Faculty Forum - Activities & Accolades - July 2020

Lack Bloom’s op-ed, “Gorsuch Made a Mockery of Textualism in Discrimination Case,” was published in the Orange County Register on June 20th.

Lolita Buckner Inniss has been invited to speak at the 2021 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting Conference on American History scheduled for April 2021 in Chicago.  The title of her talk is “Judicial Nullification of the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act: The Case of James Collins Johnson.”  She has also been invited to serve as chair of a panel titled “Finding the Voices of the Enslaved” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting scheduled for January 2021 in Seattle.  The Center for Compassionate Leadership has named Lolita’s The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson as one of five books white leaders should read on systemic racism, along with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and others.  On June 23rd Lolita spoke with journalist Maryann Duke Okon of News Central TV, a Nigeria-based Pan-African and global broadcaster.  The topic was global issues in gender violence amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Portions of the broadcast are available here.   

Martin Camp has been elected Vice Chair of the Intellectual Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association.  He was also chosen as the Vice Chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Section Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Dale Carpenter was interviewed for a Fox4 news story which aired on June 13th on pending Confederate monument litigation in Dallas.  Dale was quoted in a story in the Dallas Morning News on June 15th regarding a major ruling in a LGBT rights case.  He also wrote a blog post about the decision.  

Dean Jennifer Collins’ op-ed (co-authored Leonard Baynes, Dean at the University of Houston Law Center), “Black lawyers matter: What the Texas legal community can do to eradicate racism,” was published in the Houston Chronicle on June 19th.  The piece recognized that Blacks are under-represented in Texas law school and law firms, and provided solutions to increase those numbers.

Jessica Dixon Weaver’s op-ed, “Juneteenth shows that black freedom remains elusive,” was published in the Washington Post on June 19th.  The piece demonstrates how Blacks throughout history have been victimized – and  often killed – due to false narratives created by white supremacists.  Jessica was invited to write an essay for a paper symposium on Andrea Freeman’s ground-breaking bookSkimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (Stanford University Press 2019), which the California Western Law Review will publish.  The ABA Family Law Section Chair-Elect appointed Jessica to the 2020-21 Family Law Quarterly Board of Editors for a third consecutive term. The Family Law Quarterly is a scholarly journal that keeps practitioners current with an analytical view of existing and emerging family law issues.

Chris Jenks’ open letter (with Geoffrey S. Corn and Timothy C. MacDonnell) to the Committees on Armed Services of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives was published in Just Security on June 29th. 

Jeff Kahn has been selected as a recipient of the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and membership in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers – Congratulations Jeff!  Jeff filed (with the help of Arnold & Porter) an amicus brief that he wrote in support of plaintiffs-appellees in Elhady v. Kable, an important terrorist watchlisting case in the Fourth Circuit.  Two other amici cited different pieces of his scholarship in their briefs.  He had written about the case in September, predicting its importance, at the Just Security blog.  Earlier in the spring semester, he filed an amicus brief in another case with watchlisting implications, Tanzin v. Tanvir in the Supreme Court, which has been put over to the October 2020 Term.  On June 15-16, Jeff participated by invitation in the Fifteenth Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and the American Society of Comparative Law.  His paper, “The Irony of British Human Rights Exceptionalism,” was one of seven papers (from the U.S., UK, Canada, and Israel) selected for discussion.  The workshop has an unusual approach: discussion of each paper begins with remarks by two assigned commentators followed by an hour of discussion by all participants; the author speaks last.  Jeff’s paper was introduced by William Ewald (U. Penn.) and Francesca Bignami (George Washington U.).  National Security Law and the Constitution, a casebook for which Jeff is one of the co-authors, will be published in the Aspen Casebook Series this year in a second edition.  His contribution is five chapters (including a new chapter) out of a total of seventeen chapters. 

Natalie Nanasi presented her article, “Death of the Particular Social Group,” at the Law & Society Association’s (LSA) Annual Meeting on May 31st as part of a panel entitled “Perspectives on Asylum and Refugee Law.”  The article has been accepted for publication by the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.  Natalie also participated in a roundtable at the LSA conference – “The Politicization of Safety” (based on a book of the same name published in  2019) – where she provided comments and updates on her chapter, “A Fraught Pairing: Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Law Enforcement.”  Natalie’s op-ed, “New Trump Immigration Regulations Would Devastate Refugee Pathways”, was published in The Hill on June 16th. The piece critiques newly released asylum regulations that would, as a practical matter, effectively end asylum in the United States as we know it

Anna Offit published op-eds in The Hill and Inside Sources on the challenges associated with restarting jury trials in the midst of a pandemic. She also presented her forthcoming Ohio State Law Journal article, “Race-Conscious July Selection,” at the 2020 Law and Society Association Annual (LSA) Conference.  At the same conference, she organized and moderated a professional development panel on how to integrate empirical legal research into law school seminars. The panel featured distinguished law professors trained as legal anthropologists and qualitative sociologists.  Anna was also asked to offer commentary on a new book about juries, Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Rooms, as part of an author-meets-the-reader roundtable.

Keith Robinson participated by invitation last semester in the 5th Annual TI:GER Innovation Conference - Future of the Legal Industry: How Innovation Can Enhance Access to Justice at Emory University Law School.  He spoke on a panel titled, “What Should Law Schools be Doing Now,” where he discussed his experience in creating the law school’s Designing Legal Apps class.  Keith also presented his article, “Using Interactive Inventions,” at the Washington and Lee University School of Law as a part of its Faculty Workshop Series.  His latest article, “Access to the Patent System,” has been accepted for publication by the Nevada Law Journal.  He has been invited to present this article at the 2020 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, which will be held virtually in the fall.

Julie Rogers served on the Legislation Committee for the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Texas State Bar to identify sections of the Texas Property Code in need of amendment.  The Committee will be proposing legislation to implement various revisions to the Property Code in the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.

Eric Ruben published commentaryon June 17th on the Brennan Center for Justice blog regarding the Supreme Court’s decision not to intervene in 10 Second Amendment cases.

Marc Steinberg’s column The SEC’s Proposed Amendments to the Accredited Investor Definition:  Slighting Investor Protection Priorities was published in 48 Securities Regulation Law Journal 73 (2020).