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Carol Anderson will be teaching a basic trial practice course and two sessions of the judicial externship program this summer.  In addition, she will be teaching at the NITA Southeast Regional Trial Advocacy Program in Chapel Hill at the end of May.  In June and July, she will conduct two in-house trial advocacy training sessions for Womble Carlyle.  Later this summer, Professor Anderson is sponsoring a summer workshop for all WFU trial practice adjuncts.  Finally, she will be writing an article on cross-examination and impeachment which will serve as the manuscript for an all-day CLE presentation for the NC Bar Foundation.

Marcia Baker contributed the North Carolina information for the AALL Authentication Survey, which examined each state’s websites that provide the state administrative code, session laws and statutory code, and judicial opinions of the highest and intermediate appellate courts.

Bobby Chesney is happy to announce that he and his wife had their second daughter, Kate, on March 25th.  Everyone is doing quite well, if a bit sleep deprived.  On April 21st, Bobby will present a paper at Chapel Hill on the subject of judicial deference to the executive branch in connection with treaty interpretation.  On April 25th, he was invited to Syracuse to present a pair of lectures concerning litigation brought by Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Tracey Banks Coan has been selected to serve as Moderator of the "Integrating Academic Support Across the Curriculum" workshop at the AALS Annual Meeting Section on Academic Support in January 2007. She has also been selected to serve as a member of the 2006 Poster Committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

Christine Nero Coughlin spoke in April on physician-assisted suicide at Arbor
Acres Retirement Community in Winston-Salem.

Michael Curtis published St. George Tucker and the Legacy of Slavery in the William and Mary Law Review.  The article discusses the ambiguous legacy of Tucker, a late 18th and early 19th century law teacher, legal scholar, and judge on the interrelated issues of slavery and race, free speech and democracy, and wealth.  Curtis also published a book review of of Geoffrey Stone’s book, Perilous Times, dealing with free speech in wartime.  The review was published in Constitutional Commentary.  He also published a review of Labbie and Lurie’s book on the Slaughterhouse Cases.  The review was published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History.  He just completed teaching a new course entitled Elections and Democracy.

Tim Davis presented "Regulating Sports Agents: Intended and Unintended Consequences" at a symposium, The Future of Sports Law, sponsored by the Willamette Law Review in March.  On April 20-22, he attended a meeting of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  He has been reappointed to serve on that Committee until 2011.

Shannon Gilreath’s law review article, Of Fruit Flies and Men: Rethinking Immutability in Equal Protection Analysis–with a View toward a Constitutional Moral Imperative, will appear in the summer issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change.  He is scheduled to discuss the concepts explored in the article in a presentation at UNC law school in the coming academic year.

Mike Green gave the keynote address at the fifth annual Conference on European Tort Law in Vienna. The conference was sponsored by the European Centre of Tort and Insurances Law and the address was at the Austrian Ministry of Justice. In May, he will be co-teaching a course for state court judges at the National Judicial College in Reno on Complex Litigation.
Early in April, the eighth edition of a torts casebook that he co-authored (and that most students at WFU learn torts from) was published by Foundation Press.

Mark Hall will present at the Association for Clinical Research Professionals’ annual meeting in May, on disclosing investigators’ financial conflicts of interest to research participants. In June, he will be a scholar in residence at the American Institute for Economic  Research, in Massachusetts. Also in June, he will give a talk on "The History and Future of Health Care Law" to the Health Law Teacher’s annual meeting of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

John Korzen will give a talk and a manuscript at the annual convention of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, in June.  His topic is the decisions by the United States Supreme Court and by the Fourth Circuit during the past year.

Kate Mewhinney will be a presenter in May at the annual CLE of the Dispute Resolution Section of the N.C. Bar Association.  Also, she recognizes the hard work of this semester’s students on behalf of older clients and their families.

Susan Montaquila has been selected by the Open Society Institute (George Soros Foundation) to teach two courses in the Open Society Institute Scholarship Programs Preparatory Academic Summer Program in Istanbul, Turkey this summer. The courses are (1) a general introduction to the study of law in the U.S. required of all LL.M. scholarship recipients being sent to the U.S. or U.K., and (2)a law based social science course "Comparative  Legal Systems" of the U.S., Asia and Europe open as an elective to all one hundred scholarship holders from a variety of disciplines. The scholarship fellows are from Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East.

Alan Palmiter presented a paper in late March at a Brooklyn corporate/securities law symposium arguing that mutual fund boards have been a regulatory failure.  They have not, as hoped, acted as "watchdogs" for mutual fund investors — with fund fees and fund marketing resulting in average fund investors losing more than 5% of their overall portfolio returns of 13%.  In April, he participated in a roundtable discussion at a Maryland law school forum on the criminalization of corporate law.  He argued that the "corporation as criminal" allows corporate executives to avoid personal criminal and civil liability.  Instead, shareholders (like parents in a family subject to family liability) pay for the sins of their agent-children.  Also in April, a new edition of his Corporations: Examples & Explanations (5th ed Aspen Publishers) hit the bookstands, just in time for students to come out of the fog and prepare for finals.  The book includes expanded coverage of Sarbanes-Oxley and other responses to the spate of corporate scandals of the early 2000s.

Wendy Parker accepted an invitation to speak at AALS Remedies Workshop entitled “Real-izing Justice: Remedies Across the Curriculum,” which will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. She will speak on the "Injunctions" panel on "Desegregating Teachers."  Her article entitled "Lessons in Losing: Race and National Origin Employment Discrimination Litigation" was recently published in volume 81, volume 3 of the Notre Dame Law Review.

Suzanne Reynolds has agreed to co-chair the United Way’s Impact Council on domestic violence.  The Council will assess the community resources allocated to domestic violence services, suggest ways to better coordinate the resources, and make recommendations for different or additional resources.  The Council will also highlight the successes and failures of the current system. She has also joined the Board of Directors of the newly-formed Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina.  Led by Executive Director Penny Orr Spry, the Center provides advocacy for children in matters dealing with domestic violence, high conflict custody, abuse and neglect, and educational services. On May 5,  Professor Reynolds will lecture at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Family Law Section, updating the section on recent case law developments in family law.  Also, she will be lecturing about family law to graduates sitting for the bar in North Carolina, providing lectures at Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Campbell.

Pat Roberts is creating her own course materials for a course in Donative Transfers.

Sid Shapiro was one of three panelists who spoke on risk assessment at the Spring Meeting  of the Administrative Law and Practice Section of the American Bar Association at the end of April.   The panelists addressed a proposal by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to adopt risk assessment guidelines to control how agencies undertake risk assessment in conjunction with the promulgation of regulations. On May 9, Professor  Shapiro will speak at a day long program sponsored by American University on "The Role of Science in Rulemaking."  Shapiro is one of four panelists who will address  the issue of "Science and Judicial Review of Rulemaking." On May 18, he will participate in a conference on Administrative Law at the University of Louisville, presenting a paper entitled, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Church of Christ Cases."

Margaret Taylor is on the planning committee for the biannual Immigration Law Teachers Conference, to be held in Las Vegas in May.  She organized a plenary session on building a syllabus for immigration law, designed a program for break-out sessions on teaching topics, and chaired a workshop for new immigration law professors.

Ron Wright has completed the manuscript for an article (to be published in the Houston Law Review) about the role of sentencing commissions in shaping reactions to the Supreme Court decisions in Blakely v. Washington and United States v. Booker. His article about waiver of defense counsel and "application fees" for indigent criminal defendants will appear this month in the William and Mary Law Review.  In May, he will attend the quarterly board meeting of the North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services organization in Raleigh.