The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Sara Bronin has been appointed to the Connecticut Bar Association's 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force. The task force—composed of lawyers, judges, and other professionals—is charged with responding to legal issues and needs in Connecticut arising from the pandemic. Read more.
Professor Valeria Gomez, the William R. Davis clinical teaching fellow, will speak on a panel entitled "Women and the Legal Battle for the Future of Asylum" at SUNY Cortland on March 25, 2020. Gomez will be discussing how a backlog in the immigration system makes immigration law work by law students vital.
Professor Richard Wilson attended a symposium entitled "Hate Propaganda at International Criminal Tribunals" at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, on Feb. 10 and 11, 2020. The symposium aimed to address the way in which the legal sphere has lagged behind other disciplines in its analysis of the affect of propaganda, specifically focused on the necessity of an improved approach to dealing with the phenomenon of hate and fear propaganda at international criminal tribunals. Wilson spoke on two panels, the first titled "The Nature, Manifestations and Effects of Hate and Fear Propaganda" and the second called "Hate Propaganda in the Era of Social Media." He also chaired a panel titled "Advocacy of Hatred in International Criminal Law."
Professor Michael Fischl will speak at the conference Critical Legal Studies: Intellectual History and the History of the Present at Princeton University on Feb. 28, 2020. The conference will explore the emergence of the critical legal studies movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Fischl, whose article "The Question That Killed Critical Legal Studies” is among the most dowloaded in the UConn Law repository, will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Aftermath and Legacies."
Professor Peter Kochenburger has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, which provides advice and recommendations to assist the Federal Insurance Office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He will serve a three-year-term.
Professor Jon Bauer will appear as a panelist in the Connecticut Bar Foundation program, The Invisible Wall: Obstacles to Due Process in Immigration Cases, on Feb. 19, 2020. The event, which will take place at Eli's on Whitney restaurant in Hamden, Connecticut, also includes Tennyson Benedict, a UConn School of Law JD candidate, as a facilitator. The event will cover the systemic roadblocks to legal citizenship in the United States and the invisible barriers to due process non-citizens face when seeking to overcome them.
Professor Peter Kochenburger has been reappointed a funded consumer representative for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He is one of 20 funded representatives for 2020; the association also appointed 12 unfunded representatives. The representatives provide expertise to help state regulators protect insurance consumers.
Professor Sachin Pandya served as a working-paper discussant at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools on Jan. 4, 2020, at a panel titled, "New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law." It was jointly sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools sections on employment discrimination law and on labor relations and employment law.
Professor Jessica de Perio Wittman, director of the law library at UConn School of Law, has been appointed a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Society of American Law Library Directors. She was introduced as a member on Jan. 5, 2020, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, D.C.