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December 2012

Professor Felix Mormann Publishes Policy Proposal for Financial Innovation in Clean Energy Investment

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann published a paper on clean energy policy and finance in the Brookings Institution's series Remaking Federalism / Renewing the Economy. In "Smarter Finance for Cleaner Energy: Open Up Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to Renewable Energy Investment," Professor Mormann and his co-author Dan Reicher from Stanford University make the case that MLPs and REITs extended to renewable energy projects will help promote growth, move renewables closer to subsidy independence, and broaden the base of investors in America's energy economy. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of environmental law and energy law.

Professor A. Michael Froomkin Serves as Panelist in Global Privacy Protection

A. Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin participated in Ohio State Law Journal's symposium "The Second Wave of Global Privacy Protection." The symposium brought together practitioners, academics, and government officials from across the world to analyze the latest developments in global privacy issues and provide discussion of the future of privacy legislation and policy. Professor Froomkin, the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, teaches Internet Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law and Tort. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots).

Scott Rogers Shares Mindfulness with Judges at National Association of Woman Judge's Annual Conference

Scott L. Rogers

Lecturer in Law Scott L. Rogers spoke on mindfulness at the 34th Annual National Association of Woman Judge's(NAWJ) Annual Conference in Miami Beach. More than 100 judges from across the world attended the panel presentation. Rogers, a nationally recognize leader in the area of mindfulness in law, is founder and director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program, author of "Mindfulness for Law Students," "The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers," and co-author of "Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility: A Guidebook for Integrating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum."

November 2012

Professor Fred McChesney Co-Authors Book on Antitrust Law, Interpretation and Implementation

Fred McChesney

Professor Fred McChesney, who holds the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Chair in Law and Economics, recently co-authored the new edition of the casebook Antitrust Law, Interpretation and Implementation, along with Charles Goetz and Thomas Lambert. The book was published by Foundation Press. Professor McChesney is a leader in applying economics to the study of law. His primary teaching and scholarly interests are in the fields of antitrust and corporations. He has published widely in leading journals, and is the author or co-author of several books.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Participates in Debate on Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin participated in a Federalist Society Teleforum debate with Douglas Laycock on the Supreme Court's decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC. She also presented her paper on Compelled Speech at the Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University School of Law-Chicago. Her short essay on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate will be appearing in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy. Finally, she will be blogging for another month at Concurring Opinions. Professor Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her articles have appeared in the New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and Boston University Law Review, among others.

Professor Bernard Perlmutter Publishes Article on Collaborative and Therapeutic Family Law

Bernard Perlmutter

Professor Bernard Perlmutter published an article "More Therapeutic, Less Collaborative? Asserting the Psychotherapist Privilege on Behalf of Mature Minors" in the Barry Law Review. He also presented a talk on another article in progress, "Effectuating Change With A Recalcitrant Judiciary: Improving Family Courts for Immigrant Youth and Families," at the Hofstra Law School Symposium on Immigrants and the Family Court. Professor Perlmutter has also given presentations on "Realizing Change for Dependent Children With Disabilities Through Community Collaboration" at the 2012 Department of Children & Families Statewide Dependency Summit; at a CLE training, "Immigrants in Family Courtrooms—Recognizing and Addressing Barriers for Immigrants in Family Court Proceedings," held at the Miami-Dade Family Court; and at a CLE training, "Representing Unaccompanied Alien Children in Immigration Court Proceedings," sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Professor Perlmutter is the co-director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic. In addition to his duties at the clinic, he also teaches Family Law, Transnational Family Law, Children and the Law, and the New Directions in Lawyering.

October 2012

Professor Felix Mormann Discusses Environmental Markets

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann participated in a two-day manuscript roundtable at George Mason University, hosted by the Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economic Studies. The event brought together professors of law, business, and economics to discuss a forthcoming book by Terry Anderson and Gary Libecap on the challenges and opportunities presented by environmental markets. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of environmental law and energy law.

Professor James Nickel Participates in Planning Meeting with United Nations Special Rapporteur

James Nickel

Professor James Nickel was one of the scholars and environmental lawyers participating in a planning meeting at American University Law School with John Knox, the newly-appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment. Professor Nickel holds a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Law School. He teaches and writes in human rights law and theory, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and constitutional law.


Professor Rebecca Sharpless Publishes Article on Social Justice Lawyering

Rebecca Sharpless

Professor Rebecca Sharpless published an article titled "More Than One Lane Wide: Against Hierarchies of Helping in Progressive Legal Advocacy" in the Fall, 2012 edition of the Clinical Law Review. Professor Sharpless directs Miami Law's Immigration Clinic. She writes and speaks widely on immigration law and participates in events such as the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and seminars of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.


Professor David Abraham speaks at international human rights conference and quoted in major German papers

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham recently spoke at a major international conference on human rights held in Jena, Germany. Titled "Toward a New Moral Order," the conference drew speakers from four continents who discussed and debated the historical and legal meaning of human rights around the world over the past century. Focusing on the 1970's, Abraham was quoted in both the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's two leading venues. Abraham analyzed the problem of "instrumentalization" or how noble human rights claims move from being instruments for achieving those ends to turning into political tools operating for the benefit of those invoking them. Ultimately, he concluded, there was no reason to be scandalized because all rights are instruments for those who hold them. The conference will soon be published as book by Wallstein Press, a leading German publisher. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory and has been widely published in each of those areas.

Professor Michele DeStefano and Michael Bossone present at the international legal ethics conference

Michele DeStefano

Professor Michele DeStefano presented three times at the International Legal Ethics Conference in Alberta, Canada. She presented "Lawyers' Professional Independence: Is it Undervalued or Overrated?" and participated in the Round Table "Legal Ethics and Regulation Education Around the Globe." Additionally, Prof. DeStefano, Michael Bossone, Special Advisor to the Dean, and 11of the LWOW partners spoke about LawWithoutWalls. Professor DeStefano and Bossone are co-creators of LWOW, a collaborative, part-virtual, academic model that brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. Professor DeStefano also teaches courses in professional responsibility, civil procedure, and business associations.

Professor James Nickel Participates In Workshop on the Human Right to Science

James Nickel

Professor James Nickel participated in a one-day workshop at the University of Delaware which focused on the human right to benefit from science. The event brought together legal philosophers and ethicists at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute to consider the roles of science and engineering in improving living conditions in the developing world as well as in the United States. Professor Nickel holds a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Law School at the University of Miami. He teaches and writes in human rights law and theory, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and constitutional law.