Lewis’ Book, Papa’s Baby, Reviewed in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Papa's BabyC|M|LAW’s Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law, Browne C. Lewis’ book, Papa’s Baby, was reviewed favorably in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. The review, by Debra Eckert-Casha, calls Lewis’ work “captivating.”  She writes “educators should enjoy stimulating discussions with their students based up on the many ideas Lewis proposes.  . . . Papa’s Baby is well-worth reading.  Considering the current times and advancements in reproductive technology, the implications for policy to ensure protections for children should receive thoughtful attention.

The book review is available in the spring issue of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, vol. 105, no. 2, at page 60.

Lazarus Highlighted in “What the Best Law Teachers Do!”

Congratulations to Cleveland-Marshall Professor Steve Lazarus, who is highlighted in the new Harvard University Press book, “What the Best Law Teachers Do!”  The book, by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess, and Sophie M. Sparrow, identifies the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning.

Sundahl Quoted in Crain’s on Making Commercial Courts Permanent in Cuyahoga County

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Mark Sundahl was quoted in this week’s issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business News in an article regarding the recent decision to make permanent the commercial docket at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.  A three-year pilot program in which the operation of a commercial docket was tested returned favorable results, which led to the decision by the County Court judges to make the docket permanent.  The commercial docket creates, in effect, “commercial courts” that are presided over by judges appointed to handle the cases on the docket.  By hearing a greater volume of commercial cases, the judges have the opportunity to gain familiarity with business issues and expertise in commercial law.  In the article, Sundahl states that “[t]he quick resolution of disputes and the ability of a business to have confidence in the consistent and fair application of the law allows for businesses to operate in an environment of certainty and predictability.  All of this lowers the cost of doing business and increases the profit margin.”
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Plecnik Quoted in Tax Notes Today Regarding Recent Cases on the Earned Income Tax Credit

C|M|LAW Professor John Plecnik was recently quoted in Tax Notes Today.  The quote was in regard to two cases in U.S. Tax Court that Professor Plecnik is supporting pro bono as co-counsel  with Cleveland Legal Aid.  Both cases involve the so-called Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) ban under section 32(k) of the Internal Revenue Code.

An excerpt from the article, entitled TAXPAYER ADVOCATE CRITICIZES IRS 

Plecnik said one might be left with the impression that there is no standard at all for imposing the ban on taxpayers, adding that he thinks the IRS is using the dictionary definitions of reckless or intentional disregard. However, the legislative history for section 32(k), in which the ban can be found, shows that section 6662, which does have a clear
definition of reckless or intentional disregard, was referenced in relation to section 32(k), he said.

“I think that the correct definition is best laid out in the regulations to 6662, where disregard is reckless if the taxpayer makes little or no effort to determine whether a rule or regulation exists under circumstances which demonstrate a substantial deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe,” Plecnik said. “There are tons of cases dealing with when it’s appropriate to apply 6662 penalties, and they typically don’t apply where someone goes to a return preparer in good faith, essentially does their best, and says, ‘Hey, I’m paying you, get it done,’ and gives them all the information as best they can.”

Sagers Quoted in New York Times on Airline Merger

Chris Sagers, C|M|Law’s James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, was quoted in Friday’s New York Times concerning the pending merger proposal between U.S. Airways and American Airlines.  Sagers testified about the merger before the U.S. House of Representatives in February telling an antitrust subcommittee that the merger was anticompetitive and would hurt consumers and labor.  The U.S. Justice Department apparently agrees, as it filed suit to block the merger on Tuesday.  In today’s story, Sagers comments on aspects of the merger, its industry context, and the Justice Department’s strategy.

Click here to see the video! http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Airways