DECEMBER 2009 Faculty Highlights
- Professor Rick Karcher
Rick Karcher has been retained as an expert witness in the case of James Paxton v. University of Kentucky on behalf of the plaintiff, a senior baseball player at UK whose eligibility is being threatened for not talking to the NCAA in connection with its investigation of possible communications between an agent allegedly working on his behalf and a professional baseball club based upon an ambiguous statement of a club representative in a media article. The plaintiff was selected last June in the supplemental first round of the MLB draft and decided to return to school for his senior year.
- Professor Jana R. McCreary
Professor Jana R. McCreary has been invited to speak at the 13th annual Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in March 2010. She will speak as a part of a panel addressing Patient-Therapist Issues in Law and Culture. Professor McCreary will focus on ecclesiastical immunity issues under the First Amendment that arise when a therapist serves also as the patient’s minister.
- Professors David Pimentel
Professor David Pimentel presented his paper on “Rule of Law Reform without Cultural Imperialism” at a J. Reuben Clark Law Society conference at Loyola Law School in New Orleans on January 6, 2010.
He was also selected to share this paper on the “New Voices in Human Rights” panel, along with eight other rising scholars in the field, at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting on January 9, 2010. The paper will appear in The Hague Journal on Rule of Law, a peer reviewed journal, in March.
Professor Pimentel was also quoted in the Houston Chronicle story on December 30, 2009 “JUDGING THE JUDGES: Veil of secrecy stirring calls for change” based on his research into the federal judicial discipline system. He concludes that although the system deals effectively with frivolous complaints, that effort siphons energy away from legitimate complaints. Genuine issues of judicial misconduct do not have such a good track record in the system, and attorneys are far too slow to raise them in any case. Professor Pimentel’s article “The Reluctant Tattle-tale: Closing the Gap in Federal Judicial Discipline” will appear in the next issue of the Tennessee Law Review.
- Professor Lucille Ponte
Prof. Lucille Ponte’s article, Echoes of the Sumptuary Impulse: Considering the Threads of Social Identity, Economic Protectionism, and Public Morality in the Proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act has been published at 12 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 45-89 (2009). The article is also available for download at:
- Professor Rod Sullivan
Professor Sullivan’s article Enforcing a Seaman’s Right to Medical Care After Atlantic Sounding v Townsend was published as the lead article in the most recent edition of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Volume 34, Number 1, Page 1.
Professor Sullivan was quoted concerning insurance coverage for piracy losses in Moscow’s Russian language newspaper RBC Daily. The article was entitled Insurance for Piracy.
Professor Sullivan was quoted concerning the ethical obligations of attorneys appearing before the Supreme Court in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
- Professor Robert Morgan
Professor Morgan will be speaking at the Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division Basic Elder Law, Probate and Guardianship course where he will be speaking on Florida Guardianship Practice and Procedure and Case Law updates.
He has been elected to the executive committee of the Florida Bar Elder Law section and will serve as the Section Treasurer and will also be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
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