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Professor Donna Coker Publishes Essay on the Violence Against Women Act in CUNY Law Review

Donna Coker

Professor Donna Coker published an essay titled “Roll Back “Prison Nation” in a collection of solicited on-line essays in the CUNY Law Review. The essays reflect on the 2014 20th anniversary of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Relying on empirical findings of the harms to communities of hyper-incarceration as well as the theoretical work of Beth Richie and Dorothy Roberts, Coker argues that police practices in low-income communities of color may actually increase the rates of domestic violence. She argues that anti-domestic violence activists should therefore be at the forefront of the movement against mass incarceration. Professor Coker's scholarship focuses on criminal law, gender and inequality. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence law and policy. Her research concerns three major areas: the connection between economic vulnerability and domestic violence; restorative justice and other alternative criminal justice interventions; and gender and criminal law doctrine.

Professor Michele DeStefano Presents at Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting

Michele DeStefano

Professor Michele DeStefano recently presented “Expanding the Law School Curriculum Technologically with LawWithoutWalls” at the annual AALS meeting in Washington D.C. Professor DeStefano leads LawWithoutWalls and teaches civil procedure, professional responsibility, and a course on law, technology, and innovation, and a virtual class called Compliance E-lliance. Her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.

Professor Stephen Urice Elected President of the International Cultural Property Society

Stephen Urice

Professor Stephen Urice was elected President of the International Cultural Property Society at the annual meeting of its board of trustees held in conjunction with a conference. During the conference, Professor Urice delivered a paper “Stewardship, Responsibility and the Common Law Trust,” as part of a panel that included, among others, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU, and Marc-Andre Renold, Professor of Law & Director, Art Law Centre, University of Geneva. He also moderated a panel addressing stewardship responsibilities of individuals collectors. Professor Urice teaches courses in Elements of the Law, Trusts & Estates, Art Law, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law and seminars primarily in Art, Museum, and Cultural Property law. He lectures nationally and internationally on cultural heritage law and policy.

Professor David Abraham Publishes New Book Chapter and Article, Delivers Paper at American Historical Association

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham’s new contributions to the fields of immigration, citizenship, and welfare-state law appeared in recent weeks. Professor Abraham authored the chapter on “Law and Migration,” appearing in the new edition of the distinguished volume Migration across the Disciplines (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2014), which brings together leading scholars from across the social sciences to assess the state of the field. Abraham also published an essay titled “Immigrant Integration and Social Solidarity in a Time of Crisis: Europe and the U.S. in a Post-Welfare State,” which appears in 1 Critical Historical Studies 2 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) and analyzes the decline of the institutions of social solidarity that enabled immigration and the welfare state to coexist in the past but which today play a role in the rise of neo-populist and anti-immigrant sentiment. Professor Abraham began the New Year by delivering a paper at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association in New York, where he spoke on the tensions between nation-state sovereignty and the global movement of goods, capital, and people.

Professor Michael Froomkin Chairs Panel on Automated Decision-Making at Conference

Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin chaired a panel on “Automated Decision-Making” at the Association of American Law School’s January 2015 conference. It was co-sponsored by the Section on Internet and Computer Law and the Section on Defamation and Privacy. Professor Froomkin is the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law. He currently teaches International Law, Civil Procedure I and seminars in Intellectual Property in the Digital Era, Internet Governance, Law & Games and Electronic Commerce. He has also taught Internet Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law and Tort, Constitutional Law, and Trademark.

Professor Felix Mormann Publishes in Electricity Journal

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann’s work headlines the latest issue of the Electricity Journal, the leading journal on electric power policy. In his article, Mormann makes the case for more efficient allocation of investor and regulatory risks through closer integration of quantity- and price-based support policies for clean energy. Professor Mormann’s scholarship explores the financial, regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, energy law, and climate change. He is Faculty Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.

Professor Andrew Dawson Presents Paper on Bankruptcy

Andrew Dawson

Professor Andrew Dawson recently presented his paper “Federalism Issues in Municipal Bankruptcy: The Preemptive Scope of Chapter 9” at the Young Bankruptcy Scholars' Work-in-Progress Workshop, held at Brooklyn Law School. The paper explores the tensions between state and federal laws during municipal bankruptcy and, more broadly, questions of city governance during bankruptcy. This represents Professor Dawson’s continued exploration of municipal bankruptcy issues, following his publication of “Pensioners, Bondholders, and Unfair Discrimination in Municipal Bankruptcy” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. Professor Dawson’s research interests includes reorganizations, cross-border insolvency, contracts and commercial law.

Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Publishes Article on Stand Your Ground Laws

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez recently published an article titled “Stand Your Ground Laws: International Human Rights Law Implications” in the University of Miami Law Review. Professor Bettinger-Lopez co-authored the article along with Ahmad Abuznaid of Dream Defenders, former Miami Law student Charlotte Cassel, and Meena Jagannath of Florida Legal Services Inc. Professor Bettinger-Lopez is the Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Miami Law. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching concern international human rights law and advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education.

Professor Stephen Urice Participates in Three Panel Discussions in San Francisco

Stephen Urice

As part of the continuing dissemination efforts of the Aspen Institute's National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, Professor Stephen Urice participated in three panel discussions in San Francisco recently. The de Young museum hosted the first panel titled “The Artist as Philanthropist: Artist-Endowed Foundations as a New Force in Cultural Philanthropy.” Professor Urice also participated in a dinner and panel discussion hosted by art collector Sally Wright for an audience of twenty prominent, San Francisco-based artists who are considering establishing a foundation during their lifetimes. Finally, Professor Urice participated on a panel at Crown Point Press for invited surviving family members of deceased artists who are deciding whether an independent foundation is an appropriate way to care for and educate the public about the work of the artist whose works they have inherited. Professor Urice teaches courses in Elements of the Law, Trusts & Estates, Art Law, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law and seminars primarily in Art, Museum, and Cultural Property law. He lectures nationally and internationally on cultural heritage law and policy and has served on the faculty and planning committee of the American Law Institute's course of study Legal Issues in Museum Administration for many years.