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Faculty Activities – May 2015

Lori Andrews was named a 2014 Lawyer of the Year for biotechnology and was featured on the cover of Best Lawyers magazine in April.  Professor Andrews was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcast Company on the Ajusto app, a “usage-based insurance” tool used by insurance companies to monitor driving habits.  Professor Andrews also traveled to Toronto to advise writers and producers on a new legal TV show.  In May, the March of Dimes honored Professor Andrews for her 30 years of service on the March of Dimes Bioethics Committee.  Professor Andrews received a necklace with an original Roosevelt dime, commemorating the President’s founding of the organization.

This fall, Professor Andrews will discuss social networks and the death of privacy at the North Dakota Humanities Council’s 2nd annual ideas summit, the “Game Changer Series.”  In December, she will provide the keynote at the conference, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Biopolitics of the Posthuman” at Aarhus University in Denmark.


Professor Ralph Brill was a panelist  at the Conference on Leadership, University of Oregon School of Law on April 24-25, 2015.  Professor Brill’s topic was “The History of Legal Writing Programs: The Legends of Legal Writing,” with Emeritus Professor Mary Lawrence, University of Oregon Law School, and Emeritus Professor Marjorie Rombauer, the University of Washington Law School. Professor Brill will attend the biennial conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, at the University of Memphis Law School next month.  Professor Brill, a member of the Academic Committee of the Burton Foundation, will attend the annual Burton Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing at the Library of Congress next month.


On May 8. 2015 Professor Evelyn Brody presented “Federation as a Reputational Mechanism: The U.S. Law of Same-Name Nonprofit Organizations” at The Law of Charity, Annual Common Law Colloquium, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. On December 31, 2014, the two-justice dissenting opinion of the Minnesota Supreme Court cited Professor Brody’s Agents Without Principals, which was published at 40 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 457 (1996).  See Medical Staff of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center v. Avera Marshall, 857 N.W.2d 695, 713 n.13 (Minn. 2014) (Anderson, J., dissenting).


Professor Doug Godfrey taught a two-week course, Introduction to the American Legal System, to undergraduate students at Zhong Nan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. Several of the students will attend Chicago-Kent in the fall to pursue an LL.M. degree.


Patrick Goold presented a draft article entitled Intellectual Property and the Bundle of Torts at the 2015 Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Conference hosted by George Washington Law School & the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and at the 2015 IP Scholars Roundtable hosted by Drake Law School.


In February, Professor Philip Hablutzel was reappointed to a twelfth one-year term as a member of the Business Conduct Committee of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and its two sister exchanges. He also remains a member of its Hearing Panel for cases from the CBOE Futures Exchange. In April, Professor Hablutzel and his wife were guests of a Bulgarian diplomat at the United Nations training center for labor relations, in Turin, Italy. On April 24, Professor Hablutzel and Dean Krent presented a panel, “The Educators’ Perspective,” at a conference on Civility and Professionalism in 2015: Looking at How Attorneys Act and Survive in the Profession,” co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent, ISBA, LAP, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.


Professor Steven Heyman presented a paper entitled Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and the Controversy over Same-Sex Marriage at an interdisciplinary conference on Freedom of (and from) Religion: Debates Over the Accommodation of Religion in the Public Sphere, which was held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on April 30-May 2, 2015. In March, Professor Heyman commented on Prof. Patrick Garry’s lecture, “Limited Government and the Bill of Rights,” at an event sponsored by the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society.


On April 8, Valerie Gutmann Koch presented at the first annual Chicago Health Law Colloquium regarding her research related to a private right of action for informed consent in research. On April 2, she presented a guest lecture at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy on direct-to-consumer genetic testing.  In August, she will be presenting two lectures during the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Summer Intensive: “Informed Consent in Treatment and Research – What’s the Difference?” and “Judges and Lawyers as Medical Decision-Makers.” She has been invited to present her work on “Adherence to Altered Standards of Care in a Public Health Crisis” in November at the annual MacLean Center Conference.  She has also had proposals accepted for the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), held in Houston in October. She is co-chair of the Law Affinity Group for ASBH.


In April, Dean Krent addressed a committee of the CBA about trends in Social Security Disability litigation, and addressed an ISBA conference on teaching professionalism.  Dean Krent also participated in a symposium at Syracuse University on trends in legal education, which was held in honor of former Chicago-Kent dean Richard Matasar.


Martin Malin spoke on “FSIP and the FLRA – the relationship between impasse procedures and the ULP Process,” to the Federal Labor Relations Authority Office of General Counsel professional staff on April 2, 2015.  He debated Professor Rosado over whether Northwestern University football players are employees under the NLRA before the Chicago-Kent Labor & Employment Law Society on March 31, 2015.  Professor Malin spoke on “Labor Law: The Status Quo and Prospects for Reform,” at the AFL-CIO Next Up Summit in Chicago on March 20, 2015.  On May 23 at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators, Professor Malin expects to be elected Vice President; he was slated by the nominating committee and there has never been a contested election in NAA history. On June 27, 2015 Professor Malin will present “An Empirical Comparison of the Handling of Human Rights Claims in Labour Arbitration in Ontario and before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario” at the biennial meeting of the Labor Law Research Network in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


This month Nancy Marder will present her paper on juries and social media at a panel on “Challenges Facing the American Jury,” at the Law & Society Association (LSA) Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Also at LSA, Professor Marder will chair and serve as discussant for a panel she organized entitled “Global Jury Practices and Innovations: A Cross-Country Exchange.” In early June, Professor Marder will give a lecture entitled “Juries, Judges, and Trials in the American Legal System” to a group of Thai judges who will be visiting Chicago-Kent. Professor Marder has spoken to journalists from the Associated Press and Scripps Media, among others, to answer media questions about recent jury trials.


Sheldon Nahmod organized and spoke at the 32nd annual Section 1983 Conference held on April 16-17 at Chicago-Kent. Professor Nahmod’s topics were The Section 1983 Claim and Procedural Defenses: The Basics.  Professor Nahmod’s blog,, deals with section 1983, constitutional law, free speech and religion.


Henry Perritt made a presentation in March on civilian drones to a plenary session of the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C. Professor Perritt and Eliot Sprague made a presentation on the same subject to the annual meeting of the Midwest Helicopter Association in April 2015. Professor Perritt also made a presentation at IIT’s Forensec conference in April on security concerns involving civilian drones.  Professor Perritt succeeded in obtaining a section 333 exemption for his client Colin Hinkle, enabling him to shoot live video for Chicago’s ABC7 television channel. He has filed section 333 petitions for four other clients.


César Rosado Marzán debated Marty Malin at the invitation of the Labor and Employment Law Students Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society on the topic of why Northwestern University football players are employees under the National Labor Relations Act.  Professor Rosado Marzán will be a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation in 2015-16.


On April 3, Professor Ron Staudt spoke as a member of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services at the “Arizona Forward” conference in Phoenix — a statewide meeting of bar and bench leaders in Arizona examining demographic and economic trends to chart the future of law practice.  On April 13-14, at the invitation of the Legal Services Corporation, Professor Staudt attended a reception at the Supreme Court of the United States hosted by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a White House Forum at which his student, Hanna Kaufman, spoke about his Justice & Technology Practicum course and its impact on access to justice for low income people.  On April 23, with John Mayer and Jessica Frank, he spoke about “Smart Phones and Access to Justice for Low Income People” to the annual convention of the National Association of Law Placement.  On April 26-27, Professor Staudt participated in a leadership conference sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City on Access to Justice, Legal Education and Technology.  On May 3-4, he and the other members of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services met at Stanford University for the National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services, at which the CALI/Chicago-Kent software A2J Author was showcased.  On June 11 and 12th, the CALI A2J Course Project faculty participants will meet at Chicago-Kent with faculty from six new law schools joining the effort to build curriculum modeled on Chicago-Kent’s Justice and Technology Practicum. Schools represented include the University of Tennessee, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Stetson University, Hofstra University, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  On June 19-21, Professor Staudt will present the keynote at the Nottingham Trent University Law School conference on Legal Education and Access to Justice in Nottingham, England.


Dan Tarlock participated in the ABA’s “Water Law 101” webinar on April 9, 2015.  Professor Tarlock presented “Do the Sustainability and Resilience Paradigms Really Help Us do a Better Job Allocating Water?” at the First Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, held May 8 at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Professor Tarlock is presenting “The Role of International Water Law in Mitigating the Costs of Droughts, Floods and the Degradation of Aquatic Ecosystems” at a conference titled The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation at Stanford University School of Law, May 21- 22, 2015.  He will present “Water Security 101” at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Bi-Annual Law Teachers Conference in Salt Lake City on May 27.  He will present “United States Flood Control Policy” at the EU Conference on Flood Management, Usti Nd Labem, Czech Republic, June 12-13.


Adrian Walters presented “Reception & Resistance: The Asymmetric Treatment of Foreign Restructuring Plans in the United Kingdom and the United States” at the 17th Annual Colloquium of the INSOL International Academics’ Group in San Francisco in March. Professor Walters was recently invited to serve as the United States Reporter in connection with a European Commission comparative study on national approaches to business failure and bankruptcy.


Richard Warner presented at “Responding to the Wave of Data Breaches,” eAdministration Conference, Torun, Poland, April 29, 2015.  Professor Warner was the keynote speaker at the ARMA conference “Responding to the Wave of Data Breaches,” which took place in Chicago on May 6.  Professor Warner also presented “The Self, The Stasi, and the NSA: Privacy, Fear, and Complicity in the Surveillance State,” at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, which will take place in Berkeley, CA, on June 5–6, 2015.

Faculty Activities – February 2015

Lori Andrews was a guest at the White House on January 30 for President Obama’s launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The Initiative’s goal is to sequence a million Americans’ genomes to determine how to tailor treatments more precisely. Such a project would have been unimaginable if the Supreme Court case hadn’t invalidated gene patents (in a case in which Lori wrote briefs at all court levels). Prior to that victory, testing cost up to $2000 per gene due to patent royalties. Now, according the President, it will cost less than ten cents per gene.

Lori Andrews will speak February 26 at a Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup Group on the legal dispute regarding the remote activation of webcams. She will discuss social networks and the death of privacy in September as part of the North Dakota Humanities Council’s 2nd annual ideas summit, the “Game Changer Series.” In December, she will provide the keynote at the conference, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Biopolitics of the Posthuman” at Aarhus University in Denmark.


Alexander Boni-Saenz presented a draft of his paper Sexuality and Incapacity at the University of North Carolina Faculty Workshop, University of Illinois Faculty Workshop, and Washington University in St. Louis Regional Junior Faculty Workshop.


Elizabeth De Armond gave a presentation called “FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) Basics” on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the National Consumer Law Center’s Foreclosure Defense Training Conference in Chicago, provided in conjunction with the Legal Aid Foundation of Chicago.


In November 2014, Valerie Gutmann Koch was the featured member of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics newsletter. As noted in the feature, she continues to advise the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s bioethics commission, as it finalizes its guidelines for allocation of ventilators in an influenza pandemic.

This past fall, Valerie Gutmann Koch was interviewed by the Atlantic about the legal and ethical implications of Facebook’s mood manipulation experiment.

Valerie Gutmann Koch is an invited speaker in April at the first annual Chicago Health Law Colloquium, presenting her research related to a private right of action for informed consent in research.


The Institute of Illinois Business Law is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary at Chicago-Kent College of Law, with Philip Hablutzel as its Director. Over the past several years, one of its major projects has been a complete revision of the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act. That work was completed in December, and in January the draft proposal was released for comment. The proposed legislation is being submitted to the Illinois General Assembly. Over the past four years, a series of Chicago-Kent students have prepared research memoranda on aspects of LLC law and participated with Institute members in the drafting process.


In early March, Nancy Marder will present her paper Juror Bias, Voir Dire, and the Judge-Jury Relationship as part of a panel on “Juries” at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities. This year’s conference will be held at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Professor Marder was invited to deliver one of the two academic lectures to be given at the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s 23rd Annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges. The other academic lecture will be given by Professor Judith Resnik of Yale Law School. The conference will focus on “Judicial Transparency and the Rule of Law” and will be held in Montreal, Canada in July 2015.


Sheldon Nahmod‘s 32nd annual Section 1983 Conference will be held at the law school on April 16-17, 2015.  His blog,, has had more than 175,000 visitors from around the world. The blog covers constitutional law, free speech, religion, section 1983 and law teaching.


Henry Perritt has accepted an invitation from the National Association of Attorneys General to make a presentation at the association’s annual meeting in February.


César Rosado Marzán gave a workshop at Stockholm University in January 2015 on whether something akin to the British “Zero Hour Contracts” exist in the United States. These are contracts where employers do not promise any specific number of hours of work to employees, but expect them to be ready and willing to work at any time.

He presented his paper, When do Judges Protect Workers?, based on his ethnography of Chilean labor courts and its labor inspectorate, in the Chicago Junior Faculty workshop in January 2015. The same paper was also accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which will take place this summer in Chicago.

His paper with Sergio Gamonal C., The Principle of Non-Waiver, was accepted for presentation at the Second Labor Law Research Network conference, which will take place this summer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He will also be chairing a panel at the same conference on private labor arbitration in the United States, Canada, and Cambodia.


Joan Steinman has been invited to join the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers as an Honorary Fellow. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only.

In late January, Professor Steinman spoke to the Chicago Bar Association Class Action Committee on Emerging Issues in Class Action law, with the focus on ascertainability of class members, whether class members need to have Article III standing to sue, and the role of damages calculations in determining whether common questions predominate over issues affecting only individual members of a Rule 23(b)(3) class.

Professor Steinman joined four American Law Institute Consultative Groups: those on conflict of laws, consumer contracts, data privacy, and foreign relations and law.

Professor Steinman continued to work on multiple-choice questions, answers, and explanations on matters of federal civil procedure that she initially drafted last summer to prepare students for the bar exam which, starting in February 2015, will include multiple-choice questions on civil procedure in the multi-state portion.


Richard Warner presented “The Self, The Stasi, and the NSA: Privacy in Public in the Surveillance State” at the Midwest Privacy Scholars Roundtable at Notre Dame University on October 24, 2014; at a faculty presentation at Chicago-Kent, November 25, 2014; and at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference in Berkeley, CA, June 5 – 6, 2015. He presented on “The Sony Hack” at IIT on January 27, 2015.. He gave the keynote presentation “Doing Better: An Anatomy of the Target Breach” at Beyond Defense in Depth, a Guidance Software Security Seminar, in Chicago on October 29, 2014. He spoke to the The Georgian Bar Association on “Getting Consent Online: Myth, Reality, and Regulation” in Tbilisi, Georgia, on December 11, 2014; he will also give the presentation at a conference on eAdministration in Torun, Poland, on April 17, 2015. He will give a Web TV interview, “The Psychology of White Collar Crime,” on The Circle of Insight on March 6, 2015.He will give the keynote, “What Does This Mean for Me? Responding to the Wave of Data Breaches,” at the ARMA conference in Chicago on May 6, 2015.


On January 3, 2015, Richard Wright presented a paper on economic and non-economic theories of causation in the law to the Law and Economics Section of the Association of American Law Schools at the association’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. He has initiated work with faculty of IIT’s School of Applied Technology to rebuild and expand legal modeling and educational pedagogy software that he developed between 1997 and 1999 while teaching a course on Computers and Legal Reasoning, looking toward establishment of a Center for Educational Technology.

Faculty Activities – November 2014

In October 2014, Lori Andrews spoke to the students of Bard High School/Early College in Queens, New York on internet privacy issues. She spoke at the Illinois Institute of Technology Design School Creative Commons and BarnRaise events on open-source biology and the rise of “smart cities” in places like Chicago. Recently, Lori discussed litigation and digital identities at the ABA National Women Litigators Seminar at Northwestern University and spoke at the Chicago Association of Law Libraries meeting on the role of “Radical Librarians” in protecting individuals’ privacy rights.

Lori Andrews was interviewed by the Swiss newspaper, St. Galler Tagblatt, on the privacy concerns and legal obligations of a company that pays people for access to their online personal data. She was quoted by the RedEye on the risks of the CTA proposed geolocation tracking sensors to be installed at “L” stations. CBS News interviewed her for a story on employer-funded egg freezing benefits.


On November 18, 2014, Evelyn Brody participated in a Webinar titled “1023-EZ: As EZ as It Seems?,” co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee and the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA Business Law Section.  On September 23, 2014 she presented her draft Federation as a Reputational Mechanism: The U.S. Law of Same-Name Nonprofit Organizations, written for an invitation conference at Oxford this summer, at the
“Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies,” at the School of Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  She served as discussion leader, with Catholic University law professor Roger Colinvaux, for the session on “Private Foundations and Public Charities: Does the Current Division Make Sense?” at Boston College Law School’s invitational conference on “Promoting Meaningful Reform in Philanthropy” on September 19, 2014 in Boston.  Evelyn Brody presented “Can the IRS Regulate Charities Engaged in Advocacy and Politics after the 501(c)(4) Controversy?” to the Boston Bar Association’s Sections on Taxation and on Exemption Organizations on September 18, 2014, and spoke on “Current Challenges in State and Federal Oversight of Tax-Exemption for Charities” as part of the panel “Enterprise Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations:  Preservation of Tax-Exempt Status and Donor Support as a Charitable Organization” to the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association on September 13, 2014 in Chicago.  Finally, at Chicago-Kent, Evelyn Brody offered commentary on a presentation on “Bitcoin and the Legal Issues Surrounding It,” organized by the Chicago-Kent Federalist Society on October 14, 2014.


Christopher Buccafusco participated in a panel discussion on “Empirical Studies of Copyright Law Incentives” at the NYU Conference on Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property in October 2014.  He presented his paper, Creativity, Social Norms, and Moral Psychology, at the “Order With or Without Law” conference at the University of Tulsa in November 2014 and the “Creativity Without Law” conference at Case Western Reserve in November 2014.  He also presented “Experiments on Sequential Innovation in IP Law” at the “Law and Market Behavior” colloquium at Notre Dame in November 2014.


David Gerber gave a series of lectures in September 2014 as Distinguished Visiting Professor at three universities in Japan (the Universities of Tokyo, Kyushu and Hokkaido). The lectures focused on competition law, antitrust law, and global markets, and on methods for addressing the differences among competition law systems. The lectures were sponsored by the Suenobu Foundation of Tokyo.


Douglas Godfrey gave a talk on October 31, 2014, about the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Riley case on the search of a smart phone incident to an arrest, to approximately 50 high school teachers at a training session held by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (“CRFC”).  On November 3, 2014, he conducted a training session for approximately 40 ARDC attorneys and investigators about how to use social media as an investigative tool.  On November 14, 2014, he spoke at another conference of about 40 high school teachers and an equal number of high school students put on by the CRFC about the Elonis case pending before the United States Supreme Court.  On December 6, 2014, he will speak at a Legal Writing conference hosted by the University of Miami about how to teach students effective presentation skills and how to use technology to critique those skills.


Sanford Greenberg joined U.S. Seventh Circuit Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner and Illinois Circuit Judge Mary Mikva on the panel that judged the final round of this year’s Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition.  In December 2014, Sanford Greenberg will be teaching Introduction to American Legal Studies at Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law in Hangzhou, China.


Steven Harris spoke at a symposium on “Private Actors, Global Impact: The Private Production of Norms in Transnational Regulation,” hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.  In September 2014, he served as a US delegate at a meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the International Registry for Space Assets pursuant to the Space Protocol of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. He also participated in the Cape Town Convention Academic Conference, an annual conference that brings together leading scholars, practitioners, government officials, and industry experts to discuss the Convention.  Finally, in his capacity as American Law Institute Advisor, Professor Harris attended the fall meeting of the Drafting Committee on the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.


Edward Lee launched a new nonprofit and website, The Free Internet Project, on October 11, 2014.  He gave public talks about his new nonprofit at the Rotary Club in Chicago on October 16 and at a tech incubator in San Francisco on October 23.  Edward Lee also launched a new series for ISCOTUSnow predicting the winners of this Term’s Supreme Court cases based on the number of questions asked during oral argument.  He was an invited commentator at the 7th Annual Michigan State College of Law Junior Scholar workshop on October 17-18.  He oversaw the design and production of a video project asking people, “What does Internet freedom mean to you?”  Finally, Professor Lee was invited to speak at the “Fair Use Workshop” hosted by Berkeley Law School in Berkeley, CA on December 8, 2014.


Martin Malin spoke on “The Future of Public Sector Collective Bargaining” at the Annual Meeting of the GAO Auditors and Analysts Association, IFPTE Local 1921 on November 13, 2014. The meeting was in Washington, DC, but he participated via a video hook-up from the GAO’s Chicago Office.  Professor Malin coordinated and chaired a program for law students at law schools in the Seventh Circuit put on by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers on October 31 and November 1, 2014. The program featured panels on hot issues in labor and employment law and on careers in labor and employment law. Mary Rose Strubbe moderated the latter panel.

The Nominiating Committee of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators have nominated Martin Malin for Vice President of the NAA. (The NAA has four vice presidents.) He expects to be elected at the NAA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco in May. There has never been a contested election in the NAA. The slate of nominated candidates is presented to the membership which votes by acclamation to elect the slate.


In October, Nancy Marder, along with Valerie Hans (Cornell Law School), organized a jury conference at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The conference, entitled “Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends,” was organized under the auspices of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center and the Chicago-Kent Law Review. The one-day conference included four panels, which drew on the expertise and presentations of 19 panelists. Panels addressed such topics as “Contemporary Challenges to Jury Impartiality,” “The Jury as a Political Institution,” and “Practices and Innovations: A Cross-Country Exchange.” The final panel of the day, consisting of lawyers, judges, a jury consultant, and a former juror, enabled practitioners to give their perspectives on the role of the jury and to suggest topics that would benefit from further research by jury scholars in the room. Judge James F. Holderman, a United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, provided the perfect bridge between practitioners and academics in his Keynote Address entitled “Maximizing Jurors’ Understanding,” in which he described some of the jury innovations that academics had written about and that he had implemented in his courtroom with great success.  At the “Juries and Lay Participation” Conference, Nancy Marder also presented a paper entitled “Juror Bias, Voir Dire, and the Judge-Jury Relationship,” as part of the panel on “Contemporary Challenges to Jury Impartiality.”

Later in October 2014, Nancy Marder presented a paper on jurors and social media as part of a panel on “Social Media, Information Technology and the Justice System” at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also chaired a panel on “Constructing Courts.”

In November 2014, Nancy Marder was invited to deliver the Keynote Address at the 11th Annual Australasian Jury Research and Practice Conference: Current Issues in Jury Reform, Research, and Policy, held at Melbourne Law School in Melbourne, Australia. Every year, the conference brings together lawyers, judges, and academics for a full day of panels and presentations. Nancy Marder’s speech, entitled “Jurors and Social Media: Is a Fair Trial Still Possible?” developed “a process view of a juror’s education” so that at every stage of judge-jury interaction the court would make clear the need for jurors to refrain from communicating online about the trial. This process of educating jurors has applicability to jurors in the United States as well as to those in Australia. Later in the conference, she participated in a panel discussion in which the panelists considered the following question: “What Does the Future Hold for Juries?” As part of Nancy Marder’s visit to Melbourne, she also visited the courts, met with several judges and justices, and observed a jury selection.


Henry Perritt has filed a petition for exemption with the FAA on behalf of a California entrepreneur who wants to fly microdrones towing advertising banners.


This fall, César Rosado Marzán presented his new article (with Alex Tillett-Saks, CK’15) titled, Work Play Organize! Why the Northwestern University Football Players are Employees Under the National Labor Relations Act at the 2014 Elon Law Review Symposium on Media, Regulatory, and Labor Issues in College Sports, and at the 2014 Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, at the University of Colorado, Boulder Law School.  In October 2014, César Rosado Marzán also gave talks on contemporary topics in U.S. labor law at the Catholic University of Perú and the Adolfo Ibañez Law School of Chile.


In September 2014, Christopher Schmidt presented his paper Litigating Against the Civil Rights Movement at a conference on “Litigating for Social Change,” hosted by the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado. In November 2014, he presented the same paper at the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting. Professor Schmidt also recently served on the Scholarly Paper Prize Committee for the Association of American Law Schools; and the Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Committee for the American Society for Legal History.


David Schwartz was a speaker and panelist at the “Unpacking the Statistical Realities of Patent Litigation,” Eastern District of Texas 2014 Bench Bar Conference in Plano, Texas, in October 2014.  He was also a panelist for a discussion about Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness, for the IIT Chicago-Kent Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review in September 2014.  David Schwartz spoke on “Ethics in the Patent Office,” for the Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014, Practicing Law Institute, in Chicago in September 2014.


Ronald Staudt presented “Rethinking Legal Aid,” at the Legal Services Corporation 40th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C. on September 16, 2014.  He presented “Into the Tornado, Reaching for 100%,” at the College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference at Suffolk Law School in Boston on October 17, 2015.  He presented “A2J Author, A Chicago Innovation,” at the Chicago Innovation Meetup at Seyfarth Shaw  in Chicago on November 19, 2014.  He will present “A2J Author 5.0, Law Schools, Mobile, and Document Assembly,” at the Legal Services Corporation TIG Conference in San Antonio, Texas on January 16, 2015.  He will present “Leveraging Smart Phones & Law Students to Grow Legal Aid,” to the National Association of Law Placement 2015 Annual Education Conference in Chicago on April 23, 2015.

Representing the Center for Access to Justice and Technology, Ronald Staudt met on November 18, 2014 in Chicago with representatives from IBM Watson, Legal OnRamp and a dozen law and technology experts from other law schools to launch the WORX Legal Research Network.

The organizational meeting for the CALI A2J Course Project will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting on January 3, 2015 in Washington D.C. chaired by John Mayer and Ronald Staudt. The first working meeting of the seven law school faculty members chosen for this project will be at Chicago-Kent on June 11 and 12, 2015.


In October 2014, Joan Steinman served as a moderator for the conference organized by Nancy Marder, “Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends.” She also is among those whom the American Law Institute has announced will become Life Members of the ALI in May, 2015.  Joan Steinman has been an ALI member for 25 years.

The multiple-choice questions, answers, and explanations on matters of federal civil procedure that Joan Steinman authored last summer are now being used to prepare students for the bar exams in February 2015 and thereafter which, for the first time in February 2015 , will include multiple-choice questions on civil procedure in the multi-state portion of the bar exam.


Kent Streseman presented “Using the Science of Skill Acquisition and Principles of Deep Practice to Help Advocates Prepare for Oral Argument” at the Legal Writing Institute’s inaugural conference for moot court advisers in late October 2014. During a four-week span in October and November, his moot court teams won three championships, two best brief awards, two best advocate awards, and four semifinal placements in six competitions.


Mary Rose Strubbe was inducted into the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers at its annual induction ceremony in Los Angeles.


Ryan Vogel was an expert contributor on CLTV’s Politics Tonight’s segment on U.S. strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He also was a panelist on Loyola University School of Law’s national security law career panel.


Richard Wright was the leadoff keynote speaker at a Conference on “Causation, Liability and Apportionment, an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Law, Economics and Philosophy,” that took place September 12-13, 2014, before an audience of judges, lawyers, and academics in the Grand Chambre of the Cour de Cassation (the French Supreme Court) and at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). He spoke on “Scientific Causation and Legal Causation.” Professor Wright is among those whom the American Law Institute has announced will become Life Members of the ALI in May, 2015.