Plecnik, Roosa, and Sundahl Talk to Entrepreneurs at Shaker LaunchHouse

On Friday, February 22, 2013, C|M|LAW Professors John Plecnik and Mark Sundahl, and C|M|LAW Adjunct Professor James Roosa, spoke to a group of entrepreneurs at the Shaker LaunchHouse as part of the Business Gateway Lecture Series.   The topic of the presentation was Legal Issues for Start Ups: Five Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Address When Launching a Company.  The professors covered many issues that entrepreneurs face when starting a new venture — from selecting the right entity and raising money to protecting IP, developing proper contracting practices, and complying with applicable regulations.  The Business Gateway Lecture Series is a joint venture of C|M|LAW and the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration and was designed to share the expertise of CSU faculty with the local community of entrepreneurs. 

Cherry Cited in Article on the Use of Legislation to Curb Sex-Selection Abortions

C|M|LAW Professor April Cherry was cited in Anti-choice or anti-gender bias? Politicians and activists argue over whether legislation is the right way to curb sex-selective abortions, by Naveena Sadasivam, in ScienceLine, a product of NYU’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program.  Cherry commented on  the idea that anti-choice legislators are signing on to support legislation that would limit a woman’s ability to carry out an abortion for the purpose of gender selection.  She said, “It’s an interesting tactic from the right that you start off with something that people find distasteful and wear away reproductive choice.”  Regarding the question of criminalizing the practice of aborting a fetus to carry out gender selection, Cherry feels that it is not the right approach. “Women will feel unduly burdened if they’re asked why they’re getting an abortion,” she said.

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Sterio Posts “Americans in Baku: So far so good”

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio has posted an initial report on her Fulbright visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, on the Thoughts on International Law and Politics blog.  She expects to post weekly reports.  Look for re-posts here!

To see Professor Sterio’s first blog post on Baku, click here:

Hoke’s Article on Voter Technology Listed as a Resource for National Conference of State Legislatures

C|M|LAW Professor Candice Hoke’s article, Judicial Protection of Popular Sovereignty:  Redressing Voting Technology, is mentioned in the National Conference of State Legislature’s February elections newsletter, The Canvas.  The Canvas’ article, Internet Voting- Not Ready for Prime Time?, includes Professor Hoke’s article in a list of resources regarding potential concerns associated with internet voting.

You can access the NCSL newsletter here:

Click to access Canvass_Feb_2013_No_37.pdf

You can access Professor Hoke’s article here:

Click to access 62CaseWResLRev4.4.Hoke.pdf

Lewis Publishes on Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Oregon Law Review

Browne Lewis, C|M|LAW’s Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law, and Director of C|M|LAW’s Center for Health Law and Policy, has published A Graceful Exit: Redefining Terminal to Expand the Availability of Physician Assisted Suicide, in the Oregon Law Review.  The article appears at 91 Oregon L. Rev. 457 (2012).  In her article, Lewis looks at the limited number of states that have enacted statutes that permit terminally ill persons to choose the time and manner of their death, and suggests ways the statutes could be improved to address critics’ concerns.  It also recommends ways to expand the availability of physician-facilitated suicide in those states so that more people can exit gracefully.

The article is available at:

Sterio Appears on WCPN’s ‘Talking Foreign Policy, with Michael Scharf’ (Case)

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio participated in a radio talk show, “Talking Foreign Policy, with Michael Scharf” on February 4, 2013.  The topic of discussion was President Obama’s new foreign policy team, John Kerry (State), John Brennan (CIA), and Chuck Hagel (Defense).

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Sterio speaks at Wayne State on the U.S. Use of Drones in the War on Terror

Prior to her departure for Baku, Azerbaijan on a Fulbright grant, C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio presented a lecture at Wayne State Law School on January 15, 2013, as a participant in the C|M|LAW/Wayne State Junior Faculty Exchange.  Her talk was entitled The United States’ Use of Drones in the War on Terror: The (Il)legality of Targeted Killings Under International Law.

Robertson Speaks on Mandatory Pooling of Property for Development of Shale Oil and Gas

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson presented Hydraulic Fracturing, Mandatory Pooling, and the Role of the Dissenting Landowner, as part of a panel on emerging issues in energy at the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, in Portland,Oregon, on February 13, 2012.

Keating Speaks on Land Banks and Sustainable Cities

C|M|LAW and Levin College of Urban Affairs Professor Dennis Keating presented on the development and effectiveness of local land banks at the 7th International Planning, Law, Property Rights Association Conference, in Portland, Oregon, on February 14.   He had authored the initial report, in 2011, on the activities of the new Cuyahoga County land bank.

In addition, Dr. Keating participated in a Symposium: “Saving the Cities: How to Make America’s Urban Core Sustainable in the Twenty-First Century,”at St. Louis University School of Law on March 1.

O’Neill Contributes to Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment

C|M|LAW Professor Kevin Francis O’Neill has contributed four entries to a new two-volume Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment (John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr. eds., 2013) (Congressional Quarterly Press).  The entries he authored were Vernonia School District v. Acton, Board of Education v. Earls, Palmer Raids, and Dog-Sniffing Searches.  The Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment has arrived and is available through the C|M|LAW Library.