The Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter has awarded University of La Verne College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow the 2011 Erwin Chemerinsky Defender of the Constitution Award.
Doskow, a longtime professor and advocate for the legal profession, has had a tremendous impact on law in Southern California as both an educator and a practicing attorney. He began teaching at La Verne Law in 1979, served as dean from 1980 to 1985, and continues to instruct students today on Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter, as well as the San Bernardino County and Western San Bernardino County bar associations.
Doskow is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the media, has many published articles to his name, and speaks regularly at law association events and gatherings. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin. He also holds his LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.
“I am particularly pleased with this award because it represents in part the relationship between University of La Verne College of Law and the Federal Bar Association,” Doskow said at the 11th Annual Constitutional Law Forum held May 17 at the Mission Inn in Riverside. As the first academic to receive the award, Doskow reflected on the importance of law schools in furthering the institution of law.
“When I was first notified of this award, I thought it was enough that my name was mentioned with Erwin Chemerinsky,” Doskow said. “That was enough.”
Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, returned the praise. “I’ve known Prof. Doskow for a long time,” he said. “He does so much to motivate students, and I am flattered to have my name associated with him.”
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law John Linarelli was recently appointed Chair of the American Society of International Law’s International Legal Theory Interest Group.
The International Legal Theory Interest Group gives members an opportunity to exchange and develop ideas on theoretical issues in the fields of international law and international relations, and to stimulate a discussion of these issues within the legal academic community, with scholars from non-legal disciplines, among policymakers and members of the general public.
Linarelli has also co-edited a new book, Global Justice and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Prospects (ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory), due for release in the fall by Cambridge University Press. The book reflects the results of an ASIL symposium co-chaired by Linarelli, which brought together philosophers, legal scholars, and economists to discuss the problems of understanding international economic law from the standpoints of rights and justice, in particular from the standpoint of distributive justice.
Professor Ashley Lipson has recently published his latest book, Mathematics, Physics and Finance for Lawyers, released by Carolina Academic Press. The first pedagogical casebook to combine the subjects of math, physics, finance and law, this treatise is predicated on the notion that lawyers are ill-prepared to face a world dominated by numbers, which can often be misrepresented and distorted. Nearly every chapter of this book provides information that all lawyers must possess. The topics may appear complex, but the explanations are elementary and, at times, entertaining.
Professor Susan Nauss Exon spoke at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in Denver. On April 13, as co-chair of the Ethics Committee for the Section, she made a presentation to the International Committee’s forum in an effort to begin collaborative efforts between the two committees. Then on April 14, she was part of a panel that presented the topic Virtual Virtues: Wrestling with Online Dispute Resolution Ethics.
Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing Program at La Verne Law, was recently elected to the Board of the Directors for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). ALWD is the national organization for all legal writing directors. It publishes the Journal of Legal Communications & Rhetoric and is also known for the ALWD Manual: A Professional System of Citation.