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    Weekly Faculty in the News, 7/24/14

    by  • July 24, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last two weeks, 7/10/14 to 7/24/14.

    7/15Lori Andrews was quoted in a Metro article on the rise of “social surrogacy” (“New US trend sees women paying ‘social surrogates’ to have their babies for them”).

    7/16Laurie Leader was quoted in an India West article on an employment discrimination case (“Foreign-Born Doctors Allege Bias in Training Program”).

    7/16 – A Wall Street Journal blog post about the U.S. Supreme Court referred to the work of Oyez, Chicago-Kent’s free multimedia archive on the Court (“Charts: Following the Chief Justice’s Lead on ‘Friend’ (Or Not)”).

    7/18Bernadette Atuahene authored an op-ed on South Africa’s land restitution program in the Mail & Guardian (“Lack of communication is an injustice in land restitution”). The article discusses her new book on the topic, We Want What’s Ours, just out from Oxford University Press.

    7/22Carolyn Shapiro was mentioned in a SCOTUSblog post on the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for a rehearing response in Martinez v. Illinois (“A rare call for a rehearing response”).

    7/22Bernadette Atuahene authored another op-ed on South Africa’s land restitution program, this one in South Africa’s Times Live (“Doing it better second time around”).

    7/23Ron Staudt and his work with the Center for Access to Justice and Technology (CAJT) were featured in a Law Technology Today article on Chicago’s Self-Help Web Center (“Chicago’s Self-Help Web Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service, Access to Justice”). The Self-Help Web Center was born out of a CAJT-led study.

    7/23 – Dean Harold Krent was interviewed for an ABC 7 Eyewitness News video segment on former Chicago mayor Richard Daley (“Former Mayor Richard Daley Will Not Have to Testify in Park Grill Trial”).


    7/10Adrian Walters authored a post on feedback and professional development at his blog, The Walters Way.

    7/11Sheldon Nahmod wrote about recent post-Iqbal supervisory liability decisions at his blog, Nahmod Law.


    Weekly Faculty in the News, 6/26/14

    by  • June 26, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 6/19/14 to 6/26/14.


    6/23Adrian Walters was mentioned in a colleague’s blog post on a new paper they have co-authored, titled Termination-on-Bankruptcy Provisions: Some Proposed Language. The paper was published in the most recent issue of Business Law Today. Download it or read it online here.

    6/24Dan Tarlock’s ISCOTUS video commentary on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA appeared in SCOTUSblog’s Tuesday round-up.

    6/24 – The Oyez Project and its $0.99 app Pocket Justice were featured in a Lawyerist post on all of the available legal apps for Android.

    6/24David Schwartz was mentioned in a Lexology post on a new paper he has co-authored, titled Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation (forthcoming in the Texas Law Review).

    6/25 – At his blog The Walters Way, Adrian Walters engages in a “blog hop” and tackles the question that plagues all bloggers—why bother?

    6/26 – SCOTUSblog’s evening round-up mentioned Edward Lee’s ISCOTUS video commentary on ABC v. Aereo and Douglas Godfrey’s video commentary on Riley v. California.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Lee Chosen for Spark Camp at Harvard

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Edward Lee, director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, has been selected to attend Spark Camp at Harvard University this weekend. The four-day event, “Visionaries, Leaders and Managers,” will bring together more than 75 “campers” to explore ideas on corporate culture and how organizations should operate.

    “Spark Camp is a weekend of intimate conversations, idea development and problem-solving, with a focus on a specific theme involving the future of a better society,” according to organizers. “Our focus is on convening exactly the right people around a particular topic that causes action in the field and offers up forward-thinking, tangible outputs that affect real change in our society…”

    This is the sixth Spark Camp convened since 2011. Earlier events have focused on real-time information, data, money, design and storytelling. The program is co-sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the Knight Foundation, Webb Media Group and Open Society Foundations.

    Professor Lee, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, is pleased to be returning to Cambridge to attend Spark Camp. “There is an impressive diversity of talent among this year’s campers,” he said.

    They include Edventure chair Esther Dyson; digital publisher Jennifer 8 Lee; Paola Antonelli, a senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA; ESPN executive Rob King; and Mary Beth Goodman, an IIT Chicago-Kent alumna and senior advisor on anti-corruption and governance with the U.S. State Department.

    Spark campers are nominated to participate, and Professor Lee speculates he was selected as a result of his work related to Internet freedom. Professor Lee, the author of The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet-For Now, is creating a nonprofit organization dedicated to Internet freedom.

    “I hope to get a ‘spark’ of creativity and ideas for my research and nonprofit organization,” said Professor Lee.

    Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, architecture, law, business, human sciences, applied technology, science and design.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 6/13/14

    by  • June 13, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 6/5/14 to 6/13/14.

    6/10William Birdthistle began guest-blogging about the World Cup, soccer, and sports law at The Volokh Conspiracy. So far, Birdthistle has contributed the following posts:

    6/10 – “Mooting le mondial
    6/12 – “Will we see any good soccer at the World Cup?
    6/13 – “The World Cup stumbles out of the gate: Release the lawyers

    6/11Richard Kling appeared in an NBC5 video and article on a student felon who has been accused of repeatedly violating his sentencing agreement.

    6/12Douglas Godfrey was featured in a CBS Chicago article and radio segment marking the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial (“20 Years Later: Law Professor Looks Back At O.J. Murder Trial”).

    6/12 – In an IIT Chicago-Kent NewsBrief also on the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson trial, Douglas Godfrey, Richard Kling, Ralph Brill, Nancy Marder, and David Erickson gave their answers to the question, “What have we learned?”


    6/9Sheldon Nahmod continues his primer on section 1983 at his blog, Nahmod Law, with a post on statutes of limitation and continuing violations.

    6/11Vinay Harpalani’s ISCOTUSnow video commentary on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Wednesday round-up.

    6/13Christopher Schmidt’s ISCOTUSnow essay marking the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia—which struck down the state’s ban on interracial marriage and which echoes the current debate over same-sex marriage—was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Friday round-up.

    Birdthistle Guest Blogs for Volokh Conspiracy

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Faculty Commentary, Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    On Tuesday, blogger and law professor Eugene Volokh announced that William Birdthistle would be a guest writer this week for The Volokh Conspiracy—the popular law blog now hosted at The Washington Post. Birdthistle’s main academic interests are in business organizations and securities regulation. But in honor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which begins on Thursday, he will contribute posts on something entirely different—“soccer and the internal law and law enforcement of soccer.” Volokh gives some background:

    Birdthistle spent much of his life immersed in soccer cultures—he is Irish and, before coming to the United States for college, spent much of his life growing up in Libya (eight years) and Malaysia (nine years). This led him to think about how the World Cup, soccer more generally, and sports still more generally are affected by how various rules are enforced within each sport. He blogged about these subjects for us in 2007, and I’m glad to have him here again to blog about this year’s World Cup and the law-of-sports issues that surround it (and sports generally).

    In his first post (“Mooting le mondial”), Birdthistle introduces the richness of the legal issues at play the World Cup:

    Over the next four weeks and 64 matches, I look forward to using the World Cup as a lens to examine the internal jurisprudence of soccer as well as the external legal baggage surrounding the phenomenon of global football. Internally, soccer has inspired academics to consider topics such as the efficacy of crossing the ball and how best to miss penalties. In my own work, I’ve wondered whether the limited set of referees’ rewards and punishments exacerbates incentives for the melodramatic deception so prevalent in World Cup play. Externally, soccer generates a reliable and entertaining array of cultural and legal clashes over topics such as free speech, criminal justice, and the political economy of governing institutions. With billions of dollars and eyeballs focused upon Brazil for the next month, the tournament should provide a captivating performance of humanity at its athletic best and litigious worst.

    Read the rest of the post at the The Volokh Conspiracy, and check back soon for more.

    Eglit’s New Book Analyzes Ageism in the Media

    by  • June 10, 2014 • Faculty Commentary, Faculty in the News, Scholarship • 0 Comments

    [Reposted from IIT Chicago-Kent News]

    The use of negative epithets such as “geezer,” “crone,” “coot,” “old bat,” and “old f-t” in everyday language helps contribute to ageism in our society, says IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Howard C. Eglit, a nationally recognized authority on law and aging issues. Professor Eglit is the author of a new book, Age, Old Age, Language, and Law: A Dysfunctional—Often Harmful—Mix and How to Fix It (self-published 2014).

    Eglit book cover

    Howard Eglit’s new book, Age, Old Age, Language, Law (self-published 2014), focuses on the uses and misuses of language as a mechanism both for creating and for nurturing ageism. Click here for the book website.

    Professor Eglit’s book focuses on the uses and misuses of language as a mechanism both for creating and for nurturing ageism, i.e., age-based bias directed against the elderly. He contrasts these and the use of other negative epithets, descriptive words and terms such as “crotchety,” “wizened,” “over-the-hill,” “used up,” and “curmudgeonly” with the absence of comparable negative terms regarding the middle-aged and the young. “This is not simply coincidence,” says Professor Eglit. “Language is used to express real, hard-core antipathy against old people and old age.”

    In his book, Professor Eglit discusses other ways in which the media degrade and demean older men and women. “So-called ‘gosh isn’t s/he amazing’ stories in the press, whereby some elderly man or woman is extolled for jumping from a parachute at age 90 or for climbing Mt. McKinley, are really subtly indirect ways of planting in peoples’ minds the notion that such daredevils are the very rare exception because most old people are decrepit and incapable of doing much of anything.”

    Professor Eglit’s book also focuses on two metropolitan newspapers—the New York Times and Chicago Tribune—and gives examples of what he characterizes as their regular use of pejorative language. “Since the New York Times is supposed to be our national newspaper of record, it serves as a journalistic model. Unfortunately, that model—when it comes to writing about the elderly—falls sadly short.”

    Professor Eglit cites “supposedly humorous” greeting cards that dwell upon the sexual inadequacies of old men, the drooping physical features of aging women, the digestive ills of the old, and most commonly, the forgetfulness of old folks who simply don’t have, according to these cards, working memories anymore. “Actually,” Eglit commented, “humor that turns on the foibles and inadequacies of the elderly has been the stock-in-trade of comedians for years. Just recall Jonathan Winters’ Maude Frickert, Dana Carvey’s Church Lady, and Johnny Carson’s Aunt Blabby routines about old folks.” (more…)

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 6/5/14

    by  • June 5, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last two weeks, 5/23/14 to 6/5/14.

    5/23 – A Chicago-Kent press release highlighted the new collaboration between the Oyez Project, founded and directed by Jerry Goldman, and the Texas Tribune. The partnership will soon launch a multimedia site for the Texas high courts, which will make cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals more accessible to the public.

    According to the release, “the partnership is part of a larger initiative to expand Oyez’s successful U.S. Supreme Court site to all federal appellate and state supreme courts. The Knight Foundation has funded Oyez’s efforts in Texas, as well as in California, New York, Florida and Illinois, covering one-third of the U.S. population.”

    5/30David Schwartz’s recent article, Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation (coauthored with John Allison and Mark Lemley and forthcoming in the Texas Law Review), was featured in an ALM online story (paid or free trial account required).

    6/3Todd Haugh was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about an early release for former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is currently serving time in a federal prison camp in Alabama (“Jackson Jr. eligible for halfway house in about 3 months”).

    6/3 – Dean Harold Krent appeared in an Al Jazeera America video on a new lawsuit in Chicago which claims that drug companies concealed the health risks associated with certain painkillers (“Multi-million dollar drug law suit rocks Chicago”).

    6/4Richard Kling was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on whether the young girls involved in a Wisconsin stabbing should be tried as juveniles or adults (“Is adult court right place for 12-year-old suspects in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing?”).


    Sheldon Nahmod posted on two U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the week at his blog, Nahmod Law.

    5/28Plumhoff v. Rickard: New Supreme Court Section 1983 Fourth Amendment/Qualified Immunity Decision
    5/29Wood v. Moss: New Supreme Court First Amendment Qualified Immunity Decision Involving Presidential Security

    6/2Steven Heyman’s ISCOTUSnow video commentary on Wood v. Moss was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Monday round-up.

    6/2 – At The Walters Way, Adrian Walters wrote about the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Chapter 11 reform and his involvement with a symposium organized by the ABI.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 5/23/14

    by  • May 23, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 5/15/14 to 5/23/14.

    5/16 – Dean Harold Krent was quoted in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on the American Bar Association’s formation of a task force to investigate new ways of financing legal education (“ABA task force in search of a new funding formula,” behind paywall).

    5/16 – Dean Harold Krent appeared in an Al Jazeera America video on Chicago Public School closures and institutional discrimination (“School closures creating modern form of segregation and unequal education”).


    5/16Adrian Walters authored a new post on his blog, The Walters Way, about Professor Bernie Burk and his paper What’s New About the New Normal: The Evolving Market for New Lawyers in the 21st Century.

    5/21 – Chris Schmidt’s ISCOTUSnow essay on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Wednesday round-up.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 5/15/14

    by  • May 15, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 5/8/14 to 5/15/14.

    5/8 – Carolyn Shapiro, who is currently on leave from Chicago-Kent as the Illinois Solicitor General, was profiled by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (“Law no longer an academic exercise for Shapiro,” behind paywall). The article highlights Shapiro’s education, legal experience, and academic research projects—including Chicago-Kent’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, of which she is the founder and former director.


    5/11The Conglomerate blog announced the program for the AALS Mid-year Meeting on Corporate and Financial Law, which will be held June 7-9 in Washington, D.C. William Birdthistle, along with four other law professors, will take part in a panel on teaching.

    5/13Ed Lee was featured in a Groupon People Blog post about an earlier talk Lee gave on his new book, The Fight for the Future, as part of the Groupon Presents Speaker Series.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.

    Weekly Faculty in the News, 5/8/14

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Faculty in the News • 0 Comments

    A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources and media from the last week, 5/1/14 to 5/8/14.

    5/6 – Dean Harold Krent appeared on a panel on Chicago Tonight to discuss the decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the legislative prayer case before the Supreme Court of the United States this Term. Watch the video here.


    5/6Chris Schmidt’s ISCOTUS video commentary on Town of Greece v. Galloway was mentioned in SCOTUSblog’s Tuesday round-up.

    5/8Sheldon Nahmod posted on section 1983 gun liability and the Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 at his blog, Nahmod Law.

    For more information, contact Gwendolyn Osborne, Director of Public Affairs, (312) 906-5251.