Thursday July 31, 2014

Spotlight on Faculty: Summer 2014

Roundup of publications, media appearances and presentations by School of Law faculty.

Tom Hagel spoke to FOX45 News in Dayton about business owners' right to protect property.

Thaddeus Hoffmeister talked to ABC22 FOX45 News (Dayton) about why the Dayton city prosecutor didn't charge a local Regional Transit Authority bus driver who falsely claimed he was attacked and shot. Hoffmeister also spoke to the Dayton Daily News about how recent mauling deaths reignited the debate over classifying some dogs as inherently dangerous breeds and how legislation is changing (must have a subscription to view article). 

Denise Platfoot Lacey was appointed associate professor of externships.  

Tracy Reilly completed her article, “Copyright and the Tragedy of the Common,” which is an interdisciplinary piece exploring the concept of authorship from legal, philosophical and literary perspectives. The article will be submitted for publication in the next few weeks.  

Richard Saphire, professor emeritus, spoke to the Dayton Daily News and WHIO News (Dayton) about the legal process of the Sixth Circuit courts.

Victoria Vanzandt participated in a panel presentation, along with a colleague from Whittier Law School, entitled, “Institutional Assessment: Sharing Experiences and Resources,” at the 16th Biennial Legal Writing Institute Conference in Philadelphia in July.

Blake Watson was one of two speakers for an Ohio Environmental Council Webinar on hydraulic fracturing held in June. Watson's presentation was entitled, "An Overview of Recent Fracking Litigation Based on Claims of Negligence, Nuisance, Trespass, and Strict Liability." Also, his article, “Buying West Florida from the Indians: The Forbes Purchase and Mitchel v. United States (1835)” was published in the Florida International University Law Review.

Susan Wawrose gave her presentation, “Critiquing the Writing of International LL.M. Students,” to the Global Legal Skills Conference IX at the University of Verona Faculty of Law, Verona, Italy, in May. Wawrose also presented “Getting Started: Moving Beyond Your Good Intentions,” to the Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum for the Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia in June.

For more information, contact Denise Baker, assistant director of communications at the University of Dayton School of Law, at 937-229-3342 or

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