Wednesday July 25, 2012

Summer 2012 Faculty News

Roundup of publications, media appearances and presentations.


Professor Blake Watson’s new book, Buying America from the Indians: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Native Land Rights, has been published by Oklahoma University Press. The book is available at Amazon and from the publisher

The book examines the history of native land rights of American Indians and provides a detailed account of Johnson v. McIntosh, the controversial 1823 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established that Indians lack full ownership rights in the lands they occupy. Watson also places the case in context by examining the divergent European views of native land rights; the impact of other pre-revolutionary speculative ventures; and the federal government’s evolving policy regarding Indian lands.  

Watson argues that the United States should formally repudiate the discovery doctrine set forth in Johnson v. McIntosh.

Professor Eric Chaffee’s most recent article, “Regulating Online Peer-to-Peer Lending in the Aftermath of Dodd-Frank: In Search of an Evolving Regulatory Regime for an Evolving Industry,” was published in the Washington & Lee Law Review this summer. Chaffee cowrote the article with professor Geoffrey C. Rapp of The University of Toledo College of Law. The article examines the Dodd-Frank Act and finds that the act, while a good start for regulatory reform, does not embody a comprehensive vision for regulating the emerging global financial markets.

Professor Tracy Reilly’s latest article, “Betty Boop Almost Lost Her ‘Bling-Bling’: Fleischer Studios v. A.V.E.L.A. I and the Re-Emergence of Aesthetic Functionality in Trademark Merchandising Cases,” will be published in the Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society later this summer.

In the Media  

Dean Paul McGreal discussed a corporate compliance course he has proposed adding during the spring 2013 semester in a post on the Wall Street Journal’s Corruption Currents blog. McGreal also taught the course as a law professor at the South Texas College of Law.

Associate professor Pamela Laufer-Ukeles discussed the issue of limiting women's access to their placentas post-birth in an article “Debate over placenta rules continues to grow” in the Dayton Daily News.

Associate professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister is quoted in a Dayton Daily News article “Officials: Local VA must explain records lapse” reporting on reaction to the admission by the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center that veterans’ medical records were found in the attic of a deceased former employee. Hoffmeister is also an Army Reserve judge advocate and formerly served as a subcommittee staff director for the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Professor James Durham is quoted in an article in the Dayton Daily News analyzing a case involving a Clark County, Ohio, judge accused of judicial misconduct by the Ohio State Bar Association.


Professor Dennis Greene participated on a panel “Asynchronous, Synchronous, or Hybrid: Delivering Distance Education: What Works Best for Legal Education?” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual conference on July 31 on Amelia Island, Fla.  

Professor Eric Chaffee gave several presentations this summer:

  • He discussed “The Importance of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Other Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws in Creating Stable Global Securities Markets” at the  National Business Law Scholars Conference at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on June 28. Chaffee also co-chaired and co-organized the conference.
  • He spoke on “The Increasing Importance of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Other Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws in the Shadow of the Great Recession” at the Ohio Legal Scholarship Workshop at West Virginia College of Law on June 14.
  • He discussed “The Past, Present and Future of the International Organization of Securities Commissions: What Should IOSCO’s Role be in Combating Transnational Corruption?” at the 2012 International Conference on Law and Society in Honolulu on June 8.

Professor Jeannette Cox discussed “Pregnancy, Disability, and the ADA” during a webinar on July 18. Cox spoke on employment, disability, related laws and recent litigation. She was invited to participate in the discussion by the Southeast ADA Center in Atlanta and the Great Lakes ADA Center as part of their “ADA Legal Issues” webinar series.

Associate professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister presented “Investigating Jurors in the Digital Age: One Click at a Time” during a Virtual Corporate Counsel Forum, online CLE sponsored by Corporate Counsel and ALM, on July 19.

Dean Paul McGreal discussed “Religion in the U.S. Constitution” at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati on June 27. McGreal’s talk was part of a series “A Teachable Moment: On Religious Liberty,” sponsored by the Community of the Good Shepherd and the Parishes of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Margaret of York and All Saints.

Julie Zink, professor of lawyering skills, presented “Capstone Courses: Preparing Law Students for Practice” at the Legal Writing Institute's Biennial Conference on June 1 in Palm Desert, Calif.

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