May 2, 2017

Facciolo Speaks at PLI

On April 20, Professor Jay Facciolo was the opening speaker at PLI’s “Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies.”


His presentation provided an over view of the themes of the day, including the unique balance of disclosure and substantive regulation that make up this area of securities regulation, as well discussing the structure of a typical registered investment company, the regulatory scheme and its various players, and a quick history of regulation over the past 75 years. There were 40 in-person attendees and 290 webcast attendees.

May 1, 2017

Greenberg Presents at ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Annual Meeting

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg co-presented “When ‘Yes’ Means ‘No’: Rethinking Informed Consent to Dispute Resolution Procedures” at the annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Annual Meeting held April 19-22, 2017 in San Francisco. image
This cutting-edge program was a one-of-a-kind multi-disciplinary collaboration among three scholars whose work touches on informed consent.  Donna Shestowsky (J.D., Ph.D.) from UC Davis has conducted groundbreaking multi-year research that examines how litigants evaluate legal procedures. She was awarded the 2016 Mangano Dispute Resolution Advancement Award for this research. Gil Siegal (LL.B, M.D., S.J.D) from UVA Law has proposed a revolutionary personalized approach to achieve meaningful informed consent in the healthcare industry. He has implemented this approach with over 28,000 patient users of his platform, C-MD. Professor Greenberg’s current work focuses on developing a personalized approach to informed consent in dispute resolution. This work builds on her recent research with Jeff Sovern, Paul Kirgis and Xuiang Liu on consumers’ understanding of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts that was included in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s congressionally mandated study of arbitration.​

May 1, 2017

Wade Speaks at University of Maryland Colloquium and Widener Diversity Forum

Professor Cheryl L. Wade was the guest speaker at a colloquium organized by Professor Taunya Banks on Economic Inequality and the Law at The University of Maryland School of Law.


Cheryl Wade

Professor Wade was also a panelist at the Widener Commonwealth Law School’s Diversity Forum entitled “Economic Justice: Dignity Through Opportunity.”

April 28, 2017

Goldweber and Lazaro speak about Clinics

On Thursday, April 27, Professors Goldweber and Lazaro spoke at the New York City Bar Association on a panel entitled, “The Rise of Law School Clinics.”

goldweberChristine Lazaro





Kaveh Debashi, ’17, moderated the panel which also included Beth Schwartz of Fordham.The panel discussed the rise of clinics in law schools, and how clinics help develop practice ready graduates.

April 28, 2017

Greenberg Named a 2017 Woman of Influence in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg has been named as one of the three 2017 Women of Influence in Alternative Dispute Resolution in New York City.  image
This recognition was reported in the Spring 2017 Best Lawyers Business Edition.  Congratulations, Elayne!

April 27, 2017

Cunningham’s Article to be Reprinted in Legal Writing Institute’s Monograph Series

Vice Dean Larry Cunningham’s article, Using Principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Nervousness in Oral Argument or Moot Court, will be reprinted in the next volume of the Legal Writing Institute’s Monograph Series.


Larry Cunningham

The article originally appeared in the Nevada Law Journal and was based on a talk that Dean Cunningham gave at a symposium organized by UNLV.  LWI’s Monograph Series reprints foundational articles on subjects that are important to the teaching and study of professional legal communication. Each volume focuses on a specific topic relevant to legal communication, and Volume 6 of the series will focus on moot court and oral advocacy. Dean Cunningham’s article, which draws upon principles from an area of psychotherapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, articulates ways that professors can help law students overcome their fear, anxiety, or nervousness about moot court or oral argument.

April 20, 2017

Sovern Speaks at Rutgers, Quoted in Bloomberg Law and Law360

Professor Jeff Sovern spoke at Rutgers Law School in a symposium on “Resolving the Arbitration Dispute in Today’s Legal Landscape” on April 7. His panel, on which former St. John’s professor Adam Zimmerman also appeared, was titled “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rulemaking and Consumer Arbitration Clauses.” More information is available here.


Jeff Sovern

Professor Jeff Sovern was also quoted in a Bloomberg Law report on March 16 on the D.C. Circuit case, PHH v. CFPB. The article, headlined U.S. Set to Signal Stance in Landmark CFPB Powers Case, stated:

Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, N.Y., and co-coordinator of the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, said that [the Department of Justice statement] likely means that the government will argue that the CFPB, as currently constituted, is not constitutional.

Although the Justice Department sees its role as defending the constitutionality of statutes, he said, on rare occasions it takes a different tack. That happened in 2011, he said, when the Justice Department under President Obama declined to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act—a move that critics called evidence of a politicized Justice Department.

“In the longer term, an argument that the president can remove the CFPB director from office without cause, as the PHH panel decision held, would suggest that the president wishes either to fire Director Cordray without offering a cause, or at least to preserve his ability to do so,” Sovern told Bloomberg BNA. “Firing a director who has returned nearly $12 billion to nearly 30 million consumers would be difficult to square with the president’s pledge to aid ordinary Americans.”

Finally, Professor Sovern was quoted in an April 17 Law360 article, Arguments In Debt Collection Case To Focus On Law’s Reach, on a pending Supreme Court case, Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, in which the issue is whether the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) applies to debt buyers who do not have debt collection as the principal purpose of their business. According to the article:

“If debt buyers can evade application of the FDCPA, they will face fewer restraints on misconduct,” said Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law.
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“It will probably help the consumers if the argument revolves more around the legislative purpose and administrative interpretations,” Sovern said.

April 18, 2017

Lazaro Speaks About DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule

On April 12, Professor Christine Lazaro spoke at a luncheon for the Capital Region/Albany Chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services.  Christine Lazaro

Professor Lazaro provided the group with an update on the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty Rule. She also answered questions and concerns about the upcoming implementation of the rule.

April 17, 2017

Professor Warner Extends International Bankruptcy Course Across NAFTA

The innovative International Bankruptcy course, hosted at St. John’s and directed by Professor G. Ray Warner, reached an important milestone this week when Western Law, a public law school in Ontario Canada, agreed to join the course.


G. Ray Warner

This course was already very unusual in that it involved 8 to 10 law schools annually that were linked together through audio and video over the internet in a shared real-time class. The course is sponsored and generously supported by the American College of Bankruptcy, which provides the funding needed to bring the world’s leading experts in as lecturers. The internet bridge allows multiple schools to share the lectures and class discussions. A Mexican law school, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), was already a participating school. With the addition of a Canadian law school, the course is now shared by law schools in all three NAFTA countries, probably a first in legal education.

April 13, 2017

Movsesian Quoted in The Atlantic

The Atlantic quoted Center for Law and Religion Director Mark Movsesian in a recent article on religious freedom in Europe.


Mark Movsesian

The article, by religion editor Sigal Samuel, considers the legality of recent proposals in Europe to ban sermons in the Arabic language.

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