Dr. Ritchie Selected as Global Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics

Dr. David Ritchie has been selected as a Global Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Global Ethics Fellows develop programs in conjunction with the Carnegie Council’s mission to promote scholarship, teaching, and learning in the field of ethics in international affairs. There are currently 13 Global Ethics Fellows who are working to expand the Council’s Global Ethics Network, which will partner with educational institutions around the world to implement Carnegie sponsored programs. Carnegie programs will be offered at Mercer as part of Dr. Ritchie’s fellowship. As a Global Ethics Fellow Ritchie will primarily be working to promote the activities of the Council in South America (particularly Argentina and Brazil).

Inaugural Brainerd Currie Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 21

Gary J. Simson, Mercer Law Dean and Macon Chair in Law, will deliver the first annual Brainerd Currie Lecture on “Choice of Law after the Currie Revolution: What Role for the Needs of the Interstate and International Systems?” The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the moot courtroom of the Law School. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Jennifer Sheppard Awarded the 2010-2011 Eisenberg Prize

Professor Jennifer Sheppard received the 2010-2011 Eisenberg Prize for the best article on appellate practice and procedure from the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a professional organization of selected lawyers who specialize in appellate practice, sponsors an award named for the late Howard B. Eisenberg, Dean of the Marquette University Law School and an early member of the organization. The prize-winning article is Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After, and in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Using Narrative to Fill the Cognitive Gap Left by Overreliance on Pure Logic in Appellate Briefs and Motion Memoranda, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1830543

Professor Ritchie Awarded Visiting Research Professorship in Argentina

Professor David Ritchie has been awarded a Visiting Research Professorship at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina during May and June 2011. He will be working there with a group of professors and graduate students on the history of just war theory, and the international laws of war and peace.

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in January 2011

Associate Professor Linda Berger recently published Studying and Teaching “Law as Rhetoric”: A Place to Stand at 16 J. Legal Writing 3 (2010). Her essay, What is the Sound of a Corporation Speaking? “Just Another Voice,” according to the Supreme Court, appeared in ABA Administrative & Regulatory Law News (Spring 2010). In addition, she was selected as one of the first J. ALWD Visiting Scholars in Rhetoric & Writing for 2010-11, under a grant program initiated by ALWD to recognize and support legal writing scholarship. The visit focused on Rhetoric/Writing/Grammar Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Workshops, and was held at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University.

Professor Joseph Claxton published a Book Review of Joel William Freidman’s, CHAMPION OF CIVIL RIGHTS: JUDGE JOHN MINOR WISDOM, at XCIV GA. HIST. Q. No. 3, 414 (2010).

Professor Timothy Floyd, and Associate Professors Oren Griffin and Karen Sneddon presented Beyond Chalk and Talk: The Law School Classroom of the Future, at the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Bi-Annual Teaching Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in December, 2010. Professor Floyd is also the Chair of SALT’s Alternatives to the Bar Exam Committee.

Associate Professor Oren Griffin also presented New Challenges to Academic Freedom at the 2011 National Conference on Law and Higher Education at Stetson University College of Law.

Associate Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore will be publishing her article Saving Their Own Souls: How RLUIPA Failed to Deliver on its Promises in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion (2011). She was also recently awarded the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia State Bar.

Professor David Hricik recently published PATENT ETHICS: LITIGATION (2010). In addition, he was recently quoted along with the other leading experts on issues concerning ethics and media in an article in the ABA journal.

Associate Professor Linda Jellum will be publishing The Absurdity Doctrine: Why Specific Absurdity Undermines Textualism, at 76 Brooklyn L. Rev. (2011). Her article, The Art of Statutory Interpretation: Identifying the Interpretive Theory of the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is forthcoming in 49 U. Louisville L. Rev. (2010). Her article, The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims: Has it Mastered Chevron’s Step Zero? appears in 3 Veterans L. Rev. 67 (2011). She also recently published Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Administrative Judges in the Modern Administrative State, in Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (2010), Volume 28, Issue 2 (co-authored with Professor R. Weaver.)

In addition to her publications, Professor Jellum recently presented Getting to No: Law Professor and the Work-Life Balance at the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Conference in San Francisco, California. She also presented Comparative Administrative Law of the EU and US, at the Constitutional Administrative Law Forum at the University of Aix-Marseille III, France, and But That’s Absurd: Why Specific Absurdity Undermines Textualism, at a Brooklyn Law School Symposium and the Southeastern Scholars’ Conference at Charleston School of Law. She is currently a council member of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and Chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ New Law Professors Section.

Professor Harold Lewis recently published Teaching Civil Rights with an Eye on Practice: The Problem of Maintaining Morale, at 54 St. Louis U. L. J. 769 (2010).

Professor David Oedel published an editorial (co-authored with randy E. Barnett) entitled ObamaCare and the General Welfare Clause in the December 27, 2010 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Professor Oedel also presented Can Redistricting Reforms Reduce Polarization in Congress? at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and presented Our Pending National Debate: Is Healthcare Reform Constitutional? as a “hot topic” presentation at the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Dean Gary Simson will be publishing Rethinking Choice of Law: What Role for the Needs of the Interstate and International Systems? in LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: ESSAYS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HONOR OF W. MICHAEL RESIMAN 235-59 (cogan et al eds. 2011). His article, Religion, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act is forthcoming in 41 Cal. Western Int’l. L. J. (2011).

Associate Professor Karen Sneddon will be publishing In the Name of God, Amen: Language in Wills, in 29 Quinnipiac L. Rev. (2011); Speaking for the Dead: Voice in Last Wills and Testaments, in 85 St. John’s L. Rev. (2011) and New Ways to Teach Drafting and Drafting Ethics, in Transactions: The Tenn. J. Of Bus. Law (2011).

Assistant Professor Scott Titshaw will be publishing A Modest Proposal: to deport the Children of Gay Citizens, & etc.: Immigration Law, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Children of Same Sex Couples, in 25 Geo. Immigr. L.J. (2011) and Sorry Ma’am, Your Baby is an Alien: Outdated Immigration Rules and Assisted Reproductive Technology, in 12 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. (2010).