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Law School Faculty Enters Spring Semester with Whirlwind of Engagements

Don Castleman recently coached the Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Team.  The team made it to the final round in New Orleans.

Bobby Chesney gave a presentation to the Section on International Law at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools on January 6, addressing the intersection of national security law with "American Exceptionalism" theories of international law.  On January 12, Professor Chesney spoke to the graduate students at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, discussing the impact of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 on pending federal litigation concerning the Guantanamo Bay detentions.  On February 28, Professor Chesney was at theUniversity of Richmond to give a presentation to the faculty based on his article "Leaving Guantanamo: the Law of International Detainee Transfers," and also to be the guest speaker for the Richmond Law Review’s end-of-the-year luncheon.  On February 20, Professor Chesney was a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation,discussing legal issues arising out of Guantanamo

Chris Coughlin recently spoke at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine on "Medical Malpractice Reform" as part of the Medicine as a Profession program.

Michael Curtis and Wilson Parker completed the second edition of their constitutional law casebook, Constitutional Law in Context.  Professor Curtis recently hosted a State Department web chat on hate speech and gave a talk at the January meeting of the Forsyth County Bar on the future of the Supreme Court. He is currently teaching a new course on Election Law with Robert Hunter.

Miki Felsenburg is a Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership for Spring, 2006. 

Michael Green completed the 8th edition of Franklin, Rabin & Green, Tort Law and Alternatives, to be published next month. He also completed the 4th edition of a products liability text with David Fischer, Joe Sanders, and Bill Powers, to be published later this year. He was recently a commentator at a program on economic torts held at the University of Arizona School of Law and at a conference entitled: "Truth and Advocacy: The Quality and Nature of Litigation and Regulatory Science," held in San Diego. Finally, he will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the European Committee on Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna at the end of April, with a talk entitled: "The Impact of the Jury on Substantive American Tort Law."

Mark Hall recently published the following articles: The Role of State Regulation in Consumer-Driven Health Care, 31 Am. J. L. & Med. 395-418 (2005), with Timothy S. Jost; The Impact on Patient Trust of Legalizing Physician Aid in Dying, 31 J. Med. Ethics 693-697 (2005), with Felicia Trachtenberg and Elizabeth Dugan.  Also, in December, he organized and hosted an academic workshop entitled, “Rethinking Health Law,” attended by leading health law scholars from around the country.  Papers will be published in the Wake Forest Law Review.

Kate Mewhinney became Chair-Elect of the Aging and the Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).   Her article, "Gifts with Powers of Attorney — Are We Giving the Public What it Wants?" appeared in The North Carolina State Bar Journal, reprinted from the WakeForest Jurist.  In February, she was a trainer at the program "Training for Clerks’ Mediation“ on the topic of "Guardianships and the Alternatives.”  The program, sponsored by Mediation Inc. and Carolina Dispute Settlement Services, took place in Durham, NC.  She also was a presenter at the annual CLE of the NC Bar Association Elder Law Section, on the same topic.  Lastly, Professor Mewhinney was a program planner for the Joint CLE of the NC Bar Association’s Law Practice Management and General Practice, Small Firm, and Solo Sections.

Alan Palmiter presented the annual business law update at the annual meeting of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in February.  As usual, the update was in the format of a multiple-choice quiz, on which Bruce McDaniel (JD’58) had the highest score among the assembled business lawyers.  In March, Palmiter will present a paper at the inaugural symposium of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law.  The paper, "Mutual Fund Directors: A Failed Experiment in Regulatory Outsourcing," questions whether fund boards (a money management oddity) have served their purpose as watchdogs for fund investors.  Later in March, a fifth edition of Palmiter’s Corporations: Examples & Explanations will be published by Aspen Publishers.  The book is a trusted student text recommended in over 100 law schools. 

Wendy Parker was elected to the AALS Education Law Section Executive Board.  She also recently agreed to write a chapter on Grutter v. Bollinger in the upcoming Education Law Stories, part of the Law Stories Series published by Foundation Press.  Lastly, she accepted an invitation to attend a meeting of invited scholars at the University of Colorado School of Law to discuss the judiciary’s remedial deference in August 2006.

Wilson Parker and Michael Curtis recently completed the second edition of their constitutional law casebook, Constitutional Law in Context

Simone Rose was recently interviewed as part of a documentary on film piracy  that is being produced by Katy Slavin, a Wake Forest undergraduate student. Ms. Slavin will also include interviews from Bruce Cohen (American Beauty producer), famed cinematographers Helen and Robert Elswit and Kendrick MacDowell (General Counsel for the National Association of Theatre Owners). The documentary will, at a minimum, be used by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Professor Rose was also recently interviewed by the Greensboro News and Record for an article on digital downloading. On April 19th, Rose will be an "academic" panelist discussing "Current Issues in Biotechnology and the Law" as part of a seminar entitled "Collisions at the Intersection of Biotechnology and the Law."  This seminar is sponsored by the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute at North Carolina Central School of Law.

Sid Shapiro was named one of the members of the Gulf Coast Commission on Reconstruction Equity.  The Commission is a project of Interfaith Workers Justice, a national religious network on workers justices issues, and Good Jobs First, a resource center promoting accountability in economic development.  The Commission is composed of religious, leaders, community activists, and contract experts who are concerned about the abuses of workers employed by federally funded contractors. He also spoke at the Spring Meeting of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the ABA on risk assessment and at a conference at Boston College on the role of privately generated standards in rationalizing markets and government regulation.  Shapiro recently completed the 3rd edition of his administrative law casebook published by West Publishing and contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book published by Oxford Press titled "Rescuing Science from Politics."

George Walker published a lead article, Defining Terms in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention IV:  The Last Round of Definitions Proposed by the International Law Association (American Branch) Law of the Sea Committee, in 36 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 133 (2005).

Ron Wright addressed the faculty and students at the University of Alabama School of Law in mid-March about his research on prosecutorial decisions not to charge suspects. He will deliver an address about the same research project at Florida State University in April. Wright just completed the manuscript for an article about federal-state interaction on criminal justice decisions, to be published in an upcoming issue of the ABA’s Criminal Justice  magazine.