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  • 10.12.18 Block Center Hosts Tax Theorist and Author Tsilly Dagan for International Tax Policy Discussion
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    The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law hosted leading tax theorist Tsilly Dagan, Professor of Law at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, for a discussion of her new book, International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which received the 2018 IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for worldwide excellence in research on international tax law.

  • 10.12.18 Professor Roberta Karmel Discusses Tesla-SEC Settlement with Bloomberg
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    Professor Roberta Karmel, an internationally renowned securities regulation expert and former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was quoted in an Oct. 10 Bloomberg story about how a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk may affect his settlement in a fraud suit with the SEC.

  • 10.08.18 Brooklyn Law School Mourns the Passing of Professor Emerita Marilyn Walter
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    The Brooklyn Law School community is mourning the loss of Professor Emerita Marilyn Walter, a member of the faculty for 38 years and former director of the Law School’s highly acclaimed Legal Writing Program. Professor Walter died on Oct. 5 at age 75.

  • 09.25.18 In The New York Times, Professor Jodi Balsam Comments on Public Database of Barred Athletes
    Jodi Balsam

    Professor Jodi Balsam, a sports law expert and former in-house counsel at the National Football League, was quoted in a Sept. 25 story in The New York Times about efforts by the U.S. Center for SafeSport to develop a database of Olympic athletes, as well as others overseeing their development, who have been barred from their respective sports for sexual misconduct and other misdeeds.

  • 09.21.18 Center for Criminal Justice Hosts Issa Kohler-Hausmann for Discussion of Her Book Misdemeanorland
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    At a book talk sponsored by the Center for Criminal Justice, Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale, discussed her recent book, Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing (Princeton University Press, 2018). Through an in-depth look at the consequences of New York City’s dramatically expanded policing of low-level offenses, Kohler-Hausmann shows how the lower reaches of the criminal justice system operate as a form of social control and surveillance, often without adjudicating cases or imposing formal punishment.

  • 09.17.18 Professor Anita Bernstein Again Named Top-Cited Scholar in Torts and Products Liability
    Anita Bernstein

    Professor Anita Bernstein has again been recognized as one of the most highly cited scholars in the field of Torts and Products Liability, according to Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, an influential legal blog.

  • 09.14.18 Professor Miriam Baer Comments on Manafort Deal and Mueller Investigation for Vox and CBS News
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    Professor Miriam Baer recently spoke with Vox about Paul Manafort’s plea deal with federal prosecutors and CBS News about the state of the ongoing Mueller investigation.

  • 09.13.18 In New York Law Journal, Professors Janger and Twerski Say Amazon Must Clarify its Role and Liability
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    In a Commentary article appearing in the Sept. 13 edition of the New York Law Journal, Professors Edward Janger and Aaron Twerski argue that Amazon, the world's second-largest retailer, must clarify its role—and potential liability—in the sale of goods on its site. They posit that court decisions that won't hold Amazon liable for injuries inflicted by products purchased off its site (but are technically "sold" by third parties) are unfair and hurt consumers, and that Amazon should not get to have it both ways—to be regarded as a retailer or as a market platform depending on how it suits them.

  • 09.12.18 Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton Launches Law and Policy Series
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    Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton this month launched the new Dean’s Law and Policy Series, a monthly program for the Law School community that showcases faculty expertise on critical issues of the day and engages the audience in a lively Q&A.

  • 09.06.18 Professor Jodi Balsam Tells Canadian Network TSN Why NHL May Settle Concussion Lawsuit
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    Professor Jodi Balsam, a sports law expert and former in-house counsel at the National Football League, was quoted in a Sept. 5 story on Canadian sports network TSN about why the National Hockey League may now be willing to discuss a settlement in a contentious concussion lawsuit brought by former players.

  • 08.30.18 In New York Law Journal Column, Professor Robin Effron Offers Doubt on Justice Roberts’ Possible Centrist Lean
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    In an Outside Counsel column that appeared in the August 30 edition of the New York Law Journal, Professor Robin Effron cautioned those who might see Chief Justice John Roberts as the new centrist or “swing vote” on a Court that would include President Trump’s nominee D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Effron points to the Chief Justice’s record on cases concerning “the small stuff,” or legal technicalities, as proof of his decidedly conservative leanings.

  • 08.19.18 Professor Miriam Baer Discusses Manafort Trial with CBS News

    Professor Miriam Baer, an expert in criminal law, spoke with CBS News about the trial of Paul Manafort and other related news, as jury deliberations began in the trial of the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

  • 08.17.18 In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Professor Heidi Gilchrist Warns of the Risks of Politicizing Security Clearances
    Professor Heidi Gilchrist

    In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Professor Heidi Gilchrist, a former CIA analyst and expert on national security issues, raised concerns over politicization of security clearances in the wake of news that President Donald Trump had revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, a move apparently motivated by personal retribution.

  • 08.03.18 Professor Andrew Gold, an Expert in Corporate Law, Fiduciary Law and Private Law Theory, Joins the Faculty
    Professor Andrew Gold

    Professor Andrew Gold, an expert in corporate law, fiduciary law, and private law theory (including contract theory, tort theory, and property theory), has joined the Law School faculty from DePaul University College of Law, where he taught since 2004. His teaching focuses on Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Securities Fraud, and Jurisprudence.

  • 07.30.18 Professor Miriam Baer Discusses Trump-Cohen Tape with CBS News

    Professor Miriam Baer, an expert in white collar crime and criminal law, spoke with CBS News about the legal implications of a recently released tape recording between President Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen.

  • 07.25.18 In The New York Times, Professor Jodi Balsam Discusses How Professional Sports Leagues Handle Concussion Lawsuits
    Jodi Balsam

    Professor Jodi Balsam, a sports law expert and former in-house counsel at the National Football League, was quoted in a July 24 story in The New York Times about the differing approaches being used by professional sports leagues, particularly the NFL and the National Hockey League, in their handling of concussion lawsuits.

  • 07.18.18 Carmen Maria Rey ’06 Returns to Brooklyn Law School to Teach in Safe Harbor Project
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    For Carmen Maria Rey ’06, returning to the Law School as Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Law feels like coming home. For 2018-19, Rey will be working in the Safe Harbor Project with Professor Stacy Caplow, Associate Dean of Professional Legal Education.

  • 07.17.18 Professor K. Sabeel Rahman Named President of Demos
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    Professor K. Sabeel Rahman, a widely published constitutional and administrative law scholar and expert in democratic participation and civic engagement in the United States, has been named the next president of Demos, a public policy organization focused on ensuring equality in the American democratic process and economy.

  • 07.14.18 New President of the New York Federal Reserve Holds Town Hall Meeting at Brooklyn Law School
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    Newly appointed Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John C. Williams capped off a day of meetings in Brooklyn with representatives of business, community development organizations, education institutions, and government on July 11 with a lively town hall at Brooklyn Law School. The event, moderated by Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton, covered a wide range of topics from how to stave off the next financial crisis to the role of cryptocurrency in the modern economy. This town hall was part of the New York Fed’s ongoing effort to assess economic conditions in the Federal Reserve’s Second District.

  • 07.12.18 Professor William Araiza Weighs in on SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh
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    Professor William Araiza, a widely published constitutional law scholar, has been quoted extensively in recent media coverage of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, providing insight into the background and opinions of President Donald Trump’s choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • 07.09.18 In The Wall Street Journal, Professor David Reiss Explains Benefits of ‘Bump’ Clauses in Real Estate Deals
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    Professor David Reiss, an expert in Real Estate Finance and Consumer Finance Law and founding director of the Law School’s Community Development Clinic, was quoted in a July 6 story in The Wall Street Journal about “bump” clauses, which allow a seller to enter into a contract with a buyer while continuing to market the property and then “bump” the original buyer if a better deal comes along.

  • 07.06.18 Professor Jodi Balsam Weighs in on the Legal Issues Raised by Wearable Technology in Sports
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    In a recent interview with Law360, Professor Jodi Balsam, a sports law expert and former in-house counsel at the National Football League, discussed legal issues that accompany the use of wearable technology in sports. Wearable devices—such as those from Garmin, Fitbit, and athletic companies including Nike and Adidas—are transforming sports through the collection and use of data to improve performance of individual athletes and teams.

  • 07.03.18 Professor William Araiza Discusses Recent SCOTUS Rulings with Law360
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    Professor William Araiza, a widely published constitutional law scholar, discussed recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court with Law360, explaining how the justices used their opinions to sway future decisions on key legal issues. With no precedent-setting majority opinions in the SCOTUS term, the individual justices wrote separate concurring opinions aimed at influencing lower court decisions on contentious matters.

  • 07.02.18 Shane Dizon Joins Law School as Director of Academic Success Program
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    Shane Dizon has joined the Law School as Associate Professor of Academic Success and Director of the Academic Success Program. He will succeed Professor Linda Feldman, the longtime director of the program who will retire at the end of July.  

  • 06.29.18 Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton Authors Op-ed in The Hill on Refugee Law at the Southern Border
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    In an op-ed for The Hill, Professor Maryellen Fullerton, a recognized expert on asylum and refugee law, calls on leaders of the United States to live up to the nation’s moral and legal obligations and stop violating the laws governing the treatment of individuals seeking asylum.

  • 06.22.18 On NPR, Professor Minna Kotkin Discusses Job Candidate Screening in the #MeToo Era
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    Professor Minna Kotkin, an expert on issues of employment discrimination and sexual harassment, spoke with National Public Radio about more stringent hiring procedures companies are implementing in light of the #MeToo movement.

  • 06.18.18 Professor Kate Mogulescu Co-Authors Op-ed in The Hill Supporting Human Trafficking Survivors
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Law Kate Mogulescu

    In a policy change that could have dire consequences, the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) recently dealt a significant blow to legal services for survivors of human trafficking, when it belatedly included language prohibiting the use of $77 million of grants to help survivors clear their criminal records that resulted from their victimization. The change, prompted by the Trump administration, denies survivors access to critical legal representation that helps them achieve independence, safety and stability, argues Professor Kate Mogulescu in an op-ed she co-authored with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. in The Hill.

  • 06.04.18 Professor Julian Arato Discusses Trade War with BBC World News
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    Professor Julian Arato, an expert in international economic law and co-director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, spoke with BBC World News about a potential trade war and President Donald Trump’s national security justification.

  • 05.22.18 Professor Miriam Baer Discusses Mueller Probe and President’s Demand for DOJ Investigation with CBS News and Vox

    Professor Miriam Baer, an expert in white collar crime and criminal law, spoke with CBS News on the one-year anniversary of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. She later spoke with CBS News and Vox about President Donald Trump’s demand via Twitter that the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

  • 05.16.18 In Article for Eater by Andrea Strong ’94, Professor William Araiza Weighs in on Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
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    In a recent article for the popular website Eater by Andrea Strong ’94, constitutional law scholar Professor William Araiza discusses what an imminent decision in the Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission means for the food industry—and LGBTQ rights.

  • 05.15.18 Professor Jodi Balsam Says SCOTUS Decision on Sports Gambling Has Pitfalls
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    The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting. The ruling is a victory for New Jersey, which was at the center of the case, and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.

    Professor Jodi Balsam, a sports law expert and former in-house counsel at the National Football League, spoke with Law360 about the decision and what it means for the gaming industry and states that wish to legalize sports betting.

  • 05.14.18 Dean Nick Allard Discusses Cohen Payments with CBS News and Slate
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    Dean Nick Allard, who has been a frequent commentator on issues related to lobbying and the inner workings of Washington, D.C., was featured in recent stories about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's alleged peddling of information about the president to corporations.

  • 05.03.18 Dean Nick Allard Delivers Keynote at St. Francis College Charter Day
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    Dean Nick Allard delivered the keynote address on April 27 at St. Francis College’s Charter Day Convocation, which commemorates the 134th anniversary of the chartering of the Brooklyn-based school. The event also honored academic award winners from the St. Francis Class of 2018, including new inductees into the college’s Duns Scotus Honor Society.

  • 04.27.18 Professor William Araiza Discusses Travel Ban and DACA with RNN TV
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    Professor William Araiza was interviewed about legal developments in two of the most important matters currently being addressed by the U.S. court system—the Trump Administration’s 15-month old travel ban and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—on the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program, “Richard French Live,” on RNN news network.

  • 04.25.18 Dean Allard Applauds Recommendation to ABA That Would Eliminate LSAT Requirement
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    Dean Nick Allard has issued a statement of support for the proposal put forward by the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee (SRC) of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar that would eliminate the longstanding requirement that law schools use the LSAT for admissions. The move is viewed as a way to attract highly talented and diverse candidates with an interest in pursuing a law degree.

  • 04.20.18 LGBT Advocacy Clinic Wins Historic Settlement for Client
    Professor Susan Hazeldean

    Under the guidance of Professor Susan Hazeldean, students in the Law School’s LGBT Advocacy Clinic recently obtained a historic $100,000 settlement for a transgender woman who was brutally raped while incarcerated in a maximum security men’s prison. The Civil Rights Clinic at Cardozo School of Law served as co-counsel.

  • 04.19.18 Professor William Araiza Keynote at Stetson Law Symposium to be Webcast
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    Professor William Araiza will be the keynote speaker and his latest book, Animus: A Short Introduction to Bias in the Law (NYU Press 2017), will be featured at a symposium hosted by Stetson Law Review on Friday, April 20, that will be available to view by webcast.

  • 04.11.18 Professor Miriam Baer Discusses F.B.I. Raid and Mueller Probe with The New York Times and Vox
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    Professor Miriam Baer, an expert in white collar crime and criminal law and an associate director of the Law School’s Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, was quoted in recent stories on issues related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the F.B.I. raids of the office, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.

  • 04.06.18 Symposium Considers What Closing Rikers Means for Brooklyn
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    Following an advocate-driven campaign to #CLOSERikers and a report recommending closure from the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform chaired by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year his intention to close the Rikers Island Jail Complex over the next 10 years, replacing it with a system of smaller, borough-based jails. The Law School recently hosted “Decarcerate Brooklyn: What Closing Rikers Means for Our Borough,” a discussion with faculty, elected officials, attorneys in the field, and reform advocates to consider what closing Rikers Island means for Brooklyn and, more broadly, the entire city. The Brooklyn House of Detention—located blocks from the Law School—is the proposed site of the new and expanded local jail, but it is far from a done deal. Instead, there are many issues to resolve in the coming months and years.

  • 03.28.18 Sparer Forum Explores Issues of Sexual Harassment and Low-Income Workers
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    Amid the uproar about sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement, little attention has been paid to women in low-income jobs who often suffer from harassment by supervisors and co-workers and face additional intersectional discrimination based on race, nationality, and age. On March 22, a panel of leading scholars and experts explored the legal and policy issues specific to these workers at the Law School’s annual Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Forum.

  • 03.20.18 Zaretsky Roundtable and Insolvency Symposium Draw Leading Scholars, Judges and Practitioners
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    Distinguished scholars, judges, and legal practitioners in the areas of bankruptcy and M&A gathered at the Law School recently for the Barry L. Zaretsky Roundtable Discussion: Bankruptcy M&A and the symposium held the following day The Market for Corporate Control in the Zone of Insolvency . Both events were moderated by Edward Janger, the David M. Barse Professor of Law, a nationally recognized scholar in bankruptcy issues, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation.

  • 03.16.18 In Forbes, Professor Miriam Baer Weighs in on Potential Criminal Charges for Theranos Founder

    Professor Miriam Baer, an expert in white collar crime and criminal law and an associate director of the Law School’s Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, was quoted in a March 15 Forbes story about Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos who agreed to settle with the SEC on fraud charges this week. Baer commented on the potential for Holmes to face criminal charges, explaining that, although Holmes and the company didn't admit or deny the allegations that she deceived investors to raise $700 million, she could still face jail time if prosecutors decide to pursue her.

  • 03.12.18 Professor Edward Janger Testifies at Senate Hearing on Small Business Bankruptcy
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    Edward Janger, the David M. Barse Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts on March 7 in the session on Small Business Bankruptcy: Assessing the System.

  • 03.08.18 In an NBC News Story, Professor Julian Arato Weighs in on Looming Trade Wars
    Brooklyn Law School - Assistant Professor of Law Julian Arato

    Professor Julian Arato, an expert in international economic law and co-director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, was quoted in a March 8 NBC News story exploring the potential impact of the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. Arato commented on the potential for litigation under existing trade law, explaining what might happen if the proposed tariffs trigger a trade war.

  • 02.28.18 Professor Andrew Gold, an Expert in Corporate Law, Fiduciary Law and Private Law Theory, to Join Faculty
    Professor Andrew Gold

    Brooklyn Law School has appointed Andrew Gold as professor of law. Gold, an expert in corporate law, fiduciary law, and private law theory (including contract theory, tort theory, and property theory) will be teaching at the Law School in the fall.

  • 02.23.18 Professor Alex Stein Appointed to Israeli Supreme Court
    Professor Alex Stein

    Professor Alex Stein has been appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court by the country’s Judicial Appointments Committee. 

  • 02.22.18 Health Law Symposium Explores Liability for Defective Drug and Medical Device Design
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    Since the advent of the modern products liability era, courts have had difficulty with claims alleging that drugs or medical devices were defectively designed. Distinguished scholars and practitioners in the area of products liability gathered at the Law School in February to explore issues related to such claims and discuss the most recent case law on the subject.

  • 02.21.18 In Vox Story, Professor Miriam Baer Explains the Legal Theory Behind Robert Mueller’s Latest Indictments
    Professor Miriam Baer

    In a Vox story, Professor Miriam Baer explained the theory behind the charges against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, accusing them of conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and help Donald Trump win the White House.

  • 02.13.18 Professor William Araiza Leads Timely Discussion of his Recent Book on Animus in the Law
    Bill Araiza

    Professor Araiza was joined by other constitutional law faculty on Feb. 6 for a timely and engaging panel discussion about his most recent book and the concept of animus.

  • 02.12.18 Dean Nick Allard Profiled in ABA Publication Highlighting Lawyers Working in the Public Interest
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    Dean Nick Allard is featured in the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Services Winter 2017-2018 Newsletter, which reaches thousands of members of the ABA’s Division for Public Services comprising distinguished legal scholars, judges, lawyers in the public interest community, private firm practitioners, corporate and government analysts, health professionals, scientists, and economists.

  • 02.08.18 Brooklyn Law School Mourns the Passing of Professor Emeritus Richard T. Farrell ‘64
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    The Brooklyn Law School community is mourning the loss of Professor Emeritus Richard T. Farrell ’64, a beloved member of the faculty for more than 50 years. Farrell died at the age of 80 on February 7.

  • 01.19.18 Professor Linda Feldman Honored, Faculty Share Expertise at AALS Annual Meeting
    Linda Feldman

    Dean Nick Allard and Vice Dean Steven Dean led a delegation of faculty and staff from the Law School at the 112th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Jan. 3-6, in San Diego, which drew thousands of law school faculty, deans, administrators, and scholars from around the country. A highlight of the annual gathering was the honoring of Professor Linda Feldman with the Section on Academic Support Award.

  • 01.09.18 Professor Sabeel Rahman’s Research on American Democracy Highlighted in Washington Monthly
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    There is a major democratic participation problem in the United States, particularly among the young, minorities, and lower-income people, and fixing it starts at the local level, according to a white paper coauthored by Professor K. Sabeel Rahman and cited in a recent Washington Monthly article by Hollie Russon-Gilman and Elena Souris.

  • 01.03.18 Professor Heidi K. Brown on Fear and Lawyering in the ABA Journal
    Heidi Brown

    Professor Heidi K. Brown kicked off the new year with an article in the ABA Journal about acknowledging—and conquering—fear of lawyering.