Alta Charo's essay, "Stem Cells: Save the Hope and Lose the Hype," appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Based on a presentation at the Academy's Fellows Forum, the essay describes the emerging problem of false advertising and fraudulent treatment that confuses patients looking for genuine stem cell therapies.
Alexandra Huneeus was invited by the American Bar Foundation to present her paper, "When Human Rights Courts Engage in Structural Reform," at an ABF Research Seminar in March.
Ursula Weigold, Kim Peterson and Deb Moritz spoke at the 2014 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Weigold and Peterson presented the topic "Blended Learning: Can Online Skills Instruction Replace Traditional Classroom Teaching?" Moritz spoke about "Starting a Clinic-LRW Collaborative Program--The Challenges of Bringing the Real World to the Legal Writing Classroom."
Wisconsin faculty members share a commitment to excellence in research, embracing a wide variety of substantive concerns and methodological approaches. The faculty has long been known for its interest in interdisciplinary work and for its commitment to a law-in-action approach to scholarship.
For Wisconsin scholars, no matter how interesting or elegant the underlying theory, Wisconsin's law-in-action approach challenges them to answer the question: "Why should this matter to people in the real world?" In contrast to legal scholars whose work is theory-based, Wisconsin scholars tend to begin with an observed, real-world problem or phenomenon and then seek to explain it and to put it into a larger theoretical context.
Much of the research undertaken at Wisconsin is devoted to explaining how law and legal institutions work and often to understanding why law and legal institutions might not be working as intended. The Wisconsin faculty contextualizes law, studying it as one of many social processes that may shape behavior. Many faculty members are active in the Law & Society Association, an international organization of scholars who study the interrelation of society and the legal process; indeed, the current Wisconsin faculty includes three LSA past presidents.
The work of the Wisconsin faculty is not geographically bounded. Though a majority study U.S. law, a growing number explore law in less familiar settings and are focusing their research on the workings of law in countries throughout the world.