Professor Green Participates in Conference at Keele University, UK

Professor Matthew Green participated in the bi-annual Gender, Work & Organization Conference at Keele University in the UK. The title of Professor Green’s presentation was LGBT Employment Discrimination in the United States post-Obergefell v. Hodges.

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Professor Lewis Delivers Lecture on Physician-Assisted Suicide in Glasgow, Scotland

Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law Browne Lewis gave a public lecture on physician-assisted suicide at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, Scotland. Professor Lewis’ presentation focused on the evolution of the “right to die” movement in the United States. Currently, physician-assisted suicide is legal in California, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Twenty-five assisted suicide bills were defeated in 2015 and fifteen have already been introduced in 2016. Professor Lewis highlighted the shortcomings of American physician-assisted suicide laws and suggested ways to amend those laws in order to protect vulnerable patients. Professor Lewis’ lecture was sponsored by Friends At The End (FATE), a nonprofit organization that focuses on end- of-life issues.

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Professor Mead Works with ACLU on Legal Challenge to RNC Protest Zones

Professor Joseph Mead was co-counsel on the successful challenge to the Republican National Convention protest zones. The case was brought by the ACLU of Ohio on behalf of Citizens For Trump, Organize Ohio, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. After a federal judge declared the City’s restrictions to be unconstitutional, the parties agreed on new rules that respected the rights of protesters and the homeless. Elizabeth Bonham, a 2015 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall, also worked on the case as a staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio. The case has received extensive national and local coverage.

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Professor Robertson Publishes Article in Crain’s Cleveland Business on Munroe Fall’s Latest Drilling Court Fight

Heidi Gosovitz Robertson, the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, published a column in Crain’s Cleveland Business entitled “Local jurisdictions should worry about Munroe Falls’ latest drilling court fight.”  The column is available here.

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Professor Majette Presents Twice at ASLME Health Law Professors Conference

Professor Majette gave two presentations at the 2016 ASLME Health Law Professors Conference hosted by Boston University School of Law. First, on June 3, 2016, she presented her work-in-progress “The ACA’s New Governing Architecture and Innovative State Delivery System Reform Initiatives” during the ACA Session on Health Care Consolidation, Competition, and Prices. Second, Professor Majette also served as a Table Host-Discussant at the Jay Healey Plenary Session: Innovations in Health Law Teaching on June 2, 2016.

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Professor Lewis Presents and Chairs Panel at Law and Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law Browne Lewis participated in the Law and Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Professor Lewis served as the Chair of a panel on the regulation of biotechnology. That panel’s participants included scholars from Brazil and the United Kingdom. Professor Lewis also contributed to a bioethics panel. Professor Lewis’ presentation was on physician-assisted suicide and vulnerable patients. In her presentation Professor Lewis recommended amendments to the current physician-assisted suicide statutes that would protect the interests of patients who are vulnerable because of factors other than their terminal illnesses. Those factors include race, age, socio-economic status, and disability.

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Dean Sundahl Published Op-Ed Encouraging UN to Support U.S. Asteroid Mining Legislation

Associate Dean Mark Sundahl published an op-ed in Space News on June 9th encouraging the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) to acknowledge the legality of recent U.S. federal legislation that guarantees to U.S. asteroid mining companies the right to assert ownership over any natural resources they are able to extract from asteroids. Multiple U.S. companies, most notably Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, have already made significant investments to prospect and eventually mine valuable resources, such as platinum, from near Earth asteroids. Some delegations from UNCOPUOS, including Russia and Brazil, have alleged that the U.S. violated international law by enacting this legislation in light of the prohibition in the Outer Space Treaty against national appropriation of celestial bodies. In the op-ed, Dean Sundahl explains how the weight of academic and industry opinion on this issue is clearly on the side accepting asteroid mining as a legal act that does not amount to appropriation of a celestial body. He also discusses the importance of giving companies clarity on this issue in order to provide the level of investor confidence that will be required to fund these expensive ventures. The op-ed can be found here.

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