Faculty Forum: Activities & Accolades - November 2019


Lolita Buckner Inniss - A new scholarly review of her book, The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Fordham University Press, 2019), has been published on the Humanities and Social Sciences Network (H-NET) online site.  H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers.  From the review:  <<The penultimate chapter focuses on the trial of James Collins Johnson and allows Inniss to demonstrate her expertise at the academic intersection of law and race.... Critically, Inniss situates Johnson’s trial in the aftermath of the 1842 ruling in Prigg v. Pennsylvania and as a part of a number of cases that confronted the “moral-formalist dilemma,” or as Inniss explains, “the conflict between the personal sentiments of judges and other legal actors and the need to adhere to existing legal norms”. ...Collectively, Inniss’s work provides an exciting model for future scholars of slavery and labor. Perhaps most importantly, Inniss skillfully and compassionately restores Johnson’s voice to his own historical narrative.>>

https://networks.h-net.org/node/11465/reviews/5214431/obrien-inniss-princeton-fugitive-slave-trials-james-collins-johnson.  She also presented her chapter titled, “The Lucky Law Professor and the Eucatastrophic Moment” at the Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit) conference at Georgia State University on October 18th.  The chapter is part of volume two of the groundbreaking essay collection Presumed Incompetent (Utah University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Dale Carpenter’s article “Born in Dissent: Free Speech and Gay Rights” was published in the SMU Law Review, 72 SMU L. Rev. 375 (2019).  He was also on the local Fox Good Day program discussing the constitutional process for impeachment.

Greg Crespi’s paper on teaching about presidential impeachment got picked up by Paul Caron on TaxProf Blog on October 9th (archived at https://perma.cc/XP9J-N3ZN).  The paper has 6,000 shares and approximately 300 abstract views on SSRN.

Chris Jenks and SMU law students spoke to reporters from local Channel 11 news in response to the Amber Guyger murder conviction last month (archived at https://perma.cc/322L-88DF).  His op-ed “In Guyger Case, Remember: Justice Is a Process, Not a Desired Outcome” was published in InsideSources.com (archived at https://perma.cc/N4GD-Q632).  Chris was also interviewed by NBC news on a story involving similar police shootings in Dallas and Fort Worth and concerns over how local district attorneys have handled cases (archived at https://perma.cc/WN8V-C6NB).

Jeff Kahn gave a talk on October 7th at the Kennan Institute, a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. entitled “Russia and the European Human Rights System.”  His peer-reviewed article, “The Rule of Law Under Pressure: Russia and the European Human Rights System,”  44 Review of Central and East European Law 275-295 (2019), was made available electronically this month at this website: brill.com/abstract/journals/rela/44/3/rela.44.issue-3.xml.

Natalie Nanasi’s paper “Disarming Domestic Abusers” was mentioned in The Crime Report story “Biden Gun Violence Plan Focuses on Domestic Abuse, Assault Weapons” (archived at https://perma.cc/C3QM-NJWZ).  She also spoke on a panel, “Domestic Violence and the Role of Guns,” at Dallas City Hall on Oct. 28th, joining Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates and U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Anna Offit’s op-ed “Guyger trial demonstrates power of juries. Here’s how we can make them even stronger” was published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on October 4th.  Her piece examined the Amber Guyger panel and advocated for changes in the jury system. 

Eric Ruben served on a panel, “The Second Amendment and State Efforts in Gun Violence Prevention”, at the American Constitution Society Northeast Regional Convening in New York on October 4th.

Marc Steinberg was appointed Visiting Professor at Catholic University of Paris and Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto).  He gave several lectures last month: 1) “The U.S. Federalization of Corporate Governance” at Catholic University of Paris on September 11th; 2) “Insider Trading – A View from the United States” at law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris on September 10th; and 3) “Insider Trading in the USA – Martha Stewart, Mark Cuban & Continual Ambiguity” at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University on September 25th.  He also presented “Investors and the Rule of Law” at the Annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on October 25th.  He recently published 2019-2020 Supplement to Securities Practice: Federal and State Enforcement (coauthored) (Thomson Reuters) (2d edition 2001).  He has also had his text Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney (5th edition 2020) (West Academic Press) (forthcoming) accepted for publication.