Elizabeth Jones’s recent law review article, The Ascending Role of Crime Victims in Plea-Bargaining and Beyond, has been published in the West Virginia Law Review. In this piece, Professor Jones examines the rights of crime victims to meaningfully participate in the prosecution of their assailants. The West Virginia Law Review took particular interest in her article, as the high profile murder of teenager Skylar Neese by her two best friends occurred in Monongalia County, WV. The case, which drew nationwide attention, included a passionate victim impact statement from Skylar’s father at the sentencing hearings. Professor Jones’s article focuses on states with constitutional amendments guaranteeing victims of crime and their families the right to participate during the critical court stage of plea-bargaining. This Article is available on Professor Jones’s SSRN page.
Cheyanna Jaffke has accepted an offer to publish her article, “Unionizing Collegiate Athletes: The Unintended Tax Consequences That Will Hurt Athletes More Than Unionizing Them Helps,” with Rutgers Law Record. Rutgers Law Record is the nation’s first online-only law journal accredited by the ABA, and is the third most cited Student Law Journal in New Jersey. Practitioners and legal scholars are able to access Rutgers Law Record’s articles through LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg, and the journal’s online presence reaches beyond the legal community through the use of non-subscription based websites such as Google Scholar and LawRecord.com.
On October 10, 2014, Paula Manning, Ryan Williams, Lori Roberts, Elizabeth Jones and Jennifer Koh delivered a presentation entitled, “Teaching in 2015: The Integration of Skills and Social Justice for Modern Lawyering,” at the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference. Their presentation included concrete examples of how they individually promote skills training and social justice goals in the classroom, and how law faculty can increase institutional commitments to teaching social justice as part of the law school curriculum. The presenters represented the law school’s doctrinal teaching, academic support, clinical, and legal writing programs, and also reflected substantive expertise in a range of subject matters (namely Torts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, National Security, and Immigration Law).
Western State made a particularly strong showing at the SALT conference this year. Neil Gotanda presented at the same conference on “Teaching Race to People of Color: Comparative Racialization and Racial Genealogies.” Professor Gotanda also presented during the SALT-LatCrit junior faculty development workshop on October 9.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has been honored this month by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), which has placed him on the “Wall of Justice” at this year’s annual CELA Convention, held in San Diego. Wall of Justice honorees are recognized for contributions to the CELA community, and Professor Pedersen was honored for his contributions in mentoring some of CELA’s younger members. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the Top Lawyers of Southern California for 2014 in the annual publication sponsored by American Legal Media and the Los Angeles Times. This is the fourth year in a row that Professor Pedersen has been so honored by this publication.
Myanna Dellinger’s publication on public participation in government decision-making and enforcement, “Ten Years of the Aarhus Convention: How Procedural Democracy is Paving the Way for Substantive Change in National and International Environmental Law,” has been cited in two different publications around the world. One is “Addressing Climate Vulnerability: Promoting the Participatory Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Women through Finnish Foreign Policy,” a publication commissioned by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; and the other is “From International Principles to Local Practices: a Socio-legal Framing of Public Participation Research,” written by a scholar with the University of New England School of Law’s Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law. Professor Dellinger promotes public participation in government affairs, and the cited article urges that although not always easily effectuated, public participation leads to significant advantages including better substantive rulemaking, a higher degree of buy-in by the general public and thus a reduced need for law enforcement, cost benefits for governments, government accountability, and more actual on-the-ground change when compared to traditional top-down solutions.
Eunice Park and Monica Todd presented at the Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference Program at Stanford Law School on September 20, 2014. The theme of the conference was “Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students to Do Their Best Work.” Their presentation, entitled “Good Vibrations: The Power of Professorial Positivity,” addressed theories and empirical data supporting the beneficial effect on student learning of a positive teaching demeanor and classroom environment, and they provided specific examples of in-class exercises in the legal writing classroom that encourage a growth-oriented mindset.
On September 11, 2014, Tracie Porter was the invited guest speaker for the La Verne College of Law’s Faculty Workshop Series. Professor Porter spoke on her work in progress, currently entitled, “The Quagmire of Financial Indebtedness Under Current Tax Laws in Residential Mortgage Short Sale Transactions,” which focuses on federal tax liability owed to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Professor Porter was one of four guest speakers for the law school’s speaking series, and her well-attended session included the Dean of the law school, faculty and law review students.