Faculty News Update-October/November 2006

Carol Anderson is co-authoring a book with Mark Mandell, a former president of the American Trial Lawyers Association. She also recently organized and hosted a two day NITA teacher training program for adjunct trial practice faculty at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Marcia Baker recently reviewed three 2006 American Association of Law Libraries conference program sessions for the One Person Library newsletter.

Michael Curtis and Shannon Gilreath joined Adjunct Professor Bob Hunter in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.  The brief urges the Court to reverse a recent ruling of the Court of Appeals in the case of In re RLC, which upheld the application of the “crime against nature” law to criminally punish minors who engage in oral sex.  North Carolina has a detailed statute covering sex acts between children, by which voluntary acts between children close in age to each other (including oral sex) are not criminal. The brief argues that that statute should control and that using the "crime against nature" statute to make oral sex between children of about the same age punishable, when vaginal sex is not, violates Equal Protection and Due Process because of the irrationality of the distinction created.

Mike Green and his Co-Reporter Bill Powers will present a draft of the latest Chapter of the Restatement (Third) of Torts to the Council of the American Law Institute on December 8. Approval by the Council is required before a draft may be presented for final approval by the membership of the ALI at its annual meeting held each May. The Chapter addresses liability for emotional harm.

Kate Mewhinney attended the Advanced Elder Law Institute of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, in Salt Lake City.  While there, she l moderated a panel sponsored by the Sections on Health Care and Guardianship/Capacity, entitled "Medical Futility as a Healthcare Rationing Issue."

Joel Newman’s arrangement of the Beatles’ “Baby You Can Drive My Car” in four-part harmony for clarinets and bass clarinets debuted on October 24 at the Arbor Acres retirement home.  The piece was performed by the Wake Forest Clarinet Choir, of which he is a member.  Previous performances of his arrangements include Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” arranged for string quartet and performed at his daughter’s wedding (much to the surprise of the bride and her mother), and the Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” played on the Wake Forest carillon bells last year.  He also plays clarinet and saxophone with the Dixie Dawgs jazz ensemble, and occasionally plays jazz on Wednesday evenings at Speakeasy’s in downtown Winston-Salem.

Wendy Parker attended the Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Texas School of Law on October 27, 2006.  She also accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.

Sidney Shapiro’s article, “The People’s Agent: Executive Branch Secrecy in an Age of Terrorism,” appeared in Law and Contemporary Problems published by Duke University School of Law.  Shapiro’s coauthor is Rena Steinzor of the University of Maryland.  The article was part of a symposium issue on “Sequestered Science: The Consequences of Undisclosed Knowledge.”  Professor Shapiro moderated a panel on “Preemption and Federal Regulation” at the fall meeting of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C.  He also spoke at spoke at an informal faculty seminar held at President Nathan Hatch’s house on “Discursive Policy Analysis: An Alternative to the Cost-Benefit Methodology.” 

George Walker chaired a panel discussion, Definitions for the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention:  Recent Developments in the Law of the Sea, and presented a Tentative Final Draft, Terms in the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea that the Convention Does Not Define, at the International Law Association (American Branch) annual meeting in New York City October 27, 2006.  Professor Walker chairs the ABILA Law of the Sea Committee and was reporter for the project.  He is also a member of the ABILA Executive Committee.  Recently he published 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 the 2005-06 Proceedings of the International Law Association (American Branch), pp. 23-72, reprinted from the lead article in 36 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 133 (2005).