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USC Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

The 12th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law

May 22 – 24, 2013

The Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop is designed for law professors and other members of the legal community, social science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research. Leading empirical scholars Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin teach the workshop and provide the formal training necessary to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies and use statistical software (Stata) to analyze and manage data.

Participants need no background or knowledge of statistics to enroll in the workshop.

For more information, visit: 

Instructor Lee Epstein,

Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science at University of Southern California, is a leading empirical legal scholar and a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has co-organized and co-led this annual empirical scholarship workshop for the past eleven years.

Instructor Andrew Martin,

Professor of Law and Political Science, and Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University, specializes in political methodology and has written widely on American political institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals. He has co-organized and co-taught the empirical scholarship workshop with Professor Epstein for the last eleven years.

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Book your Hotel:

Special hotel rate for Empirical workshop participants is available at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, located 5 miles from USC campus and is conveniently near Staple Center, restaurants, Civic Center and just walking distance to Disney Concert Hall and the Modern Arts Museum. If you call the hotel for reservation, please be sure to let them know you are attending the Empirical Workshop at USC to get the participant rate.

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Professor Russell Miller Gives Talk On German Constitutional Law at UVA

March 24, 2013 Leave a comment

On Friday, March 22, W&L Professor Russell Miller gave a talk entitled “Germany vs. Europe: The Principle of Democracy in German Constitutional Law and the Struggle for European Integration.” The talk was followed by a roundtable discussion with Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia School of Law), and Gerard Alexander (Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at UVa). The talk was co-pponsored by the Department of German and the Center for German Studies at UVa. Here is a description of the lecture:

In anticipation of this fall’s federal election in Germany, this talk will explore the constitutional framework for Germany’s contemporary democracy and the wide service to which the German Federal Constitutional Court has put the “principle of democracy” (Demokratieprinzip). This includes relatively unsurprising issues involving the electoral system and the role played by political parties. But the principle of democracy has also come to serve as the chief barrier to Germany’s deeper integration into the European Union, recently calling into question Germany’s essential participation in the Euro-crisis bailouts. In all of this, what theory of democracy is the Constitutional Court promoting?
Russell Miller is a Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law where his research and teaching focuses on comparative law theory, including German law and legal culture. Along with Donald Kommers (Notre Dame University), he is the author of the third edition of the book The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke Press 2012). He has published books, articles and commentary on comparative law, public international law, and constitutional law. He is the co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the “German Law Journal.” Professor Miller has been a regular Research Guest at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. From 1999-2001, he served as a judicial adviser to the German Constitutional Court in Karlrsruhe.

Professor Russell Miller Discusses His Book on the Constitutional Jurisprudence of Germany at Notre Dame

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

On March 1, 2013 Professor Russell Miller made a presentation at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  The event celebrated the publication of his new book “The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Duke University Press 2012).  The book was recognized alongside select publications engaging a broad spectrum of disciplines relevant to European affairs and culture, including:  Vittorio Hoelse’s book “The Philosophical Dialogue”;  Stepheh Fallon’s book “Paradise Regained – The Complete Shorter Poems by John Milton”; Semion Lyandres’ book “The Fall of Tsarism”; Luc Reydam’s book “International Prosecutors”; and Henry Weinfeld’s book “The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens”.  The Nanovic Institute is a platform for more than 140 faculty members and scholars from over twenty-five departments at the University of Notre Dame.  Prof. Miller’s co-author, Prof. Donald Kommers, is an emeritus member of the Notre Dame’s Political Science and Law faculties.  In his remarks Prof. Miller raised questions about power of the German Constitutional Court and its legitimacy in contemporary Germany’s well-settled democracy.

Call For Proposals: Substantial Scholarship Grants For Research in IP Law

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law announces the Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship program and calls for proposals for researching and writing on topics within intellectual property (IP) law.

ABOUT CPIP: CPIP is a new academic center dedicated to the scholarly analysis of IP rights and of the technological, commercial and creative innovation they facilitate. Through its annual conferences, roundtables, scholarship grants, fellowship programs and other academic and policy events, CPIP promotes a balanced discussion about IP rights and their fundamental role in securing the creative innovation that drives both a free market and a flourishing economy.

LEONARDO DA VINCI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS: Proposed research topics can be in any IP or IP-related field, such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, right of publicity, etc. The research proposals can address any topic or issue within these fields, providing economic, philosophical, historical, scientific, or doctrinal analysis, among others.

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of academics with broad knowledge and experience in IP law. The Grant Committee will review proposal submissions for their quality as an academic research project, considering such issues as novelty of the research topic, viability of the thesis, and contribution to the diversity of academic and public discourse about IP policy.

Any scholar may apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship, as they are not restricted to full-time, tenure-track or tenured law professors. Since CPIP is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of IP rights, it will provide funding to professors in any field or to individuals working outside of official academic institutions who can provide scholarly analyses. For instance, graduate students, VAPs, policy analysts at a think tank, or lawyers aspiring to become academics may apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship.

Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship recipients will have additional opportunities to present their research at one of CPIP’s annual conferences, which are hosted at George Mason University School of Law in the Washington, D.C. area and which will be attended by academics, as well as by government decision-makers, representatives from IP stakeholders and thought leaders in think tanks and other institutions. CPIP will also work with Leonardo Da Vinci Fellows to publicize and promote their work to the scholarly and policy communities, including discussing or highlighting their work, where appropriate, in podcasts, teleconferences, press interviews, blogging, and other public engagements.

Grant amounts will be in the four- to five-figure range. Factors determining the amount awarded will include the nature and scope of the proposed research project and resulting work-product (e.g., essay, article, book, or book chapter), whether it requires data collection or experiments, the timeliness and relevance of the research projects, and other appropriate factors. Amounts available for grants may vary from year to year, depending on a number of variables, including the quantity and quality of proposals and the availability of funding.

Leonardo Da Vinci Fellows will receive a small percentage of the grant following approval of the research project with the remaining amount paid upon the acceptance for publication of the article resulting from the research project. Funded articles are expected to be submitted for publication within one year or at the next spring law journal submission cycle, whichever is later. For articles submitted for publication to peer-reviewed academic journals outside of the legal academy, the recipient and the committee will agree on an appropriate publication deadline.

APPLICATION DETAILS: To apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship, applicants should email their proposals to: All proposals will be treated confidentially.

Deadline. There is no deadline, as proposals will be accepted for review by the Grant Committee on a rolling basis. However, the Grant Committee expects to meet to make the first round of grants shortly after April 20, 2013, so scholars with current proposals are encouraged to submit by that date to receive prompt consideration.

Applications for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship should include the following information:
– A precis of no fewer than 700 words that identifies:
– The subject matter of the research.
– The thesis asserted or hypothesis to be tested.
– The motivation for the project, identifying how this project fills a current gap in the literature or otherwise addresses a compelling research question.
– The methodology to be employed.
– A brief summary of the supporting analysis.
– If they wish, applicants may also include other things, such as an outline, a table of contents, or results of pilot studies.
– A proposed budget, with a brief justification.
– A copy of the applicant’s CV or resume.
– A list of prior publications (if not part of resume).
FURTHER INFORMATION: Information also available at:

If you have further questions about CPIP, please see our website at

Visiting Professor Christopher Wheelan to Discuss Eurozone Crisis

March 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Whelan

Prof. Whelan

You are invited to a presentation by Dr. Christopher Whelan a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington and Lee. The recipient of a doctorate and a law degree from the London School of Econmics, he is a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Since 2005, he has served as as a Visitng Professor (for one semester each school year) at W&L’s School of Law. During his academic career, Dr. Whelan has lectured and taught at, inter alia, the University of Texas, and the University of California, Berkeley.

TOPIC: “The Eurozone Crisis: Who is to Blame?”

DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013.

TIME: 12: Noon.

PLACE: The Marshall Foundation, VMI Parade, Lexington.

LUNCH: Participants are invited to an informal brown-bag lunch after the program. The Marshall Foundation will provide drinks.

It is not necessary to RSVP, but questions and comments concerning the program can be directed to William Dawson at 464-4486. His e-mail address is:

All are welcome.

University of Kentucky College of Law Developing Ideas Conference

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

May 10, 2013, Lexington, KY

What: The third annual workshop for untenured and recently tenured faculty to share their developing ideas for scholarship, just before the plunge into summer research begins, in an informal, supportive, and engaging environment.

  • Roundtable format
  • Each participant will provide a 1 – 2 page summary of a current research idea
  • Each participant will give a 5 minute synopsis of her/his idea
  • All participants will be prepared to provide suggestions and areas of inquiry for

    the other participants’ ideas

  • A UK faculty member will moderate the group discussion

Where: University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY

When: Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Support: UK will pay for up to two nights of hotel accommodations in downtown Lexington, KY. (Conference hotel to be determined.) All meals during the Workshop will be provided, including a pre-workshop dinner on Thursday evening, May 9th. Other expenses will be borne by the participant.

Deadline: Please submit a brief synopsis (1-2 pages) of the proposed work by Friday, April 6th. We encourage synopses of applicants’ proposed summer research projects.

Contact: Nicole Huberfeld, Chair of Faculty Development,, 859-257- 3281 for submissions and for additional information.

Prof. Christopher Bruner Presents on Corp. Fiduciary Duties

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Christopher Bruner

Christopher Bruner

Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner presented his recent work on corporate fiduciary duties at the 2013 Fiduciary Law Workshop hosted by Notre Dame Law School on March 8th.

The Workshop, which included scholars from the United States and Canada, featured papers examining the application of fiduciary principles to a number of legal fields and explored the potential for a distinct, overarching field of “fiduciary law.”  Professor Bruner’s paper questioned whether the duty of care owed by corporate directors ought to be conceptualized as “fiduciary” in nature, contrasting the U.S. approach with that of other common-law countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which tend to describe the duty of loyalty as the sole duty truly unique to fiduciaries.