The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Dean Timothy Fisher will moderate a panel discussion with three prominent judges on the topic of the Judicial Role in Pretrial Release: Experiences in Three States at the Reimagining Justice conference on June 14, 2017, in Hartford. The conference, organized by the Office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, will address criminal justice reform as a means of reducing crime and ending the cycle of mass incarceration. Fisher has served on the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Reform and recently co-chaired the Connecticut Task Force on Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters.
Professor Richard Wilson will speak at a three-day conference entitled War Frenzy: Exploring the Violence of Propaganda at Princeton University. The interdisciplinary conference, to be held May 12-14, 2017, aims to explore "internal mechanisms and external effects of war propaganda." Wilson's speech, Holding Propagandists Accountable?: Problems of Causation and Agency in Law and Social Research, will be the keynote address on Saturday, May 13.
Professor Anna Cabot will participate in a community conversation in Glastonbury, Connecticut, The Muslim Ban. An Examination of the Underlying Factual, Legal, Religious, Humanitarian, Policy, and Economic Considerations, on May 11, 2017. The panel aims to "explore whether Muslim refugees from Syria pose a threat to national or individual security, and whether the ban is consistent with the moral and humanitarian values which have shaped foreign policy." Cabot will discuss the current legal status of the executive order and its constitutionality.
Professor Peter Kochenburger will speak at the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals 21st Annual E-Day on May 12, 2017, at the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs. He will speak on consumer protection initiatives.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted April 26, 2017, to grant tenure to Professors Mathilde Cohen, Julia Simon-Kerr and Douglas Spencer. Their tenure will begin on August 23, 2017. Cohen works in the fields of jurisprudence, comparative law, constitutional law, food law, and gender and law. Simon-Kerr's focus is on evidence and civil procedure. Spencer specializes in constitutional law, election law and public policy.
Professor Dalié Jiménez has been appointed to the American Bankruptcy Institute's new Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy. The 15-member commission–which includes representatives of the financial services industry, consumer advocates, lawyers and law professors–will examine the consumer bankruptcy system and recommend improvements. Jiménez is an expert in commercial law, consumer financial protection, bankruptcy, credit, and debt collection markets. Much of her research focuses on the financial distress of American families.
Professor Peter Kochenburger will speak at the National Council on Compensation Insurance's Annual Issues Symposium on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The symposium is a three-day conference centered around the workers compensation system. Kochenburger will debate Robert P. Hartwig from the University of South Carolina in a program titled Key Issues Facing Workers Comp.