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Archived Faculty News

November 15, 2006 - 3:05pm
Professor Anthony Infanti's essay, "From the Sidelines: A Deconstructionist View of Circular 230" was reprinted in the August 2006 issue of The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles.
November 15, 2006 - 3:04pm
Professor John Burkoff has been appointed to a Committee created by the ABA Criminal Justice Section: Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism, which will address a broad range of ethical issues in criminal practice, including analysis and best practices regarding how prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers and judges should deal with issues of professional conduct, and issues of the right to competent counsel.
November 15, 2006 - 3:03pm

Professor Deborah Brake co-authored a column on FindLaw on Ledbetter v. Goodyear, pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Ledbetter will consider the statute of limitations applicable to a claim under Title VII that an employer has discriminated on the basis of gender -- by paying women less than men.  From the column:

Despite slow progress in recent decades, working women continue to earn less on the dollar than men earn -- even after accounting for all the factors that might be cited to justify the gap: differences in hours worked, education, occupation, work experience and attachment to the labor force. The remaining gap, once these factors are eliminated from the analysis, is caused by discrimination. Unless Title VII is robustly enforced, that discrimination will persist.
Link:  http://writ.lp.findlaw.com/commentary/20061114_brake.html 
November 15, 2006 - 3:02pm
Professor Lawrence A. Frolik, one of the nation's leading authorities on Elder Law, presented "The Ethics of Subsidized, Mandatory Long-Term Care Insurance" at the University of Notre Dame Law School on Thursday, November 9. Professor Frolik's presentation was part of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy symposium, "Long-Term Care For America's Elderly: Who is Responsible and How Will It be Achieved?" In his lecture, Professor Frolik examined why long-term care insurance was necessary as a payment source for long-term care. He explained why the purchase of such insurance should be mandated as it is in Japan and Germany in light of the factors that discourage individuals from voluntarily purchasing such insurance.
November 1, 2006 - 3:02pm
JURIST won a W3 Gold Award in the "Law and Legal Services" category. There were some 2300 entries in all categories this year. According to its website (http://www.w3award.com/): "The W3 Awards honors outstanding websites, web marketing, and web advertising created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. The W3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by The International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms.” Congratulations to Professor Bernard Hibbitts, publisher and editor-in-chief of JURIST.
November 1, 2006 - 3:01pm

Professor Ron Brand has signed a book contract with Cambridge University Press to write a book with Paul Herrup of the Office of Foreign Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice, on the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements.  He has also signed a contract with Oxford University Press on behalf of the Center for International Legal Education to publish the CILE Studies series, beginning with volume 3.  Volume 3, Forum Non Conveniens: Past, Present, and Future, will be authored by Professor Brand and Scott Jablonski. 

Professor Brand’s article, CISG Article 31:  When Substantive Law Rules Affect Jurisdictional Results, has been published at 25 Journal of Law & Commerce 181-202 (2005/2006).

Professor Brand attended the meeting of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law in Washington, D.C., on October 19-20.

Professor Brand spoke on “Declining jurisdiction: recent developments in the US, the EU, and at the Hague Conference on Private International Law” at the International Law Weekend in New York on October 26-28, sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

November 1, 2006 - 2:59pm
Professor Vivian Curran's essay, La Gestation d'un droit transnational face à la globalisation et la "glocalisation", will be published in 4 Revue de Sciences Criminelles et Droit Pénal Comparé (2006).
November 1, 2006 - 2:57pm
Professor Lawrence Frolik co-chaired an ALI-ABA presented the Continuing Professional Education Program: Elder Law – Issues, Answers, and Opportunities in Boston on September 28 and 29, along with Walter Burke, Esq. of Albany, New York.  The Boston program was a reprise from February, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, owing to great demand, and will be presented again in Chicago in April of 2007. On October 16th, Professor Frolik participated in a one-day symposium in New Haven, Connecticut, organized by the Connecticut Bar Association to discuss whether and how to reform Connecticut Conservator (guardianship) Proceedings. The group of over 100 attendees featured over 40 Connecticut probate judges, practicing attorneys from Connecticut and several national experts including Professor Frolik, who made a presentation on the history and traditions of guardianship law. The hope of the symposium was to generate ideas and support for improving procedural protections for individuals for whom a conservatorship is sought. Professor Frolik made two presentations at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Advanced Elder Law  Institute held in Salt Lake City on November 2 through 5. The Institute brings together over 400 of the nation’s leading elder law practitioners for four days of intensive seminars, lectures and workshops on the practice of elder law, one of the fastest growing practice specialties. Professor Frolik organized and led a panel at a plenary session addressed the ethical issues of multi-disciplinary practice. He also was a presenter on a panel at another plenary session that addressed the future of elder law as a practice and a scholarly discipline.
October 18, 2006 - 2:35pm
Professor Harry Flechtner has been invited to speak in Istanbul in November at a conference on the United Nations Sale Convention (CISG) sponsored by the Istanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty in cooperation with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The conference is organized to coincide with Turkey's deliberations on whether to ratify the CISG, and is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the treaty among Turkish lawyers. Conference papers will be published in Turkish. Professor Flechtner will speak on the Convention's provisions governing conformity of goods and liability for third party claims.
October 18, 2006 - 2:35pm
Professor Douglas Branson continues his international teaching tour.  He taught International Human Rights at Trinity College, Dublin during the Summer of 2006 and will teach Corporate Governance at the University of Melbourne later this month. Professor Branson's book, No Seat at the Table, about how law and corporate governance process and norms keep woman off boards of directors, comes out from NYU Press on December 1.  A full description appears at the NYU Press site. His article "Too Many Bells?  Too Many Whistles?  Corporate Governance in the Post Enron, Post WorldCom Era" appears this Fall in the South Carolina Law Review.

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