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December 6, 2018

Sovern and Calabrese Publish Op-ed on Bloomberg Law

Professor Jeff Sovern and Professor Gina Calabrese published an op-ed on BloombergLaw, “Why the ABA is Wrong on Amending Debt Collection Bill.”


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Sovern and Calabrese disagree with the American Bar Association’s support of H.R. 5082, which would exempt attorneys’ litigation activities from the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  They argue that the ABA’s premise – that state ethics rules and state court oversight already curb collection attorney misconduct – is wrong because it is contradicted by the experience of regulators and by Calabrese’s experience representing consumers in the Consumer Justice for Elderly: Litigation Clinic.

December 6, 2018

Boyle Presents at University of Oregon

Professor Robin Boyle presented at the One Day Legal Writing Workshop held at University of Oregon School of Law on November 30, 2018.


The topic of the Workshop was teaching our students to become scholars. Professor Boyle’s presentation focused on the Scholarly Research and Writing course that she taught this Fall and, specifically, the use of students’ peer critique and oral presentations.

In 2009, Professor Boyle co-founded the One Day Workshops. St. John’s Law School was one of two schools holding it that year. Since then, the workshops have been held annually in December at law schools around the country.

On December 1, 2018, Professor Boyle presented work-in-progress at the Scholars Forum also held at University of Oregon and sponsored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors. The work that she presented stemmed from her presentation last July at the International Cultic Studies Association Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia, PA. She is developing an essay on the federal criminal prosecution against Nxivm, which is employing the human trafficking statutes and other laws to prosecute the so-called self-help organization. Previously, Professor Boyle published an article encouraging authorities to use the human trafficking statutes to prosecute cult leaders.

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