Faculty Achievements 2011

Faculty Achievements 2011

December 2011

Professor Robert Heverly participated in a panel on "Social Media - It Really is Important" for the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association on Dec. 8.

Professor Alexandra Harrington presented her paper “Wave of Corruption: Corruption Law and Water Access” at the First International Conference on Water and Society held in Las Vegas from Dec. 5 to 7. She also delivered the presentation "Institutionalizing Human Rights in Latin America: The Role of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights" at the "Universal Human Rights Conference: 500th Anniversary of Antonio de Montesinos" at George Mason University on Dec. 2.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, delivered a talk on "Not in My Backyard: The Battle Between Communities and Religious Groups in the Wake of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act" for an event hosted by the Albany Law School Office of Alumni Affairs at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City on Dec. 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Professor Alicia Ouellette participated in a panel on human rights and HIV for World AIDS Day 2011 at the University at Albany School of Public Health for "A Symposium to Celebrate the Freedom of the Alaei Brothers and their Contributions to HIV and AIDS Education and Treatment" on Dec. 1.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered the lecture "America's Covenant With Death: Slavery and the Founding" at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, Pa., on Dec. 1. The lecture is the fifth in a series of five lectures on history of the Constitution being offered by the David Library this fall.

Professor Sheldon Halpern, The Honorable Harold R. Tyler Jr. Chair in Law and Technology, delivered a lecture on fair use in American copyright law as it relates to fair dealing in UK copyright law at Queen Mary University College of Law in London.

November 2011

Professor Sheldon Halpern, The Honorable Harold R. Tyler Jr. Chair in Law and Technology, gave a lecture on "The American Revolution in Libel Law and the UK Response to It: 'Libel Tourism' and Liberal Reform" at the University of Edinburgh Law School on Nov. 21.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, participated in a panel discussion on urban farming at the Saratoga Film Forum's Farm and Food Film Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Nov. 18.

Professor Anthony Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, moderated a panel on law school admissions and the LSAT for the symposium "Opening Doors: Making Diversity Matter in Law School Admissions" at St. John's University School of Law on Nov. 11.

Professor Danshera Cords delivered a presentation on Circular 230 and ethics at a New York State Bar Association CLE for real estate lawyers on Nov. 10.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, conducted the web conference "Social Media and Ethics" for the American Planning Association on Nov. 9.

Professor Elizabeth Renuart delivered the presentation "Who Owns the Note? Moving Mortgages Through the RMBS Structure" at the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Chicago on Nov. 5.

Professor Anthony Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, participated in a panel on “Keith Aoki’s Contributions to the Legal Academy” at “Exploring the American Family,” a conference of the Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and Northeast People of Color Conference, at Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, N.Y., on Nov. 5. He also delivered a presentation on racism and tenure in legal academia at the conference.

Professor Monique McLaughlin participated in a panel at the Columbia Journal of Race and Law’s annual symposium, “Show Me the Money: Race, the Debt Crisis and the Growing Wealth Gap,” on Nov. 4. Professor McLaughlin, with Adjunct Professor E. Earl Parson, discussed the concept of “Full Citizenship” and its renewed theoretical focus, exploring the question "how do we advance racial justice while addressing racial setbacks in a depressed economy environment?"

Professor Nancy Ota participated in a panel on “The Challenge of Marriage Equality for Minority Communities” at “Exploring the American Family,” a Conference of the Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and Northeast People of Color Conference, at Hofstra Law School in Hempstead, N.Y., on Nov. 4.

Professor Keith Hirokawa spoke about "Economics & Environment in Local Governance" at the 13th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit, "Economics, Ethics, and the Environment," held at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville on Nov. 3.

October 2011

Professor Danshera Cords delivered the presentation "Equitable Innocent Spouse: Is There Any Equity?" at the Central States Law Schools Association's 2011 Annual Conference at the University of Toledo College of Law in Ohio on Oct. 29.

Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen delivered a presentation on "Legal Developments in Mediation" at the Public Investor's Arbitration Bar Association to be held in Rancho Mirage, Calif., from Oct. 26 to 29. She also conducted a teleconference on "What Mediation Clients Want from their Mediators" for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution.

Professor Ira Bloom, Justice David Josiah Brewer Distinguished Professor of Law, delivered the presentation "Powers of Appointment under the Restatement (Third) of Property-A Device to Achieve Important Non-Tax Dispositive Goals: Flexibility, Control and Creditor Protection" at the Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum on Oct. 27.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum delivered her presentation "Reconciling Decision-making Theories to Protect Intimacy Among Demented Nursing Home Patients" at the symposium "Aging in the US: The Next Civil Rights Movement?," held at Temple University's Beasley School of Law on Oct. 22.

Professor Patrick Connors moderated a six member panel addressing issues arising for woman as judges, partners and associates at the New York Court of Appeals in Albany on Oct. 14. The program, sponsored by The Capital District Women’s Bar Association, was given in conjunction with the formal ceremony unveiling former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s portrait in the courthouse. Included on the panel were Kathryn Grant Madigan ’78, Janet D. Callahan ’80, Hon. Christine M. Clark ’96, Hon. Leslie Stein ’81, Hon. Karen Peters and Melanie L. Cyganowski.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, participated in a panel on "The War and its Consequences" at the sesquicentennial symposium “Civil War Causes and Consequences” to be held at UMass Amherst from Oct. 14 to 15. He also presented on “The Emancipation Proclamation – Lincoln and the End of Slavery” and "The Glorious Legacy of the Union Cause: the 14th and 15th Amendments" during group sessions at the symposium.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, participated in the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, sponsored by William & Mary Law School, in Beijing, China, from Oct. 14-15. She was on a panel entitled “Legal Protection of Property Rights: A Comparative Look,” which examined the nature of property rights under global legal systems, including the systems, processes, or methods for determining and enforcing private property rights.

Professor Alicia Ouellette participated in a panel on the top 10 legal developments in bioethics at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn., from Oct. 13-16.

Professor Melissa Breger was selected to develop training materials for and become a member of the Curriculum Development Committee for The Office of Attorneys for Children - Appellate Division Third Department.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, led two workshops, “Who, What and Why: Immigrants in the News” at St. John Fisher College and “Sustaining Immigrants’ Human Rights in the 21st Century” at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 6.

Professor Elizabeth Renuart participated in a panel on "Implications of Bevilacqua & Ibanez" at the conference "Foreclosure Fiasco: Documentation Challenges and Policy Solutions," held at Suffolk University School of Law on Oct. 14. She also participated in a panel on "Secondary Mortgage Perspectives from 'Where the Rubber Meets the Road'" at the symposium "Reforming the Secondary Mortgage Market," held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 3.

Professor Melissa Breger, Professor Benjie Louis and Professor Nancy Maurer all presented at the Clinical Law Review’s Clinical Writers’ Workshop at NYU Law School on Oct. 1.

Professor Robert Heverly participated in the inaugural conference and opening of the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

September 2011

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Judges of the Court of Claims at the Annual Court of Claims Judges’ Association Meeting in Saratoga Springs on Sept. 23.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered the presentation "Going to War to Save the Union or End Slavery? Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War" at a conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, held at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on Sept. 20.

Professor Patrick Connors and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law David Siegel presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Suffolk Academy of Law in Hauppauge, N.Y., on Sept. 20.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, delivered a presentation at John Marshall Law School's 12th Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice: 40th Anniversary of the Quiet Revolution in Zoning and Land Use Regulation on Sept. 20.

Professor Rosemary Queenan presented “Revisiting the Traditional Objective Memo: Using the First-Year Objective Memo to Teach Upper-Level Students How to Draft 'Practice-Ready' Pleadings” at the Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago on Sept. 17.

Professor Gerald Rock delivered a presentation on “Dead Poets Perspective: Teaching Students to Understand and Write about the Varying Factual Perspectives within a Case” at the 7th Biennial Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago on Sept. 16.

Professor Patrick Connors was appointed as chair to the Racing Fan Advisory Council, which will provide input and advice to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board on horse racing and wagering matters in New York state.

August 2011

Professor Patrick Connors and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law David Siegel presented a New York Civil Practice Update at Albany Law School’s CLE in Saratoga Program in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 19.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered the presentation "Civil Rights in Iowa: From Emancipated Slaves to Integrated Schools to Marriage Equality" for the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Des Moines on Aug. 19.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, will present at the "Land Use Institute: Planning, Regulation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation" for the ALI-ABA in Boston from Aug. 17 through 19.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the New York State Bar Association's Trial Lawyers Section at its Annual Summer Meeting in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Aug. 2. He also presented “Ethics for Practitioners 2011” at Albany Law School’s CLE in Saratoga Program in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 5.

July 2011

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented “Too Close to Home: When Scientists use their Own Children as Research Subjects” as part of a panel on human subjects research at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference in Hilton Head, S.C., on July 26.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered a lecture on slavery, the Constitution and Indiana at the Pendleton Community Public Library in Indiana on July 13. That day, he also conducted a CLE class at the Indiana Supreme Court in Indianapolis.

June 2011

Professor Mary Lynch, Director of the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT), delivered a presentation on "Beyond Best Practices: Integrating Cultural Competence Training in Legal Education" at the American Association of Law Schools' Annual Clinical Conference in Seattle on June 16.

Professor Bridgit Burke accepted the Clinical Legal Education Association's award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project on behalf of Albany Law School’s Civil Rights and Disability Law Clinic while attending the American Association of Law Schools' Annual Clinical Conference in Seattle.

Professor Patrick Connors moderated an ethics program entitled “Ethical Dilemmas: What Are Your Views?” for the Federal Bar Council of the Second Circuit at the Central Islip Federal Courthouse on June 13.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented “Pros and Cons of Online Teaching” at the Health Law Professors Conference at DePaul University School of Law in Chicago on June 11.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum presented “The Causation Element of Informed Consent and the Need for Change” at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference in Chicago on June 10.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, was appointed by the New York Planning Federation Board of Directors to a newly created advisory council. Professor Salkin previously served on the federation's board, she writes regular columns for its publication Planning News, and she is a frequent faculty member at training programs.

Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen delivered a presentation on "Deal Mediation" to the Association of Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered the presentation "Explaining Phillip's Constitutionalism and Disunionist Views" at a symposium on Wendell Phillips at Harvard Law School on June 3.

Professor Connie Mayer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor Mary Lynch, Director of the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT), presented on "Using Rubrics to Assess and Engage Students" at the annual Institute for Law Teaching And Learning Conference in New York City on June 3.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Onondaga County Bar Association on June 3.

Professor Melissa Breger presented at a CLE about "Domestic Violence in the Context of Effective Representation of Children" for the Appellate Division, Third Department, on June 3.

Professor Stephen Gottlieb, Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor of Law, participated in a panel on gerrymandering for the Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations on June 1.

May 2011

Professor Patrick Connors and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law David Siegel presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Albany County Bar Association on May 20. They also presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Justices and law clerks of the Appellate Division, Third Department, and the law clerks of the New York Court of Appeals on May 12, as well as a New York Civil Practice Update to the Rockland County Bar Association on May 6.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the New York City Managing Attorneys and Clerks at the law offices of Sherman & Sterling, LLP, in New York City on May 17. He also presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute (NYSTLI) in New York City on May 14. Professor Connors moderated and presented a Second Circuit Ethics CLE Program for the New York State–Federal Judicial Council Advisory Group, entitled “Ethics Update: Perspectives from the Federal and State Judiciary” on May 10 in Albany and May 11 in Syracuse. Several federal and state judges and federal magistrates participated in the program, including Hon. Randolph F. Treece '76 and Hon. Kimberly A. O’Connor '94.

Professor Donna Young was the commencement speaker for the University at Albany’s Department of Africana Studies on May 14.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, served as symposium director for The U.S. Capitol Historical Society's conference "Emancipation During the Civil War" in Washington, D.C., on May 5.

Professor Elizabeth Renuart delivered the webinar presentation "On Transferring Mortgages and Notes" to members of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association on May 4.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented “Abortion, the Law, and Clinical Decision-making” at Albany Medical College on May 4.

April 2011

Professor Rosemary Queenan presented a CLE on Administrative Decision Writing for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update to the Federation of Bar Associations of the Fourth Judicial District at its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, on April 30. The meeting was attended by Appellate and Trial Court Justices and lawyers within the 11 counties that comprise New York’s Fourth Judicial District.

Professor Elizabeth Renuart spoke at a program at the Harvard Club, New York City, titled "A Federal Reserve for the 21st Century: Maximizing Employment, Stability, and Sustainable Growth" on April 27. She addressed the roles played by the banking agencies over the last 20 years toward the degradation of consumer protections and toward supporting the reigning paradigm that disclosure is sufficient to regulate the financial markets.

Professor Alicia Ouellette presented “Body Modification, Plastic Surgery, and Teenagers” at a conference on adolescent decision-making sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Law and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on April 15.

Professor Robert Heverly participated in "Cyber Security for Smart Grids: Building a Successful Business Plan and Model," sponsored by the Tech Valley Energy Forum on April 21. He spoke on the topic of "Cyber Law for the Smart Grid" and participated as part of the panel program following the formal presentations. He also spoke about net neutrality at the Albany Law School Justice Robert H. Jackson Symposium, "Information with(out) Borders: The Intersection of International Law and Technology," on April 13.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, was appointed to the City of Albany’s Community Advisory Board on Sustainability. The advisory board will work closely with the Mayor's Office of Energy & Sustainability, established by City of Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings last year to coordinate energy conservation and efficiency initiatives among the municipal departments and to drive community wide efforts to become a more livable and sustainable city.

Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, participated in a panel on "Hip Hop Nation in the Law School Classroom" at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., on April 13.

Professor James Gathii, Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law, delivered the 2011 Brendan Brown Lecture, titled “Food Sovereignty for Poor Countries in the Global Trading System,” at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on April 12.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, spoke about slavery and the drafting of the constitution as part of the program "The Constitution and Sectional Conflict" at Rutgers University School of Law - Camden on April 12.

Professor Melissa Breger participated in a panel on "Economics, Family Law, And Vulnerable Mothers" during "Taking Stock: A Symposium Celebrating The NYS Judicial Committee On Women in the Courts" at New York University School of Law on April 5.

Professor Robert Heverly presented the paper "Breaking the Internet - International Efforts to Play the Middle Against the Ends: A Way Forward" at a luncheon sponsored by the Syracuse Law School's Communications Law Program on April 4. He also participated in the 2011 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable at Drake University Law School's Drake Intellectual Property Center in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 1 and 2.

Professor Patrick Connors and Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan presented the Report and recommendations of the New York State Bar Association's Special Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct to the Association's Executive Committee and House of Delegates on April 1 and 2. Professor Connors is the Reporter for the Special Committee and drafted the Proposed Rules and Comments, which adopt a format similar to that in the 2007 ABA Code of Judicial Conduct. After more than two years of study by the Special Committee, the Proposed Rules will now be forwarded to the courts for consideration.

Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, delivered the keynote speech "Radical Nemesis: Re-envisioning Ivan Illich's Theories on Social Institutions" at the Western New England School of Law on April 1.

March 2011

Professor David Pratt spoke on employer provided health benefits and alternatives to the current system at the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Governmental Invitational Conference in Baltimore on March 31. He also gave a presentation, via phone, on service provider fee disclosure to the Employee Benefits Committee of the Taxation Section, State Bar of Michigan on March 11.

Professor Patrick Connors presented a New York Civil Practice Update at the New York State Court of Claims Annual Law Clerks Conference held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on March 30.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, moderated a panel on "Land Use and Sustainability: From Plan to Implementation" for the Environmental Law Institute on March 30.

Professor Elizabeth Renuart addressed the New York City Bar at its program "The Residential Foreclosure Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?" on March 29. The program discussed the federal and state government's responses to the foreclosure crisis and the new policies on the horizon to address these problems.

Professor Gerald Rock delivered the presentation "The Lost Art of Letter Writing" at the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at the William Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on March 26.

Professor Robert Heverly participated in the Georgetown Journal of International Law's symposium "International Cyberlaw: Issues and Challenges" on March 21.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered a presentation in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War at the University of South Carolina School of Law on March 15.

Professor Sheldon Halpern, The Honorable Harold R. Tyler Jr. Chair in Law and Technology, delivered the presentation "An Uneasy Fit: Adapting the US Model of the Right of Publicity to UK and EU Jurisprudence" at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute at the University of London on March 10.

Professor Robert Heverly participated in the Internet Law Work-in-Progress Series at Santa Clara Law's High Tech Law Institute in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 5.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, delivered a presentation at the symposium "The Interplay Between Land Use Law and Regional Food-Sheds," held at Fordham Law School and sponsored by the Environmental Law Review and Natural Resources Defense Council, on March 4.

February 2011

Professor James Gathii, Associate Dean and Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law, presented on "The New Global Administrative Law" at the "Symposium on Global Law and its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance," held at the University of Washington School of Law on Feb. 25.

Professor Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, presented at the "Law and Sustainability Symposium: The Energy-Land Use Nexus," held at Florida State University College of Law and co-sponsored by The Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability on Feb. 25.

Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, delivered the lecture "Secession, Emancipation and Lincoln: How Slaves Became Free" at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Feb. 8.

Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen moderated "The Future of Mandatory Arbitration: A Conversation About Dodd-Frank and the Arbitration Fairness Act" for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution on Feb. 8.

January 2011

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum is now also a professor of medical education at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. She also contributed two chapters to Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation, a context and practice textbook published by Carolina Academic Press in December, as well as a contributing author of the associated teacher's manual, scheduled for publication in mid-January.

Professor Gerald Rock presented an Administrative Law Update CLE for the New York State Public Service Workshop Program on Jan. 14.

Professor Michael Hutter was elected vice president of the Albany County Bar Association on Jan. 11 for the 2011 term. He will serve as president-elect for the 2012 term, and in January 2013 he will become the organization's president for one year.