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The Comments Experiment

I just wanted to announce that I am joining Gerard on this policy. I think it will be an improvement over the status quo (for me at least) because:

1) It works for Sullivan. He gives many great comments or responses a high level of prominence. He doesn’t just highlight people who agree with him. He publishes “dissents of the day” that contradict his position in a constructive, interesting, or provocative way.

2) I’ve heard from several people that they would comment, but don’t want to get “drowned out” in the noise of irrelevant comments. So this is a way for them to get some attention for their views.
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David Gray on the Supreme Court’s Contemporary Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule

dgray2Tomorrow, if you are in the D.C. area in the afternoon, Georgetown Law’s American Criminal Law Review, American Civil Liberties Union, and Criminal Law Association are hosting my brilliant colleague David Gray to talk about his article, A Spectacular Non Sequitur: The Supreme Court’s Contemporary Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule Jurisprudence (forthcoming in ACLR). His lecture will focus on the Exclusionary Rule and the recent cases involving the 4th Amendment. Location: Hotung 1000. Starts at 3:30 p.m. Will be worth it, indeed. Professor Gray is an illuminating and dynamic speaker.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Zephyr Teachout

I’m delighted to introduce Professor Zephyr Teachout who will be a guest this month. Professor Teachout is an Associate Law Professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches political law and p20090421_zephyr_teachout_18roperty law. She writes about political law and has just completed a manuscript for Harvard University Press on the meaning of corruption in American law. She is a member of the Board of Center for Rights, the Public Campaign Action Fund, and the Antitrust League. She is the former National Director of the Sunlight Foundation and the Director of Online Organizing for Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential campaign. She began her career as a lawyer representing people on death row in North Carolina.

 

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Introducing Rachel Godsil

Rachel Godsil is the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School. Her teaching and research interests include race and social science, constitutional law, property, education, and environmental law. Her recent scholarship focuses on implicit bias and the role of perception on public policy decisions and institutional treatment of people of color.  Professor Godsil is a co-founder and research director for the American Values Institute, a national consortium of social scientists and law professors focusing on the role of implicit bias in law and policy. She is currently working on the link between stereotype threat and the success of students of color in law. Professor Godsil has written amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of research psychologists in the Fisher v. University of Texas and on behalf of the National Parent Teacher Association in the Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District litigation at the Supreme Court. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues of race and property and is the co-editor of Awakening From The Dream:  Civil Rights Under Siege And The New Struggle For Equal Justice (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).

Welcome, Rachel!

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Introducing Marc Poirier

Professor Marc R. Poirier is a Professor of Law and the Martha Traylor Research Fellow at Seton Hall University School of Law.  Marc writes and teaches in the areas of property theory, environmental law, administrative law, coastal land use, regulatory takings, and law and sexuality.  Two of Professor Poirier’s articles have won Dukeminier Awards from the Williams Institute at UCLA as among the best articles in the field of law and sexuality and gender identity.  Marc has also been chair of two AALS Sections: (1) Property and (2) Law and Interpretation.  He currently serves on the Society of American Law School’s (SALT) Committee on Issues in Legal Education.

Marc’s work includes:

Brazilian Regularization of Title in Light of Moradia, Compared to the United States Understandings of Homeownership and Homelessness, 44 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. (2013);

Name Calling: Identifying Stigma and the “Civil Union”/”Marriage” Distinction, 41 Conn. L. Rev. 1425 (2009);

The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy, 17 Colum. J. Gender & Law 343 (2008).

Marc’s current works in progress include an article examining why the Boy Scouts of America’s proposed local option compromise on policy towards LGBT membership did not and could not satisfy the concerns of the Scouts’ constituencies; an article arguing that the key issue in the ongoing same-sex marriage controversy is localism, not federalism; and an article on neighborliness, risk, and scale in the management of coastal land.  He is also working on what he hopes will become a book on hate crimes as territory.

Welcome, Marc!

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Introducing Guest Blogger Julie Goldscheid

GoldscheidI am delighted to welcome Professor Julie Goldscheid who will be blogging with us in October. Professor Goldscheid is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law, where she teaches courses including civil procedure, lawyering, gender, psychology and law, and gender and the law, and in the family law and equality concentrations.  She writes and speaks widely about gender equality, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and economic equality.  Before joining the CUNY faculty, she held positions including senior staff attorney and acting legal director at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).  She spearheaded that organization’s legal work to end violence against women, which included defending the constitutionality of the civil rights remedy of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act in courts nationwide, and before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Morrison.  She subsequently served as General Counsel of Safe Horizon, a leading victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention organization, where she oversaw its direct service, policy, and governance matters. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Community Foundation and other NGO’s, and has been active in bar association committees and task forces.

Professor Goldscheid has served as a Senior Fellow/ Sabbatical Visitor at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, from which she was awarded a “Recent Graduate Award.”

Her recent publications include:

The Parallel Processes of Law & Social Change: Gender Violence and Work in the United States and South Africa, chapter in Martha Fineman & Estelle Zinsstag, ed, Transitional Justice (2013).

Gender and Equality Law (Edited volume, Ashgate Publishing, 2013).

Rethinking Civil Rights and Gender Violence, 14 Geo. J. Gender & L. 43 (2013).

Elizabeth M. Schneider, et al., Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Domestic Violence Ruling, 46 Clearinghouse Rev. J. L. & Pol’y 113 (July-Aug. 2012) (author of section of article).

Disparate Impact’s Impact: The Gender Violence Lens, 90 Ore. L. Rev. 33 (2011).

You can find her SSRN page here.

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Introducing Special Guest Blogger Steve Semeraro on the $7.25 Billion Visa Mastercard Settlement

Good readers,

Allow me to introduce my friend and colleague, Prof. Steve Semeraro. Steve’s research focuses on antitrust and criminal law. He authored the Law Professors’ Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Verizon v. Trinko. He currently serves as the Book Review Editor of the American Journal of Legal History and the antitrust & competition expert for the Ethics & Compliance Alliance. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and has worked at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he led civil antitrust investigations of the optical disc and credit card industries. That brings us to why I asked him to guest blog for us.

Steve’s work on the $7.25 billion Visa and Mastercard settlement which addresses disputes between merchants and Visa and Mastercard was cited by Professor Alan Sykes, the court appointed expert for the settlement. I asked Steve to post a bit about the settlement. He has agreed. So welcome, Steve, and we look forward to your posts.

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Upcoming Online Symposium on Professor Gabriella Coleman’s Coding Freedom

During the week of September 16, Concurring Opinions will be hosting a deep bench of thinkers, tinkerers, and scholars to discuss Professor Gabriella Coleman’s important book Coding k9883Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton University Press 2012). Professor Coleman, the Wolfe Chair in Scientific & Technological Literacy at McGill University, is a leading scholar and cultural guide in all matters involving digital activism and engagement. The Chronicle of Higher Education aptly deemed Professor Coleman “the world’s foremost scholar on Anonymous.”GabriellaColeman-960x420

To whet our appetites for next week, let me say a little bit about the book. Coding Freedom explores the contributions of computer hackers to the trajectory of intellectual property law specifically and liberalism generally. Professor Coleman spent two years of fieldwork in San Francisco, the Netherlands, and online studying the efforts, values, and social norms that guide the production of Free and Open Source Software.

As Coding Freedom explores, computer hackers—technical experts with a passion for tinkering and a commitment to information freedom—have profoundly shaped the social meaning of civil liberties in our digital age. Through technical production and political engagement, computer hackers have recast and buttressed privacy and free speech.Before 1990, source code, the blueprints of software, was rarely cast as free speech. Nearly twenty-five years later, F/OSS participants have erected an alternative legal regime to intellectual property rights on free speech and free information grounds. Hacker culture has provided crucial lessons for liberal governance by reinvigorating our commitments to debate, collaboration, mentoring, engagement, transparency, and accountability. In short, F/OSS has changed the politics of intellectual property law and liberalism.

Next week, the following experts, including Professor Gabriella Coleman, will be joining us to talk about Coding Freedom:

Amy Kapczynski

Edward W. Felten

Laura Denardis

Nicklas Lundblad

Julie Cohen

Steven Bellovin

Nabiha Syed

Lawrence Liang

James Grimmelmann

Karl Fogel

 

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Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

 Minneapolis, May 29 – June 1, 2014

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network is seeking proposals for panels it will be sponsoring at the Law and Society Annual Meeting (LSA) in 2014.   Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) is here.

Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.

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Introducing Guest Blogger Thomas Crocker

Thomas CrockerI’m thrilled to welcome back Professor Thomas Crocker to the blog! Professor Crocker is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  His research interests focus on issues in constitutional law, including privacy and the public sphere, the First Amendment, interpretive theory, presidential power, and national security.  He also keeps his eye on debates in law and philosophy. He teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Free Speech and Democracy, National Security and the Constitution, and Jurisprudence. Having benefitted from a fellowship as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, MA, he is finishing a book under contract with Yale University Press entitled Overcoming Necessity:  Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism.

Before joining the faculty at South Carolina, Tommy clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He also taught philosophy at St. Lawrence University.

His publications include:

Order, Technology, and the Constitutional Meanings of Criminal Procedure, 103 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 685 (2013).

Who Decides on Liberty?, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 1511 (2012).

Presidential Power and Constitutional Responsibility, 52 Boston College L. Rev. 151 (2011).

The Political Fourth Amendment, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 303 (2010).

From Privacy to Liberty: The Fourth Amendment After Lawrence, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 1 (2009).

Torture, with Apologies, 86 Tex. L. Rev. 569 (2008).