News Reported in December 2012 and January 2013

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Professor
 Stephen Johnson spoke at the Conservation, Restoration and Sustainability Conference at Brigham Young University on Nov. 9. The topic for his presentation was “Is Religion the Environment’s Last Best Hope?”

Professor Mark L. Jones published an article, titled “Perspectives On (and In) Legal Education” in the fall 2012 issue of the Mercer Lawyer. He was also a panelist at the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference held at Mercer in October. The conference addressed the theme “Struggles for Recognition: Individuals, Peoples, and States” and was co-sponsored by the Carnegie Council. Jones spoke on the topic “Go Ahead; Make My Day, Punk: Towards Peace Through ‘Spiritual Justice’ – An Imaginary Conversation with Clint Eastwood.”

Professor of Law and Philosophy David Ritchie hosted the annual Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference at Mercer on Oct. 25-26. He also attended the second annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York from Nov. 7-11. While at the conference, Dr. Ritchie gave a talk, titled “Responsibility in Developing a Global Ethic.” He participated in two programs in Brazil in early December. The first was a symposium devoted to the urban pacification policies of the state government of Rio de Janeiro. During the symposium Dr. Ritchie delivered a talk titled “A Meditation on State Violence.” The participants in the symposium, including U.S. Consul General John Creamer and Dr. Eric Spears, director of international programs and study abroad, toured the Santa Marta favela as part of the program. Dr. Ritchie also delivered a talk, titled “Outside – Inside,” as part of a related colloquium on law and cinema held at the Federal Judicial Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro. Both talks will be printed in a book to be published in Brazil. Dr. Ritchie was one of the organizers of both events, which were supported (in part) by The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs—where Ritchie is a Global Ethics Fellow—and by Mercer University.

Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law Jack L. Sammons will have his most recent paper, “The Impossible Prayers of James Boyd White,” appear in The Legal Imagination: The Future and the First Forty Years published by the University of Michigan Press. It will be presented at Birkback College in London in March at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law Culture and Humanities. Sammons will also be part of a panel discussing the work of James Boyd White.

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.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw will make a presentation, titled, “Shifting Immigration Options for Same-Sex Couples & Their Children, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)” at the Georgia-Alabama Chapter Conference in Atlanta in February. He also presented on “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” at the AILA National Audio Seminar in January. He also published his work, titled “Why Yes, This is My Spouse – Same-Sex Partners & Significant Others,” (co-authored), in American Immigration Lawyers Association in conjunction with a January audio seminar. His work, “The Reactionary Road to Free Love: How DOMA, State Marriage Amendments and Social Conservatives are Destroying Traditional Marriage,” was published as well in 115 West Virginia Law Review 205 (2012).

Professor Hal Lewis Retires After 35 Years of Teaching

Incisive Scholar, sensitive student advisor and keeper of one of the Law School’s messier offices, Hal Lewis retires this fall after joining Mercer 35 years ago.

“He’s devoted to scholarship, but most of all to his students,” says Rebecca McKelvey ’06, a Nashville-based attorney who was lead articles editor for the Law Review, with Lewis as the Review’s faculty advisor, a post he’s held for the past 10 years. “He’s a great professor and an amazing person who is always genuinely interested in students — while we are there, and after we graduate.” 

 

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in October and November 2012

Visiting Professor and Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law at University of Kentucky Scott R. Bauries will have his article, titled “The Education Duty,” published in the Fall 2012 issue of the Wake Forest Law Review. Bauries’ article “American School Finance Litigation and the Right to Education in South Africa” will appear in the Winter 2013 issue of the Southern African Public Law Journal. Bauries will also present his work in progress, currently titled “State Constitutions and Public Employee Speech,” at the annual meeting of the Education Law Association in early November.

Professor of Law and Ethical Formation Daisy Hurst Floyd presented “Cultivating Self-Reflection and Lawyer Integrity” at the Conference on The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment, sponsored by the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium at the University of Denver School of Law in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 29. Floyd also presented, “The Wise Practitioner: Learning from Professionals Who Act Ethically,” at the Symposium on Empirical Professional Ethics at the University of St. Thomas Law School Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 21. Floyd also presented “Legal Education and the Formation of Professional Identity: Past and Future,” at the American Bar Association’s 38th National Conference on Professional Responsibility held in Boston, Mass., June 1.

Professor Steve Johnson will have his article, titled “Beyond the Usual Suspects: ACUS, Rulemaking 2.0 and a Vision for Broader, More Informed and More Transparent Rulemaking,” to be published in March 2013 in the Administrative Law Review, Volume 65, Number 1.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Kidd had his work, titled “To Fund Or Not To Fund: The need for second-best solutions to the litigation finance dilemma,” published in the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, Issue 8.3. in October and “Survival of the Fittest? The Origins and Evolution of the Substantial-Similarity Doctrine,” published in the Wayne Law Review, Issue 57.2 in September. Kidd also presented “The Need for Caution in Liberalizing Litigation Financing” at a panel discussion at the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 26. Kidd also presented “Litigation Financing and Tort Reform” to students at Berkeley Law in Berkeley, Calif., Oct. 24, and “Rich, Smart, Honest?: Does Success Lead to Unethical Lawyering?,” at the Holloran Center on Ethical Leadership in the Professions Symposium on Empirical Professional Ethics held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 22.

Associate Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb recently published a book, titled Legal Writing in the Disciplines: A Guide to Legal Writing Mastery, and a teachers manual Legal Writing in the Disciplines: A Guide to Legal Writing Mastery, with Carolina Academic Press in June. McMurtry-Chubb presented “Don’t Sweat the Technique: Toward a Disciplinary Pedagogy for Legal Education” at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute. McMurtry-Chubb was also elected for a three-year term to the Association of Legal Writing Directors Board of Directors.

Professor of Law and Philosophy David Ritchie delivered a lecture on Sept. 21, titled “The Kill Lists,” as part of the philosophy department’s lecture series. Ritchie hosted a group of federal judges from Brazil at the Law School from Oct. 15-19. Ritchie also organized the 2012 Concerned Philosophers for Peace conference on the Macon campus Oct. 26-27.

Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law Jack Sammons will have his article, co-authored with Linda Berger, titled “The Law’s Mystery,” published in the British Journal of American Legal Studies, Spring 2013.

Associate Professor Karen J. Sneddon presented, with Professor Susan Chesler, “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 on Nov. 3, 2012.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw will have his work “The Reactionary Road to Free Love: How DOMA, State Marriage Amendments and Social Conservatives are Destroying Traditional Marriage,” published in the West Virginia Law Review in October. Titshaw will also have his work, titled “The Discord Between Assisted Reproductive Technology and Immigration,” published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in conjunction with upcoming audio seminar. He will make a presentation, titled “The Discord Between Assisted Reproductive Technology and Immigration,” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Audio Seminar, Aug. 16, “LGBT Families and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Laws” at the National LGBT Bar Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 24 and “Crossing the Border to Marriage Equality” at the AILA Rome (Europe and Middle East) Chapter Fall Conference in London, U.K., on Oct. 5
 

Mercer Law Review Symposium 2012

The 2012 Mercer Law Review Symposium on Friday, Oct. 5 will focus on “Defining and Enforcing the Federal Prosecutor's Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence” as part of the 13th Annual Georgia Symposium On Ethics And Professionalism. The symposium will feature internationally renowned scholars and will take place in the moot courtroom of Mercer Law School from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For available CLE information, contact Nancy Terrill at terrill_n@mercer.edu or (478) 301-2204.

 

Mercer Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

Mercer Law School is pleased to welcome its newest faculty members who will begin teaching this fall - Assistant Professor Jeremy Kidd and Associate Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb. Kidd will be leading courses in business associations and contracts while McMurtry-Chubb will be focusing on legal writing and critical legal studies. Also, three visiting faculty members are teaching during the 2012-2013 academic year.