Two Faculty Members Appointed to Endowed Positions

Mercer Law School has announced the appointment of two faculty members to endowed positions. Professor Timothy Floyd has been named to the Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy and Professor Linda Jellum to the Ellison Caper Palmer Sr. Professorship, effective January 2014. Professors Floyd and Jellum were recognized at a reception in their honor on March 11.

Law Day 2014

Mercer University School of Law will host the 2014 Law Day luncheon with the Honorable Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, scheduled to deliver the keynote address. The event will be held Friday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the University Center on Mercer’s Macon campus. Registration is available online.  Following the luncheon, three events will take place at the Law School: the Hugh Lawson III Moot Court Competition, a 2 hour CLE seminar titled "Ethics and Professionalism: Perpectives After 40 Years at the Bar" and an all-class alumni reception.

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in July & August 2013

Assistant Professor Zack Buck gave a presentation titled “Caring Too Much: Misapplying the False Claims Act to Target Overtreatment” at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J., June 8. He was also selected as Health Law Scholar for the upcoming Health Law Workshop at Saint Louis University. Buck also published an article titled “Caring Too Much: Misapplying the False Claims Act to Target Overtreatment" in the Ohio State Law Journal. He has an article titled “The Indefinite Quarantine: A Public Health Review of Chronic Inconsistencies in Sexually Violent Predator Statutes” accepted for publication in St. John’s Law Review.

Professor David Hricik served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He co-authored an op-ed published in the New York Times with Chief Judge Rader and Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara Law School. Hricik also completed the second editions of his co-authored case book on property law and his treatise for lawyers on ethical issues in patent prosecution and was recently appointed to the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Professor Mark L. Jones, along with Dr. Paul Lewis and Kelly Reffitt, co-published “Toward Human Flourishing: Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation” (Mercer University Press) in May. The book consists of a collection of essays and other materials growing from a series of interdisciplinary initiatives undertaken between 2005 and 2010 within Mercer University’s Professionalism and Vocation Across the Professions Project and Phronesis Project for the Exploration of Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation. These initiatives involved more than 150 faculty and a significant number of students from Mercer’s 11 colleges and schools. The book explores the relevance to contemporary education of a number of Aristotelian convictions and calls educators—whether teacher, scholar or administrator—to join together across disciplines and institutions to foster practical wisdom throughout the educational continuum.

Walter F. George School of Law 
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 Stephen Johnson's article “Teaching for Tomorrow: Utilizing Technology to Implement the Reforms of MacCrate, Carnegie, and Best Practices” is forthcoming in the Nebraska Law Review. His article “The Changing Discourse of the Supreme Court” is forthcoming in the University of New Hampshire Law Review.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Kidd along with Todd Zywicki, published an article titled "Does Increased Litigation Increase Justice in a Second-Best World" in American Illness (Frank Buckley, ed., Yale University Press 2013). Kidd, along with Michael Krause, had another article titled "Rich, Smart, Honest?: Does Success Lead to Unethical Lawyering," accepted for publication in St. Thomas Law Journal. Kidd gave a presentation titled "It's an investment, not a loan" before the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in Philadelphia, July 11, and was on a panel titled "Money, Politics, and State Courts: A Threat to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary?" at the American Constitution Society National Convention, June 14.

W.A. Bootle Chair in Ethics and Professionalism Patrick Longan gave a presentation titled “The Use of All Your Powers Along Lines of Excellence” at the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Professionalism Luncheon in Atlanta in May. He also gave a presentation titled “Incivility in Litigation: Causes, Contours and Cures” at the State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Law Section CLE in Atlanta in March. He gave another presentation titled “An Introduction to Professionalism Through the Life and Vision of the Honorable Harold G. Clarke” as part of the John Marshall Law School Professionalism Series in Atlanta.

Professor David Ritchie spoke at the inaugural event of a program developed by the Federal Magistrates School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on comparative aspects of immigration policy. His talk was titled “The Moral and Rhetorical Aspects of the Immigration Policy Debate in the U.S.” He has also been made a Distinguished Fellow in the Institute for Social and Cultural Research at the Macau University of Science and Technology, where he is consulting on programs that explore the colonial similarities between Macau and Brazil. While in Asia, he also taught a short course titled “Economic Constitutionalism in Asia” at the Nankai University School of Law.

Professor and SBLI/W. Homer Drake, Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law Michael Sabbath was the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association’s 23rd Annual Seminar that was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., May 3-5. Sabbath presented papers titled “Bankruptcy and the Elderly,” “Issues Involving Student Loans in Bankruptcy” and “The Supreme Court’s Decision in Stern v. Marshall and Fraudulent Conveyances.”

Associate Professor Jennifer Sheppard presented “Aspen’s Custom Publishing: Why Legal Writing Faculty Should Take Advantage of This Opportunity” at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference in April.

Associate Professor Karen Sneddon received the Reynold J. Kosek Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award during the Walter F. George School of Law’s 2013 commencement. She spoke at the AALS Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Law School Teachers held June 20 in Washington D.C. Sneddon also published an article titled “Measuring Student Progress: Assessing and Providing Feedback” in Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw co-authored “Immigration and the LGBT Client” in the “Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2013-14 Edition.” He also wrote an article titled “Immigration for Same-Sex Couples in a Post-DOMA World” for The Huffington Post on July 26. He was on a panel titled “Immigration and the LGBT Client” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference in San Francisco in June. He was on a panel titled “Immigration Law Following the Supreme Court Decisions” as part of the National LGBT Bar Association webinar in July. He was on a panel titled “Womb With a View: Surrogacy Issues and Immigration for Children” as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association national podcast in August. He was on a panel titled “The Future of LGBT Immigration: A Discussion of Immigration Issues in Light of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Judicial Action on DOMA” at the National LGBT Bar Association Annual Conference in San Francisco in August. He is set to make a presentation titled “The Implications of United States v. Windsor in States Like Georgia” at the Savannah College of Law in October. He is set to be on a panel titled “U.S. Supreme Court Update” at the State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta in October. He is also set to be on a panel titled “International ARTs and Immigration: Time for a Treaty?” at the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) Conference in Charleston, S.C. in November. Additionally, he has been interviewed by two local television stations and GPB and quoted or cited in Reason magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the National Review, CNN, ABC News, and the American Constitution Society’s ACSblog over the past six months.
 

Mercer Law Welcomes New Faculty Member Zack Buck

Mercer Law School is pleased to welcome Zack Buck as the newest member of the faculty. Professor Buck specializes in health law and his scholarship focuses on the process-based legitimacy of governmental enforcement of laws and rules affecting health and healthcare in the United States. His recent writing focuses on how the enforcement of healthcare fraud and abuse laws affect American quality of care. He teaches health law, torts, and other upper-level health law electives at Mercer. Professor Buck earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a B.A. with highest distinction from Miami University (OH).

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in March 2013

Practitioner in Residence Dwight Davis was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the board of the Department of Natural Resources in January. In February, Davis was also appointed to the board of the North Georgia Mountain Authority by Gov. Deal.

Assistant Professor Jessica Feinberg gave a presentation, titled "Avoiding Marriage Tunnel Vision: Why the Same-Sex Marriage Movement Need Not and Should Not Undermine the Advancement of Non-Marital Relationship Recognition," at the Midwest Family Law Consortium at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She also presented on the same topic at the Feminist Legal Theory Conference at University of Baltimore School of Law in March. Feinberg was also a panelist at Sister to Sister, Southern Region of Black Law Students Association Academic Retreat in Atlanta in October.

Professor and Director of the LL.M. Program Jim Fleissner spoke as a panelist at a symposium hosted by Mercer Law School, titled "Defining and Enforcing the Federal Prosecutor's Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence," on Oct. 5. Along with panelists Bruce Green of Fordham Law School and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School, Fleissner addressed legislative proposals for federal criminal discovery reform.

W.A. Bootle Chair in Ethics and Professionalism Patrick E. Longan presented "Ethics and Professionalism Uncorked" as part of a panel at the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education in February. Longan was also the program co-chair of the Beginning Lawyers Program, Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Atlanta, which was held in February. He was the moderator for "Acting for Your Client" at the Beginning Lawyers Program and presented on "Update on Legal Ethics and Professionalism" at the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education in Macon. In November, he made several presentations: "Ethics and Professionalism in Entity Representation and Dealing with a Mistake by Opposing Counsel," at the Georgia School Board Association School Law Seminar in Atlanta; "Georgia Stakeholders Roundtable," at the 2012 Convocation on Professionalism, Georgia Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Atlanta; and served as a panelist on "Ethics and Professionalism in Mediation," at the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Macon. Longan was the program co-chair and moderator for "Defining and Enforcing the Federal Prosecutor's Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence," at the 13th Annual Georgia Symposium on Professionalism and Ethics in Macon in October. Finally, he presented on "Ethics for Law Assistants and Judicial Staff Attorneys" in Atlanta for the Atlanta Bar Association in September.

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute/W. Homer Drake Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law Professor Michael Sabbath will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association’s 23rd Annual Seminar, held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., May 3-5. Professor Sabbath will present papers on the following topics: “Bankruptcy and the Elderly,” “Issues Involving Student Loans in Bankruptcy” and “The Supreme Court’s Decision in Stern v. Marshall and Fraudulent Conveyances .”

Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law Jack Sammons had his article, titled "The Law's Mystery," accepted for publication in the British Journal of American Legal Studies with co-author Linda Berger. He also published "The Impossible Prayers of James Boyd White" in 'The Legal Imagination': The Future and the First Forty Years, Watts and Etxabe, editors (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Mich. Press, 2013). Sammons presented a paper, titled "The Origin of the Judicial Opinion as a Work of Art," at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities. He also presented his paper on James Boyd White at a festschrift in White's honor at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities in London in March.

Associate Professor Karen J. Sneddon presented "It's About Time: Assessing Transactional Skills in Thirty Minutes or Less," at the Third Biennial Conference on Teaching Transactional Law and Skills at Emory Law School in Atlanta on Nov. 3 with Susan Chesler, professor. Sneddon also published "Improving Routine Documents Part 2: Memo to File," 18 No. 4 Georgia Bar Journal 70 (December 2012) with David Hricik, professor. Sneddon and Hricik also published "Improving Routine Documents Part I: Engagement Letters," 18 No. 2 Georgia Bar Journal 54 (October 2012). Sneddon was also appointed a member of the 2012 poster committee for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw presented "'I Do,' You Don't: The Constitutionality of Defining Marriage," as a panelist for the Charlotte Law Review Symposium held in Charlotte, N.C., in March. He also presented "Shifting Immigration Options for Same-Sex Couples & Their Children" at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Georgia-Alabama Chapter Conference in Atlanta in February. Titshaw also presented "LGBT Immigration Issues" at the National LGBT Bar Association lecture series in January and "Why Yes, This is My Spouse—Same-Sex Partners & Significant Others" as a panelist for the AILA National Audio Seminar in January.