January 2024


Renee Knake Jefferson, Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis (2024).

Bret Wells, International Taxation: U.S. Taxation of Foreign Persons and Foreign Income (2024) (with Joseph Isenbergh).


Leah R. Fowler, Hormonal Contraceptive Side Effects and Nonhormonal Alternatives on TikTok: A Content Analysis, Health Promotion Prac., Jan. 3, 2024 (with Emily Pfender, Stephanie R. Morain & Kate Tsiandoulas).

Gina S. Warren, Where We Live Matters: Achieving Energy Justice Through Affordable Housing, 35 Fordham Env't L. Rev. 1 (2023) (with Isabel Huntsman).

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Hospital Policy Variation in Addressing Decisions to Withhold and Withdraw Life-sustaining Treatment, Chest, Jan. 4, 2024 (with Gina M. Piscitello, Patrick G. Lyons, William F. Parker & Michael Huber). 

Chris Mirasola, Sovereignty, Article II, and the Military During Domestic Unrest, 15 Harv. Nat'l Sec. J. 100 (2023).

Andrew C. Michaels, Confusion in Trademarked NFTs,  7 Stan. J. Blockchain L. & Pol'y 1 (Jan. 2, 2024).

Douglas K. Moll, Commentary on How Not to End Up Like "King Lear:" A Family-Business Succession Case Study, 25 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 201 (2023). 

Short Form and Online

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 23 - Top Ten Legal Ethics Stories of 2023, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 1, 2024). 

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 24 - UPL, Plagiarism, Recusal, Judicial Power, Lawyer/Judge of Week, Ethics History, Accountability in Democracy, Reading Rec's, Trivia, Jobs, Events & More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 8, 2024). 

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup Bonus Content No. 9 - Book Release!, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 9, 2024). 

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 25 - MLK, More Romance Ethics, Model Rule 1.8 Humanitarian Exception, 1st Am Protects Prosecutor, Overbilling, Bar Alternatives, Jobs, Events & More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 15, 2024). 

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 26 - Ineffective Assistance at SCOTUS, AI + Lawyers on NPR, TX + A2J, Willis Remains (for Now), SCOTUS Ethics (In)Action, Kenyan Lawyers Protest, MR 5.5 Reform, Events, Jobs & More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 22, 2024). 

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 27 - Prosecutorial Misconduct, SCOTUS Clerk Bonuses, Mentoring, Black History Month, Fake Cites Hit Canada Court, RIP Charles Fried, Jobs, Events & More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Jan. 29, 2024). 

Chris Mirasola, Section 3 and the Specter of Political Violence, Lawfare (Jan. 11, 2024).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Leah R. Fowler, Social Media Is Influencing Contraceptive Choice, J. Women’s Health (forthcoming 2024) (with Emily Pfender).

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Reforming Informed Consent to Include Comprehension: A Proposal to Promote Equity in Medical Decision Making, Cardozo L. Rev. De-Novo (forthcoming 2024).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes was one of five speakers on January 3, that participated in a thought-provoking Hot Topics panel at the AALS annual meeting titled, “A Pathway Forward - Pipeline Programs as Key Responses to the Elimination of Affirmative Action in Admissions: A Tool for Law Schools to Shape Democracy.” Dean Baynes and the Law Center hosted the annual "Friends of the Law Center" reception on January 4 during the AALS annual meeting. Dean Baynes co-facilitated a breakout session on January 5 at AALS titled, “Navigating and Managing State Political Pressures While Balancing Vision and Mission.” On January 24, Dean Baynes traveled to Salt Lake City to attend a Dean’s Workshop hosted by S. J. Quinney College of Law on January 25-27. On January 25, Dean Baynes met with Salt Lake City alums Patricia Christensen (J.D. ‘77), a retired law firm partner and former judge pro Tem, Michael Cline (J.D. ‘15), partner at Kirkland Ellis, Dan Hall (J.D. ‘74), partner at Hall Law Group, and Bryan Gillespie (J.D. ‘13), former in-house counsel at Athletic Republic, during a day of networking. Later that evening Dean Baynes attended a dean’s dinner reception hosted by LSAC. 

Megan Davis gave the following three presentations during the AALS 2024 Meeting in Washington, DC: “Learning with Our Students: Adjusting to Our Developing Understanding of the NextGen Bar Exam” during the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research session, Co-Sponsored by Academic Support, Law Libraries and Legal Information, and Student Services; “International Law: Normative Development & Standard 303 - Next Gen Students Develop the Next Gen International Order;” and “Post-COVID Professionalism: Confronting and Embracing the New Normal” during the Academic Support session, Co-Sponsored by Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research and Student Services.

Alyson Drake was an invited speaker at the American Association of Law Librarians' Call for Papers Committee webinar on law librarians and the scholarly writing process on January 23. Alyson Drake and Amanda Watson presented their current work-in-progress, "Reimagining Legal Research Instruction in the NextGen Era" at the AALS Law Librarianship Section's Scholarship Panel on January 5. Alyson Drake and Amanda Watson are recipients of a 2024 LexisNexis Research Grant to conduct a study on spaced retrieval and retention of law school learning. The law library's instructional team (Alyson Drake, Amanda Watson, Rob Brownell, Chris Dykes, Emily Lawson, and Katy Stein) partnered with the LSS faculty (Kate Brem, Whitney Heard, and Lauren Simpson) to design the first-year legal research modules used in the first-semester of the LSS program. The modules were recognized as an Honorable Mention in the Changing Pedagogy category of the Bloomberg Law School Innovation Program for their use of evidence-based learning strategies for learning retention.

Aman Gebru organized and moderated a panel during the AALS 2024 Annual Meeting titled "Redefining Investment Dynamics: Africa's Influence on the Evolving Landscape of ISDS and the AfCFTA Investment Protocol." Professor Gebru presented a paper on "Cultural Appropriation as Passing Off" at the 21st Annual Works in Progress for Intellectual Property Scholars Colloquium (WIPIP 2024) at Santa Clara University School of Law. He also presented on a draft document currently being deliberated upon at the World Intellectual Property Organization as part of a webinar training for tribal leaders engaging with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Tracy Hester convened a meeting of environmental law center directors at the AALS annual meeting in Washington, DC on January 4.  They discussed their current projects and identified opportunities to collaborate on environmental law and policy projects across multiple schools. 

Renee Knake Jefferson was awarded the Deborah L. Rhode Trailblazer Award, a joint recognition by four sections of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The Award is presented by the AALS Sections on Leadership, Pro Bono & Service Opportunities, Professional Responsibility, and Women in Legal Education. It is given annually to the law professor or lawyer who exemplifies the groundbreaking work, imagination, and inspired action of Deborah Rhode. This is the third year that the award is presented by the four sections. Her book, Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis, was released on January 9. Deborah Enix-Ross, Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, hails the book as “a masterpiece of thoroughly researched observations and practical advice on how to bridge the justice gap in the United States.” David Luban, a Distinguished University Professor at Georgetown Law, describes it as “superb” and “the best book on access to justice in many years.” Jefferson was interviewed on the ABA Modern Law Library Podcast about the book on January 10. 

Douglas Moll's scholarship was recently cited by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and a bankruptcy court in the Western District of Michigan.  Professor Moll's scholarship has now been cited in 35 judicial opinions, including by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits as well as by seven state supreme courts (Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina (twice), Texas, and Utah). 

Bret Wells presented on the "International Taxation Update" to the Houston Bar Association Tax Section on January 17. 

Kellen Zale presented on two panels during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January. For the Joint Program of the AALS Real Estate Transactions & Property Law Sections panel on Corporate Acquisition of Rental Housing & Public Policy Responses, she presented on "Why Location Matters: Regulatory Responses to Institutional Investor Purchases of Single-Family Homes." For the Section on Minority Groups Works-in-Progress panel, she discussed her forthcoming article, "Neighbors without Notice."

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