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Recent and Upcoming Faculty Professional Engagements and Publications

Carol Anderson made a day-long presentation in December to the South Carolina Bar that was videotaped in Columbia, South Carolina and fed to five other South Carolina cities by live video feed on “Updating Your Advocacy Skills.”  The course material was from her book, Anderson on Advocacy. The presentation received stellar reviews. A similar presentation to the North Carolina Bar Association was recently chosen as ”Best of the Best ” for 2004  and will be replayed on video in Cary, Charlotte & Wilmington in February. Professor Anderson is also overseeing the regionals of the National Trial Competition which is being hosted by Wake Forest School of Law during the first week in February.This competition involves the coordination of over 100 volunteer participants who serve as judges and witnesses as well as 20 teams from law schools across the country.  In addition, Professor Anderson has been actively working with the Wake Forest Trial Team to prepare them for the competition. Finally, Professor Anderson is assisting local lawyers with a focus group/mock trial for an upcoming capital case.  She and clinic student, Brad Roehrenbeck, developed a mock jury made up of Forsyth County citizens to view the evidence and gauge their reaction.

Bobby Chesney’s article “The Sleeper Scenario: Terrorism-Support Laws and the Demands of Prevention,” will be published this February by the Harvard Journal on Legislation.  His essay “Careful Thinking about Counterterrorism Policy” (reviewing a book by Philip Heymann) will appear in the inaugural issue of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
Tracy Banks Coan will be one of the speakers in a February 4 CLE program presented by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation on State and Federal Appellate Procedure.  Her topic is “Ethics on Appeal.”
Michael Curtis will present a paper entitled “St. George Tucker and the Legacy of Slavery” at a conference at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William and Mary in February. The paper is part of a symposium to be published in the William and Mary Law Review.
Miki Felsenburg is in her second, two-year term, as the Public Member of the WOCNCB (Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board).  She was instrumental in revising the WOCNCB’s Conflict of Interest policy and procedures.
Shannon Gilreath delivered the Canterbury Lecture at New York University in December.  The topic was “Moral Values and the Gay Person in American Politics and Law.”  An essay version of that lecture will be published in the March issue of Whosoever magazine. Additionally,Gilreath, as Associate Faculty at Wake Forest Divinity School, was the recipient of a substantial spring semester grant from the Sara Lee Corporation to benefit his continued exploration of the nexus of religion and the law governing sexuality in the United States. Gilreath was recently appointed to a 3-year term on the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission.  Consistent with federal and state law, the Commission investigates claims of discrimination and works to ensure fair and equal treatment for the community’s citizens.
Mike Green made a presentation on January 27 at the National Academies of Science on “Wrestling with Causation in Tort Litigation,” which is part of a two day meeting of the Committee on Alternative Models to the Daubert Criteria of the Science, Technology and Law Program.
Mark Hall’s article, “The Death of Managed Care: A Regulatory Autopsy,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law.
Kate Mewhinney recently spoke on “Interviewing Older Clients” at the AALS annual meeting, in the joint session of the Aging and Law Section and Clinical Law Section. She has also written an article for the February issue of “Elder Law”,the newsletter of the NCBA Elder Law Section, entitled “THE MEDIATOR” – Coming Soon to a Guardianship Case Near You?” The article is being reprinted in the next issue of “The Intermediary”, the newsletter of the NC Dispute Resolution Commission which certifies and regulates mediators in North Carolina.  The article explains a bill being introduced into the General Assembly to allow for mediation of matters before the Clerks of Superior Court.  One large category of cases involves adult guardianships — where a person is alleged to be incompetent and in need of a guardian. Professor Mewhinney has been part of a committee that is drafting the bill and implementing rules.  As a Certified Superior Court Mediator, she supports this development and wants to inform the elder law bar of this important development.  Currently, she is handling five pending guardianship cases (as an attorney for a party, not as a mediator), several of which would greatly benefit from mediation. The North Carolina Bar Foundation has just announced that the Elder Law Clinic will receive, for the third time, a grant for a Client Needs Fund in the amount of $2,000.  This fund pays for court costs, filing fees and some litigation expenses for clinic clients.
Alan Palmiter presented a speech entitled “The Talking Dog:  US Securities Fraud Class Actions” in December at the University of Naples. This speech will soon be reprinted by the Consumer Federation of Campania, Italy (class actions in Italy will soon be allowed, but only when brought by a consumer group). The talk, in revised form, is also slated to be reprinted in a new European Law Review, an English-language joint venture of a number of faculty-edited law reviews of Europe. Professor Palmiter will present the “Business Law Update” at the NC Bar Association’s annual meeting of the Business Law Section in February. Palmiter is a board member for NC LEAP, a statewide nonprofit established to assist business lawyers interested in providing pro bono transactional services to low-wealth entrepreneurs. The NC Bar Association is currently talking with NC LEAP about financing the NC LEAP project and making it part of the NC Bar Association.
Suzanne Reynolds was asked by Gray Wilson, president of the North Carolina Bar Association, to serve on the Women in the Profession Committee for 2004-05. President Wilson has charged the committee with developing long range plans to address the status of women lawyers in North Carolina, and Professor Reynolds is chairing the long range planning committee.  She will host the Committee on Women in the Profession at Wake Forest Law School when it meets here on February 16. Some third year Wake Forest women students will attend the luncheon and participate in a forum on the concerns of women who are entering the profession.
Patricia Roberts is working on the 7th edition of the casebook, Problems and Materials on Decedents’ Estates and Trusts by Scoles, Halbach, Link, and Roberts (Aspen Publications).
Sidney Shapiro has several articles due for publication and presentations scheduled in February. Articles: Pragmatic Administration Law, Issues in Legal Scholarship, No. 6; Improving Regulation Through Incremental Adjustment, U. Kansas Law Review (Spring 2005) (with Robert Glicksman); The APA and the Back-End of Regulation: Procedures for Information Adjudication, Administrative Law Review (Spring 2005) (with Robert Glicksman); Rethinking Reform of Electrical Markets, Wake Forest Law Review (Spring 2005)(with Joe Tomain); Government Benefits and the Rule of Law: Toward A Standards-Based Theory of Due Process, Administrative Law Review (Spring, 2005) (with Richard Levy). Presentations: February 4: Professor Shapiro and other Board Members of the Center for Progressive Regulation (CAP) will participate in a roll-out event for its newest book, “The New Progressive Agenda,” jointly written by several CPR scholars, including Professor Shapiro, at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.  Joining this group will be the Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (Frances G. Beinecke), the General Counsel of the ALF-CIO (John Hyatt), and the president of CAP (John Podesta) February 18: Professor Shapiro will speak at a conference on privatization sponsored jointly by the Cardozo Law School and the University of Michigan Law School in Washington, D.C. February 23: Professor Shapiro will be one of three panelists at a program sponsored by the ABA in Washington on the new guidelines for peer review just issued by the Office of Management and Budget.
Tom Steele has been a leader in the effort to start a Law Office Management section within the American Association of Law Schools.  He is the section’s chair-elect.
Ron Wright was in New York City on January 21st and 22nd to share his expertise at a symposium on criminal sentencing reform sponsored by the Columbia Law Review.  Professor Wright’s perspective on these issues also will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Columbia Law Review.  For more details on this symposium, click here. On January 31, Professor Wright attended a meeting of the “Sentencing Initiative” of the Constitution Project, based at Georgetown University. This bipartisan committee, chaired by former Reagan Administration Attorney General Ed Meese and former Clinton Administration Deputy Attorney General Phil Heymann, is trying to construct a set of recommendations for improving the federal sentencing system.