Category: Administrative Announcements

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Introducing Guest Blogger Jeffrey Vagle

jvagleWe are happy to host Penn’s Jeff Vagle for the month of November.

Jeff is Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His research interests include cryptography, cybersecurity, electronic privacy, the mechanisms and societal effects of surveillance, Internet architecture, and networked economies and societies. He most recently served as an associate in Pepper Hamilton’s Privacy, Security and Data Protection Group. He earned his JD from Temple University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. Jeff writes and speaks regularly on privacy, data security, surveillance, and other cyberlaw-related topics, and is the author of several law review and technical articles, including, most recently, “Furtive Encryption: Power, Trust, and the Constitutional Cost of Collective Surveillance,” forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal.

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And I’m Back – Deven to GA Tech, Scheller College of Business

I joined the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech in August. Some have asked (or speculated as law professors seem to do) about my choice. As those who know my past might see, I go where I think the best work is possible. My scholarship dives into business and technology literatures. GA Tech is excellent in both areas. I took the interview and the position with the hope that I could go deeper into these fields. And, as I hoped, it is great here. Peter Swire is my office neighbor. My group in law and ethics is smart and fun. Throw in friends like Stu Graham, and excellent professors in marketing (can you say more branding?), strategic management, information technology management, operations management, organizational behavior, accounting, and finance, and it is a field day. Folks here are pursuing data analytics, IT and supply chain, behavior and identity shaping by branding, and more. Chats have already pointed to me books and articles for my next set of papers. And that is just at Scheller. I am connecting with the engineers and public policy folks too. Not to mention that friends at Emory, GA State, and Georgia law are near, and I am overdue to visit them. So why move? The opportunity and resources make it a high quality problem place: so much to do and so many people with whom to connect that picking is difficult.

With a summer hire and move, blogging has not been active. Plus, I find that I am bursty (if that is a word). A few ideas pop up and blog posts fly. Then things seem less interesting for a bit. In any event, I think I have a few posts up my sleeve. See you in the funny papers, err blogosphere, as Hawkeye Pierce would say.

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Introducing Professor Marc Roark

Marc Roark

Marc Roark teaches Property, Commercial Law,  Law and Literature, Law and Society, and Law and Religion at Savannah Law School.   Before joining the faculty at Savannah Law School, Professor Roark held appointments at the University of Missouri, the University of Tulsa, and the University of La Verne.

Marc is a well-known Property scholar, and has appeared nationally in interviews by NPR and MSNBC News.   His articles include Homelessness at the Cathedral (Missouri Law Review) and Payment Systems, Consumer Tragedy, and Ineffective Remedies (St. John’s Law Review). You can sample more of Marc’s articles at his SSRN page.

Marc is currently working on a book project titled unPopular Property, describing the intersection of property and identity in outlier cultures.  He is also working on an article articulating the need for human impact statements as a part of public and private land development.

Welcome Marc!

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U Delaware Chaplin Tyler Lecture

I’m honored to be giving this lecture at my alma mater, and thanks go to Charles Elson for the opportunity and Kim Ragan for organizing the event.  It’s the first in the book tour that will take me to many other great universities with thanks to many more wonderful colleagues nationwide.  More details as they are finalized.

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GW’s C-LEAF Annual Call for Papers from Newer Business Law Scholars

The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) at The George Washington University Law School has announced its fifth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes. Here are the details:

The Workshop will be held on February 27-28, 2015 at GW Law School in Washington, DC.  The Workshop supports and recognizes the work of young legal scholars in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, economics, finance and securities, while promoting interaction among them and selected senior faculty and practitioners. By providing a forum for the exchange of creative ideas in these areas, C-LEAF also aims to encourage new and innovative scholarship.

Approximately ten papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. At the Workshop, one or more senior scholars and practitioners will comment on each paper, followed by a general discussion of each paper among all participants. The Workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from GW’s Law School and Business School, faculty from other institutions, practitioners, and invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, three papers will be selected to receive Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively. All prize winners will be invited to become Fellows of C-LEAF. C-LEAF makes no publication commitment.

Junior scholars who have not yet received tenure, but have held a full-time academic appointment for less than seven years as of the submission date, are cordially invited to submit summaries or drafts of their papers. Although published work is not eligible for submission, submissions may include work that has been accepted for publication. C-LEAF will cover hotel and meal expenses of all selected presenters.

Those interested in presenting a paper at the Workshop should submit an abstract, summary or draft, preferably by e-mail, on or before October 17, 2014. To facilitate blind review, your name and other identifying information should be redacted from your paper submission. Direct your submission, along with any inquiries related to the Workshop, to:  Professor Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, lfairfax@law.gwu.edu.

Papers and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes will be selected after a blind review by members of the C-LEAF Executive Board. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 24, 2014. Please feel free to pass this Call for Papers along to any colleagues who may be interested.  For more information on C-LEAF Fellows, please visit  here or contact us at cleaf@law.gwu.edu. The Workshop and prizes are supported by grants from the Schulte Roth & Zabel law firm.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Michael Coenen

I am thrilled to welcome aboard Professor Michael Coenen as a guest blogger. Professor Coenen joined the LSU Law Center faculty in 2013, having previously served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. He holds an A.B. in Music froheadshot2m Princeton University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Michael teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts, criminal procedure, and administrative law.

His recent publications include:

Of Speech and Sanctions: Toward A Penalty-Sensitive Approach to the First Amendment, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 991 (2012)

Constitutional Privileging, 99 Va. L. Rev. 683 (2013)

Spillover Across Remedies, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 1211 (2014)

Rules Against Rulification, 124 Yale L.J. (forthcoming 2015).

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Dan Markel, My Friend

Dan Markel had many friends.  You, the reader, know that if you have been surfing the law professor blogosphere, which is full of tributes, notes of gratitude and sadness, and a residue of shock and disbelief.  Indeed, Dan Markel knew more legal academics – by which I mean he had more meaningful conversations and was actually friends with more people – than anyone in the country. Everyone knew him or had a story about him. Even in conversations he wasn’t a part of, at conferences he’d never attended, he was a common point of reference. He was our Kevin Bacon.

I’ve been friends with Dan since law school. He gave me comments on my first paper.  They were tough (“why are you writing a 25 page literature review that no one, including you, will care to read”) but right. And he gave me tough comments on my second paper. Again, he was right.  And my third paper. And my fourth. He didn’t stop when it became obvious that he was also giving hours of time weekly to literally dozens of other people’s work, when he was blessed with two young sons, when he built an active intellectual life at FSU, when he undertook a brutal travel schedule. He gave of himself despite writing scores of articles (and books and op-eds and drafts and more articles) of his own. His unselfishness and rigor were daunting. Where did he find the time? The energy?

But I couldn’t help but keep asking for his help, because no one gave comments like Dan Markel. He wanted to get your arguments right – and he wanted you to write the best version of yourself possible. On the Prawfs thread, I laughed to read a comment that someone can’t help but remember him asking if she had written a “puzzle paper or a problem paper.” Take heart! He thought the third option was not worth your effort. Dan never let you be lazy, and he was a celebrant when you hit a home run. Or even a double. And getting comments from Dan meant giving comments to Dan, which usually involved reading long articles with surprising payoffs, or getting an email and reading just a few pages where Dan had cited your work and wanted to be sure he’d done it justice. Dan attacked his own work like he worked on yours — unsentimentally, methodically, tirelessly, approaching greatness.

Dan reached out constantly.  As I wrote on twitter (which he hated and which he told me I was wasting my time on), in the 17th century, he’d have been Pepys.  In the 19th century, he’d have been a famous letter writer (and romantic poet!)  In the 20th century, he’d have spent most of his income on long-distance phone calls. As it was, I -and many others-got regular calls from him, resulting in a conversation on one of his long walks, or on the way to pick up his boys from day care, or just on a drive.  In each of those conversations he was open & seemingly without that part of our brains which says “don’t say that, it could be embarrassing; don’t admit that, I might make myself vulnerable.” He was wide open. In the last few years, he shared good and bad news alike, and there were times when he was so raw it hurt to listen to him. But those conversations were never monologues – even in the worst of times, Dan always asked about my family. He always strove to be a mensch.

Dan was a person of enormous seriousness and integrity, who cared deeply for his children and his friends. He was a world-builder without an obvious ideological agenda, unique among the hundreds of professors I’ve met in a decade of teaching. I’m so sorry he was taken from us so soon. And I’m so angry that that he died in a way so antithetical to the humane, intellectual, sensitive way that he lived.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Babak Siavoshy

I’m thrilled to welcome back as a guest blogger Babak Siavoshy, who is a Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law, and a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties team at Palantir Technologies.* Before joining Palantir, Babak was a fellow and supervising attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he counseled public interest clients on digital civil liberties and intellectual property matters.

Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Babak worked on consumer privacy issues for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington D.C. While at O’Melveny & Myers Babak co-wrote the Respondent’s merits brief before the Supreme Court in the GPS-tracking case United States v. Jones.

Babak served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning bachelor’s degrees in English and in philosophy in 2004, and a law degree in 2008.

Babak blogs on law and technology issues here and here.

*Babak’s guest posts and academic work represent his own views, and not necessarily those of his employer.

 

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Introducing Guest Blogger Harry Surden

I’m thrilled to welcome aboard Professor Harry Surden who will be guest blogging with us. Professor Surden is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School where he teaches intellectual property law and technology law. Professor Surden is a former software engineer, and as such, his research is focused at the intersection of law and technology. He writes about intellectual property law (with a substantive focus on patents and copyright), information privacy law, legal informatics and legal automation, and the application of computer technology within the legal system.

Prior to joining Colorado Law, Professor Surden was a resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) at Stanford Law School, and he is currently an affiliated faculty member at Stanford’s CSurdenHarryPhotoodeX center. He was previously a software engineer at Cisco Systems and Bloomberg Financial Markets. He holds a J.D, from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Cornell University.

More information about Professor Surden can be found on his home page here, and his Twitter is @HarrySurden .

Professor Surden’s recent publications include:

Machine Learning and Law 89 Washington Law Review 87 (2014)

Technological Cost as Law in Intellectual Property 27 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 135 (2013)

Computable Contracts 46 U.C. Davis Law Review 629 (2012)

Efficient Uncertainty in Patent Interpretation 68 Washington and Lee Law Review 1737 (2011)

Structural Rights in Privacy 60 SMU Law Review 1605 (2007)