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Faculty Activities – November 2016

In February, Lori Andrews gave a speech, “SM(ART) Policy,” at the University of California, Irvine, Newkirk Center for Science and Society’s Gene Editing, Artificial Life and Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. Later in the same month she spoke on how to negotiate privacy in the digital world at Sit Investment Associates’ 34th Annual Client Workshop in Scottsdale, AZ.  She spoke about digital privacy and security at the Contemporary Club in Chicago in April. In July, Andrews spoke about internet privacy at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting.

Andrews was interviewed by CBS about Bluetooth tracking of devices by billboard companies and by Bloomberg BNA regarding companies that buy people’s data. Newsweek interviewed Andrews at the end of July for a feature on a civil rights complaint against Myriad Genetics for withholding patient data.

Alexander A. Boni-Saenz sat down recently with author and journalist Dan Savage to discuss his new article, “Sexual Advance Directives,” which will be published in the Alabama Law Review this year.

Elizabeth De Armond and Maureen Van Neste gave a presentation in July at the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference in Portland, OR. The title of their presentation was “Finding and Filling Gaps for a Comprehensive Progressive Skills Program: Creating Life-Long Experiential Learners by Coordinating 1L Legal Research and Writing with Upper-Level Experiential Learning Courses.” They discussed our new Praxis certificate program, and showed how close collaboration between first-year and upper-level faculty can lead to a progressive, comprehensive skills curriculum that can promote students’ development in specific core practice competencies.

David Erickson received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy from Stetson University School of Law for furthering the interest of teaching trial advocacy “and fundamentally changing the way the world approaches advocacy.”

Last winter the law school hosted the National Trial Competition’s Regional Midwest Competition, which brought 11 law schools here to compete in the tournament. This was the 10th time that Chicago-Kent hosted the regionals.

Last spring Prof. Erickson was a panel moderator and presenter for 70 law schools participating in the Educating Advocates Conference at Stetson University School of Law, Topics covered included litigation technology and how to structure trial advocacy programs.

The ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law asked our Trial Advocacy program to create and host a national institute for trial advocacy to train labor and employment attorneys from all over the country, which will be held at Chicago-Kent.  A trial team from Chicago-Kent will also be taking a team to the National Judicial Education Center in Toluca, Mexico, to provide training sessions for conducting trials in Mexico.

Douglas Godfrey taught 19 students in Beijing last winter, most of them lawyers, in a program sponsored by the Beijing Lawyers Association. Most of the students have since enrolled in Chicago-Kent’s LL.M. program.

In May, Professor Godfrey conducted a training session entitled Effective Use of Case Law for 25 lawyers in Springfield’s Attorney General’s office. In  was one of nine scholars invited to teach at a three-day  intensive writers workshop conducted by the Legal Writing Institute in Oregon.

At the 17th Biennial Meeting of the Legal Writing Institute, Professor Godfrey gave a talk entitled “Appellate Brief Escapes Flatland,” about how to teach writers to use the tools of visual rhetoric in their appellate advocacy.

Steven Harris was appointed the Reporter for a new joint committee comprised of members of the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute.  The committee will draft revisions to Articles 1, 3, and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to provide the substantive commercial law rules to support an electronic registry for residential mortgage notes on a national basis with minimal displacement of state laws.

Steven Heyman was honored last spring with the Law School’s award for Excellence in Teaching.

Martin Malin was Scholar in Residence February 12-14 at the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, Committee on ADR midwinter meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL. Prof. Malin presented two papers: “Three Phases of the Supreme Court’s Arbitration Jurisprudence,” and “14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett: Opportunity or Oppression for U.S. Workers – Learning from Canada.”

Prof. Malin moderated a panel on “Hot Topics in Public Sector Labor Law” at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee annual meeting in Chicago in May.

In June, Prof. Malin presented “An Arbitrator’s Perspective on What Makes an Effective Case in Labor Arbitration,” at the annual meeting of the Edison Electric Institute in Chicago. Later that week, Prof. Malin served as moderator of a panel on “The Deregulatory First Amendment,” at the conference on Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law, co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent and NLRB Region 13.

At the annual meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators, Prof. Malin was elected to a second one-year term as Vice President.

In July, Prof. Malin taught a one-week course, “Becoming a Labor Arbitrator,” for the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, in Crystal City, VA

Prof. Malin spoke in August at the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service National Labor-Management Conference in Chicago; the topic was “Impasse: Just a Pause Between Two Brilliant Ideas.”  Also in August, Prof. Malin presented on “Hot Topics in Arbitration: Class Action Waivers and the Brady Deflategate Case,” at the FMCS National Labor-Management Conference.

In April, Nancy Marder presented her paper entitled “Foster v. Chatman:  A Watershed Moment for Batson and the Peremptory Challenge?” at a panel on The Trial and Its History at the 19th Association for the Study of  Law, Culture & Humanities Annual Conference held at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford. Also in April, Professor Marder presented a paper entitled “The Fate of the Traditional Criminal Jury Trial in Europe,” as part of a panel on Trials in Europe:  Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, for the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists held in Philadelphia.

In June, Professor Marder organized and chaired a panel on “Challenging and Changing American Jury Traditions” at which she presented her paper, “Foster v. Chatman:  A Missed Opportunity for Batson and the Peremptory Challenge” (the new title after the Supreme Court decided Foster v. Chatman in May, 2016). The panel was held at the Law & Society Association’s (LSA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans. She also served as discussant there for another panel at the LSA entitled “New Empirical Approaches to Studying Jury Representation and Jury Selection.” Professor Marder also presented at a Book Introduction Panel at the LSA, where she introduced Japan and Civil Jury Trials:  The Convergence of Forces by Matthew J. Wilson, Hiroshi Fukurai, and Takashi Maruta.

In July, Professor Marder traveled to Andorra, where she presented a paper entitled “In Their Own Words:  American Women Judges’ Reflections on Gender and Judging” at the Biennial Meeting of the Working Group for Comparative Studies of Legal Professions.  She then travelled to Vienna, Austria and presented her paper at a panel on Legal Professions and Legal Education at the Third International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology.

Later in July, Professor Marder was named an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, based on her expertise on juries, judges, courts and trials.  Professor Marder was a plenary speaker the previous summer at the Pound Institute’s 23rd Annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, which focused on Judicial Transparency and the Rule of Law.

Also in July, Professor Marder was reappointed Chair of the Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Coordinating Committee of the Law & Society Association.  She also was interviewed about peremptory challenges for the podcast “More Perfect” by Radiolab, available at:

Sheldon Nahmod’s 33rd annual Section 1983 Conference, held in April at Chicago-Kent, attracted nearly 200 attorneys from around the country. HIs speakers included Erwin Chemerinsky, Karen Blum, Rosalie Levinson, David Rudovsky, Gerry Birnberg and John Murphey. Prof. Nahmod made two presentations at the conference.

Henry Perritt and 2L Quinn Ford submitted a white paper to an FAA advisory committee considering ground rules for flying newsgathering drones over people.  The FAA cited Professor Perritt’s NPRM comments 20 times in support of its final small drone regulation released in June.

César Rosado Marzán presented his paper “Arise Chicago: Worker Centers and the 21st Century Moral Economy” at the following 2016 events: The American Bar Foundation’s research workshop in April; the Law & Society Association’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans; the International Sociological Association’s Forum in Vienna, Austria;  the American Sociological Association’s Conference on Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the U.S., China, and the World in August; and the Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting in Seattle, Washington. At the latter meeting, he also presented a second paper, “Settling Claims Under Socialism and Neo-liberalism in Chile.” 

Prof. Rosado delivered the opening presentation of the Regulating Markets and Labor Program at Stockholm University in May. The presentation was entitled: “How has precarious work changed perceptions of labour law?”

Prof. Rosado was awarded the Chicago-Kent Freehling fellowship for the 2017 spring term, which he will use mainly to work on his book manuscript with Sergio Gamonal C. on the principles of labor law (see below).

Prof. Rosado was invited to participate in the two law review symposia, one at the University of Chicago, sponsored by the University of Chicago Legal Forum, and the other at Chicago-Kent sponsored by the Law Review. He will present research findings related to his worker center research (see below). Prof. Rosado also accepted invitations from the Adolfo Ibañez University Law School (Chile) and the Madrid Autonomous University Law School (Spain), to give a number of talks and workshops later this year.

Prof. Rosado was recently invited by the distinguished Labor Law Group to present his research on worker centers during their December meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Finally, Prof. Rosado was invited to join the Planning Committee of the Law and Society Association (LSA) International Meeting in Mexico City in 2017. He will also serve in the Labor Rights International Research Collaborative and as co-chair of the Labor Rights Collaborative Research Network of LSA.

Christopher Schmidt presented material from his forthcoming book on the 1960 student sit-in movement at the American Bar Foundation Fellows Meeting in Denver, Colorado, the American Bar Foundation Research Seminar; and at the Conference on Turning Points in Social Movements: Past and Future at Indiana University School of Law.  In June, Professor Schmidt served as a commentator on two panels at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in New Orleans. He served again on the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Committee last summer.

Stephanie Stern presented a paper on behavioral leasing in June at a conference entitled “Bringing It All Back Home: Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law & Policy,” sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School. The paper will be published by Oxford University Press as a chapter in a book from the conference.

Kent Streseman and six Chicago-Kent students traveled to Scotland to participate in the inaugural Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews, a study-abroad program launched by Baylor Law School. The academy brought together students and faculty from top appellate and trial advocacy programs throughout the United States for two weeks of intensive training.

Earlier in the summer, Professor Streseman taught a week-long class in appellate advocacy and decision-making to an excellent group of high school students as part of Illinois Tech’s Summer Prelaw Academy.

A. Dan Tarlock gave the keynote presentation entitled “The Future of Western Water Law as the West Dries Out,” at the ABA Annual Water Law Conference in Austin, Texas, in March.

Maureen Van Neste was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Arc of Illinois, a non-profit organization committed to empowering persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.  In June, Prof. Van Nested presented “The Praxis Program: Using a Competency-Based Curriculum and Structured Self-Reflection to Prepare Students for Practice,”  Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, “Real World Readiness” Conference, at Washburn University School of Law.  See also Elizabeth De Armond’s entry above for a description of their joint presentation at the LWI conference in Oregon last July.

Adrian Walters spoke on a panel about Contracts Law teaching at the 11th International Conference on Contracts (KCON XI) in San Antonio in February. He was co-convenor and chair of a panel on international and comparative bankruptcy law at the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Conference in New Orleans in March. In the Spring, for the fifth successive year, he was an invited lecturer for an American College of Bankruptcy sponsored program in international bankruptcy law at St John’s University Law School in New York, presented to several participating schools in the U.S. and Mexico. He was a visiting professor at the Sutherland School of Law, University College, Dublin, in June and July. He presented a paper entitled “Shoppers’ Paradise? Some Realism About Twenty-First Century United States Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Over Foreign Entities” at the INSOL Academics’ Colloquium, which took place in London in July.

Richard Warner gave several presentations, including “‘I’ll See’: How Surveillance Undermines Privacy By Eroding Trust,” at Midwestern Privacy Law Scholars Workshop, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, in May, at Georgetown University Law Center in June, and at the  Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium, Iowa College of Law, in September; “Privacy/Security Tradeoffs,” Beyond Bitcoin, at Chicago-Kent in May;  “Beyond the Panopticon,” Protecting Virtual You: Individual and Informational Privacy in the Age of Big Data, at St. Thomas Law School in September.

Prof. Warner has expanded the School of American Law, which now includes Odessa, Ukraine, Baku, Azerbaijan, and Athens, Greece, in addition to Tbilisi, Georgia. He also plans to reopen the program in Yerevan, Armenia, in 2017–18, as well as a program in Kiev, Ukraine.

Richard Wright commented on and proposed amendments to the draft Restatement of the Law, Third, Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons, at the Advisors and Members Consultative Group meeting at the American Law Institute in Philadelphia last April. Over the summer, he was an invited participant and speaker at several conferences. He presented a paper on “The Law of Neighbors: Greek and Roman Roots” as a participant in a conference entitled “A Discourse on the Legal Method: Historical and Philosophical Influences on Legal Thinking,” which was sponsored by the Groningen Circle and the Russian Academy of Sciences and took place at the School of Social and Economic Sciences in Moscow, Russia, in June. At the Subtech 2016 conference, held at the University of Richmond in July, he presented “A Proposal for an Automated Grading Assistant.” He participated in the Obligations VIII conference on “Revolutions in Private Law,” held in England in July at the University of Cambridge, where he and his research assistant, Karen Vaysman, a Kent Scholar, presented a paper on “The Quiet Revolution: The Standards of Persuasion and Res Ipsa Loquitur.”

Publications – November 2016

Lori Andrews co-authored (with Sarah R. Blenner, Melanie Köllmer, Adam J. Rouse, Nadia Daneshvar, and Curry Williams) “Privacy Policies of Android Diabetes Apps and Sharing of Health Information,” which was published last March in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The article received extensive news coverage, and was discussed in more than 150 articles in several countries. Andrews provided analyses to the Federal Trade Commission, the California Attorney General, and the New Jersey Attorney General for the regulation of mobile health apps. In July, she spoke with representatives from the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding a hearing related to health apps.  

In April, Nature published Andrews’s review of Henry Greely’s 2016 book The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction. In August, she wrote a Chicago Tribune op-ed, “Use a Health or Medical App? Your Data is Rarely Private,” discussing concerns about online health data privacy and the limitations of HIPAA. Prof. Andrews co-authored (with Kayla Kostelecky, Stephanie Spritz, and Alexandra Franco) an article entitled “Virtual Clinical Trials: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” that will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy.  Andrews’s 2012 book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, was translated into Arabic, Chinese, and Korean.   

David Erickson was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court (and reappointed for 2017) to edit the Criminal Law Benchbook, which was used at the annual educational conference for state judges held in Springfield earlier this fall; the Benchbook is also distributed to all Illinois state judges.

Steven Heyman‘s article, “A Struggle for Recognition: The Controversy over Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and Same-Sex Marriage,” was published last summer in the First Amendment Law Review.

Martin Malin’s casebook, Public Sector Employment: Cases and Materials (third edition), was recently published by West Academic Publishing.

Prof. Malin published a brief article, “Deflategate: Tom Brady and Labor Arbitration,” in May at, an online publication of the University of Missouri Law and Journalism Schools and the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Prof. Malin’s article, “Three Phases of the Supreme Court’s Arbitration Jurisprudence: Empowering the Already Empowered,” is forthcoming in 17 Nev. L.J. ___ (2016).

Nancy Marder’s article “The Supreme Court’s Transparency:  Myth or Reality?”  was published in 32 Ga. St. L. Rev. 849 (2016).

Professor Marder’s symposium issue, entitled Juries and Mixed Tribunals across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges and Future Directions (with co-editor Valerie P. Hans) was published online at 6 Oñati Socio-Legal Series (2016) and can be found at:  NEW: Oñati Socio-Legal Series special issue: Juries and Mixed Tribunals across the Globe (2016).  Professors Marder and Hans also wrote an introduction which appears at 6 Oñati Socio-Legal Series 165 (2016).

Professor Marder’s plenary speech for the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s Annual Forum was published as “Judicial Transparency in the Twenty-First Century” in Judicial Transparency and the Rule of Law, 23rd Annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges 101 (Pound Civil Justice Institute, 2016).

Professor Marder’s essay, “Civil Rights Act of 1957, Women’s Service on Federal Juries,” will be published in the Encyclopedia of Women and Crime.  Her book review of Japan and Civil Jury Trials:  The Convergence of Forces, by Matthew J. Wilson, Hiroshi Fukurai, and Takashi Maruta, will appear in Asian Journal of Law and Society (forthcoming 2016).

Sheldon Nahmod’s treatise, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: Section 1983 (4th edition) was recently updated by Thomson Reuters.

The “Brief of Sheldon H. Nahmod as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents” in Manuel v. City of Joliet, No. 14-9496, was filed on August 10, 2016. The case, which was argued on October 5, deals with the relationship between section 1983 and the tort of malicious prosecution. The Brief argues that the tort elements of malicious prosecution should play no role in determining the scope of section 1983.

Henry H. Perritt’s three articles, “Flocks of Drones; Newsgathering Drones Move a Step Closer,” “FAA Advisory Committee on Small Drones Operating Near People,” and “Uber TV: Extending the Internet Revolution (further) Into Local TV,” were published in the Radio Television Digital News Association newsletter.

Professor Perritt’s article, “Uber Television: Internet-Only Television Stations,” will be published this fall by UCLA Ent. L. Rev. His “An Arm and a Leg: Paying for Helicopter Air Ambulances,” will be published this fall by the University of Illinois J.L. Tech. & Pol’y. Professor Perritt’s “Medics, Markets, and Medicare: Reforming the Helicopter EMS Industry,” will be published in the Rutgers Computer & Tech J. this winter.

His 400-page book, Domesticating Drones: the Technology, Law, and Economics of Unmanned Aircraft, co-authored with Eliot Sprague, was recently published.

Christopher Schmidt published “The Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Divide,” in 12 Stan. J. C. R. & C.L. 1 (2016); “Beyond Backlash: Conservatism and the Civil Rights Movement,” 56 Am. J. Legal Hist. 179 (2016); “The Natural-Born Citizen Clause, Popular Constitutionalism, and Ted Cruz’s Eligibility Question,” 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 36 (2016) (with Matthew T. Bodie).

Stephanie Stern’s article, “Outpsyched: The Battle of Expertise in Psychology-Informed Law,” is forthcoming in Jurimetrics J.

Joan Steinman co-authored an article entitled “Neutralizing the Stratagem of ‘Snap Removal’: A Proposed Amendment to the Judicial Code” (co-authored with Arthur D. Hellman, Lonny Hoffman, Thomas D. Rowe, Jr.,  and Georgene M. Vairo), and will be published in the Federal Courts Law Review.    

A. Dan Tarlock published “Toward a More Robust International Water Law of Cooperation to Address Droughts and Ecosystem Conservation,” 28 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 261 (2016); “Living with Water in a Climate-Changed World: Will Federal Flood Policy Sink or Swim?,”  46 Envtl. L.  Rev.101 (2016), with Deborah M. Chizewer; “Potential Constitutional Constraints on the Regulation of Flood Plain Development: Three Case Studies,” forthcoming in  J. Flood Risk Mgmt. (with Juliane Albrecht).

Professor Tarlock published the following book chapters:  “The Potential Role of International Water Law to Prevent and Mitigate Water-Related Disasters,” In The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk Reduction 187 (J. Peel and D. Fisher, eds., Brill Nijhoff, 2016); “The Future of Hydropower in the United States: Thinking Small,” In Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US 302 (R. J. Heffron and G. F. Little, eds., Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2016).

Richard Warner published “I’ll See: How Surveillance Undermines Privacy By Eroding Trust” (with Robert Sloan), __ Santa Clara High Tech. L.J. __ (2016); “Comparison Excluding Commitments: Incommensurability, Adjudication, and the Unnoticed Example of Trade Disputes” (with Sungjoon Cho), __ S. Cal. L. Rev. ___ (2017); “Beyond the Panopticon” (with Robert Sloan), __St. Thomas L. Rev. ___ (2017); “Defending Our Data: The Need for Information We Do Not Have,” In Information and Value (M. Barczewski, ed., forthcoming).

Richard Wright’s essay, “Causation: Metaphysics or Intuition?,” was published as part of a festschrift in honor of Professor Michael Moore of the University of Pennsylvania entitled Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael Moore  (K. Ferzan and S. Morse, eds., Oxford Univ. Press, 2016). Together with Professors Florence G’Sell and Samuel Ferey of the University of Lorraine in France, he edited papers first presented at the “Conference on Causation, Liability and Apportionment,” which took place in September 2014 in the Grand Chambre of the Cour de Cassation and at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in Paris, France, for publication as a symposium on “Causation, Liability and Apportionment: Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives” in volume 91 of the Chicago-Kent Law Review (2016). The symposium, in addition to an Introduction written primarily by Prof. Wright, contains a paper co-authored by Prof. Wright and Professor Ingeborg Puppe, University of Bonn, Germany, entitled “Causation: Linguistic, Philosophical, Legal and Economic.” A French language version of the conference papers, entitled Causalité, Responsabilité et Contribution à la Dette, is forthcoming from Bruylant. Professors Wright and Puppe also co-authored a paper, “Causation in the Law: Philosophy, Doctrine and Practice,” as a specially commissioned paper for the forthcoming book, The Common Core of European Private Law: Causation (M. Infantino & L. Zervogianni, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2016/2017). Professor Wright has also written a couple of book reviews, one on Sarah Green’s Causation in Negligence (Hart Publishing, 2015), published in 132 L.Q. Rev.  523 (2016), and the other on Sandy Steel’s Proof of Causation in Tort Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015), forthcoming in the Mod. L. Rev. (2016/2017)

Faculty Activities – January 2016

Lori Andrews and Richard Warner hosted the conference, “Exposed: Privacy, Security and the Smart City” in November at Chicago-Kent.

In December, Professor Andrews provided the keynote speech at the conference, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Biopolitics of the Posthuman” at Aarhus University in Denmark. In January 2016, she spoke in New York City at “i3 – Insight, Innovation, Impact – A Summit for Women.”  Sponsored by the UJA-Federation, the Summit brought together women leaders to share their stories of impact and change. In February, Professor Andrews will discuss synthetic biology and art at the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at the University of California, Irvine.


Evelyn Brody was a speaker on the U.S. law of charitable trusts and on federal and state law relating to tax-exempt organizations to Chinese government officials drafting a new China Charity Law, facilitated by the Asia Foundation, at the Workshop on U.S and Chinese Charity Laws, hosted by the China Research Institute, Beijing Normal University in December 2015.

Professor Brody also spoke at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in November in Chicago,  in a colloquium on “Redefining the Common Good”; at a plenary session on “The State of Nonprofit Finance and Accountability”; and as one of five speakers on “Nonprofit Oversight Under Seige: An International Comparison of Regulatory Models.”

Professor Brody was a co-organizer (with D. B. Reiser) and presenter (with co-author M. Owens) in the Chicago-Kent Law Review Symposium, “Nonprofit Oversight Under Siege: An International Comparison of Regulatory Models.”

Professor Brody also presented “Separation of Powers and Passive-Aggressive Statutory Interpretation: The Case of Property-Tax Exemption for Charities” at “Elasticity of the Boundaries: What Is (and Isn’t) Charitable?” Annual Conference of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, NYU School of Law, in October.

She also was a co-organizer of the conference “Donor Advised Funds: How Have They Changed Philanthropy?” and moderated a panel on DAFs Moving Forward and the Research Agenda. The conference was hosted by the Tax Policy & Charities Project, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and Tax Policy Center, The Urban Institute, June 2015, in Washington, D.C..


Suzanne Ehrenberg gave a presentation, “Teaching the Neglected Art of Persuasive Writing,” in December at the “University of Melbourne Legal Writing Conference” in Melbourne, Australia.  The presentation addressed the recent ascendance of written advocacy in the Australian appellate process, where oral argument has historically played the dominant role.  Australian and New Zealand law professors were introduced to pedagogical techniques used in American law schools to teach effective brief-writing.


David Gerber was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Zurich Law Faculty last September, where he participated in several faculty workshops and seminars and gave a lecture on antitrust law and global supply chains at the university’s European Institute.  Last October, Professor Gerber was elected president of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) at its annual meeting in Dallas. In November he represented ASCL at the International Congress planning meeting of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Paris.


Steven Harris participated as a member of the U.S. delegation in a meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of a Registry for Space Assets under the Cape Town Convention.


Valerie Gutmann Koch delivered two lectures last August for the MacLean Center at the University of Chicago. The first was entitled “Judges and Lawyers as Medical Decision-Makers” and the second, “Informed Consent in Treatment and Research – What’s the Difference?.” In November, she was an invited speaker at the “27th Annual MacLean Center Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago,” where she delivered a talk entitled “Adherence to Altered Standards of Care in a Public Health Crisis.”

As an appointed member of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law, Professor Koch has been participating in a project to reconceptualize informed consent in medical treatment. In October, she served on a panel at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) conference in Houston called “Bringing Law, Ethics and Health Care to the Table: The ABA Special Committee on Law and Bioethics Town Halls on Informed Consent.” She is also the co-chair of the Law Affinity Group for ASBH.

Professor Koch continues to advise the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s bioethics commission. In December, she helped oversee the release of its revised Ventilator Allocation Guidelines in an Influenza Pandemic, which included a substantial exploration of the various legal issues that may arise when implementing the clinical protocols for ventilator allocation.

On October 28, Professor Koch was interviewed on Capitol Pressroom, a WCNY public radio program, on the subject of “surrogate mom” contracts, which are currently banned in New York.

In January, Professor Koch submitted comments (with Jessica Roberts) to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revisions to the Common Rule (45 CFR 46), the regulations that govern the majority of human subjects research in the United States.


Nancy Marder presented her paper entitled “Foster v. Chatman: A Watershed Moment for Batson and Peremptory Challenges?” at the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Roundtable, held last October in Washington, D.C..

In February, Professor Marder will be part of a panel entitled “Cameras in the Courtroom and the Role of Social Media” as part of a symposium entitled Lights, Camera, Action: A Supreme Court in the Age of Social Media at Georgia State University. Professor Marder will contribute an article to a symposium issue of the Georgia State University Law Review based on her presentation.


Henry Perritt organized testimony by a number of local and national representatives of drone interests, and testified himself, at a hearing before the Chicago City Council. Language he provided resulted in the Council’s adoption of an ordinance that can be a model for other states and municipalities.

Professor Perritt represents a number of entities who have received or are seeking “section 333 exemptions” from the FAA, authorizing them to fly drones commercially.


César Rosado Marzán spoke on “Topics in U.S. Labor and Employment Law” at the Adolfo Ibanez University in Chile and the Catholic University in Peru last November.

While at the Catholic University of Peru, he also presented (with S. Gamonal) a paper entitled “The Principle of Non-waiver in U.S. Labor and Employment Law: A Latin American Perspective.”


Christopher Schmidt was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar at Chicago-Kent. In October, he presented “On Doctrinal Confusion: The Case of the State Action Doctrine” at the Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also organized a conference on “How Law Works” held at the University of Chicago Law School in October. Professor Schmidt was appointed chair of the Law and Society Association’s 2016 Willard Hurst Award Committee.


Keith Ann Stiverson is 2015-2016 president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She represented AALL at a meeting of the International Association of Law Libraries in Berlin in September and at a joint conference of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information & Law Libraries and the AALL Western Pacific Chapter held in Honolulu in October.


Mary Rose Strubbe is presently teaching in the law school’s mini-LL.M. program with the Thailand Judicial Training Institute in Bangkok. Nine Thai judges and five court officers are enrolled in the program; the instructors hope that several of the students will come to C-K next summer to complete their LL.M. degrees. Professor Strubbe is teaching “Introduction to Research” and “Writing in the American Legal System.”


Adrian Walters was named to the International Insolvency Institute in December 2015. He will be a member of the Institute’s delegation at the February 2016 meeting in New York of Working Group VI of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Working Group VI is currently finalizing a draft model secured transactions law that will serve as a template for national enactments.


Richard Wright commented on and proposed amendments to the draft Restatement of the Law, Third, Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons, at the annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI) in Washington, D.C. last May. He also presented an analysis of parent corporation liability for foreign subsidiaries in the common law at the meeting of the external partners of the Enterprise Responsibility Project, Centre for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 2015. He attended the annual meeting of the Common Core of European Law group in Gothenburg, Sweden last June, to participate in further work on its forthcoming comparative analysis of causation in tort law, for which he has co-authored (with I. Puppe), an essay, “Causation in the Law: Philosophical Foundations.”

Wright has been invited to present “The Law of Neighbors: Greek and Roman Roots” (working title) at the conference “A Discourse on the Legal Method: Historical and Philosophical Influences on Legal Thinking at the School of Social and Economic Sciences” in Moscow, Russia in June 2016. He also will be presenting a paper at the Obligations VIII conference on Revolutions in Private Law at the University of Cambridge, England, in July 2016.