May 16, 2016

Barrett Lectures in Poland, Participates in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau

On May 4th, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a keynote lecture, “The History of the


John Barrett

Nuremberg Trials,” at a March of the Living International, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights & Jagiellonian University symposium in Krakow, Poland. The symposium, “The Double Entendre of Nuremberg: The Nuremberg of Hate & the Nuremberg of Justice,” featured leading jurists, government ministers, scholars, lawyers and other experts from around the world. For video, click here; Professor Barrett’s lecture begins around the 38:00 mark. And for an album of symposium photos, click here.

On the following day, Professor Barrett was one of thousands who participated in this year’s March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, horrific sites of Nazi imprisonment, torture, enslavement and extermination, primarily of Jews, during World War II. (For video of the March, click here.)

Professor Barrett also appears in a film on the Nuremberg trials that was presented at the symposium, and in February he spoke at the March of the Living International leadership meeting in Aventura, Florida.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson, U.S. chief prosecutor at and principal architect of the 1945-1946 international Nuremberg trial. He writes The Jackson List, which reaches over 100,000 readers around the world.

May 10, 2016

Goldweber Presents on Access to Justice Panel at Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association Event at Justice Kenneth Browne Community Law Day Symposium at York College

Professor Ann Goldweber presented on Access to Justice Programs available to the Queens goldweberCommunity through St. John’s University School of Law. The Honorable Howard Lane, Supreme Court Justice, Queens County Supreme Court, was the moderator. Other panelists included representatives of Queens Legal Services Corporation and the civil and criminal divisions of the Queens Legal Aid Society.

May 9, 2016

Subotnik Wins Award for Empirical Research Project on the Role of Intellectual Property in the Business and Art of Photography

Professors Eva Subotnik, Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University School of Law), and Peter


Eva Subotnik

DiCola (Northwestern University School of Law) have been awarded a $10,000 grant for intellectual property and innovation research from the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Their future project, Empirical Study of Intellectual Property, Photography, and Changing Aesthetic and Business Practices, will investigate the business and art of photography. The goals of the project are to learn by employing various empirical methods how earning a living as a photographer (or through photography) and the practice of photography have changed in the digital era. In particular, it will focus on the roles intellectual property law plays in the changing (or enduring) aspects of photography as a professional and artistic endeavor.

Announcement of the award is available here

May 2, 2016

Greenberg Listed in Women in the Law Best Lawyers Business Edition Magazine for Dispute Resolution

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg was named as one of three NY lawyers in Dispute Resolutionimage in the Best Lawyers Business Edition Magazine devoted to Women in the Law.

May 2, 2016

Greenberg Presents on Cognitive Bias in Negotiation

Professor Elayne E. Greenberg presented two talks about how the cognitive bias of


Elayne Greenberg

optimistic overconfidence derails negotiations and strategies that effective negotiators might use to counteract its deleterious influence.

On April 8, Professor Greenberg co-presented, “Don’t Name the Cow” at the Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference in New York.

On March 8, Professor Greenberg presented, the “Danger of Falling in Love With Your Case” to the NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of Dispute Resolution. This talk focussed on how optimistic overconfidence is particularly problematic in the entertainment, arts and sports law field where business technologies are evolving and the valuation of corresponding intellectual property rights is ambiguous.

April 29, 2016

Facciolo Presents at PLI on Retail Fund Regulation

Professor Jay Facciolo was the lead speaker in the April 28 PLI program entitled “Basics of jayMutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2016.” The title of his presentation was “The Evolution of an Industry: Approaching 75 Years of Retail Fund Regulation,” which provided an overview of the topics that were covered in more detail during the rest of the program. There were 149 attendees registered for in-person attendance and 236 registered for web attendance, of which 80% had some connection to the asset management business.

April 25, 2016

Salomone Presents at UN Symposium on Language and Sustainable Goals

On April 21st, Professor Rosemary Salomone presented a paper on “Educational Equity,


Rosemary Salomone

Sustainable Development Goals, and the Commodification of English in the Global Economy” at the Symposium on Language and Sustainable Goals sponsored by the Study Group on Language at the United Nations in cooperation with the Centre for Research and the Documentation on World Language Problems. The abstract of the presentation is as follows:

As English increasingly becomes the dominant lingua franca worldwide, it presents opportunities, challenges, and threats to primary and secondary education. Now widely used among non-native speakers who share neither a common language nor culture, English is no longer a language for ethnic or national identification as languages are conventionally considered. It is an economic skill, a marketable commodity, and a form of cultural capital. At the same time, neo-liberal approaches focusing on competition, efficiency, and accountability have likewise promoted the marketability of education itself. This paper examines the confluence of these forces as they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on “quality education” (4), “decent work and economic growth” (8), and “reduced inequalities” (10).  It maintains that the interplay between language and education is key to the success of development efforts to eradicate economic and social inequalities especially in emerging economies. To support that proposition, it focuses on select countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, all struggling with the implications of the “rise of English” for language policies in schooling. In the end, it concludes that both inequitable access to quality instruction in English and the widespread provision of primary education in a language that children do not understand are together denying equal rights to educational opportunity to millions of children while overlooking the value of indigenous languages as vehicles for building regional and rural economies.

April 25, 2016

Sovern Quoted by Bloomberg BNA and Politico

Professor Jeff Sovern was recently quoted by both Bloomberg BNA and Politico. The Sovern Two[2]Bloomberg story, headlined CFPB Plans May 5 Hearing on Arbitration; Expected to Propose Rule, quoted Sovern’s blog post on the Consumer Law and Policy Blog:

Because the Bureau usually combines field hearings with announcements of related developments, it is likely to announce its proposed arbitration rules that day,” Jeff Sovern, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, wrote in the Consumer Law & Policy Blog sponsored by the Public Citizen litigation group.

The Politico quote came in Politico’s Morning Money enewsletter, and read:

MORE ON COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS — St. John’s University School of Law professor Jeff Sovern emails: “Consumer protection agencies already use CBA. The Dodd-Frank Act directs the CFPB to ‘consider’ costs and benefits. The FTC has a Bureau of Economics which effectively institutionalizes CBA. Neither the CFPB nor the FTC can find a practice unfair unless they find that it causes ‘substantial injury . . . which is . . . not outweighed by countervailing benefits.’”

April 22, 2016

Facciolo Gives PLI Presentation on Financial Services Conflicts of Interest

This week, Professor Jay Facciolo gave the opening presentation at a PLI program entitled download“Financial Services Conflicts of Interest & Fiduciary Duties 2016: Navigating the Emerging Regulatory Maze.” He started the program off by giving a presentation on fiduciary duties and financial advice, focusing on the common law roots of fiduciary duty and how they have been translated into the statutory and regulatory regimes that govern investment advisers and stock brokers.

April 18, 2016

Cunningham Lectures and Writes on Speedy Trial Right

Associate Academic Dean and Professor of Legal Writing Larry Cunningham delivered a


Larry Cunningham

CLE lecture, “The Failure of CPL § 30.30,” to the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association on April 7, 2016.  He also had a letter to the editor published in the New York Law Journal on the practice of prosecutors announcing their readiness for trial at Criminal Court arraignments.  He recently testified before the New York City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services on delays in the New York City Criminal Court.  At St. John’s, Cunningham teaches Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, and other courses.  


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