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Faculty News- Summer 2006

Don Castleman will moderate the 2005 "Call for Papers" presentations and the panel discussion on "Contract Law and Teaching: Transactions and Litigation" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools meeting in Florida this July.

Bobby Chesney will discuss terrorism prosecutions during a panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools meeting in  Florida  this July.  

Jennifer Collins will present her paper "Criminal Justice and the Antigone Problem:  Should Family Ties Matter?" at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association in Baltimore, MD.  In August, Professor Collins will be one of the co-hosts of the second annual conference for junior criminal law and criminal procedure scholars at George  Washington  University.

Shannon Gilreath’s new book, Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today, will be released June 26, 2006.  It is the newest addition to the University  of Akron Press’ series on Law, Politics, and Society.  The book is a critical look at the sociolegal status of lesbian and gay Americans and a critique of the legal and political strategies of the gay rights movement.  As the featured speaker, Gilreath discussed the book at the May meeting of the Triad Business and Professional Guild.  He is also scheduled to lecture on the book’s themes at a series of lectures across the state, sponsored by the Equality North Carolina Foundation. 

Mike Green will moderate a panel in late June on Daubert and Expert Witnesses at an ABA  program entitled "Current Issues in Medical Device Litigation," in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The casebook that he co-authored, Products Liability: Cases and Materials (4th ed.), will be published in July.

Kate Mewhinney will serve as the Program Director for the law school’s summer program in Venice, Italy, for the month of July, teaching "Comparative Law and Aging" to WFU law students and Italian law students.  Also, in late June she will give a presentation on "Advance Directives and End-of-life Issues of the Elderly" at the medical school of the University of Florence, Italy.

Joel Newman will be presenting a paper about taxes on alcohol, tobacco and fast food at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association in Baltimore, MD. 

Alan Palmiter’s speech and paper on "Regulation of the US Legal Profession:  A Story of Market Protection" were translated into French for publication in the proceedings of the Rome Congress, Conference of EU Latin Notaries (CNUE), which was held in November of last year.   He will present a paper in June at a conference at the Universityof Amsterdamon the activism of mutual funds in the United Statesand Europe.  This activism, which includes greater participation in the shareholder proposal process, has been spurred by SEC rules requiring US registered mutual funds to disclose their voting policies and actual votes of portfolio shares. In July, he will finish a new edition of his casebook Corporations: Law & Policy  (with co-authors Jeff Bauman and Frank Partnoy – 6th ed West Group).  The new edition seeks to streamline the story of corporate law, while retaining an emphasis on policy and recent developments.  Among its included innovations is attention to company law in other countries, particularly Europe. 

Wendy Parker will attend the Boulder Summer Workshop on Deference, to be held on August 18-19 at the University of Colorado Law School of Law.

Patricia Roberts is working on the Teacher’s Manual and Statutory Supplement for a recently published edition of her Decedents’ Estates and Trusts casebook .

Ron Wright will lead a session on "Legal Scholarship" at the conference for New Law Teachers of the Association of American Law Schools, scheduled for June in Washington, D.C.Later in June, he will attend a Board meeting for the "Prosecution and Racial Justice" project, sponsored by the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. In August, the National Association of Sentencing Commissions will devote one of the plenary sessions at its annual meeting in Philadelphiato discuss one of Professor Wright’s proposals for the collection and use of sentencing data.