 5 in an article titled “Battle Over CFPB’s Data Looms In Arbitration War.” According to the article:

“The bureau has been meticulous about relying on its research findings, and I respect the fact that they felt they needed to know more before going further,” said Jeff Sovern, a professor at the St. John’s University School of Law and a critic of the arbitration clauses. “It will be interesting to see what the data they will collect shows.”

He was also quoted in an April 28 story on headlined “Chase Now Offering Its Customers Deals on Jaguars.”

May 18, 2016

Lazaro Participates on Panel on DOL’s New Fiduciary Duty Rule

On May 17th, Professor Christine Lazaro participated on a panel hosted by CJM WealthChristine Lazaro Management and the Association of Certified Chief Financial Officers. The panel discussed the Department of Labor’s recently adopted rule which imposes a fiduciary duty on those who provide certain types of investment advice to retirement investors. In addition to Professor Lazaro, the panel included Ary Rosenbaum, an ERISA attorney, Suzanne Breit, a CPA, and Ronald K. Stair, an actuary. The audience included Chief Financial Officers and retirement plan administrators. 

May 16, 2016

Sheff Presents at Fordham’s Law & Information Society Symposium

On Friday, May 13, Professor Jeremy Sheff spoke at the Fordham Center for Law andsheff photo Information Policy’s Tenth Annual Law & Information Society Symposium. Professor Sheff served as a panelist on the topic of “Intellectual Property and Public Values,” reflecting on the past decade’s developments in intellectual property law and policy and predicting future developments in the field.

May 16, 2016

Barrett Lectures in Poland, Participates in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau

On May 4th, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a keynote lecture, “The History of the


John Barrett

Nuremberg Trials,” at a March of the Living International, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights & Jagiellonian University symposium in Krakow, Poland. The symposium, “The Double Entendre of Nuremberg: The Nuremberg of Hate & the Nuremberg of Justice,” featured leading jurists, government ministers, scholars, lawyers and other experts from around the world. For video, click here; Professor Barrett’s lecture begins around the 38:00 mark. And for an album of symposium photos, click here.

On the following day, Professor Barrett was one of thousands who participated in this year’s March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, horrific sites of Nazi imprisonment, torture, enslavement and extermination, primarily of Jews, during World War II. (For video of the March, click here.)

Professor Barrett also appears in a film on the Nuremberg trials that was presented at the symposium, and in February he spoke at the March of the Living International leadership meeting in Aventura, Florida.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson, U.S. chief prosecutor at and principal architect of the 1945-1946 international Nuremberg trial. He writes The Jackson List, which reaches over 100,000 readers around the world.

May 10, 2016

Goldweber Presents on Access to Justice Panel at Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association Event at Justice Kenneth Browne Community Law Day Symposium at York College

Professor Ann Goldweber presented on Access to Justice Programs available to the Queens goldweberCommunity through St. John’s University School of Law. The Honorable Howard Lane, Supreme Court Justice, Queens County Supreme Court, was the moderator. Other panelists included representatives of Queens Legal Services Corporation and the civil and criminal divisions of the Queens Legal Aid Society.

May 9, 2016

Subotnik Wins Award for Empirical Research Project on the Role of Intellectual Property in the Business and Art of Photography

Professors Eva Subotnik, Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University School of Law), and Peter


Eva Subotnik

DiCola (Northwestern University School of Law) have been awarded a $10,000 grant for intellectual property and innovation research from the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Their future project, Empirical Study of Intellectual Property, Photography, and Changing Aesthetic and Business Practices, will investigate the business and art of photography. The goals of the project are to learn by employing various empirical methods how earning a living as a photographer (or through photography) and the practice of photography have changed in the digital era. In particular, it will focus on the roles intellectual property law plays in the changing (or enduring) aspects of photography as a professional and artistic endeavor.

Announcement of the award is available here

May 2, 2016

Greenberg Listed in Women in the Law Best Lawyers Business Edition Magazine for Dispute Resolution

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg was named as one of three NY lawyers in Dispute Resolutionimage in the Best Lawyers Business Edition Magazine devoted to Women in the Law.

May 2, 2016

Greenberg Presents on Cognitive Bias in Negotiation

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg presented two talks about how the cognitive bias of


Elayne Greenberg

optimistic overconfidence derails negotiations and strategies that effective negotiators might use to counteract its deleterious influence.

On April 8, Professor Greenberg co-presented, “Don’t Name the Cow” at the Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference in New York.

On March 8, Professor Greenberg presented, the “Danger of Falling in Love With Your Case” to the NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of Dispute Resolution. This talk focussed on how optimistic overconfidence is particularly problematic in the entertainment, arts and sports law field where business technologies are evolving and the valuation of corresponding intellectual property rights is ambiguous.

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