The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Jessica Rubin was appointed to the Association of American Law Schools' animal law board. Rubin was appointed at the Association's annual conference on January 6, 2019.
Professor Richard Pomp will moderate a panel at a conference called "How Are States Responding to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?" on January 29, 2019. The conference, hosted by the Tax Policy Center, will be held at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Pomp will moderate a panel that will examine state responses to the international provisions of the new law.
Professor Mathilde Cohen will moderate a panel discussion at the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting on January 5, 2019. The panel, titled "European Law, Co-Sponsored by Africa," will discuss the lack of women and people of color serving on transnational courts and tribunals. The five-day event will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
Professor Alexander Lahav will speak as part of a panel at the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting on January 5, 2019. The panel on which she is speaking, titled "Jurisprudence Panel 2: Recognizing Wrongs: Philosophy of Tort Law" is part of a five-day event. The convention will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
Professor Julia Simon-Kerr will speak on a panel entitled "Evidence" at the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting on January 6, 2019. The panel, which is one of many during the five-day event, will discuss the evolution of evidentiary standards in response to the #MeToo movement.
Dean Timothy Fisher and other members of the Connecticut Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Establishing Opioid Intervention Courts approved a report to the General Assembly on December 11, 2018. The Task Force urges a pivot in the treatment of addictions as a public health issue rather than criminal justice issue. Toward that end the Task Force recommends minimizing the handling of addictions as crimes, avoiding arrest and incarceration where possible, and diverting individuals to treatment. The Task Force report identifies a number of existing programs that should be enhanced and expanded to achieve that goal.
Professor Jessica de Perio Wittman has been elected a member of the Executive Committee of the American Asssociation of Law Schools' Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information. De Perio Wittman, whose term on the Executive Committee will run from 2019 to 2022, became director of the UConn Law library in 2018 after six years as the law school's director of information technology.
Professor Jessica Rubin will give a presentation at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on January 24, 2019 about her role in establishing Desmond's Law in Connecticut. Desmond's Law is the first in the country that allows judges to appoint advocates on behalf of animals in cases of abuse or neglect.