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$25,000 to Professors Who Inspire: Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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:

http://www.wellsfargo.com/privatefoundationgrants/beckman

Contact:  grantadministration@wellsfargo.com

 

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Call for Submissions: University of Akron Symposium on Class Actions

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

SYMPOSIUM ISSUE

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 lawreview@uakron.edu. 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 jmb349@zips.uakron.edu.

Prof. Jost Publishes in the New England Journal of Medicine

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Tim Jost

Prof. Tim Jost

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.

Prof. Mark Drumbl Speaks at ALIS Annual Meeting

April 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

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.

Call for Proposals: Crosscutting Programs at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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 crosscutting@aals.org.

Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to crosscutting@aals.org

Professors Bruner and Millon to Speak at UCLA Corporate Governance Conference

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. David Millon

Prof. David Millon

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.

Prof. Christopher Bruner

Prof. Christopher Bruner

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.

Read more about Professor Bruner’s scholarship here, and Professor Millon’s scholarship here.

Caroline Osborne elected Vice President/President-Elect of SEAALL

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment
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Caroline Osborne

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.

 

Prof. Johnson Contributes to The Conglomerate

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Lyman Johnson

Prof. Lyman Johnson

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.

Prof. Baluarte to speak at Harvard Kennedy School

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. David Baluarte

Prof. David Baluarte

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.

Professor Christopher Bruner’s Book on Corporate Governance Reviewed in Texas Law Review

April 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Bruner

Prof. Christopher Bruner

A review of Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner’s recent book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power, has been published by the Texas Law Review. The review was authored by David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Professor Bruner’s book, published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press, examines the corporate governance powers possessed by shareholders in the U.S. and other common-law countries. Bruner finds, contrary to popular belief, that shareholders in the U.K. and other common-law jurisdictions are both more powerful and more central to the aims of the corporation than are shareholders in the U.S. Bruner’s theory is that relatively robust social welfare protections in countries like the U.K., Australia and Canada have freed up their corporate legal systems to focus more intently on shareholder interests without giving rise to “political backlash” – because other legal structures accommodate the interests of employees.

While “playing devil’s advocate” in his review, Professor Skeel concludes that “Bruner’s insights are a revelation,” and that the book “has identified a critical, new dimension of our understanding of corporate law.”  Skeel adds:

Bruner’s claim that strongly shareholder-oriented governance—which sniffs of Wall Street rather than Main Street—is associated with robust  social welfare protections—which sounds much more like Main Street—is both counterintuitive and plausible. Even if Bruner had not marshaled extensive supporting evidence, it would be a thesis that corporate law scholars, and perhaps social welfare experts as well, would need to grapple with. The elaborately detailed case that Bruner presents adds to its importance.

The complete review is available here.  Read more about Professor Bruner’s scholarship here.

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