March 14, 2017

Montana Presents at Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference

Professor Patricia Montana presented her article, Bridging the Reading Gap in the Law School Classroom, forthcoming in the Capital University Law Review, this weekend at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.


Patricia Montana

Here is a brief description of the presentation:

Many students struggle in law school because they do not know how to read text closely and have limited practice in reading complex or lengthy pieces of writing that demand deep thinking and reflection. The presentation discussed how students’ prior educational experiences and relationship with technology contribute to this problem. The presentation also explored ways to improve the reading skills of entering students. Because a strong basis in reading is so critical to not only performing well in law school, but also to becoming a practice-ready attorney, law professors need to focus more attention on narrowing the reading gap.

March 10, 2017

Warner to run INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course in Australia

Professor Warner will be in Sydney, Australia, March 14-20, to run the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course.


G. Ray Warner

The year-long course trains established practitioners to handle complex cross-border business insolvencies. It draws practitioners from around the world and culminates in a week-long simulated case exercise involving judges from multiple jurisdictions. Professor Warner will complete his second term as the Course Leader in May.

March 7, 2017

Sovern Quoted by Politico, Bloomberg BNA, Law360, Pacer Monitor in Last Few Weeks

Professor Jeff Sovern was quoted in four media outlets in the past few weeks. On February 16, Politico’s Morning Money Newsletter, ran the following:


Jeff Sovern

SHOULD TRUMP HEAR FROM CONSUMER GROUPS? — St. John’s University law school’s Jeff Sovern emails: “You reported today that the president ‘will participate in a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs.’ You have reported a number of sessions in which the president met with CEOs. When will he hold a listening session with consumer advocates? The people who help the ordinary Americans the president pledged to work for during the campaign.”

Bloomberg BNA’s February 24 article, Chastened FTC May Foretell Future of CFPB, explained:

Jeff Sovern, a consumer law professor at St. John’s University in New York and a CFPB supporter, favors the decisiveness a single director can provide. “A commission structure like the FTC”—currently down to two commissioners in office—“increases the likelihood of gridlock,” he told Bloomberg BNA.

In a February 17 article headlined Facing Trump, CFPB Picks Up Enforcement Pace, Law360 reported:

[T]he more the CFPB puts itself in the public eye, the more grist it creates for its opponents, according to St. John’s University Law School professor Jeff Sovern.

“A countervailing pressure might be the knowledge that a slip-up could be used to tarnish the bureau in the unforgiving environment in Congress. That would tend to push people to measure twice before cutting once,” Sovern said.

And that, too, will play a role in the fight to come.

On February 13, Pacer Monitor’s piece, Challenges to Consumer Debt Regulations Have Legal Scholars on High Alert, provided Sovern’s comment about the Supreme Court’s forthcoming Fair Debt Collection Practices Act decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA:

“That’s an important issue because debt buyers buy and collect on many debts and if they are not subject to the FDCPA, they may be able to avoid liability for certain conduct prohibited by the statute,” Jeff Sovern, professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law writes said via email. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would still have the power to proceed against debt buyers under its power to prohibit deceptive, unfair and abusive practices, and state statutes may prohibit some conduct, but the debt collection landscape would change dramatically if the Court were to rule that the FDCPA doesn’t apply to debt buyers. Consumers could no longer sue debt buyers for violating the FDCPA.”

February 16, 2017

Warner Delegate to UNCITRAL Secured Transactions Project

Professor G. Ray Warner served as a delegate of the International Insolvency Institute at raythe UNCITRAL Working Group VI meeting at the United Nations this past week (week of February 13th). Working Group VI is completing a model law of personal property security interests designed to harmonize national laws on the subject and encourage cross-border investment.

February 16, 2017

Wade Presents at the Annual Review of Insolvency Insolvency Law

Professor Cheryl L. Wade will present The Foreclosure Follies, an original work written by


Cheryl Wade

her, members of the law faculties at the University of British Columbia, and other Canadian jurists at the opening reception of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law in Montreal.

February 9, 2017

Sovern Speaks to Thirteen Hundred in Webinar and is Quoted by Politico

Professor Jeff Sovern was one of two guest speakers at a Ballard Spahr webinar on the presidential election’s impact on consumer financial services. Some 1300 people attended the program. More information is available here.


Jeff Sovern

In addition, Politico’s Morning Money newsletter quoted Professor Sovern concerning § 1054(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The article is available here.

February 7, 2017

Warner Heads Panels at Penn Law Conference

Professor Ray Warner will head two panels at the rayConference on International Coordination of Secured Transactions Law Reforms held at the University of Pennsylvania on February 9 & 10.  Professor Warner’s panels will explore how the World Bank Group and regional development banks design and implement secured credit law reforms.

January 31, 2017

Subotnik Presents at Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium

Last week, on Tuesday January 24th, Professor Eva Subotnik presented her work on postmortem copyrights at the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, which is a seminar series co-sponsored and co-hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


Eva Subotnik

The Colloquium, described here, “invite[s] six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars to Chicago to present and discuss their current research projects before intellectual property faculty from Chicago-area law schools, prominent intellectual property practitioners, and selected students from Chicago-Kent and Loyola” during a two-hour presentation. Professor Subotnik’s presentation, facilitated by Skype, discussed issues that surround dead-hand control by authors and the role played by copyright successors. Links to Professor Subotnik’s work can be found here.

January 19, 2017

Sovern Writes About Consumer Protection in the Trump Administration in NY Times DealBook, Speaks About it at ABA Webinar

The New York Times DealBook published Professor Jeff Sovern’s column, Trump Faces Stark Choice: Protect Consumers or Banks, on January 18. The first and last paragraphs read:

President-elect Donald J. Trump will soon face a stark choice: whether to protect consumers, the ordinary Americans he pledged to defend against a system he criticized as rigged — or to side with that system.


Jeff Sovern

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If Mr. Trump chooses not to preserve a strong, independent bureau that protects consumers, he will have enabled his opponents in four years to attack him not only for failing to live up to his rhetoric, but for having become the leader of what he once condemned.

On January 17, Professor Sovern spoke in an ABA Section on Antitrust webinar titled Consumer Protection in a Trump Administration.

January 13, 2017

DeGirolami Presents at Yale Law School Conference

Professor Marc DeGirolami is presenting a paper today at a conference at Yale Law School titled, “Faith, Sexuality, and the Meaning of Freedom.”  Marc DeGirolami


Professor DeGirolami’s paper, “On Article XI of the Treaty of Tripoli,” will become a chapter in a book written by the conference presenters.

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