Professor Eric V. Hull was a featured speaker at a legal symposium held at Rollins College on April 18, 2015, entitled Security and Climate Change. Professor Hull explained how the impacts of rapid ocean acidification and rising ocean temperatures will lead to food and water shortages in many regions that will negatively impact global security.
Professor Ponte presented Protecting Brand Image or Gaming the System? Consumer “Gag” Contracts in an Age of Crowdsourced Ratings and Reviews at Drake University School of Law’s Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable on March 27-28, 2015. The William & Mary Business Law Review has accepted her article for publication in 2016. She also presentedGame On! Interactive Gameplay as a Teaching Tool for Lawon the use of“serious” or educational games at the North Atlantic Business Law Association’s Annual Conference at UMass Lowell on April 10-11, 2015. She participates on the organization’s executive board and serves on the editorial board of its Business Law Review.
Professor Roederer presented on a panel at UNF on Tuesday 4/14/2015 on the Topic of Freedom Expression. The panel address topics ranging from the recent Charlie Hebdo incident to hate speech, fighting words, inciting violence, journalistic ethics, and even campaign finance reform.
Last week Professor Rod Sullivan spoke at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. The event was sponsored by the ABA, Florida Bar and the St. Thomas University Maritime Law Society.
The topic was McBride v Estis: the Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Claims. The McBride case arises out of death and injury claims occurring when a crane on a barge overturned in Louisiana. Estis Drilling Co. was cited for over 40 OSHA violations and fined over $140,000 in connection with the incident. The seamen and the families of the deceased are seeking punitive damages. The case is before the Supreme Court on a Petition for Certiorari.
Professor Sullivan argued before the Supreme Court in the case of Atlantic Soundings v Townsend which established the right of seamen to seek punitive damages for the wrongful denial of medical care. He also wrote, and is lead counsel on the Amici Curiae Brief of Maritime Law Professors in support of Certiorari in the McBride case.
The Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to grant certiorari within the next couple of weeks.