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  • Nov. 23, 2020

    Alto Charo gave a pair of virtual talks as part of the Annual Weinberger-Vermut Genetics Ethics Lecture series: "Clinical Research and Care Considerations for Genome Editing," hosted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and "Challenges for Global Governance of Human Genome Editing," hosted by UCLA Health.

  • Nov. 23, 2020

    Yaron Nili presented "The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies" at the University of Florida Levin College of Law's symposium, Business Law in Transition, in November.

  • Nov. 23, 2020

    Ion Meyn participated in the closing plenary, "Confronting Our History: The Role of Race in the Criminallegal System," at the ABA's Criminal Justice Section's 2020 Fall Institute. The session was moderated by 6th Circuit Judge Bernice Donald and included Federal District Judge Carlton Reeves, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson, and Professors Angela Davis and Barbara Creel. Meyn's talk was titled, "Constructing Separate and Unequal Courtrooms."

  • Nov. 23, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi presented "Planted Poison," as part of the National Humanities Center's fellows' lecture series. Sharafi's talk was on a chapter from her book project, "Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India." During 2020-21, she is working on the book manuscript as an American Council of Learned Society Burkhardt Fellow (virtual) at the National Humanities Center.

  • Nov. 20, 2020

    Linda Greene participated in the discussion, "Antiracism, Education and Action: From Kenosha to UW-Madison," part of the UW's Crossroads of Ideas series. Joining her on the panel was Gabrielle Tielman-Fenelus, chair of the Black Law Students Association.

  • Nov. 19, 2020

    Alta Charo presented, "What's Next for Global Governance of Genome Editing," at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing.

  • Nov. 19, 2020

    Steph Tai participated in the kickoff plenary session for the 2020 ABA Administrative Law Conference, "Recognizing and Addressing Racism in Administrative Law."

  • Nov. 18, 2020

    Jonathan Scharrer presented the keynote at the first annual Restorative Justice Summit, organized by UW's Community Youth Development program. His presentation was titled “Making Youth Courts More Restorative.”

  • Nov. 17, 2020

    Ion Meyn co-organized the American Bar Association workshopping conference, "Big Data and Equal Protection," which took place in November. Fifty criminal law scholars participated in the event, including keynote speaker Dean L. Song Richardson of UC Irvine Law School. The AALS Criminal Justice Section and the Academy for Justice Center at Arizona State University were event partners.

  • Nov. 12, 2020

    Alta Charo was appointed to the scientific advisory board for the Innovative Genomics Institute, a joint UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco venture.

  • Nov. 6, 2020

    Tonya Brito presented "Race and Inequality in Family Court," as part of the Big 10 Law School series on race, law and equality. The 12-week series of lectures featured scholars from each of the Big 10 law schools.

  • Nov. 5, 2020

    Alta Charo co-authored "Beyond 2020: A Vision and Pathway for NIH," a critique of the National Institutes of Health with proposals for changes in how to support and diversify basic science and the scientific community in a new presidential term.

  • Nov. 3, 2020

    Nina Varsava's article, "Precedent on Precedent," was published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online in November 2020.

  • Nov. 3, 2020

    Alta Charo was the inaugural speaker at the University of Maryland's new Rothenberg Health Care Law and Policy Speaker Series, where she lectured on "Challenges in Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine."

  • Oct. 30, 2020

    In October, Robert Yablon participated on a Real Town Hall panel on the electoral process, which was organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. The panel was recorded for online viewing.

  • Oct. 29, 2020

    Pilar Ossorio joined campus and local experts for an October webinar organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, "Moving COVID-19 Inventions to Market: What Can We Do and What Should We Do?"

  • Oct. 29, 2020

    Linda Greene received the 2020 Game Changer in Leadership Award from the Black Women in Sports Foundation. The award recognizes an outstanding organization or leader such as a teacher or a coach, who is committed to using their experiences, opportunities and resources as an agent of change while mentoring the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Oct. 29, 2020

    Daniel Tokaji participated in "One Week Out: The Legal Landscape of Election 2020," an online discussion hosted by the American Constitution Society.

  • Oct. 29, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi presented "Interdisciplinary Studies and Forensics: Why History Matters" at the 1st International Symposium on Crime Studies in October. The symposium was hosted by the Center for Criminology & Forensic Studies and the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O. P. Jindal Global University in Delhi, India. Watch the presentation on YouTube.

  • Oct. 26, 2020

    Charles von Simson presented “Open Innovation in Artificial Intelligence for Legal Research" to the Manitoba Bar Association in October.

  • Oct. 23, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "Precedent, Interpretive Methodology and Conflicts of Law" to the Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group in October.

  • Oct. 23, 2020

    In September and October, Alta Charo participated in workshops on strengthening global biosecurity architecture to prevent biological risks, convened under the auspices of the Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative, a program of the Nuclear Threat Initiative led by former Secretary of Energy Ernst Moniz, with the goal of developing plans to establish an international entity to oversee global biosecurity norms and best practices.

  • Oct. 21, 2020

    In October 2020, Susannah Tahk was a panelist on the American Bar Association webinar, "The Tax System and Social Policy."

  • Oct. 21, 2020

    Steph Tai was a panelist at the Forward in Energy Forum, hosted in October by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Forum speakers discussed the plans, policies and agendas of the two major presidential candidates.

  • Oct. 21, 2020

    Alta Charo participated in an October 20 panel discussion for World CRISPR Day titled, "The Future of CRISPR: Engineering and Educational Challenges."

  • Oct. 19, 2020

    Miriam Seifter participated on a web panel, “COVID, Federalism and Localism,” in October 2020. The panel was part of a virtual workshop series organized by Yale Law School’s Solomon Center for Health, Law and Policy to examine the pandemic’s intersections with, and disruptions to, many areas of law.

  • Oct. 19, 2020

    Susannah Tahk was an invited discussant in the AALS Virtual Poverty Law Workshop held in October 2020.

  • Oct. 16, 2020

    Daniel Tokaji was a panelist in "What Happens (in our Courts) When America Votes? Election Safeguards for the Judiciary." The webinar was part of a four-part October 2020 series organized by the Election Law Program of the National Center for State Courts and William & Mary School of Law.

  • Oct. 12, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi presented "Imperial Truth Mechanics: Law and Forensic Science in Colonial India" for "Empires of Law in Colonial South Asia," an event hosted by the Rutgers British Studies Center. Along with the pre-recorded presentation, the event included a live Q&A with Sharafi and Tanya Agathocleous, CUNY/Hunter College.

  • Oct. 5, 2020

    David Schwartz's "The Other Madison Problem" (co-authored with John Mikhail) questions the idealized role of James Madison as the preeminent framer and founding-era interpreter of the Constitution. The paper was presented as part of the Fall 2020 Fordham Law Review Symposium, "The Federalist Constitution," organized by Schwartz, Mikhail, Richard Primus and Jonathan Gienapp.

  • Oct. 5, 2020

    Alta Charo is a member of the National Acadamies of Sciences committee that developed the report, "Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine." Released on October 2, the report advises the CDC on how to prioritize access to COVID vaccines for the public when, in early stages, there is not enough for everyone.

  • Oct. 5, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented “Opinion Publication and Judge Gender at the Federal Courts of Appeals” at the 2020 Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference in October. She also presented the paper at online faculty workshops at Marquette University Law School and Denver University Sturm College of Law in September.

  • Sep. 30, 2020

    Alta Charo wrote "Ruthless Health Law" for a September edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. In the essay, Charo looks at the history of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opinions related to the Affordable Care Act.

  • Sep. 28, 2020

    Steve Wright was elected to a three-year term on the University Academic Planning Council, a committee of the faculty at the UW–Madison.

  • Sep. 25, 2020

    Linda Greene participated on a panel of UW experts looking ahead to the first presidential debate in September 2020. The presentation, part of the Crossroads of Ideas series hosted by UW's Discovery Building, is available to view on demand.

  • Sep. 25, 2020

    Tonya Brito served as co-chair of the Family Law Committee for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences project, "Civil Justice for All." The project findings were released in September 2020.

  • Sep. 25, 2020

    Daniel Tokaji participated on the panel, "Election 2020: The challenge, the law & the path ahead," sponsored by the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at Cordozo School of Law.

  • Sep. 25, 2020

    Peter Carstensen presented "The 'Pickle in the Middle': The Competitive Issues Facing America’s Farmers," a critical overview of antitrust and agriculture laws enacted to protect farmers. The talk was part of the Law, Ethics and Animals Program speaker series at Yale Law School. Watch the presentation.

  • Sep. 24, 2020

    Alta Charo presented "What's Next in Global Governance of Genome Editing?" at the American Society for Cell and Gene Therapy Policy Summit, held in September 2020.

  • Sep. 21, 2020

    Bill Whitford presented "Partisan Gerrymandering: How It's Done, Its Consequences and What We Can Do About It," at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in September 2020. His talk was part of the university's Constitution Day observance.

  • Sep. 20, 2020

    Gretchen Viney wrote "101: GAL Appointments: Am I Eligible?" to assist Wisconsin lawyers in determining if they qualify to accept guardian ad litem appointments, after the state Supreme Court changed the eligibility rules. The article appears in the September 2020 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer.

  • Sep. 16, 2020

    Alta Charo gave a panel presentation at "Harnessing the Transformational Potential of COVID-19," a webinar hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratories. Charo's talk, "Post-Pandemic Bioethics," outlined a future bioethics agenda that emphasizes issues of structural inequities and public health ethics rather than doctor-patient relationships.

  • Aug. 31, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented “Judicial Opinions and Judge Gender on the Federal Courts of Appeals.” The talk was part of the 2020 online summer workshop series, hosted by Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession at University of California Irvine Law School.

  • Aug. 26, 2020

    Alexandra Huneeus has been named co-chair for the Law & Society Association's annual meeting, scheduled for May 2021 in Chicago. This year's theme is "Crisis, Healing, Re-imagining."

  • Aug. 24, 2020

    Cecelia Klingele’s article, “Labeling Violence,” was published in the August 2020 edition of Marquette Law Review. The article surveys the ways that aggression and violence manifest in the lives of people not convicted of violent crime, and it explores the dangers of failing to acknowledge the reality of aggression and violence across the general population.

  • Aug. 20, 2020

    Yaron Nili's article, “Shadow Governance” (co-written with Cathy Hwang), was published in the California Law Review in August 2020.

  • Aug. 17, 2020

    Alta Charo was asked to join the ethics subcommittee of the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC), which will define principles to guide scarce resources such as vaccines and therapeutics. The team's recommendations will go to the SDMAC and the DHS Office of the Secretary for approval.

  • Aug. 6, 2020

    Sarah Davis has been appointed to Dane County's newly formed subcommittee looking into fines and fees, as part of the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee. The purpose of the subcommittee is to review fines and fees assessed in the civil, human services and criminal justice system and determine where the county can reduce or eliminate them.

  • Aug. 5, 2020

    Steph Tai presented "Racism and Informal Agency Adjudicatory Decisions, or, Is Racism Arbitrary and Capricious?" at the Online Symposium on Racism and Administrative Law, sponsored by the Yale Journal on Regulation.

  • Aug. 4, 2020

    Jeff Glazer, Tami Patel and Charles von Simson presented “In Your Corner: Starting and Running Your Hustle,” in August 2020, in partnership with Urban Triage, Freedom, Inc., and our Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. UW Law student Miranda Salazar helped coordinate the event, which was geared toward supporting Black entrepreneurship and businesses.

  • Aug. 4, 2020

    Alta Charo made a presentation to the newly created National Institutes of Health Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board. The board is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on whether to block funding for work that has passed scientific review but uses materials from fetal remains.

  • Aug. 3, 2020

    Mark Sidel's analysis of the new Hong Kong National Security Law, "Climate of Fear: Reckoning with Hong Kong’s National Security Law and its Impact on Civic Freedoms," was published by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). Sidel co-wrote the article with colleagues at the ICNL.

  • Aug. 3, 2020

    Dan Cornelius presented “Food Sovereignty: Strengthening Our Communities Through Agriculture” in July 2020. His talk was part of the Indigenous Speakers Series hosted by Northwest Indian College-Nez Perce Site and the University of Washington-Tacoma.

  • Jul. 31, 2020

    In July 2020, Sumudu Atapattu presented “Climate Change and Human Rights: The North-South Divide” to Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran. Atapattu spoke at the invitation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy.

  • Jul. 20, 2020

    In July 2020, Alta Charo was appointed to the newly established National Academies' committee on "A Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus," which will advise the Centers for Disease Control and other policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.

  • Jul. 13, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "Consent and the Duty to Return Results in Human Subjects Research" for the Virtual Health Law and Bioethics Workshop in July 2020.

  • Jul. 13, 2020

    Tonya Brito’s article, “The Child Support Debt Bubble,” received praise on Jotwell, an online legal journal specializing in short reviews of recent scholarship. In “Private Debt and Public Violence,” Wendy Anne Bach called Brito’s article “exquisitely well done.”

  • Jul. 7, 2020

    Megan McDermott's essay, "The Crypto Quandary: Is Bankruptcy Ready?," was posted to Northwestern University Law Review Online in July 2020. This essay will also be published in a forthcoming print edition of the law review.

  • Jul. 6, 2020

    Keith Findley was elected co-chair of Madison's new Police Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee. The ad hoc committee was created by the City of Madison to study whether the Madison Police Department should begin an officer body-worn camera program, and if so, what the policies governing the use of such cameras should be.

  • Jul. 1, 2020

    Alta Charo presented "The Anne McClaren Memorial Lecture: Global Governance of Genome Editing," at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in June 2020.

  • Jun. 29, 2020

    Nina Varsava's article, "Allocating Authority between Lawyers and their Clients after McCoy v. Louisiana," was published in the Spring 2020 edition of New Criminal Law Review.

  • Jun. 26, 2020

    Daniel Tokaji's post, "Voter Registration in a Pandemic," was published in the University of Chicago Law Review online.

  • Jun. 17, 2020

    Sunil Rao's review of the article, "On Justice and Mysticism," was featured in the American Association of Law Libraries' New Voices article series.

  • Jun. 12, 2020

    Angelica Guevara's article, "Ableness as Property," was published in the Denver Law Review in June 2020.

  • Jun. 11, 2020

    Erin Barbato participated in an online forum, “Current Realities for DACA Recipients and Asylum Seekers,” in June 2020. The event was sponsored by Alverno College and ACLU Wisconsin and organized by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.

  • Jun. 8, 2020

    In June, Sumudu Atapattu presented a webinar, “Climate Change, Human Rights and Justice: Role of Law and Lawyers,” for Dharmashastra National Law University in Jabalpur, India.

  • Jun. 1, 2020

    In May 2020, Bonnie Shucha co-presented "New Possibilities for Sociolegal Scholars: Hein, ORCID and Your Scholarly Profile" for the Law and Society Association's Annual Meeting. The presentation was part of a session titled "Getting Sociolegal Scholarship Cited and Recognized: New Possibilities and Perils Organized by the LSA Task Force on Sociolegal Metrics."

  • Jun. 1, 2020

    Works by Olivia McCarthy '20 and Jacob Mohr '19 have been accepted for publication in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Their research was part of Steph Tai's Contracts II class. McCarthy's essay is entitled "Moving the Family Farm into the Future: The Role of Dairy Contracts in Sustaining the Family Farm," and Mohr's article is entitled "High Damages or Mere Refunds? Unconscionability and Failure of Essential Purpose in Contracts for Defective Hemp Seed."

  • May. 29, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "What Judicial Opinions can tell us about the Gender Roles and Biases of Judges" for the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in May 2020. The paper presents empirical evidence of judge gender roles and biases on the federal courts of appeals.

  • May. 29, 2020

    Miriam Seifter's new co-authored article, "The Democracy Principle in State Constitutional Law" (with Jessica Bulman-Pozen), is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review.

  • May. 28, 2020

    Steph Tai co-presented "Clean Water Webinar: Lessons Learned from the Supreme Court's Maui Decision" in May 2020.  The webinar was sponsored by Center for Progressive Reform, of which Tai is a member scholar.

  • May. 19, 2020

    Jeff Glazer presented a virtual Lunch & Learn, "Legal Advice for Startups," in May. The event was part of a series for small businesses in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin.

  • May. 15, 2020

    In May, Miriam Seifter spoke at “Federalism: Friend or Foe? Federal & State Authority to Fight COVID-19,” an event sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

  • May. 11, 2020

    David Schwartz's post, "Presidential Elections in the House?," appears on the Constitutional law blog, Balkinization. Schwartz's article offers preview and commentary on the "Faithless Electors" case to be argued in the Supreme Court on May 13, 2020.

  • May. 7, 2020

    Alexandra Huneeus's article, "Territory as a Victim of Colombia's War," was published in EJIL:Talk!, a blog of the European Journal of International Law.

  • May. 5, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi's article, "Abortion in South Asia, 1860-1947: A medico-legal history," was published in Modern Asian Studies in May 2020.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Steph Tai's amicus brief (co-authored with Royal Gardner, Erin Okuno, Kathleen Gardner, and Christopher Greer) was cited by the Supreme Court in its April 2020 County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund (PDF) decision. The brief was written in support of the respondents, who prevailed in the ruling.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Alta Charo was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine's new Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which is tasked with rapid response to Health & Human Services and White House questions, and with looking into responses to future threats. Charo co-chairs the working group looking at issues in which science, law and ethics converge, such as how to responsibly open workplaces, how to reduce racial disparities in outcomes or overall how to better structure the public health system.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Elizabeth Mertz appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Researching Law, published by the American Bar Foundation. The issue is devoted to the origins of the modern criminal justice paradigm and the ABF Survey on Criminal Justice Foundation. It celebrates ABF's foundational connection with UW Law, and its influence on pioneering works by Frank Remington and Herman Goldstein.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Bill Whitford's article, “Failing to Respect the Passive Virtues: A Critique of RNC v. DNC,” was published on the Election Law Blog in April 2020.

  • Apr. 27, 2020

    Mitch was elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin's policy-making body, the Board of Governors. He will represent District 9 for a two-year term.

  • Apr. 22, 2020

    Keith Findley was appointed to Madison's new Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee. The committee was created following a comprehensive four-year study of local police force policies, practices and procedures by the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee, which Findley co-chaired.

  • Apr. 22, 2020

    In April 2020, Sumudu Atapattu participated in the webinar "Law at the Intersection of Human Rights and the Environment," organized by the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. She spoke on climate displacement, refugees and human rights.

  • Apr. 20, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "Interjurisdictional Interpretation" at the Michigan Junior Scholars Conference, which was presented by the University of Michigan Law School in April 2020.

  • Apr. 17, 2020

    Gretchen Viney presented a Continuing Legal Education webinar for public defenders and private defense lawyers, in which she explained the role of the guardian ad litem in children's court (Chapter 48) cases.

  • Apr. 14, 2020

    Sarah Davis and Marsha Mansfield (along with their technology partner Nicole Bradick) presented "LIFT Dane: Technology-driven legal assistance to clear civil legal barriers" at the 2020 Self-Represented Litigation Conference, held in Nashville in March 2020.

  • Apr. 10, 2020

    Alta Charo gave a panel presentation on the ethics of using untested drug treatments for the National Academies of Medicine webinar series, "COVID-19 Conversations: Emerging Evidence on Spread and Treatment." Watch the full webinar.

  • Apr. 9, 2020

    Gretchen Viney wrote "Solutions: What Happens When an Adult Can't Pay for a Guardian?" for the April 2020 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer.

  • Apr. 7, 2020

    Alta Charo has been named to the newly formed National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues Associated with Neural Chimeras and Organoids.

  • Apr. 2, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu's article, “Climate change and displacement: protecting ‘climate refugees’ within a framework of justice and human rights,” was published in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, in March 2020.

  • Apr. 1, 2020

    Sarah Davis was lead discussant at a meeting of the National Quality Partners Action Team to Co-Design Patient-Centered Health Systems in March 2020. The group consists of experts and recognized leaders from the private and public sector committed to engaging patients as active partners to improve quality and patient safety.

  • Mar. 26, 2020

    In March 2020, Anne Smith participated on the webinar panel, "COVID-19: What local entrepreneurs need to know right now." The webinar was part of the Entrepreneurons series, which provides expert information for UW–Madison's startup community.

  • Mar. 9, 2020

    Alta Charo has been appointed to the COVID-19 ethics advisory committee for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The committee will convene weekly around urgent consultative needs and thematic issues, such as examining resource allocation, health care workers, institutional ethics and interagency impact on decision-making. UNMC is one of the few institutions that have received repatriated Americans for quarantine and isolation relating to the outbreak.

  • Mar. 9, 2020

    Steph Tai presented "A Scaffolding Approach to Environmental Justice" (co-written with Jayesh Patel) at the 2020 Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium titled "Race, Class and Environmental Justice." The article is forthcoming in the Detroit Mercy Law Review.

  • Mar. 6, 2020

    Robert Yablon's essay, "Political Advertising, Digital Platforms, and the Democratic Deficiencies of Self-Regulation," was published in a special election law compendium of Minnesota Law Review Headnotes.

  • Mar. 4, 2020

    Alta Charo was keynote speaker for "Cell Symposia: Gene- and Cell-Based Therapies: CRISPR, Stem Cells, and Beyond," held in San Francisco in March 2020. She spoke on the global governance of genome editing.

  • Feb. 28, 2020

    David Trubek was a panelist (along with Duncan Kennedy and Mark Tushnet, both of Harvard Law School) at "The Founding Moment (A Conversation)." The presentation was part of the Critical Legal Studies: Intellectual History of the Past and Present conference, held at Princeton University in February 2020.

  • Feb. 25, 2020

    Tonya Brito presented "A Civil Gideon Failure?" at Thinking About Law & Accessing Civil Justice, a February 2020 symposium sponsored by the UC Irvine Law Review.

  • Feb. 18, 2020

    Alta Charo has been appointed to the National Academy of Medicine's newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in health medicine (CESTI). The committee will bring together experts in diverse fields to assess the landscape of emerging scientific advances and technologies in health and medicine and address their potential societal, ethical, legal and workforce implications.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    Megan McDermott's essay, "The Crypto Quandary: Is Bankruptcy Ready?" is forthcoming in online and print editions of the Northwestern University Law Review. The essay explores the ways that digital assets such as Bitcoin are likely to complicate future consumer and business bankruptcies.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    Three articles written by students in Steph Tai's Contracts II class have been accepted for publication: Benjamin Eastman's "Amtrak and Freight Railroads: How Property Rights and Statuatory Mandates Control the Contractual Agreements Between Parties" in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy; Nicholas Enger's "Offers You Cannot Refuse: Post Hire Noncompete Agreement Insertions and Procedural Unconscionability Doctrine" in the Wisconsin Law Review; and Kris Turner's "Creating Contracts in a Vacuum: Space Mining and the Creation of Future Contract Law" in Natural Resources Journal.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gretchen Viney's petition to allow for double CLE credits for guest speakers in law school classes. The Court also extended the double-credit rule to all teachers in law schools.

  • Feb. 13, 2020

    Alta Charo's article, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad (Genome Editing) Wolf?", was published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, as part of a special February 2020 issue on genome editing.

  • Feb. 11, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi presented "South Asians and West Africans at the Inns of Court: Empire and Expulsion circa 1900" at two recent events: the Notre Dame Law School Faculty Colloquium in November 2019, and the The Victoria Colloquium at University of Victoria in British Columbia in January 2020.

  • Feb. 10, 2020

    Tonya Brito's book chapter, "Focused Ethnography: A Methodological Approach for Engaged Legal Research" (co-authored with Daanika Gordon and David J. Pate Jr.), appears in From the Ground Up: Legal Scholarship for the Urban Core.

  • Feb. 5, 2020

    Rebecca Zietlow reviewed Justin Simard's article, "Citing Slavery," for a February 2020 post on JOTWELL. Simard's article appeared in the most recent issue of Stanford Law Review.

  • Feb. 4, 2020

    Meg Gaines wrote “Changing the Game of Prior Authorization: The Patient Perspective” (with Donald Berwick and UW Law student Austin Auleta), for the February 2020 edition of JAMA.

  • Feb. 3, 2020

    Alta Charo was a featured speaker at the InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit in January 2020. Charo's presentation was titled "U.S. vs. E.U.: Perspectives on Ethics in Biomanufacturing."

  • Feb. 3, 2020

    Jonathan Scharrer presented “Restorative Justice Applications in the Criminal Justice System” in February 2020, as part of UW-Madison’s Badger Talks series.

  • Jan. 31, 2020

    Steph Tai participated on a panel addressing environmental justice beyond the Rust Belt's urban core for a symposium titled, "The Green New Deal and Exurban Policy: Combating Suburban Inertia, Agribusiness Dominance, and the Erosion of Tribal Sovereignty." The symposium was held at the University of Dayton in January 2020.

  • Jan. 27, 2020

    David Schwartz published six posts on Legal History Blog as guest-blogger for the month of December 2019. He also debated his post on originalism with Michael Ramsey on The Originalism Blog.

  • Jan. 24, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu participated in the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Madrid, Spain, in December. She spoke at the Climate Law and Governance Day symposium on the theme “Strengthening Legal Foundations for Climate Ambition and Compliance.” She also spoke on two panels, “Advancing Future Global Responses to Climate Change through World-class Legal Research and Teaching” and “Intersection between Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Institutions) and the Paris Agreement.”

  • Jan. 21, 2020

    Richard Bilder's essay, "On the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)," was published in the American Journal of International Law in January 2020.

  • Jan. 20, 2020

    Steph Tai was elected to join the Center for Progressive Reform as a member scholar.

  • Jan. 17, 2020

    Keith Findley presented "Lessons from the Innocence Cases: Litigating Tunnel Vision," a webinar hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law in January 2020.

  • Jan. 14, 2020

    Nina Varsava's article, "Human Subjects Research Without Consent: Duties to Return Individual Findings When Participation was Non-Consensual," was published in The American Journal of Bioethics in January 2020.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    Heinz Klug is chairing the search-and-screen committee to find a new UW Law dean. Other committee members include: Michelle Behnke, Roman Gierok, Erica Halverson, Alexandra Huneeus, Richard Monette, Yaron Nili, Kim Peterson, Howard Schweber, Mitra Sharafi, Susannah Tahk, Janice Toliver, Kathryn VandenBosch, Steven Wright, and Jason Yackee.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    Jeff Glazer was a co-presenter for “Ethics of Lawyering in a Digital World,” UW Law's January 2020 CLE workshop. Organized by the Law School's Office of Continuing Legal Education, the annual event is free to Wisconsin attorneys.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    In January 2020, Erin Barbato gave a talk at Medical College of Wisconsin, as part of a Pediatric Grand Rounds program titled "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Immigrant and Border Health."

  • Jan. 10, 2020

    In December 2019, Sumudu Atapattu was invited to speak on a panel addressing climate change and human rights at the international conference, “Advocating Human Rights in the 21st Century,” organized by the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany.

  • Jan. 10, 2020

    Steph Tai presented "Farming Away from Home: Exploring State Support for Refugee Farmers" at the January 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

  • Jan. 7, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented two talks at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting, held in Washington, D.C., in January. For the Law as Data session, she presented "What Can Judicial Opinions (and Computational Legal Studies) Tell Us about the Gender Roles of Judges?," and for the Law and Interpretation session, she presented "Do Interpretive Rules 'Exceed the Limits of Stare Decisis?'"

  • Jan. 6, 2020

    Bonnie Shucha participated on a panel at the January 2020 AALS Annual Meeting titled "Measuring Scholarly Impact: Are Citation Metrics the Right Fit for Law Schools?" Others on the panel included Shane Marmion, president of William S. Hein & Co., Gregory Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Law, and Gregory Sisk, University of St. Thomas School of Law.

  • Jan. 2, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu’s chapter titled “Environmental Justice, Climate Justice and Constitutionalism: Protecting Vulnerable States and Communities” was published in 2019 in the Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism, edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borras, published by Edward Elgar.


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