Professor Geier Blogs on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

After identifying an ambiguity in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act regarding the tax treatment of patent sales by their creators, Professor Deborah Geier was asked to do a guest blog posting on the issue by Professor Leandra Lederman of the University of Indiana at Bloomington, host of The Surly Subgroup blog. In the course of her blog post, Professor Geier also couldn’t help but muse whether the Conference Committee’s decision to drop the House bill’s proposed repeal of favorable tax treatment for sellers of musical works by their composer had anything to do with the fact that Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch composes songs. <grin> You can read the blog post here.

Professor Katz’s Article Listed in Top Ten SSRN Downloads

A new paper by Howard Katz is listed in SSRN’s Top Ten Downloads for law teaching articles in January. His paper is entitled: Teaching Legal Analysis Using the ‘Unified Field Theory’ — A Systematic Method for Instructing Students in the Fundamental Skill.

Professor Sterio Interviewed for NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio was interviewed for NPR’s “Morning Edition” show on January 18, on the topic of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s recent announcement that United States’ troops would remain in Syria indefinitely.  Professor Sterio’s interview is available here (segment entitled “Tillerson Says U.S. to Stay in Syria Indefinitely”).

Prof. Sundahl Signs Contract to Write First Textbook on Space Law

Prof. Mark Sundahl recently signed a contract with Rutledge to write the first textbook on Space Law. The textbook will be marketed globally and will mirror the content of Prof. Sundahl’s global online course, Space Law: A Global View, which will be offered for the first time in Summer 2018.

Prof. Sundahl Appointed to ICAO Space Learning Group

Prof. Mark Sundahl was appointed to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Space Learning Group to work on reconciling air law and space law. ICAO is the arm of the United Nations that oversees the civil aviation industry. As suborbital space planes and other new-generation spacecraft are developed, the jurisdiction of regulatory agencies must be clarified to determine which agencies will have they power to regulate these new spacecraft. At a minimum, there must be a unified approach to air traffic management as spacecraft are launched more frequently.

Professor Geier Updates Textbook on Federal Income Taxation

Professor Deborah Geier has published her updated textbook, “Federal Income Taxation of Individuals 2018,” with eLandell, a division of CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). The textbook incorporates the many tax changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in late December. The book is a free download for all users in pdf, Word, ePub (for iPads) and MOBI (for Kindles) formats and can be accessed here.

Professor Robertson Participates in AALS Annual Meeting; Is Elected Chair-Elect of Natural Resources and Energy Law Section

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, attended the Association of American Law Schools 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego.  She served on the Selection Committee for planning the Natural Resources and Energy Law section program.  Robertson was elected to the position of Chair-Elect of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section, and she serves on the Executive Committee of the Section on Environmental Law.

Professors O’Neill and Katz Present at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego

Professors Howard Katz and Kevin O’Neill both made presentations to the New Law Professors Section of the AALS at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego on January 3, 2018. Attended by more than 50 professors from across the United States, the New Law Professors meeting focused on “Enhancing Your Teaching Before, During, and After Class.” Professor Katz spoke on Course Design, Wayfinding and Signaling in Class, and Debriefing After Class. Professor O’Neill spoke on Using Problems and Role-Playing Simulations to Enhance the Learning Experience.


Professor Sterio Publishes American Society of International Law “Insight” on the Topic of Secession for Kurdistan and Catalonia

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio published an American Society of International Law Insight, entitled “Self-Determination and Secession Under International Law: The Cases of Kurdistan and Catalonia.”  Insights are 2,000-word online articles, published by the American Society of International Law, whose purpose “is to provide concise, objective, and timely background for recent developments of interest to the international community.” (description of Insights on the American Society of International Law website).  Insight proposals are peer-reviewed by the Insight editorial board.