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July

Professor David Abraham Delivers Papers in Germany and France on Equal Protection, Migration and the Welfare State

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham delivered his paper “The Meaning and Measure of American Equal Protection Law” at an international conference on “Constitutionalism and Justice” in Hannover, Germany sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation. At the international Council on European Studies meetings in Paris, Professor Abraham delivered two papers, one titled “Migration and the Welfare State in an Age of Retrenchment,” and another on “Immigration Law as the Last Bastion of Westphalian Sovereignty.”

Lexis/Nexis recently also published Professor Abraham’s essay on “The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966: Past and Future,” in which he explains the politics of the special Cuban immigration law in the context of recent changes in U.S./Cuban relations. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Lecturer in Law Jan L. Jacobowitz Co-Authors Report for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Jan L. Jacobowitz

Lecturer In Law Jan L. Jacobowitz is one of the co-authors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers ( APRL) recently released Lawyer Advertising Report. This publication is garnering national attention related to the Report's call for revision and simplification of attorney advertising regulations across the country. She is the Director of Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) at Miami Law. Under her direction, PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award---the leading national award for a professionalism program. Jacobowitz has presented more than one hundred PREP Ethics CLE Seminars and has written and been a featured speaker or panelist on topics such as Legal Ethics in Social Media, Technology and Advertising, Lawyer’s First Amendment Rights, Cultural Awareness in the Practice of Law, and Mindful Ethics. Jacobowitz is past member of board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and currently serves on its program committee and its national task force on attorney advertising. She is also APRL’s special liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Clinical Professor Rebecca Sharpless Elected to the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Rebecca Sharpless

Clinical Professor Rebecca Sharpless, Director of the Immigration Clinic, was recently elected to the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter and also spoke at AILA’s annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland. AILA is the country’s leading bar association of immigration lawyers. Professor Sharpless researches and writes in the areas of progressive lawyering, feminist theory, and the intersection of immigration and criminal law.

Professor Michele DeStefano Presents at Microsoft and Ethics & Compliance Conference

Michele DeStefano

Professor Michele DeStefano recently presented at Microsoft where she spoke about innovation in law and transforming the way lawyers and business professionals partner to solve problems. Professor DeStefano, along with Lecturer in Law and LWOW Associate Director Erika Concetta Pagano, also participated in an Ethics & Compliance Conference in Washington D.C. where she spoke about “LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) – Compliance X & the 2015 Compliance ‘Projects of Worth:’ A Virtual Experience.” Professor DeStefano is the founder and director of LawWithoutWalls. She is also an expert in entrepreneurship and innovation in the law. Her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal innovation.

Professor A. Michael Froomkin Gives Keynote Speech in Privacy and Security Symposium

A. Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin , the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, gave the keynote speech at the 2nd Annual Privacy Personas and Segmentation (PPS) Workshop in Ottawa, Canada, which is in connection with the larger Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) conference. He spoke on "Privacy Personae - US Legal (and Political) Considerations." Professor Froomkin currently teaches Internet Law, Administrative Law, Torts and Jurisprudence at Miami Law.


Professor Markus Wagner Gives Lecture on Autonomous Weapon Systems in Germany

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner was invited by Bucerius Law School’s alumni association to give a lecture titled “Tomorrow's Drones: The Debate about Autonomous Weapon Systems (Die Drohnen von Morgen: Die Debatte über Autonome Waffensysteme)" at the law school in Hamburg, Germany. The lecture was based on a number of articles published by Professor Wagner on autonomous weapon systems. His most recent article in this field was published by the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and is titled "The Dehumanization of International Humanitarian Law: Legal, Ethical, and Political Implications of Autonomous Weapon Systems". Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. In addition to the topic of autonomy, he has also been a productive scholar in the area of international economic law.

Professor David Abraham Writes Emerging Issue Analysis for LexisNexis

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham recently issued a written “Emerging Issues Analysis” for LexisNexis on the “Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966: Past and Future.” Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.


Professor of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich Presents at Legal Writing Conference

Alyssa Dragnich

Professor of Legal Writing Alyssa Dragnich recently presented at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference. Her presentation, “Uncomfortable Conversations: For Your Own Good or None of My Business?,” addressed the growing need for law professors to include the teaching of non-cognitive skills to prepare students to succeed in legal practice. Professor Dragnich teaches Legal Communication & Research Skills and upper-level writing electives.


Professor Richard Williamson Lectures in Germany on the Differences in the Legal Systems of Germany and the U.S.

Richard Williamson

Professor Richard Williamson recently lectured in German at the University of Marburg, Germany on “Einführung in das Recht der USA” (An Introduction to Law in the US), which dealt with differences in the legal systems of Germany and the US, with particular emphasis on differences in the structure and control of public law functions. Professor Williamson was a former Fulbright Professor at the University of Leipzig and did extensive research on the different approaches to federalism in environmental protection. He has published three works (two articles and a book chapter, two of which were in English and one in German) with Prof. Monika Böhm of Marburg. They are putting the final touches on an article in German on differing approaches to public law in the two countries. At Miami Law, Professor Williamson teaches introductory and advanced courses in environmental law, alternative dispute resolution, and courses and seminars on international law topics, including public international law, arms control and international environmental law. He is the Chair of the university-wide Faculty Senate.

June

Professor Anthony Alfieri Lectures at UCLA School of Law

Anthony Alfieri

Professor Anthony Alfieri recently gave a lecture “Resistance Songs: Mobilizing the Law and Politics of Community” and participated in a panel on Community Lawyering in Clinical Education at UCLA School of Law. Professor Alfieri, Dean’s Distinguished Scholars, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, and the Founder of the Historic Black Church Program. He teaches civil procedure, ethics, professional liability, public interest law and leadership, social entrepreneurship, and lawyer malpractice and has published more than 70 articles, essays, and editorials on ethics, criminal justice, poverty law, and the legal profession in leading journals and book anthologies.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Presents Paper at Yale Law School’s Freedom of Expression Conference

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin presented a draft of her paper, “Speech or Conduct?” at Yale Law School’s Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference. The article addresses the free speech claims of wedding vendors who do not want to provide services to same-sex weddings. She also published a Jurist Op-Ed, Paperwork as a Substantial Religious Burden, which argues that, contrary to the claims of religious nonprofits, filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is not a substantial burden on religious liberty. Professor Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, the Religion Clauses, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues.

Professor Leigh Osofsky Presents Paper on Tax Law

Leigh Osofsky

Professor Leigh Osofsky recently presented a new paper, “Strategic Simplicity and the Tax Law,” at the Law and Society Annual Conference as well as the Junior Tax Scholars Workshop. The paper is a joint work with Josh Blank from NYU and examines strategic simplifications in IRS Publications. Professor Osofsky was also a co-host of the Junior Tax Scholars Workshop. Her research includes tax law, compliance, and policy.

Professor David Abraham’s Book Chapter Named as Winner by APSA Migration and Citizenship Section

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham’s book chapter "Law and Migration: Many Constants, Few Changes" in Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines has been unanimously selected by the book chapter award committee of the American Political Science Association’s Migration and Citizenship section as the winner for 2014. He also served as a commentator at the recent Law and Society Conference in Seattle on recent books on The Democratic Roots of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Professor A. Michael Froomkin Publishes Chapter in Book on Privacy in the Modern Age

Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin recently published a chapter "Pseudonyms by Another Name: Identity Management in a Time of Surveillance" in the book Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions. In the chapter, Professor Froomkin argues that we need ways to hide our transactions, reading habits, and movements from those who would profile us, and that allowing people to create multiple identities that could go on line, and could buy things both online and off, would be one way to prevent the creation of giant all-encompassing digital dossiers. Even if law enforcement was given the power to link those alternate identities to us for good cause, we'd still have more day-to-day privacy than otherwise seems likely. Professor Froomkin, the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, currently teaches Internet Law, Administrative Law, Torts and Jurisprudence. He has also taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure I International Law, and Trademark, and seminars in Intellectual Property in the Digital Era, Internet Governance, Law & Games, Regulation of Digital Identity, and Electronic Commerce.

Professor Susan Haack Presents in Brazil

Susan Haack

Professor Susan Haack recently gave several presentations in Brazil. She discussed “Pragmatism, Law, and Morality: The Lessons of Buck v. Bell,” and headed up a workshop on her new book on legal pragmatism (published by UNISINOS press, in Portuguese) at the Faculty of Law, UNISINOS in San Leopoldo, Brazil. She also spoke on “Irreconcilable differences? The Uneasy Marriage of Science and Law,” “Peer Review and Publication: Lessons for Lawyers,” and “Correlation and Causation,” at the Faculty of Law, UFRGS in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Professor Haack is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her work ranges from philosophy of logic and language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, Pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, especially scientific evidence, to social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature.