Lori Andrews gave speeches about various legal issues. In February 2008, Professor Andrews delivered her speech “Brave New Babies – the Role of Psychology in the New Conceptions” at the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and in March 2008 she spoke on “Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges for Sperm Donation” at DePaul University College of Law Symposium in Chicago.
In April 2008, Professor Andrews traveled to Claremont, California for two speeches: “A Novel Approach to Biotech Policies: How Literature and Art Can Contribute to Law” (delivered as part of the spring lecture series at the Humanities Institute at Scripps College) and “Past As Prologue: Sobering Thoughts on Genetic Enthusiasm” (at Pomona College).
In May 2008, Professor Andrews presented her paper “Genetic Sequence Patents: Historical Justification and Current Impacts” at the Living Properties conference at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. Also in May, Professor Andrews delivered a speech titled “Commodification of the Body” at the UCLA Seminar, Who Owns Your Body? in Los Angeles, California.
Professor Andrews has also taken part in various panel discussions. In February 2008, she participated in the “Genetic Discrimination” panel at a showing of the documentary “In the Family” at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. In March 2008, she took part in a panel discussion titled “Women’s Vision, Voices, and Views” as part of the Women’s History Month 2008 Kickoff Event at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Andrews was contacted by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding her research study on medical error An Alternative Strategy for Studying Adverse Events in Medical Care, 349 Lancet 309 (1997) (with Carol Stocking, Thomas Krizek, Lawrence Gottlieb, Claudette Krizek, Thomas Vargish and Mark Siegler); and her subsequent follow-up Studying Medical Error in Situ: Implications for Malpractice Law and Policy, 54 DePaul L. Rev. 357 (2005). Professor Andrews is collaborating with the WHO to adapt the study’s methodology for use in developing countries.
Professor Andrews also gave talks about her works of fiction at the Printer’s Row Book Fair and at ThrillerFest in New York City. Her third novel, Immunity, will be released on September 2, 2008.
Professor Andrews was the recipient of the Julia Beveridge Faculty Award, given by the Julia Beveridge Society of Illinois Institute of Technology, in March 2008. The award is given annually to a female faculty member at IIT who has displayed an outstanding commitment to the University and has made significant contributions to her profession through the dissemination of knowledge, research, teaching, and public presentations.
Matthew Bernstein was selected to serve as Second Vice-Chair for the Executive Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in June 2008.
Ralph Brill was a speaker at the Panel on ABA and Other Inspections at the Legal Writing Institute Conference in July 2008 in Indianapolis. Professor Brill received theTerri LeClercq Courage Award from the Institute at the Conference.
Bartram Brown taught at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2008 as part of the Howard University Law School Summer Program.
Professor Brown participated in the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Conference of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, England in July 2008.
David Gerber was one of two foreign (non-UK) professors invited to address the First Annual International Conference of Doctoral Students in Competition Law, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law, Queen Mary College, University of London, in March 2008. He talked with them about the challenges of studying international competition law and commented on papers presented at the conference.
In February 2008, he presented a paper, “Two Forms of Modernization in European Competition Law,” at a conference on the European Union at Fifty held at Fordham Law School in New York. The paper has recently been published in a symposium number of Fordham International Law Journal.
In April 2008, Professor Gerber presented a lecture, “International Competition Law: The Conflicting Forces of Globalization,” at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, China.
Also in April he presented a lecture, “Competition Law and Development: The Relevance of US and European Experience for Developing Countries,” at a conference in Kyoto, Japan. The conference, on competition law and economic development, was sponsored by the International Development Research Centre.
Philip Hablutzel completed the training course of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy in Chicago during May and June 2008. Each year, thirty prominent citizens in the Chicago area are selected to undergo this FBI training. Graduates of the FBI Citizens’ Academy have their own Alumni Association, and it holds a number of events each year, both in Chicago and in Washington, DC. Graduates are not “called on” to do anything in particular, but Professor Hablutzel notes that some graduates volunteer their professional expertise.
During June and July 2008, Professor Hablutzel taught at the University of Augsburg, Germany. The two courses, with mostly German students, were Banking Law and a seminar in Mergers and Acquisitions co-taught with a German professor.
For the year 2008-2009, he has been designated as Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section of Corporation, Securities, and Business Law.
Steven Harris has been appointed the Reporter for the Joint Review Committee on UCC Article 9. This Committee, which has been constituted under the auspices of The American Law Institute and the Uniform Law Commission, is charged with drafting amendments to the text and official comments of Article 9 to address a number of specific issues that have arisen. The project is expected to take approximately two years.
Steven Heyman’s book, Free Speech and Human Dignity, was published last Spring by the Yale University Press. An event marking the book’s publication took place in May 2008 at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park. In June, the book was the focus of a panel discussion at the First Amendment Center/Newseum in Washington, DC. The session was organized by First Amendment scholar Ronald K.L. Collins and included two prominent constitutional litigators: Paul Smith of Jenner & Block and Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. Next February, the Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society plans to hold a discussion of the book.
Laurie Leader was a speaker (along with Steven Adelman of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP) at a Mealey’s teleconference entitled “Negotiation Skills — How to Settle an Employment Claim,” held in June 2008. The event was sponsored by Lexis/Nexis.
Nancy Marder presented “The Conundrum of Cameras in the Courtroom” as part of a panel on “Socio-Legal Dimensions of the Internet, Print Media, and Television” in May 2008, at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting held in Montreal, Canada. At the same conference, she was also a panelist on “Author Meets Reader” in which she offered comments on a new jury book, American Juries:The Verdict, by Neil Vidmar and Valerie Hans.
In July 2008, Professor Marder traveled to Italy, where she presented a paper as part of a panel on popular culture at the Research Committee on Sociology of Law Annual Meeting, held at the Universities of Milan and Como.
In June 2008, Professor Marder served as a peer reviewer for two journals, Law, Culture and the Humanities Journal and the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. In May 2008, Professor Marder was invited to join the Editorial Board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.
Sheldon Nahmod organized and spoke at the 25th Annual Section 1983 Conference at Chicago-Kent in April 2008.
Professor Nahmod spoke about Section 1983 to the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys, in Portland, Oregon in July 2008.
Henry Perritt was interviewed on the television program “Good Morning Kosovo” while in Kosovo in mid-August. Koha Ditore, a Pristina, Kosovo newspaper, published a full-page interview with Professor Perritt.
César Rosado Marzán presented a paper, “Another Judicial Trespass on Labor Law: The Case of Democratic Chile,” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Montreal in June 2008.
Carolyn Shapiro is a 2007-2008 American Bar Foundation Faculty Visitor.
Professor Shapiro presented “Coding Complexity: Bringing Law to the Empirical Analysis of the Supreme Court” at the American Bar Foundation, the Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop, and the 2008 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. She also will present it at the inaugural Law and Courts lecture at the Cornell University Government Department, at University of Virginia Law School, and at the 2008 Midwest Law and Society Retreat. “Coding Complexity” was presented as a poster presentation at the 2007 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies.
Professor Shapiro will serve as a discussant at the 2008 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. She was a discussant at the 2008 Law and Society Annual Meeting in Montreal in June 2008.
She presented professional responsibility CLE sessions for the Chicago Bar Association Class Litigation Section in 2008 and for the CBA Labor and Employment Section in 2007. She is an editor of the Empirical Legal Studies Blog.
Jeffrey Sherman’s article Posthumous Meddling: An Instrumentalist Theory of Testamentary Restraints on Conjugal and Religious Choices, 1999 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1273, was favorably cited as “an excellent discussion” by the Appellate Court of Illinois in In re Estate of Feinberg, 2008 Ill. App. LEXIS 657 (June 30, 2008).
Ronald Staudt presented “Using Technology to Educate the Public about Law: Law Students as Teachers” at the SubTech 2008 conference held at William and Mary College of Law in Williamsburg in July 2008.
Professor Staudt will serve as the local host for The College of Law Practice Management meeting in Chicago September 12-13, 2008. He will moderate the substantive session on “Great Ideas, Innovations and Upheavals: Really Tough Times or Just Another Business Cycle?”
He will be Conference Chairperson for Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm to be held October 27, 2008 at the Gleacher Center in Chicago.
Professor Staudt will be a presenter in a panel, “Innovations in Online Intake” at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC on November 19-22, 2008. The Conference theme is Creating Change, Achieving Justice.
Joan Steinman participated in a meeting of several authors of the Wright & Miller treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure, and ThomsonReuters’ new editor of the treatise in New York in August 2008.
For the past several months, Professor Steinman has been working pro bono on a lawsuit in the federal district of Idaho that challenges the federal government’s removal of protection under the Endangered Species Act for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
Professor Steinman also is assisting an alumnus who is authoring a law review article concerning certain non-party appeals.
Keith Ann Stiverson was elected to the Board of Directors of LIPA, the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, and was chosen Vice-Chair by fellow Board members. LIPA is a consortium of nearly 75 law libraries throughout the country whose goal is to preserve vital print and electronic (especially born-digital) legal information.
Mary Rose Strubbe presented on “Developments in Employment Law” at the 2008 National Employment Lawyers Association Conference in Atlanta in June.