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Professor Osamudia James Presents Work at Georgetown and Wake Forest

Osamudia James

Professor Osamudia James recently presented her work in "The Moynihan Report: 50 Years Later," a symposium sponsored by the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives and at Wake Forest University Law School's external speaker series. She also recently gave the keynote speech at Broward College’s “The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Empowering Students Toward Social Action.” Professor James writes and teaches in the areas of Education Law, Race and the Law, Administrative Law, and Torts. Her scholarship explores the intersection of law and identity in the context of public education.

Professor Markus Wagner Hosts Annual Meeting of Junior International Law Scholars Association

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner hosted the annual meeting of the Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) at the University of Miami School of Law recently. The workshop featured fourteen papers from junior scholars from the United States and abroad across a range of international law topics including international trade and business law, foreign relations law and international legal theory. Professor Wagner served as the co-chair of JILSA from 2012 to 2014. He teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. His recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and its compatibility with international humanitarian law and various aspects of international economic law.

Professor of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich Publishes Article in Washington Lawyer

Alyssa Dragnich

Professor of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich recently published “Teach Them to Fish: Giving Junior Attorneys Feedback on Their Writing” in Washington Lawyer. Washington Lawyer is the monthly magazine of the District of Columbia Bar Association and has a circulation of over 95,000. Professor Dragnich joined Miami Law in 2010, where she teaches Legal Communication & Research Skills, Introduction to Academic Writing, and Writing & Editing for Lawyers.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Presents at Emory Law and University of Arizona Law’s Rehnquist Center

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin recently presented at two conferences: at the Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, “The New Age of Communication: Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Emory Law Journal, and “The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later,” sponsored by the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. Professor Mala Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, the Religion Clauses, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues.

Professor Andres Sawicki Publishes Article in the Seattle University Law Review

Andres Sawicki

Professor Andres Sawicki has published his article, “Buying Teams,” in the Seattle University Law Review. The article was written for the Sixth Annual Berle Symposium. In it, Professor Sawicki analyzes the motivations for Silicon Valley acqui-hires—a new kind of transaction in which a large technology firm purchases a start-up, discards its assets, and retains only the core engineering team. Professor Sawicki shows that patent rights play an important role in the rise of the acqui-hire. Professor Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property. Professor Sawicki's research explores the impact of intellectual property law on creativity in the arts and sciences.

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz Moderates Panel on Attorney Advertising

Jan Jacobowitz

Lecturer in Law Jan L. Jacobowitz moderated an attorney advertising panel at the Association of Professional Lawyers (APRL) mid-year meeting in Houston. Panelists included Greg Beck, Barry Richard, and Brian Tannebaum. Jacobowitz is the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics & Public Service and the Director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP), a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award---the leading national award for a professionalism program. She is a former board member of APRL and currently serves on APRL's Task Force on Attorney Advertising and as APRL's liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Jacobowitz has presented over one hundred PREP CLE ethics seminars and has written and been a featured speaker or panelist on topics such as Legal Ethics in Social Media, Attorney Advertising, Mindful Ethics, and Cultural Awareness in the Practice of Law. She also teaches Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age and Social Medial and the Law.

Professor Susan Haack Presents Lecture in Spain

Susan Haack

Professor Susan Haack recently gave a lecture titled “Justice, Truth, and Proof: Not So Simple, After All,” in the Cátedra de Cultura Jurídica at the Universitat de Girona, Spain. Professor Haack is a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her work ranges from philosophy of logic and language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, Pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, especially scientific evidence, to social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature.

Professor Markus Wagner Publishes Article on Autonomous Weapon Systems

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner recently published his article “The Dehumanization of International Humanitarian Law: Legal, Ethical, and Political Implications of Autonomous Weapon Systems” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Professor Wagner’s recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and the intersection of international trade and investment law.

Professors of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich and Rachel Smith Publish Article on Persuasive Writing

Professors of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich and Rachel H. Smith have published an article in Perspectives, an electronic journal published by Thomson Reuters. The article, titled “An Offer They Can’t Refuse: Teaching Persuasive Writing Through a Settlement Offer Email Assignment,” article describes an innovative assignment the professors created in which first-year students propose a settlement to opposing counsel in the context of a simulated case. Professors Dragnich and Smith teach Legal Communication & Research Skills, as well as a variety of other writing courses.


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.