January 2021


Valerie Gutmann Koch, Crisis Standards of Care and State Liability Shields, 57 San Diego L. Rev. 973 (2020).   

Short Form & Online

Ashley Arrington, Teaching Information Literacy in an Era of Mis/Disinformation, Rsch. Instruction & Patron Servs. Special Int. Section L. Libr. Blog (Jan. 26, 2021). 

Emily Berman, Responding to the Capitol Attack: Accountability Without Overreaction, Just Security (Jan. 12, 2021). 

David R. Dow, Can Trump Pardon Himself?, Beacon Broadside (Jan. 14, 2021).

Victor Flatt, Study Finds Significant Flaws with Trump Waters of the United States Rule, Provides Legal Support for Biden Replacement, CPR Blog (Jan. 12, 2021). 

Tracy Hester, Battling Over Battlegrounds: Climate Torts Return to the Supreme Court, Am. Coll. Env’t Law. Blog, (Jan. 22, 2021). 

Geoffrey Hoffman, The “Complete Helplessness” of Matter of A-B- and One More Last Ditch Effort to Torpedo Asylum, Yale J. on Reg. Notice & Comment Blog (Jan. 19, 2021), republished by Immigr. Prof Blog (Jan. 19, 2021).

Renee Knake Jefferson & Hannah Brenner Johnson, Rest in Power: Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, Who Devoted “Every Day” to Eliminating Gender Discrimination, Ms. Mag. (Jan. 21, 2021).

Sapna Kumar, Pandemic Drug Shortages: Is Compulsory Licensing the Answer?, Patently-O (Jan. 28, 2021). 

Laura Oren, Capitol Assault Echoes Post-Civil War Era, Hous. Chron. (Jan. 8, 2021). 


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Jim Hawkins & Tiffany Penner, Advertising Injustices: Marketing Race and Credit in America, Emory L.J. (forthcoming 2021). 

Jessica Mantel, Leveraging Community Integrated Health Teams to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Times of Crisis, Annals of Health L. & Life Sci. (forthcoming 2021).  

D. Theodore Rave & Francis E. McGovern, A Hub-and-Spoke Model of Multidistrict Litigation, 84 L. & Contemp. Probs. (forthcoming 2021). 

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes was a panelist in a roundtable discussion entitled “Legal Education in the Wake of George Floyd and Covid-19: A Conversation with Law School Deans on Race, Inequality, and the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead” at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting on January 7. Later that evening, he attended the 4th Annual Big Ten Virtual Reception at the AALS Meeting. On January 8, Dean Baynes cofacilitated the breakout session “Keeping (Making) Law School Affordable” at the AALS annual Meeting. On January 12, he gave a lecture to students on race, colorism, and criminality as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s newly designed intercession course “George Floyd and the Aftermath: Equal Justice and the Law.” The virtual course was held from January 11-15 and included six sessions each lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Dean Baynes was one of six panelists invited to participate in the Advancing Rule of Law and Racial Equity virtual roundtable discussion hosted by Penn State Law on January 14. On January 15, Dean Baynes was honored to serve as a judge for the 25th Annual Foley & Lardner Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Competitions Finals. In his fourth consecutive year as judge, Dean Baynes rated students on their delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation and memorization. The competition is designed to highlight cultural diversity for local communities while recognizing the writing and presentation skills of elementary school students. On January 21, Dean Baynes was the keynote speaker at the Southwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association’s 5th Annual Regional Convention Gala. The Gala’s theme was “Servant Leadership: To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required.” On January 22, he participated in a panel discussion on Race, Racism, Bias & Cultural Competency Course Recommendations hosted by the respective chairs of the Committee on Inclusion Initiatives and the Curriculum Committee at Syracuse University College of Law. On January 29, Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at the Vail Asylum Workshop.
Emily Berman presented “Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel,” which recently won the 2020 Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research, at a virtual lunchtime lecture hosted by the Levin Center at Wayne Law on January 22. On January 28, she presented “The Role of the State and Federal Governments in Pandemic Response” at the National Security Law CLE Webinar hosted by ABA Standing Committee on Law & Security. Berman was also invited to join the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

Megan Davis was a panelist for the Association of American Law Schools session entitled “Best Practices for Creating and Administering Mid-term Exams” on January 8. 
Victor Flatt was chosen as the introductory speaker for the Environmental Law and Securities Regulation Joint Program “What Can Securities Regulation Teach Environmental Law, and Vice Versa?” at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting on January 5. He was also a featured commenter on juried works in progress for both a Natural Resources Section session and an Administrative Law Section session during the AALS Annual Meeting. Flatt was one of the roundtable participants contributing to the report “Safeguarding Against Distortions of Scientific Research in Federal Policymaking” which was published in the Environmental Law Reporter," 51 ELR 10014.
Alissa Rubin Gomez presented "Demand-Side Justice" during the New Voices in Poverty Law panel at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting on January 9. Gomez was featured in Briefcase Magazine, in an article entitled “UHLC’s Gomez Leads Efforts as COVID-19 Highlights Greater Need for Pro Bono Work.”
Tracy Hester was elected chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools for 2021- 2022 on January 6. On January 30, Hester spoke at the International Webinar on Global Challenges of Modern Times for Chandigarh University in Chandigarh, India. He discussed the potential challenges of enforcing transnational judgments for environmental liabilities, including climate tort judgments.

Geoffrey Hoffman coordinated and spoke at the Joseph A. Vail asylum law workshop. The workshop featured panels and a keynote speaker with over 400 in attendance via Zoom.  
Zachary Kaufman joined the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) National Security Law Section. Kaufman was a panelist for the AALS Annual Meeting’s session entitled “Rescuing Law: On Fetal Harms, Mom, Migrants, and #MeToo” on January 5. He also participated as co-chair and co-moderator during the New Voices in International Human Rights panel on January 8. Kaufman, along with other genocide experts, published a petition calling on governments to appoint a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity and genocide against Uighurs in East Turkistan.
Valerie Gutmann Koch was selected to present “Informed Consent and the Previvor” during the New Voices in Law, Medicine and Health Care panel at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting on January 8.
Jessica Mantel was a panelist at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting panel “Intersectionality, Aging, and the Law” on January 6. Later that day, Mantel also participated as a panelist in the Civil Rights and Poverty Law Joint Program “Politics, Pandemic, and the Future of Civil Rights and Poverty Law.”
Ryan Marquez was interviewed by ABC-13 for a news segment on scams targeting stimulus payments which aired January 20.
Michael A. Olivas spoke at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting session entitled "The Future of Plyer v. Doe on its 40th Anniversary,” co-sponsored by the Education Law and Immigration Law Sections on January 8. On January 28, Olivas spoke about his book Perchance to Dream: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA at a UC-Irvine School of Law virtual event.
Kellen Zale was elected as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools State and Local Government Law Section.

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