La Verne Law Students Compete in National Negotiation Competition

 

October 10, 2012

ONTARIO, Calif. – Four members of the University of La Verne College of Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Competition Team took part in the third annual Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition held October 6-7, earning praise from judges for their ability to negotiate.

Hosted by Southwestern Law School of Los Angeles, the two-day event featured 24 teams representing 15 law schools from across the country. It opened with two rounds on Saturday, during which each two-student team role-played as attorneys to negotiate an entertainment deal on behalf of a fictitious client. The top four teams advanced to Sunday’s final.

La Verne Law sent two teams to the event. While neither advanced to the finals, the duo of Amanda Velasquez (Granada Hills, Calif.) and William D’Amico (Eugene, Ore.) finished in the top half of the overall standings and the team of Adam Jeffery (Gault, Calif.) and Mark Adamson (Sherwood, Ore.) also competed well.

Along with the competition, the annual event also provided an opportunity for law students specifically interested in pursuing careers in entertainment law to network with entertainment industry members in Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Professor Susan Nauss Exon directs La Verne Law’s ADR Competition Team made up of 10 students who spend three to six hours each week apart from their regular studies to practice. Team members take turns in simulated negotiations while the rest of the team offers advice and counsel. Additional team members include Alberto Avila (Bakersfield, Calif.), Ruthann Elder (Mt. Vernon, Ohio), Marcella Lucente (Fontana, Calif.), Ednna Meraz (Temecula, Calif.), David Quintanar (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), and Stefanie Schmidt (Silverton, Ore.).

Professor Exon is a national speaker on topics related to alternative dispute resolution, and has had numerous articles published regarding civil procedure and mediation issues. An advocate for the creation of a cybercourt with jurisdiction over online disputes, her current research relates to mediation ethics and a mediator’s ability to engender trust.

Students Celebrate with Back-to-School Barbecue

September 21, 2012 – General

More than 150 people turned out for the annual Back to School Barbecue hosted Aug. 29 by La Verne Law’s Student Bar Association, which used the event to spotlight the law school’s many student organizations and to encourage students to get to know one another.

Student organizations are an ideal way for law students to stay current on legal issues, to network with law professionals and to take part in the personal rewards of community service, said Kelly Miller, of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity.  Beyond that, the 3L student added, it’s fun.

Other organizations and activities represented at the barbecue included the Alternative Dispute Resolution Association; Christian Fellowship at the University of La Verne College of Law; Criminal Law Society; Federalist Society; Hispanic National Bar Association; Mock Trial Competition Team; National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; National Black Law Student Association; Phi Alpha Delta; Pride Law Alliance; Public Interest Law Foundation; Society for Legal Studies in Business; Sports and Entertainment Law Society;  and the University of La Verne Law Review.

Interim Dean Phil Hawkey thanked the SBA for hosting the event, and encouraged students to be a part of the community and shared experience that bring a deep distinction to La Verne Law

University of La Verne Provost Greg Dewey praised the students for their energy and enthusiasm: qualities demonstrated by University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman when — stuck in traffic on Interstate 10 — she addressed the crowd through Dean Hawkey’s cell phone, which he held to the podium microphone.

“Go Leos!” Lieberman cheered. “Go La Verne Law!” and the crowd cheered back.

“That’s what I want you to do for the rest of the year,” Lieberman said. “You are at a law school that deserves the best students, and you are the best students.”

Waiting for Lieberman upon her arrival was a massive bunch of orange and green balloons, each one representing a student in the entering class. Hawkey was reluctant to hand them off. “I’m afraid if she holds on to those balloons, she’ll float all over the campus,” he said.

La Verne Law Students Begin Their Studies with Public Service

August, 20, 2012 – General

La Verne Law first-year students and volunteers spent part of orientation week in community service, painting playground structures and picnic shelters Saturday, Aug. 18, at Homer F. Briggs Memorial Park in Ontario.

Community service is a core value of the University of La Verne and its College of Law. For years, La Verne Law has made public service a part of each first-year student’s introduction to law school.

“We believe in educating lawyers who will promote justice and serve their communities through public service,” said Interim Dean Philip A. Hawkey. “We emphasize that early on by requiring first-year students to take part in a community volunteer project each year during orientation week.”

Last year’s volunteer effort revitalized the campus at Roynon Elementary School in La Verne. In 2010, students volunteered with charities throughout the region, including Shoes that Fit in Claremont, Feed the Children in Ontario, Inland Valley Hope Partners in Pomona, the Upland Lifeline Program, and School Tools.

La Verne Law Provides Input on Job Market

July 17, 2012 – General

The Desert Dispatch recently turned to the University of La Verne College of Law for some perspective on the job market for new attorneys.  The article profiled a young attorney working for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, who said he took a cut in pay working for an insurance company to do something worthwhile with his life. “Being a lawyer is a higher calling than just being a receivable machine,” he said.

Professor Chaney’s Work Spotlighted in Call for Better Rehabilitation for Youth

July 11, 2012 – Faculty News

Professor Megan Chaney’s recent article in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, “Keeping the Promise of Gault: Requiring Post-Adjudicatory Juvenile Defenders,” was picked up recently in the Juvenile Justice Blog, a national source for legal professionals in the field. The article focuses on the need for rehabilitative programming and draws from Chaney’s own experience as a juvenile defense attorney.

“Over the last decade, practices and conditions at various juvenile rehabilitative programs have been examined and have been found to be failing to live up to the promise of a rehabilitative system. Children are sent to impersonal and overcrowded institutions that are often devoid of rehabilitative programming. These programs are often ill equipped to provide individualized treatment and assess each child’s needs,” wrote Chaney, an associate professor and director of  clinical programs and experiential learning at the University of La Verne College of Law.

Her complete essay is available Lexis/Westlaw at 19 Geo. J. Poverty L. & Pol’y 351 (2012).

Law Journal Turns to La Verne Law for Analysis of ‘Call of Duty’ Settlement

July 06, 2012 – General News

Professor Ashley Lipson, in a recent article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, provided his analysis on the settlement of a lawsuit surrounding the “Call of Duty” war-simulation video game series. Because video games are typically an amalgamation of concepts, computer codes and artwork, it’s difficult to single out what one person has developed, he said. “These are very difficult situations because of the nature of the industry,” he added.

Graduates Receive Welcome Break from Bar Study

July 05, 2012 – Student News

Hard-working La Verne Law graduates studying for the bar were treated to a much-deserved lunch as part of the law school’s enhanced Bar Preparation Program.  Several of the graduates will take advantage of the opportunity for quiet study time by moving to dedicated dormitory rooms at the University of La Verne main campus, where they will be able to focus solely on the weeks of preparation ahead.  Stress-management workshops and other advanced program components further enhance the outreach and support given to graduates studying for the bar.

SBA Board Announced for Fall

July 03, 2012 – Student News

Congratulations to the following students, who were elected to La Verne Law’s 2012-13 Student Bar Association Board.

President: Andrea Martinez

Vice-President: Siobhan Kennedy

Treasurer: Yvonne Marialaki

Secretary: Amanda Valasquez

ABA Representative: Sandy Perez

Activities Coordinator: Adrienne Mendoza

Historian: Stephanie Bratcher

3L Representative: David Quintanar

2L Representative: Andrew LeClere

PT Representative: Jason Whiteside

The SBA acts as the representative body for students of the law school and coordinates student activities throughout the year. SBA representatives are elected each year by the student body.

Students Earn Certificates of Achievement in Legal Research

June 19, 2012 – Student News

Congratulations to the following students who recently completed the 12 workshops necessary to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Legal Research:  Christopher Blaylock, Sabrina Lewis, Brian Llanos, Michelle Vega, Melina Shahbazian, James Dickinson, Elaine Guthormsen, Airin Sookasian, Robert Kochis, Patricia Staples and Lesly Mendoza.

Professor Doskow Participates in American Constitution Society’s National Meeting

June 18, 2012 – Faculty News

Professor Charles Doskow attended the annual meeting of the American Constitution Society June 14-16 in Washington, D.C.  Doskow, faculty advisor to the La Verne College of Law chapter of the society, met with other faculty advisors to discuss strategies to advance the local chapter’s outreach. The meeting featured addesses by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.  The American Constitution Society is the fastest-growing group advocating  progressive interpretation of the United States Constitution.

La Verne Law Graduates Take Their Oaths

June 05, 2012 – General

The Honorable Douglas P. Miller on June 4 administered the Attorney’s Oath for the California State Bar to many of the University of La Verne College of Law graduates who passed the February 2012 California State Bar Exam. The mood was celebratory as family, friends, faculty and university dignitaries came to show their support for all the hard work put in by the graduates to accomplish their goals. The following graduates passed the bar:  Whitney D. Ackerman, Kayvon M. Afshar, Brandon G. Bittner, Basem Chaikhouni, Thomas R. Cordova-Caddes, Casey L. Deleissegues, Lisa C. Dennis, Joshua R. Edondson, Brian I. Friedman, Hetinder S. Gill, Eric C. Jolivette, Ayinde A. Jones, Farhad Khadem, Kelly M. Klinko, Alan A. Krause, Matthew Kumar, Krystle M. Lilly, Lesly M. Mendoza, Ruben R. Newell, Danielle A. Noble, Jenny L. Phung, Stanislav Portman, Tamara D. Rogers, Arin R. Scapa, Ean M. Schreiber, Sutton A. Shapiro, Lauren C. Sorsby, Ashley E. Szabo, Kyle E. Williams, Katrina N. Yu.

Professor Exon Participates in ABA Conference in D.C.

May 24, 2012 – Faculty News

Professor Susan Nauss Exon recently returned from the American Bar Association’s 14th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference April 18-21 in Washington, D.C., where she served as a program track chair for ethics.

Exon was the panel coordinator and presenter for a session entitled Ring-a-Ling: Ethics and Trust in Telephone Mediation. She has been involved in the annual conference for a number of years as a presenter and coordinator and as co-chair of the section’s Ethics Committee. ABA officials called the conference a huge success, with more than 900 ADR advocates, arbitrators, mediators and dispute resolvers from throughout the world attending.

Exon speaks frequently at the national, state and local level regarding dispute resolution and ethical topics, and has numerous published papers and articles. Her current research relates to mediation issues concerning ethics and trust in online dispute resolution.

Exon also is the faculty adviser to La Verne Law’s ADR Competition Team.

Professor Lipson Meets with Korean Delegate on Law and Video Games

November 9, 2011 – Faculty News

Professor Ashley Lipson, an international expert on video game law and co-author of the only case study textbook on the topic, was invited by the Eisenhower Fellowships Foundation to meet with a delegate from Korea wanting to learn more about the subject.

Lipson met with Kyong-Sok Chong, a lawyer and entertainment law expert in his country, to compare the laws pertaining to intellectual property and freedom of expression for their respective nations and the world.

“Video games are contributing to the globalization of open speech and ideas, particularly the Massive Multiplayr Online games, which know no boundaries,” Lipson said.

Because of Chong’s interest in educational video-gaming, Lipson gave him copies of his Objection! video game series, which is approved for MCLE credits, and his book, “Computer and Video Game Law,” which he co-authored with Robert Brain of Loyola Law School. Lipson said Korea apparently does not have mandatory legal education for its attorneys.

Chong was one of 17 Eisenhower fellows to visit the U.S. this fall from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia and China as part of the Northeast Asian Regional Program. He plans to speak at La Verne Law next year when he is scheduled to return to the United States.

Professor Spreads the Word about Conditions in Afghanistan

November 7, 2011 – Faculty News

La Verne Law adjunct professor Mariam Atash Nawabi, an international authority on her native country of Afghanistan, recently participated in events designed to educate and inform the public on issues related to ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

She was interviewed recently as an expert source for radio station KPFK’s “Middle East in Focus” program with Don Bustany. Click here to listen to the program.

In other news, Atash brought key experts together in Orange County for a roundtable discussion addressing the needs and challenges of education in the midst of the Taliban and foreign forces. Speakers included Farzana Ebrahimi, an Afghan woman whose nonprofit provides literacy and vocational training for women; Mike Whipple, a board member for International Orphan Care; Tad Heitmann, a board member of the Afghan Amity Society; Sadiq Tawfiq, founder of the Afghan Amity Society; and Diane McGlinchey, president of the Orange County Chapter of American Women for International Understanding.

The discussion, “Perspectives from Kandahar: Challenges in Promoting Education Amidst the Taliban and Foreign Forces,” was hosted Oct. 30 at the Khyber Pass Gallery in Laguna Beach. Topics included the need for education to help Afghan society combat threats of terrorism and extremism, and the obstacles inherent in that goal.

Ebrahimi, whose mother and sister in 2008 were victims of an internationally published acid attack by the Taliban, explained the need for anonymity to ensure the safety of people taking part in here literacy and vocational training program for women. Her nonprofit operates out of an undisclosed location in Kandahar so as not to increase the risk of attacks against women taking part in its programs.

Atash and others discussed the importance of providing education to Afghan residents in order to fight corruption and avoid further conflict.

Ebrahimi said that despite civilian casualties, most citizens of Kandahar still support the presence of American troops in training the Afghan National Army and National Police.

Others expressed the need to allocate funds to efforts other than military spending as the gradual withdraw of the troops takes place.

Atash teaches Law in Post Conflict Societies and Law of Nonprofit Organizations at La Verne Law. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nooristan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes education in rural areas of Afghanistan and is a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a State Department supported effort to connect American and Afghan women leaders.

La Verne Law Welcomes Jodi Wood Jewell

September 27, 2011 – Faculty News

La Verne Law is pleased to welcome Jodi Wood Jewell as an Assistant Professor of Law, teaching and writing in the area of Legal Analysis and Writing.

She came to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where she taught Legal Analysis.  She has taught at Utah Valley State University, Western State University College of Law, and at California State University, Fullerton.

While at Cal State Fullerton, she was the recipient of a community engagement grant for her work in incorporating experiential learning through teaming up with non-profit organizations.  She has lectured in the Southern California area on the impact of free speech on workplace dress codes and is known for her unique philosophy of enhancing critical thinking skills in her students through classroom interaction.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Jon A. Baumunk joins La Verne Law team

August 1, 2011 – Faculty News

La Verne Law is pleased to welcome Jon A. Baumunk as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Interim Director of Academic and Bar Support.

Professor Baumunk comes to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where he directed the bar preparation and academic support programs as Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services. Previously, he taught and directed the bar preparation program at California Western School of Law as an adjunct professor and Director of Bar Programs, and taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law as an adjunct professor and bar preparation tutor. Prior to his work in academia, Professor Baumunk practiced business and insurance law in Las Vegas.

Professor Baumunk earned his law degree from California Western School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he graduated cum laude.

Before entering the legal profession, Professor Baumunk was an investment analyst and portfolio manager at a state pension fund, a mutual fund, a bank, and the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. He is originally from Princeton, New Jersey.

Campus News

La Verne Law announces Initiative for Excellence

The University of La Verne College of Law is proud to announce the Initiative for Excellence, an ongoing campaign dedicated to enhancing the prominence of the law school through scholarships, faculty support, high-profile symposia, student competitions and community service.

Launched last year with a $100,000 pledge from the well respected and highly successful attorney Tom Girardi, who is also a member of La Verne Law’s Board of Visitors, the fund now has more than $290,000 in cash and pledges available to support causes that enhance the law school’s reputation. Scholarship and faculty support, academic and professional symposia, moot court and trial advocacy assistance, and enhanced community service are among the initiative’s primary areas of focus.

Having recently celebrated our 40th Anniversary, La Verne Law can look back and reflect with pride on how it has grown. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of La Verne Law. Please join us by making a donation today. Your gift will not only help students of the future, it increases the value of your own diploma when La Verne Law shines more brightly.

Please click here and give to the future of La Verne Law today!

Professor Lipson presents video game law lecture at University of San Francisco

Professor Ashley Lipson presented  video game Law lecture at the University of San Francisco Law School, on April 14.  The lecture, “From Pong To Kong To Court,” opened with a legal history of video games and continued through legal cases that are currently pending.  A major topic of discussion involved the case before the U.S. Supreme Court now awaiting decision, Schwarzenegger v. The Entertainment Software Association (Appeal from 556 F.3d 950, 9th Circuit).  This appeal from the decision of the 9th Circuit striking down California’s latest attempt to regulate sexually explicit and violent video games promises to be a landmark case regarding the First Amendment and its impact on video games. Professor Lipson predicted that the 9th Circuit’s decision will be affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Congratulations to ABA Representation in Mediation Teams

Two La Verne Law teams competed in the ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition held at Pepperdine.  The teams were comprised of Peter Boyles and Anthony DiBenedetto, and Matthew Levesque and Karina Tarapore, both coached by Professor Malagrino and Professor Exon. Team Boyles/DiBenedetto finished in sixth place overall, securely in the top half of the competitors. Student teams played the role of attorney and client engaged in a mock mediation.  The teams were judged on their ability to work together, their communication skills, problem solving, creativity, self-assessments, and use of the mediator to help them negotiate.

Professor Roark to present on “The Property and Process of Sacred Space” at UNLV Humanities and the Law Conference

At the 14th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on March 11-12, Assistant Professor of Law Marc Roark will present his research on the role of memory and identity (or sacredness) in shaping legal understandings of place.  Professor Roark’s research focuses on how sacred places are protected by the law (and outside the law) using combinations of processed consensus, demarketizing of property, and localized protectionism.

Professor Doskow presents talks for MCLE credit at local bar associations

Professor Charles Doskow recently presented three talks for MCLE credit at local bar associations.  On December 3, he addressed the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association in Alhambra on Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession.  He spoke on Ethics to the  Eastern Bar Association at Covina on January20, and appeared as part of a panel on Ethics at the Riverside County Bar Association on January 28.

La Verne BLSA Moot Court team advances to Nationals in Houston

Third year law students Rebecca Soroka and Tom Cordova-Caddes advanced to the national BLSA Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition in Houston after their great performance February 19-20 at the regional competition in Las Vegas. After defeating UCLA in the semifinals, LaVerne Law was awarded the first runner up trophy when Stanford prevailed by one vote on a panel of nine judges in the finals. The team continues to prepare for the nationals, which will take place March 9-13 in Houston.

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb to serve as panelist for the Opening Colloquium: Feminist Readings of Law: Feminist Writing in Law

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb has been invited to serve as a responsive panelist for the Opening Colloquium: Feminist Readings of Law: Feminist Writing in Law. The Colloquium will be held at the Conference “Opening the Lens: Re-Visions in Legal Writing Teaching, Theory, & Practice, the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference” at Mercer Law School on April 15-16, 2011 (http://www.law.mercer.edu/selwc).  The Colloquium focuses on feminist and critical theory and features Professor Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory Law School. Professor Fineman is internationally known as a law and society scholar and expert in feminist jurisprudence. The responsive panel discussion in a workshop setting will provide an impressive range of perspectives and responses to questions about blending critical theory with our professional lives.


La Verne Law Professors Klein & Chaney Present Papers at the Society of American Law Teachers Conference

Professors Diane Klein and Megan Chaney represented La Verne Law at the Society of American Law Teachers Bi-Annual Conference, held at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law on December 10-11, 2010. Professor Klein, currently visiting at Stetson University College of Law, presented on a panel on “Teaching Race and Sexuality, ” and addressed the desire and resistance to teach and talk about race and sexuality in law school doctrinal and skills courses. Assistant Professor Chaney presented on a panel on “Law Professors as Change Agents: Teaching, Assessment, and Systemic Reform, where she discussed the challenges of incorporating new methods of teaching and assessment in law school courses.

University of La Verne Law Review congratulates the following students who joined Volume 32 as Staff Editors!

Leonard Chang
James Dickinson
Heather Dwyer
Malalai Farooqi
John Paul Fickes
Steven Graham
Elaine Guthormsen
Elizabeth Jacobs
Angela Lee
Kjeld Lindsted
Nora Manning
Daniela Oliva
Rebecca Onaitis
Emily Richards
Christina Rosier
Ryan Shores
Tim (Zach) Smith
Diana Vargas
Robert Wiegand
Yue Zhang

Congratulations to La Verne Law’s 2010 – 2011 National Moot Court Competition Teams!

Please join in congratulating the following students who have been selected to represent La Verne at national moot court competitions this year.

 

Kyle Stewart and Alex Lester will compete at the University of San Diego School of Law National Criminal Procedure Tournament in late October and November, 2010.  The team’s faculty advisors are Professor Kevin Rogan and Professor Megan Chaney, with assistance from Professor Dean McVay and Professor Lisa Rogan.

Angela Dailey and Evan Merat will compete at the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, sponsored by American University Washington College of Law in October, 2010.  The team’s faculty advisor is Professor Charles Doskow.

Jonathan Tigeri and Edward Dailo will compete at the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in October, 2010.  The team’s faculty advisor is Professor Dean McVay.

Rebecca Soroka and Tom Cordova-Caddes will compete at the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC), sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) in February, 2011.  The team’s faculty advisor is Professor Dylan Malagrino.

Ruben Newell and Joshua Edmondson will compete at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Moot Court Competition in March, 2011.  The team’s faculty advisor is Professor Kathy Luttrell Garcia.

Each of these wonderfully talented applicants should be proud of his or her accomplishments.

The Student Bar Association Barrister’s Ball

The Student Bar Association held its annual Barrister’s Ball on March 27, 2010.  Michael Mapes, 1L, Kelly Matney, 2L, and Ayinde Jones, part time 3L received the Student of Merit Award, an award recognizing exceptional involvement in school or in the community.  Award recipients were selected by La Verne Law students.

The Student of Distinction Award for graduating students was awarded to 3Ls Elaine Le, Jimmy Nguyen, and Mae-Elaine Ednalaga for their accomplishments during their years in attendance at the College of Law.

This year’s Professor of the Year Award winner was Professor Dylan Malagrinò.  Students nominated their choice for most deserving professor. Malagrinò was recognized for his effective teaching style, his interaction with and accessibility to students, and for his leadership role in extracurricular activities such as coaching Moot Court Honors and the Criminal Law Society traveling team.

Faculty News

Professor Charles Doskow Talks About the Decision to Overturn Proposition 8.

Professor Charles Doskow was recently interviewed by 5minutebriefs.com about the decision to overturn Proposition 8.  He provides an analysis of the court’s decision to overturn California Prop 8 and his perspective on what might be next in the appeals process.  Click here to see the interview. To read the interview transcript, click here.

Professor Charles Doskow wrote “Free Speech Remains Free, No Matter How Unpopular the Message” in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on August 26, 2010.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held a statute penalizing specific false speech.  In the Alvarez case a baseless claim to be a recipient of the Medal of Honor, violated free speech principles.  The case is consistent with Supreme Court doctrine and other precedent protecting unpopular or offensive speech from punishment.

Professor Roark joins Group of Concerned Law Professors Statement to Congress on State Consumer Protection Laws.

Assistant Professor Marc L. Roark joined with a group of thirty-four Commercial law and Consumer Protection Professors across the nation urging Congress to relent federal preemption where states create more onerous protection for consumers.  As Roark says: “The problem is that Federal Agencies in the past have used federal preemption to block state efforts to create higher standards of commercial conduct when consumers are involved. This letter asks Congress to specifically act and allow states to protect consumers by creating even more heightened consumer protection legislation than the various federal consumer laws provide for.” You can download a copy of the letter here. (PDF)

Assistant Professor of Law, Marc Roark has published in volume 42 of the UCC Law Journal Fixtures and Encumbrances: The Real Property Interests in Article 9.

Assistant Professor of Law, Marc Roark has published in volume 42 of the UCC Law Journal Fixtures and Encumbrances: The Real Property Interests in Article 9. In the article, Professor Roark describes the tensions of definitions in the Uniform Commercial Code that do not actually define, but rather look to state law to define.  Professor Roark describes the definitions then as narrations of the themes surrounding the legal concepts of fixtures and encumbrances.  Professor Roark’s other work on fixtures will be forthcoming this Spring in Volume 75 of the Cincinnati Law Review, titled Groping Along Between Things Real and Things Personal.

Director of Legal Analysis and Writing and Assistant Professor of Law,
Teri McMurtry-Chubb
published her newest article, “Writing at the Master’s Table: Reflections on Theft, Criminality and Otherness in the Legal Writing Profession”

Director of Legal Analysis and Writing and Assistant Professor of Law,
Teri McMurtry-Chubb published her newest article, “Writing at the Master’s Table: Reflections on Theft, Criminality and Otherness in the Legal Writing Profession” and is now available in the online version of the Drexel Law Review (Fall 2009).  The article discusses possible causes, problems and solutions concerning the low numbers of legal writing professors of color.
The article is the first to address this topic in legal writing scholarship.