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Professor Dallan Flake presented his latest research paper, "Reasonable Religious Accommodations," at the Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference, the Central States Law Schools Association Annual Meeting, and the Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law. He argues in the paper that courts are wrong to evaluate the reasonableness of a religious accommodation solely from the employer's perspective. Instead, courts should consider the burden an accommodation would impose on the employer and employee alike. The paper proposes a new conceptualization of reasonableness that focuses, in part, on how an accommodation would impact an employee's terms or conditions of employment. 
Professor Rebecca Rosenberg spoke at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference in Boca Raton, FL. As part of a panel called “Tax Policy Reforms in the 21st Century,” she presented on the topic of “Foreign tax credits after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Still important, and better than accurate."
Professor Deidré Keller wrote an op-ed titled “Treatment of migrant children goes beyond rule of law,” which ran in the Columbus Dispatch. Joined by Professor Karen Hall, she expresses concern that these children are being traumatized, which comes with a lifetime of consequences, and calls for compassionate policy change.
Professor Lauren Newell's article, Rebooting Empathy for the Digital Generation Lawyer, was published in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (34 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 1 (2019)).
Professor Lauren Newell moderated and presented on a panel called “What I’m Reading” at the 21st Annual American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also co-chaired and judged the 2019 Law Student National Representation in Mediation National Competition, which took place at the Spring Conference.
Professor Dallan Flake presented his paper "Interactive Religious Accommodations" at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He was invited to present as part of a panel on increasing religious tension in the workplace. The paper was the only one selected from a nationwide call for articles on the topic. The paper argues that employers should be required to engage in the same interactive process with employees seeking religious accommodations as they are with employees seeking disability accommodations.
Associate Dean Deidre' Keller and Professor Lauren Newell both participated in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools' Annual Conference. Dean Keller moderated the panel, "Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship" and Professor Newell was a discussant in the discussion group, "The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution Scholarship."
Professor Dallan Flake's article, “When Should Employers Be Liable for Factoring Biased Customer Feedback into Employment Decisions?” was published in Volume 102 – Issue 5 of the Minnesota Law Review. The article examines the role that customer feedback can play in business decisions. He argues that employers should be held to a negligence standard, whereby their liability depends on whether they knew, or reasonably should have known, that the data used to make employment decisions was tainted by customer bias.
Associate Dean Deidré Keller presented her paper, "Limiting Lessons from Property: Re-imagining the Public Domain in the Image of the Public Trust Doctrine” at the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Law Journal, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky College of Law, hosted the symposium, “Intermeddlers or Innovators? States and Federal Copyright Law,” in October. The event featured a diverse group of speakers and facilitated discussion among scholars working on issues including copyright, administrative law, state constitutional law, federal constitutional law, tax law and art law.
Professor Dallan Flake presented his paper, “Do Ban-the-Box Laws Really Work?” at the International Law & Society Association Conference in Toronto. Professor Flake presented the results of an experiment he conducted to determine whether laws that protect ex-offenders from having to disclose their criminal record on job applications increases their likelihood of receiving a callback interview. The experiment also examined whether these laws help ex-offenders of certain races more than others. His data show that ban-the-box laws do increase an ex-offender's chances of a callback, and that black ex-offenders benefit more than white or Latino ex-offenders from these laws. Professor Flake's research is set to be published in the Iowa Law Review.