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Faculty Activities – August 2014

Lori Andrews was profiled in the book, Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose by Betsy Storm. This May, Lori Andrews presented at the IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference on embedding privacy into design. She will present at the Cook County Public Defender Training Conference in August on the use of social media as evidence. In October, Lori Andrews will present at “BarnRaise,” a new event hosted by the IIT Institute of Design. Lori Andrews was quoted in FranchiseTimes in an article about a retailer who used webcam and tracking spyware on rent-to-own laptops. She was also interviewed by Fox News Chicago about the drone that flew above Lollapalooza, recording the event.


William Birdthistle completed a series of posts for the Volokh Conspiracy blog on the Washington Post website covering the 2014 World Cup.


Alexander A. Boni-Saenz presented a draft of his paper Sexuality and Incapacity at the University of Chicago Law School’s Law & Philosophy Workshop as well as at the Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.


Ralph Brill attended the recent biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) in Philadelphia. He was on a panel with Richard Neumann of Hofstra and Noah Messing of Yale, “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste: Opportunities For Legal Writing Professors During The Law School Downturn.”  He also got special recognition as a Founding Member of the Board of the LWI.  Ralph Brill was also selected as a member of an ABA site inspection team, reviewing the application of Indiana Tech Law School for provisional ABA accreditation.


Evelyn Brody presented “Can the IRS Regulate Charities Engaged in Advocacy and Politics after the 501(c)(4) Controversy?” to the Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax Committee last April. With Boston practitioner Carolyn Osteen, Professor Brody discussed the legal issues of “Restricted Gifts” at the 31st Annual Conference on Representing & Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, Georgetown University Law Center. On May 9, 2014, she reprised the topic with St. Louis practitioner Lawrence Katzenstein and Emory Law Professor Jeffrey Pennell in a three-hour panel “Should We Have a Rule Against Perpetuities or Charitable Foundations That Can Last Forever?,” presented to the Carter Center Planned Giving Advisory Council, of which she is a member.  Evelyn Brody also traveled to Oxford, U.K, to present “Federation as a Reputational Mechanism: The U.S. Law of Same-Name Nonprofit Organizations,” for the invitational workshop on Reputations and NGOs, convened by the Oxford University Center for Corporate Reputation, Said Business School in July, 2014.


Bartram Brown has taught a number of courses abroad as part of Chicago-Kent’s foreign LL.M. programs in recent months. In November of 2013, he taught an intensive course on International Criminal Law first at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, and then at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. In April and May of 2014, he taught a two week Comparative Law course at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, China, followed by a weekend International Criminal Law course in Tibilisi, Georgia and another in Wroclaw, Poland. While in Poland, he also gave a presentation to the Kraków Bar Association on “The First decade of the International Criminal Court and Lessons for the Future.” In December of 2014, he is scheduled to teach once again in Wroclaw, and at the Ivan Franko University in Lviv, Ukraine.  Professor Brown was recently appointed by the American Society of international Law (ASIL) to the Blacks in ASIL (BASIL) Task Force, as well as to the Welcoming Committee for the ASIL Mid-Year Meeting to be held in Chicago in November 2014.


Christopher Buccafusco presented “Copyright’s Moral Foundations” to the Society for Economic Research in Copyright Issues in Barcelona, Spain in July 2014 and “Experimental Tests of Intellectual Property Law’s Creativity Thresholds” to the Cornell Law School Faculty Workshop in March 2014.  He also gave a week-long seminar on “Creativity and Innovation” at the Max Planck Institute for Economics, International Max Planck Research School Summer Program on Uncertainty in Jena, Germany in August 2014.


Elizabeth DeArmond and Kari Johnson gave a presentation at the Legal Writing Institute’s biennial conference on July 1 entitled “He Says, She Says, We React: Using Instant Polling Technology to Emphasize the Power of Persuasive Writing Techniques.”


David Gerber gave an intensive course in May in international and comparative antitrust law as part of the faculty of the Global Law School of Catolica University, Lisbon, Portugal.  Also in May, he was interviewed in Madrid, Spain, by IURIS, a leading Spanish legal journal. The interview focused on the potential importance of comparative law in Spanish legal practice and on some of the key methods for understanding and dealing with laws and lawyers across borders. The interview, together with commentary by Spanish professors, will be featured in the September edition of the Journal.


Valerie Gutmann Koch presented “Stem Cells: Impact on Law, Ethics, and Policy” as part of a Presidential Showcase Program, “Forging New Frontiers: the Intersection of Bioethics and Biotechnology Law,” at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston on August 11, 2014.  She has been reappointed as an at-large member of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.  At the upcoming annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), she will give a presentation entitled “Take It or Leave It: The Role of Bioethics Advisory Bodies in Effecting Policy Change.” She is also the co-chair of the Law Affinity Group for ASBH and is currently serving as a guest blogger for the HealthLawProf blog.


Philip Hablutzel was appointed to a regular term on the Illinois State Bar Association’s section council for Business and Securities Law, in June.  In August, he was also appointed to the ISBA section council for International and Immigration Law.  Beginning in September, he will begin a two-year term and Vice Chair and Secretary of the Institute of Illinois Business Law, of which he has been the Director since 2005. On September 11, he will speak on a Panel of the Banking Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  The Business Law Section of the ABA is holding its first separate Annual Meeting.  The panel will discuss a proposed rule of the Federal Reserve Board which would restrict and regulate the ability of banks to invest in physical commodities.


Steven Harris spoke on three panels at a program on “Commercial Lending Today”: The 2010 amendments to UCC Article 9, revisions to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, and the effect of the common law on Article 9 transactions. The program was sponsored by ALI CLE.  Professor Harris also was appointed to the American Law Institute’s Advisory Group on the Uniform Commercial Code and Holder in Due Course Policy.


Edward Lee was invited to attend “Spark Camp: Visionaries, Leaders and Managers” in June, 2014, at Harvard University. As Fast Company described, “the handpicked group of innovative do-gooders came from a broad spectrum of industries: startup founders, venture capitalists, a handful of Googlers, TV producers, bloggers, politicians, designers, Pulitzer winners, and the like.” Professor Lee was the only law professor at Spark Camp this summer.  He also presented his work in progress Patent Trolls: Moral Panics and Patent Reform at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Berkeley Law School in August.  Edward Lee and IIT Professor Libby Hemphill were chosen to present their research on “Tweet Me: Using Social Media to Mobilize People and Customers” during Social Media Week in Chicago on September 24th.  He is also starting a nonprofit, The Free Internet Project, which will track legal efforts to protect Internet freedoms around the world.  The nonprofit’s website will launch this fall at


Martin Malin taught a one-week course, “Becoming a Labor Arbitrator” for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, June 16-20.  He moderated a program on “New Frontiers in Organizing” at the National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting on May 22.  On May 23, he presented a paper An Empirical Comparison of the Handling of Statutory Rights Claims in Labour Arbitration in Ontario and before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario at the National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting. He presented the same paper at a meeting of The Labor Law Group at Cornell University on June 27.

Professor Malin also wrote an amicus brief in Prime Healthcare v. Kaiser Permanente and SEIU, pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with Professors Matthew Finkin of the University of Illinois College of Law, Thomas Kochan of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations.


Nancy Marder, along with Valerie Hans of Cornell Law School, Steve Thaman of St. Louis University Law School, and Mar Jimeno-Bulnes of the University of Burgos, organized a conference of jury scholars, which was held on June 12-13, 2014 at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain, in the Basque Country. The two-day conference, entitled “Juries and Mixed Tribunals Across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges and Future Directions,” brought together 25 jury scholars from all over the world for a series of panels on a range of topics pertaining to the jury, such as “The Jury as a Political Institution” and “Practices and Innovations: A Cross-Country Exchange.” One of the panels, entitled “Spanish Lawyers, Judges & Jurors: Practitioners’ Perspectives,” consisted of Spanish practitioners and was conducted in Spanish with English translation. It helped to give the conference participants a better understanding of how the relatively new jury system is perceived in Spain. In addition to providing opening and closing remarks, Nancy Marder presented a paper entitled Jurors and Social Media: Is a Fair Trial Still Possible? as part of a panel on “Jurors in the Age of the Internet.”

In July, Nancy Marder served as a peer reviewer for the Onati Socio-Legal Series, an online journal. In August, Professor Marder was interviewed by a reporter for The Times-Picayune on a recent rule change in Louisiana pertaining to post-verdict interviews of jurors.


Sheldon Nahmod spoke at the National Conference of Jewish Lawyers, in Chicago, about the Religion Clauses on August 6, 2014.  The number of views on his blog,, now exceeds 130,000. The blog covers constitutional law, the First Amendment, and Section 1983.


Henry Perritt was elected to the Board of Directors of Air-One Emergency Response Coalition, for which he also serves as the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Officer and a Safety Pilot.  Air-One is a non-profit organization that flies some 12 army surplus helicopters in support of law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency preparedness, and disaster relief activities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  He will appear on an ABA Business-Law-Section panel in September on how businesses should deal with the small-civilian-drone phenomenon. He recently filed a petition for an exemption from FAA regulations on behalf of a Chicago-area news photographer to permit him to fly small drones commercially to collect video imagery.


César Rosado Marzán presented a paper titled Settling Claims under Socialism and Neoliberalism in Chile at the Law & Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 31, 2014. For those meetings he also organized three panels, one on labor rights and two on Latin American law, and chaired a panel on international labor rights.  On July 16, 2014, César Rosado Marzán presented a paper titled International Framework Agreements and Union Organizing in the USA at the International Sociological Association meetings in Yokohama, Japan.


Christopher Schmidt hosted the U.S. Legal History Roundtable in May at the American Bar Foundation, a daylong workshop featuring forthcoming work by some of the country’s leading legal historians.  He was awarded the 2014 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award for Explaining the Baseball Revolution, 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 1471 (2013).


David Schwartz presented “Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities” to the American Law & Economics Association Annual Conference at University of Chicago in May 2014; “Patent Enforcement, IP Investments & Markets” to the Center for Applied Innovation in Chicago in June 2014; and “Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation” to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Electronics & Computer Patent Law Annual Summit, in Chicago in June 2014.  David Schwartz taught “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2014: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing” for the Practicing Law Institute in Chicago in May 2014.  He spoke as a panelist on “Pending Patent Reform Legislation” for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in May 2014.  Professor Schwartz spoke on “Covered Business Method Review: A Peek at the Empirical Data” at the Searle Center Research Roundtable on Software and Business Method Patents in Chicago in April 2014.


Joan Steinman delivered a talk at the American Association of Appellate Lawyers spring meeting on May 2, 2014, addressing the question of whether the overburdened appellate courts and the shrinking appellate marketplace can be explained and harmonized.  She also spent a day lecturing to a delegation of Chinese lawyers and judges who were in Chicago under a multi-month program sponsored by The 21st Century Institute. The subject was the federal procedural provisions that enhance efficiency and deter and punish abusive conduct in litigation.


Kent Streseman and seven members of Chicago-Kent’s Moot Court Honor Society traveled to Scotland to participate in the 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 advocacy programs throughout the United States for two weeks of intensive training in brief-writing and oral advocacy.


Ryan Vogel spoke on a panel in at the Catholic University Law Review Symposium in Washington, D.C. that examined the continued necessity of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.  He was a judge for the American Society for International Law’s 2014 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.  Ryan Vogel was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in July 2014.


Richard Warner and Sungjoon Cho will present “Excluding Reasons: Trade Disputes, Incommensurability, and Judicial Reasoning” at the Canadian Law and Economics Association meeting in September, 2014 in Toronto.  Professor Warner will participate in the Midwest Privacy Scholars Roundtable on October 25, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.

Faculty Activities – April 2014

Lori Andrews organized and spoke at a conference, “Health on the Go: Medical Apps, Privacy, and Liability,” on April 4.  She gave a speech, “Is Intellectual Property Law at Odds with Creativity and the Public Good?,” at the IIT-sponsored “Infrastructure of Creativity Conference” in early April.  She will also present at the IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference in May.  Prof. Andrews will speak at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the subject of biologists entering the legal field.  In July, she will speak in New York City at Thrillerfest, an international meeting of thriller novelists. She was quoted in a Public News Service article on data collection and journalists’ reporting of government surveillance activities, in the Chicago Tribune’s feature on a suburban high school’s use of monitoring software on students’ laptops, and in a Truthout article on federal surveillance and privacy.


William Birdthistle has been selected to make a presentation on teaching at the AALS Mid-Year Meeting entitled “Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law.”  In December 2014, he will host the seventh annual Investment Fund Roundtable at Harvard Law School.  In March 2014, Prof. Birdthistle also made a presentation on money market funds to the Securities Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.


On April 11, 2014, Evelyn Brody presented Simultaneous Contrasts in the U.S. Law and Regulation of Charities” at the International Charity Law Symposium, University of Liverpool Charity Law and Policy Unit, School of Law and Social Justice, in Liverpool, U.K.  At Chicago-Kent, on October 18, 2013, she gave an “Overview of the U.S. Charity Law Regime” to a six-member delegation of officials from the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council (SCLAO), Peoples Republic of China, as part of the observation program organized by the Asia Foundation.  Prof. Brody twice presented “State Charity Oversight: The Choice of Law Enforcer” for the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in Hartford, Connecticut on November 21, 2013, and as part of the panel on “Jurisdictional Boundaries: State/Federal and State/State Relationships”, at the 2013 Charities Regulation Policy Conference: The Future of State Charities Regulation and Enforcement, organized by the Charities Regulation Project of Columbia University Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program in New York City on February 7, 2013.  Also in 2013, she presented “Corporate Change of Charitable Purpose: Who Decides and What Standard Applies?” at a faculty workshop at Brooklyn Law School on February 21, 2013 and at the “Nonprofit Forum” in New York City on February 21, 2013.

In May 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court’s chief justice quoted Prof. Brody’s scholarship in a concurring opinion lambasting the attorney general’s actions regarding the late singer James Brown’s charitable trust.  Wilson v. Dallas (Estate of James Brown), 403 S.C. 411 (2013) (Toal, C.J., concurring), quoting Whose Public?: Parochialism and Paternalism in State Charity Law Enforcement, 79 Ind. L.J. 937 (2004).  In February 2014, the 4-justice dissenting opinion of the Washington Supreme Court cited Prof. Brody’s article on nonprofit organizations.  Certification v. Franciscan Health Sys., 317 P.3d 1009 (Wash. 2014) (Stephens, J., dissenting), citing Agents Without Principals, 40 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 457 (1996).

As part of the American Law Institute’s Project on Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations, for which Prof. Brody has served as the reporter through October 2013, and now serves as consultant, in May 2013 the ALI membership approved her Tentative Draft No. 4 (March 2013), addressing aspects of private standing to sue to enforce a charitable trust or restricted gift; to bring a derivative suit; and attorney’s fees.  With the tentative completions of Chapters 3 (Governance), 4 (Gifts), and 5 (Enforcement), and assisted by several co-reporters, in October she presented the final two chapters – Chapters 1 (Relationship Between Charities and the State) and 2 (Organization and Reorganization) – as Preliminary Draft No. 6 (September 17, 2013) to the project’s Advisers and Members Consultative Group.


David Gerber gave two lectures at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey in March, including the Distinguished Speaker lecture. The topic of the Distinguished Speaker lecture was “Europeanization, Law and the Market.”


Valerie Gutmann Koch will be giving a presentation entitled “FDA vs. 23andMe: Oversight of a Medical Device or Overreach of a Recreational Product?” at the 2014 Health Law Professors Conference, cosponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the University of California Hastings College of the Law. On May 15, 2014, she will be participating on a Law and Bioethics Career Panel at the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in coordination with the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.  She has been invited to serve as a guest blogger for the HealthLawProf blog this summer.


In January 2014, Philip Hablutzel was reappointed for an eleventh one-year term as a Public Member of the Business Conduct Committee of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  He was also selected for 2014 as one of its three standing members of the Hearing Panel for the CBOE’s Commodities Futures Exchange.  In April 2014, he once again took the students in his course in Securities Regulation for a special presentation of the CBOE regulatory department and a tour of the trading floor of the Options Exchange.  The students got to see two of the few remaining “open out-cry” trading pits still in operation in the world.

In March 2014, Prof. Hablutzel taught a course in International Commercial Arbitration for Spanish law students in Madrid, Spain.  On June 5, 2014, Prof. Hablutzel serves as faculty sponsor for Chicago-Kent’s 33rd Annual Conference on Not-For-Profit Organizations; he has served in that capacity since he was the Reporter for the complete revision of the Illinois Not For Profit Corporation Act in 1985.


Steven Harris served as a commentator at the Symposium on Chapter 11 Reform sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the University of Illinois.


In early April 2014, Steven Heyman presented the third annual C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality, and Democracy at West Virginia University College of Law.  The lecture, entitled “The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence,” explored the ways in which conservative judges have transformed First Amendment jurisprudence in recent decades.  The lecture can be viewed on the Web and an expanded version will appear in the West Virginia Law Review later this year.  In late April 2014, he was the faculty discussant for the final film in the law school’s Documentary Film Series on Race, an exploration of hate crimes against South Asians in America called Raising Our Voices.  Prof. Heyman also made a video for and the Chicago-Kent Institute for the Supreme Court of the United States on Wood v. Moss, a case on free speech, political protest, and official immunity that the Court heard in late March 2014.


Harold Krent presented a talk on the temporal aspect of agency action at the Illinois State Bar Association’s 13th Annual Environmental Law Conference in March 2014.


In March 2014, Nancy Marder presented a paper on jurors and social media as part of a panel entitled “Problematizing the Trial” at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities.  This year’s conference, entitled “The Politics of Law and the Humanities: Crisis, Austerity, and Instrumentalism,” was held at the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prof. Marder participated in a post-performance conversation about Arguendo, a play based on the transcript of the oral argument in Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc. (familiarly known as “the nude dancing case”) before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Prof. Marder was a law clerk for Justice Stevens when the case was argued before the Court,. She explained some of the procedures at the Supreme Court and gave some of the background of the case. The play and the post-performance conversation took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. in March.

In May 2014, Prof. Marder will give a presentation as part of a panel on “50 Years of Research on Juries and Lay Participation in Law” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In April 2014, Prof. Marder oversaw and announced the selection of two Justice John Paul Stevens Summer Public Interest Fellowships at Chicago-Kent and Yale.  The fellowship, established in honor of Justice Stevens and the social justice values embodied by his career and jurisprudence, provides living expenses to two law students from each of these law schools to take non-paying summer jobs at public interest organizations. This year marks the fourth year of the fellowship at Chicago-Kent and the second year at Yale.

Prof. Marder was invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Advisory Committee on the Civil Jury.

Sheldon Nahmod‘s 31st Annual Section 1983 Conference takes place at Chicago-Kent on April 24-25, 2014. In addition to organizing the Conference, he will be speaking about the Section 1983 Claim as well as The Second Amendment. Prof. Nahmod co-authored a law professors’ amicus brief in an important public employee free speech case, Lane v. Franks. The case will be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, 2014, with a decision expected by the end of June.



Henry Perritt‘s law review article on drones, co-authored with Eliot Sprague, has been submitted to a number of law reviews. The article concludes that “microdrones” currently on the market can provide useful support to law enforcement agencies, TV stations and utilities, and that the FAA should accelerate its efforts to relax current prohibitions on their use. It also concludes that “macrodrones”–drones the size of manned helicopters–may end up costing so much that no one will use them.  Prof. Perritt testified before the Chicago Plan Commission in support of a second heliport for Chicago.



César Rosado Marzán presented a paper, co-authored with Sergio Gamonal C., on age discrimination law in Latin America, at Lund University, Sweden, on April 26, 2013. The paper and presentation were part of an international conference on age discrimination.  The American Sociological Association recommended him for a grant to present a paper on international framework agreements at the International Sociological Association meetings in Yokohama, Japan, in July. The paper to be presented, Organizing with International Framework Agreements: An Exploratory Study, is available on SSRN.  He was also invited by the Law School of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru to present his paper, co-authored with Sergio Gamonal C., Protecting Workers as a Matter of Principle: A Latin American Perspective of U.S. Work Law, at a workshop there in November 2014.



Christopher Schmidt delivered the keynote address at the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy Symposium on Social Movements and the Law, held at Northwestern Law School in April 2014.  In March 2014, Christopher Schmidt gave a Faculty Workshop at the University of Illinois College of Law, and, in February 2014, he participated in a University of Alabama Law School symposium in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. SullivanChristopher Schmidt was also recently appointed to the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Dissertation Prize Advisory Committee.



David Schwartz debated “The Theoretical and Empirical Arguments against Patent Trolls” at The Patent Conference, University of San Diego Law School, in April 2014. He teamed up with John Duffy of the University of Virginia and argued against Mark Lemley of Stanford and Michael Meurer of Boston University.  He also presented “Studying Uncertainty in Intellectual Property Valuation” at The Patent Conference.  He presented his article, Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities, at faculty workshops at Northwestern University Law School in March 2014 and USC School of Law in February 2014.



On May 2, 2014, Joan Steinman will deliver a talk at the American Association of Appellate Lawyers spring meeting, addressing the question of whether the overburdened appellate courts and the shrinking appellate marketplace can be explained and harmonized.



On May 15, 2014, Keith Ann Stiverson will be awarded the Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contributions to Law Librarianship by the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. The nomination letter cited Keith Ann’s advocacy work on public policy issues affecting libraries, including copyright and permanent public access to primary legal material.



Adrian Walters participated in a symposium on reform of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code jointly organized by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the University of Illinois College of Law that was held at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago in early April 2014. At the symposium, Walters presented a paper entitled Statutory Erosion of Secured Creditors’ Rights: Some Insights from the United Kingdom which will be published later this year in a special issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.  Also during April 2014, Walters presented a series of two lectures on the “European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings” at St. John’s University School of Law in New York as part of a 2-credit, multi-school JD/LLM international bankruptcy class jointly sponsored by the American College of Bankruptcy and the International Insolvency Institute.



Richard Warner presented “The Rise of the Surveillance State, ” at the National Consumer Empowerment Conference in Rosemont, Illinois, in November 2013.  He presented “Is It All Over? Privacy in the Age of the Surveillance State” to the Champaign County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in Champaign, Illinois, in April 2014.  Prof. Warner will present “Self, Privacy, and Power: Is It All Over?,” at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, in Washington D.C., on June 5 – 6, 2014. Prof. Warner announced that there is a new School of American Law program at Lódż University in Lódż, Poland.  This addition means there are now three programs in Poland, two in Ukraine, one in Georgia, and one in Lithuania.



Richard Wright continued to advise on arguments and supplemental briefs for the respondents in Paroline v. United States, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that involves difficult causation and apportionment issues raised by restitution claims under 18 U.S.C. § 2259 by victims of child pornography.  He organized a moot court for the lawyers for respondent “Amy” at Chicago-Kent a week prior to the oral argument before the Supreme Court for which the moot court judges were Harold Krent, Carolyn Shapiro, Joan Steinman, and Kent Streseman from Chicago-Kent and David Franklin from DePaul University College of Law.

As part of Chicago-Kent’s foreign LL.M. programs, Prof. Wright taught intensive courses on Comparative Tort Law at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and the Ivan Franko University in Lviv, Ukraine, in December 2013, and at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China, in April 2014.  He will teach the same course at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China in July 2014 as part of that university’s Summer Immersion program. Prof. Wright has agreed to be a keynote speaker at a conference in Paris, France, in September 2014 on causation and apportionment in the law.

Faculty Activities – February 2014

Lori Andrews will be speaking at a number of engagements across Chicagoland and the country in addition to continuing her work with social networks, technologies and privacy by sponsoring two conferences this spring. She has been working closely with The Media Consortium to co-sponsor the February 27th journalism conference, “No Secrets: Journalism in the Age of Surveillance.” She will present “More than a Face: What Social Media Knows About You,” which addresses the power of data in a world dependent on social media. Lori Andrews will also sponsor a conference, “Health on the Go – Medical Apps, Privacy, and Liability” on April 4th at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to discuss the health benefits, risks and legal challenges paved by the collection of health information from apps, social networks and games. Lori Andrews will also be presenting at two IIT-sponsored conferences: The Infrastructure of Creativity Conference in April and the IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference in May. She was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about computer software that allows teachers to spy on high school students.

In February 2014, Lori Andrews will present, “How Did Gene Patents Get to be a Civil Liberties Issue?,” at the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) Symposium. She will also be a guest on the American Variety Radio program to discuss internet privacy, social networks and data aggregation.

Ralph Brill attended “Reinventing Law,” a day-long session held at Cooper’s Union in New York City on February 7, 2014. More than 700 legal professionals took part in discussions of the future of law and technology for law practice and legal education.

William Birdthistle hosted his sixth annual investment fund roundtable in New York City on January 31, 2014. He has been invited to present at the AALS 2014 Midyear Meeting Workshop entitled “Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law” in June 2014. The Securities Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association has invited Professor Birdthistle to present at their annual seminar in March 2014.

Douglas Godfrey was interviewed for a story which aired on Diane Sawyer’s ABC World News about the death of Renisha McBribe and whether there could be a viable claim of self-defense. Professor Godfrey was also interviewed by Paul Lisnek for CLTV’s program Politics Tonight about the report issued by special Prosecutor Dan Webb concerning the death of David Koschman and the delayed prosecution of Richard Vanecko for that death.

A successful result obtained by Richard Gonzalez in an American With Disabilities Act case involving the unresolved issue of how specifically a disabled employee needs to request a particular accommodation from an employer was widely covered in a variety of employment law news update emails and blogs.

Sanford Greenberg taught “Introduction to Research and Writing in the American Legal System” to lawyers at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai as part of Chicago-Kent’s Overseas Training Program in December 2013.

Philip Hablutzel was reappointed for an eleventh one-year term as a Public Member on the Business Conduct Committee (BCC) of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  The CBOE now operates four exchanges: for options, for stocks, for futures and for high-frequency trading. The BCC serves as the disciplinary body for all four exchanges.  In February 2014, Professor Hablutzel participated in a three-day meeting of the ABA Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law in Naples, Florida. The meeting examined the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act’s mandate that the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission regulate swaps and trading in swaps. In March he will be teaching a course for Spanish law students in Madrid.

Steven Harris, as part of the United States delegation, participated in a meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the establishment of an international registry for space assets. The registry will be established in accordance with the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment.

In February 2014, Valerie Gutmann Koch was an invited speaker on the panel, “What’s the Real Truth? The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing,” at the ABA Midyear Meeting. She also presented her work-in-progress, Establishing a Private Right of Action for Informed Consent in Research: Incidental Findings, the Investigator-Participant Relationship, and the Autonomy Principle at the Valparaiso University Law School Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop.

Harold Krent spoke to members of the House Ways & Means Committee on reforming Social Security disability adjudication.

Over the past few months, Nancy Marder, under the auspices of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, has been organizing an international conference on the jury, entitled “Juries and Mixed Tribunals Across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges and Future Directions,” which will be held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain in June 2014. Professor Marder wrote the proposal for this conference, which was selected by the Institute through a competitive process. The conference will include jury scholars from around the world and the papers from this conference will be published as a book.

On January 24, 2014, Professor Marder presented her paper entitled Jurors and Social Media:  Is a Fair Trial Still Possible? as part of a panel on “Fair Trials and the Modern Jury” at SMU Law School.  Professor Marder was invited to participate in this conference, called “A Criminal Justice Colloquium,” and her paper will be published as part of a special issue of the SMU Law Review.

In February 2014, Professor Marder served as a peer reviewer for the University of Chicago Press.

In January 2014, César Rosado Marzán presented his article, Labor’s Soft Means, Hard Challenges: Fundamental Discrepancies and the Promise of Non-Binding Arbitration for International Framework Agreements at the Finnish Labor Court in Helsinki, Finland. The article is forthcoming in volume 98 of Minnesota Law Review. His article, Organizing with International Framework Agreements: An Exploratory Study, which is forthcoming in the UC Irvine Law Review, was selected from more than 300 for presentation at the 2014 International Sociological Association meetings, which will take place in July in Yokohama, Japan.

Christopher Schmidt was appointed Director of Chicago-Kent’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) in January 2014.

David Schwartz presented his paper Patent Assertion Entities under the Microscope: An Empirical Assessment of Patent Holders as Litigants at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Conference “Patent Reform: Theoretical Propositions and Factual Foundations” in December 2013.  Professor Schwartz also participated in the “Roundtable on Alternative Litigation Finance” at Stanford Law School in January 2014, and participated in a webcast by the Federal Circuit Bar Association entitled “Are Patent Assertion Entities Responsible for the Rise in Patent Litigation?” in February 2014.

Joan Steinman participated in a moot court for lawyers in Paroline v. United States, who were practicing for their argument before the Supreme Court in a case raising the question “What, if any, causal relationship or nexus between the defendant’s conduct and the victim’s harm or damages must the government or the victim establish in order to recover restitution under 18 U.S.C. § 2259?,” a statute that mandates restitution by those convicted of producing, distributing, or possessing child pornography of the “full amount of the costs” incurred by the victims of such pornography. Earlier, she spoke about appellate issues to a group of Thai judges who visited Chicago-Kent.

Ronald Staudt will give the following presentations: “The Future of Legal Education, Law School Training for New Platforms for the Delivery of Legal Services,” South Carolina University Law Review Symposium, February 28, 2014; “Justice Lawyering and Legal Education in the Digital Age,” at Southern Illinois College of Law, April 25, 2014; “Leveraging Smart Phones and Law Students to Grow Legal Aid: A2J Author 5.0,” Equal Justice Conference, Portland, Oregon, April 30, 2014; “Justice, Legal Education and the Cloud,” at CodeX, Stanford University Law School, May 1, 2014; and will give the opening plenary address at the AALS Midwest Clinical Education Conference at Michigan State Law School, September 12, 2014.

Mary Rose Strubbe was nominated for induction into the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, a national organization that honors the nation’s best labor and employment practitioners.  Professor Strubbe taught “Introduction to the American Legal System” in Chicago-Kent’s Overseas Training Program at East China University of Politics and Law, in Shanghai in January. The group consisted of 21 talented lawyers, through Chicago-Kent’s program with the Shanghai Bar Association.

Dan Tarlock was appointed a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee, Global Water Partnership, a World Bank funded organization to develop strategies for better water use for the developing world. He will attend the first meeting in Oxford, England in March 2014.