The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of 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 Association 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.
Professor Richard Pomp will speak on December 17, 2018, at the 37th Institute on State and Local Taxation, presented by the New York University School of Professional Studies. He will take part in a discussion entitled "Review and Preview of Federal Constitutional Issues" with Jeffrey A. Friedman of Eversheds Sutherland.
Professor Susan Schmeiser will speak at the West Coast Law Literature Conference organized by the University of Southern California Center for Law, History and Culture on April 3, 2019, at the university's Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. She will take part in a discussion of "Addiction And Devotion in Early Modern England" by Rebecca Lemon.
Professor Alexandra Lahav was among law professors who filed an amicus brief on November 20, 2018, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to reconsider its decision to decertify a class in the Asacol antitrust case. A district court in Massachusetts had certified a class of buyers of the drug Asacol, which is used to treat ulcerative colitis. These buyers had alleged an antitrust conspiracy to block less expensive generic alternatives from the shelves. The appeals court decertified the class on the grounds that a small percentage, estimated at no more than 10 percent of the class members, would have bought Asacol out of brand loyalty even if a cheaper alternative had been available. The law professors argued that "Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure does not compel a court to prohibit class actions whenever a small percentage of the class may not have suffered actual damages."
Professor Anne Dailey has won The American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis 2018 Book Prize in the category of Applied Psychoanalysis for her 2017 book "Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective." Dailey and the book have also been recognized with the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2018 Courage to Dream Book Prize and the Sharon Harris 2018 Book Award, given by The University of Connecticut for the best book published in the humanities. Read more about the book ...