Professor Robertson Joins “Institute for Energy Law” Board of Advisors

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson has been invited to join the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Energy Law.  Law school membership in IEL is by invitation only and based on the law school’s energy law capacity in terms of available courses and faculty expertise.  Robertson’s position on the IEL Board brings with it many benefits for the law school and for students interested in energy law.  For example, with Robertson’s Board position, the law school becomes a member of IEL and will receive IEL publications, the Energy Law Advisor, Oil & Gas E-Report, Young Energy Professionals’ Newsletter,  and The Energy Dispatch.  The law school will also receive access to IEL’s Digital Library, which contains substantive papers produced for IEL conferences. In addition to her own complimentary attendance at IEL’s Annual Energy Law Conference each year, Robertson will be able to nominate up to two students to attend at no cost. 

Professor Sagers Quoted on Antitrust Issues

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke with press outlets recently concerning pending matters in federal antitrust law. He was quoted extensively in a long “tale-of-the-tape” story in Publisher’s Weekly on the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the merger or Penguin-Random House and Simon & Schuster, set to go to trial next week.

Sagers was also quoted in a Bloomberg story on the Justice Department’s hiring of veteran antitrust plaintiff’s lawyer Bonny Sweeny, a move that some believe signals the likelihood of major new enforcement actions. 

Professor Hoffman Publishes on Designing an “Americans With Abilities Act”

Professor Laura Hoffman, with a group of other scholars, has published an article in the Boston College Law Review, titled, “Designing an Americans with Abilities Act: Consciousness, Capabilities, and Civil Rights.”

The article discusses the seminal legislation protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act. It highlights the successes as well as shortcomings of the ADA, and takes the next step of proposing a “new piece of legislation that fully incorporates the advanced technology available to individuals, while promoting a more positive understanding of advancing rights and capabilities.” The article describes a “proposed Americans with Abilities Act (AWAA),” designed to “correct the deficiencies in the ADA, ultimately allowing individuals with disabilities to integrate more fully into society.”

The article, which in addition to Professor Hoffman is co-authored by scholars at Yale Law School, Harvard Medical School, the Weill Cornell Medical College, and Penn State Law, is available here.