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.

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