On November 3, Professor Ron Rychlak addressed the the Catholic Bar Association in Kansas City, Missouri. Prof. Rychlak’s talk was Disinformation: Soviet Bloc Intelligence Efforts to Undermine the West. It was based on the book (and associated DVD) Disinformation (WND Books, 2013), which he co-authored with Ion M. Pacepa, the highest-ranking officer ever to defect from the Soviet bloc. The Catholic Bar Association is a national community of legal professionals that educates, organizes and inspires its members in the study and practice of the law.
From October 23 to November 3, Professors John Czarnetzky and Ron Rychlak served as delegates at the International Law Commission at the United Nations in New York City, each attending for one week. Professors Czarnetzky and Rychlak have served as UN delegates for the Holy See since 2000. The two have frequently written on international topics, including a forthcoming article in the Mississippi Law Journal entitled: How the International Criminal Court’s Inability to Deal with Terrorism is Leading to Calls for International Policing
Professor Stacey Lantagne recently presented her paper “Fandom, Copyright, and What It Means to Be an ‘Author’” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference.
Professor Phil Broadhead presented Discussion of Evidentiary Issues in Justice Court at the UMSOL Judicial College conference in Philadelphia, MS.
Professor Richard Gershon recently spoke at the 2017 Business Valuation Workshop in Baton Rouge. The topic will be “The Future of the Federal Estate Tax.
Professor Michael Hoffheimer was quoted in the Washington Post (Oct. 1) on the trials of pipeline protesters. Hoffheimer was interviewed by the AP as an authority on the necessity defense that is being raised in the trials. The story has been run in various media outlets.
Professor Ron Rychlak‘s review of The Vatican “Ostpolitik” 1958-1978: Responsibility and Witness during John XXIII and Paul VI, edited by András Fejérdy of the Institute of History of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, was just published in volume 22 of the Catholic Social Science Review, page 351 (2017).
Professor Will Berry’s article Cruel Techniques, Unusual Secrets, co-authored with Southern Methodist University Law Professor Meghan J. Ryan, was recently published in the Ohio State Law Journal. The article explores the serious constitutional and legitimacy questions that arise from the secrecy involved in current lethal injection practices in many states. The article is available here.
Professor Ron Rychlak was recently reappointed to the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The Advisory committee is composed of “uncompensated special government employees” familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions. Commissioners vote on individual appointments upon submission of recommendations by the staff director.
Associate Dean Ben Cooper recently moderated a discussion group entitled “Reflections on the 2016 ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. This discussion group, which was held on August 3, gave scholars from around the country an opportunity to comment on the report’s findings and recommendations. Cooper served as co-Reporter for the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services that produced the report.
Professor Stacey Lantagne was quoted in the recent Vox article, “Snopes, the Internet’s Foremost Fact-Checking Website, May Die in a Messy Legal Battle.”
The Stanford Law & Policy Review recently published Professor Will Berry‘s article, Employee-Athletes, Antitrust, and the Future of College Athletics. The citation is 28 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 245 (2017).
Professor Michael Hoffheimer has been named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Professor Ron Rychlak‘s article The Truth About Fibs (Financial Institution Bonds) in Mississippi: When Express Terms Conflict with Statutory Requirements was published in 36 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 101 (2017).
Professor Michael Hoffheimer‘s article, co-authored with Prof. Deborah Challener of MC school of law, “Mixed Cases of Law and Equity in Mississippi,” appeared as the lead article in vol. 35 no. 3 of Mississippi College Law Review. Professors Hoffheimer and Challener presented their recommendations to a statewide meeting of trial and appellate judges in April.
The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution, edited by Professor Ronald Rychlak, was recently released by Angelico Press. Professor John Czarnetzky also contributed to the book.
Professor Stacey Lantagne recently served on the panel “JK Who? Investigating Authorship in the Harry Potter Canon and Fandom,” at Harry Potter and the Pop Culture Conference at DePaul University. Her piece, Harry Potter and the Control of the Creator of the Canon, has been published in Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference, A Five-Year Retrospective.
Professor Ben Cooper has been asked to speak at the monthly meeting of the Coahoma County Bar Association at the Coahoma County Courthouse in Clarksdale. He will speak on Ethical Use of Social Media. Vice President of the Coahoma County Bar Association Ja’Nekia Barton invited Cooper to speak.
Professor Will Berry presented his paper, Evolving Democratic Constitutionalism, at the Mid-Year Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Criminal Justice in Washington, DC.
Professor Will Berry will again be leading and teaching on the Cambridge Summer Abroad Program. The program is held at Downing College, Cambridge University, and is comprised of a consortium of law schools: the University of Mississippi, the University of Arkansas, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Nebraska. Antonia Eliason will be teaching as well this summer.
Professor Ron Rychlak is currently serving as the secretary of the SEC Executive Committee. He also is currently chair of the SEC Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs).
Professor Michael Hoffheimer‘s article “Goodbye Significant Contacts: General Jurisdiction after Daimler AG v. Bauman,” Ohio St. L. J. 101 (2015)“ was cited by Justice Sotomayer in her concurring opinion in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, No. 16-405, 2017 WL 2322834, at *13, slip op. at 3n.1 (May 30, 2017) (Sotomayor, J., concurring and dissenting in part). The article was co-written by Hoffheimer and Judy M. Cornett, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee School of Law.
Professor Antonia Eliason will present a talk on “Judicial Review of International Arbitration Awards: When deference should give way to interference” at the Developing Ideas Conference hosted by the University of Kentucky.
Professor Will Berry recently spoke at Stanford Law School as part of a sports law symposium, Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. His paper, “Employee-Athletes, Antitrust, and the Future of College Sports,” is forthcoming in the Stanford Law & Policy Review.
Professor Antonia Eliason will participate in a Workshop on Drug Policy and International Legal Obligations in New York on May 11, 2017, organized by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. The goal of the workshop is to develop an argument, grounded in traditional principles of international law, articulating the conditions under which states may implement non-prohibitionist policies, the international conventions notwithstanding.
Professor Antonia Eliason‘s article “With No Deliberate Speed: The Segregation of Roma Children in Europe” was published in the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.
Professor Stacey Lantagne’s article, Famous on the Internet: The Spectrum of Internet Memes and the Legal Challenge of Evolving Methods of Communication, will be published in the upcoming January issue of University of Richmond Law Review.
The Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys invited Professor Mercer Bullard to moderate a panel on regulatory challenges in a digital environment and appear on a panel on crowdfunding at their Emerging Frauds in the Digital Age conference in May.
Professor Mercer Bullard has been invited by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association to appear on a securities law panel at their annual meeting.
Professor Mercer Bullard has been invited by the Minnesota Chapter of the Financial Planning Association to give a presentation on a recent DOL rulemaking in May. The Financial Planning Association’s national office has asked Professor Bullard to appear on a panel at it’s FPA Advocacy Day.
Professor Will Berry‘s article “Normative Retroactivity” 19 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 483 (2017) was published in the Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
Professor Mercer Bullard was mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle article entitled “Mutual fund group aims for fee transparency with ‘clean shares.'”
Professor Mike Hoffheimer‘s article “California’s Territorial Turn in Choice of Law,” 67 Rutgers L. Rev. 167 (2015) was cited by the California Court of Appeal on March 17 in Charity Faith Phillips v. Honeywell International Inc., 2017 WL 1034389.
Professor Chris Green‘s article “Loyal Denominatorism and the Fourteenth Amendment: Normative Defense and Implications” is forthcoming in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy.
Professor Chris Green spoke at the University of Arkansas in February on Constitutional Truthmakers. His lecture was part of the Faculty Exchange Series.
The second edition of Professor Chris Green‘s book, Federal Constitutional Law, volume 5: The Fourteenth Amendment, written with Scott Gaylord and Lee Strang, was published in January.
Professor Emeritus Guff Abbott has been selected to receive the Mississippi Bar Foundation Professionalism Award at the Bar Foundation’s Annual meeting in Jackson on April 13.
Professor Patricia Krueger will deliver a presentation at the annual 2017 Association of Academic Educators meeting in Ft. Worth. Her presentation is entitled “How Can You Demystify the First Semester with a Two-Hour Slot at Orientation?”
Professor Stacey Lantagne recently presented her paper, “Famous on the Internet: The Spectrum of Internet Memes and the Legal Challenge of Evolving Methods of Communication,” at the 2017 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, held this year at Boston University School of Law.
Professor Will Berry is serving as Secretary of the 2017 Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) section on Law and Sports.
Professor Mercer Bullard was quoted Saturday in an article in the St. Louis Dispatch on a Department of Labor rule that President Trump is seeking to amend.
Professor Mercer Bullard was quoted in Barron’s in a Feb. 4 article commenting on the prospects under the Trump Administration of a new rule affecting IRAs. Bullard’s article, “Insider Trading in a Mannean Marketplace,” will be reprinted in the Securities Law Review, a collection of the top securities law articles of 2016.
Professor Ron Rychlak‘s article “Disinformation Expert Reveals Destructive Power of Fake News” was published in the January issue of the magazine Whistleblower. The issue is devoted to fake news, and the article is co-authored by Lt. Gen. Io M. Pacepa, the former head of foreign intelligence in Communist Romania and the highest ranking Soviet bloc officer ever to deffect to the West. Rychlak and Pacepa also wrote the book “Disinformation” in 2013.
Professor Stephanie Showalter-Otts will present at a NOAA Library Brown Bag Seminar in Silver Spring, MD. She will be discussing the Sea Grant Center’s work on the model legal framework for watercraft inspections.
Professor Will Berry recently spoke at the Blurring Lines: Emerging Trends and Issues in Sports and Gaming Law Symposium at Louisiana State University School of Law.
Will Wilkins and Meaghin Burke, of the MLRI, have been asked to present at an upcoming meeting for the attorneys of Mississippi’s Public Universities. They will be speaking about intellectual property legal issues affecting the universities as well as providing updates on recent developments.
Associate Dean Ben Cooper has been elected Secretary of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility.
Professor Antonia Eliason presented on the topic of trade facilitation at a conference in Tokyo, part of the MegaReg project, discussing the future of regulatory alignment on a megaregional scale (‘mega-regulation’) after TPP, organized in cooperation with David Malone (United Nations University) and Atsushi Sunami of the National Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). The conference agenda can be found here
Professor Kris Gilliland‘s article “‘Dared to Enter a Man’s World:’ Mississippi Women Lawyers, 1914-64” will be published in the Mississippi Law Journal. The focus of the article is the first generation of women graduates at the law school.
An updated edition of Professor Kris Gilliland‘s book “Mississippi Legal Research” (Carolina Academic Press 2015) will be published in the spring.
Professor Richard Gershon recently spoke at the MidSouth Estate Planning Seminar in Memphis. His topic was “Income Taxation of Trusts, and the Calculation of MAGI Under the Affordable Care Act.”
Professor Ron Rychlak is a member of the Southeastern Conference’s Executive Committee, and he will travel to Atlanta to meet with Faculty Athletic Representatives and Directors of Student-Athlete Support from all 14 SEC institutions to discuss matters including: Proposed NCAA Legislation; NCAA Student-Athlete Assistance Funds; Academic Review of Two-Year College Transfers; new NCAA Academic Misconduct Legislation; Research on Faculty Perceptions of College Sports; Course Release, Stipends, and Summer Appointments for Student Athletes; and Missed Class Time Policies. He is also on the SEC’s new “Working Group on Compliance, Enforcement and Governance.” The group will be meeting to discuss matters relating to the NCAA’s Autonomy Group and legislation that may differ from standard NCAA legislation.
Professor Mercer Bullard contributed the chapter “The Fiduciary Standard: A Predicate for Prudent Advice” to the recently released book Exploring Advice: What You Need to Know About Good Financial Advice, a Quality Financial Plan and the Role of a Fiduciary.
Professor Mercer Bullard‘s article “Mandatory Third Party Compliance Examinations for Investment Advisers: An SEC Waterloo?” will appear in the fall issue of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law.
Professor Mercer Bullard will appear on a panel on financial services regulation at the Consumer Federation of America’s annual Financial Services Regulation conference in Washington D.C.
Professor Mercer Bullard will participate in a roundtable discussion of mutual fund regulatory issues with leading academics, regulators, and practitioners in Boston.
Professor Stacey Lantagne has been asked to serve on the Board for the AALS Intellectual Property Section for 2017-2018.
Professor Stacey Lantagne was recently invited to participate in a Discussion Group on Digital Pressures in Intellectual Property Law at next year’s SEALS. She also was recently a guest speaker on the topic, “Famous on the Internet: Internet Memes and the Legal Challenge of Evolving Methods of Communication,” at the Whittier Law Schools’s Law Review and Center for Intellectual Property Law Present Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns, in a panel on Social Media.
Adjunct Professor Brenda Redfern has been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of this year’s Leaders in Law.
Professors John Czarnetzky and Ron Rychlak recently were on a panel at Mississippi College on the book American Law from a Catholic Perspective. Rychlak edited the book and Czarnetzky contributed a chapter.
Professor Cliff Johnson recently spoke in Jackson at the Mississippi Black Leadership Summit. The topic was “A Ten Year Scan of Social Justice in the South (2006-2016) – Progress, Setbacks & Moving Forward.” The event is sponsored by One Voice in Jackson, Mississippi and the 300 participants this year included members of the Leglislative Black Caucus, the Mississippi Association of Black Mayors, the Minority Caucus of Supervisors, MBC-Leo, the Black Sheriff’s Association, Partners in Education, the judiciary, chancery and circuit clerks, and other community leaders.
Professor Ron Rychlak’s book Disinformation has now been published in a Polish edition. The book has now been published in English, Russian, Romanian, Portuguese, and Polish.
Dean Deborah Bell has been asked to speak to the Conference of Chancery Judges on Recent Developments in Family Law. She is also speaking to the Jackson Young Lawyers on the importance of Pro Bono work.
Professor Cliff Johnson was quoted in the Washington Post article on Jessica Jauch, who was held for 96 days in a Mississippi jail “without seeing a judge, getting a lawyer or having a chance to make bail.” Johnson, the director of the MacArthur Justice Center at UM Law, stated: “I can’t think of a situation where denying someone an appearance before a judge for 96 days after arrest passes constitutional muster.” Read the full article.
Senior Associate Dean Jack Nowlin has been selected as a 2016-2017 SEC Academic Leadership Development Fellow.
Professor Ron Rychlak was interviewed by WTVA as a First Amendment Legal Expert in a story following the terminations of a Tupelo Police Officer after the officer made comments about the City and police department on Facebook. Watch the clip.
Professor Lisa Roy‘s article, The Unexplored Implications of Town of Greece v. Galloway, has been accepted for publication as part of the Albany Law Review’s upcoming symposium on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Mercer Bullard wrote the only comment letter supporting the change in the rule the Department of Labor is defending in Market Synergies Group, Inc. v. United States Department of Labor.
Richard Gershon is presenting at the 2016 National Conference on Special Needs Trusts and Special Needs Planning in October in St. Petersburg, FL.
Professor Ron Rychlak is speaking on his book Disinformation Thursday, September 29 at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy in Hattiesburg.
On October 10, Professor Ron Rychlak will take part in the SEC Executive Committee Meeting in Atlanta.
On October 18, Professor Ron Rychlak will speak at Mississippi College on the book he edited, American Law from a Catholic Perspective: Through a Clearer Lens.
Professor Andrea Harrington is giving a presentation on a technical session panel at the 67th International Astronautical Congress. Her talk is entitled “The Role of Sovereignty in Remote Sensing and Customary International Law.”
Joanne Gabrynowicz, Professor Emerita and former Director of our National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Institute of Space Law at the International Astronautical Congress.
Professor Stacey Lantagne joined the Legal Committee of the non-profit Organization for Transformative Works, which is dedicated to promoting policies that protect the legality of fanworks. Right now, the group is working on providing comments on Singapore’s proposed copyright law overhaul.
Professor Stacey Lantagne is giving a presentation next week at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association annual conference in Chicago. The topic of the presentation will be “Internet Memes and the Legal Challenge of Evolving Methods of Communication.”
Professor Stacey Lantagne was invited to present at Whittier Law School’s conference on Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns. Her talk will also focus on the challenging legal questions surrounding Internet memes and what we should do about them.
Assistant Dean Macey Edmondson is currently the Chair for the AALS Student Services Section and is overseeing the panel discussions at the upcoming conference in San Francisco in January.
Assistant Dean Macey Edmondson is one of the founding members of NALSAP – the National Association for Law School Student Affairs Professionals. The first NALSAP conference is in Los Angeles in May.
Professor Farish Percy’s article “The Fraudulent Joinder Act of 2016: Moving the Law in the Wrong Direction” will be published in Volume 62 of the Villanova Law Review in 2017. It critiques the bill currently pending in Congress.
The 2016 edition of Professor John R. Bradley‘s book, Mississippi Workers’ Compensation, was published in July. With revisions and updating material, the book is reprinted each year. The original publication was 2006.
Two courts cited Professor Michael Hoffheimer‘s research in opinions published the same day. Nicely v Pliva, Inc., 2016 WL 4435682 (E.D. Ky. Aug. 18, 2016), citing Judy M. Cornett and Michael H. Hoffheimer, “Good-Bye Significant Contacts…,” 76 Ohio State L. Rev. 102 (2015), and Mower v. Nibley, No. 20150410-CA (Ct. App. Utah Aug. 18. 2016), citing and quoting Hoffheimer, “General Personal Jurisdiction after Goodyear Dunlop Tires…,” 60 Kan. L. Rev. 549 (2012).
Professor Cliff Johnson was interviewed as the legal expert on WAPT, a Jackson news station. Johnson was asked how the arrest of the Hinds County District Attorney could affect the county’s cases. Watch the clip.
Professor Michele Alexandre spoke at Vanderbilt Law School at the Practicing Public Interest Law Conference September 9 and 10.
Professor Mercer Bullard was recently featured on WalletHub’s “2016’s Best and Worst Cities to Retire.” Under the “Ask the Experts section of the article, he answered questions and gave tips about the factors that go into planning for retirement.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ben Cooper served on the ABA Commision on the Future of Legal Services as a Reporter. Cooper helped draft and present the committee’s final report at the ABA Annual Meeting.
Professors Will Berry, David Case, John Czarnetzky, Chris Green, Farish Percy, Larry Pittman, and Lisa Roy were appointed Dean Deborah Bell as the Jamie Lloyd Whitten Chairs of Law and Government for the summer semester.
Professor Cliff Johnson was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on the “Mississippi Burning” case, noting that “this is one of the biggest cases of the century.”
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ben Cooper served on a panel at the ABA’s 42nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility.
Professor Ronald Rychlak‘s 2013 book Disinformation has been published in new Russian and Portuguese translations.
ProfessorJohn Czarnetzky was awarded the 2016 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Mississippi.
Professor Will Berry, along with co-authors Paul C. Weiler of Harvard University and Gary Myers of the University of Missouri, recently completed the fifth edition of Entertainment, Media and the Law: Text, Cases, and Problems.
Professor Cliff Johnson will speak at Northwestern University School of Law’s “De-Incarceration through Civil Rights Litigation Conference” on April 13-14. Professor Johnson will speak with Adjunct Professor Jake Howard on “debtors’ prison” litigation and access to counsel for indigent criminal defendants.
Professor Cliff Johnson will serve on the City of Jackson’s Criminal Justice Task Force, formed by Mayor Tony Yarber to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the criminal justice system in Jackson, Mississippi and recommend reforms.
Professor Antonia Eliason’s new article, “With No Deliberate Speed: The Segregation of Roma Children in Europe,” is forthcoming in the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.
Professor Stacey Lantagne’s new article, “When Real People Become Fictional: The Collision of Trademark, Copyright, and Publicity Rights in Online Stories About Celebrities,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Law, Technology, and the Internet at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Professor Will Berry publishes article, “Remembering Furman’s Comparative Proportionality: A Response to Smith and Staihar,” in the Iowa Law Review Online.
Professor Michael Hoffheimer’s Kansas Law Review article, “General Personal Jurisdiction After Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown,” cited by Texas Court of Appeals.
Professor Stephanie Showalter-Otts and Professor Cathy Janasie publish article, “Working Together to Combat Invasive Species Threats: Strategies for Facilitating Cooperation Between the National Park Service and States” in the Natural Resources Journal.
Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights—whose members include Professor Ron Rychlak, Professor Michele Alexandre, and Professor Chris Green—releases advisory memorandum on civil rights and federal low-income childcare subsidy distributions in Mississippi. (The full text of the report is available here.)
Professor Cliff Johnson presented to the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent regarding the MacArthur Justice Center‘s debtors’ prison litigation. (See the Working Group’s report here.)
Professor Will Berry presented a forthcoming paper, Amending Amateurism, as part of the AALS Sports Law Section’s panel, The New Frontier in College Sports: The Professionalization of Amateurism, at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting.
Professor Will Berry publishes articles–“Implementing Just Mercy” in the Texas Law Review, “Eighth Amendment Presumptions” in the Southern California Law Review, and “Life-with-Hope Sentencing” in the Ohio State Law Journal.
Professor Stacey Lantagne publishes article “The Copyright Creep: How the Normative Standards of Fan Communities Can Rescue Copyright” in the Georgia State University Law Review.
Paperback edition published of American Law from a Catholic Perspective: Through a Clearer Lens, edited by Professor Ron Rychlak with chapter contributions by Professor John Czarnetzky.