Nancy Marder is working on a lecture, which will be published as a short article for practitioners, then expanded into a law review article for academics, on courts and transparency. The article focuses on two ways in which courts try to be transparent–by holding public proceedings and by engaging in public outreach. Professor Marder suggests five principles for courts to follow in deciding which new practices to adopt to make their work more transparent to the public. She also offers several new practices–many based on the work of colleagues at Chicago-Kent–that courts should consider adopting because they use technology to enhance court transparency. Professor Marder has spent the past few months working with her symposium co-editor, Valerie Hans, and the Chicago-Kent Law Review, to complete the production for an upcoming symposium issue of the law review entitled Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends, for which Professor Marder has contributed an article and has co-authored, along with Valerie Hans, an introduction.
Sheldon Nahmod is currently working on the 2015 update to his treatise, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983 (4th ed., West). Professor Nahmod is also working on projects focusing on Town of Greece (Establishment Clause) and on damages actions against terrorist-sponsoring entities.
César Rosado Marzán has been doing fieldwork in a Chicago-area worker center for a project on low-wage work in the global city.
Nancy Marder is working on an Introduction to the symposium issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review entitled “Juries and Lay Participation: American Perspectives and Global Trends.” The law review symposium issue will include articles that were presented at a conference organized by Nancy Marder, Valerie P. Hans of Cornell Law School, and the Chicago-Kent Law Review; it was held in October 2014 at Chicago-Kent. The symposium issue, for which Professors Marder and Hans are the Symposium Editors, will be published in May 2015.
Sheldon Nahmod is on research leave this spring semester, working on several projects dealing with section 1983, legislative prayer, and a template for evaluating Supreme Court constitutional decisions.
César Rosado Marzán started doing fieldwork at a Chicago-area worker center for his new ethnographic project, tentatively entitled: “Workplace Justice in the Global City: An Ethnography of a Chicago Worker Center.”
Joan Steinman is continuing to work on Beyond the Pocket Parts – 2015, which she will publish electronically; on an update to the case-based chapters of the Appellate Courts casebook that she co-authored; and on articles concerning the constitutionality of the removal provisions of the Energy Policy Act and conduct-based waivers of the rights to remove and to obtain remand of removed cases. She also is working on an article on the appellate law issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, 135 S. Ct. 547 (2014).
Martin Malin continues to work on his empirical comparison of the handling of statutory human rights claims in labour arbitration in Ontario and before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He and his co-researchers, Sara Slinn of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, and Jon Werner of the University of Wisconsin, presented a preliminary report at the National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting last May. Coding of the cases spanning 2009 – 2013 should be completed by early January and quantitative analysis will begin. The preliminary report provided mostly descriptive statistics but more sophisticated analysis should be available in the spring.
Nancy Marder is currently revising her paper entitled Juror Bias, Voir Dire, and the Judge-Jury Relationship based on comments she received at the “Juries and Lay Participation” conference at Chicago-Kent as well as comments from a “Research Slam,” also held at Chicago-Kent. The paper will be published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review as part of the Symposium on “Juries and Lay Participation.”
Joan Steinman is continuing to work on Beyond the Pocket Parts – 2015, which she will publish electronically; on an update to the case-based chapters of the Appellate Courts casebook that she co-authored; and on articles concerning the constitutionality of the removal provisions of the Energy Policy Act and conduct-based waivers of the rights to remove and to obtain remand of removed cases.
Adrian Walters is working on a Contracts casebook with Michael Schwartz, Dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The casebook, which will appear in the Carolina Academic Press Context and Practice series, is due to be published before the start of the Fall 2015 semester.