Law School Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights – February 2018

Professor Will Berry‘s article, Magnifying Miranda, was recently published in the Texas Tech Law Review as part of a symposia on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona. The symposium was held in Lubbock, Texas last April.  The citation for the article is 50 Texas Tech L. Rev. 97 (2017).

Professor Will Berry recently wrote 3 articles for the February issue of the American Bar Association’s magazine PREVIEW, which previews upcoming oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court. He previewed the following cases: Currier v. Virginia, City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt, and Dahda v. United States.

Professor Will Berry recently reviewed a law review article for the online publication, Jotwell. His review, Rethinking Capital Felony Murder, assesses the merits of the article by Guyora Binder, Brenner Fissell, & Robert Weisberg, Capital Punishment of Unintentional Felony Murder, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1142 (2017). His essay can be found here:  The citation is William W. Berry III, Rethinking Capital Felony Murder, JOTWELL (February 12, 2018) (reviewing Guyora Binder, Brenner Fissell, & Robert Weisberg, Capital Punishment of Unintentional Felony Murder, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1142 (2017)),

Professor Will Berry‘s article, Enhancing “Education”: Rebalancing the Relationship Between Athletics and the University, was recently published in the Louisiana Law Review as part of a symposium on sports law held in January 2017–Blurring Lines: Emerging Trends and Issues in Sports and Gaming Law. The citation is 78 La. L. Rev. 197 (2017), and the article is available here:

Professor Ron Rychlak‘s publication Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie, and Miranda Warnings, 50 Texas Tech Law Rev. 15 (2017) was just published. It argues that Miranda, having become as all-American as baseball, etc., is and has been recognized as an actual part of the Fifth Amendment as opposed to being simply a protective device for the Fifth Amendment.

Professor Stacey Lantagne recently served as the invited Guest of Honor at Illogicon VII, a fan-run sci-fi/fantasy convention. She spoke on panels about fan activities, fair use, and other legal implications of creative activities, like podcasting and book marketing.

Senior Associate Dean Ben Cooper was elected Chair Elect of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility for 2018. We will serve as President of the Section in 2019.

Professor Will Berry was named the Chair-Elect of the Sports Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and will serve in that role during the 2018-19 academic year.

Faculty Highlights – January 2018

Professor Will Berry recently spoke as part of a criminal law panel, Juveniles, Incarceration, and the Constitution: A Conversation, at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in San Diego, CA. Prof. Berry addressed the developments concerning juvenile life without parole sentences and the likelihood of the future abolition of such sentences under the Eighth Amendment.

Professor Mike Hoffheimer‘s article “The New Sister-State Sovereign Immunity” appears in the most recent issue of Washington Law Review.

Professor Mercer Bullard was quoted in the recent Business Insider article “‘These are bad facts for him’: Intel CEO’s $24 million stock sale before disclosing the chip flaw could trigger lawsuits, SEC inquiry.”

Professor Cliff Johnson recently spoke at the Magnolia Bar Association CLE in Jackson on “Civil Rights and Criminal Justice.”

Professor Cliff Johnson spoke at the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Tunica on “Proper Bail Practices Under the New Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure.”

Professor Cliff Johnson was named a 2017 Leader in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Professor Karen Green has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to a third five-year term on the State Board of Banking. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Professor Mercer Bullard will present a paper at a conference on bank mis-selling in Singapore at the National University of Singapore on Dec. 14.

Professor Mercer Bullard participated in a panel of a recent Department of Labor rulemaking at a North American Securities Administrators Association Conference in Columbus, OH in November, and a panel on the same rulemaking at a Public Investors Arbitration Association Conference in Colorado Springs.

Faculty Highlights – December 2017

Professor Mercer Bullard testified before Congress Friday, November 3, in the Hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals to Improve Small Businesses’ and Communities’ Access to Capital.”

Professor Stacey Lantagne, writing under the pseudonym Ivy Pembroke, published the novel “Snowflakes on Christmas Street” in the UK. It will be published in the US at a later date.

On November 11, Professor Antonia Eliason is presenting a paper titled “Using the WTO to Facilitate the Paris Agreement: Building on the Trade Facilitation Agreement’s Special and Different Treatment Provisions” at the ClassCritX conference at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Mike Hoffheimer is cited and quoted as an authority on murder and manslaughter by the Court of Appeals in a decision published October 31, McCarty v. State.

On October 27, Professor Antonia Eliason presented a paper titled “Evident Partiality and the Judicial Review of International Arbitration Awards: When deference should give way to interference” at the ASIL midyear Research Forum at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professor Mike Hoffheimer was quoted again as an authority on the necessity defense. The issue has been raised by pipeline protesters.  The AP story of October 24 that was covered by a number of news sources including ABC news.

Professor Antonia Eliason was a panelist at a conference titled “The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements” at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, on a panel on pluralism/regionalism/fragmentation.