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 
 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.

Learn more about: Zack Buck | David Hricik | Stephen M. Johnson | Mark L. Jones | Jeremy Kidd | Patrick Longan | David T. Ritchie | Michael D. Sabbath | Jennifer L. Sheppard | Karen J. Sneddon | Scott C. Titshaw