The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Mathilde Cohen has won the Hessel Yntema Prize of the American Society of Comparative Law for her recent paper on supreme and constitutional courts’ internal organizational cultures. The prize, established in 1991 to honor the first editor in chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law, is given annually to the “most outstanding” article by a scholar under the age of 40 published in a recent volume of the journal. The award was announced at the society’s annual meeting, held Oct. 1 through Oct. 3 in Dallas. Read more.
Professor Alexandra Lahav’s work was cited in a 9th Circuit opinion released Aug. 6, 2015 in Briggs v. Merck Sharp & Dohme: "A bellwether trial is a test case that is typically used to facilitate settlement in similar cases by demonstrating the likely value of a claim or by aiding in predicting the outcome of tricky questions of causation or liability. See Alexandra D. Lahav, Bellwether Trials, 76 Geo. Wash. L.Rev. 576, 577–78 (2008)."
Professor Dalie Jimenez’s Consumer Financial Distress Research Project received a $25,000 grant in August from the Sears Fund, a settlement fund administered by the National Association of Attorneys General. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen wrote a letter of support, as did Maine’s attorney general.
Professor Douglas Spencer spoke about the Voting Rights Act at Albertus Magnus College on Sept. 15, 2015 in observance of Constitution Day.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has appoined Professor Alexandra Lahav to the Ellen Ash Peters endowed professorship and Professor Peter Siegelman to the Phillip I. Blumberg endowed professorship. In addition, Dean Timothy Fisher has named Professor Leslie Levin as the Joel Barlow Professor of Law and Professor James Stark as the Roger Sherman Professor of Law. Read more.
Professors Bethany Berger and Richard Pomp spoke on a faculty panel at the 35th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of State Tax Judges, held Oct. 1-3, 2015 in Cambridge, Mass. The conference meets annually to review recent state tax decisions, providing an opportunity for judges to hear and question academic experts in law, valuation, finance, and economics, and to exchange views on current legal issues facing tax courts in different states.
Professor Molly Land was named associate director of the Human Rights Institute on the main campus in Storrs, where she has been teaching under a joint appointment. As associate director, she supports the director and other program administrators in their planning, personnel, reporting and curricular activities; acts as lead liaison for the Stamford-based Lieberman Lecture and Conference Series; coordinates other Storrs-based event programming; and assists with grant proposals and fundraising. Read more.
Professor Hillary Greene was named co-principal investigator on a $493,628 grant awarded in August by the National Science Foundation with Lee Fleming, a professor of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Their project, The Reach of the Visible Hand: Government Acknowledgments in U.S. Patents and Technological Change, 1975-2015, will trace, measure, and analyze the direct and indirect influence of federal funding on innovation in various industrial sectors. Read more.
Professor James H. Stark will speak at a workshop on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, with Professor Douglas N. Frenkel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School about Improving Lawyers' Judgment: Is Mediation Training De-Biasing? The discussion, part of the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop lecture series, will be followed by a question-and-answer session. It will be held in the Quinnipiac University School of Law library at 370 Bassett Road in North Haven between noon and 1:30 p.m.