Sundahl Leads Discussion on Asteroid Mining in Guadalajara

iac-2016On September 27th, Prof. Mark Sundahl served as co-chair of a panel examining the legal issues surrounding the nascent asteroid mining industry.  The panel was part of the International Astronautical Congress, the primary annual space industry conference which was held this year in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Prof. Sundahl’s panel followed on the heels of Elon Musk unveiling his plan to colonize Mars over the next 50 to 100 years. The speakers on the panel represented a diverse array of perspectives and, after over three hours of presentations and discussions, a general consensus emerged recognizing the legality of private asteroid mining activities under existing international law.

Professor Witmer-Rich Quoted in Washington Post and in Cleveland News Channel 5 Regarding Shawn Grate Case

Professor Witmer-Rich was recently quoted in the Washington Post and in Cleveland News Channel 5 regarding the case of Shawn Grate.  Grate is currently charged in Ashland, Ohio with killing two woman, and he has told reporters he killed five women.  Professor Witmer-Rich was interviewed by Channel 5 reporter Megan Hickey, who received letters from Grate.  In the letters, Grate mentions “all five victims” and attempts to explain his actions, writing that the victims “were already dead, just their bodies were flopping wherever it can flop but their minds were already dead!  The state took their minds. Once they started receiving their monthly checks.”  Professor Witmer-Rich noted the potential evidentiary value of the letters, as they appear to be voluntary statements to a third party rather than products of police interrogation.  In addition, he noted that the letters raise concerns regarding possible mental illness of the defendant.  Professor Witmer-Rich stated, “The reasons he’s giving are not reasons that a rational person would give for explaining this kind of conduct.”
News Channel 5 story is available here, and the the Washington Post article is available here.


Sundahl Joins Editorial Board of Journal of Air & Space Law

Prof. Mark Sundahl was recently appointed to the Editorial Board for the Journal of Air & Space Law, a peer-reviewed international journal published by Wolters Kluwer.  The Journal strives to publish articles on cutting-edge issue in aviation law and space law that are of value to both practitioners and academics.  Prof. Sundahl is one of three space lawyer on the fifteen member board of editors and was invited to join the board in order to help expand the journal’s offerings in the rapidly expanding field of space law.

Professor Broering-Jacobs Presents at Workshop on Grant Writing

Professor Carolyn Broering-Jacobs presented a workshop to a group of grant writing professionals at Grants Plus. The title of the presentation was The Music Within, the Curse of Knowledge, and the Core Compelling Idea. The workshop focused on effective communication by finding a “sticky” idea using principles from Chip & Dan Heath’s book, Made to Stick.

Professor Weinstein Speaks on National Webinar re: Reed v. Town of Gilbert Case

Professor Alan Weinstein was a speaker on a national webinar presented by the American Planning Association on Friday, October 14. Titled Reed vs. Town of Gilbert – One Year Later,”  the webinar analyzed how lower courts are applying the Court’s “absolute” approach to the issue of content-neutrality for regulations of signs and other forms of expression. His presentation noted that while no court has yet ruled that regulations that distinguish between commercial and non-commercial content are content-based, both a federal district court and a Texas appeals court have ruled that a regulation that distinguishes between on-site and off-site signs based on the content of the message displayed is content-based and subject to strict scrutiny. Weinstein agreed with the federal district court’s rejection of Justice Alito’s characterization of onsite/off-site distinctions as content-neutral in light of Alito’s failure to provide any rationale for why a regulation that determines regulatory treatment based on the message displayed on the sign should not be considered content-based under Justice Thomas’s “on its face” rule in Reed. He also discussed a number of Courts of Appeal cases in which a regulation was found to be content-neutral and upheld under intermediate scrutiny before Reed, was then vacated and remanded by the Supreme Court after Reed, and on remand was found to be content-based and failed to survive struct scrutiny. 

Professor Mika Presents at SALT Conference

Professor Karin Mika presented at the SALT conference (Sept 30th -Oct.2) as a member of a panel called, “Social Justice in the Legal Writing Classroom.” The panel discussed ways in which we incorporated issues of social justice, tolerance, and inclusion in the problems assigned in our legal writing classes. Professor Mika’s part focused on recent problems she has assigned, including students’ rights to wear Black Lives Matter supportive shirts at public school extracurricular events, as well as her efforts to discuss current controversial events in her Legal Writing classroom in an effort to connect the students to their passions about the law and injustice. These discussions focus on current events, such as the protest kneeling while the national anthem is being played, transgender discrimination, and issues regarding prison reform and disparate sentencing.

Sagers Wins Golden Apple Award from University Alumni Association

Professor Chris Sagers was among the recipients of the 2016 Golden Apple Award, an award issued to several CSU faculty and staff each year by the Young Alumni Council of the CSU Alumni Association. Recipients are nominated by one or more students or graduates, and the awards are issued to recognize outstanding contributions to the lives of students. 

Professor Green Presents at Labor and Employment Law Colloquium in Seattle, WA

Professor Matthew W. Green Jr. presented at the Eleventh Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law in Seattle, Washington on September 24, 2016.  Professor Greens’ presentation explored the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision may be used to advance the rights of gays and lesbians in the area of employment discrimination.  Professor Green’s discussion tracked his recent work-in-progress, which explores the ways in which Obergefellanalysis should transcend the issue of marriage equality.  The colloquium was co-sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law.     

Professor Sterio to Co-Edit, with Professor Scharf, Book on Legacy of International Tribunals, for Cambridge University Press

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio will co-edit, with Dean and Professor Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a book entitled “The Legacy of Ad Hoc Tribunals in International Criminal Law: Assessing the ICTY and the ICTR.”  The book will be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2017, and it will be a collected volume assessing various legacy aspects of the two ad hoc tribunals.  Both Professors Sterio and Scharf will, in addition to serving as co-editors, contribute several chapters to this volume.

Professor Inniss Publishes Essay on The Princeton Fugitive Slave in Princeton Alumni Weekly

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss’essay discussing the highlights of her almost completed book, The Princeton Fugitive Slave: James Collins Johnson, has been published in the print version of the October 5, 2016 Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW). The article is also available online at this link.  The print and online versions of PAW have a combined circulation of approximately 100,000.