Prof. Ann Eisenberg co-authors article for S.C. Law Review with Cornell faculty

In 2017 Prof. Ann Eisenberg co-authored “If It Walks Like Systematic Exclusion and Quacks Like Systematic Exclusion: Follow-Up on Removal of Women and African-Americans in Jury Selection in South Carolina Capital Cases, 1997-2014.” This Article was written with Cornell University faculty members Amelia Courtney Hritz, Caisa Elizabeth Royer and Jonn H. Blume and published in the South Carolina Law Review. This Article builds on an earlier study analyzing bases and rates of removal of women and African-American jurors in a set of South Carolina capital cases decided between 1997 and 2012. The authors examine and assess additional data from new perspectives in order to establish a more robust, statistically strengthened response to the original research question: whether, and if so, why, prospective women and African-American jurors were disproportionately removed in different stages of jury selection in a set of South Carolina capital cases.

Prof. Ann Eisenberg publishes article in Environmental Law Vol. 47

In 2017 Prof. Ann Eisenberg published the article Alienation and Reconciliation in Social-Ecological Systems in the Environmental Law, Vol. 47, No. 1. This Article examines one case study, the Malheur Comprehensive Conservation Plan planning process, as an illustration of adaptive governance successfully reconciling ranchers, environmentalists, tribes, and several agencies — mitigating anti-federal/anti-environmental alienation and the work/environment rift, to the benefit of federal SES climate adaptation mechanisms (and showing that Malheur was an ironic choice for Bundy’s protest). By contrast, a second case study, the administrative rulemaking process that created the EPA’s Clean Power Plan illustrates how process can fuel alienation and undermine the substance of federal climate policy. Adaptive governance receives more consideration for public lands and adaptation issues than for climate mitigation, but there is potential in the EPA/mitigation context to apply some of the adaptive governance/reconciliation principles illustrated at Malheur.


Prof. Ann Eisenberg presents around the nation

In the past year, Prof. Ann Eisenberg has made the following presentations:

  • “Just Transitions and the Law,” 2017 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Columbus,
    Ohio, July 30, 2017.
  • Panelist, “Alienation and Reconciliation in Social-Ecological Systems,” Third Annual
    Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Arizona State University Sandra
    Day O’Connor College of Law, May 12, 2017.
  • “Just Transitions and the Law,” Works-in-Progress Presentation, 2017 AALS Clinical
    Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 9, 2017.
  • Facilitator, “Backyard Lawyering, Agitating and Educating in (New) Local Spaces,” Clinic
    Community Town Hall, 2017 AALS Clinical Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 8, 2017.
  • “Alienation and Reconciliation in Socioecological Systems,” Sixth Annual Southern Clinical
    Conference, Charlotte College of Law, Oct. 13-15, 2016.
  • “Multijurisdictional Climate Adaptation Partnerships in U.S. Towns,” Fifth Annual State &
    Local Government Works-in-Progress Conference, University of Houston, Oct. 7-8, 2016.

Professors prepare to present at 2017 SEALS conference

Many professors will present at the 2017 Southeastern Association of Law Schools. This year’s event is July 31- Aug. 6 in Boca Raton, Florida. The following professor will present at the conference:

  • Prof. Jacqueline Fox, Updates on Public Health Law and Emergency Preparedness; Recent Developments in Health Law and Public Health Ethics
  • Prof. Seth Stoughton, The Crisis in Policing: Problems and Solutions
  • Prof. Emily Suski, Current Issues in Family and Juvenile Law II; Building on Best Practices for Outcomes and Assessment.
  • Prof. Thomas Crocker, Professor Perspectives on Publishing Books; The Law of National Security and Foreign Affairs in the Trump Administration
  • Assoc. Dean Susan Kuo, Teaching Fundamentals II–Classroom Teaching
  • Prof. Marie Boyd, Exploring the Future of Food
  • Prof. Derek Black, Student Discipline, School Surveillance, and Racial Disparities: A Call for Legal Reform
  • Prof. Elizabeth Chambliss, Reflections on the 2016 ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States
  • Prof. Robert Felix, Buyouts and Retirements: What to Consider?

Prof. Seiner co-authors article in Fordham Law Review

Prof. Seiner co-authors an article, with University of North Carolina School of Law professor Jeffrey Hirsch in Fordham Law Review. The article “A Modern Union for the Modern Economy” navigates the Uber Guild and other nontraditional efforts that promise a collective voice for workers in the face of a precipitous decline in union membership. Closely examining the implications of these existing quasi-union relationships, the Article explores how workers in the technology sector face unique challenges under workplace laws. It argues that a modern union is needed for the modern economy. 

Prof. Ann Eisenberg publishes article in Public Land & Natural Resources Law Review

Prof. Ann Eisenberg publishes article “Do Sagebrush Rebels Have a Colorable Claim? The Space between Parochialism and Exclusion in Federal Lands Management” in the Public Land & Natural Resources Law Review, Vol. 38, 2017. This Article asks whether the troubling nature of the Sagebrush Rebellion and similar movements (e.g., their violence, anti-environmentalism, and racist overtones) has made us overly dismissive of a kernel of truth in their complaints.

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.