Dean Nora Demleitner speaks this week in Boulder, Colorado at two events.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado sponsored “The Future of Law School Innovation“. Dean Demleitner joined panelists Melissa Hart (University of Colorado Law School), William Henderson (Indiana University) and Michael Moffitt (University of Oregon School of Law) in a discussion titled “Change Management: How Can Law Schools, Law Students, and Employers Develop a New Model.
On Friday, April 18, 2014 at the 2014 Associate Deans’ Conference Dean Demleitner participated in a panel titled “The Many Law School Constituents and the Role of an Associate Dean from the Dean’s Perspective.” The panel also included Barry Currier (ABA section of Legal Education) and Dean Dan Rodriguez (Northwestern University School of Law). It was moderated by Dean Kelly Testy of the University of Washington School of Law
The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Advisory Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Beckman Award. The award is given to professors who inspired their former students to achieve greatness. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash award of $25,000. Preference will be given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law. In 2013, a quarter of a million dollars was awarded to 10 professors throughout the United States.
Gail McKnight Beckman created the Beckman award to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a difference in their communities. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Alternatively, academic faculty members must have inspired their former students to “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.”
The nomination deadline is Tuesday, July 15, 2014. An award ceremonywill be held in the fall in Atlanta , GA. For more information or to nominate or apply for the award, please visit:
Washington & Lee law professor Brian Murchison’s scholarship is cited in “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine“. The report from the Center for Public Integrity won a Pulizer Prize in the Investigative Reporting category for its detailed analysis of controversial denials of black lung benefits to coal miners.
Professor Murchison’s 2002 article “Due Process, Black Lung, and the Shaping of Administrative Justice” is cited in Part 3 of the investigative series as it chronicles of the case of former coal miner Ted Latusek.
Read more of Professor Murchison’s scholarship here.
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON LAW REVIEW
The Class Action After A Decade of Roberts Court Decisions
The Akron Law Review invites academic papers on the reasoning, dimensions, and possible impacts of one or more of the class action or other multi-party action cases decided by the “Roberts Court” (2005-present) We welcome papers of any length and request submission before September 14, 2014. Publication will occur in spring of 2015.
As the Supreme Court of the United States recognized:
The policy at the very core of the class action mechanism is to overcome the problem that small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual to bring a solo action prosecuting his or her rights. A class action solves this problem by aggregating the relatively paltry potential recoveries into something worth someone’s (usually an attorney’s) labor.
Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 117 S.Ct. 2231, 2246 (1997) (quoting Mace v. Van Ru Credit Corp., 109 F.3d 338, 344 (7th Cir. 1997)). Earlier in 2014, the Court refused to intervene in a class action brought by consumers in “the case of the moldy washing machines” against three large corporations. Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 13-430, Whirlpool v. Glazer, 13-431, and BSM Home Appliances v. Cobb, 13-138. Although a victory for consumers, the decision is arguably an anomaly amidst recent pro-business cases restricting plaintiffs’ class certification. See e.g., Comcast v. Berend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013); AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011); Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011). Multi-party litigation may well be changing, and the Akron Law Review seeks your contribution to the conversation.
Your contribution to this conversation will be both timely and visible. The Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings ranked the Akron Law Review as a top 55 general, student-edited journal (in combined score based on impact factor and citation). Additionally, Ohio Supreme Court Justices cited the Akron Law Review more times in the past decade than any other journal. See Jared Klaus, Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource, 26 Ohio Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 28.
You may submit manuscripts by email or regular mail. To submit by email, please forward a copy of your article in Word format to email@example.com. You may submit a hardcopy to: Justin M. Burns, Editor-in-Chief, Akron Law Review, The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44325. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Justin Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.