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Prof. Jim Moliterno Publishes Articles on Crisis in Legal System

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Jim Moliterno

Prof. Jim Moliterno

Washington and Lee law professor Jim Moliterno has published two articles dealing with the ongoing crisis in the American legal system. In “Crisis Regulation,” published in the Michigan State Law Review, Moliterno explains that the American legal profession has regulated not in a forward-looking way, but only as a form of crisis management.  As a result, the profession has regulated itself poorly and without forward vision.

In addition, Moliterno published “The Future of Legal Education Reform” in the symposium issue of the Pepperdine Law Review.  This essay outlines the need for reform based on the new challenges that law graduates face in the marketplace and the profession. It urges reforms in the bar exam and in law school curricula that will add value to graduates and make them more successful in the new regime of law practice.

Prof. Moliterno delves more deeply into these issues in his forthcoming book from Oxford University Press. In the book, titled The American Legal Profession in Crisis, Moliterno argues that with striking consistency, the legal profession has resisted societal change and sought to ban or discourage new models of legal representation created by such change. In addition, Moliterno demonstrates how the profession has held to its anachronistic ways at key crisis points in US history, including during Watergate, communist infiltration, waves of immigration, and the current economic crisis.

The Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Eighth Annual Symposium

February 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Thursday, March 7-Friday, March 8, 2013, Northwestern University School of Law, 75 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL, 60611

The Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, in conjunction with the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth presents The Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Eighth Annual Symposium, a two-day conference for academics, practitioners, and students to discuss current IP and technology law topics. The conference will be held on Northwestern’s Chicago campus on Thursday, March 7-Friday, March 8, 2013.

– Net Neutrality: Government Overreach or the Key to Innovation?
– The Past, Present, and Future of Social Media
– FRAND: What constitutes reasonable patent licensing terms?

The symposium will feature an opening Keynote Address on the evening of Thursday, March 7th by Hank Barry, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alta, California.


Thursday, March 7th

6:00pm – 7:00pm Symposium Opening Address and Keynote Speaker (Wieboldt Hall #540)
Hank Barry, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Palo Alto, California

7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner and Networking (Wieboldt Hall #540)

Friday, March 8th

8:15am – 8:45am Registration Check In and Continental Breakfast (Lowden Hall)

8:45am – 10:15am Net Neutrality: Government Overreach or the Key to Innovation? (Lincoln Hall)
Lee Selwyn, Economics & Technology
Hal Singer, Navigant Economics
Robert Frieden, Penn State Law School
Jeffrey Armstrong, McDonnel Boehen Hulbert & Berghoff

10:30am – 12:00pm The Past, Present, and Future of Social Media (Lincoln Hall)
Jonathan DeMay, Condon & Forsyth
Andrea Matwyshyn, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
John Hines, Clark Hill/Northwestern Law
Bradley Shear, Shear Law Office
Christopher Butts, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch and Networking (Law School Atrium)

12:45pm – 2:30pm FRAND: What constitutes reasonable patent licensing terms? (Lincoln Hall)
Latonia Gordon, Director, Standards Policy, Microsoft
Alden Abbott, Director, Global Patent Law & Competition Strategy, Blackberry
Mark Snyder, Corporate Litigation, Qualcomm
Jorge L. Contreras, American University College of Law, Contreras Legal Strategy LLC
Chris Carani, McAndrews, Held & Malloy
Jason Sheasby, Irell & Manella

2:30pm – 4:00pm Cocktails and Networking (Thorne Lobby)

FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, including a full agenda and registration please visit:

SPONSORS: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Northwestern Intellectual Property Law Society and the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth.

ABOUT THE JOURNAL: The Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property (NJTIP) is among the top ranked intellectual property and technology journals in the country. The Journal addresses subjects relating to intellectual property and the intersection of law and technology and publishes articles on a variety of topics including: copyright, trademark, patents, the Internet, media, telecommunications, health care, antitrust, e-discovery, and trial and litigation technology.

ABOUT THE SEARLE CENTER: The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center’s activities may be found at:

Prof. Russ Miller Leads Seminar at Humboldt University Law Faculty in Berlin

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller is leading a three-day seminar for graduate and post-graduate researchers at Humboldt University’s Law Faculty in Berlin.  The seminar, entitled “Beyond Comparison:  Germany’s Plural Legal Culture” is meant to challenge traditional comparative law approaches to classifying and, thereby engaging with, German law and legal culture.

According to the program website, “comparative lawyers, when classifying the world’s legal systems into several ‘legal families,’ insist on assigning Germany to the genus ‘civil or continental law’. Indeed, Germans have embraced the characterization, not just conceding but very often celebrating this traditional characterization of their legal culture. This practice ignores many of the lessons jurisprudence has learned from critical theory, particularly the compelling claims made by legal pluralism.”

The curriculum and materials for the seminar are largely drawn from Miller’s contributions to the forthcoming co-authored comparative law casebook co-authored titled “Global Legal Tradtiions:  Comparative Law for the 21st Century” (Lexis/Nexis).  A number of the seminar participants will be fellows in the post-graduate fellowship program “Rechtskulturen” (“Legal Cultures”) jointly sponsored by the Hulmboldt Law Faculty and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

More information about the program is available online.

Pepperdine Moves to Scholastica

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Authors and Friends of the Pepperdine Law Review,

The Volume 41 Editorial Board is excited to announce that, beginning with the present editorial cycle, we will be transitioning to Scholastica to manage our article submissions process.

Though we will continue to accept direct submissions transmitted via email to, we will strongly prefer submissions via Scholastica.  And while we are not currently accepting submissions via ExpressO (and have no plans to), we will announce any changes in that regard.

Information on how to submit via Scholastica, including information on how to create a personal account for article submissions, how your institution can create an account to fund submissions, and how you can apply for a fee waiver, can be found at

We are confident that the Scholastica system provides the most seamless and satisfying law review submission process, from the perspective of authors and journal editors alike, and we sincerely look forward to receiving your submissions this year.

The Pepperdine Law Review will open submissions for Volume 41 on Thursday, February 21, 2013.


Joseph Cardosi

Kelsey Maher

Andrew Wilhelm

Lead Articles Editors, Volume 41

Conferences Announced by the Athens Institute for Education and Research

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Colleague,

I would like to bring to your attention the following conference sponsored by ATINER’s Law Research Unit:

10th Annual International Conference on Law, 8-11 July 2013, Athens, Greece. Academic Member Responsible for the Conference: Dr. David A. Frenkel, Head, Law Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Conference Website: Deadline to submit abstracts: 1 March 2013 (Decisions are reached in less than 4 weeks after the abstract submission).

Academic Members of the Athens Institute for Education and Research have undertaken the organization of the following mini conferences as part of the 10th Annual Law Conference:

1.    Law & Economics Mini Conference, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece. Academic Member Responsible for the Conference: Dr. Nicholas Georgakopoulos, The Harold R. Woodard Professor of Law, Indiana University, USA & Academic Member, ATINER.Conference Website: Deadline to submit abstracts: 1 March 2013 (Decisions are reached in less than 4 weeks after the abstract submission).

2.    Law & Literature Mini Conference, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece. Academic Member Responsible for the Conference: Dr. Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor & Scholar, University of the Pacific, USA & Academic Member, ATINER. Conference Website: Deadline to submit abstracts: 1 March 2013 (Decisions are reached in less than 4 weeks after the abstract submission).

3.    Legal Education Mini Conference, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece. Academic Member Responsible for the Conference: Dr. Nellie Munin, Assistant Professor, The Law School, Zefat Academic College, Israel & Academic Member of ATINER. Conference Website: Deadline to submit abstracts: 1 March 2013 (Decisions are reached in less than 4 weeks after the abstract submission).

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – could meet in Athens to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 200 international conferences, symposiums and events. It has also published approximately 150 books.Academically, the Institute consists of five Research Divisions and twenty-three Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and contribute to ATINER’s objectives. The members of the Institute can undertake a number of academic activities. If you want to become a member, please download the form (membership form). For more information or suggestions, please send an email to:

Prof. Susan Franck Presents Empirical Research on Investment Disputes

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Susan Franck

Prof. Susan Franck

Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck gave several talks recently related to her empirical research on international investment disputes.

In January, she presented “An Evidence Based Approach to International Investment Disputes” during a faculty colloquium at the University of San Diego School of Law. In addition, she presented “Investment Treaty Arbitration: Myths, Realities and Costs” at the Bern University, World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

In February, she was the keynote speaker at the Hamburg University Institute of Law and Economics in Hamburg, Germany, where she again spoke on evidence-based analysis of international investment disputes. She is currently co-organizing the American Bar Association’s annual Dispute Resolution conference scheduled for April in Chicago.

International Academy of Comparative Law Announces Canada Prize

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

The Government of Canada has decided to establish, as a tangible expression of its interest in Comparative Law, a Grand Prize to be awarded by the International Academy of Comparative Law. The Association québécoise de droit comparé, the Faculty of Law of McGill University and the Wainwright Foundation are other financial contributors.

The prize, called Canada Prize, is intended to recognize an original legal work, written in English or French, in which the common law and the civil law systems are the subject of a critical comparative study in a field of private or public law, although other legal systems may also figure in the study. The work should be of a high scientific quality, suitable for publication in monograph form.

The prize, in the amount of ten thousand Canadian dollars ($ 10,000 can.), will be awarded every four years at the International Congress of Comparative Law held under the Aegis of the Academy (Athens, Greece 1994; Bristol, United Kingdom 1998; Brisbane, Australia 2002; Utrecht, Netherlands 2006; Washington D.C., USA 2010). The next Canada Price will be awarded during the 19th International Congress of Comparative Law, which will take place in Vienna (Austria) in 2014.

Application (including 4 copies of the work (which may be published or unpublished), a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation) should be sent before December 31, 2013 to the Secretariat of the Academy, 28 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris (France).

Further information may be obtained on the site or at:

Prof. Russ Miller to address Transatlantic Law Forum at GMU

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller will be a panelist at this weekend’s Transatlantic Law Forum conference at George Mason University (GMU). He will participate on a panel titled “Constitutional Courts” moderated by Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The title of Prof. Miller’s talk is titled “The German Constitutional Court and Deliberative Democracy.”

The Transatlantic Law Forum is a joint venture between GMU and the Council on Public Policy in Bayreuth, Germany. It aims to create a transatlantic community of lawyers, judges, policymakers, scholars and journalists with abiding interests in questions of constitutionalism and constitutional government.  TLF events feature prominent lawyers, judges and scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.

The program, featuring panels at GMU’s Arlington campus on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, 2013, is organized under the theme “The Rule of Law and the Administrative State in Crisis”.

More information about the event is available at this link:

Call for Proposals: International Law Weekend

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Dean, Chair, or Director:

On behalf of the Coordinating Committee of International Law Weekend (ILW) 2013, I am pleased to share the attached Call for Proposals, which we hope you will distribute to your faculty and law students.
International Law Weekend is an annual event in New York City sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association.  This two-and-a-half day conference features over 30 panels, and many of the world’s leading international lawyers, academics, and diplomats participate.  ILW is the only major international law conference that is free to students.  Attendance is also free for members of the International Law Association and modestly priced for nonmembers.  ILW offers a superb opportunity for faculty members to showcase their scholarship to a large, diverse, and sophisticated group.  Recent ILWs have attracted an audience of 800 to 1000 students, academics, diplomats, and practitioners.
ILW requires significant outside funding to provide this forum for the international law community.  We are accordingly seeking sponsorship for the event.  A contribution of $1200 will not only help make the conference possible but can offer valuable promotional opportunities for your institution.  Last year, our academic sponsors included:
American University, Washington College of Law
Amherst College, Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Boston University School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Case Western Reserve Law School
Columbia Law School
Cornell Law School
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Fordham Law School
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University
International and Non-J.D. Programs, Fordham University School of Law
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham University School of Law
New York University School of Law
Pace Law School
Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School Of Law
Princeton University, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Princeton University, Program On Law and Public Affairs
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Rutgers School of Law – Camden
Seton Hall University, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
St. Johns University School of Law
University of Connecticut School of Law
University of Maine School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Virginia School of Law
Washington University School of Law
If you are willing to consider joining as a sponsor for the event, please contact me at your earliest convenience at
To learn more about the International Law Association (American Branch), please visit our Web site:
Or you can visit the ILW page directly at:
Thanks for your consideration.  We hope to see your faculty members and students there.
Kind regards,
Aaron Fellmeth
Coordinating Committee member

NYU Law Review Seeks Submissions; Moves Exclusively to Scholastica

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Authors,

The New York University Law Review is excited to begin accepting submissions through Scholastica on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Please note that we will only accept submissions through Scholastica. We no longer accept submissions through ExpressO, and we do not accept submissions by email.

Institutions can create accounts to pay for their authors’ submissions to Scholastica, so authors affiliated with law schools can have the same payment experience they had with ExpressO. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit articles regardless of institutional support and will consider requests for fee waivers and other accommodations byemail. Additional information about Scholastica is available here. Additional information about theLaw Review’s submission procedures is available here.


Yan Cao
New York University Law Review


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