Ray Selected for Fulbright Grant to Conduct Research on the Constitutional Court in South Africa

Professor Brian E. Ray

Professor Brian Ray has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarship. Beginning in January 2013, Ray will spend 8 months visiting both the Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to conduct research on what several scholars recently have described as the “second-wave” social-rights decisions by the South African Constitutional Court and the roles that civil society, social movements and public-interest lawyers have played in those cases. Ray’s research will form the core of a book he has under contract with Cambridge University Press that is expected to be published in early 2014.

Both the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University are home to leading research initiatives and/or centers focused on social rights. UWC has participated either directly or as amicus curiae in several leading social-rights cases and conducts cutting-edge, practical research on enforcement strategies for social rights, including publishing the well-respected ESR Review and conducting civil society training and mobilization programs. Stellenbosch’s strategic initiative Combating Poverty, Homelessness and Socio-Economic Disadvantage Under the Constitution combines well-regarded research, academic training and community legal services to discover ways to combat the severe social and economic disparities in post-apartheid South Africa using the new constitutional framework, including the social rights provisions. Ray will work with experts from both institutions as well as others in South Africa who have been involved in recent social-rights litigation and advocacy.

Sundahl’s New Working Bibliography of Ancient Greek Law Reviewed in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Mark J. Sundahl’s book, A New Working Bibliography of Ancient Greek Law (7th to 4th centuries B.C.) (edited with David Mirhady and Ilias Arnaoutoglou) was recently reviewed in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.  The reviewer, Canadian Professor of Greek and Roman History, Dr. Judith Fletcher, states that “this bibliography is a superb research tool, thanks to its comprehensive scope – no archival stone seems to have been unturned – its logical organization and attempts to avoid ambiguity. I recommend it as a resource for anyone researching or teaching ancient Greek law, social history (including women and the family), or even ancient Greek history in general. It deserves a spot in every serious research library.”

To read the full text of the review, click here: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2012/2012-03-20.html

Inniss to Serve as Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, Hamilton College

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss

C|M|LAW’s Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, Lolita Buckner Inniss has been offered and has accepted the position of Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in the Women’s Studies Department at Hamilton College in New York for 2012-2013.  The Elihu Root Peace Fund at Hamilton is an endowment created in the early 1900’s by Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller to honor their friend Elihu Root, a member of the Hamilton class of 1864 who served as U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of War, a U.S. Senator and who was a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  The Root Peace Fund Visiting Professorship in Women’s Studies is filled after a national search and is awarded to a candidate who excels in the discipline of Women’s Studies and who brings a unique interdisciplinary approach to the field.  The visiting scholar offers seminars in the department and is provided with a separate budget for scholarly travel and for bringing to campus a speaker who complements the scholar’s work.

Witmer-Rich Explains that Accused Chardon Shooter TJ Lane will be Bound over and Tried as an Adult

C|M|LAW Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich explained on Fox 8 News that Ohio law demands that TJ Lane, the 17-year old accused shooter of high school students in Chardon will be bound over by the Juvenile Court to the Court of Common Pleas, and tried as an adult.  Witmer-Rich was interviewed for television on Friday, March 2.

To watch the story, click here:  http://fox8.com/2012/03/02/chardon-shooting-why-suspect-will-face-adult-charges/

Boise, Ammons, and White named to On Being a Black Lawyer’s Power 100

C|M|LAW Dean Craig Boise was recently named to On Being a Black Lawyer’s Power 100 list.  Joining him on that list are former C|M|LAW Professors and Associate Deans Linda Ammons, currently Dean of Widener University School of Law, and Frederic White, currently Dean of Texas Wesleyan Law School (and formerly Dean of Golden Gate University School of Law).

To read the write ups on these C|M Deans, see http://www.obabl.com/power100/#/30/

Plecnik Appointed Trustee of Willoughby-Eastlake Library System

Professor John Plecnik

C|M|LAW Professor John Plecnik has been appointed a Trustee of the Willoughby-Eastlake Library System by the local school board.  He was sworn in on Monday, February 20, 2012, by Judge Vincent Culotta of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas and will serve for a term that continues through August 31, 2015.

Crocker to Publish on her Experiences at Interim Dean of C|M|LAW

C|M|LAW Professor and former Interim Dean Phyllis Crocker has accepted an offer to publish her essay The Paradox of Being an Interim Dean: The Permanent Nature of a Transitory Position in the Toledo Law Review.  The Toledo Law Review publishes a special issue each year on issues concerning law school deans.

O’Neill and Charles to Publish “Saving the Press Clause” in the Utah Law Review

C|M|LAW Professor Kevin F. O’Neill and C|M|LAW alum Patrick Charles have accepted an offer to publish their co-authored article Saving the Press Clause from Ruin: The Customary Origins of a “Free Press” as Interface to the Present and Future in the Utah Law Review.