Adjunct Prof. Rick Handel works to complete 8-part series in State Tax Notes

Adjunct Prof. Rick Handel has completed six of the eight articles in a series for State Tax Notes, on tax system reform. The following articles have been published:

  • “Tax System Reform-Part 1,” State Tax Notes, Oct. 28, 2015.
  • “Working Together-The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” State Tax Notes, Feb. 2, 2016.
  • “Administrative and Procedural Best Practices,” State Tax Notes, May 2 2016.
  • “Reforming the Tax Legislative Process,” State Tax Notes, Oct. 12, 2016.
  • “Local Tax System Reform,” State Tax Notes, Jan. 31 2017.
  • “Tax System Reform with Respect to Specific Taxes,” State Tax Notes, May 15, 2017.

The seventh installment will be on taxpayer rights, and the eighth will be on state tax ethics for taxpayer representatives and tax agency employees. They are expected to be published in late 2017 or early 2018.

Christopher Church publishes academic paper in National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Christopher Church’s academic paper “In Search of a Silver Bullet: Child Welfare’s Embrace of Predictive Analytics” was published in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. This paper examines a number of programmatic and ethical considerations for determining the appropriate role of predictive analytics in child welfare.

Supreme Court’s immigration ruling reflects influence of Judge Shedd’s Fourth Circuit dissent

            On June 26, the United States Supreme Court issued a per curiam order staying in part two lower court orders that had preliminarily enjoined enforcement of President Trump’s executive order limiting entry in the nation by foreign nationals from six countries.  In its order, the Supreme Court used reasoning similar to that argued by United States Circuit Court Judge, and USC Law adjunct professor, Dennis Shedd in his dissent to the Fourth Circuit’s earlier decision upholding one of the injunctions in its entirety.

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Prof. Emily Suski presents at the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Prof. Emily Suski presented on a panel during the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education. She presented on “Trusting Public Schools More Than (Some) Families.” Suski was also joined by Davida Finger, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for a panel on “Defining the Work? Teaching Boundaries Across Clinic Contexts.” The goal of this concurrent session was to explore all of the problems related to boundaries and time, and to offer ways to teach students how to consider these boundary questions in a responsible, thoughtful, transferrable way. It offered a teaching exercise that can be adapted for use in exploring these issues across clinic contexts and helping students to consider these questions and their own answers to them.

Prof. Joe Seiner published article in Indiana Law Journal

Prof. Joe Seiner publishes article “Commonality and the Constitution” in the Indiana Law Journal. This Article further fills a void in the scholarship by establishing a framework for analyzing whether class-action claims satisfy commonality under the Constitution. This paper develops a normatively fair definition of commonality, identifying five core guideposts that should be considered when determining whether a class-action claim complies with due process guarantees.