Faculty Achievements 2008

December 2008

Professor Vincent Bonventre authored the article "Court of the Utmost Import" in Newsday on Dec. 14. 

Professor Patrick Connors presented a program titled "Recent Developments in New York Ethics" to the Chaminade High School Alumni Lawyers Association in Mineola, N.Y., on Dec. 11.

Professor Raymond H. Brescia authored the article "Batten Down Against Foreclosures" in the Albany Times Union on Dec. 8. 

November 2008

Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology Sheldon W. Halpern spoke on "Trade Mark Traffic: Property Rights, Trade Marks and Publicity Rights" as the Hirschel Smith Lecturer for the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute at the University of London on Nov. 27.

Professor Christian Sundquist authored the article "The Meaning of Race in the DNA Era: Science, History and the Law" in the Temple Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Law (Fall 2008).

Professor Patrick Connors presented a program titled "Recent Update on Disclosure" to the New York State Appellate Division and Supreme Court Justices and Law Clerks on Nov. 20. He also presented a program on "Ethical Issues for Bankruptcy Attorneys" at the Annual Meeting of the Capital Region & Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Associations in Cooperstown on Nov. 14.

Assoc. Dean Patricia E. Salkin facilitated the opening session of the 2008 Backyards & Beyond Education Conference for Firewise Communities in Tampa, Fl. The session, entitled "Responsibility in the Real World," examined issues of responsibility and action in preventing wildland/urban interface disasters through the use of planning, zoning and intermunicipal cooperation.

Also in November, Dean Salkin spoke on "Wind Development: Ethics, Government and the Attorney General's Code of Conduct for Wind Developers" at the Environmental Breakfast Series at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.

October 2008

President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy Paul Finkelman delivered the keynote address, "'I Need Kentucky': President Lincoln and the Necessary Conditions for Emancipation," at an academic conference titled "Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis: Two Visions of America," held by The Filson Institute in Louisville, Ky on Oct. 18. He presented "The Emancipation Proclamation as War Measure" at the 11th Civil War Symposium & Reenactment, held by the National Archives and Records Administration - Great Lakes Region in Chicago on Oct. 24. Professor Finkelman also co-edited The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia (CQ Press 2008) and authored the essay "James Madison and the Bill of Rights: A Reluctant Paternity," which was reprinted in the International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought Series: James Madison (Ashgate 2008).

Professor Patrick M. Connors was appointed as a Reporter for the New York State Bar Association's Special Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Committee, comprised of twenty lawyers and judges throughout New York State, is charged with reviewing the new ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct and providing recommendations on whether it should be adopted in New York.

Professor Connors also presented a program entitled "Recent Developments in Ethics" for the Judges of the New York State Court of Appeals and the Justices of the Appellate Division at the annual Appellate Judges Seminar held October 24 through 26 in Rye Brook, N.Y. He also presented a CPLR Update with Professor David D. Siegel at the Seminar.

Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professsor of Law Patricia Salkin was named to the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Global Warming, which will identify specific areas of legal reform needed to combat global warming with an eye toward educating policy-makers and the broader public about its far-reaching effects. Also in October, Associate Dean Salkin delivered a presentation on ethical considerations in land use planning and zoning for the Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association in Canandaigua, N.Y. She also spoke on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act for the Capital District Humanist Society in Albany, and on Climate Change and Community Development for the Union College Adult Lifelong Learning Program.

Professor Christian Sundquist was a member of the planning committee for the Junior Faculty Development Workshops at the 2008 LatCrit Annual Conference, which was held at the Seattle University School of Law.

September 2008

Professor Patrick M. Connors authored an article in the New York Law Journal on Sept. 15 called "Issues Remain for Lawyers Not Complying with Part 1215," which looks at various issues faced by lawyers who fail to comply with New York's Letter of Engagement Rule. He also authored an article in the Journal's Special Section "Court of Appeals-The Year in Review" on Sept. 2. The article, entitled "Court Was Rich with CPLR and Practice Questions," explores recent developments in New York civil procedure from the Court's 2007-08 term.  On Sept. 24, Professor Connors presented a lecture on developments in disclosure to the Judges of the New York Court of Claims at their Annual Update Program in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Professor Annette Kahler presented "Women in Nanotechnology" at the NanoBiotech 2008 conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., on Sept. 15. She was also named for the second year as a Severino Fellow at the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship at the Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

August 2008

Professor Raymond H. Brescia conducted continuing legal education programs across New York state throughout the summer. Four separate programs were held in New York City, Kingston, Saratoga Springs and Catskill, training legal services attorneys and their volunteer attorney counterparts in the legal ethics issues they face in their representation of low-income clients. 

Professor Patrick Connors moderated a panel on the future of New York's thoroughbred racing franchise at the Government Law Center's Institute on Racing and Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 5 and presented his annual Ethics Update to over 130 attendees at Albany Law School's CLE in Saratoga Seminar Series on Aug. 8.

Professor Timothy Lytton authored the following articles: "Using Tort Litigation to Enhance Regulatory Policy Making: Evaluating Climate-Change Litigation in Light of Lessons from Gun-Industry and Clergy-Sexual-Abuse Lawsuits," 86 Texas Law Review 1837 (2008) and "Exposing Secrets of the Catholic Church: How Civil Lawsuits Brought the Sex Abuse Scandal to Light," American Sexuality Magazine, Aug. 2008.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented "Law and Bioethics, an Introduction," at the Union/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Program in Bioethics Proseminar on Aug. 6.

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin served as editor for Ethical Standards in the Public Sector, Second edition (American Bar Association Press, August 2008) and 2008 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson-West 2008).

July 2008

President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy Paul Finkelman opened the third week of a teachers' institute held at Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., with a discussion and lecture on abolitionism and the Underground Railroad on July 28.

Professor Peter Halewood presented a paper and chaired a panel on torture and international law at the Research Committee in the Sociology of Law Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy, on July 12.

Professor Timothy Lytton published the book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual (Harvard U. Press 2008). He also spoke the book on the Capital District Forum, WQAR Radio, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; at the Annual Conference of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Chicago, Ill., on July 13; and at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Philadelphia, Penn., on July 14.

Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professsor of Law Patricia Salkin and GLC Staff Attorney Amy Lavine co-authored an article entitled, "Understanding Community Benefits Agreements" in the July issue of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.

Professor Laurie Shanks taught at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Ga., in July, where she lectured and gave a demonstration of the "Cross-Examination of a Snitch." 

Professor Christian Sundquist presented a paper entitled "Forensic Genetics and Contemporary ‘Race Science': Establishing the Inadmissibility of Racial DNA Probability Estimates" on a panel entitled "Law and Biomedical Technologies" at the annual conference of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law (RCSL), held at the University of Milan, Italy, in July.

Professor Donna Young presented a paper on domestic violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS among women in Uganda at the Research Committee in the Sociology of Law Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy, on July 12. She also attended the "World Congress of the International Society for Criminology" in Barcelona, Spain, from July 19-25.

June 2008

Professor Patrick Connors presented an update on recent developments in New York Civil Practice and Professional Responsibility at the Annual Summer Meeting of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association on June 28. Professor Connors and Professor David Siegel presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Onondaga County Bar Association in Syracuse on June 6.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented "Youthful Indiscretion: Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery" at the 2008 Health Law Professors Conference in Philadelphia, Penn., on June 6.

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin and GLC Staff Attorney Amy Lavine co-authored an article entitled, "The Genesis of RLUIPA and Federalism: Evaluating the Creation of a Federal Statutory Right and Its Impact on Local Government," appears in volume 40 of The Urban Lawyer at 195 (Spring 2008). They also coauthored the article entitled "Land Use Law and Active Living: Opportunities for States to Assume a Leadership Role in Promoting and Incentivizing Local Options," which was published in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy (5 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 317 (Spring 2008). 

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum presented "Should Nursing Homes Permit Intimacy and Adultery When the Nonresident Spouse Objects?" at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference in Philadelphia on June 6. She also presented "Adultery Between Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes: Intimacy for the Lonely or Deplorable Violation of Marital Vows?" at the Midwest Family Law Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on June 13.

May 2008

Professor Patrick Connors authored an article in his regular New York Practice column in the New York Law Journal entitled "The Golden Age of Personal Jurisdiction," which discusses recent developments in long-arm jurisdiction. The piece appeared on page 3 of the May 19, 2008 edition of the Law Journal.

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin and GLC Staff Attorney Amy Lavine presented a session on Community Benefit Agreements at the 2nd Annual National Environmental Justice Conference at Howard University School of Law in May. Their article, entitled "Negotiating for Social Justice and the Promise of Community Benefit Agreements: Case Studies of Current and Developing Agreements," was recently published in 17 J. Affordable Housing & Community Dev. L.113 (Fall 2007/Winter 2008). Salkin and Lavine also co-authored a short piece entitled "Courts Dismiss Cases Against Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards," in Planning Magazine at 52-53 (May 2008). This is the monthly flagship publication of the American Planning Association.

The Ninth Edition of Legal Careers in New York State Government, prepared by the Government Law Center, was just published by the New York State Bar Association. This edition was co-authored by Patricia Salkin, Amy Lavine and Michele Monforte of the Government Law Center.

April 2008

Professor Patrick Connors and Professor David Siegel presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Justices and Law Clerks of the Appellate Division, Third Department on April 11.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Practice Update to the Federation of Bar Associations of the Fourth Judicial District at its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada on April 26.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented "Decisionmaking for Children," at the Bioethics Honors Grand Rounds at Albany Medical College on April 3, and "Hernandez v. Robles and its Aftermath, Society, Security, and Civil Rights: Examining Sanctioned Discrimination Across Three Generations," at a symposium sponsored by The Justice Robert H. Jackson Lecture Series at Albany Law School on April 4.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum, with Jonathan Cohn '08, was a guest speaker on WSLR LPFM radio in Sarasota, Fla., on April 11, to discuss elderly drivers.

March 2008

Professor Patrick Connors presented a two day program on New York Civil Practice at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Missouri on March 28 and 29.

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin organized and participated in a national audio-CLE program sponsored by the American Bar Association on the subject of government ethics. The program was developed around the forthcoming second edition of her book Ethical Standards in the Public Sector, also published by the ABA. Salkin also participated in a national audio and web-based CLE program for the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. She presented a paper on ethics in land use at the Spring 2008 meeting of the American Bar Association's State & Local Government Law Section in Charleston, SC. Salkin's article, "Blogging on Land Use Law: Another Legal Research Tool in the Internet," was published in the March 2008 issue of the Zoning and Planning Law Report.

February 2008

Professor Pam Armstrong was named an editor of The Bencher, a bi-monthly publication of the American Inns of Court.

Professor Ira Bloom's 50 page article, "Powers of Appointment Under the Restatement (Third) of Property," was published by the Ohio Northern Law Review as part of its symposium issue on trusts and estates. His article, "Unifying the Rules for Wills and Revocable Trusts in the Federal Estate Tax Apportionment Arena: Suggestions for Reform," has been accepted for publication by the Miami Law Review.  Professor Bloom's revised 160 page chapter on GST taxation was published in Klipstein and Bloom, Drafting New York Wills.  He is also currently working on the preparation of the 4th edition of Drafting New York Wills for publication in 2009. Prof Bloom will be the lead author of the work, which will expanded to three volumes. 

Professor Beverly Cohen's article, "Disentangling EMTALA from Medical Malpractice:  Revising EMTALA's Screening Standard to Differentiate Between Ordinary Negligence and Discriminatory Denials of Care," is being edited for publication in the Tulane Law Review.

Professor Paul Finkelman was featured on the PBS television series, "African American Lives 2."

Professor Sheldon Halpern wrote the 2007/2008 cumulative supplement to his casebook, Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression (Carolina Academic Press, 2002).

Professor Lenese C. Herbert was a guest on "Equal Time," a news/talk show on WLUR-FM, a Washington and Lee University student-operated radio station. She discussed her contribution to the forthcoming book Race to Injustice:  Lessons Learned from the Duke University Lacrosse Players' Rape Case (Michael L. Seigel, ed.), an interdisciplinary study of the 2006 rape allegations against Duke University Lacrosse players. 

Professor Timothy Lytton presented a chapter from his upcoming book, Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse (Harvard U. Press, 2008), at the University of Oregon School of Law on February 4. The chapter was entitled "Framing Clergy Sexual Abuse as a Problem of Institutional Failure." On February 2, he presented a paper, "Using Tort Litigation to Enhance Regulatory Policymaking: Lessons from Gun Industry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuits and their Implications for Climate Change Litigation," at an environmental law symposium at the University of Texas Law School.

Professor Alicia Ouellette's article, "Growth Attenuation, Parents' Choices, and the Rights of Disabled Children," will be published in The Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy (forthcoming 2008); "Moral Reasoning in Judicial Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage" will be published in Philosophy and Sex (4th ed., forthcoming 2008); and "Lawrence v. Texas" will be published in Milestone Documents in American History (Finkelman, et al., eds., forthcoming 2008).

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin was elected to represent the Third District in the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates on February 1. She was also appointed by Town of Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham and the Town Board to serve on the Bethlehem 20/20 Advisory Committee. The mission of the 20/20 committee will be to assist the Town in making key organizational and investment decisions to ensure that it achieves its vision for 20/20.

Professor Laurie Shanks' article, "Whose Story Is It, Anyway? - Guiding Students to Client-Centered Interviewing Through Storytelling," will be published in the spring 2008 issue of the Clinical Law Review.

January 2008

Professor Melissa Breger published an article with Professor Theresa Hughes, St. John's University School of Law, in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform entitled "Advancing the Future of Family Violence Law Pedagogy: The Founding of a Law School Clinic."

Professor Patrick Connors authored an article in his regular New York Practice column in the New York Law Journal entitled "The Desert Island Disciplinary Rule," on January 23. He was also appointed to the OCA Advisory Committee on Civil Practice.

Professor Sheldon Halpern presented a seminar on intellectual property issues for the Intellectual Property Institute and Queen Mary College in London on January 4.

Professor Lenese C. Herbert completed a visiting professorship at Washington and Lee University School of Law (2007-2008).

Professor Michael Hutter was elected a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  The Fellows are an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, and law professors whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. 

Professor Mary Lynch was elected to be a member of the American Association of Law Schools Clinical Section Executive Committee at the organization's annual conference in January. She also launched a blog entitled "Best Practices for Legal Education." You can view it at: http://bestpracticeslegaled.albanylawblogs.org.

Professor Timothy Lytton was interviewed by the Boston Globe about his research on clergy sexual abuse on January 29.

Professor Alicia Ouellette was appointed professor of bioethics at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine/Union Graduate College Program in Bioethics. She was also named a co-editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics, a multi-year project to be published by the Cambridge University Press (with Laurence B. McCullough and Robert Baker).

Professor David Pratt presented "Retirement Plan Distributions" at the American Association of Law Schools Section on Employee Benefits in January.

Associate Dean Patricia Salkin was selected by the American Planning Association as one of four leading land use law professors to draft a letter to the next President of the United States about establishing an appropriate sustainable development agenda. Her letter, titled, "The Legacy of the 44th President of the United States - 2020 Vision," appears in the January 2008 issue of Planning and Environmental Law. At the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, Dean Salkin was elected as secretary of the State and Local Government Law Section.

On January 3, Dean Salkin presented the paper "The Genesis of RLUIPA and Federalism: Evaluating the Creation of a Federal Statutory Right and its Impact on Local Government" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools. The paper was coauthored by GLC Staff Attorney Amy Lavine '07. Also, Dean Salkin's article, "Women Lawyers and Home-Based Offices: What You Need to Know About Zoning," was published in the Capital District Women's Bar Association January 2008 newsletter. On January 25, Dean Salkin presented the paper "Municipal Regulation of Formula Retail: Creating and Protecting Communities" at the Case Western Reserve Law Review Symposium. The paper will be published in the spring issue of the Case Western Law Review.