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May 22, 2018

Movsesian Comments on Masterpiece Cakeshop Case at Princeton Conference

Professor Mark Movsesian spoke about the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop on a panel, “Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad,” at Princeton University ​on May 18.


Mark Movsesian

The panel was part of a conference, “Taking the Measure of Where We Are Today,” sponsored by Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, where Professor Movsesian is a visiting fellow this year. Other panelists were John DiIulio, Jr. (University of Pennsylvania), Michael Stokes Paulsen (University of St. Thomas School of Law), and Katrina Lantos Sweet (Lantos Foundation).

May 18, 2018

Cunningham Discusses Assessment in Legal Education at IALS and ExamSoft Assessment-on-Tour Conferences

Vice Dean Larry Cunningham spoke about assessment in legal education at two conferences this week.  Vice_Dean_CunninghamOn May 15, 2018, at the International Association of Law Schools’ Law School Leadership Forum on the St. John’s Manhattan Campus, Dean Cunningham addressed the change in ABA accreditation standards from inputs to outputs. On May 16, he discussed the state of programmatic learning outcomes assessment in legal education at the ExamSoft Assessment-on-Tour conference held at St. John’s Queens campus.

May 17, 2018

Lazaro Speaks at New York City Bar on Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics

On May 15, 2018, Professor Christine Lazaro participated as a panelist at the Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2018, a program offered by the New York City Bar Association.  ChristinaThe program covered a number of topics, including investment adviser arbitration, financial exploitation of the elderly, and current issues in investor-brokerage firm arbitrations.

Additionally, Professor Lazaro submitted an article for the program’s written materials, “Eligibility and Statutes of Limitations in Arbitration,” co-authored with Michael S. Edmiston.

May 17, 2018

Salomone Moderates Panel and Discussion at United Nations Multilingialism Symposium

On May 10th, Professor Rosemary Salomone moderated a panel on “The International Criminal Court” as part of a two-day international symposium on Multilingualism in International Organizations and in International Co-operation organized by the Study Group on Language at the United Nations and co-sponsored with Birbeck, University of London.


Rosemary Salomone

The following day, she led an opening discussion on “International Organizations at Work: The Linguistic Dimension” with a distinguished panel of United Nations representatives including Guillaume Dabouis, Head of Political Section, UN Delegation of the European Union; Mekki Ebdari, translator, Arabic Section, Documentation Division; Jean-Victor Nkolo, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa; Marie-Paule Roudil, Director, UNESCO Liasion Office in New York; and Russell Taylor, Chief of Publications and Editorial, Department of Information. The discussion covered a broad range of topics on the challenges in meeting the needs and demands of a multilingual constituency including digital gaps within and between countries, differential access to education across Africa, learning in the home language, the tension between official and working languages, the contested primacy of English within the UN, and the status of French as a language of diplomacy.

May 15, 2018

Facciolo Presents on Panel at PLI

On May 14, Professor Jay Facciolo presented on a panel at PLI as part of a full day course entitled “Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2018.”  download

Facciolo’s panel was entitled “The Evolution of an Industry: 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation … and Counting” and was the introductory panel of the day.  The other panelists included major industry lawyers from four major asset management groups, outside compliance consultants, the Investment Company Institute (the major trade association), and law firms such as Ropes & Gray, Simpson Thacher, Eversheds, and Sidley Austin, among others.

May 15, 2018

Greenberg Moderates Panel at Summit on Global Dispute Resolution, Publishes Column in New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer

On April 26, 2018, Professor Elayne E. Greenberg moderated a panel on the Economics of Dispute Resolution at Cravath’s 2018 Summit on Global Dispute Resolution. The distinguished panel included Deborah Miller, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Oracle; Joseph P. Richburg, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Litigation of the CBS Corporation; Josel Daniel Amado, Partner of Miranda & Amado, Karin DeMassi, Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP and Christopher P. Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.  image

The panel and the audience engaged in a lively discussion about how to adopt an early settlement strategy, synchronize in house counsel’s and claims counsel’s efforts, shape an international arbitration, and strategically consider third party litigation funding.

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg’s latest Ethical Compass column, “Act Like a Lawyer, Talks Like a Lawyer . . . Non-lawyer Advocates Representing Parties in Dispute Resolution” appears in the Spring 2018 New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer. This column raises the ethical concerns of having increasing numbers of non-lawyer legal advocates (NARs) represent clients in the negotiations, mediation and arbitration of legal matters. The idea for this column was sparked by a conversation Professor Greenberg had with Professor Christine Lazarro about the proliferation of NARs firms representing public investors in FINRA securities arbitrations and mediations.

May 14, 2018

Lazaro Speaks About Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

On May 5, 2018, Professor Christine Lazaro participated in a panel discussion at the PIABA mid-year meeting in Los Angeles. The panel was entitled: Protecting Seniors: Developing Rules, Regulations, and Policies Affecting Seniors’ Brokerage Accounts.  Christine Lazaro

The panelists discussed the actions taken by FINRA and the state securities regulators to help protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The panel was moderated by Joseph Fogel, an attorney in California. Judie Louie, in-house counsel at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Kathy Adams, a mediator, participated on the panel as well.

Professor Lazaro also submitted an article, “Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: An Overview of Regulatory Action” for the written materials for the program.

May 12, 2018

Barrett Lectures in Mineola and Rochester

On April 30, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered the Jewish Lawyers’ Association inaugural Steven J. Eisman Memorial Lecture at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola, New York. Professor Barrett spoke on “Nazis, Nuremberg, and the Rule of Law: Some Enduring Lessons for Lawyers Today.” Mr. Eisman, who was Nassau County Bar president at the time of his death in late 2015, was a St. John’s Law graduate and an accomplished lawyer on Long Island.

On May 2, Professor Barrett participated in a “Law Week” continuing legal education program, with U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. (W.D.N.Y.) and U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson (W.D.N.Y.), at the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, New York. In the program, “From the WDNY to the Supreme Court: The History and Constitutional Importance of Three Cases,” Professor Barrett discussed United States v. Di Re (1948) and Warth v. Seldin (1975).

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L-R: Emmelyn Logan-Baldwin (attorney for plaintiffs Robert Warth, et al. in Warth v. Seldin), Chief Judge Geraci, Magistrate Judge Payson, Tom Warth & Patricia Warth (children of Robert Warth), & Professor Barrett

May 10, 2018

Movsesian Comments at Princeton Law and Religion Conference

Professor Mark Movsesian participated as a commenter in a conference, “Law, Religion, and Complicity​,” at Princeton University this week.


Mark Movsesian

The conference was co-sponsored by Princeton’s University Center for Human Values and the Program in Law and Public Affairs. Professor Movsesian commented on a paper by Brian Hutler (UCLA), “Conscientious Objection or Political Protest, But Not Both.” Professor Movsesian is spending the semester as a visiting fellow at Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

May 9, 2018

Salomone’s Commentary Published in University World News

Professor Rosemary Salomone‘s Commentary, “South Africa: A Court Decision with Consequences for Languages in HE,” appeared in the May 4th issue of University World News. Professor Salomone discusses a recent provincial court ruling upholding the decision of the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution, to eliminate Afrikaans language courses and change to an all-English curriculum with supportive services offered in nine official African languages and in Afrikaans.


Rosemary Salomone

Focusing on principles laid out in the South African Constitution, she compares the court’s emphasis on multilingualism in the interests of “equity” and “practicality” to the Constitutional Court’s ruling this past December in the case against the University of the Free State where the decision weighed heavily on the need to “redress past wrongs.” She questions whether the new multilingual narrative will help steer post-apartheid South Africa beyond the past toward a consensus on the roles of English, Afrikaans, and other African languages, and whether it will influence the Constitutional Court in future cases, especially in the still pending litigation against Stellenbosch University, a bastion of white Afrikaner tradition.

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