Washington & Lee law professor Timothy Jost published a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Obama’s ACA Delays – Breaking the Law or Making it work?” (with S. Lazarus). The article, published on April 2, 2014, discusses the legality of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act implementation delays.
Professor Jost also recently presented on the topic of health policy and the Affordable Care Act at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Medical School, Yale University, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and The National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Read Professor Jost’s contributions to Health Affairs Blog for his current analysis of implementing health reform.
Washington & Lee law professor Mark Drumbl spoke as a panelist at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. On Friday, April 11, 2014, Professor Drumbl joined other international criminal law scholars for a discussion entitled “Punishment and Sentencing in International Criminal Law”.
From the program:
International criminal law (ICL) has sought to establish effective mechanisms to hold accountable perpetrators of atrocity crimes and grave breaches of international humanitarian law. ICL sentencing, however, remains under-examined doctrinally, conceptually, and empirically. This panel will address various aspects of ICL sentencing, including an empirical assessment of the sentencing jurisprudence, the relevance and viability of the domestic experience with punishment, and the advancement of new theories and doctrinal frameworks sui generis to international criminal justice.
This is a subject Professor Drumbl explored in his book Atrocity, Punishment and International Law and continues to address in his scholarship. Read more of Professor Drumbl’s scholarship here.
Proposals Due: May 12, 2014
The Association of American Law Schools is seeking proposals for Crosscutting Programs for the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC from January 2-5, 2015. Crosscutting Programs focus on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession. Crosscutting programs attract a wide audience of law faculty teaching a variety of topics.
Successful proposals include innovative approaches to subjects or topics and presentation formats. The program panel would aim to spark conversations among academics both those working inside traditional legal silos and across legal and non-law disciplines. Proposals should not feature a program or subject that could be offered by any particular AALS Section. Additionally, proposals should not conflict with other program topics being presented at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. To ensure there is no overlap, the Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will evaluate all proposals in light of AALS Section and AALS Committee programs already planned for the 2015 Annual Meeting.
The length of a Crosscutting program is either 1 hour and 45 minutes or can be held during the last afternoon’s 3-hour time slot. Depending on the presentation format selected, we recommend you have one moderator and up to four slots reserved for speakers, and in addition, allot 20 minutes for question and answers from the audience. You may choose to select one speaker from a call for papers, who will not need to be identified by May 12, 2014. Programs might include a non-law school speaker. We recommend a small panel of three so that all panelists can contribute fully and the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.
Program proposals may be submitted by any faculty member with a full-time appointment at an AALS member school.
A proposal of 700 words would include the following information:
- Program title;
- Detailed description of what the program is trying to accomplish;
- Names of the planners of the program and description on how the program idea was generated;
- Names of speakers to be invited including their full names and schools with a link to or copy of their curricula vitae. Please describe the contributions each panelist will make to the discussion.
- Presentation format of the program;
- Program publishing information, if applicable.
The Committee will consider the following:
- Is the program focused on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession?
- Is the format innovative?
- Will the program attract a broad audience?
- Is there diversity of presenters and of planners? (Diversity in a broad sense: school, perspectives, race, gender, experience, etc.)
- Is there a publication coming out of the program?
The following examples of prior Crosscutting Programs can be found on past annual meeting programs here.
- Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law (2013)
- The Business of Tax Patents: At the Crossroads of Patent, Tax and Business Law (2013)
- The Law and Science of Trustworthy Elections: Facing the Challenges of Internet Voting and Other E-Voting Technologies (2012)
The Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will review and notify authors of the selected proposals by June 2014. Speakers are responsible for paying their conference registration fee and travel expenses; for non-law speakers, registration fees are waived.
The AALS welcomes comments and questions about Crosscutting Programs. Questions should be directed to Jane La Barbera AALS Managing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to email@example.com
Washington and Lee law professors Christopher Bruner and David Millon will speak on theories of the corporate form at the UCLA School of Law on April 11-12, 2014. Titled “Competing Theories of Corporate Governance,” the conference is sponsored by UCLA’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy and organized by Professor Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA’s William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law.
Over recent decades, a number of theories have been advanced to describe the balance of power between shareholders and boards of directors, on the one hand, and the aims toward which corporate decision-making ought to be directed, on the other. Professor Millon will critique one such theory, the “team production” model, and Professor Bruner will discuss the implications of various theories for judicial review of director decisions.
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research, Caroline Osborne is elected as Vice President/President-Elect of the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries.
Professor Osborne formally took office at the SEAALL Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN on April 5, 2014. The position is a two year term during which Professor Osborne will serve as Vice President in 2014-2015 and President in 2015-2016.
Washington & Lee law professor Lyman P.Q. Johnson participated in an online symposium hosted by The Conglomerate on the topic of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and its companion cases. Professor Johnson was invited to join fellow corporate law scholars to debate both sides of the issues presented at the Supreme Court on March 25, 2014.
Professor Johnson’s contributions include:
Corporate Law in the Supreme Court, March 24, 2014
Religious Obligations in the Corporation, March 25, 2014
Corporate Law in the Arguments, March 26, 2014
The Supreme Court and Corporate Purpose, March 27, 2014
Read more of Professor Johnson’s scholarship here.
Washington & Lee law professor David Baluarte will speak at the Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Professor Baluarte will participate in a panel discussion titled “Migrant Descendants in the Dominican Republic, Nationals or Foreigners?” with Jacqueline Bhabha and Bridget Wooding. The panel will address the impact of recent constitutional law reform on Sept 26, 2013, in the Dominican Republic that has effectively removed the right to nationality of over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Professor Baluarte joined Washington and Lee as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law in 2013. He is the Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Read more about Professor Baluarte’s scholarship here.