• Archive for October, 2013

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 10/31

    by  • October 31, 2013 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 10/25 to 10/31.

    10/28 – Professor Carolyn Shapiro’s recent ISCOTUSnow post about two new cases on the Court’s docket was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Monday round-up.

    10/30 – Professor Joan Steinman was quoted in a Consumer Reports story about efforts to unmask a certain “Company Doe” (“Consumer groups aim to unmask Company Doe by unsealing secret court record”).

    10/30 – Dean Harold Krent was quoted in a National Law Journal article about 1L programs at Chicago-Kent (“1Ls Get A Chance to Specialize at Chicago-Kent,” behind account wall).

    Other news:

    10/30 – The Oyez Project/ISCOTUSnow announced their Deep Dive for this year, an intensive exploration of the upcoming Supreme Court case Town of Greece v. Galloway. The case examines the constitutionality of almost exclusively Christian prayers offered at the beginning of city council meetings over a period of years. Check out the multimedia website on the case, which features a timeline, descriptions of the major precedents and issues, video discussions with IIT Chicago-Kent faculty members (including Sheldon Nahmod and Carolyn Shapiro), and links to lower court documents and other resources.

    For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at IIT Chicago-Kent.

    Constitution Day 2013 Video

    by  • October 30, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Multimedia • 0 Comments

    The video of Chicago-Kent’s Constitution Day panel discussion on same-sex marriage is now live. The panel—“When Did It Become Unconstitutional for States to Ban Same-Sex Marriage?: Constitutional Interpretation in the 21st Century”—was held at Chicago-Kent on October 10, 2013. Professor Steven Heyman moderated the discussion of Hollingsworth v. Perry (the Proposition 8 case) and US v. Windsor (the DOMA case). Panelists included Chicago-Kent professors Carolyn Shapiro and Katharine Baker, and George Mason Law Professor Ilya Somin. For more, read Professor Chris Schmidt’s preview of the panel and his review of Ilya Somin’s latest book.

    Internet Day — Cyberlaw Scholarship

    by  • October 29, 2013 • Scholarship • 0 Comments

    In recognition of International Internet Day—a day which marks the first successful computer-to-computer link in 1969—this blog presents a selection of Chicago-Kent faculty scholarship on computer and Internet law. Throughout the Internet’s history, our faculty’s influential scholarship has helped guide the discussions surrounding the Internet’s use, purpose, regulations, and freedoms. Whether they are proposing regulatory schemes for the Internet or drafting a Social Network Constitution, the Chicago-Kent faculty continually find themselves on the cutting edge of cyberlaw. Check out some notable articles and books below:

    Information Privacy

    Lori AndrewsI Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy (Free Press 2012, paperback 2013).

    Lori AndrewsWhere’s Waldo?: Geolocation, Mobile Apps, and PrivacySciTech Lawyer 6 (Summer 2013).

    Richard Warner, Beyond Notice and Choice: Privacy, Norms, and Consent, ___ Suffolk University Journal of High Technology Law ___ (forthcoming 2013) (with R. Sloan).

    Richard WarnerUnauthorized Access: The Crisis in Online Privacy and Security (CRC Press 2013) (with R. Sloan).

    Freedom and Censorship

    Edward LeeThe Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet—For Now (self-published ebook, 2013).

    Henry Perritt, Jr.The Internet at 20: Evolution of a Constitution for Cyberspace, 20 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1115 (2012).

    Edward LeeRemixing Lessig, 6 I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society 41 (2010) (reviewing Lawrence Lessig, Remix (2008)).

    Jurisdiction and Regulation

    Henry Perritt, Jr.Towards a Hybrid Regulatory Scheme for the Internet, 2001 University of Chicago Legal Forum 215 (2001).

    Margaret StewartAchieving Legal and Business Order in Cyberspace: A Report on Global Jurisdictional Issues Created by the Internet, 55 Business Lawyer 1801 (2000). (reporter).

    Henry Perritt, Jr.Cyberspace Self-Government: Town-Hall Democracy or Rediscovered Royalism?, 12 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 413 (1997).

    General Cyberspace

    Nancy Marder, Cyberjuries: A New Role as Online Mock Juries, 38 University of Toledo Law Review 239 (2006) (symposium).

    Martin Malin and Henry Perritt, Jr.The National Labor Relations Act in Cyberspace: Union Organizing in Electronic Workplaces, 49 University of Kansas Law Review 1 (2000).

    Henry Perritt, Jr. and Ronald StaudtThe 1% Solution: American Judges Must Enter The Internet Age, 2 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 463 (2000).

    For more, visit the “Internet Law” and “Computer Law” areas of Chicago-Kent’s online institutional repository.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 10/24

    by  • October 24, 2013 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week.

    10/18 – Professor Henry Perritt, Jr. was interviewed by ABC7 about a mother who is asking Twitter to reveal the names of people she says have been cyber-bullying her daughter (“Mother takes Twitter to court over ID of daughter’s bully,” with video). C-K Adjunct Professor William Kling also appeared in the video.

    10/21 – Professor Mickie Piatt was pictured in a Chicago Sun-Times story about the need for companies to protect their intellectual property and a new IIT master’s degree that seeks to address that need (“A New Economy Means A New Kind Of Theft — And A New IIT Degree To Prevent It”).

    10/23 – Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by Fox32 for a story on the ethics of lawyers offering discounts for legal services through “special-deal” companies like Groupon (“Discount legal advice? Lawyers offer services on Groupon,” with video).

    Other news:

    10/22 – Professor Adrian Walters authored a new post on his blog, The Walters Way, about 1L students and the midpoint of the semester (“October”).

    10/24 – At the ISCOTUSnow blog, Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote about two new cases that the Supreme Court will hear this Term (“Two New Cases This Week”).

    For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at IIT Chicago-Kent.

    Recap: Roundtable on Empirical Methods in IP

    by  • October 23, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent IP News]

    The Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property (CESIP) at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is proud to report the recent success of its roundtable conference on empirical IP scholarship, featuring discussions of more than a dozen early stage research projects currently being developed by the participants.

    The roundtable was co-hosted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CESIP co-directors Christopher Buccafusco and David Schwartz organized the event with the USPTO’s acting chief economist, Alan Marco, and the USPTO’s expert advisor, Saurabh Vishnubhakat. The roundtable took place at Chicago-Kent on October 11-12, 2013.

    The projects represented an interdisciplinary range of empirical methods, including econometric data analyses, experiments, surveys and qualitative studies. The research questions involved a wide variety of legal issues in patent, copyright and trademark law. (more…)

    SCIPR 2013 Videos

    by  • October 21, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences, Multimedia • 1 Comment

    Videos of each session at this year’s SCIPR conference are now available. You can watch them on the SCIPR homepage, on Chicago-Kent’s YouTube channel, or below. For more, check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 of our SCIPR summary.

    Gunn v. Minton

    (Federal Circuit jurisdiction over patent malpractice claims)

    Moderator: Christi Guerrini; Panelists: Jane Webre, Ronald Mallen


    Weekly Faculty in the News, 10/17

    by  • October 17, 2013 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week.

    10/10 – Professor David Schwartz was mentioned in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on patent assertion entities (PAEs)—also known as “patent trolls” (“FTC study aims to shine a light on ‘patent trolls’,” behind paywall).

    10/10 – Professor Todd Haugh was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who last week received a 28-year sentence on an obstruction-of-justice conviction (“Kwame Kilpatrick: Disgraced Detroit mayor gets ‘massive’ 28-year sentence”).

    10/13 – IIT’s student newspaper TechNews published an article about a campus panel discussion on free speech and college campuses (“Free Speech @IIT sparks discussion”). Professor Steven Heyman, a leading First Amendment scholar, joined sociologist and legal scholar Laura Beth Nielsen (Northwestern) on the panel.

    10/14 – The Windy City Times featured coverage of Chicago-Kent’s Constitution Day panel on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions (“Legal panel looks at SCOTUS marriage decisions”). Professors Steven Heyman, Kathy Baker, and Carolyn Shapiro took part in the discussion, along with George Mason’s Ilya Somin.

    10/16 – Professor Nancy Marder appeared on KJZZ Radio to discuss the topic of cameras in courtrooms (“Allowing Cameras In The Courtroom”). For more on the subject, see Prof. Marder’s March op-ed piece in USA Today and her recently published scholarly article, The Conundrum of Cameras in the Courtroom.

    Other news:

    10/15 – Professor Sheldon Nahmod authored a new post on his blog, Nahmod Law, about a Supreme Court case to be argued in November (“Town of Greece v. Galloway: Pending Supreme Court Decision on the Establishment Clause and Legislative Prayer”).

    For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at IIT Chicago-Kent.

    Documentary Film Series on Race: “A Class Divided”

    by  • October 16, 2013 • Faculty Workshops/ Conferences • 0 Comments

    In an effort to have meaningful discussions about race, join faculty, students and alumni on Thursday, October 17, at 6:00 pm for a film screening of A Class Divided (1985, produced and directed by William Peters). The film will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Carolyn Shapiro and a current student, Charlie Burns.

    Shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, a teacher in Iowa decided to run an experiment to help her students learn more about how discrimination negatively affects everyone. She chose to treat some of her students far better than others, based solely on physical traits. This short film looks at what this experiment taught the children and how they continue to be affected by it years later.


    Thursday, October 17, at 6:00 pm
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

    Faculty Preview October Term 2013

    by  • October 15, 2013 • Faculty Commentary, Multimedia • 0 Comments

    Want to know more about the cases that the Supreme Court will hear this October Term? Listen to our faculty members expound on some of the notable cases in these videos produced by Oyez/ISCOTUSnow. Check back soon for more!

    Scheduling Justice: How the Term Unfolds at SCOTUS

    Professor Carolyn Shapiro discusses the calendar of the Supreme Court of the United States and what to expect over the next few months.

    McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

    Professor Carolyn Shapiro explains the issues involved in McCutcheon, touching on the background of campaign finance issues (Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United) as well as the differences involved.

    Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

    Professor Vinay Harpalani provides background on this affirmative action case from Michigan.

    IIT Chicago-Kent Faculty on the Forefront of IP Scholarship

    by  • October 14, 2013 • Scholarship • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from Chicago-Kent’s Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property Fall 2013 News page]

    Chicago-Kent IP faculty are among the most productive in the nation. In 2013, the Chicago-Kent IP faculty published or received offers to publish 14 law review articles, six book chapters, five books, and several other publications. The publications covered some of the most pressing legal issues, including copyright reform, criminal intellectual property laws, non-practicing entities or “patent trolls” in the patent system, the concept of patent quality, privacy and data collection, and Internet freedom and the First Amendment. (more…)