Faculty Forum - Activities & Accolades - June 2020


Lolita Buckner Inniss has published an essay titled “(Un)Common Law and the Female Body” in volume 61 of Boston College Law Review E.Supp. The essay, part of a symposium responding to Anita Bernstein’s book The Common Law Inside the Female Body, addresses the relationship of women to the common law from a legal historical perspective.  Her book, The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson, was nominated for inclusion on the Association of University Presses 2020 Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Community Read list.

Dale Carpenter was interviewed by Fox4 News on May 6th about the salon owner Shelley Luther who was sentenced to seven days in jail.  The interview and the story “AG Paxton calls for release of Dallas salon owner who reopened in defiance of countywide restrictions” aired on the 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.  Dale gave another interview which aired May 7th on Fox4 News, “Texas Supreme Court orders Dallas salon owner’s release after Gov. Abbott amends his executive orders.”  Parts of the interview ran on the national Fox News broadcast, "Special Report," on May 7th.

James Coleman has accepted new offers to publish two law review articles:  1) State Cartels, 42 Cardozo L. Rev. _ (2021), and 2) The New Oil & Gas Governance, 129 Yale L.J. F. _ (2020) (with Tara Righetti & Hannah Wiseman).  His two law review articles from last year have now also been published:  1) Energy & Eminent Domain, 104 Minn. L. Rev. 659 (2019) (with Alexandra B. Klass), and 2) The Third Age of Oil & Gas Law, 95 Ind. L.J. 389 (2020).  He has also released a new working paper on SSRN: The Jurisdictional Anticommons.

Greg Crespi released a new paper on SSRN in May, “Frustration of Purpose As An Excuse for the Non-Performance of Contractual Obligations Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic-Related Governmental Restrictions: Some Preliminary Thoughts.”

Beverly Dureus is a contributing author on a new book just released, “Lessons From Successful African American Lawyers Volume 1.”

Chris Jenks’ article, The President’s Inversion of the Government's Ethical Conduct Standards, Right Before Americans’ Eyes, was published on May 26th in “Just Security.”

John Lowe recognizes student Ben Moore (2-L and Cox Business School MBA candidate) who received scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation for the coming academic year, and SJD candidate Chinonso Anozie, who received a scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Orly Mazur presented her article, Taxing the Robots, at the BYU Tax Policy Colloquium in January.  She also presented her article, Can Blockchain Revolutionize Tax Compliance?, at the Indiana University, Maurer School of Law’s Tax Policy Colloquium in March.  She is currently participating as a researcher for Project SAFE (State Action in Fiscal Emergencies) - a consortium of academics interested in helping states mitigate the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

Anna Offitwas interviewed on May 13th by NBC 5 on virtual jury trials, in advance of Collin County’s planned remote jury trial on May 18th.  Her op-ed,“It’s time to build a pandemic-proof, juror-friendly trial,”appeared in The Hill on May 15th. Anna was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article on May 22nd,“In a test case, Collin County jury meets on Zoom for the first time, but some lawyers say it’s too risky for real trial” and interviewed on background as part of a related Reuters story that was reprinted by the New York Times, “Texas Tries a Pandemic First: a Jury Trial by Zoom.”

Eric Ruben was interviewed about An Unstable Core: Self-Defense and the Second Amendment, 108 Cal. L. Rev. 63 (2020), as part of a video series at Duke Law highlighting recent scholarship.  In addition, he wrote an explainer about New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York titled What the Supreme Court’s Latest Second Amendment Ruling Means for Future Cases, published on the Brennan Center for Justice blog.  Eric was also quoted in a Bloomberg News article about petitions for certiorari pending at the Supreme Court in Second Amendment cases.

Marc Steinberg’s article Corporate Lawyers:  Ethical and Practical Lawyering with Vanishing Gatekeeper Liability, 88 Fordham Law Review 1575-1598 (2020), was published as the lead article in that Review's Colloquium on Corporate Lawyers.

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