Professor Mika Completes Term as AALS Teaching Methods Section Chair

Professor Karin Mika completed her 4-year appointment to the Teaching Methods Section this year and will continue on with consultation and committee duties as outgoing Chair of this AALS Section.  At the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Professor Mika also gave the eulogy at the Legal Writing Section luncheon for Professor Marjorie Rombauer, who passed away earlier in the year.  According to Professor Mika, Marjorie was THE first full-time tenured Legal Writing professor in the country (in Seattle, at the University of Washington) and one of the founders of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.  In addition, Professor Mika served once again as one of the editors for International Section’s “Year in Review” AALS publication.

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Professor Geier Publishes Updated 2017 Version of Federal Income Taxation Textbook

Professor Deborah Geier has published the updated 2017 edition of her freely downloadable open textbook: The Federal Income Taxation of Individuals 2017. In addition to updating the textbook for changes in the law, for the first time, Professor Geier added hyperlinks to significant Code sections and Treasury Regulations as they are discussed in the text. She cites to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, an open-access resource. The textbook is available in Word, PDF, iPub (for iPads) and MOBI (for Kindles). Here is the link: https://www.cali.org/books/us-federal-income-taxation-individuals.

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Professor Ray Organizes and Moderates Africa Section Panel at AALS Annual Meeting

Professor Brian Ray is the outgoing Chair of the AALS Africa Section.  He organized and moderated the AALS Africa Section’s panel at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Africa in China. Professor Ray also chaired the Section’s Business meeting and election of new officers for 2017.

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Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Holds Two Successful CLE Events

The Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection held two successful CLE events in December.  On December 2, Secure Client Communications featured presentations by Center Co-Director Professor Candice Hoke and Center Affiliate Adjunct Professor Bob Eckman and an interactive discussion with Adjunct Professor Deborah Coleman moderated by Center Co-Director Brian Ray.

On December 16, Insurance and Cyber Risk Management featured presentations by experts from the insurance industry and an interactive discussion with those experts, a seasoned attorney and Center Advisory Board Member Tim Opsitnick representing the role of a security firm, moderated by Center Co-Director Brian Ray.

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Professor Lewis Elected to Executive Boards of Two Sections at AALS Annual Meeting

At the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law Browne Lewis was elected to the executive boards of the Women and the Law Section and the Aging and the Law Section.

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Professor Sterio Moderates Panel at AALS Annual Meeting; Is Elected Chair Elect of International Law Section

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio moderated a panel at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco on January 7th, entitled “Domestic Humanitarian Law.”  Professor Sterio had organized this panel, in her capacity as Chair of the International Human Rights Law section.  In addition, Professor Sterio was elected Chair Elect of the International Law section.

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Professor Lewis Interviewed by Refinery29 on Ohio’s New Abortion Law

Browne Lewis, Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, was interviewed by Refinery29 about Ohio’s new bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. The law makes it a fourth degree felony for physicians to perform abortions after 20 weeks except in cases where the mother’s life in in danger.  The law contains no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.  Ohio became the 18th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The law is scheduled to take effect in 90 days.  Similar laws in Arizona and Idaho have been struck down as unconstitutional.  The proponents of the bill have indicated that it is a step towards getting the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.  Refinery29 is an online magazine that focuses on issues that are important to women.  It is published in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. The article is available here.   

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