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  • May. 29, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "What Judicial Opinions can tell us about the Gender Roles and Biases of Judges" for the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in May 2020. The paper presents empirical evidence of judge gender roles and biases on the federal courts of appeals.

  • May. 29, 2020

    Miriam Seifter's new co-authored article, "The Democracy Principle in State Constitutional Law" (with Jessica Bulman-Pozen), is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review.

  • May. 19, 2020

    Jeff Glazer presented a virtual Lunch & Learn, "Legal Advice for Startups," in May. The event was part of a series for small businesses in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin.

  • May. 15, 2020

    In May, Miriam Seifter spoke at “Federalism: Friend or Foe? Federal & State Authority to Fight COVID-19,” an event sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

  • May. 11, 2020

    David Schwartz's post, "Presidential Elections in the House?," appears on the Constitutional law blog, Balkinization. Schwartz's article offers preview and commentary on the "Faithless Electors" case to be argued in the Supreme Court on May 13, 2020.

  • May. 7, 2020

    Alexandra Huneeus's article, "Territory as a Victim of Colombia's War," was published in EJIL:Talk!, a blog of the European Journal of International Law.

  • May. 5, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi's article, "Abortion in South Asia, 1860-1947: A medico-legal history," was published in Modern Asian Studies in May 2020.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Steph Tai's amicus brief (co-authored with Royal Gardner, Erin Okuno, Kathleen Gardner, and Christopher Greer) was cited by the Supreme Court in its April 2020 County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund (PDF) decision. The brief was written in support of the respondents, who prevailed in the ruling.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Alta Charo was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine's new Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which is tasked with rapid response to Health & Human Services and White House questions, and with looking into responses to future threats. Charo co-chairs the working group looking at issues in which science, law and ethics converge, such as how to responsibly open workplaces, how to reduce racial disparities in outcomes or overall how to better structure the public health system.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Elizabeth Mertz appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Researching Law, published by the American Bar Foundation. The issue is devoted to the origins of the modern criminal justice paradigm and the ABF Survey on Criminal Justice Foundation. It celebrates ABF's foundational connection with UW Law, and its influence on pioneering works by Frank Remington and Herman Goldstein.

  • Apr. 28, 2020

    Bill Whitford's article, “Failing to Respect the Passive Virtues: A Critique of RNC v. DNC,” was published on the Election Law Blog in April 2020.

  • Apr. 27, 2020

    Mitch was elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin's policy-making body, the Board of Governors. He will represent District 9 for a two-year term.

  • Apr. 22, 2020

    Keith Findley was appointed to Madison's new Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee. The committee was created following a comprehensive four-year study of local police force policies, practices and procedures by the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee, which Findley co-chaired.

  • Apr. 22, 2020

    In April 2020, Sumudu Atapattu participated in the webinar "Law at the Intersection of Human Rights and the Environment," organized by the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. She spoke on climate displacement, refugees and human rights.

  • Apr. 20, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented "Interjurisdictional Interpretation" at the Michigan Junior Scholars Conference, which was presented by the University of Michigan Law School in April 2020.

  • Apr. 17, 2020

    Gretchen Viney presented a Continuing Legal Education webinar for public defenders and private defense lawyers, in which she explained the role of the guardian ad litem in children's court (Chapter 48) cases.

  • Apr. 14, 2020

    Sarah Davis and Marsha Mansfield (along with their technology partner Nicole Bradick) presented "LIFT Dane: Technology-driven legal assistance to clear civil legal barriers" at the 2020 Self-Represented Litigation Conference, held in Nashville in March 2020.

  • Apr. 10, 2020

    Alta Charo gave a panel presentation on the ethics of using untested drug treatments for the National Academies of Medicine webinar series, "COVID-19 Conversations: Emerging Evidence on Spread and Treatment." Watch the full webinar.

  • Apr. 9, 2020

    Gretchen Viney wrote "Solutions: What Happens When an Adult Can't Pay for a Guardian?" for the April 2020 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer.

  • Apr. 7, 2020

    Alta Charo has been named to the newly formed National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues Associated with Neural Chimeras and Organoids.

  • Apr. 2, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu's article, “Climate change and displacement: protecting ‘climate refugees’ within a framework of justice and human rights,” was published in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, in March 2020.

  • Apr. 1, 2020

    Sarah Davis was lead discussant at a meeting of the National Quality Partners Action Team to Co-Design Patient-Centered Health Systems in March 2020. The group consists of experts and recognized leaders from the private and public sector committed to engaging patients as active partners to improve quality and patient safety.

  • Mar. 26, 2020

    In March 2020, Anne Smith participated on the webinar panel, "COVID-19: What local entrepreneurs need to know right now." The webinar was part of the Entrepreneurons series, which provides expert information for UW–Madison's startup community.

  • Mar. 9, 2020

    Alta Charo has been appointed to the COVID-19 ethics advisory committee for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The committee will convene weekly around urgent consultative needs and thematic issues, such as examining resource allocation, health care workers, institutional ethics and interagency impact on decision-making. UNMC is one of the few institutions that have received repatriated Americans for quarantine and isolation relating to the outbreak.

  • Mar. 9, 2020

    Steph Tai presented "A Scaffolding Approach to Environmental Justice" (co-written with Jayesh Patel) at the 2020 Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium titled "Race, Class and Environmental Justice." The article is forthcoming in the Detroit Mercy Law Review.

  • Mar. 6, 2020

    Robert Yablon's essay, "Political Advertising, Digital Platforms, and the Democratic Deficiencies of Self-Regulation," was published in a special election law compendium of Minnesota Law Review Headnotes.

  • Mar. 4, 2020

    Alta Charo was keynote speaker for "Cell Symposia: Gene- and Cell-Based Therapies: CRISPR, Stem Cells, and Beyond," held in San Francisco in March 2020. She spoke on the global governance of genome editing.

  • Feb. 28, 2020

    David Trubek was a panelist (along with Duncan Kennedy and Mark Tushnet, both of Harvard Law School) at "The Founding Moment (A Conversation)." The presentation was part of the Critical Legal Studies: Intellectual History of the Past and Present conference, held at Princeton University in February 2020.

  • Feb. 25, 2020

    Tonya Brito presented "A Civil Gideon Failure?" at Thinking About Law & Accessing Civil Justice, a February 2020 symposium sponsored by the UC Irvine Law Review.

  • Feb. 18, 2020

    Alta Charo has been appointed to the National Academy of Medicine's newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in health medicine (CESTI). The committee will bring together experts in diverse fields to assess the landscape of emerging scientific advances and technologies in health and medicine and address their potential societal, ethical, legal and workforce implications.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    Megan McDermott's essay, "The Crypto Quandary: Is Bankruptcy Ready?" is forthcoming in online and print editions of the Northwestern University Law Review. The essay explores the ways that digital assets such as Bitcoin are likely to complicate future consumer and business bankruptcies.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    Three articles written by students in Steph Tai's Contracts II class have been accepted for publication: Benjamin Eastman's "Amtrak and Freight Railroads: How Property Rights and Statuatory Mandates Control the Contractual Agreements Between Parties" in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy; Nicholas Enger's "Offers You Cannot Refuse: Post Hire Noncompete Agreement Insertions and Procedural Unconscionability Doctrine" in the Wisconsin Law Review; and Kris Turner's "Creating Contracts in a Vacuum: Space Mining and the Creation of Future Contract Law" in Natural Resources Journal.

  • Feb. 14, 2020

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gretchen Viney's petition to allow for double CLE credits for guest speakers in law school classes. The Court also extended the double-credit rule to all teachers in law schools.

  • Feb. 13, 2020

    Alta Charo's article, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad (Genome Editing) Wolf?", was published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, as part of a special February 2020 issue on genome editing.

  • Feb. 11, 2020

    Mitra Sharafi presented "South Asians and West Africans at the Inns of Court: Empire and Expulsion circa 1900" at two recent events: the Notre Dame Law School Faculty Colloquium in November 2019, and the The Victoria Colloquium at University of Victoria in British Columbia in January 2020.

  • Feb. 10, 2020

    Tonya Brito's book chapter, "Focused Ethnography: A Methodological Approach for Engaged Legal Research" (co-authored with Daanika Gordon and David J. Pate Jr.), appears in From the Ground Up: Legal Scholarship for the Urban Core.

  • Feb. 5, 2020

    Rebecca Zietlow reviewed Justin Simard's article, "Citing Slavery," for a February 2020 post on JOTWELL. Simard's article appeared in the most recent issue of Stanford Law Review.

  • Feb. 4, 2020

    Meg Gaines wrote “Changing the Game of Prior Authorization: The Patient Perspective” (with Donald Berwick and UW Law student Austin Auleta), for the February 2020 edition of JAMA.

  • Feb. 3, 2020

    Alta Charo was a featured speaker at the InnovationXLab Biomanufacturing Summit in January 2020. Charo's presentation was titled "U.S. vs. E.U.: Perspectives on Ethics in Biomanufacturing."

  • Feb. 3, 2020

    Jonathan Scharrer presented “Restorative Justice Applications in the Criminal Justice System” in February 2020, as part of UW-Madison’s Badger Talks series.

  • Jan. 31, 2020

    Steph Tai participated on a panel addressing environmental justice beyond the Rust Belt's urban core for a symposium titled, "The Green New Deal and Exurban Policy: Combating Suburban Inertia, Agribusiness Dominance, and the Erosion of Tribal Sovereignty." The symposium was held at the University of Dayton in January 2020.

  • Jan. 27, 2020

    David Schwartz published six posts on Legal History Blog as guest-blogger for the month of December 2019. He also debated his post on originalism with Michael Ramsey on The Originalism Blog.

  • Jan. 24, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu participated in the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Madrid, Spain, in December. She spoke at the Climate Law and Governance Day symposium on the theme “Strengthening Legal Foundations for Climate Ambition and Compliance.” She also spoke on two panels, “Advancing Future Global Responses to Climate Change through World-class Legal Research and Teaching” and “Intersection between Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Institutions) and the Paris Agreement.”

  • Jan. 21, 2020

    Richard Bilder's essay, "On the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)," was published in the American Journal of International Law in January 2020.

  • Jan. 20, 2020

    Steph Tai was elected to join the Center for Progressive Reform as a member scholar.

  • Jan. 17, 2020

    Keith Findley presented "Lessons from the Innocence Cases: Litigating Tunnel Vision," a webinar hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law in January 2020.

  • Jan. 14, 2020

    Nina Varsava's article, "Human Subjects Research Without Consent: Duties to Return Individual Findings When Participation was Non-Consensual," was published in The American Journal of Bioethics in January 2020.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    Heinz Klug is chairing the search-and-screen committee to find a new UW Law dean. Other committee members include: Michelle Behnke, Roman Gierok, Erica Halverson, Alexandra Huneeus, Richard Monette, Yaron Nili, Kim Peterson, Howard Schweber, Mitra Sharafi, Susannah Tahk, Janice Toliver, Kathryn VandenBosch, Steven Wright, and Jason Yackee.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    Jeff Glazer was a co-presenter for “Ethics of Lawyering in a Digital World,” UW Law's January 2020 CLE workshop. Organized by the Law School's Office of Continuing Legal Education, the annual event is free to Wisconsin attorneys.

  • Jan. 13, 2020

    In January 2020, Erin Barbato gave a talk at Medical College of Wisconsin, as part of a Pediatric Grand Rounds program titled "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Immigrant and Border Health."

  • Jan. 10, 2020

    In December 2019, Sumudu Atapattu was invited to speak on a panel addressing climate change and human rights at the international conference, “Advocating Human Rights in the 21st Century,” organized by the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany.

  • Jan. 10, 2020

    Steph Tai presented "Farming Away from Home: Exploring State Support for Refugee Farmers" at the January 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

  • Jan. 7, 2020

    Nina Varsava presented two talks at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting, held in Washington, D.C., in January. For the Law as Data session, she presented "What Can Judicial Opinions (and Computational Legal Studies) Tell Us about the Gender Roles of Judges?," and for the Law and Interpretation session, she presented "Do Interpretive Rules 'Exceed the Limits of Stare Decisis?'"

  • Jan. 6, 2020

    Bonnie Shucha participated on a panel at the January 2020 AALS Annual Meeting titled "Measuring Scholarly Impact: Are Citation Metrics the Right Fit for Law Schools?" Others on the panel included Shane Marmion, president of William S. Hein & Co., Gregory Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Law, and Gregory Sisk, University of St. Thomas School of Law.

  • Jan. 2, 2020

    Sumudu Atapattu’s chapter titled “Environmental Justice, Climate Justice and Constitutionalism: Protecting Vulnerable States and Communities” was published in 2019 in the Research Handbook on Global Climate Constitutionalism, edited by Jordi Jaria-Manzano and Susana Borras, published by Edward Elgar.


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