Faculty Forum Activities & Accolades for February 2020


Lolita Buckner-Inniss presented on the Women in Legal Education panel “A Century Since Suffrage” at the Association of American Law School’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on January 4, 2020. Her talk, titled “’While the Water is Stirring’: The Past, Present and Future of (Black) Women’s Rights”, addressed the legal historical foundations of black women’s participation in 19th and 20th century suffrage movements.

Martin Camp was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, as well as the Board of Directors of Legacy Counseling Center.

Nathan Cortez’s article, “Information Mischief Under the Trump Administration,” was published as part of a symposium at Chicago-Kent on The Trump Administration and Administrative Law. It was also featured in JOTWELL Constitutional Law by Helen Norton of Colorado. His work on information policy is also cited on the Wikipedia page for the Presidency of Donald Trump. Additionally, Nathan’s article “Digital Health and Regulatory Experimentation at the FDA” was just published in a special joint issue of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. And his article “A Black Box for Patient Safety?” was published by the DePaul Law Review as part of its annual Clifford symposium. In May he gave a keynote lecture at the Machine M.D. conference at the University of Ottawa. In July he published a blog post, “Medicare for All: A Leap into the Known?” as part of an online symposium for the Law & Political Economy blog. He has been enlisted to help teach an online telemedicine course by Harvard Medical School faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and has been selected to join efforts to generate guidelines for digital phenotyping of mental health disorders at both Stanford and Harvard Medical School. This year he has also been quoted in stories by the New York Times, NPR, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fast Company, and Canadian Medical Association Journal News. He has also been tapped to do peer reviews for the Annals of Internal Medicine, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the German Research Foundation, and Science, among others. His book, Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics, written with Glenn Cohen of Harvard and Tim Jost of Washington & Lee, will be published this winter by Carolina Academic Press. Finally, he is part of team recently awarded a grant by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR, the equivalent of the NIH here in the U.S.) to evaluate legal issues that should be considered when authorities decide whether Medicare Canada should cover new health technologies.

Joanna Grossman is the lead author of Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, and Commentary, the eighth edition of which was just published by Wolters Kluwer.  On Jan. 14, 2020, Joanna was quoted in Bloomberg Law  about a pregnancy discrimination case currently before the Eleventh Circuit.

Jeff Kahn and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at Middlesex University London lodged a third party intervention in the European Court of Human Rights in one of the most high-profile cases at the Court, Navalnyy & Ofitserov v. Russia.  The intervention, submitted on Jan. 14, 2020, is similar to an amicus brief.  It argues in favor of applying Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits the pretextual use of restrictions against rights protected by the Convention, to the totality of criminal proceedings (rather than just to the period of pre-trial detention).  Article 18 is a fail-safe provision to prevent the regression of democratic states and societies into authoritarianism.  Alexei Navalnyy is perhaps Russia’s foremost political activist and opponent of President Vladimir Putin.  A copy of the brief and a summary of the issues is available at: https://perma.cc/GA3A-QNC3.  On January 28, 2020, he published a short essay on EJIL: Talk! the blog of the European Journal of International Law, “Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty: A Response to Professor Blankenagel,” that followed the publication of a larger article and reply to it in the latest issue of the Journal.  The post is available at:  https://perma.cc/45H4-DSEM.  The article itself is available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chz049.

Hank Lischer, Professor Emeritus, spent January – March, 2019 at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand teaching the Tax Treaties course.  In December 2019 he taught a short course, Comparative International Taxation, at Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia.  As contract admission examiner for the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., he graded two of the four parts of the 2018 admission examination for 143 applicants.  Hank also submitted his manuscript for 2019 annual supplements to West’s Legal Forms, Estate Planning, volumes 16, 16A, 17, 17A, and 18. 

Tom Mayo was quoted in the Dallas Morning News on Jan. 4, 2020 about the Texas 10-day Rule on life support case at Cook Children’s Medical Center.  

Orly Mazur was invited to participate in the UVA Invitational Tax Conference as a commentator. She also chaired and moderated a panel, “Rethinking Tax Compliance and Enforcement,” at the National Tax Association Conference in Tampa, Florida and presented her article, Taxing Consumption. Orly was also recently quoted in articles by the Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal regarding the “robot tax” debate.

Anna Offit accepted an invitation to serve on Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s Ethics Reform Task Force to propose Ethics Code revisions. She was also invited to participate in a colloquium hosted by theFordham Law Reviewand the Stein Center for Law and Ethics. In the fall, Anna’s chapter, “Storied Justice: The Narrative Strategies of U.S. Federal Prosecutors” was published inTheEmerald Handbook of Narrative Criminologyand featured as part of a roundtable by the handbook’s editors at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting. She also received an external research grant from theSam Taylor Fellowship Fundand with Deepa Das Acevedo (University of Alabama Law School) will be co-editing a virtual special issue of theLaw & Society Reviewcalled “Innovation in Legal Anthropology: An LSR Retrospective.” 

Julie Rogers was asked by the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts to prepare a report on and recommend amendments to the Prefatory Note and Official Comments to the Uniform Power of Attorney Act after members of the Board read her article, Rethinking Powers of Attorney in Real Estate Transactions, 71 SMU L. Rev. 369 (2018).  The Board approved Julie’s report and amendments at its meeting in November and has submitted the report and amendments to the Uniform Law Commission for consideration at its upcoming meeting.  In addition, Julie spoke on a panel in October at the American College of Real Estate Lawyers Annual Meeting in Montreal.  The panel topic was Where Will They Come From? Challenges and Opportunities in Training Tomorrow's Real Estate Attorneys.  

Eric Ruben presented a work-in-progress, tentatively titled“The Second Amendment Is Not a Second-Class Right”: A Case Study in Constitutional Rhetoric, as part of a panel on “The Second Amendment at the Supreme Court and the Future ofHeller” at the AALS Conference (January 4, 2020). In addition, he was quoted in an article in The Trace, “2020 Will Be a Big Year for the Gun Issue” (January 3, 2020).  He was also quoted in an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “White Settlement church shooter had a long criminal history. So how did he get a gun?” (January 13, 2020).  Eric is receiving an acknowledgment in U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s forthcoming book, The Violence Inside Us (release date April 21, 2020).

Marc Steinberg was appointed Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law teaching Securities Litigation and Enforcement (2 credits) (J Term).  His new book Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney (5th edition 2020) (West Academic Press) (253 pages) has been published.

Beth Thornburg’s article, (Un)Conscious Judging, is now out in Washington & Lee Law Review.  

Jessica Weaver has written two book chapters in books that will be in print soon. These chapters include DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1989) in Feminist Judgments:  Family Law Opinions Rewritten, and  Intersectionality and Children’s Rights in The Oxford Handbook on Children’s Rights.