Faculty Highlights March 2010


  • Professor Elizabeth DeCoux
 
Professor Elizabeth DeCoux debated Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute, in a program jointly sponsored by the Florida A&M University School of Law Federalist Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter.   The topic was U.S. v. Stevens, a case involving a First-Amendment challenge to a federal statute outlawing depictions of illegal cruelty to animals.   
 
Robert Ito interviewed Professor Elizabeth DeCoux for an upcoming magazine article on in vitro meat. Professor DeCoux’s comments focused on whether in vitro meat is a valid approach to the problem of animal exploitation in the meat industry. Ito is a free-lance journalist who writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Village Voice.          
 
Professor Elizabeth DeCoux’s article, Speaking for the Modern Prometheus: the Significance of Animal Suffering to the Abolition Movement, is the lead article in the current issue of Animal Law Review, Volume 16, No. 1. 
 
Henry Mark Holzer, Chairman of the International Society for Animal Rights, interviewed Professor Elizabeth DeCoux regarding her recent article, Speaking for the Modern Prometheus: the Significance of Animal Suffering to the Abolition Movement.   Holzer is Professor Emeritus at the Brooklyn School of Law.   The interview is available at ISAR’s website as part of ISAR’s web project archiving interviews that chronicle the modern animal advocacy movement.           
 
 
  • Professors Sonya Hoener
 
Sonya Hoener presented her paper “Expanding Wrongful Death Damages to Kinship-Care Relationships” at the Arizona State University Southwest Junior Scholars Workshop in Tempe, Arizona, on March1 5, 2010.
 
 
  • Professor Andrew W. Jurs
 
My most recent article, Science Court: Past Proposals, Current Considerations, and a Suggested Structure, recently appeared as lead article in the current issue of the University of Virginia Journal of Law & Technology. It assesses prior attempts to make science assessment objective, why it may be the right time to reconsider that goal, and what structure would best serve the ends of accurate, efficient, and fair assessment of complex scientific evidence. Downloads are available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1561724
 
  • Professor John Knechtle
 
Professor John Knechtle presented a paper titled, “Comparative Law Research in the Commonwealth Caribbean” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in New Orleans.   Professor Knechtle’s presentation was part of the Roundtable Discussion on Comparative Scholarship.
 
 
  • Professor Andrew Long
 
Professor Long gave a presentation at Stetson University College of Law in connection with the International Wildlife Law Conference on March 13, 2010.  The presentation addressed the interaction between the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and climate change adaptation.
 
He also presented research at Emory University School of Law in connection with the annual meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics on March 27, 2010.  This presentation, titled “Designing REDD to Maximize Co-Benefits:  Voluntary Certification & Economic Incentives,” highlighted Professor Long’s work in proposing design elements to increase holistic forest protection through mechanisms within the climate change regime.
 
In addition, Professor Long gave a presentation at the University of Mississippi, National Sea Grant Law Center on March 31, 2010, titled “Adaptive Management of Salmon in the Columbia River Basin,” as a part of the annual National Sea Grant Law Center conference. 
 
Also in March, Professor Long was invited to present his work on international law and climate change in May at an international conference sponsored by the University of Aarhus (Denmark).  He will discuss the potential for enhancing the effectiveness of international environmental law through development of mechanisms that create economic incentives by linking multiple environmental issues.
 
Finally, Professor Long was invited to contribute articles to two international environmental law books.  He will contribute a chapter on climate change and forestry to the interdisciplinary book Adaptation to Climate Change, which will be published by Springer (Heidelberg, Germany).  He will also author an article on behalf of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law Specialist Group on Energy Law and Climate Change, which will address governance of climate change issues in the 21st century. 
 
 
  • Professor Jana McCreary
 
In March, Professor Jana McCreary presented her paper at Brown University at the 13th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Her talk was part of a panel discussion on issues involving patient-therapist relationships.  Professor McCreary’s contribution specifically addressed the conflict that arises when a person’s therapist also serves the role of that person’s minister and how the First Amendment doctrine of ecclesiastical abstention may work to remove private tort causes of action should confidentiality be breached by the therapist/minister.  Professor McCreary presented the same material at Florida Coastal’s Faculty Colloquium Series in February.
 
 
  • Professor David Pimentel
 
Professor Pimentel was a featured guest speaker of the University of North Florida’s History Department on March 30, delivering a lecture on “International Efforts to Suppress Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.” 
 
Prof. David Pimentel will travel to Maputo, Mozambique at the end of April to present his paper on “Legal Pluralism in Post-Colonial Africa.”   His appearance will be hosted and funded by Aquino de Braganca Social Studies Centre in Mozambique and the Danish Institute for International Studies.
 
His paper has also been accepted for presentation in May at the “Beyond Law” conference at Osgoode Hall, York University in Toronto.
 
The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative has asked Prof. Pimentel to return to Kathmandu to assist in the final drafting of the new Nepali constitution, due for completion by the end of May 2010.  The plan is for him to go directly from Maputo to Kathmandu, and then, two week later, directly from Katmandu to Seattle where he will meet with Afghani and Native American judges in a workshop on “traditional justice” at the University of Washington.
 
 
  • Professors Greg Pingree
 
Greg Pingree was part of a panel presentation/discussion on “The Interdisciplinary Teaching of Law in the Liberal Arts” on March 19th at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The occasion was the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Pingree’s presentation focused on how law schools can create better curricular incentives and options for prospective students who excel in pre-law and other liberal arts programs.
 
 
  • Professors Lucille M. Ponte
 
Prof. Lucille Ponte’s article, Coming Attractions: Opportunities and Challenges in Thwarting Global Movie Piracy, has been reprinted as a chapter in the book, Copyright Piracy – Issues and Implications 199-241 (Audhinarayana Vavili ed.,The Icfai University Press (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India), Amicus Books 2009-2010). The original article appeared at 45 Am. Bus. L. J. 331 (2008).
 
 
  • Professors Alan Ragan
 
Alan Ragan’s article, “Balancing ERISA’s Anti-Alienation Provisions Against Garnishment of a Convicted Criminal’s Retirement Funds:  Unscrambling the Approaches to Protecting the Retirement Nest Egg,” has been published in Volume 39, Issue 1 of the University of Baltimore Law Review.
 
 
  • Professors Rod Sullivan
 
Professor Sullivan addressed the members of the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association at a meeting in Jacksonville (3/4/10). The topic of the presentation was “How Paralegals Can Assist Lawyers in Preparing for Arguments before the Supreme Court.
 
 
  • Professors Morse Tan
 
Professor Tan has been accepted to present his research on human rights in North Korea at a conference to be held in Athens, Greece. 
 
He has also reviewed and provided feedback on a book chapter in the bioethics area, more specifically on cognitive enhancement.  Finally, he has accepted an invitation to referee an article on the Inter-American system of human rights in the Human Rights Review.
 
 
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