Ray Comments on Landau Article on Social Rights Enforcement in I.CONnect

C|M|LAW Professor Brian Ray posted an article on i.CONnectblog, a blog sponsored by the Journal of Constitutional Law and ConstitutionMaking.org.  This piece is the first installment of ICONnect’s Article Review & Response Series.  In it, Professor Ray reviews David Landau’s article on “The Reality of Social Rights Enforcement.” Professor Landau then responds to Professor Ray’s review.

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Lind Quoted in Detroit Free Press Regarding Cities Left to Deal with Homes When Homeowners Walk Away

On October 22, 2012, C|M|LAW Clinical Professor Emeritus Kermit Lind was quoted in the Detroit Free Press in an article by Eric D. Lawrence, Metro taxpayers foot bill as banks walk away from homes.  The article was about homeowners who walk away from their homes when they can no longer make mortgage payments.  This leaves cities with unpaid taxes, and potential nuisances that have to be dealt with at the expense of the taxpayers.

According to Lind, “local officials often face a tough challenge in notifying the mortgage servicer when a problem, such as a nuisance issue, arises.  He said taxing entities seeking unpaid taxes — such as county treasurers, or municipalities dealing with nuisance violations — have no choice legally but to contact those listed on property records. And the company on file is likely not the loan servicer, the company that might be designated to handle things such as tax payments.  A simple solution, Lind said, would be for banks to file an affidavit with the register of deeds that lists the name of the servicer.

“It’s up to them to do something about it,” Lind said of banks. “If the servicer isn’t doing their job, then the burden shouldn’t be on the taxpayer for that.””

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Sundahl Coordinates 55th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space in Naples, Italy

Associate Dean Sundahl and the ICJ Judges

C|M|LAW Associate Professor and Associate Dean Mark J. Sundahl served as the co-coordinator of the 55th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space earlier this month in Naples, Italy.  This Colloquium involves leading experts in the field of space law who delivered more than 60 papers in five sessions.  The topics included the commercial use of outer space, the application of public international law to space activities, and the use in court of evidence derived from satellite systems.   Sundahl presented a paper at the Colloquium on the intersection of existing space law with the provision of the newly adopted Space Assets Protocol to the Cape Town Convention which governs asset-backed finance of satellites and other space assets.The Colloquium also hosts the World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition which is judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice.  Dean Sundahl is pictured here with the three members of the International Court of Justice who attended the Colloquium: Judge Xue Hanqing (China), Judge Leonid Skotnikov (Russian Federation), and, to the left of Dean Sundahl, Judge Joan E. Donoghue (United States).

Ray Hosts October eDiscovery Roundtable – Focus on Data Management and Future eDiscovery Training

C|M|Law hosted the October meeting of the Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable on October 17, 2012.  The group was formed by C|M|LAW Professor Brian Ray and Tim Opsitnick, founder and CEO of the eDiscovery firm JurInnov, in response to interest generated by a conference on eDiscovery at the Law School last fall.  The Roundtable is an informal group of attorneys, in-house counsel, judges and eDiscovery experts who meet monthly to discuss current issues and best practices in electronic discovery and data management.  The October meeting focused on a report of potential changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, an initiative to integrate electronic discovery processes into broader data management, and pn plans for organizing eDiscovery training/information events for local judges and attorneys.

The Roundtable’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at C|M|Law.  Anyone interested in attending or joining the group can contact Brian Ray at brian.ray@law.csuohio.edu.

Lewis Earns Two Visiting Professorships – at the Hastings Center for Bioethics and Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Professor Browne Lewis

C|M|LAW Professor Browne Lewis has been invited to be a visiting scholar for the first 2 weeks in July at the Hastings Center for Bioethics and for the last 2 weeks in July at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

The Hasting Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute located in Garrison, New York.  The Hastings Center hosts scholars from around the world to research ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, law, and the environment as they impact individuals, communities, and societies.  The Visiting Scholars Program permits scholars to conduct research on issues in or related to bioethics.  As a part of the program, the scholars work with the Hastings Center’s staff and make presentations.  As a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center, Professor Lewis’ research will focus on the ethics of harvesting the gametes of dead people.

Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics has a teaching and research program that is broader than most bioethics programs.  Research at the Yale Center focuses on biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of scientific research, business and professional ethics, and ethics issues relating to new technologies.  The Yale Center hosts scholars at Yale’s campus in New Haven.  The program permits scholars to conduct research and to interact with Yale faculty in several disciplines.  As a visiting scholar at Yale, Professor Lewis’ research will focus on the ethics issues that relate to new reproductive technologies.

Sagers Participates in Civic Commons Program on the Crisis in the Courts

There are more than 70 vacancies on the federal bench. It can take over eighteen months to fill a judicial vacancy.  Civil cases can take more than four years to resolve.  Although both major political parties agree that these facts present a crisis in the federal court system, they disagree over who is to blame.   C|M|LAW Professor Chris Sagers joined the The Civic Commons discussion on the subject.

The Civic Commons program was broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM and is available here: http://theciviccommons.com/radioshow/crisis-in-the-courts

Have the Major Political Parties Monopolized Politics? Sagers Comments in Huffington Post Blog

Former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Party candidate for President, Gary Johnson, has filed an antitrust law suit in federal court in California arguing that the major political parties have monopolized politics.  He argues that the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Commission on Presidential Debates have conspired to exclude other candidates in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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Sterio Discusses Juveniles in Piracy at United Nations’ Copenhagen Meeting on Somali Piracy

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio attended attend the 11th meeting of the U.N. Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, Working Group 2, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 17-18, 2012. Along with Professor Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University Law School, she presented to the group in her capacity as an independent academic as well as a member of the Public International Law and Policy Group, Piracy Working Group.  The professors presentation concerned juvenile pirates – the treatment of detained juvenile pirates by the capturing and/or prosecuting state, as well as the need to aggressively detain and prosecute those who recruit juvenile pirates.

To read more about Professor Sterio’s experiences at the U.N. meeting, please read her blog post on IntLawGrrls at: http://www.intlawgrrls.com/2012/09/report-from-un-meeting-on-somali-piracy.html#more

Geier Comments on Capital Gains Tax Rates in a Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor

Professor Deborah Geier

C|M|LAW Professor Deborah Geier commented on capital gains tax rates and their impact on the U.S. economy in the September 25, 2012, issue of the Wall Street Journal.  Her letter responds to a WSJ editorial  “A Capital Gains Primer“, published on September 22, 2012.   The editorial argues that a differential tax rate is fair and helps the economy   In her letter, Geier makes four points arguing that this is not true.

This is Professor Geier’s second published Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor in a six week period.




To read the original editorial, click here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303753904577452260437934858.html

To read Professor Geier’s letter, click here:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444358804578016361006648802.html