May Faculty News

Jennifer Collins will be presenting her paper, "Crime and Parenthood:  The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents," at the May Gathering, an annual meeting at Georgetown Law School of young faculty members from law schools across the country. Locally, she will be one of the speakers at a discussion on the “American Jury System” at the monthly Forsyth County Bar Association meeting on Monday, May 9.

Shannon Gilreath served as a commentator for the British magazine, New Humanist.  His thoughts on the mingling of religion and U.S. politics and law appear in the magazine’s May issue.  On May 7, Gilreath will be a featured speaker at the North Carolina PRIDE events held in Charlotte, where he will speak on gay marriage. Beginning in May, Gilreath will serve on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Attorneys Association.  Founded in 1994, GALA works to support the state’s LGBT and allied legal professionals by increasing visibility and expertise, and by promoting judicial, administrative, and legislative reform to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has also been elected to the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Institute for Equal Rights.  The Institute is working to establish a legal clinic to provide research and legal information for the development of LGBT policy for municipal, business, and private organizations, and to provide educational support to the legal profession.

Mike Green and his co-reporter, Bill Powers, will present the Proposed Final Draft No.1 of the Restatement Third of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm at the American Law Institute annual meeting on May 16. This should conclude with final approval of a substantial revision to the prima facie elements of a tort claim set forth in the Second Restatement.

Mark Hall will brief Congressional staff on the fundamentals of health insurance markets and regulation in May.  He is also presenting one of the main papers at a Washington, D.C. workshop on "Market Competition in Health Care."  His article, "Can You Trust a Doctor You Can’t Sue?," was published in April in the Depaul Law Review  as part of the Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy.  He and fellow professor, Ralph Peeples, published an article in the Annals of Family Medicine entitled "Liability Implications of Physician-Directed Care Coordination" which was covered in several health care related news publications. 

John Korzen will present a paper at a CLE sponsored by the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of North Carolina, in Asheville on May 5-6.  John will give an overview of practice before the Fourth Circuit and review the past year’s criminal law decisions by the Circuit.

Kate Mewhinney announces the latest "E-Clinic News" , which includes a message from Dean Walsh and summaries of some of cases handled by ten "associates" -the students who worked hard in The Elder Law Clinic this semester: Ryan Fothergill, Karen Gjerdrum, Kelly Gongloff, Harrett Handy, Angela Kreinbrink, Bryce Landier, Matthew Levchuk, Karen Neely, Chris Ostolski, and Jennifer Parsons.

Alan Palmiter will travel to Colombia in May as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank on "corporate governance" issues in connection with the Bank’s financing of a leading electric/water/phone utility in that country.  His sermon:  "financial transparency." Closer to home, Professor Palmiter was appointed, on recommendation of the University Senate, to serve a two-year term as faculty representative to the professional/graduate school committee of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Suzanne Reynolds recently participated in an amicus brief to the North Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. The case involves an employment discrimination issue, and the amicus brief argues that a constructive discharge based on a discriminatory hostile work environment could constitute a wrongful discharge without requiring the employee to establish that the employer specifically intended for the employee to quit.

George Walker mediated a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on April 29, 2005; the litigation involved civil rights and intentional infliction of emotional distress issues.

Ron Wright will travel to Washington, D.C. to work with the Sentencing Initiative at Georgetown University to formulate proposals for new federal sentencing legislation. He will also participate in a Comparative Penal Policy conference at the University of Minnesota.