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May 2011 Faculty Briefs

Professor James DurhamProfessor James Durham and other members of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 finalized a set of proposals for model standards on recognizing and regulating practice by foreign-licensed lawyers in the United States. The commission also recommended that the ABA encourage states to adopt the ABA's model rule dealing with lawyers' admission to a state's bar.

Durham represented the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estates Section on the Commission on Ethics 20/20.


Associate Professor Pamela Laufer-UkelesAssociate Professor Pamela Laufer-Ukeles has accepted an offer to publish her latest article, "Reproductive Choices and Informed Consent: Rethinking Reproductive Autonomy," in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, a peer-review law journal published jointly by Boston University School of Law and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Publication is scheduled for December 2011.


Professor Sheila Miller Professors Sheila Miller, Victoria VanZandt and Susan Wawrose, who lead the School of Law's Bench and Bar Outreach Project, are giving several presentations this spring on their research: "Guidance from the Bench & Bar," at the second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, "The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory Through Teaching to Practice," in Pittsburgh on March 5; "A Different Kind of Group Work: Using Focus Groups to Learn From Legal Employers," 11th annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in Las Vegas on March 25; and "Listening to the Bar: Using Surveys and Focus Groups to Stay Current with Trends in Law Practice," at the second annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference, in New York on May 13.

Professor Victoria VanZabdtTheir presentation from the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference was discussed on the Legal Writing Prof Blog.

The Bench and Bar Outreach Project is an effort to evaluate Dayton Law's legal writing curriculum against the demands and expectations of law practice by using surveys and focus groups to gather information from alumni and legal employers.


Professor Susan WawroseSusan Wawrose, director of graduate law programs and professor of lawyering skills, will moderate a roundtable on Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) programs, "Can We Talk?: Roundtable Discussion on Meeting the Needs of Foreign Students," at the Global Legal Skills Conference VI in Chicago on May 13.


Professor Adam ToddAdam Todd, assistant professor of lawyering skills, will discuss "Effective Advocacy in an Era of 'Truthiness': An Examination of Recent Studies Demonstrating That Facts Do Not Always Persuade" at the second annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference on Teaching Legal Writing Effectively to Prepare Students for Practice at St. John's School of Law on May 13.


Professor Eric ChaffeeAssociate Profess Eric Chaffee's new essay, "The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: A Failed Vision for Increasing Consumer Protection and Heightening Corporate Responsibility in International Financial Transactions," has been accepted for publication by the American University Law Review.

Chaffee spoke on "Securities Law in Virtual Worlds: The Intersection of Video Games, Business, Regulation, and Society" at an April 9 conference, The Game Behind the Video Game: Business, Regulation, and Society in the Gaming Industry, at Rutgers School of Communication and Information.

He presented "A Transactional Skills Curriculum for a New Century: The Need to Incorporate Practical Business and Transactional Skills Training into the Curricula of America's Law Schools" at Future Ed 3: Making Global Lawyers for the 21st Century at New York Law School on April 15.

Chaffee will also discuss "Promises Yet to Be Fulfilled: The Missing International Component of Financial Regulatory Reform" at the Osgoode Graduate Law Students Association Conference, No Boundaries: Transnational Law and a New Order of Global Governance, at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University on May 9-10.


Professor Vernellia Randall is organizing a yearlong series of webinars relating to law as a social determinant of health, in recognition of 2011 being the United Nation's International Year of People of African Descent. Each webinar includes perspectives from a health disparities professional, an expert in the particular determinant (such as wealth) and a legal scholar in race and the determinant.

Randall participated in a panel discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, as part of the Big Read Event during the University of Dayton's Stander Symposium on April 12.


Professor Susan BrennerSusan Brenner, the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology, spoke at the Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities symposium presented on April 1 by Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Brenner discussed "Threat Morphing in Cyberspace." Her paper, along with those of the other symposium participants, will be published by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.


Professor Thomas HagelProfessor Tom Hagel is quoted in a Dayton Daily News article, "Chronic offenders in and out of jail, vexing local communities," examining what the newspaper called the "blight brought on local communities by repeat felony offenders."

Hagel is also quoted in a Dayton Daily News article examining the start of a high-profile murder trial, "Dayton woman China Arnold goes on trial for third time."


Professor Harry GerlaProfessor Harry Gerla is quoted in a Dayton Daily News article, "DPL shareholders fear tax burden from planned merger," examining the planned merger of Dayton Power and Light, the local electric company, with global energy company AES Corp.


Jon Hoak, a member of the Dayton Law Advisory Council, has joined the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Earlier this year, Jon was named senior vice president and general counsel for Flextronics, a leading electronics manufacturing services provider, where he oversees all legal matters for the company's global operations. Most recently, he was vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett Packard. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel at NCR Corporation for 13 years.