The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Richard Pomp will speak at the Minnesota State Bar Association 75th Annual Tax Institute seminar on Nov. 17, 2015. His speech, Ramblings and Ruminations on 40 Years in State and Local Taxation, included discussion of current Minnesota Tax Court proposals and the Supreme Court’s recent term.
Professor Douglas Spencer visited Mexico City on Oct. 16-17, 2015 as a guest of the High Chamber of the Mexican Federal Electoral Tribunal, the highest court in Mexico for election disputes. He gave a presentation about voting rights to the tribunal's judges, staff and the public during a conference, "Two Paths in the Law of Democracy," that was broadcast on national television.
Anna Cabot, the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow at UConn School of Law, will speak in a Nov. 5, 2015 panel discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis about the details of the U.S. refugee resettlement system. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center Church Meeting House, 675 Main St., Hartford.
Professor Richard Pomp spoke at the Property Tax Symposium in Austin, held Nov. 1 - 4, 2015, by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. He spoke on a panel to inform participants of national issues, covering both the key income tax decisions from the last year and pending cases that are important to taxpayers.
Professor Mathilde Cohen spoke at the Yale Food Systems Symposium, held Oct. 29 and 30, 2015. She presented on the topic Of Cows and the Constitution, noting that the U.S. Constitution lacks any mention of food rights, yet constitutional adjudication is replete with cases involving crops, cattle, milk, and other dairy products.
Professors Alexandra Lahav and Sachin Pandya submitted an amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, on Sept. 29, 2015. The case involves a challenge to the certification of a case as a class action under the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure and as a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read more.
Professor Richard Pomp spoke at the 22nd Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum sponsored by Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn. He took part in a panel discussion on intricacies of the Wynn, CMX and DMA decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and their application to everyday state and local tax issues.
Professor Peter Kochenburger and Adjunct Professor Thomas O. Farrish '05 spoke on Oct. 28, 2015 at the Insurance Law and Claims Conference at the Hilton Hartford on "The Intersection of Claim Handling and Ethics." The aim of the conference was to update insurance executives, in-house counsel and outside counsel in the Northeast on crucial new authority affecting claims handling, coverage decisions and extra-contractual exposure.
Professors Bethany Berger and Brendan Maher contributed to separate amicus briefs supporting the Mississippi Choctaw tribe in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw, which concerns the jurisdiction of Indian tribal courts over civil claims against non-members. Professor Berger joined six other historians and legal scholars in a brief arguing that federal law has recognized such tribal power throughout American history. Professor Maher contributed to a brief filed for Mississippi and five other states that are home to large Indian tribes. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Dec. 7.
Professor Peter Kochenburger spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Taiwan Insurance Law Association, held in Taipei on Oct. 22-23, 2015. UConn Insurance Law LL.M. graduate Derek Lee helped organize the conference. Professor Pierpaolo Marano, who co-teaches the Comparative Insurance Regulation Course, also spoke. Kochenburger’s primary presentation was titled Big Data, Insurance and Consumer Protection: Emerging Risks and Benefits.