Noteworthy Faculty News
Last Update: 8/4/2014
Professor David Pimentel's book review Rule of Law Reform in Transitional States: Bringing Method to the Madness has been accepted for publication by the Santa Clara Journal of International Law. The review is of Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform by Rachel Kleinfeld, who delivered the Dean's Lecture here at ONU Law in April 2014.
Professor Scott Gerber's op-ed oped about the recent Fifth Circuit decision in Fisher v. University of Texas was published in the Huffington Post on July 17, 2014. It's been mentioned by Instapundit, How Appealing, and was reprinted in The Austin-American Statesman.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has granted review in New Jersey Department of Children and Families v. E.D.-O., a child endangerment case in which Professor Pimentel had filed an amicus brief supporting the petition for review. The case will be heard later this year, and Professor Pimentel has been asked to file another amicus brief on the merits.
Professor Mike Lewis has been invited by the South Korean Army to participate in a panel on unmanned aircraft and autonomous weapons as part of the 5th Annual International Symposium on Security and Military Law in Seoul on September 25, 2014.
The Supreme Court of Kansas, in State v. Cimmings, 305 Pac.3d 556 (Kan. 2013), relied heavily on Professor David Pimentel's article on criminal child neglect, overturning a conviction for involuntary manslaughter. The court quoted his article at considerable length, finding that the child endangerment standards used by the trial court were too vague to sustain a conviction.
Professor Mike Lewis will participate in a panel on drones and the rule of law for the European Forum Alpbach in Alpbach, Austria on August 21, 2014.
Professor Lauren Newell's article Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation has been accepted for publication in 15:2 (the psychology and lawyering symposium issue) of Nevada L(forthcoming spring 2015).
Professor Mike Lewis published an op-ed, Hamas perfects 'lawfare' in Gaza war which appeared in the Los Angeles Register on Friday, August 1st and in the Orange County Register on August 4th.
On September 17, 2014 Professor Bruce Frohnen will deliver the David Aldrich Nelson Lecture on Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Rochester Institute of Technology, speaking on Religion and the American Constitution. The following day he will deliver RIT's annual Constitution Day lecture on Virtue, Statesmanship, and the Constitution.
Professor Mike Lewis' International Myopia: Hamdan's Shortcut to "Victory" was cited twice by the the DC Circuit Court of Appeals (en banc) in Bahlul v. United States, (D.C. Circuit No. 11-1324, 7/14/14) (Brown, J. concurring in part, dissenting in part).
On August 29, 2014, Professor Bruce Frohnen will present a paper on Waivers, Federalism, and the Rule of Law at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Dean Bales has been invited to participate in the upcoming South Dakota Law Review Symposium on LGBTQ Issues and Law. ONU Law Class of 2014 alum Drew Pugsley and Dean Bales will co-author an article for the symposium, and Drew Pugsley will present the article.
Professor Bruce Frohnen participatedin an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Leadership Conference August 3-9, and delivered lectures on Constitutional Morality and The Impossibility of the French Revolution as well as conducting a seminar on Russell Kirk's book, The Conservative Mind.
Dean Bales and a former student have been invited to participate in the upcoming symposium Employment Law, Bargaining Power, and the Gap, sponsored by the Whittier Law Review in Costa Mesa, California on November 7, 2014.
Professor Deidre Keller presented Alienation, Over Investment, and Fetish: Narratives of Ownership in Selected Works of Toni Morrison and moderated a panel, Getting to Tenure / Mapping a Scholarly Agenda at the Eighth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop.
Professor Deidre Keller's article, "What He Said." The Transformative Potential of the Use of Copyrighted Content in Political Campaigns - or - How a Win for Mitt Romney Might Have Been a Victory for Free Speech, was just published at 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 497 (2014).
Professor Elena Helmer's article Anti-Corruption: 2013 has been published in The International Lawyer's special issue, The Year in Review.
Professor Kevin Hill, David Kisor (ONU Pharmacy College), and others published a piece on Pharmacogenetics and Personal Medicine in the journal Innovations in Pharmacy. The article examined an experimental course they co-taught to Pharmacy students using a blog.
Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian Brian Anderson presented a poster highlighting his field research in Rwanda; hosted the coffee talk La Langue Française en Bibliothéconomie: A Conversation for Speakers of All Proficiencies; and demonstrated productivity apps for the iPad at the annual Cool Tools Café at the Association of American Law Libraries Annual Conference this weekend.
Dean Bales moderated Deans & Directors "Hot topics" Panel, Reinventing Law School Libraries for a Digital Age at the Association of American Law Libraries Annual Conference.
- Dean Bales' article When a U.S. Domestic Court Can Enjoin a Foreign Court Proceeding, co-authored with Samantha Koeninger, was published at 22 Cardozo J. Int’l & Comparative L. 473 (2014).
Professor Elena Helmer has been re-appointed, for the third term, as a co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law International Anticorruption Committee. An exception from the ABA rule limiting the term in office to two years has been granted by the Section's President-Elect, Marcelo Bombau. Elena also has been appointed to vice-chair positions in the Airspace and Defense Industries Committee and the International Procurement Committee.
Director of Academic Support, Professor Nancy Sabol and Asst. Director of Academic Support, Laura DellAntonio presented on "Using the MPT to Teach Legal Reasoning" at the National Conference of the Association of Academic Support Educators on May 31, 2014, in Indianapolis.
Professor Scott Gerber's book review of John R. Vile, The Men Who Made the Constitution: Lives of the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, has been published by the Law and Politics Book Review and was included in Legal History Blog's Sunday book review roundup.
Professor Deidre Keller's article, Petrella v. MGM, published in BNA's daily IP digest quoted her extensively along with professors from NYU, George Washington University, and Howard University.
Professor Deidre Keller presented "Property and Persons: Some Preliminary Thoughts on Inherent Inalienability," at the annual conference of the Association of Law Property and Society at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
- Harvard University Press has provided an advanced contract to publish Professor Bruce Frohnen's book, "Constitutional Morality and the Rule of Law: Norms, Structure, and the Problem of Power," written by Bruce Frohnen and George W. Carey, late professor of government at Georgetown University.
- In February, Professor Michael Lewis lectured on the legality and efficacy of armed drones in conflicts with non-state actors at University of Missouri/Kansas City.
- Professor Michael Lewis delivered a lecture on drones and autonomous weapons to an IHL Workshop sponsored by the University of Illinois and the American Red Cross.
- Professor Michael Lewis debated the President’s constitutional authority to target American citizens overseas at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for Intelligence Squared/NPR Debate (paired with Alan Dershowitz (Harvard) in a debate against Noah Feldman (Harvard) and Hina Shamsi (ACLU)).
- In March Professor Michael Lewis taught classes on drones and autonomous weapons and the threshold for the use of force to the Operational Law of Armed Conflict course at the Army JAG School.
- Dean Bales' "hot topics" panel presentation proposal Deans and Directors Roundtable: Reinventing Law School Libraries for a Digital Age has been accepted for the Association of American Law Libraries Annual Conference in San Antonio, July 13, 2014.
- Professor Michael Lewis moderated a panel at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law on the legal and ethical implications of developments in IHL regarding targeting rules for both states and non-state actors.
- Professor Joanne Brant was quoted twice last week by two different NPR stations -- KCRW-Cleveland on May 15th and WOSU-Columbus on May 19th regarding the distinction in protection between the Constitutional rights of public versus private employees.
- Professor Michael Lewis was a panelist for a discussion of the legality and efficacy of drones both in foreign armed conflicts and domestic law enforcement with Prof. Farber (UMass) at UMass-Dartmouth.
- Professor Howard Fenton's panel presentation proposal Choosing an LL.M. Program in the United States has been accepted for the EducationUSA regional forum in Tbilisi, Georgia this coming September.
- Professor Michael Lewis was a panelist for a webcast on the legality of autonomous weapons for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard.
- On June 2, 2014 Professor Scott Gerber participated in a conference at Brown University about freedom of expression hosted jointly by Brown and Northwestern University School of Law.
- Professor Michael Lewis was a panelist in April at the American Enterprise Institute discussing John Yoo’s book “Point of Attack” on proposed changes to the rules governing the use of force. He discussed the same book with Prof. Yoo at a panel presentation to the New York Federalist Society.
- In May, Professor Michael Lewis lectured on legal issues surrounding the use of drones and the development of autonomous weapons to the National Air & Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
- Professor Scott Gerber's article in the American Journal of Legal History was reprinted in Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives (Robert M. Jarvis, ed., 2014).
- On April 4th, Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali published an op-ed in the New York Times, "Following Orders in Rwanda." Professor Kamatalie was then featured on Democracy Now! to discuss his op-ed.
- On April 18th, Professor Scott Gerber presented "Liberal Originalism: The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation" as part of the Cleveland State Law Review symposium about "History and the Meaning of the Constitution; mentions of the symposium were made on Legal History Blog and Originalism Blog.
- On March 31st, Professor Scott Gerber presented "Clarence Thomas, Fisher v. University of Texas, and the Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education" to a faculty colloquium at Georgia State University College of Law.
- Professor Scott Gerber's presented on "The Significance of the Bill of Rights in American Jurisprudence" at The League of Women Voters Bill of Rights Forum was featured on the local TV news.
- Professor Elena Helmer presented International NGOs: Anti-Corruption Compliance Challenges and Risks, at the ONU Law School 37th Annual Law Review Symposium, March 28, 2014.
- Professor Bruce Frohnen's review of Richard Epstein's The Classical Liberal Constitution has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Modern Age. His ebook proposal on the failure of constitutions has been accepted by PennPress.
- Professor David Pimentel was featured on WLIO's lead story on its 11 o'clock news on March 25, 2014, in conjunction with the station's coverage of the Crisis in Ukraine event hosted here at the law school on March 25, 2014. The news video can be viewed here.
- Professor Bruce Frohnen's book chapter John Adams: Statesmanship and the Limits of Popularity has been accepted for publication in Fornieri & Deutsch, eds., The Renewal of Statesmanship, to be published by University Press of Kentucky in early 2015.
- On March 14, 2014, Professor David Pimentel addressed a delegation of Armenian judges visiting the U.S. as part of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. His topic was judicial independence and judicial accountability, drawing on his scholarship in the area and his experience with these issues in the judiciaries of Bosnia and Nepal.
- Professor Bruce Frohnen's article Reading Constitutions Through Tocqueville's Eyes has been accepted for publication in Capital University Law Review.
- Professor David Pimentel's article Fearing the Bogeyman: How the Legal System's Overreaction to Perceived Danger Threatens Families and Children (written mostly last summer with the help of Sarah Shilvock, our "summer scholar" last year) will be published in the Pepperdine Law Review.
- Professor Bruce P. Frohnen's article The Irreducible, Minimal Morality of Law: Reconsidering the Positivist/Natural Law Divide in Light of Legal Purpose and the Rule of Law was just published at 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 467 (2014).
- Professor Howard Fenton's essay, The U.S. LLM for Foreign Lawyers: Real Value or Overpriced, Low-Utility Legal Education? was just published at 43 Int'l L. News 9 (Spring 2014).
- Dean Bales published an article co-authored with six other authors, A Comparative Analysis of Labor Outsourcing, has been accepted for publication at 31 Arizona J. Int'l & Comparative L. ___ (forthcoming 2014). The short essay [Law Review] Author Relations was just published at 30 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 237 (2013).
- Professor Lauren Newell, presented Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation, on February 21st at UNLV's Psychology and Lawyering: Coalescing the Field conference. The webcast for the conference is available here and Lauren appears at the end of Panel 2.
- Professor Scott Gerber was interviewed on March 25th by the ABA Journal on why Justic Thomas is so quiet on the bench.
- On March 21st, Professor Scott Gerber's paper Law and Religion in Colonial Connecticut was part of the regional faculty workshop at Valparaiso University Law School.
- Professor David Pimentel wrote, Prospects for the Rule of Law in South Sudan as a guest columnit for the Jurist.
- Dean Rick Bales co-authored casebook Cooper, Nolan, Bales, & Beford, ADR in the Workplace (West 2014) was published in early February.
- Professor Lauren Newell organized the semi-annual Ohio Legal Scholarship Workshop held at ONU Law on February 1st. Five of ONU Law's faculty members presented at the conference: Professor Brian Anderson presented Anticorruption Reform in Rwanda: Strengthening Institutions and the Rule of Law to Eliminate Corruption and Promote Good Governance; Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali presented The Limits of the First Amendment: Protecting American Citizens' Free Speech in the Era of Internet and Global Marketplace of Ideas; Professor Deidré Keller presented The Ill-Conceived "Right" to Abandon; Professor Lauren Newell presented Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation; and Professor David Pimentel presented Forfeitures as Excessive Fines: Finding a Practical and Principled Approach for Eighth Amendment Protection.
- On February 28th, Professor Scott Gerber presented at the University of Chicago as part of the annual symposium of the Midwest Journal of Law & Policy. The symposium is on The Jurisprudence of Affirmative Action: Past, Present, and Future.
- Professor Deidré Keller's article, Property and Persons: Some Prelininary Thoughts on Inherent Inalienabil has been accepted to be presented at the Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting.
- Professor Howard Fenton essay The American LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers: Real Value or More Over-priced Low-utility Legal Education? has been accepted for publication in the spring 2014 international legal education issue of International Law News. He will serve this spring on the Institute of International Education’s Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Review Panel.
- Professor Elena Helmer spoke on January 23rd in Washington, D.C. on International NGOs: Anti-Corruption Compliance Challenges and Risks, as part of the AMEX International / Rule of Law IQC Consortium lectures on international development.
- On January 21st, Professor Scott D. Gerber presented Law and Religion in Colonial Connecticut at a faculty workshop at Regent University School of Law.
- Andrea Schneider (Marquette) wrote an extraordinarily complimentary post over at ADR Prof Blog about Professor Lauren Newell, her scholarship, and her recent scholarly presentation at Cardozo.
- Professor Scott D. Gerber recently published The Fact of Legal Fiction, The Bencher 18 (November/December 2013), and Political Theory and Judicial Activism, 16 Green Bag 459 (2013);
- Professor Scott Gerber's article Law and the Lively Experiment in Colonial Rhode Island was mentioned on legal history blog, legal theory blog, and religion clause blog; and on November 26 he presented Law and Religion in Colonial Connecticut at a UVA Law faculty workshop.
- Dean Rick Bales' co-authored (with Cornel B. Juniarto & Stefanus Brian Audyanto) chapter on Indonesian labor and employment law was just published in the treatise William L. Keller & Timothy J. Darby, eds., International Labor and Employment Laws (Bloomberg BNA - ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law 2013).
Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali contributed with the chapter State-Building in Rwanda to the book, Reconstructing the Authoritarian State in Africa (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations) George Klay Kieh Jr. & Pita Ogaba Agbese, eds., which was published in September.
The International Criminal Court cited Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali's article From the ICTR to ICC: Learning from the ICTR Experience in Bringing Justice to Rwanda in the case of the Prosecutor v. Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, ICC-01/09-02/11, 7 February 2013.
Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali presented a paper, Time for Action: Making Non-State Actors Accountable for Their Human Rights Violations, at the conference The Social Practice of Human Rights: Changing the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy at the University of Dayton in October.
Professor Michael Lewis was featured on Al Jazeera America on October 22nd for his recent op-ed on drones published in the Washington Post. The same op-ed ran on October 30th in the Orange County Register.
Professor Bruce Frohnen’s article The Problem with Empathy: Constitutional Agnosticism, the Rights of Conscience, and the Quest for Community was just published at 18 Catholic Social Science Rev. 119 (2013). Also, his book review at The Library of Law and Liberty has been linked to by Real Clear Books.
Professor Scott Gerber presented Law and the Lively Experiment in Colonial Rhode Island as part of the capstone conference celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island's charter; the article will be published in the British Journal of American Legal Studies. His article Teaching the Legal History You Write About was just published at 53 American Journal of Legal History 410 (2013). His article The Supreme Court and the Uses of History (co-authored with Gordon S. Wood) has been published at 39 Ohio N. U. L. Rev. 435 (2013).
- Assistant Professor Brian Anderson’s has a blog post on Cornell's Legal Information Institute's Vox Populii, a blog that features two authors a month writing about emerging issues of law and technology. Professor Anderson’s post is about online legal information systems and the rule of law in Rwanda and other developing states.
- Professor Toni Clarke, was featured on the front page of the Lima News in an article about the Miranda warning.
Professor Bruce French was mentioned in connection with the Lima City School District and the Liberty Arts Magnet School.
Professor Lou Lobenhofer has been elected Vice Chair to the University Council and is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.
Dean Bales article, co-authored with Samantha Koeninger, When a U.S. Domestic Court Can Enjoin a Foreign Court Proceeding, will be published this spring by the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law.
Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali: On September 4th the book "Reconstructing the Authoritarian State in Africa (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations) [Hardcover] George Klay Kieh Jr. (Editor), Pita Ogaba Agbese (Editor) was published by Routledge. Professor Kamatali contributed to this book with a chapter "State-Building in Rwanda". http://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Authoritarian-Routledge-International-Relations/dp/0415855691
- The International Criminal Court cited Professor-Jean Marie Kamatali’s article in the case of the Prosecutor V. Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, ICC-01/09-02/11, 7 February 2013http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/doc/doc1549471.pdf
- Professor John Martin recently published A Primer on the Deduction, Valuation, and Substantiation of Charitable Contributions, 5 Estate Planning & Community Property L.J. 371 (2013).
- The Atlantic ran a cover story on drones by Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, and included an essay by Professor Michael Lewis reviewing the article. Professor Lewis’ essay is Drones: Actually the Most Humane Form of Warfare Ever. Congratulations also to Professor Lewis because Slate blogger picked up the recent piece he co-authored recently with Emily Crawford of the University of Sydney.
- Professor Bruce French was recognized by the Lima City School District for his teaching a civics class at Liberty Arts Magnet School.
- Dean Richard Bales was contacted and quoted by WKSU News regarding labor relations and unions. Read the article here.
- Professor Elena Helmer has just been appointed, for the second term, co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law Anti-corruption Committee. This appointment puts her in charge of all the Committee publications, the website, social media sites, and the law school/young lawyers outreach. She also just published Elena Helmer, et al., 2012 Year in Review: Anti-Corruption, 47 Int'l Law. 367-386 (2013). The International Lawyer has the second largest circulation of all law journals after The Harvard Law Review, with over 24,000 subscribers in more than 90 countries.
- Professor Howard Fenton. (1) The ONUL Rule of Law / LLM Program is a member of a team that USAID has just awarded $500 million for five years to promote the rule of law. (2) Howard has drafted a proposal to create a Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law to bid on and participate in these USAID projects.
- Professor Howard Fenton spent the first week of July in Pristina, Kosovo training for lawyers from the Office of the President, the Kosovo Judicial Council, and the Kosovo Prosecutors Council on drafting administrative regulations.
- On September 1, 2013, Professor Bruce Frohnen will present a paper on Alexis de Tocqueville's mode of constitutional interpretation at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting, and will participate on a panel dealing with the work of George W. Carey on constitutional morality and the rule of law.
- On September 17, Professor Bruce Frohnen he will participate in a debate at Colgate University on Originalism vs. the Living Constitution; his interlocutor will be David A. Strauss of the University of Chicago Law School.
- On October 10-12, Professor Bruce Frohnen will participate in a Liberty Fund colloquium on the work of Bertrand de Jouvenel.
- Congratulations to Professor Bruce Frohnen who will be serving as a Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Jurisprudence at Colgate University for the spring semester of 2014.
- Assistant Professor Lauren Newell’s article, Mickey Goes to France: A Case Study of the Euro Disneyland Negotiations, has been accepted for publication by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
- In June, Assistant Professor Lauren Newell presented a work-in-progress, Negotiating Hungry: An Empirical Study of the Effect of Hunger on Negotiation, at the Ohio Legal Scholarship Workshop, hosted by the University of Dayton.
- In November, Assistant Professor Lauren Newell will present an updated version of that article in New York at the AALS Section on Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Conference, hosted by Cardozo Law School.
- In February 2014, Assistant Professor Lauren Newell will present Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation in Las Vegas at the Psychology and Lawyering: Coalescing the Field conference hosted by UNLV.
- Professor David Pimentel’s article, Forfeitures Revisited, in the latest issue of the Nevada Law Journal, was cited by the Seventh Circuit in June. The unanimous opinion, authored by Judge Richard Posner, overturned a forfeiture granted by the trial court and, consistent with David's arguments, signaled a new skepticism of the government's sweeping claims to property seized during law enforcement activity.
- At the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Professor Pimentel chaired a panel on Promoting the Rule of Law in Precarious Places: Noble Pursuit or Fool's Errand? and presented on a separate panel: The Syrian Civil War: Prospects for Intervention, Justice and Post-Conflict Rebuilding.
- In June, Professor David Pimentel presented a paper at Cardozo Law to the Int’l Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family. His topic was State Intervention in Parental Discretion: Enforcing Overprotective Norms.
- In May, Professor David Pimentel traveled to Istanbul to present a paper co-authored with Assistant Professor Brian Anderson at the International Symposium on Human Rights and the Islamic World: The Case of Iraq. The title of his presentation was Judicial Independence and the Role of Shari’a in a Modern Constitutional Democracy. Also in May, Professor Pimentel participated with the Rule of Law Cooperative of the University of South Carolina, conducting interagency training of US personnel (Military, State Dept., USAID, DOJ, and Commerce Dept.) who were being sent throughout the world. His topic was Interagency Rule of Law Planning – the Case of South Sudan.
- Professor Deidré Keller’s article "What He Said...": Considering the Transformative Potential of the Use of Copyrighted Content in Political Campaigns was presented at University of Kentucky College of Law in March, and has been accepted for publication in Vanderbilt's Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. In addition, she presented as a work-in-progress her article Why Intellectual Property Needs Property at the Drake Law's 2013 IP Scholars Roundtable in April. The event was live-blogged.
- Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor Andrea Alexander presented in Chicago this June at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing with a fellow law librarian from Boston University, advocating for legal research instruction to include social media investigation, due to its increasingly frequent use in litigation and negotiation. On July 15th, she presented at the American Association for Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Seattle, discussing a similar topic and moderating a panel of three experts, including one of our own local alums, attorney, and guardian ad litem Erin Downing Esq., JD '07.
- Professor David Pimentel & Assistant Professor Brian Anderson’s article Judicial Independence in Post-Conflict Iraq: Establishing the Rule of Law in an Islamic Constitutional Democracy has been accepted for publication this fall in the George Washington International Law Review.
- Reference Librarians and Assistant Professors Andrea Alexander & Brian Anderson presented a poster at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting's poster session in Seattle, WA, in July 2013. The poster, titled "Neutrality in Academic Law Libraries: The Law Library as Switzerland," looked at library management and organizational theory, compared with Switzerland's policy of armed neutrality, to guide how academic law libraries interact with students, faculty, and administrators of law colleges and universities. Separately, Andrea and Brian were recognized in the latest issue of the American Association of Law Libraries magazine Spectrum, for placing third in the association's annual photo contest in the category "the artistry of librarianship." The photo, taken in the Taggart Law Library's Rare Book Room, shows the merging of old and new technologies, with a rare book situated next to an iPad used for research.
- Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor Brian Anderson received a $4,150 grant from the American Association of Law Libraries for a research project titled Determining the Role of Law Libraries in the Republic of Rwanda: A Survey of Users, Uses, and Overall Legal Society. Brian traveled to Rwanda in June 2013 to tour libraries, including all the law libraries in Rwanda, and to speak with library administrators, users, and others about the role of law libraries and legal information in Rwanda. He anticipates several future publications based on this research. Separately, Professor Anderson will present a paper at the Law Via the Internet conference in Jersey (channel island) in September.
- Professor Michael Lewis was at Penn State in July taping a PBS episode of "World on Trial" set to air in the late fall. On July 9, 2013, he was the featured guest on WUSB's (Stony Brook, Long Island 90.1 FM) weekly news magazine show discussing drones.
- Dean Richard Bales will be on a panel at the AALS Annual Meeting in January 2014 discussing student and student-faculty scholarship.