November 23, 2015
Professor Kristin Hickman was interviewed and quoted extensively by Tax Notes regarding the implications of the D.C. Circuit’s denial of en banc review in Florida Bankers Association v. Treasury, 799 F.3d 1065 (D.C. Cir. 2015). The case concerns the proper interpretation and application of the Internal Revenue Code’s Anti-Injunction Act.
November 22, 2015
Professor Oren Gross spoke with Roshini Rajkumar, host of WCCO Radio’s News and Views, analyzing the extension of the declared state of emergency in France. Gross analyzed the broad police powers conferred by the new legislation, which was approved last week by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the French parliament, and explained the reasons behind conferring such broad powers on the government as well as the risk that they entail for civili liberties and human rights.
November 18, 2015
Professor Prentiss Cox’s comments were featured in an article on Cardhub.com about ancillary benefits provided with various credit cards, such as car rental damage protection and extended warranties for purchased goods. Cox observed that the provision of these services for free by card issuers demonstrates that these products are over-priced compared ot costs and risks when sold by third party providers.
November 18, 2015
Professor Oren Gross discussed the French emergency powers put in place in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris with National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel. Gross explained the history of the emergency measures introduced by the French government and their scope. The declaration of a state of emergency in France on Nov. 14, said Gross, granted the French government and local governments throughout the country broad police powers. It is only the second time since World War II that the French government declared a state of emergency nationwide.
Prof. Meili Presents Research on Detained Asylum Seekers in Warwick, EnglandNovember 18, 2015
Professor Stephen Meili presented his research on the detention of asylum-seekers in the U.S. and the U.K. at the University of Warwick, England. Meili’s research, which will be featured in an upcoming article in the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, focuses on the role of human rights norms in recent court decisions striking down certain aspects of the detention of asylum-seekers in both countries. He concludes that while human rights treaties—which are relied on by courts in the U.K. far more than in the U.S.—are not a panacea for combatting the increased detention of asylum seekers and other migrants, they afford advocates additional means of challening such detention. Those treaties have also become an important interpretive tool for judges adjudicating challenges to detention under the common law.
November 17, 2015
Professor Carol Chomsky’s article, “Casebooks and the Future of Contracts Pedagogy,” was published in the Hastings Law Journal earlier this year. Now the article has been selected by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning as its Article of the Month. In announcing the selection, Professor Andrea Boyack of Washburn University School of Law noted that casebooks remain “hugely relevant to student outcomes from and experience in class” and that the “thought-provoking” article “has added much value to the open question of how to best evolve teaching materials” to embrace new understanding about student learning. The article speaks in particular about the casebook co-authored by Professor Charles Knapp, whose 50-year career in law teaching was honored in a symposium conference at which Chomsky presented her paper in October 2014, and is also based on Chomsky’s own experience authoring innovative casebooks on contracts and sales law and on discussions with Law School students about teaching and learning.
The article suggests that course content must change to focus on the subject-area issues addressed by lawyers in practice, while retaining aspects designed to teach lawyer-like thinking and an appreciation of how law evolves over time, and that casebooks must change to incorporate experiential learning (hands-on exercises in which students perform lawyering tasks) and to reflect what educators have learned about how people learn most effectively. As noted in the article’s abstract:
As casebook authors take seriously the forces and trends in academic publishing, the casebooks are bound to change in significant ways, leading to innovation and even transformation of the course itself. Driving the change are at least six developments and concerns: ( 1 ) recognition that the course must include more attention to the concepts and skills that matter to practicing lawyers; ( 2 ) new accreditation standards that require identification of learning outcomes expected from our courses; ( 3 ) the need (if not yet the reality) to have the bar exam be focused less on knowledge and more on skills; ( 4 ) perhaps most importantly, increasing knowledge about what good learning practice requires in the classroom; ( 5 ) availability of new technologies to deliver more dynamic content; and ( 6 ) changing demands from publishers and students, partly as a result of the other forces mentioned. Our teaching is already adapting to the new law school environment, and visionary casebooks, in contracts as elsewhere in the curriculum, can and should lead the way.
The article suggests particular ways in which casebook authors can change their texts to facilitate the evolution. For more information, read Professor Boyack’s review here and the full text of the article here.
November 15, 2015
Dean David Wippman spoke with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO News Radio’s “News and Views” about ISIS and the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
November 14, 2015
Professor Jane Kirtley was principal speaker on a panel, “Global Privacy and Data Protection,” at the Practising Law Institute’s annual Communications Law in the Digital Age in New York on Nov. 13. She was the author of the corresponding chapter in the conference handbook, and her research assistants included 3L dual degree students Sarah Wiley and Dillon White. She was also a panelist at the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association annual conference in Toronto on Nov. 14, speaking on “Copyright – Fair dealing/Fair Use, ‘Hot news’ and other topics.”
November 13, 2015
Professor Francis Shen recently became the first lawyer in the nation to complete certified training in the brain stimulation method of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Shen joined neurologists and psychologists in the week-long competitive admission NYC tDCS Fellowship Program hosted by City College of New York. Shen, Director of the Shen Neurolaw Lab, will convene a panel on FDA regulation of such neurotechnology in Washington, D.C., in December.
November 8, 2015
Professor June Carbone, who was in Ireland at the time, was interviewed by the Korean Radio Station, “Morning Wave,” in Busan, Korea. The interview addressed the growing incidence of “gray divorce,” that is, the growing incidence of divorce among older people, which is occurring on a worldwide basis. Part of the reason is that as people live longer, more older couples divorce, but part of the the answer also involves the circumstances and cultures of different countries.