Monday July 30, 2012

School of Law Promotes Five Faculty Members

The School of Law granted tenure to and promoted to full professor three faculty members and promoted two faculty members in the Legal Profession Program.

The University of Dayton School of Law has granted tenure to three faculty members: Eric Chaffee, Jeannette Cox and Tracy Reilly. Each faculty member was also promoted to full professor. 

In addition, the School of Law also promoted Julie Zink to professor of lawyering skills and Adam Todd to associate professor of lawyering skills.  

Eric Chaffee, who joined the School of Law in 2006, is director of faculty research and chair of the Project for Law and Business Ethics, which explores the role of law and lawyers in promoting the ethical operation of business entities. He teaches courses on values and ethics, criminal law, contracts and securities regulation.  

His scholarship currently focuses on financial regulatory reform with an emphasis on international regulation and regulation of the Internet.  

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.  

Jeannette Cox, who also joined the School of Law in 2006, teaches courses in employment discrimination, civil procedure and statutory interpretation.  

Her research focuses on disability and employment discrimination. Her recent work analyzes the conceptual relationship between the Americans with Disabilities Act and traditional civil rights laws.

Cox’s latest article, “Pregnancy as ‘Disability’ and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act,” was published in the Boston College Law Review earlier this year. In the article, Cox proposes that the ADA should be interpreted to protect pregnant workers.

In 2008, Cox was a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School.

Tracy Reilly joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches real property and intellectual property courses in the Program of Law and Technology. Her scholarship focuses on trademark and copyright law with an emphasis on digital sampling and copyright infringement.

Her article “Good Fences Make Good Neighboring Rights: The German Federal Supreme Court Rules on the Digital Sampling of Sound Recordings in Metall auf Metall” was published earlier this year in the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. The article analyzes the difference between U.S. copyright laws and German “neighboring rights” that govern the infringement of sound recordings.

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.

She also has taught at the Valparaiso University School of Law, the University of Chicago Graham School of Business and Lewis University.

Julie Zink, a 1999 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law who joined the faculty in 2006, teaches courses in the Legal Profession Program and the Program in Law and Technology.

She also works part-time as licensing counsel for Teradata Corporation, managing the company's patent licensing matters. Zink is president of the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association.

Zink’s most recent article, “Shifting the Burden: Proving Infringement and Damages in Patent Cases Involving Inconsistent Manufacturing Techniques,” was published in the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal.

Adam Todd joined the School of Law in 2010 and teaches Torts II and legal research and writing in the Legal Profession Program.

His latest article, “An Enduring Oddity: The Collateral Source Rule in the Face of Tort Reform, the Affordable Care Act and Increased Subrogation,” is expected to be published this year in the McGeorge Law Review.

He previously taught at Hamline University School of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School, Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Todd has also been a visiting Fulbright professor at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, where he taught courses on the American legal system and comparative legal discourse.

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