October 21, 2019

Cunningham Presents at University of Tennessee Law School

Associate Dean Larry Cunningham presented at the University of Tennessee College of Law on October 10, 2019.


The topic of his presentation was, “Effective Programmatic Assessment … That is Respectful of Faculty Time.”  He described how law schools can implement the ABA’s assessment requirements in a manner that is effective, helps improve student learning, and is also efficient.

October 11, 2019

Joseph’s Book to be Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Joseph Speaks at Loyola University Chicago

Professor Lawrence Joseph’s ninth book, A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in March 2020.

larry joseph photo

On September 20, 2019, he was a featured speaker in the Catholic Imagination Conference: The Future of the Catholic Literary Tradition, at Loyola University Chicago.

October 11, 2019

Duryea Publishes Chapter in the Routledge History of Human Rights

Professor Catherine Duryea‘s book chapter, “The Universality of Human Rights: Early NGO Practices in the Arab World,” was published last week in the Routledge History of Human Rights.

Here is the abstract:

Drawing on interviews as well as published material and organizational archives, this essay explores the practices of several Arab human rights NGOs in Palestine, Morocco, Kuwait, and Egypt from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.  catherineAll of the organizations engaged in a range of activities that are familiar to any human rights NGO, but they used international law and institutions in fundamentally different ways to pursue goals specific to their political context.  These divergences reflected domestic and regional political constraints as well as the preferences and beliefs of early activists. The organizations demonstrate how human rights became relevant throughout the Arab world and provide new insights into debates over the universality of human rights. Their place in Muslim-majority states positioned them as critical voices in the debate over the compatibility of religion and human rights. Their members’ calls for adherence to international law in countries with complex legacies of colonial interference speak to whether human rights are uniquely Western. And their continued existence in countries with egregious violations highlight the role of human rights when international law is not respected.


October 4, 2019

Movsesian Co-chairs Roundtable on Religious Liberty Cases, Speaks at Kings’ College, and Presents at Morningside Institute Conference

In September, Professor Mark Movsesian co-chaired the Center for Law and Religion’s roundtable discussion on recent religious liberty cases at the Supreme Court with US Circuit Judges Richard Sullivan and Kyle Duncan.


Mark Movsesian

He also gave the annual Constitution Day address at The Kings’ College in Manhattan, on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and the broader conflict between anti-discrimination laws and religious liberty. In his address, Movsesian discussed the cultural and political trends that drive that conflict and the likely outcome in the courts.

Finally, Professor Movsesian presented a paper at a conference on “Church and State in a Time of Crisis,” sponsored by the Morningside Institute. Professor Movsesian’s paper addressed a recent California bill requiring clergy members to report to state authorities information regarding suspected child abuse, including information clergy members obtain during confidential spiritual counseling.

October 2, 2019

Calabrese and Sovern Co-Author Comments on Proposed CFPB Debt Collection Rule for Consumer Law Professors

Professors Calabrese and Sovern co-authored comments, along with other legal academics, to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on behalf of a group of 31 consumer law professors.  The comments address the Bureau’s proposed debt collection regulations.  These are the first agency regulations to implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).


The regulations deal with significant changes in communication technology as well as in the debt collection industry that have occurred since the FDCPA was enacted in 1977.  The comments were also appended to testimony before the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing on debt collection on September 26.

October 2, 2019

Allen’s Article Published in Detroit Mercy Law Review

Professor Renee Allen‘s article, The “Pink Ghetto” Pipeline: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Legal Education (with Alicia Jackson & DeShun Harris), has been published in the Detroit Mercy Law Review.  The article recently was featured on TaxProf Blog.


Here is the abstract:

The demographics of law schools are changing and women make up the majority of law students. Yet, the demographics of many law faculties do not reflect these changing demographics with more men occupying faculty seats. In legal education, women predominately occupy skills positions, including legal writing, clinic, academic success, bar preparation, or library. According to a 2010 Association of American Law Schools survey, the percentage of female lecturers and instructors is so high that those positions are stereotypically female. The term coined for positions typically held by women is “pink ghetto.” In legal education, tenured and higher-ranked positions are held primarily by men, while women often enter legal education through non-tenured and non-faculty skills-based teaching pipelines. In a number of these positions, women experience challenges like poor pay, heavy workloads, and lower status such as by contract, nontenure, or at will. While many may view this as a challenge, looking at these positions solely as a “pink ghetto” diminishes the many contributions women have made to legal education through the skills faculty pipelines. Conversely, we miss the opportunity to examine how legal education has changed and how women have accepted the challenge of being on the front line of educating this new generation of learners while enthusiastically adopting the American Bar Association’s new standards for assessment and student learning. This article focuses on the changing gender demographics of legal education, legal education pipelines, and the role and status of women in higher education with an emphasis on legal education. The final section applies feminist pedagogy to address challenges, opportunities, and aspirations for women in legal education.

September 30, 2019

Lazaro presents at Securities Arbitration 2019 Program at PLI

Professor Christine Lazaro participated on the panel, “Staying Ahead of the Curve: Hot Topics in Securities Arbitration and Future Trends in 2019,” at the PLI program, Securities Arbitration 2019.

Christine Lazaro

Professor Lazaro discussed recent cases, as well as issues impacting investors and the securities arbitration forum.  Additionally, Professor Lazaro co-authored an article for program with Teresa Verges entitled, Technology in Legal Practice: Keeping Ethical Obligations in Mind.  In addition to appearing in the program materials, the article will be published in PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press.

September 30, 2019

Boyle Presents at Harvard Medical School Think Tank

On September 25, 2019, Professor Robin Boyle Laisure presented at a think tank for Harvard Medical School, called the Program in Psychiatry and the Law (PIPATL).  PIPATL members hold degrees in psychiatry and law. The topic of her talk was “Litigating Against Cults: Avoiding Undue Influence Conundrum.”
Professor Boyle summed up the history of United States Supreme Court decisions, in which expert testimony was challenged when it pertained to “mind control” or “brainwashing.”  She argued that we can now look to the case of United States v. Raniere, tried in federal court (EDNY) last May, as a paradigm for litigation against cults and high demand groups.  In that case the leader of the Nxivm organization, a purported network of self-help workshops, was convicted on seven counts, including human trafficking and racketeering.  At her talk, Professor Boyle offered some suggestions about revising the requirements for establishing undue influence in the civil context.  The members of PIPATL engaged in a robust discussion about how much weight courts should afford to the mental state of the victim in cases of undue influence.
September 30, 2019

Warner Presents at European Academic Forum

On September 25, Professor Ray Warner presented his paper, Implementation of the Restructuring Directive: Enforcing Reorganization Plans in the United States, at the INSOL Europe Academic Forum on Harmonisation of Insolvency and Restructuring Law in the EU in Copenhagen, Denmark.


G. Ray Warner

September 19, 2019

Salomone Quoted in University World News

Professor Rosemary Salomone was extensively quoted in an article that appeared in the September 5th issue of University World News.


Rosemary Salomone

The article, “Language in Universities – No One-Size-Fits-All Solution,” makes note of a recent policy adopted in Algeria ordering universities to teach in English rather than in French, which an overwhelming majority of Algerians supported in a national poll. It more extensively discusses a recent law adopted in Morocco setting aside teaching through Arabic in favor of foreign languages, and particularly French, in science, mathematics, and technical subjects in secondary schools. The idea is to put public schools on an equal academic footing with the country’s elite French private schools, and to prepare students for university programs that are primarily offered in French. Critics argue that the law violates the Moroccan constitution, which states that Arabic and Amazigh are the official languages of the state. Some would even prefer English to French for political and practical reasons. Professor Salomone suggests that there is no “one-size-fits-all” or “all-or-nothing” resolution to any language policy and that changes demand time and thoughtful planning, as Rwanda learned when it moved from French to English. She maintains that the question needs to be considered in light of the history, politics, and legal status of the official language or languages in each country, how the people define themselves as a nation, their feelings toward France as the “colonizer,” what problems they are trying to remedy, and what benefits they foresee. In view of those factors, she agrees that the changes in Algeria and Morocco are both reasonable.

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