Crocker Quoted in Crain’s Article on Law School Interim Deans

C|M|LAW Professor Phyllis L. Crocker was quoted in the article Interim law school deans at Akron, Case face leadership challenges in critical era, by Michelle Park Lazette, in Crain’s Cleveland Business on Monday, December 9, 2013.   Crocker served as C|M|LAW’s Interim Dean from March 2010 to June 2011. The Crain’s article quoted from Crocker’s article The Paradox of Being an Interim Dean:  The Permanent Nature of a Transitory Position, 44 U. Tol. L. Rev. 319 (Leadership in Legal Education Symposium XII 2013). Crocker noted that “Interim deans can be just as effective as a permanent dean if they work as though their leadership is not limited.”

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Sundahl Participates in Two Space Law Events in Washington, D.C.

On December 5, 2013, C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Dean Mark Sundahl participated in the final panel of the 8th Annual Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, a conference organized by the University of Mississippi and the International Institute of Space Law and held at the Cosmos Club.  Sundahl was part of a panel of academics who reflected on the legal implications of disruptive space technologies being deployed or developed by governments and private companies.   These new technologies include asteroid mining, swarms of remote-sensing nanosatellites, and on-orbit satellite construction.
On December 10 and 11, 2013, Associate Dean Sundahl participated in the biannual meeting of the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC).  The meeting resulted in a series of recommendations to the FAA for improving the regulatory environment relevant to the commercial space industry.  Sundahl serves as the Vice Chair of the COMSTAC’s International Space Policy Working Group which monitors international developments in space law and advises the FAA on maintaining the international competitiveness of U.S. industry.


Robertson to Serve as U.S. Reporter for Common Core of European Private Law Project

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean, Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, who holds a joint appointment at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs, will be serving as the United States Reporter for a new project of the Common Core of European Private Law.  The Common Core projects, funded by the European Commission, the International University College of Turin (Italy) and others, examine aspects of European private law through the lens of carefully created case studies.  The purpose is to discover the commonalities in law among the European nations by applying a consistent set of facts to the laws of various countries. In applying the law of their country to the case studies, reporters are asked to apply three levels of analysis, so the research goes beyond the rote application of fact to a civil code or common law structure.  Reporters are asked to consider influences on the law of political, economics, geography, and other factors, and to make and discuss their predictions regarding outcome of the case studies.  Robertson will be participating in the Access to Commons project for the Common Core of European Private Law.  She was selected for this project based on her earlier work on public access to privately owned land for recreation, Public Access to Private Land for Walking: Environmental and Individual Responsibility as Rationale for Limiting the Right to Exclude, 23 Geo. Int. Envtl. L. Rev. 211 (2011).

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Ray Publishes on South African Constitutional Obligation to Provide Emergency Housing

Professor Brian E. Ray

Professor Brian E. Ray

Brian E. Ray, C|M|LAW’s Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law, published Courts, capacity and engagement: Lessons from Hlophe v City of Johannesburg in the Economic and Social Rights Review, a publication of the Social and Economic Rights Project at the University of the Western Cape’s Community Law Centre.  The comment analyzes a recent South African housing-rights decision in which a court ordered the City of Johannesburg to detail the planning and budgeting processes it has developed to comply with its constitutional obligation to provide emergency housing to people rendered homeless by eviction from private property.  Ray argues that this is one of the first cases where a South African court has used the right to housing to address broader, systemic problems in service delivery and connects this authority to the Constitutional Court’s meaningful engagement requirement.  Ray conducted research for this comment while he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Community Law Centre and the University of Stellenbosch from January through August 2013.

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Mika Suggests Classroom Innovation Be a Retreat from Technology

C|M|LAW Legal Writing Professor Karin Mika presented “Angst, Technology, and Innovation” at the Legal Writing Institute One Day Workshop,  at the University of Oregon School of Law, on December 6, 2013.  She argued that today’s student is hindered by the angst of everyday life, which is exacerbated by always being connected to responsibilities by way of technology.  She suggested that innovation in the classroom should be retreating from technology and using more physical handouts to reinforce points made verbally or on screen.  She suggested that innovation in the classroom should involve doing more exercises that take students away from using technology.

Beggs Mentioned in Penn Law Alumni Magazine for Connection to “Shawshank” Closure

Clinical Professor Emeritus Gordon Beggs was mentioned in the Penn Law Journal, the alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, for his connection to the closure of the Ohio State Reformatory, AKA the Mansfield Reformatory.   The Mansfield Reformatory was used in the filming of the Oscar-nominated movie,The Shawshank Redemption.  The prison, which was known for brutal conditions, includes a six story high, free-standing steel cell block, reportedly the largest in the world.  Working for the ACLU of Ohio, Beggs filed a federal lawsuit in 1978 seeking to close the prison.  The lawsuit led to the Boyd Consent Decree, which closed the Mansfield Reformatory.   

Falk Responds to Rubenfeld’s Thoughts on Rape by Fraud in Yale Law Journal’s Online Essays

Professor Patricia J. Falk

Professor Patricia J. Falk

C|M|LAW Professor Patricia J. Falk has published an essay, Not Logic, but Experience: Drawing on Lessons from the Real World in Thinking About the Riddle of Rape-by-Fraud, in YLJO, the Yale Law Journal Online.  Her essay is a response to an article by Jed Rubenfeld, The Riddle of Rape-by-Deception and the Myth of Sexual Autonomy, 122 YALE L.J. 1372 (2013), in which, according to YLJO  editors, “he argued for a new rape law principle that aims to unravel an intriguing riddle that he has posed about obtaining sex by means of deception.”  According to Falk, “Rubenfeld argues the legal system should not criminalize rape-by-deception because the notion that rape law vindicates the victim’s sexual autonomy is a myth that should be rejected. He proposes that we enshrine the right to self-possession, in place of sexual autonomy, as the guiding principle at the heart of rape law, likening rape under these circumstances to slavery and torture, and suggests that we only punish those who violate this right of self-possession. One result of this analysis is to resurrect the “much-maligned” force requirement as the defining, indispensable element of rape. He argues: “States may criminalize all sex-by-deception if they choose, but violent rape violates fundamental rights in a way that sexual deception doesn’t, offering a justification to states that choose to stick to the force requirement.”  In her responsive essay, YLJO editors write that Professor Falk  “. . . argues that Professor Jed Rubenfeld’s solution to the “riddle of rape-by-deception” goes too far in eviscerating the body of rape law that courts and legislatures have developed over the past decades. Falk suggests that eliminating nonconsent and foregrounding force is a mistake, and that it is instead critical to think more robustly about what meaningful consent and sexual autonomy might require.”

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Professor Rubenfeld’s article is here: