Archive for February, 2014

Prof. Molitero Presents in Slovakia and Spain

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Jim Moliterno

Prof. Jim Moliterno

On March 6 and 7, 2014, Washington and Lee law professor James Moliterno will be engaged in meetings and presentations in Slovakia on the state of Slovak higher education.  Professor Moliterno will participate in sessions with representatives of the prosecution service regarding a prosecutor’s code of ethics, with law faculty at Comenius University on academic ethics, and a with a group of reform-minded judges who have been trying to improve the state of the Slovak judiciary.

Also during the week of March 7, 2014, Professor Moliterno will be at the Instituto Empresa Law Faculty in Madrid to conduct a workshop on experiential education for the faculty and present a lecture to IE’s LLM students on the impact of Alternative Business Systems on global legal markets.

Read more about Professor Moliterno’s scholarship here.

Prof. Moliterno Presents Empirical Research on Legal Ethics

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Jim Moliterno

Prof. Jim Moliterno

Washington & lee law professor James Moliterno will present at the thirteenth annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, TX on February 28, 2014.  The symposium will feature discussion of practical issues that attorneys and judges face daily, as well as forward looking trends in the legal malpractice and ethics fields.

Professor Moliterno will present  “Why Lawyers Do What They Do” reporting the findings of a survey conducted of Virginia lawyers. The survey asked lawyers about their motivations for doing things required by the ethics rules.  Among the possible motivations were fear of bar discipline, fear of malpractice, to gain more clients and keep current clients happy, and to do the right thing without regard to the consequences.

Read more about Professor Moliterno’s work here.

AALS Proposals for 2016 Professional Development Programs

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

The Professional Development Committee invites AALS Sections, faculty, and informal groups of faculty to submit preliminary proposals for conferences or workshops in 2016. The Committee prefers proposals for programs that are sufficiently broad that they will interest more than the membership of a single AALS Section or subject area. The AALS also welcomes proposals that contemplate different or innovative programs or that are based on interdisciplinary themes.

The Professional Development programs include one-day workshops at the Annual Meeting, as well as two-day workshops at the Mid-Year Meeting. Programs need not fit any particular format, but many past conferences and workshops have fallen into one of the following categories:

Subject matter programs aimed at faculty who teach particular subjects or types of courses such as the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Conference on Criminal Justice and the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Civil Procedure: Charting Your Course in a Shifting Field; Programs for groups with similar interests other than subject matter such as the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Forty Years of Formal Equality and the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues; Programs that cut across subject matter lines such as the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law; the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property; the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting on Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster; and the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on When Technology Disrupts Law: How do IP, Internet and Biolaw Adapt?; Programs dealing with matters of law school administration or legal education generally such as the 2011 Annual Meeting Workshop for Deans and Law Librarians; the 2011 Conference on the Future of the Law School Curriculum; and the 2012 Annual Meeting Workshop on Academic Support-Got ASP?: Leveraging Academic Support Principles and Programs to Meet Strategic Institutional Goals; and, Programs exploring the ramifications of significant developments in or affecting the law such as the 2008 Annual Meeting Workshop on Courts: Independence and Accountability.

Proposals should be two to three pages long and include: (1) a description of the areas or topics be covered (e.g., the intersection of criminal law and immigration); (2) an explanation of why it would be important and timely to undertake such a program in 2016; (3) an indication of the format and/or a brief description of panels (e.g. a panel on immigration incarceration, a panel on immigration crimes, a panel on immigration and Miranda amendment). It is also recommended that preliminary proposals include (4) suggestions for members of the planning committee as well as potential speakers and their schools. Since planning committees value diversity of all sorts, we encourage recommendations of women, minorities, those with differing viewpoints, and new teachers as speakers. Specific information regarding the potential speaker’s scholarship, writings, speaking ability, and teaching methodology is valuable, but not required.

Preliminary proposals are extremely helpful to the planning committees. Planning the actual program, including the choice of specific topics and speakers, is the responsibility of the planning committee, which is appointed by the AALS President. Planning committees normally include one or more individuals who are in leadership positions in the proposing Section(s) and other teachers in that subject area.

Proposals should be submitted by email by June 13, 2014 to Jane La Barbera, AALS Managing Director, would be pleased to discuss proposal ideas with you and to answer any questions you have about the Association’s professional development programs. Please send your questions by e-mail to

Symposium: Judicial Education and the Art of Judging–From Myth to Methodology

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

The University of Missouri is issuing a call for proposals for an upcoming works-in-progress conference as well as a call for papers for a student writing competition.  Both of these calls are affiliated with a symposium that is being convened at the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution on Friday, October 10, 2014.

The symposium is entitled “Judicial Education and the Art of Judging:  From Myth to Methodology” and addresses a number of issues relating to the role of judges and the goals and methods of judicial education.  The symposium features the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as keynote speaker as well as an accomplished group of judges, academics, and judicial education experts from the United States and Canada as panelists.

The day before the symposium (Thursday, October 9, 2014), the University of Missouri will be hosting a works-in-progress conference relating to the subject matter of the symposium, broadly interpreted.  Presentation proposals should be no more than one page in length and can include analyses that are practical, theoretical or interdisciplinary in nature.  Participants can discuss judges at the state, federal or international level.  Proposals for the works-in-progress conference should be directed to Professor S.I. Strong ( and will be accepted until May 26, 2014.  Decisions regarding accepted papers will be made in June 2014.  Prospective attendees should note that there is no funding available to assist participants with their travel expenses.

The University of Missouri is also organizing a student writing competition in association with the symposium.  Papers will likely be due in August 2014, although precise details (such as the due date and the amount of any prize money associated with the competition) are still being finalized.

More information about the symposium, works-in-progress conference and student writing competition is available at the symposium website, located at:  People may also contact Professor S.I. Strong ( with any questions.


February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Co-hosted by:

Professor Geoff Corn

Professor Bobby Chesney


Sponsored by:

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The South Texas College of Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas—Austin

May 15-16, 2014 

Location: The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA


The National Security Law Workshop, now in its seventh year, is a unique event.  It brings civilian law faculty, Judge Advocates, ICRC representatives, and other government legal advisers together for two days of dialogue on national security law topics.

1. Location

We are pleased to announce that the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville has agreed to allow us to use their conference space for the workshop on May 15th and 16th this spring.

2. Format

a. This year’s event will have a slightly different format than in years past. Specifically, we are placing a greater emphasis on roundtable discussions.  Towards this end, we hereby solicit proposals to lead a roundtable discussion of a particular topic.  Proposals should include a brief (no more than one page) discussion explaining the topic and its significance. And while we anticipate that a number of the discussion sessions will focus on the law relating to armed conflict, we also encourage proposals on a broader array of national security topics.

If the proposal is selected the proponent will be expected to:

1. Draft a 5-10 page ‘point paper’ framing the issue for discussion, to be distributed no later than the end of April;

2. act as co-leader of the discussion during that session (we will select an additional participant to assist in this capacity).

b. In addition to the roundtable discussions, we will continue our tradition of workshopping draft articles using a discussant model (albeit on a more limited scale than in the past, and with a special emphasis on true drafts—i.e., papers that will not be accepted for publication by the time of the event in May).

c. Finally, we also will accept requests to attend from individuals who are not submitting either a roundtable topic or a paper, but who do want to take part in the general discussions.

3. Applications

Please submit your proposals or attendance requests to both: Bobby Chesney (, and Geoff Corn (gcorn@stcl.eduby close of business on March 15, 2014.  Currently, we anticipate accepting 25 total attendees.

4. Expenses and logistics

The good news is that there is no registration fee or paperwork for those who are selected to attend (nor is there any CLE credit, alas).  The bad news is that all attendees will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and related expenses.

Once selections are made, we will provide further details on recommended accommodations and other logistical details.

Request For Submissions: Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

June 27-28, 2014, Stanford Law School

Harvard/Stanford/Yale Law Schools announce the 15th session of the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Stanford Law School on June 27-28, 2014. We are seeking submissions for this meeting.

The Forum’s objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating among Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. Ten to twelve scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Stanford, Harvard or Yale, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and gender and race theory, alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next. For the upcoming 2014 meeting, the topics will cover these areas of public law:

- Administrative Law
– Constitutional Law – theoretical foundations
– Constitutional Law – historical foundations
– Criminal Law
– Environmental Law
– Family Law
– Jurisprudence and Philosophy
– Labor Law and Social Welfare Policy
– Law and Humanities – Law and Literature
– Critical Legal Studies and Gender Studies
– Public International Law

A jury of accomplished scholars, again not necessarily from Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, with expertise in the particular topic, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication commitment, nor is published work eligible. Stanford will reimburse presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses for this year’s Forum.

QUALIFICATIONS: There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author. To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school in a tenured or tenure-track position and must not have been teaching at either of those ranks for more than 7 years total. We accept co-authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the Junior Faculty Forum.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Paper submissions for this Forum should be mailed to:

Judy Dearing
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
(Phone: 650.723.9148)

Electronic submissions should be sent to The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Please note on the cover letter under which topic your paper falls.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School, (, Adriaan Lani at Harvard Law School (, or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (

Joseph Bankman
Adriaan Lani
Ian Ayres

Prof. Russell Miller Writes for German Law Blog “Verfassungsblog”

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

Washington & Lee law professor Russell Miller’s contribution to Verfassungsblog was published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Verfassungsblog is a German law blog hosted by the prestigious Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.  Professor Miller’s post is titled Poor Prospects for Internationalization: Germans and Americans in Law Faculty Jenseits des Atlantiks.  It is part of a series reacting to the recently published report of the German Council of Sciences and Humanities examining the current state of and future of German legal education.

Prof. Christopher Seaman to Present at Trade Secret Workshop

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Seaman

Prof. Christopher Seaman

Washington & Lee law professor Christopher Seaman is invited to present at the 2014 Trade Secret and Information Policy Workshop.  The workshop is hosted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida on February 28, 2014.  Professor Seaman will present his paper The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy

From the abstract:

Trade secrecy is unique among the major intellectual property (IP) doctrines because it is governed primarily by state law. Recently, however, a number of influential actors — including legislators, academics, and organizations representing IP attorneys and owners — have proposed creating a private civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under federal law. Proponents assert that federalizing trade secrecy would provide numerous benefits, including substantive uniformity, the availability of a federal forum for misappropriation litigation, and the creation of a unified national regime governing IP rights.

This Article engages in the first systematic critique of the claim that federalizing trade secrecy is normatively desirable. Ultimately, it concludes that there are multiple reasons for trade secrecy to remain primarily the province of state law, including preservation of states’ ability to engage in limited experimentation regarding the scope of trade secret protection and federalization’s potential negative impact on the disclosure of patent-eligible inventions. Finally, it proposes an alternative approach — a modest expansion of federal courts’ jurisdiction over state law trade secret claims — that can help address the issue of trade secret theft without requiring outright federalization.

WashU Prof. Leila Sadat Gives TLI Lecture on Convention on Crimes Against Humanity

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Leila Sadat and Prof. Mark Drumbl, director of the Transnational Law Institute

Prof. Leila Sadat and Prof. Mark Drumbl, director of the Transnational Law Institute

On Friday, Feb. 21, The Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University School of Law hosted its first spring lecture, featuring international law expert Leila Nadya Sadat of the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law.

At WashU, Prof. Sadat  teaches in the areas of criminal law, foreign affairs, terrorism, and international criminal law. She has an extensive record of impactful scholarship and policy-making. In December 2012, she was appointed Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, and earlier that year was elected to membership in the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Sadat has published more than 75 books and articles in leading journals and academic presses throughout the world.

During her talk at W&L, Prof. Sadat discussed her work on the Convention on Crimes Against Humanity, focusing on the legal definition of crimes against humanity, the persistent nature of these crimes world-wide, how international law might best respond, and the role of domestic courts in this regard. Her remarks offered insights regarding how international treaties are actually made, and the role that activists and non-state actors can play in this process.

The next TLI lecture is scheduled for Friday, Mark 7 at 2 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. W&L will host Prof. Diane Marie Amann, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. Prof. Amann will give a lecture titled “Children and International Criminal Law.”

Conference Announcement: Assessment Across The Curriculum

February 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Assessment Across The Curriculum
Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
Spring Conference 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014

“Assessment Across the Curriculum” is a one-day conference for new and experienced law teachers who are interested in designing and implementing effective techniques for assessing student learning.  The conference will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Conference Content:  Sessions will address topics such as

·         Formative Assessment in Large Classes

·         Classroom Assessment Techniques

·         Using Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment

·         Assessing the Ineffable: Professionalism, Judgment, and Teamwork

·         Assessment Techniques for Statutory or Transactional Courses

By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas and assessment practices to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

Who Should Attend:  This conference is for all law faculty (full-time and adjunct) who want to learn about best practices for course-level assessment of student learning.

Conference Faculty:  Conference workshops will be taught by experienced faculty, including Michael Hunter Schwartz (UALR Bowen), Rory Bahadur (Washburn), Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga), Sophie Sparrow (University of New Hampshire), Lyn Entrikin (UALR Bowen), and Richard Neumann (Hofstra).

Accommodations:  A block of hotel rooms for conference participants has been reserved at The DoubleTree Little Rock, 424 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 501-372-4371, calling the DoubleTree Central Reservations System at 800-222-TREE, or booking online at  The group code to use when making reservations for the conference is “LAW.”

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