Interim Dean Kathryn Venturatos Lorio was a speaker at a session of Regulating the Reproductive Body and presented a paper on "The Why behind the What: A Comparison of International Assisted Reproduction Laws and the Influences behind Them" at the SEALS Conference held in Florida.
Professor Cheryl Prestenback Buchert is now serving as a member of the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson Domestic Liaison Advisory Committee, beginning June 2010, at the request of Judge John J. Molaison, Jr. The committee was formed to advise and make recommendations to the court regarding the rules and practices of the 24th JDC Domestic Early Intervention Triage Program. The committee is studying the changes suggested by Professor Bobby M.
Professor Bobby Harges publishes, "Batson Challenges in Criminal Cases: After Snyder v. Louisiana, Is Substantial Deference to the Trial Judge Still Required?," which has been published at 19 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 191 (2010). He also co-authored a book entitled, Harges and Jones' Louisiana Evidence 2010 Edition which has recently been published by West Publishing Company.
During the week of July 12, several faculty members gave lectures to a group of 26 visiting students from the Moscow State University School of Law. The faculty members and their lecture topics were: Dean Lorio (Welcome message and the Louisiana Civil Law tradition), Professor Molina (clinical education), Professor Harges (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Professor Klebba (American legal education and the legal profession, civil procedure and the U.S. federal court system, evidence), Professor Medina (constitutional law) and Professor Viator (federal criminal procedure.)
Professor Robert Garda was appointed to the Louisiana State Advisory Commission (SAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The SAC advises the Commission on Civil Rights on matters pertaining to discrimination or denials of equal protection of the laws. Professor Garda has published The Politics of Education Reform: Lessons from New Orleans in the Journal of Law and Education. He also has authored the report Equitable and Adequate Funding for Special Needs Children in Louisiana on behalf of the Louisiana Appleseed/Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Visiting Professor Edward Chase published two books in the spring of 2010, Volume 11 (Trusts) in the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise series, and also the second edition of his casebook Property Law: Cases, Materials, and Questions (co-authored with Professor Julia Forrester of SMU).
Law Professor Mitch Crusto explored new directions for constitutional law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2010 Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, July 30, 2010. Crusto presentation, entitled “Empathetic Dialogues: Toward Value Principles in Constitutional Law,” was a part of a panel on “Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution.” Using Biblical references to Abraham’s dialogue with God on the injustice of the proposed killing of innocent people in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Crusto posited that judges have a moral obligation to seek justice in their decisions.
Law Professor Mitch Crusto facilitated a discussion with Louisiana judges and lawyers on state judges’ role in developing constitutional law at the Louisiana Judicial Council’s 16th Annual Jamaican Sunset CLE in Negril, Jamaica, July 10, 2010. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “Retracing the Steps on the Bridge: the Right to Intra-State Travel,” explored the ration decindendi of the federal court decision in the Dickerson Case which stated there is no constitutional right to travel within the State of Louisiana.
Visiting Clinical Professor Denise Pilie spoke as lecturer at several mediation trainings including:
- June 2010; Lecturer, Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, ADR Section Meeting, Mediator Ethics
- June 2010; Lecturer, New Orleans Bar Association, Construction Mediations and Arbitration in Louisiana
- May 2010; Lecturer, Foreign Service Institute Training Center in Washington, D.C. on Basic Negotiation Techniques
- May 2010; Lecture at the American Arbitration Association Advanced Mediator Training, Mediator Ethics
Law Professor Mitch Crusto is joining other distinguished law professors from various law schools in the The John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas, June 24-26. The Workshop was conceived in response to the dearth of African-American males in the law academy and is named for the first African-American male law professor in the country. This workshop is one way to help bring more African-American males into the law academy and retain those already present.