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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 is currently co-authoring a book with Mark Mandell, former president of the American Association for Justice, on cutting-edge trial techniques. This summer, in addition to teaching Basic Trial Practice and overseeing the Judicial Extern Program, she conducted a 3 day seminar for selected litigation associates at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Participants came from Womble offices across the southeast. She recently spoke on gender issues in the courtroom at the annual meeting of the NC Association of Women Attorneys in Wrightsville Beach on October 6. Professor Anderson has been appointed to the CLE committee of the NC Bar Association, which oversees and manages all of the CLE programs for the Bar Foundation

Don Castleman moderated a panel of paper presentations at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools at Amelia Island, Florida in August.

Bobby Chesney traveled to West Point in late September to present a paper addressing emerging issues in the law of war, and from there headed to William Mitchell College of Law to participate in a national security law workshop. On October 10, he delivered a talk addressing the post-9/11 convergence of criminal and military detention models as part of the Distinguished Lecturer series at William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

Jennifer Collins’ co-authored article, “Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties,” was published in the August issue of the Illinois Law Review. In August, she served as one of the co-hosts and organizers for a conference of junior criminal law scholars held in Washington, D.C.

Chris Coughlin coordinated the seventh annual Carolina Legal Research and Writing Colloquium and spoke at the Association of Legal Writing Directors bi-annual meeting in Denver, Colorado this summer. In addition, she spoke at the North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property section meeting and at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine on “Research Ethics in Developing Countries.” She has recently been appointed to be a core member of the Wake Forest University Public Health Genomics and Policy working group and the Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics Committee.

Timothy Davis recently published two book chapters, “The Persistence of Unconscious Racism in College Sports,” and “Academic Inequity and the Impact of NCAA Rules” in Diversity and Social Justice in College Sports (2007). On September 21 and 22, he attended a meeting of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. In early October, Professor Davis discussed drug testing in sports at a symposium held at the University of West Virginia School of Law, and on Oct. 12, he presented “The Line of Demarcation Between Amateurism and Professionalism in Sports” (co-authored with Brian Conley and David Ginzer) at a continuing legal education program sponsored by the Texas Bar Association.

Mike Green recently co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Henry Waxman for a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Riegel v. Medtronic, concerns the scope of federal preemption of state products liability suits involving medical devices. This summer, Professor Green attended the Workshop for New Law Teachers sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools as a member of the Planning Committee for that meeting. Green is chairing the committee that is planning the 2008 Workshop. In addition, he attended the Southeastern Association of Law Schools meeting in August and participated in a panel on tort reform in southeastern states. Professor Green recently completed work on Preliminary Draft No. 6 for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm. That draft contains the final chapter of this Restatement; it covers the duties of land possessors to entrants on the property. In October, Green will attend meetings in Austin, TX where the draft will be discussed by Advisers and other Members of the American Law Institute. An article, “A Future for Asbestos Apportionment,” was published in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Green is working with Jonathan Cardi, a professor at the University of Kentucky and a former student of his, on an article about duty in the Third Restatement that will be published in the University of Southern California Law Review.

Sally Irvin was the keynote speaker at the closing banquet of the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Staff Conference held in August and attended by over 300 AHA staff members. As a woman with heart disease, Sally spends as much time as she can advocating on behalf of women with heart disease. She attended the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day in Washington, DC last spring where she met with North Carolina legislators and member of their staff, including Sen. Elizabeth Dole. She was interviewed on national television at Lobby Day about the HEART For Women Act currently making its way through both the House and Senate. She serves as a member of the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate You’re The Cure Steering Committee and the North Carolina Public Policy Committee.

Kate Mewhinney spoke at two conferences this fall. In September, she was a plenary speaker at the North Carolina Conference on Aging, on “Street Smarts for Seniors – Financial and Consumer Issues.” The conference attracts over 500 attendees, primarily professionals in the field of aging, from across the state. In October, Professor Mewhinney presented at the National Aging and Law Conference in Washington, DC on the topic “Durable Powers of Attorney: Tool for Empowerment or Exploitation?” The conference is sponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Lastly, this past summer, she began a three year term on the Council of the NC Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. Professor Mewhinney is a Certified Superior Court Mediator and has been certified to mediate estate and guardianship disputes.

Joel Newman’s article, “Gilmore v. United States: The Divorce,” appeared in the August 6, 2007 edition of Tax Notes. His Commentary, “CHAMP: How the Tax Court Finessed a Bad Statute,” appeared in Tax Notes on September 3. His article, “Baseball Autographs,” will be appearing in Tax Notes soon, hopefully before the World Series.

Wendy Parker spoke on the value of school integration at a symposium to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Central High Crisis at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law on September 21.

Linda Rogers presented a talk on “A Client Centered Approach to Teaching Legal Writing” at the Southeastern Legal Writing Conference held on September 7-8 at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Simone Rose presented a paper at the 2007 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference in August. The conference was co-sponsored by the IP Law Institutes of Berkeley, Cardozo and DePaul law schools. Prof. Rose’s paper, “Semiconductor Chips and Stem Cells: New Wine for New Bottles?” provides a contrast between semiconductor technology and the economics surrounding the semiconductor industry’s explosion in the 1980′s, with today’s stem cell technology and its surrounding economics, to make the case for sui-generis intellectual property protection for human embryonic stem cells.

David Shores recently completed an article entitled “Textualism and Intentionalism in Tax Litigation.” It will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Tax Lawyer, a peer reviewed journal published by the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.

Margaret Taylor completed an essay entitled “Refugee Roulette in an Administrative Law Context: The Déjà vu of Decisional Disparities in Agency Adjudication” for a symposium in the Stanford Law Review. Professor Taylor also spoke on “Enforcement Myths and Enforcement Realities” at a conference entitled Immigration: Recasting the Debate, held October 3-5 at Wake Forest University. The conference was the opening event for Wake Forest’s 2007-2008 Voices of Our Time speaker series.

George Walker participated this summer in a U.S. Naval War College program, International Law and Military Operations, sponsored by the College’s International Law Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies in Newport, R.I.

Ron Wright completed work on an article about criminal charge movement (to be published as part of a symposium issue of the Marquette Law Review), along with the second edition of his casebook on Sentencing Law and Policy. He moderated a panel on recent criminal procedure scholarship at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools in August. Recently, he delivered a lecture for the Hoffinger Criminal Justice colloquium at New York University. The Hoffinger lecture is a centerpiece of the criminal law program at the NYU School of Law, and is attended by leading scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and journalists in the New York City metropolitan area. Professor Wright spoke about the election campaigns of District Attorneys.