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School of Law | January 2012 Faculty Briefs

January 2012 Faculty Briefs

Professor James Durham published “Is The ABA Ready for the Driver's License Rule? The Ethics 20/20 Commission Flirts With An Expanded Multijurisdictional Practice Rule” in the November/December issue of Probate & Property.

Associate Professor Tracy Reilly’s 2008 article, “Debunking the Top Three Myths of Digital Sampling and Copyright Infringement,” was cited in a brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for the proposition that digital sampling is a physical taking and, therefore, a violation of copyright laws. The same article was also cited in Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling, co-authored by Peter DiCola, a prominent IP scholar from Northwestern Law, and published this year by Duke University Press.

Professor Vernellia Randall published an article, “Inequality is Killing Us!: What President Obama Must Do to Save Black Lives,” in the September-December issue of the National Bar Association Magazine.

She also gave a keynote address, “Anti-discrimination Law as a Social Determinant of Health,” at the 5th National Health Disparities Conference, in Charlotte, on December 2.

Denise Platfoot Lacey, lecturer of law and externship faculty member, has accepted an offer to publish her article, “Embedding Professionalism into Legal Education,” from the Journal of Law, Business & Ethics. The article is expected to be published in early 2012.

Lacey also presented during a CLE program, “New Lawyer Training: Core Requirements,” sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association, on December 13.

Professor Thomas Hagel published revised 2011–12 editions of Ohio Criminal Practice and Procedure and Ohio Manual of Criminal Indictments and Complaints.

Associate Professor Jeannette Cox presented her paper “Pregnancy as ‘Disability’ and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act” at the sixth annual Employment & Labor Law Scholars' Forum at Seton Hall Law School in October.

Associate Professor Eric Chaffee recently gave two law review symposium presentations: “Regulating On-line Peer-to-Peer Lending in the Aftermath of Dodd-Frank: In Search of an Evolving Regulatory Regime for an Evolving Industry,” at the Washington and Lee Law Review Symposium on Regulation in the Fringe Economy on Nov. 11; and “Lessons from Metaethics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Moral Psychology, and Behavioral Economics:  The Use of Ethical Intuitionism in Business Leadership and Legal Compliance,” at the Texas Wesleyan Law Review Business Leadership Symposium on Nov. 4.

Chaffee also wrote an essay, “From Law Practice to the Legal Academy: How to Make the Leap,” for The Young Lawyer magazine’s December/January issue.

Jeff Morris, the Samuel A. McCray Chair in Law, discussed “Case Law and Rules Update” and participated on a panel, “Examining Fraud & Ponzi Scheme Cases” at the 2011 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar in Cincinnati in August. He also participated on two panels at National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Conference in Florida,September 21-24: “Non-Traditional Assets/Weird Assets: Finding, Liquidating and recapturing including Sec.546 (e) -- Assets you find, assets you recover and assets you develop” and “Trial Practice and Problem Solving/Effective Use of Procedural Rules and Litigation Tactics.”

Staci Rucker, director of academic support, participated on a panel, "At-Risk and Low Income Students," at the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors Annual Conference in Chicago on October 28. She discussed why and how prospective law students should evaluate law schools' academic support programs in making their decision about which law school to attend.

Professor of Lawyering Skills Victoria VanZandt has been asked to chair the Legal Writing Institute’s ABA Standards Implementation Committee. The committee’s charge is “to create a list of resources to assist schools in implementing outcome measures.”

Assistant Professor Sam Han was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame.

Professor Richard Saphire is quoted in an article in Mother Jones magazine examining Issue 3, a statewide issue on the November ballot in Ohio that amended the state constitution to ban any law or rule requiring that citizens buy health insurance. Saphire commented that passage of Issue 3 might send a symbolic rejection of the individual mandate in the federal health care law, but legally would have no effect, because federal law supersedes state law.

Professor Dennis Greene is quoted in a Hollywood Reporter article on the death of Stanley Robertson, a pioneering African-American television and film executive in the 1970s and ’80s. Before teaching law, Greene served as vice president of production and features at Columbia Pictures and president of Lenox/Greene Films.

Professor Charles Hallinan discussed his views on Ohio lawmakers’ plans to create 16 new Ohio U.S. House districts in an article, “UD law professor: Redistricting ‘chaos’ looms,” in the Dayton Daily News.


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