Faculty Forum Activies & Accolades January 2020

January 2020

Hillel Bavli’s new article, Counterfactual Causation, was recently published in the Arizona State Law Journal.

Lolita Buckner Inniss was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Joanna Grossman’s article Women are (Allegedly) People, Too has been published in the Northwestern University Law Review Online as part of the Symposium on Anita Bernstein’s The Common Law Inside the Female Body.  She also has a new casebook, Wills, Trusts and Estates (West Interactive Casebook 2019), and another recently published article, The Seeds of Early Childhood, which is part of a symposium published in the Florida Law Review Forum.  Along with other scholars, she filed an amicus brief in June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, a pending case on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s targeted regulation of abortion providers (archived at https://perma.cc/F7ZX-2YZR).  Joanna presented “Sexual Harassment in a Post-Weinstein World” at a faculty workshop at Washington & Lee School of Law, gave a workshop on gender equity in the legal profession at Perkins Coie in Chicago, and gave a presentation on sexual harassment and the culture of institutional compliance at the University of Illinois Summit on Sexual Harassment.   

Jeff Kahn moderated a panel on Dec. 5th on the independence of the judiciary for the Dallas Bar Association.  The panel was entitled: “Protecting the Independence of the Judiciary: Promoting and Protecting Judicial Independence Here and Around the World.”  This was the fourth of a four-part series last year on the initiative of DBA President Laura Geisler.  Jeff was asked by her and Judge Martin Hoffman to organize and moderate the panel.  The panelists were U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle (E.D. Tex.), Florentino A. Ramirez (partner, Ramirez & Associates), and Christopher Lehmann, Executive Director of the CEELI Institute in Prague (appearing by live video link).  Jeff’s article, “The Relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg” was published in Dec. in the European Journal of International Law, a peer-reviewed academic journal.  The article is part of a series called “EJIL: Debate!”  As part of that format, a reply was published in the same issue by Professor Alexander Blankenagel from Humboldt University; Jeff wrote a sur-reply which will be published on the journal’s website soon.

Pam Metzger’s op-ed “Rural justice systems low on pretrial resources leave some to languish, die” appeared in USA Today on Dec. 13, 2019.  She was also quoted in a New York Times article about growth in the rural jail population.  Her op-ed “Why rural Americans struggle for equal justice” was published in the Sunday edition of The Dallas Morning News on Nov. 24, 2019.  In November, Pam also attended the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, where she presented Criminal (Dis)Appearance at a panel on Counsel at First Appearance and served as discussant for a panel on Rural Public Defense.

Natalie Nanasi was featured on the Texas Standard on Dec. 13, 2019 and KERA News on Dec. 16, 2019 where she discussed the “boyfriend loophole,” or the gap in federal law that permits abusive dating partners to continue to possess guns, whereas perpetrators of domestic violence in other relationship categories (such as spouses or cohabitating partners) are subject to firearm prohibitions.

Carla Reyes was recognized by the ABA on Dec. 20, 2019 as having been selected as an honoree to Women of Legal Tech 2020 by the Legal Technology Resource Center.  Carla will be moving to Dallas this summer and joining us in the fall as Assistant Professor of Law.  She teaches in the areas of technology transactions, artificial intelligence and the law, blockchain law and policy, secured transactions, and business enterprise.

Eric Ruben’s empirical study (with Joseph Blocher) on Second Amendment case law was referenced in USA Today on Dec. 1, 2019 in connection to recent Supreme Court arguments on gun rights.  Eric was also quoted in a related article in The Trace on Dec. 2, 2019, and he was also featured in an article in The Hill on Dec. 1, 2019.

Meghan Ryan’s article, Secret Conviction Programs, is forthcoming in the Washington & Lee Law Review (2020). Her book (with Will Berry), The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment, is being published in 2020 with Cambridge University Press.  

Marc Steinberg’s article Ethical and Practical Lawyering with Vanishing Gatekeeper Liability, 88 Fordham Law Review ___ (2020) will appear as the lead article for the Fordham Law Review Symposium on the Corporate Attorney.  Marc also published a Treatise Update – Release #61 – Securities Regulation: Liabilities and Remedies (2019) (two volumes – approximately 1,500 pages) (Law Journal Press first published 1984).

Josh Tate’s book manuscript, tentatively titled Power and Justice in Medieval England: The Law of Patronage and the Royal Courts, was accepted by the Publication Committee of Yale University Press after receiving very positive reader reports.  The volume will likely be published sometime in 2021.  He also contributed a chapter on "Justice" to the recent volume A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages (edited by Emanuele Conte & Laurent Mayali), and he published an updated edition of his supplement A Texas Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts, and Estates.  In Nov. 2018, he gave a plenary lecture in Spanish to the Seventh Congress of the Latin American Institute for Legal History in Puebla, Mexico.  He presented at the Sixty-Second Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in Feb. 2019.  He also spoke in the spring of 2019 to pre-law students at Mississippi State University and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. More recently, he gave a presentation to the Midland County Bar Association on "The History of the English Court of Chancery and the Division of Law and Equity.”  He was recently appointed to the Projects and Proposals Committee of the American Society for Legal History, and as the Society’s official memorialist.

Jenia Turner recently presented the following: The Case for Transparency in Plea Bargaining, Statement to the ABA Criminal Justice Section, Task Force on Plea Bargaining on Nov. 15, 2019; Demystifying Plea Bargaining, Faculty Workshop, SMU Dedman School of Law on Oct. 14th; Demystifying Plea Bargaining, Legal Theory Workshop, University of Miami Law School on Oct. 3, 2019; Should Plea Bargaining Be More Transparent?, Criminal Justice Forum & Constitution Day Lecture at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on Sept. 19, 2019; Discussant, Shannon Fyfe & Alexander Heinze, Discretion, Meeting of the Anglo-German Dialogue Project in New Brunswich, NJ on Sept. 9, 2019.  She also published Negotiated Case Dispositions in Germany, England, and the United States, in 1 Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 389 (Kai Ambos et al. eds.) (2019) (with Thomas Weigend).


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