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Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards.

Carol Anderson, Director of Trial Practice and the litigation clinic.assisted  the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Teams and the National Trial Teams in their preparations to compete nationally this semester.  All of the teams performed extremely well, with the AAJ Teams placing second and fifth (out of sixteen teams) in the regional competition and one of the National Teams advancing from the regional to the national competition to be held at the end of March in Houston,TX.  Professor Anderson gives credit for these impressive results to the alumni coaches who volunteered hours of their time to work with the teams.  The coaches were Kim Stevens and Matt Breeding (AAJ Team) and Danielle Williams and Stephanie Reese (National Team).

Bobby Chesney traveled in January to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in the company of the Pentagon’s General Counsel on what might best be described as an inspection tour for outside experts.  In early February, he gave a lecture to the Law of War course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School concerning the latest developments in litigation relating to the Guantanamo detainees.  He has given similar lectures recently to groups of students and alumni and to a lunch meeting of the Forsyth County Bar Association, and also participated in a panel on this topic at Duke Law School.  At the end of this month, Professor Chesney will participate in an interdisciplinary symposium at Case Western Reserve University on the topic of “Sacred Violence: Religion and Terrorism.”

Jennifer Collins’ latest article, “Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet:  The Criminal Justice System’s Romanticization of the Parent-Child Relationship,” has been accepted for publication by the Iowa Law Review.  In April, she will attend a conference about promoting children’s interests at Harvard Law School.

Michael Kent Curtis’ article, “Lincoln, The Constitution of Necessity, and the Necessity of Constitutions:  A Reply to Professor Paulsen,” was recently published in the University of Maine Law Review.  The article discusses the view that a constitutional doctrine of necessity frees presidents from almost all constitutional limits in times of grave crisis.

Timothy Davis presented a paper at a symposium, “Amateur and Professional Sports: Emerging Legal Issues,” sponsored by the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review on April 13, 2007.  On April 19-21, he will attend a meeting of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Miki Felsenburg was named the Public Member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).  ABNS is a not-for-profit organization with two arms – a Membership Assembly and an Accreditation Council. ABNS is an advocate for consumer protection by establishing specialty nursing certification.  Member organizations of ABNS represent over a half million certified registered nurses around the world.

Shannon Gilreath spoke at the University of Akron on March 3, at a conference on gay rights issues sponsored by the University of Akron and the ACLU of Ohio.  On March 6, Professor Gilreath also spoke at UNC Law School on the subject of “Getting to Equal Protection,” based on his article recently published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change. His book, Sexual Politics, has also received its second award nomination, the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Non-fiction.

Mike Green moderated the Torts and Compensation Systems program at the AALS in January. This program focused on a book which Professor Green participated in drafting entitled Principles of European Tort Law (2005) .  In December, he and his co-reporter Bill Powers attended the ALI Council meeting to present the latest draft, which covers liability for emotional harm. That draft was approved and will be discussed and voted on at the ALI annual meeting in May. At the end of March, he will be making a presentation at the LSU Law School on Federal Tort Reform.

Mark  Hall gave the Fallon-Friedlander Endowed Lecture at the University of Chicago on “The Law, History and Ethics of Medical Fees.”  His article on “Measuring Trust in Medical Research” was published in the journal Medical Care.

Sally Irvin was a featured speaker at Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Red Dress Event on February 23.  The event was co-sponsored by the Medical Schools’ Hypertension and Vascular Research Center and the American Heart Association.  As a woman living with heart disease, Sally speaks to many groups about women’s heart disease which is the number one killer of women in America today.

John Korzen is submitting a paper and speaking about appellate issues at the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice seminar in Raleigh on March 30.  The title of his paper is “Appealing in a Time of Procedural Conservatives.”  Professor Korzen has also had an eventful semester with his Appellate Advocacy clinic students.  First, he and the students (3L’s Pam Buskirk, Suzanne Caylor, Meghan Poirier, Jen Selin, and Jose Vega) attended oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court on February 20.  One of the cases argued that day involved an issue identical to one in a case that Pam and Jen have worked on, Thomas v. United States, which is on hold at the Supreme Court.  Next, Suzanne argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, on March 14.  The case, Atkinson v. Sellers, involves an employment discrimination claim under Title VII.  Jose worked on the briefs with Suzanne and helped with oral argument preparation.  Finally, Meghan wrote a brief and will argue to the Fourth Circuit in the case of Mooney v. United States, where the issue is whether trial counsel provided ineffective assistance.

Kate Mewhinney was an invited speaker at the University of Connecticut Law School’s 14th Gallivan Conference, “When We’re 64:  How Should Property Law Respond to Living Arrangements for the Golden Years?” http://www.law.uconn.edu/news/events/gallivan/ She also has joined the N.C. State Bar’s Ethics Committee.  This year, she is the Chair of the Section on Aging and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools.

Susan Montaquila spoke on an international law panel presentation made by the International Law and Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in January at Elon School of Law. Other members of the panel were Peter Evenson, Tuggle, Duggins &Meschan; Albert Guarnieri, Parker Poe; and Scott Hile, American Efird, Inc.

Joel Newman’s piece, “Slinking Away From Twinkie Taxes,” appeared in the December 25, 2006 issue of Tax Notes. He has recently been appointed to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee for Forsyth County.

Alan Palmiter’s article, “The Mutual Fund Board:  A Failed Experiment in Regulatory Outsourcing,” was published this fall in the inaugural edition of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law.  Using data from the finance literature on mutual fund activities, the article argues that mutual fund boards have failed as “watchdogs” for fund investors.  The article has been featured in industry publications.  In September, Palmiter participated in a symposium at Columbia Law School on “Gatekeepers Today: The Professions after the Reforms,” which looked at the functioning of lawyers, accountants and other professionals since the Sarbanes-Oxley reforms of 2002.  In February, Palmiter presented the “recent developments update” at the annual meeting of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in Pinehurst.  As usual, his update was in the form of a multiple-choice quiz that asked attendees to test their knowledge of recent court decisions on corporate and business law.   This spring, Palmiter wraps up a two-year term as faculty representative to the Academic Committee of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Simone Rose will be presenting at a symposium on ethics surrounding stem cell research and protection at North Carolina Central Law School on April 14.

Sidney Shapiro was one of the participants at a workshop at the European Union in Brussels held during the first week of February.  The workshop involved a discussion between EU officials and the authors of a forthcoming book on EU administrative law to be published by the American Bar Association.  In February, Professor Shapiro was one of the speakers for a program on federal preemption at the mid-winter meeting of the Administrative Law and Practice Section of the American Bar Association.  He also wrote a paper for a workshop held at the University of Florida on March 1 that discussed the “Next Generation of Environmental Law.”  He wrote another paper for a workshop on “Corporations and Political Power” held at the University of North Carolina on March 3.  Professor Shapiro will present a distinguished lecture at the William Mitchell School of Law on April 12.  His topic is “How Should We Analyze the Value of Regulation (and of Life)?”  On April 19, he will participate in a symposium at the Lewis & Clark Law School.  Professor Shapiro’s topic is “Science, Politics & Law: Should OMB Superintend Regulatory Science?”.

Ron Wright has been traveling lately, for research and service projects.  In January, he attended a conference in Germany, sponsored by the Max Planck Institute, dealing with possible structures for a new European Union Prosecutor Service. In February, he presented some research on prosecutor declinations to the faculty at the University of Georgia, and in March he attended an Advisory Board meeting for the Prosecution and Racial Justice Project of the Vera Institute.