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 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 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.