Lori Andrews filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court in June 2012 on behalf of medical organizations, including the AMA, supporting the petitioners in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics.
Professor Andrews spoke at a meeting of FBI Special Agents, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, at the Chicago Lawyers’ Club, and at a Public Defender Retreat in Las Vegas in April 2012. In May 2012, she spoke at the Winning Strategies Seminar hosted by the Office of Defender Services in Minneapolis, gave the Keynote Address at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers, and spoke at a conference sponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles political science department about technology and the Constitution. In June 2012, she spoke at the Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting about social media and the courts in Honolulu. In July 2012, Professor Andrews spoke at the ThrillerFest Conference in New York City and spoke about her proposed Social Networks Constitution at a Yale Law School Alumni meeting in New York City. In August 2012, she spoke during Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s visit to Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus for the signing of Illinois House Bill 3782, which forbids employers from asking for social network passwords of employees and applicants (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/illinois-facebook-passwor_0_n_1730396.html), she gave the keynote address on ethics at the National Organization of Bar Counsel 2012 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois and she spoke on the “Privacy Law in 2012: Where We Are and Where We Are Going” Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice panel (http://www.abanow.org/2012/08/don%E2%80%99t-blink-challenging-changing-data-privacy-and-security-concerns-for-lawyers-businesses-and-consumers), the “The Death of Privacy in the Age of Facebook and 23andMe” Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities panel, and the “Does Your Internet Persona Have a Right to Privacy?” Business Law Section panel during the American Bar Association 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
For future speaking engagements, Professor Andrews will speak to the entering class at Leigh University. She will also speak at Susquehanna University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania about how social media is redefining freedom and responsibility, at the Sisters of Crime Chicagoland Meeting, at the University of Illinois in Chicago for the Women in Science & Engineering Program, at the Supreme Court IP Review conference at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law about the court case Mayo Collaborative Serv. v. Prometheus Labs, Inc., and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York as the keynote speaker at a conference on Computer Policy and Law in September 2012. Professor Andrews will speak at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois for the “Women of Wisdom Lecture Series” on social networks and privacy, at The Contemporary Club in Chicago, Illinois, at the Neighbors of Kenilworth monthly meeting in Kenilworth, Illinois, and at Yale Law School in October 2012. She will also speak at the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress as a guest speaker about her work in bioethics and about her book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, at the Stepping Stones Scholars “A Seat at the Table” Dinner as a VIP Dinner companion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Presidential Symposium of the American Society of Human Genetics about genetics and patent law, at the Miami Book Fair, and at the Fortnightly Forensic Science Seminar in Chicago, Illinois in November 2012.
Interviews with Professor Andrews recently appeared on Kari Moran’s Book Radio Show, Korea Radio, The American Bar Association Journal’s Modern Law Library Series Podcasts, Bob Brinker’s Money Talk, Book TV on C-SPAN2, Newsviews with Alan Krashesky on Channel 7 WLS-TV Chicago, Bloomberg Law Podcasts with Spencer Mazyck, and in a Glamour Magazine article entitled Once and For All: Is Social Media Really Getting in the Way of Your Job Hunt? (Plus, Two WTF Tricks Interviewers Pull!) (http://www.glamour.com/inspired/blogs/the-conversation/2012/07/once-and-for-all-is-social-med.html#ixzz1zsLSTm5d). Her recent television appearances include multiple appearances on “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel and an appearance on “Book TV” on C-SPAN2 when it covered the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April 2012.
William Birdthistle‘s paper on the Supreme Court decision in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders has beem accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Law and Economics Association (MLEA) on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October, 2012 at the Washington University School of Law. In June, he presented the paper at the National Business Law Scholars Conference held at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Ralph Brill participated in a number of legal education events this summer. The first was the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Legal Writing Institute, held in Palm Desert, California. There about 500 teachers from across the U.S. met for three days to discuss and demonstrate the best ideas in teaching legal subjects, and especially legal research and writing.
He also attended the 13th Annual Burton Awards at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Among the honorees was former Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens. Also attending were Justices Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts.
Professor Brill also attended the American Bar Association Standards Review Committee hearings in Chicago, as well as the Scribes luncheon honoring Professor Judy Resnick for her outstanding book and Justice Stevens for his lifetime achievements in great writing. Finally, he attended the Western States Legal Writing Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The trips, whose average outdoor temperatures averaged 100 degrees, did enable Professor Brill to also visit 11 National Parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Shenandoah, Arches, CanyonLands, Bryce and Monument Valley.
Bartram S. Brown will present a paper on Vertical Dimensions of the Quality of Law, at conference on “The Quality of Legal Acts and Its Importance in Contemporary Legal Space,” to be held at the University of Latvia Faculty of Law in Riga, Latvia on October 4-5 2012.
Christopher Buccafusco presented Do Bad Things Happen When Works Fall into the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension (with Paul Heald) at the Society for Economic Research in Copyright Issues, Washington, DC, July 2012.
He also presented What’s a Name Worth?: Experimental Tests of the Value of Attribution in Intellectual Property at the Society for Economic Research in Copyright Issues, Washington, DC July 2012; at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Stanford University, August 2012; and at the Max Planck Institute-ETH Zurich Junior IP Scholars Conference, Munich, June 2012.
Professor Buccafusco presented Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis at the American Law and Economics Association, Stanford University, May 2012.
He also participated in the roundtable, The Role of Adaptation and Vulnerability in Punishment Theory, at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, FL, August 2012.
Finally, Professor Buccafusco was also the co-recipient, with Christopher Spingman, of two $15,000 grants, one from the Batten Foundation of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and the other from Microsoft Corporation.
Douglas Godfrey presented on the topic Teaching Our Students to Drive with Buggy Whips: A Modest Proposal to Redesign the First Year Curriculum at the Second Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference hosted by the University of Oregon in August.
In November, he will present at the Third Biennial Conference on the Teaching of Transactional Law and Skills hosted by Emory University where he will discuss the ethical implications of lawyers using technology to create, transmit, and store documents.
Professor Godfrey has also been interviewed by ABC and NBC concerning the Drew Peterson case.
Jerry Goldman was named as one of Fastcase’s 2012 “Fastcase 50,” honoring “the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology.”
Vinay Harpalani‘s article, Diversity Within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race Conscious Admissions, will be published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law in November 2012. He will also present this work at a plenary session at the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2012, to be held at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, on October 26-27, and at Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Third Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, November 2-3.
Dean Harold Krent addressed the national conference of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the Chicago Bar Association, and the State Human Service Secretary’s (made up of current and former state human service agency directors/commissioners) Innovation Group on his study of potential changes for the Social Security Disability adjudication system.
Martin Malin spoke on a panel on “The Anti Social Network: Facebook, Smart Phones and Other Social Media in the Workplace,” at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators on June 7, 2012 in Minneapolis. He also presented “The Arbitration of Work Family Conflict Grievances: Empirical Findings” at the same meeting on June 9.
On July 2, in Philadelphia, Professor Malin presented “Does Public Sector Collective Bargaining Distort Democracy: A U.S. Perspective,” at a symposium cosponsored by the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and the International Association of Labour Law Journals at the International Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association. The resulting paper will be published in the Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal.
Last, but not least, Professor Malin is Secretary-elect of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law.
Nancy Marder organized a panel entitled “Iconic Jury Trials” for the Law & Society Annual (LSA) Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 5, 2012 and presented a paper entitled An Iconic Jury Trial in Illinois: The First Criminal Trial of Rod Blagojevich as part of this panel. Mar Jimeno-Bulnes, who was a visiting professor and fellow of the Jury Center at Chicago-Kent in 2011-2012, also presented a paper on this panel.
Professor Marder organized another panel called “Social Media and the Courts” for the LSA Meeting in Hawaii. The panel, which was held on June 6, 2012, and for which Professor Marder served as chair and discussant, included Lori Andrews, who presented a paper entitled You Are What You Post: Social Networks and Fundamental Rights.
On July 2, 2012, Professor Marder presented her paper entitled Judging American Reality Television Judges as part of a panel on the Judiciary for the Women/Gender in the Legal Profession Group Meeting in Bonn, Germany.
In August 2012, Professor Marder agreed to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Justice & Democracy.
Finally, Professor Marder continues to serve as the Professor/Reporter for the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, and recently assisted the committee in preparing instructions that permit jurors to submit written questions to witnesses in civil cases. Professor Marder had previously testified in support of a new rule that would give jurors this opportunity and the Illinois Supreme Court promulgated this new rule this past spring; it went into effect on July 1, 2012.
Sheldon Nahmod spoke in a nationally broadcast webinar sponsored by the Defense Research Institute (DRI). His two-hour presentation was entitled A Section 1983 Overview and Update.
Professor Nahmod also argued and won a potentially significant Eighth Circuit section 1983 malicious prosecution case. The decision in Harrington v. City of Council Bluffs, No. 10-3600, was handed down on April 30, 2012.
Finally, his blog on section 1983 and constitutional law, NahmodLaw, is now close to 50,000 views. This blog is intended for lawyers, law professors, law students and the general public.
Henry Perritt‘s new play, Airline Miles, was presented at Second Stage Theatre in Chicago, from August 3 to 12 to enthusiastic audiences and good reviews. His fourth play, Goal to Go, will have a table reading in the fall.
Christopher Schmidt has two upcoming presentations: Popular Constitutionalism on the Right, for the American Society of Legal History Annual Meeting, St. Louis, November 2012; and Broccoli, Liberty, and the Constitutional Challenge to Health Care, which will be the Constitution Day Lecture, September 2012, at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
David Schwartz presented The Rise of Contingent Fee Representation in Patent Litigation at both the “Patent Conference,” at Boston College Law School, May 2012 and at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, also in May 2012.
He also presented Empirical Studies of Patent Litigation: Observational Data, Experiments, and Beyond, at the Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), in July 2012.
Finally, Professor Schwartz was faculty for the Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2012: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), in Chicago, IL, May 2012, as well as a panelist for the Justifying Intellectual Property Book Roundtable at the University of Notre Dame Law School in April 2012.
In October in Washington D.C. Ronald Staudt will become the President of the College of Law Practice Management for two years, 2012-2014. The College of Law Practice Management was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management. There are 176 fellows of the college who are managing partners of law firms, general counsel of large corporations, and leaders in marketing, technology and finance for legal entities.
In partnership with Georgetown University Law School, the College will present its 4th Futures Conference in DC and Professor Staudt will moderate the Access to Justice session on Saturday, October 29, 2012 featuring Jim Sandman, a new fellow of the College and the President of the Legal Service Corporation.
Professor Staudt has also been appointed to the Steering Committee and named the Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Post Graduate Academy. The Academy will address two compelling concerns: (1) new lawyers unable to achieve meaningful employment in this challenging job market; and (2) low and moderate income people in desperate need of legal assistance.
Additionally, Professor Staudt has agreed to serve on a new committee established by the Illinois Supreme Court to lead an initiative to standardize Illinois court forms. In June the Illinois Supreme Court announced the formation of Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission to remove barriers and increase the ease of interacting with courts by those persons who can’t afford lawyers to represent their interests and needs. Illinois Appellate Court Justice Mary K. Rochford, First Judicial District, Chicago is the Commissioner leading the Court Forms initiative.
Professor Staudt presented the following speeches and colloquia:
Next Generation A2J Author: Cloud Authoring & Mobile Access, ABA and NLADA Equal Justice Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, May 18, 2012. In this presentation, with John Mayer of CALI, Professor Staudt previewed some of the features and new capabilities of the new version of A2J Author that will make it available on smart phones and iPads as well as court computers.
A2J Author, Law School Clinics and Access to Justice, State Bar of California Pathways to Justice Conference, June 7, 2012, San Francisco, California. With John Mayer, Executive Director of CALI and Dina Nikitaides, this presentation explored A2J Author projects beyond document assembly that can have a great impact on the delivery of legal services and access to justice for self-represented litigants. A new TIG grant from the Legal Services Corporation supports law school clinics that teach students to use A2J Author for legal aid websites. This justice and technology clinic model has been successful at Chicago-Kent College of Law for the past two years and is ready for universal adoption by all law schools.
Justice and Technology Practicum, SubTech 2012, New York Law School, July 28, 2012: In this presentation Professor Staudt described his new course designed to increase access to justice while teaching core competencies needed for electronically enabled law practice.
Joan Steinman served as the faculty advisor to the Chicago-Kent Space Law Society, as it got off the ground. She began work as the faculty sponsor and mentor to Regina Garcimartin, a law professor from Spain who plans to visit at Chicago-Kent as a short-term scholar this coming Spring. She joined the Harvard Law School Alumni Regional Graduate Council Academic Network, and did a radio interview on “Civil suits: Can we make them move faster through the courts?,” which can be found on http://www.mediatracks.com/viewpoints.
Keith Ann Stiverson spoke on two panels in July at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). At a workshop for new academic law library directors, Keith Ann spoke about building institutional relationships within the law school. She also met with the Superintendent of Documents (U.S. Government Printing Office) as a member of an AALL Task Force on the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program.
Keith Ann also spoke in early August at a meeting of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions on what the Illinois Courts have done regarding official opinions in electronic form and vendor-neutral citation, as well as AALL’s efforts to gain states’ approval of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). Keith Ann was on a panel with the Librarian from the Supreme Court of Colorado, where the Act was recently passed, and with officials from Arkansas, New Mexico, and Guam, who have devised various methods of authenticating the electronic publication of state legal materials in their jurisdictions.
Adrian Walters co-presented a paper with Jason Kilborn of John Marshall Law School on the uses and abuses of involuntary bankruptcy in Anglo-U.S. bankruptcy law at the INSOL International Academic Colloquium held in Miami in May 2012. At the Miami meeting he was also appointed to serve on the INSOL Academics’ Steering Committee.
In June, he participated in a roundtable discussion of global trends in restructuring with Andres Frederico Martinez of the World Bank and Catherine Bridge of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development at the INSOL Europe Academic Forum and Nottingham Law School Joint Insolvency Conference which took place in Nottingham, U.K. In the fall, Professor Walters will moderate a panel on the current work of the Bankruptcy Rules Committee as part of the American College of Bankruptcy’s Seventh Circuit Regional Educational Program organized by Chicago-Kent adjunct professor, Richard Mason of McGuire Woods, and to be hosted this year at the school.
Finally, he has recently been reappointed for a further year as an external examiner on the University of London’s external LL.M. program, one of the largest distance learning LL.M. programs in terms of student enrollment in the world.
Richard Warner is opening a new School of American Law at the Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia and will be the Director. There are now five Schools of American Law in Poland, Ukraine, and Georgia.
He presented Who’s Constructing My Identity as part of the panel on “Does Your Internet Identity Have A Right to Privacy?” at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in Chicago, August 5, 2012.
With Lori Andews, he is hosting, on October 5, 2012, the conference, “Under Watchful Eyes: The Technologies that Track,” at Chicago-Kent (www.kentlaw.edu/faculty/rwarner/classes/watchfuleyes).
On October 18, Professor Warner will present Liability for Inadequate Security in Online Payments at The Electronic Payments Conference at the University of Wrocław, Poland.
Finally, on October 25 and 26, he will present two papers, Pain, Science, and Self-Understanding, and Enjoyment, to the Wayne State University Department of Philosophy.
In May, Richard Wright taught courses on Comparative Tort Law at the Universities of Gdansk and Wroclaw and presented lectures on The Moral Foundations of Tort Law to the faculty and doctoral students of the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Torun and Wroclaw in Poland. In late May, he presented a paper on Class Actions and Just Tort Liability at the “Roundtable on Class Actions,” organized by the Department of Private Law at the University of Palermo, Italy.
In June, Professor Wright participated in the drafting sessions of the “Common Core Project on Causation in European Tort Law” in Turin, Italy, the results of which will be published in a book along with a few overview papers, including one by Professor Wright on the philosophical and practial analysis of causation.
In July, Professor Wright presented a paper on Misunderstandng Justice and Rights at a plenary session of “Obligations VI: Orthodoxy in Private Law,” which is the biannual premier conference for common law private law scholars, at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He also participated, along with Professor Ron Staudt, in the workshop discussions at the Twelfth International Conference on Substantive Technology in Legal Education and Practice at New York Law School in Manhattan.
Professor Wright also wrote reviews of the scholarship of several leading scholars in Canada and Israel for promotion and award committees at their respective universities and reviews of book proposals for the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge.
Finally, Professor Wright’s NESS (necessary element of a sufficient set) account and test of causation, which was adopted in the Restatement Third of Torts and identifies instances of causation that are erroneously rejected by the traditional ‘but for’ (necessary condition) test, was relied upon in another significant Australian court decision, Allianz Australis Ltd, v. Sim,  NSWCA 68 (New South Wales Court of Appeal, April 4, 2012).