Winter 2014

Professor Keith Hall was a panelist on LPB’s Louisiana Public Square for a discussion on “Energy’s Environmental Footprint.”  The segment aired February 26.

A biographer of U.S. President Millard Fillmore, Visiting Professor Paul Finkelman appeared on the February 16 airing of CBS Sunday Morning in the segment, “Millard Fillmore: A Presidential Portrait”.  Professor Finkelman was also interviewed for the Buffalo News story, “What to do with Millard Fillmore’s dark, odd, quirky legacy.

Professor Finkelman was recently quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “Washington County case inspired nation’s first fugitive slave law.”

On January 31, Professor Finkelman gave a presentation, “Baseball: Rule of Law,” at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York.  Watch Professor Finkelman recall his involvement on the ownership issue of Barry Bonds’ record setting 73rd home run ball.

Professor Ken Levy’s article, Why Retributivism Needs Consequentialism: The Rightful Place of Revenge in the Criminal Justice System, will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Rutgers Law Review.

On February 3, 2014, Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Katherine Macfarlane presented “Understanding Stop-and-Frisk Litigation in the Second Circuit” at the University of Michigan Law School.  The event was hosted by the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.

Professor Macfarlane’s December 26, 2013 essay, “New York City’s Stop-And-Frisk Appeals Are Still Alive,” published in Brooklyn Practicum, was cited in a Second Circuit brief filed by New York City police unions on February 7. The unions oppose the City of New York’s recent motion to remand the stop-and-frisk cases to the SDNY.

On February 8, Professor Macfarlane served as a presenter at the LSU Women’s Leadership Symposium, addressing workplace gender issues.

Professor Philip Hackney was recently quoted in The Hill article, “Lawmakers: Sack NFL’s tax break.”

On January 29, Visiting Professor Paul Finkelman presented “How a Railroad Lawyer Became the Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation, and Spielberg’s Movie,” at St. Bonaventure University.  Finkelman discussed the evolution of Lincoln’s thinking on freedom and the changing constitutional understandings during the Civil War.  He also explained why the central moment of the Civil War and American history since the Revolutionary Period was the Emancipation Proclamation, and not the debate over the Thirteenth Amendment, as portrayed in the movie “Lincoln.”

Vice Chancellor Raymond Diamond was recently quoted in The Advocate article, “Louisiana Supreme Court upholds two statutes in gun law challenge.”

Professor Christina Sautter has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.

On January 23, Professor Philip Hackney attended a mini-conference sponsored by the NYU School of Law National Center on Philanthropy and the Law with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and at the request of Independent Sector.  The mini-conference was arranged to discuss the topic of “Fraud on Charities: Analysis and Prevention.”

On January 14, 2014, the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog featured Professor Kevin Bennardo’s commentary on the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s recent proposal to amend the Drug Quantity Table in the federal sentencing guidelines.

Professor Michael Coenen presented a draft of his article, Spillover Across Remedies, at the Remedies Section’s “New Voices in Public Remedies” panel at the recent AALS meeting.

Professor Edward Richards is the Chair of the AALS Administrative Law Section.  He continues to run the administrative law teachers discussion list.

Professor Christopher Tyson participated as a panelist for “Suburbs in Flux: Perspectives from Property and Real Estate Law, jointly offered by the Property Section and the Real Estate Transactions section at the recent AALS conference.  Professor Tyson spoke about hiswork on municipal boundaries  and their implications for metropolitan governance and development.

On February 28th Professor Tyson will participate in a symposium entitled “Under Pressure:  Fiscal and Regional Difficulties Facing Local Governments” at Willamette Law School in Salem, Oregon.  He will present his developing scholarship on municipal bankruptcy.