Archive for January, 2021

January 14, 2021

Salomone Participates in Global Summit

On January 13th, Professor Rosemary Salomone participated in a panel discussion on “Minorities, Equality & Divided Societies” as part of the Global Summit sponsored by the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism at the University of Texas School of Law. Her presentation entitled, “Transformative Constitutionalism: Education and Linguistic Rights in South Africa,” focused on the transformative nature of the South African Constitution and its role in resolving enduring disputes over language and race in South African society. Looking at three decisions of the Court over the past decade, she specifically put into question a recent shift in the Court’s approach from redressing the wrongs of the past, set against the history of apartheid, to addressing present inequities within a more conciliatory and inclusive multilingual narrative. The presentation was based on a chapter in her forthcoming book on “The Rise of English” to be published by Oxford University Press.

Rosemary Salomone
Kenneth Wang Professor of Law
January 13, 2021

Sovern Pens NY Daily News Essay, Draws Attention from the CFPB, WaPo, and Salon

The New York Daily News published Professor Jeff Sovern’s op-ed, The COVID liability charade: Mitch McConnell’s demand is built on dishonest claims, on December 15. Salon quoted the op-ed on December 20. On December 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a debt collection rule in which it quoted from one article Sovern co-authored, and cited another. On January 5, the Washington Post published an essay by columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, in which she referred to a piece Sovern co-authored with Hofstra Law Professor Norman I. Silber as putting forth a “big idea.” 

Jeff Sovern
Professor of Law
January 7, 2021

Roberts Takes Leadership Roles on Evidentiary Issues

Professor Anna Roberts has been elected to the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Evidence. She is also spearheading, in partnership with Julia Simon-Kerr, an initiative to reform prior conviction impeachment. This initiative will bring together a group of the leading scholars on prior conviction impeachment, with the aim of identifying states where reform is both needed and potentially viable, and then partnering with local advocates to attempt to bring about reform, whether through amicus briefs or other efforts.

Anna Roberts
Professor of Law
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