The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Professor Ángel Oquendo spoke at the annual Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory presented by Yale Law School. The seminar was held in Quito, Ecuador, from June 8 to June 11, 2017. Each year, academics from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States gather to discuss reflection papers on a set of specific themes. This year's program was entitled The Constitutional Dilemmas of Social Democracy. Oquendo was featured as a commentator on the panel Indigenous Peoples and Liberal Values.
Professor Dalié Jiménez has signed on as amicus to a brief of consumer law professors supporting a challenge to the settlement in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and Trump University. The plaintiff, Sherri B. Simpson, objected to the $25 million settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of students who said Trump and his for-profit educational enterprise defrauded them. Simpson's lawyers argue that the judge should have allowed her to opt out of the settlement, which would have left her free to pursue her own claim.
Professor Jon Bauer spoke at the 2017 Luce-Hartford Conference in Christian-Muslim Relations on May 22, 2017, at the Hartford Seminary. He participated in a panel on the topic: The Impact of the Crisis on Refugee Resettlement and Immigration. See a video of the panel discussion.
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.