The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has cited Professor Julia Simon-Kerr's paper Moral Turpitude in an opinion released Aug. 24, 2016 in Marie Eudofilia Arias v Loretta E. Lynch. Arias appealed a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals, which had found that her conviction for using a false Social Security number constituted a crime involving "moral turpitude." That designation made her ineligible to seek discretionary relief from a deportation order. Simon-Kerr's paper, published in 2012 in the Utah Law Review, was cited several times in the body of the opinion by Judge David Hamilton. The court remanded the case to the board and instructed it to "consider Arias’s case under an appropriate legal framework for judging moral turpitude."
Professor Alexandra Lahav will present her paper The Disintegration of Procedure at faculty workshops at the University of Virginia School of Law on Sept. 2, 2016, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School on Oct. 18, 2016, and Harvard Law School on Nov. 10, 2016.
Professor Richard Pomp will speak at the Advanced State & Local Tax Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 5, 2016. He will address issues related to state and local taxation with Doug Lindholm of the Council on State Taxation and Jeff Friedman of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Professor Alexandra Lahav will speak at the American Bar Association's 20th Annual National Institute on Class Actions Oct. 19, 2016. in Las Vegas. She and Professor John C. Coffee Jr. of Columbia Law School will address the topic The Past Year in Class-Action Action.
Darcy Kirk, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, was recognized by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section with the 2016 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship. She received the award at the associations annual meeting on July 17, 2016. The annual award honors an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship. Read more.
Karen DeMeola ’96, assistant dean for enrollment and students at UConn School of Law, was elevated at the 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference on June 13 from vice president to president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association. She will become president in 2017. DeMeola has been a member of the association's Diversity Committee for nearly a decade and is a member of the LGBT Section and the Membership Committee. She also chairs the Pro Bono Committee.
Professor R. Kent Newmyer and John Khalil '16 will speak at the UConn Law School Reunion on June 4, 2016 about their new publications Hard Times and Best of Times: The University of Connecticut School of Law at 39 Woodland Street. Newmyer wrote the history, working with Khalil as his research assistant, focusing on the years between 1940 and 1962, when the law school occupied a stately mansion on Woodland Street in Hartford. The publication draws on archived documents and transcripts as well as interviews with former students and faculty. The history is being published in booklet form and will be made available on the law school website.
Professor Brendan S. Maher, director of the Insurance Law Center at UConn School of Law, prevailed as counsel of record in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Manning before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court found in an an 8-0 opinion issued May 16, 2016,that state courts have the power to that state courts are free to hear claims arising from state laws that protect their citizens from securities violations. Maher is an expert in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act, and federal procedure. He has appeared eight times before the Supreme Court in a series of cases regarding federalism, regulation of the financial sector and employee benefits. Read more.
Karen DeMeola '96, assistant dean of students at UConn School of Law, will moderate a panel discussion entitled Connecticut Perspective during a webinar sponsored by the Center for Children's Advocacy, Confronting and Countering Implicit Bias.
Professor Sara Bronin will speak at the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association conference at the Mark Twain Museum Center in Hartford on June 3, 2016. Bronin, who is also chair of the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission and the faculty director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Law, will discuss New Form-Based and Sustainability Frontiers in Hartford’s Zoning Code.