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Faculty News – April 2005

Carol Anderson will be participating in the Advanced Capital College from April 20-22.  This program is sponsored by the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers in Raleigh.  "Students" in the course are lawyers who actually have pending death penalty cases. 

Bobby Chesney is scheduled on April 7 to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services,Subcommittee on Oversight, concerning the law banning material support to foreign terrorist organizations.   On April 8, he will be speaking on the same topic at Duke School of Law in connection with a conference titled "Strategies for the War on Terrorism: Taking Stock."  On April 12, he will present a talk concerning Guantanamo Bay detainees at the National Security Studies training program for senior military and civilian executives jointly sponsored by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University.  The following week, on April 19, he will present a paper on emerging issues in the law of national security during a conference at U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Jennifer Collins’ article entitled "Crime and Parenthood:  The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents" has been accepted for publication by the Northwestern University Law Review.

Chris Coughlin will co-present  "Medical Malpractice Reform – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" to the North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section on April 22.  She will also present a lecture on "Medical Malpractice Reform" to the WFU School of Medicine on April 28 as part of the Medicine As A Profession ("MAAP") course. 

Michael Curtis will participate in a week long event  (April 11-15) on the First Amendment sponsored in part by Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  As a participant, Professor Curtis will serve on a panel along with Judith Krug, Executive Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, and Gene Policinski, Executive Director of the First Amendment Center, to discuss how the First Amendment has been the foundation of our nation’s freedom, and how that freedom is endangered by today’s lack of education about this founding principle of our democracy. He will also speak to journalism students on free speech history.

Tim Davis will attend a meeting of the Council of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association on April 7. On April 15-16, he will attend a meeting of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners in San Francisco. On April 23, he  will make a presentation regarding "Recent Developments in Sports Law" in Indianapolis at the National Federation of State High School Associations Summit and Legal Meeting.

Maureen Eggert is one of the speakers at a CLE in Charlotte, "Find It Free and Fast on the Net: Advanced Internet Strategies for the North Carolina Legal Professional."

Miki Felsenburg represented the Law School on a panel on  March 23, discussing Dr. William F. May’s recent work on "The Public Obligation of the Professional."  Dr. May’s work "explores the professions as they struggle with their double identity as a means to a livelihood and as a ‘common calling in the spirit of public service.’"

Mike Green will be attending a symposium on April 14 and 15 at DePaul Law School on pain and suffering and presenting a paper on the intersection of causation and damages. On April 28 and 29, he will make a presentation on causation at a Judicial Symposium on "Critical Issues in Toxic Torts Litigation" held at Georgetown Law Center and sponsored by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

Mark Hall will present a paper on consumer-driven health care to a public policy workshop on health care market competition, in Washington D.C. in April.

Kate Mewhinney will speak at the N.C. Guardianship Association’s 9th Annual Meeting on April 7 in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Marian Parker has been appointed to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer.

Wendy Parker’s manuscript, "Lessons in Losing:  Employment Discrimination Litigation in Federal District Courts", was recently accepted for publication in the Notre Dame Law Review .   Second year research assistants, Becky Kinlein, Jason Loring, and Marcy McDermott were extremely helpful in this research effort.

Tom Roberts gave a talk on land use cases pending before the Supreme Court at the American Planning Conference in San Francisco, CA on March 20.

Sid Shapiro will testify before the Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs on April 12. The subject is the "Affect of Regulations on Manufacturing."  The hearing is to address OMB’s recent report entitled "Regulatory Reform of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector." The majority has invited John Graham and the National Association of Manufacturers to testify.  Professor Shapiro will testify at the invitation of the minority. Professor Shapiro was also recently featured on the Center for American Progress email newsletter with a jump link to an op-ed that he wrote.  This newsletter is widely circulated to reporters and left-leaning legislators, staff, and interested persons.

George Walker was reporter for the Model Family Law Arbitration Act, published March 12 by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  The AAML voted him "special thanks" for his article, Arbitrating Family Law Cases by Agreement, 18 J. Am. Acad. Matrimonial Law. 429 (2003).  He was a panelist and presented a paper, Humanitarian Law During Armed Conflicts:  What Are the Rules Where Systems of Law Interface and Conflict?, at the Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. Symposium, Religion, Ethics & Armed Conflict Law:  Afghanistan, Iraq & the War on Terror, at the University of South Carolina School of Law, April 8, 2005, Columbia, S.C.

Ron Wright has agreed to publish an article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In this article, called "Trial Distortion and the End of Innocence in Federal Criminal Justice," he documents a decades-long decline in the percentage of acquittals in the federal system, and points to evidence that acquittals have disappeared because federal prosecutors have increased the "trial penalty" so much that defendants are now waiving viable defenses too often.