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Members of the Albany Law School faculty have been incredibly active over the past few months, engaging in cutting-edge legal scholarship, utilizing and exploring effective teaching methods, and performing important public services to the broader community.
Full Report: Albany Law School Faculty Achievements, Winter 2016
In the five months from early September to early February, Albany Law's faculty has published four books, published 14 law review or journal articles, published an astounding 30 other legal writings, delivered 67 presentations on law, published four national and local op-eds, published dozens of blog posts on legal matters, and granted numerous interviews to news media. Faculty members have also continued to lead important projects and collaborations with the University at Albany.
Professor Christian Sundquist, Director of Faculty Research and Scholarship, compiled these achievements for a report that was recently issued to the campus community.
Among the highlights:
President & Dean Alicia Ouellette co-authored an important empirical article in the journal
Academic Medicine, entitled "U.S. Medical School's Compliance With the Americans with Disabilities Act: Findings From a National Study" (January 2016). She also recently published a book chapter titled "Disability and Human Rights" in the book
DISABILITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH.
Professor Pam Armstrong co-presented (along with Prof. Ray Brescia) a Gathii Faculty Workshop on "Learning to Use Panopto" on February 17.
Professor Ira Bloom's co-authored report on a new trust code for New York State was recently submitted to the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The final report, which exceeds 300 pages,
can be found here. He is also in the process of preparing 2016 supplements for his two national co-authored casebooks:
FUNDAMENTALS OF TRUSTS AND ESTATES and
FEDERAL TAXATION OF ESTATES, TRUSTS, AND GIFTS.
Professor Vin Bonventre's influential blog, New York Court Watcher, recently had over 10,500 pageviews in a single month. He also wrote an editor's foreword for a special annual issue of the Albany Law Review, and provided commentary to several news outlets on the New York State Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver corruption trials, and other issues.
-- Professor Melissa Breger was invited to join the editorial advisory board for a new journal being launched through Addleton Academic Publishers entitled
Sociology and Social Work. As for her work, Professor Breger's article "Healing Trafficked Children: A Domestic Family Law Approach to an International Epidemic" is in the process of sub-editing with the West Virginia Law Review and will be published in May. She was also asked to write a chapter in a book entitled
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Lawyers & Judges Publishing, forthcoming 2016). A 2015-16 cumulative supplement of her co-authored book (NEW YORK LAW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) was published in December 2015 by Thomson-West-Reuters.
-- Professor Ray Brescia is in the process of publishing the article
"Regulating the Sharing Economy: New and Old Insights into an Oversight Regime for the Peer-to-Peer Economy," forthcoming in the
Nebraska Law Review. He is also weighing offers from flagship law reviews for two other articles: "Uber for Lawyers: The Transformative Potential of a Sharing Economy Approach to the Delivery of Legal Services" and "What We Know and Need to Know About Disruptive Innovation."
Professor Stephen Clark's article, "Conflicts Originalism: The 'Original Content' of the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the Compulsory Choice of Marriage Law," was published in the
West Virginia Law Review. He will be presenting his ideas on "Conflicts Originalism" during a presentation at Suffolk Law School as a visiting scholar this March.
-- Professor Pat Connors returned to Albany Law School following his fall semester visit to Touro Law Center. He recently published the 2016 Supplement to
Siegel's New York Practice and
McKinney's Practice Commentaries to: CPLR Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates; CPLR Article 23, Subpoenas, CPLR Oaths and Affirmations; CPLR Article 30, Remedies and Pleadings and CPLR Article 31: Disclosure. Professor Connors also made seven presentations to the bench and bar, and his work was cited in several cases.
-- Professor Danshera Cords is still at the University of Pittsburg, School of Law as part of a two-year visitorship. She is publishing an article entitled "Surviving Poverty in a Post-Welfare Reform America" in the
ABA Tax Times.
-- Professor Stephen Gottlieb's latest book,
UNFIT FOR DEMOCRACY: THE ROBERTS COURT AND THE BREAKDOWN OF AMERICAN POLITICS, was published in January by NYU Press. He was interviewed concerning the book by WAMC's Alan Chartock during a special event at the law school on January 26, which aired February 11. Professor Gottlieb promoted the book in several other interviews and appearances, and continued to provide weekly commentaries heard on WAMC.
-- Dean Antony Haynes was appointed as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Information Systems and was interviewed for the
Business Review article "Albany Law developing academic programs to attract non-JD students." He was also featured in the
Business Review's "On the Move" section, both online and in print.
-- Professor Peter Halewood was a co-recipient of two recent UAlbany-Albany Law School Collaborative Venture Fund projects, was critical in launching a new LL.M. in Health and Human Rights, and is organizing "The Politics of Difference" conference with his UAlbany counterpart, scheduled to take place April 8 and 9 at the law school. He also served as the lead at Albany Law on the $1.6 million USAID grant recently obtained by the UAlbany Global Institute of Health and Human Rights to provide human rights training in the Middle East.
-- Professor Robert Heverly convened a panel of scholars and government officials that examined the law of data breaches at the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting in January. He also testified at the invitation of the NYS Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions and the NYS Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry at a hearing focused on "Providing Affordable and High Quality Cable, Broadband, and Telephone Service" in January. Professor Heverly will be presenting his scholarship as a visiting scholar with the Touro College of Law this spring, and will be delivering the same talk, "We, Cyborg: Law, Policy and Human Augmentation," for Yale Law School's Information Society Project this March.
-- Professor Keith Hirokawa will be publishing a paperback edition of his book,
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND CONTRASTING IDEAS OF NATURE. A chapter from his other book,
RETHINKING SUSTAINABILITY, will be published in the February 2016 issue of the
Environmental Law Reporter.
Michael Hutter has an article forthcoming in the winter 2015 issue of the
Government Law & Policy Journal entitled "Executive Branch — Need to Ensure Stability and Legitimacy in Issues of Succession." He authored three recent columns in the
New York Law Journal and published a chapter in the
New York Civil Litigation Handbook. Professor Hutter also provided presentations and updates on the law at a variety of venues, and actively serves as a member of the Commission on Judicial Nomination, which was involved in the selection of nominees for the position of Chief Judge and Associate Judge on the New York State Court of Appeals.
-- Professor Mary Lynch presented (along with Dean Rosemary Queenan) at the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, Building on the Foundations for Practice in Denver, Colorado. Her blog, "Best Practices for Legal Education," again earned a spot in the ABA Journal's Blawg 100, an annual list of the top blogs for a legal audience. And Professor Lynch's co-authored article, "Incentivizing and Assessing Faculty Committee Work: Why Now?" was recently submitted to the
Journal of Legal Education for publication.
Professor Nancy Maurer presented at a Gathii Faculty Workshop on issues of formative assessment and student learning, and led multiple alumni focus groups on various topics. The third edition of her co-edited book,
LEARNING FROM PRACTICE: A TEXT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEGAL EDUCATION, is now available from West Academic Publishing.
-- Professor David Pratt, along with Professor Gottlieb, was a co-recipient of a UAlbany-Albany Law School Collaborative Venture Fund grant for their multifaceted project on legal history. Professor Pratt has published a book update to
FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION OF RETIREMENT PLANS (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender) and has several articles under his belt, including "Focus On… Department of Labor Guidance for States Seeking to Expand Retirement Plan Coverage," forthcoming in the
Journal of Pension Benefits. He delivered remarks on "The Future of Work" as an invited panelist at the U.S. Department of Labor Symposium in Washington, D.C. in December.
-- Dean Rosemary Queenan presented (along with Professor Lynch) "How an Inclusive Strategic Planning Process Leads to Faculty Adoption of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes" at the 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, Building on the Foundations for Practice in Denver, Colorado. In January, she was selected to serve as a member of the AALS Student Services Executive Committee for a two-year term.
-- Professor Sarah Rogerson was appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks to a statewide Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. In January, she published an op-ed entitled "Consider Children When Designing Immigration System" in the Times Union. She made several presentations, including at an event that she organized, which involved a documentary viewing, panel discussion and CLE program entitled, "Immigrant Children & Family Courts in New York State: Challenges and Avenues for Relief" at the law school.
-- Professor Christian Sundquist published an op-ed entitled "Despite Dark History of Exclusion, Laws Demand US Accept Refugees" in the
National Law Journal in November. He assisted Professor Halewood and others in obtaining a UAlbany-Albany Law School Collaborative Venture Fund grant for a project titled "The Politics of Difference and the Threshold of Law: A Collaborative Conference in Law and the Humanities." Professor Sundquist served as the moderator for an event entitled "Bridging the Gap: Police and Community Relations" at Albany Law School. He co-organized and participated in a panel on "The New Lochnerism" at the annual LatCrit conference, hosted by the University of California-Irvine, School of Law, on October 2.
Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's article, "Bartering for a Compatible Kidney Using Your Incompatible, Live Kidney Donor: Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Kidney Chains," is slated for publication in the nation's leading health law journal, the American Journal of Law and Medicine. She presented on her work at various CLEs and events, including at the annual conference of the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH) in Houston. In early February, Professor Tenenbaum participated in a press conference advocating for aid in dying legislation at the New York State Legislature.
Professor Donna Young was appointed to the American Association of University Professors' Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and hosted the NYS AAUP annual fall meeting at the law school in October. She was recently selected to be Guest Editor of the November–December 2016 issue of
Academe, which will focus on issues of race in higher education. Professor Young participated in many events, including as a panelist during a BLSA/LALSA-sponsored event at the law school titled "Bridging the Gap: Police and Community Relations."