Professor Laser’s Patent Law Article Among Most Downloaded Papers

Professor Christa Laser’s article, Rethinking Patent’s Law Exclusive Appellate Jurisdiction, made the list of the “top ten most downloaded recent papers” in the following subjects on SSRN while in its first sixty days of publication: Patents; Law of Technology, Innovation, & Media; Intellectual Property; Litigation & Procedure; and Entrepreneurship & Law.

Professor Laser presented the paper at talks including at George Washington University Law School.

Professor Sterio Presents on the Artsakh Conflict

Professor Milena Sterio presented at an event entitled “The Artsakh Conflict: International Law, Self-Determination, and Remedial Secession” on March 9. Professor Sterio’s remarks focused on international law issues, such as self-determination and secession, as they relate to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict involving Armenia and Azerbaijan (“Artsakh” is the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh).

Professor Sterio Writes on Prosecuting Gender Persecution

Professor Milena Sterio co-authored an article titled “Prosecuting Gender Persecution at the ICC — Definitions, Policies, and Practice” with Professor Yvonne Dutton (Indiana University McKinney School of Law).  Professor Sterio and Professor Dutton’s article will be published by the Fordham Journal of International Law.

Professor Kalir Interviews with Business Insider on Chilling Effects and Freedom of Speech in Florida.

On March 15, the Business Insider published a piece discussing a recent move by the DeSantis Administration in Florida to revoke an alcohol license from a Hyatt Hotel in Miami. The threatened revocation was in response to the hotel hosting last December — and for the eighth year in a row — a show titled “The Drag Quin Christmas Show.” Never before has this show seem to offend Florida law, but this year it has, according to a Complaint filed by Florida administrators. Professor Kalir, who was cited in the piece, opined that the very filing of the Complaint — regardless of its legal consequences — may serve the Administration in two ways: First, it may cause a “chilling effect” on both future performers and future venue-managers when it comes to the hosting (or performing in) future drag shows; and, second, even if defeated in Court, the very filing of the complaint may score political points with the Administration’s base. Thus, the move can be seen as a “win-win” for the Administration regardless of its legal consequences. Still, Professor Kalir argued, it violates the very foundations of the bedrock principle of Freedom of Speech, as well as principles of non-intervening Government and personal responsibility.  

Robertson Edits March/April Probate and Property Magazine

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson served as an Associate Editor for the March/April 2023 (Vol. 37, No 2) edition of the ABA’s Probate and Property Magazine.  Robertson, recently reappointed, has served as an Associate Articles Editor since 2021.  She was appointed to this position by the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the ABA. 

Robertson is the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor at CSU|Law and Professor of Environmental Studies at the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education.

Professor Kalir Presents on the Imminent Dangers for Israeli Democracy 

On March 8, Professor Doron Kalir presented before the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University. The title of the presentation was “Is Israel Losing its Democracy?” In it, Kalir reviewed Israel’s legal history, including its unique structure of Separation of Powers and lack of a binding Constitution. He then explained how the current Government, led by P.M. Netanyahu, aims to completely demolish the current structure — effectively bringing about a unitary, authoritarian regime that will eliminate, for all intent and purposes, Israel as a Democratic State. The presentation took ninety minutes and was very well received. 

Professor Kalir Pens Op-Ed on The Imminent Danger to Israeli Democracy

On March 3, the Plain Dealer published Doron Kalir’s op-ed, titled, “Effort to muzzle judiciary poses imminent threat to Israel’s democracy.” The current Israeli Government, led by P.M. Netanyahu, is seeking to upend the current system of separation of powers and eliminate the independence of Israel’s judiciary. In response, a civil protest like never before has engulfed Israeli, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets for months. The Op-Ed explains the scope of some of the most radical proposals — called by their proponents, in true Orwellian fashion, “judicial reform” — and then explains why they are so dangerous to Israel’s current, and very delicate, structure of government.  

Professor Mika Presents on Teaching in the Post-Covid Era

Professor Karin Mika presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at UNLV on February 25.  Her presentation was titled, “Teaching Tips for a Post COVID Quarantine Generation of Students.”  The presentation discussed the troubling trend of anxiety and disconnection in today’s law students and various ways that curriculum (and teaching) needed to modified in order to effectively teach current students.

Professor Mika Judges Writing Competitions

Professor Karin Mika recently served in various capacities judging writing competitions. She was a brief grader for the Capital Law School Child Welfare Law Moot Court Competition, an essay grader for the Maltz Museum’s “Stop the Hate” Essay Writing competition, and a reviewer for the Scribes Best Student Law Review Article Competition.

Professor Robertson Presents on European Law of the Commons

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson presented “The Common Core of European Private Law: Meeting the Challenge of the Commons — the United States Report” at a lunch talk to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maine School of Law (via Zoom) on February 15, 2023. The presentation described Professor Robertson’s experience as the United States Reporter (with Monica Epperson, St. Louis University) on the Access to Commons Working Group for the Common Core of European Private Law project — a 20+ year research project funded, in part, by the European Union. She discussed both the research process, which was unusual because it involved participation in the creation of a series of specific fact-based questions to be answered by national reporters, as well as the differences in global perspectives on commons.