Faculty Activities – August 2013

Lori Andrews presented on the “Found in Translation: Sending Messages Outside the Academy Walls” panel and the “X v. Y: The Disproportionate Impact of Genetic Technologies on Women” mini-plenary at the Law and Society Association in Boston, Massachusetts, in June 2013.

In September 2013, Professor Andrews will present Ethics in Reproduction at the Southwest Fertility Forum in Austin, Texas, and she will speak at the Fueling Innovation Campaign for the Illinois Institute of Technology in New York, New York.  In November 2013, Professor Andrews will speak at the Social Network Workshop Conference at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and she will speak at an Assistance League of Chicagoland West event.

Professor Andrews was recently interviewed by The Washington Post for an article about the public’s acceptance of government surveillance in the name of security, was interviewed by ABC News for an article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, that isolated human genes cannot be patented, and was interviewed by New York Magazine for an article about the public’s indifference to government intrusion into their daily lives.  Professor Andrews was also recently interviewed by Rolling Stone about rapists posting photos of their victims.

Lori has appeared on radio shows including Game on Business Talk Radio to discuss whether or not employers should be able to access their employee’s Facebook passwords, WBCB News on 90.8 FM in Chicago, The Bill Handel Show, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit, to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Myriad, Illinois Public Media and Privacy Piracy with Mari Frank to talk about internet privacy.  Professor Andrews was interviewed by the C-SPAN TV show, The Communicators, to discuss her book I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did, the Children’s Online Privacy Act, and the data-tracking of consumers.


William Birdthistle hosted the Fifth Annual Investment Fund Roundtable at the University of Chicago on Friday, May 17. Next year’s roundtable is being planned at Yale Law School in the Spring of 2014.  He has also been invited to give a talk at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law on financial self-regulation on Wednesday, August 28.


Christopher Buccafusco, with David Schwartz, is organizing the first “Workshop on Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property” jointly with the US Patent and Trademark Office, to be hosted at Chicago-Kent on Oct. 11-12, 2013.  He presented “Exploring Cumulative Innovation in Copyright and Patent Law” at the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Paris, July 2013.  He also presented “Valuing Creativity and Attribution in Intellectual Property” at Freie Universitat Berlin, July 2013.


David Gerber gave lectures in February 2013 on transnational competition law at the University of Palermo Law Faculty in Italy. He also talked with officials of the European Commission in Brussels about European competition law issues.  In April, he received an honorary doctor of laws award from the University of Zurich.

In May, Professor Gerber taught a course on transnational competition law issues at the Global Law School of Catolica University in Lisbon, Portugal, and he gave a lecture to the law faculty of the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain on Europe and Global Competition Law Development.  Finally, in June, he participated in a conference on competition law at the Center for Competition Law at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK on the topic of influences on competition law development in the European Union.


Philip Hablutzel has been re-appointed as a member of the Council of the Section of Business and Securities Law of the Illinois State Bar Association for 2012-2013.  On June 6, he served as Faculty Sponsor of Chicago-Kent’s 32nd Annual Conference on Not For Profit Organizations and chaired its plenary sessions on the taxation of tax exempt organizations.  Professor Hablutzel remains Director of the Institute of Illinois Business Law. During the spring semester, seven Chicago-Kent students worked with a subcommittee of the Institute in drafting a complete re-write of the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act. The four students who are returning for the fall semester also worked during the summer doing additional research on various aspects of the proposed legislation. The completed draft should be ready for release to the bar and the public for comment in early Fall 2013. Additional projects of the Institute include a proposal for a business trust statute and an “anti-double whack rule” for the Illinois Supreme Court.


Vinay Harpalani presented preliminary versions of his article, Diversity’s Doctrinal Distractions, at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, the Houston Higher Education Roundtable, the Fourth Annual John Mercer Langston Black Male Law Faculty Writing Workshop, and the Chicago Law School Junior Faculty Workshop. He will present the more finalized version at the American Constitution Society Progressive Federalism symposium at Chicago-Kent, and the Biennial Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit) Conference. Professor Harpalani will also be an invited panelist for the Legal Matters Panel at “Penn Spectrum: An Alumni Conference Celebrating Diversity,” University of Pennsylvania, in September.


Todd Haugh presented his new paper, Sentencing the Why of White Collar Crime, 82 Fordham L. Rev. __ (forthcoming), at the Law & Society Association’s annual conference in Boston in June.  He’s been invited to present the same at the International Corrections and Prisons Association’s annual conference in Colorado Springs in October.  The piece was recently featured on two sentencing blogs, Sentencing Law & Policy (hosted by Prof. Doug Berman, Ohio State) and Hercules & the Umpire (a blog by federal district judge Richard Kopf on judicial decision-making).
Professor Haugh will be attending the United States Sentencing Commission’s Symposium on Economic Crimes in New York in September as an invited speaker and workshop participant.


In August, Valerie Gutmann Koch presented twice at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco: first on a panel entitled “The Myriad Genetics Decision: A Victory for Patients and R&D?” and second on a panel entitled “Careers and Pro Bono Opportunities in Bioethics and the Law.” She also had a panel presentation accepted for the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, entitled “The Role of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law in Shaping Public Policy: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Action Beyond New York State.”

She will be co-teaching the Law, Medicine, and Ethics course at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Finally, as a consultant to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, she finalized the bioethics commission’s “Recommendations for Extending the Family Health Care Decisions Act to Medicare and/or Medicaid-Certified and State-Licensed Agencies, Programs, and Settings,” which was submitted to the state legislature this summer.


Harold Krent‘s recommendations for reforms in Social Security disability adjudication were mostly approved by the Administrative Conference of the United States in June.


Edward Lee spoke about his paper, Piggybacking IP Rights, at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference in August 2013.  Professor Lee will be delivering book talks for his book,  The Fight for the Future: How People Defeated Hollywood and Saved the Internet–For Now, around the country, including at Social Media Week (Chicago) on September 25, the Center for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada on November 1, and Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society on November 5. The book will be published on September 17.


Martin Malin taught a course, “Becoming a Labor Arbitrator” for the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the week of June 17 in Minneapolis.


Nancy Marder presented her paper on reality television judges at a conference on “Law and Popular Culture” held at Tilburg University in the Netherlands on June 7, 2013.  Professor Marder presented her paper, The Court and the Visual: Images and Artifacts in U.S. Supreme Court Opinions, at a conference entitled “Law in the Age of Media Logic,” which was held in Onati, Spain on June 27-28, 2013.  In July, 2013, Professor Marder was interviewed by WNYC (a NPR affiliate) for a radio segment on cameras in the courtroom. She was also interviewed by Bloomberg News on the same subject.  In August, 2013, Professor Marder served as a peer reviewer for the journal Law and Social Inquiry.


Sheldon Nahmod will speak on section 1983 at the ABA’s Labor Law section conference to be held in New Orleans on November 7, 2013.  His blog, Nahmod Law, has now passed 85,000 views. In his blog, Professor Nahmod deals with section 1983, constitutional law, the First Amendment and other legal topics. It is geared to lawyers, law students and the general public.  Professor Nahmod is also now on Twitter. His handle is @NahmodLaw. He will teach the first ever course on the Second Amendment at Chicago-Kent in fall semester 2013.


Henry Perritt co-directed his Chicago lawyer and crime drama, Giving Ground, which was presented as part of a 3-credit Chicago-Kent CLE program on June 28 and 29. He and Prof. Richard Gonzalez moderated the three discussion periods following each act.

Professor Perritt produced the premier of CCX, a new Chicago police drama by Jim Lynch, at Rivendell Theatre in March and April. Audiences were substantial and favorable, and the production received a number of good reviews.


César Rosado Marzán presented a paper titled International Framework Agreements and Union Organizing in the USA at the Labour Law Research Network meetings held in the Pamepeu Fabra University, Barcelona, and at the Law & Society Association annual meeting held in Boston, MA. Both presentations were made in June.  At both meetings he also presented a second paper coauthored with Sergio Gamonal C., of the Adolfo Ibañez University of Chile, entitled Protecting Workers as a Matter of Principle: A South American Perspective of U.S. Work Law.  At the Law & Society Association meeting held in Boston, Professor Rosado Marzán also served as discussant for a panel on regulation.


Christopher Schmidt has been appointed editor of Law and Social Inquiry, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the American Bar Foundation.


David Schwartz was a guest contributor on the Concurring Opinions blog in May 2013.  He was also on the faculty for “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2013: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing,” Practicing Law Institute, Chicago, May 2013.  Finally, Professor Schwartz was a speaker at the “Debate on Patent Reform in the United States,” Intellectual Property Business Congress, Boston, MA, June 2013.


Kent Streseman and six members of Chicago-Kent’s Moot Court Honor Society 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. And a round or two of links golf.


Adrian Walters visited the Faculty of Law at the University of Verona during July 2013 where he taught a week long symposium in international and comparative bankruptcy law to an audience of research students and local professionals.  He has also participated in the UK government’s review of insolvency practitioner fees led by Professor Elaine Kempson of Bristol University.  The final report of the review, which will influence UK government policy on the regulation of insolvency practitioners, cites his work on complaints handling in the insolvency profession (co-authored with Professor Mary Seneviratne) and his empirical study on the role of secured creditors in corporate bankruptcy (co-authored with Professor John Armour and Professor Audrey Hsu).  On September 20, 2013 he will moderate a panel discussion on problem sections in the Bankruptcy Code as part of the American College of Bankruptcy’s Seventh Circuit Regional Program which will be held at Chicago-Kent for the second year.


Richard Warner presented Beyond Notice and Choice: Privacy, Norms, and Consent, at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, June 6, 2013.  He is also organizing, “Money, Privacy, and Power,” an international conference at Chicago-Kent addressing surveillance of the financial system.

Finally, two new Schools of American Law will open this fall, one in Vilnius, Lithuania, and one in Warsaw, Poland. This makes seven programs in all: three in Poland; two in Ukraine; one in Lithuania; and one in Georgia.

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