Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Midyear Meeting on October 26, at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Professor Sterio presented on a panel entitled “Evaluating the Practice and Legacy of International Courts,” and her individual presentation was on “The Legacy of Ad Hoc Tribunals in International Criminal Law: Assessing the ICTY’s and ICTR’s Most Significant Legal Accomplishments.”
Professor David Forte’s presentation, at the conference entitled “John Marshall Landmark Cases,” aired on Saturday, October 28th, at 12:40 p.m. EDT on C-SPAN3 American History TV. The presentation is available for viewing here.
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Professor of Law, participated in the State and Local Government Law Works-in-Progress Conference at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, October 19 – 21, 2017. In addition to serving as the primary commenter for a colleague’s paper, Professor Robertson presented an early piece of her current work-in-process Cities and Citizens Seethe: A Case Study in Piloting the Path of Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting. The paper focuses on citizen and local government efforts to influence the routing of the NEXUS/Spectra Energy pipeline proposed for central Ohio.
Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at International Law Weekend 2017 in New York City, on October 20, on a panel entitled “Sequencing Peace and Justice in the Syrian Conflict.” Professor Sterio also moderated a “New Voices” panel on October 21, at the same conference. International Law Weekend 2017 is an annual international law conference jointly sponsored by the International Law Students’ Association and the American Branch of the International Law Association. International Law Weekend this year took place at Fordham Law School, and at the New York City Bar Association. Professor Sterio served as International Law Weekend 2017 Program Committee Chair.
Professor Forte presented an address entitled, “The Founders’ Freedom of Speech (and Ours)” at an event at the University of Buffalo dealing with “Free Speech on Campus.” The event was co-sponsored by the ACLU, the Federalist Society, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and the University of Buffalo Civil Liberties Union.
Professor Deborah Geier has agreed to join the Steering Committee of a newly created Cleveland chapter of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), spearheaded by Tom Callahan of Thomson Hine. The IFA is the leading nongovernmental, international organization dealing with tax matters and has more than 12,500 members worldwide in 111 countries, of which 68 have national branches. With nearly 1,000 members, the USA Branch, divided into 17 regions, is one of the largest. IFA USA provides its members the opportunity to not only keep up to date on current issues and planning techniques but also to meet experienced tax experts from other countries, to strengthen professional relationships, and to rekindle friendships.
Professor Brian Ray was interviewed by WalletHub.com, one of the leading outlets covering the personal finance industry, on identity theft. Professor Ray’s comments appeared in an article entitled “2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.” The article is available here.
On October 16, 2017, Professor Kevin O’Neill joined U.S. District Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster as co-presenters at a CLE seminar on First Amendment law hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The seminar, entitled “Politics on Social Media: First Amendment Implications,” focused on the use and abuse of social media by American politicians. Though more and more elected officials are using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to communicate with their constituents, some politicians are blocking or censoring constituents who respond with criticism. The seminar reviewed and analyzed recent cases in which politicians were sued after trying to suppress criticism on social media, including a suit against President Trump for blocking some antagonistic Twitter followers.
On October 13, 2017, at an appellate practice CLE seminar staged in the Moot Court Room at Cleveland-Marshall, Professors Jonathan Witmer-Rich and Kevin O’Neill gave a presentation entitled, “Ethical Pitfalls: Discovery Abuse and Spoliation of Evidence.”
Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio was interviewed by the BBC World Service on October 11, on the issue of the Catalan independence referendum and declaration of independence. Professor Sterio had blogged about this issue on iCONnect blog and on Intlawgrrls. Her interview was featured as part of a news-hour program entitled “Top UN Official in Myanmar Recalled,” starting at minute 30.