Professor Robert Verchick has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (OPEI). Located in the Office of the Administrator, OEPI is the main policy arm of the EPA. With a staff of nearly 200 experts in the fields of regulation, policy, economics, and business, OPEI manages the agency-wide rulemaking process, reviews final policy analyses, and oversees the testing of new and innovative approaches to environmental protection. Mr.
Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently developed and proposed a panel discussion for the 2010 SEALS (Southeastern Association of Law Schools) Conference in Palm Beach, FL. The proposed discussion topic, "Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution," would be part of the Constitutional Law Workshop and would address empathy as a constitutional jurisprudential principle.
Professor Johanna Kalb's article "Dynamic Federalism in Human Rights Treaty Implementation" has been accepted for publication in Tulane Law Review.
Professor Lloyd Drury's article "Private Equity and the Heightened Fiduciary Duty of Disclosure", was accepted for publication in the NYU Journal of Law & Business.
Professor Mitchell Crusto is partnering with Xavier University (New Orleans) and Xavier Preparatory High School to develop a pipeline project to the legal profession. He has recently met with leadership from both schools to create and implement pre-law advisory and curriculum development programs. He has also committed scholarship funds for students to receive professional standardized test-taking strategies training with local test-taking expert, Alex Gershanik.
On September 10, 2009 in New Orleans, Bobby Harges participated in a panel discussion entitled "Mediation Workshop" where the panel members discussed preparation for and representing clients in mediations. The seminar was sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.
Professor Pilie was invited to serve as a non-governmental observer at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December. The conference is officially titled the “15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “ Denise is active in the group Mediation Beyond Borders (MBB). The goal of the MBB participants will be to promote mediation and other forms of cooperative decision making during climate change negotiations and to add mediation to the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
Professor Mitchell Crusto has been asked to participate in a panel discussion and book signing at the Florida A&M College of Law's 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina program on September 3rd. Professor Crusto and other contributors to the book "Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)" have been asked to discuss their respective chapters of the book.
Professor Bobby Harges, with co-author Russell Jones, recently published "Harges and Jones' Louisiana Evidence 2009 Edition by Bobby Harges and Russell Jones, West Publishing Company.
On August 20, 2009 in Metairie, Louisiana, Bobby Harges gave a talk on "Jury Selection in Civil Cases in Louisiana, When a Gut Feeling is Not Enough" at the Mediation Arbitration Professional Systems, Inc. monthly breakfast continuing legal education seminar.