Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights – March 2019

Professor Michael Hoffheimer published a new fourth edition of Conflict of Laws in the Examples and Explanations series by Wolters Kluwer. An active Supreme Court and state law developments required significant revisions, according to the author. Previous editions were popular, earning solid five-star ratings on Amazon.

Associate Dean for Clinical Programs Tucker Carrington co-authored the book The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, which was released last year. The book is now a finalist for the 2019 Audie Award.

Professor of Law and Ray and Louise Stewart Lecturer Larry J. Pittman‘s article “The Elusive Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy” was recently published in the Nevada Law Journal.

Assistant Professor of Law and MacArthur Justice Center Director Cliff Johnson has been selected as a Mississippi Bar Foundation Fellow. He will be inducted at a dinner in Jackson on April 11. According to the Foundation, “The Fellows designation is the Foundation’s highest honor. Only 10% of the lawyers in Mississippi are eligible for membership as a fellow. Their selection is recognition by their peers that the attorney has achieved the highest level of professionalism, competence and leadership. Fellows are selected for membership based not only on their excellence as a lawyer but also by their dedication and service to the public and profession.”

Associate Dean for Administration and Diversity Initiatives Sandra Cox-McCarty was this year’s recipient of the IHL Excellence in Diversity Award.

Assistant Professor of Law Stacey Lantagne‘s most recent article, “Catchy Phrases That Convey a Message: The Danger of Tam’s Copymark Creep and Trademark Law’s New First Amendment Analysis,” will be published in the Nevada Law Journal.

Earlier this month, Lantagne spoke about her upcoming article at Marquette Law School as part of their Intellectual Property Speakers Series.

Lantagne will be part of a panel on user generated content this May at Harvard Law School’s CopyrightX Summit.

Professor Ron Rychlak will speak at the upcoming Criminal Law Symposium at Texas Tech University March 29. He will be talking about free speech and flag burning, 50 years later.

Michelle Hanlon, associate director for the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, and instructor at the UM School of Law, gave a presentation earlier this month on Space Law at MidSouthCon in Memphis.

Prof. Stotler Moderates Space Governance Panel at UN in New York

Associate Director of the Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law Charles Stotler moderated a panel on ‘The Outer Space Governance Framework” as part of a UNIDIR Space Security Workshop held at the United Nations in New York in January.

The workshop served as a primer for an informal consultative meeting of UN delegates convened to share their views on the work of a Group of Governmental Experts on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space. The informal meeting was mandated by UN General Assembly as a means for all UN member States to engage in interactive discussions on potential elements of a legal instrument addressing the prevention of an arms race in outer space and the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space.

The panel featured Jessica West, program officer with project plowshares and Daniel Porras, space security fellow with UNIDIR. The panelists were joined by Laura Grego, senior scientist for the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Air and Space Law Professor Speaks on Protecting Human Heritage in Space


Michelle Hanlon, associate director for the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, and instructor at the UM School of Law, addressed the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on Feb. 14 in Vienna. Hanlon is also the co-founder of the For All Moonkind, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving human heritage in outer space.

Hanlon appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition Feb. 21 to discuss the protection of human heritage in outer space.

Hanlon’s article, “Protecting Human Heritage: Don’t Let ‘One Small Step’ Become One Giant Mistake,” recently appeared in The Conversation. It has since been picked up by other publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle.