Professor Jana R. McCreary presented her most recent article, Tell Me No Secrets: Sharing, Discipline, and the Clash of Ecclesiastical Abstention and Psychotherapeutic Confidentiality,at the Southeast Association of Law Schools annual meeting this summer in Palm Beach, Florida as part of a New Scholars panel addressing regulation. Her article explains why ecclesiastical abstention, which prevents courts from deciding matters of church doctrine, should not apply in a therapist/minister situation if the client/congregant has voluntarily left the church before a breach of confidentiality occurs, thus allowing a private tort action to proceed. The article is being published this fall by the Quinnipiac Law Review.
Additionally, Professor Jana R. McCreary, along with Professor Mary Margaret Giannini, presented at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning’s June conference at Washburn University School of Law. In their session, Beyond the Black Letter: Promoting the Learning Process Through Continual Assessment in the First-Year Curriculum, they discussed ways professors can efficiently integrate continual assessment learning tools into first-year courses to help students not only master the law but also to help them evaluate and enhance their learning efficiency.
Professor David Pimentel presented his paper on Legal Pluralism in Post-Colonial Africa in Maputo, Mozambique last spring. The conference, on “State and Non-State Justice Provision Conference,” was sponsored by the Danish Institute of International Studies. The paper has now been accepted for publication in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Review.
While in Kathmandu, Nepal, in July, as a pro bono Legal Specialist for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (funded by the Open Society Institute), Professor Pimentel was asked by the United Nations Development Programme to speak at the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue on “How to Ensure and Strengthen Access to Justice in the Federal System.” His standing-room only audience included 22 members of the Nepali Constituent Assembly (i.e. its Parliament). Later that week, he appeared on a panel, alongside the Chief Justice of the Nepal Supreme Court and the Chair of Nepal’s Constitutional Drafting Committee, hosted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Constitutional Lawyers’ Forum. The topic of this panel was “The Independence of the Judiciary and Constitutional Courts.” Finally, the Supreme Court Bar Association of Nepal asked him to speak on “Judicial Independence and Accountability in the Post-conflict State.”
Professor Pimentel appeared on a panel on “Rehabilitation and Restoration in Criminal Punishment: Dead End or Realistic Imperative?” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference in Palm Beach, Florida. He presented an unpublished essay entitled From Crow Dog to Ted Bundy: Restorative and Retributive Justice as a Cultural Divide.
Professor Pimentel has accepted an invitation to co-chair a conference at the University of Washington in 2011 on Customary Justice and the Rule of Law in Post-conflict Afghanistan.
Two of Professor Pimentel’s articles were published this summer: Legal Pluralism and the Rule of Law: Can Indigenous Justice Survive?, 32(2) Harv. Int’l. Rev. 32 (2010); and Constitutional Concepts for the Rule of Law: A Vision for the Post-Monarchy Judiciary in Nepal, 8 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 283 (2010)
Professor Pimentel commenced his year as a Fulbright Scholar at the “Pravni Fakultet” (Faculty of Law) at University of Sarajevo in September.
Prof. Lucille Ponte’s article, Getting a Bad Rap? Unconscionability in Clickwrap Dispute Resolution Clauses and a Proposal for Improving the Quality of These Online Consumer “Products” was accepted for publication by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (co-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution and Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law).
As a member of Coastal Law’s Education Technology Committee and SEALS Distance Education Committee, Prof. Ponte made panel presentations on incorporating distance education techniques into standard face-to- face classes this summer. She organized and presented as a panelist on, Not Ready for the Full Monte? Getting Started on Using Distance Education Techniques in Traditional Face-to-Face Classrooms, at CaliCon 2010: Rebooting Legal Education at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ in July. She also served as a Coastal Law exhibitor (with Susie Pontiff-Stringer) at the SEALS Distance Education Expo and in the session, Deconstructing the Distance Education Expo, at the SEALS Annual Conference at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, FL in August.
Professor Ritter was nominated to become a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Nomination to this honorary organization is recognition of a lawyer as one whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the American Bar Association. One-third of one percent of lawyers in each state are asked to become members of the ABF.
- Professor Bradley Shannon
Professor Shannon served as the moderator for the panel “Obtaining and Executing Casebook Contracts” at the 2010 SEALS conference in Palm Beach.
Professor Shannon’s draft article, “I Have Federal Pleading All Figured Out,” is currently on the Top Ten download list for several SSRN topical journals, including “Trial Practice,” “Procedure (Courts),” and “Law & Society: Courts.”
Professor David Simon served as a panelist and presenter for a TeachingLaw.com roundtable at the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference this June in Marco Island, Florida. Professor Diana Donahoe of Georgetown Law and Aspen Publishers invited Professor Simon, as an early adopter of the TeachingLaw.com e-book and course management system, to discuss innovative ways to use this resource and other technology throughout legal skills teaching.
Professor Sullivan was quoted in the MIAMI DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW in an article entitled "It's Buyer Beware in Unregulated World of Used Yacht Sales,” (May 7, 2010).
Professor Sullivan was appointed to the Florida Bar Association's Admiralty & Maritime Law Board Certification Committee. The Committee reviews and considers applications from members of the Florida Bar who wish to be designated as Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law.
Professor Sullivan was a guest on The Morning Show on WJXT in Jacksonville. The discussion focused on the WikiLeaks disclosure of secret documents, prior restraint, and the potential responsibility of publishers of secret documents.
Professor Sullivan was a guest on The Morning Show on WJXTin Jacksonville to discuss the confirmation of Elena Kagan as a justice to the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Sullivan was quoted in an article entitled "Silencing Dissent" published in the August 2010 issue of "904", a publication of Jacksonville Magazine.
Professor Sullivan was appointed by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar as its liaison to Florida Coastal School of Law.
Prof. Tan received very favorable feedback from law professors from around the world for his presentation regarding human rights in North Korea held in Athens, Greece in July. He has been asked to submit a book chapter based on this scholarly presentation.
His favorable review in refereeing a scholarly article in June on the Inter-American system of human rights led in part to its acceptance to be published in the Human Rights Journal.
Prof. Tan’s Texas International Law Journal article on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights was cited in the 4th edition of an International Human Rights text edited by Thomas Buergenthal, Dinah Shelton and David P. Stewart.
On a personal note, Prof. Tan devoted a large portion of the last seven years to supporting his wife Sarah’s completion of her Ph.D. in Cell Biology, which she finished this August.
- Professor Alan G. Williams
Professor Williams served as a medical malpractice law expert for Sermo--an association of 115,000 physicians worldwide--lecturing online and responding to physician questions the week of August 30th; over 5,000 physicians accessed Professor Williams’ lecture and posts. Professor Williams was interviewed and quoted in the Florida Times-Union regarding a potential medical malpractice case at the Mayo Clinic resulting from a Hepatitis-C infected employee.
Prof. Woodruff is now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator.