Faculty Scholarship and Activities reported in April 2010

Tim Floyd, professor, was quoted in a recent article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled “Lawyers a luxury in rural Georgia.” The story focused on the shortage of attorneys in rural areas in Georgia, the increase in self-representation, and the work of Georgia Legal Services Program to help alleviate the need caused by these obstacles. Read article.

David Hricik, professor, spoke in April at Franklin Pierce Law Center's Premier Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium in Concord, N. H. on the topic “How Ethical Rules Frustrate Compliance with Rule 11, Iqbal, and Exergen.” Also in April, Professor Hricik gave a presentation in Los Angeles at a seminar sponsored by the UCLA School of Law on ethical issues in patent practice; he served on a panel in Washington, D.C., along with Mercedes Meyer at the ABA IP Section's Annual Meeting concerning subject- matter conflicts in patent practice. Professor Hricik completed his service in the Organizing Committee for the Atlanta IP Inn of Court, only the 10th of its kind in the country, and was selected as a Master to the Inn. He has been working with professors from Emory, John Marshall, and other law schools to help bring the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to hold hearings in Atlanta in November 2010. Professor Hricik’s paper, "Communications and the Internet: Facebook, E-Mail, and Beyond," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for LSN Subject Matter eJournals and Legal Scholarship Network.

Steve Johnson, professor and associate dean of academic affairs, recently had two of his articles, “Economics v. Equity: Do Market-Based Environmental Protection Reforms Exacerbate Environmental Injustice?”, and “Economics v. Equity II: The European Experience,” translated into Chinese and re-published in Environmental Economy, a Chinese law journal. Additionally, his article “Ossifications Demise? An Empirical Analysis of EPA Rulemaking from 2001-2005,” was recently re-published in India as the first chapter of Environmental Protection: Regulatory Issues (L. Lakshmi ed., Icfai Univ. Press 2009). Professor Johnson’s latest article, “From Climate Change and Hurricanes to Ecological Nuisances: Common Law Remedies for Public Law Failures?” is forthcoming in the Georgia State University Law Review.

David Oedel, professor, was the lead author the opinion article in an April edition of the National Law Journal. The article examines the denationalization of the United States’ housing finance rules and was co-author by Ed Pinto, who was recently interviewed on this subject on the PBS Lehrer News Hour and has testified before Congress on the subject. Read article.

Jack Sammons, professor, will soon have published his article “The Law's Melody,” an exploration of transcendence in law through an analogy to music, in the Villanova Law Review as part of the Villanova Scarpa Lectures series. The paper was also recently presented at John Marshall Law School and was previously presented at Villanova as a tribute to Professor Joseph Vining of the University of Michigan. The article will also become a chapter in a book collection of articles about Professor Vining edited by James Boyd White and H. Jefferson Powell. Also, two other articles by Professor Sammons are forthcoming: “Justice as Play,” a reflection on the work of Johan Huizinga as applied to law, is forthcoming in the Mercer Law Review, at the request of the Review; and “Legal Writing Scholarship, Making Strange, and the Aesthetics of Legal Rhetoric,” suggesting a central perspective for legal writing scholarship, is forthcoming in the Legal Writing Symposium edition of the Mercer Law Review in 2010. Professor Sammons has also written an introduction to a collection of articles, tributes, memorials, interviews, and other writing about Mercer Law alumnus and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, ’48, which will be published this year by the Journal of Southern Legal History. The introduction is done as a character study of Judge Bell.

Scott C. Titshaw, assistant professor, will soon have published his article “The Meaning of Marriage: Immigration Rules and their Implications for Same-Sex Spouses in a World Without DOMA,” in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Professor Titshaw recently co-wrote a short, practice-oriented article titled “LGBT Issues Update: Same-Sex Marriage, Transgender Marriage-Based AOS, and Removal of the HIV Bar,” which is forthcoming this summer in the 2010-11 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook. In April, Professor Titshaw gave a two-hour guest lecture before the “Sexual Orientation and the Law” class at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he lectured on “The Meaning of Marriage,” and one on U.S. asylum law and its response to persecuted lesbians and gay men from around the world. In March, Professor Titshaw spoke at the Florida Coastal Symposium in March, where he presented findings on his recent research. At the symposium, he joined Mark Strasser of Capitol University Law School and two practicing attorneys on a panel focusing on “Marriage, Adoption and Family Law.” Also in March, Professor Titshaw presented a lecture on “The Meaning of Marriage” paper to the faculty at Charleston School of Law.

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