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.
Professor James Klebba presented a talk on the topic "The Role and Status of Judges: Another Example of American Exceptionalism: Any Moves Toward Convergence?" as part of a symposium entitled "Global Civil Procedure Trends and the Promises and Perils of Harmonization" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools' (SEALS) 62nd Annual Meeting, August 2, 2009.
Dane Ciolino's article (with Sandra Varnado) entitled "Reconsidering Lawyers’ Ethical Obligations in the Wake of a Disaster" was accepted for publication in "The Professional Lawyer" journal published by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.
Prof. Verchick has completed two manuscripts, both due for publication this year: Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010); Disaster Law and Policy (Aspen 2009) (with Dan Farber, Jim Chen, and Lisa Grow Sun).
Clinical Professor Davida Finger was asked to testify at the Congressional Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunities field hearing entitled “Implementation of the Road Home Program Four Years after Hurricane Katrina."
Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently received notice of his biographical profile being added to the forthcoming 2010 edition of Who's Who in America. Professor Crusto was selected because of the reference value of his outstanding achievements. He has been so honored every year since first listed in the 47th Edition, published in 1992.
Professor Mitch Crusto presented a talk entitled "Rising Tenure Standards," on a "Writing for Tenure" panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools' (SEALS) 62nd Annual Meeting, August 5, 2009. The panel included two distinguished law school deans, two recently tenured professors, one pre-tenured professor, and Crusto.