Professor Mika Selected as Facilitator at ALWD Workshop at the University of Maryland School of Law

Professor Karin Mika  has been selected to be a facilitator at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Scholar’s Forum and Workshop, preceding the Sixth Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference.  The Workshop will take place on March 10, at the University of Maryland School of Law.
As facilitator, Professor Mika will be providing applicants the opportunity to discuss ideas for scholarly research as well as help those who have done substantial writing with their editing process.  The object will be for all applicants to have their articles polished and published during 2016.
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Professor Buckner Inniss Co-Authors Report on Grenada’s Referendum Act; Presents at AALS Joint Scholars Workshop

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss recently co-authored a report, with Sean Gralton and Josh Scheiner, entitled “Analysis of Grenada’s Referendum Act,” (Expert Report, American Bar Association/United Nations Development Program, ed., December 21, 2015).

In addition, Professor Buckner Inniss presented at the AALS Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop, on January 6, 2016, at Fordham University Law School.  Her presentation was entitled “Finding Theodosia: A Genealogical Approach to Legal History, Gender and Slavery.”

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Professor Buckner Inniss Provides Commentary to Al Jazeera America, and NPR, Regarding Bill Cosby Case

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss provided commentary to Al Jazeera America on February 2, regarding the Bill Cosby sexual assault case.  Professor Inniss had previously written a blog post about the gender and racial implications of the Bill Cosby case.  Her commentary is available here (about 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the segment).

Professor Buckner Inniss had previously been interviewed regarding the Bill Cosby case, as part of a radio segment entitled “Lawyer Faces National Scrutiny While Defending Bill Cosby,” on January 8, by National Public Radio.  That story, and Professor Inniss’ commentary, is available here.


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Professor David Forte Publishes New Article on Limited Government; Participates at Amicus Curiae in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Professor David Forte‘s article on “Limited Government” has been published in the four volume work, American Governance.  The full citation for this article is available here:

Forte, David F. “Limited Government.” American Governance. Ed. Stephen Schechter, et al. Vol. 3. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016. 206-208. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.

In addition, Professor David Forte is participating as amicus curiae for the brief of federalism scholars submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

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Professor Weinstein’s Articles Published by American Planning Association

The American Planning Association (APA) has published two practitioner-oriented articles by Professor Alan Weinstein that offer guidance to local governments on how to comply with two recent Supreme Court rulings.

The Legal Standard for Decisions,” appeared in the December 2015 issue of Planning, the APA’s monthly journal for members. The article discusses what local governments must do to ensure that their decisions on permit applications for wireless communication facilities (e.g., towers and antennae) comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia, 135 S.Ct. 808 (2015).

“Practice: Temporary Signs” was published in the February 2016 edition of Zoning Practice, APA’s monthly practice journal. published by APA.  Co-authored with Wendy Moeller, a Cincinnati-based planning consultant, the article provides detailed guidance to planners and local government officials on how to revise their regulations of temporary signs to comply with the new rules for sign regulations announced by the Supreme Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015).

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Professor Mika Presents at Concordia Law School; Is Elected Chair of AALS Teaching Methods Section

Professor Karin Mika presented at the Legal Writing One Day Workshop in December 2015 at Concordia Law School in Boise, Idaho.  Her topic was “Meeting the Changing Needs of Our Students.”  Professor Mika discussed the reasons why students seem ill-prepared for law school and how the changes in our world have caused students to have a much different primary education than professors over a certain age.  Professor Mika also talked about how most students are more accomplished as opposed to less accomplished than students from 20 years ago, but other factors make them ill-equipped for understanding the nature of legal teaching as it is still done.  Naturally, Professor Mika advocated accepting students as they are as opposed to trying to turn back time.

Additionally, Professor Mika will serve as Chair of the AALS Teaching Methods Section for 2016.  Professor Mika reports that the section officers have already chosen a topic for next year, which will essentially be an expansion of Professor Mika’s presentation in Idaho.

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Professor Forte Participates in Podcast at the National Constitution Center; 2d Edition to the Heritage Guide Sells 10,000 Copies

On January 12, along with Professor Catherine Fisk of the University of California, Irvine, Professor David Forte participated in a podcast on We the People, at the National Constitution Center.  The topic was the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which had just been argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The podcast can be accessed here.

In addition, Professor Forte reports that sales of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, 2d edition, which Professor Forte co-edited with Edwin Meese III and Matthew Spalding, are approaching 10,000 copies.  The on-line version of the Guide has had 8.5 million page views in 2015 (vs. 4.3 million page views in 2014), as well as 5.6 million unique visitors in 2015 (vs. 3.1 million unique visitors in 2014).

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