FACULTY FILE: ACTIVITIES

John F. Banzhaf III helped introduce a 50 percent smoker surcharge into the Affordable Care Act that has helped lead to a decrease in smoking; his work also helped lead to bans on e-cigarette use in no-smoking sections in many cities. He attracted three former FCC commissioners to his project to ban the word “Redskins” from the nation’s airwaves. The legal movement he helped start that sues food companies for misrepresentation is expanding, and is likely to explode because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Professor Banzhaf appeared frequently on radio and TV, both here and in many other countries, and was quoted in more than 100 publications on topics ranging from “stand your ground” laws and capital punishment to law school reform.

During the past year, Paul Schiff Berman gave 12 invited presentations: in Germany at Humboldt University, the University of Bremen, and the University of Bonn; in the Netherlands at the University of Tilburg and the University of Rotterdam; in the United Kingdom at the University of London; in Canada at York University and the University of Windsor; and at a special roundtable on “Theorizing Law in the Transnational and the Global,” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting.

Francesca Bignami, together with Professor David Zaring of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, convened a two-day book conference at GW Law in 2014 on their forthcoming volume, Research Handbook on Comparative Law and Regulation. She participated on the following panels: “The Administrative State, the Rule of Law, and Democracy: Comparative Models of Judicial Review” at the Conference on Comparative Law and Regulation at GW Law (January 2014); “Conflict and Cooperation in the Privacy Sector” at the Symposium on New Approaches to International Regulatory Cooperation at New York University School of Law (February 2014); “The Legal Environment and Institutional Origins: Comparative Law and the Rise of the European Court of Justice” at the EU Roundtable at Columbia Law School (April 2014); “The Administrative State, the Rule of Law, and Democracy: Comparative Models of Judicial Review” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in Minneapolis (June 2014); and was a commentator for the panels “EU Institutions: Democratization and Constitutionalization” at the Conference on EU Law Stories at American University Washington College of Law (March 2014) and “International Administrative Law in a Plural Legal Order: The Future of International Administrative Law” at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (April 2014).

Christopher A. Bracey lectured on “Constitutional Conversations in Contested Times” and introduced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at GW’s annual Constitution Day Event. He also spoke at a universitywide interdisciplinary event at GW—”Framing Ferguson: A Panel and Audience Discussion of the Michael Brown Shooting.”

In January Neil H. Buchanan gave a keynote speech at the Australian Tax Teachers’ Association annual meeting in Brisbane, Australia, after which he delivered an invited speech to the Japan Tax Association in Tokyo. Professor Buchanan also made presentations at the Critical Tax Conference in April and the Law and Society Conference in May. In June he was a commentator on three panels at the Tax Justice and Human Rights conference at McGill University in Montreal.

Arturo J. Carrillo was a participant in the 2013 Learning Forum co-sponsored by The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy in Brussels, Belgium. In November he was an invited expert at the “Workshop on Human Rights Law Clinics in Comparative Perspective: United States, Latin America, and Africa,” a module in a training program on “Establishing, Running, and Growing a Public Interest/Human Rights Law Clinic,” sponsored by the Human Rights Development Initiative in Pretoria, South Africa. He was a panelist for “Does the World Need More Crimes Against Humanity Legislation?” held at GW Law in October 2013. Professor Carrillo and students launched their latest International Human Rights Clinic report, “Comparative Law Study and Analysis of National Legislation Relating to Crimes Against Humanity and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction” (2014).

Steve Charnovitz co-presented a paper on energy subsidies and trade law at the Workshop on World Trade Organization Caselaw at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and spoke on a panel for the International Labour Organization at the Conference on Work at the University of Montreal. With the increasing attention to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, he gave a talk on TTIP models to the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, and participated in a panel at GW Law commenting on presentations by European and U.S. negotiators. He also assisted the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program by giving a lecture on trade adjustment assistance to visitors from Russia.


Bradford R. Clark’s 2012 article with co-author Professor A.J. Bellia of Notre Dame Law School, “The Law of Nations as Constitutional Law,” was one of only four featured articles at a University of Virginia Law School symposium celebrating the “Best of the Virginia Law Review” for the 100th anniversary of the journal.

Jessica L. Clark completed a two-year visiting professorship at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Clark was recently promoted to lead editor at the Legal Communication & Rhetoric: Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and she is co-chair of the Idea Bank Committee, Legal Writing Institute.

In April, Donald C. Clarke testified on Capitol Hill before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about “Understanding China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates: Personal Accounts and Perspectives,” which can be viewed at 1.usa.gov/1kt3tPL. He moderated a panel on “Wider Implications of Asian Maritime Tensions,” at the Mansfield Foundation conference on Maritime and Territorial Disputes in East Asian Waters in Washington, D.C., and was a speaker at Third Annual China Intellectual Property Conference.

In June, Charles B. Craver taught a weeklong session at GW Law on negotiating skills to a group from the Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. In May he made a plenary presentation on “Supreme Court Labor and Employment Decisions” at the Upper Midwest Labor and Employment Law Conference in Minneapolis and a plenary presentation on “The Ethics of Negotiation and Bargaining” at the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference in Seattle. He also made presentations on Effective Legal Negotiations to legal groups in several locations around the country.

In May, Lawrence A. Cunningham presented a paper and commented on others’ papers at Columbia Law School in preparation of a multivolume treatise on the state of corporate law forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Christy H. DeSanctis was invited to participate on several panels at the AALS Meeting for New Law Teachers in June and to speak about the importance of both intra- and extra-institutional service and commitments in forming relationships within the legal writing academy and the larger legal academy.

Laura A. Dickinson spoke about her book Outsourcing War and Peace (Yale 2011) at a conference at Ohio State University.

Lisa M. Fairfax was an invited participant at the Investment Fund Roundtable at the University of Chicago Law School. She presented her paper on directors’ duties to monitor corporate wrongdoing at the Business and Economics Law Workshop at the University of Texas Law School. She was a panelist at a conference on the Competing Models of Corporate Governance at UCLA School of Law where she examined the impact of shareholder activism on corporate governance. Professor Fairfax was a participant at the Law and Capital Markets Seminar at the Ohio State College of Law where she spoke on the propriety of separating the board chair and CEO functions. She presented her paper on the relationship between increased shareholder activism and corporate governance to the faculties at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School in Scotland. She was co-organizer and a panelist at a conference critiquing cost-benefit analysis of financial regulation at GW Law, and she also organized and moderated the Center for Law Economics & Finance’s Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prize.

Roger Anthony Fairfax testified on federal criminal code reform before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Overcriminalization (to view the C-SPAN coverage, visit cs.pn/1tJljqR). Professor Fairfax presented research at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School in Scotland, Wake Forest University School of Law, and the Criminal Law Research Collective at the Vera Institute of Justice. He served as a panelist at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual meeting, the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, and Stanford in Washington. He delivered a lecture on criminal justice reform at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Iselin Gambert presented a series of workshops on strategies for providing effective written feedback to junior attorneys. The workshop audiences included LRW professors at the 2014 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, partners and senior lawyers at the Australian law firm of Clayton Utz, and supervising attorneys at Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne, Australia. She was also recently promoted to co-editor-in-chief of The Second Draft, the official magazine of the Legal Writing Institute.

In March Phyllis Goldfarb gave a presentation on “Demography and Democracy” at a Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law symposium titled “The End of Voting Rights?” In April she presented “Race, Exceptionalism, and the American Death Penalty” at New England Law School on a panel featuring Harvard Law School Professor Carol Steiker, Northeastern Law School Professor Michael Meltsner, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Evan Mandery, and U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor.

Robert L. Glicksman made conference presentations on wilderness management by the multiple-use agencies at “Wilderness at 50” at Lewis and Clark Law School; on adaptation to climate change by the multiple-use agencies at “The Role of Planning in Federal Land Management” at GW Law; on federal government responses to sea-level rise and coastal flooding at “Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise” at Nova Southeastern University Law Center; on agency dysfunction and environmental enforcement at the “Scholars Meeting of the Center for Progressive Reform” in New York; and on regulatory safeguards for ecosystem service markets at “Waters of the United States: Adapting Law for Degradation and Drought” at the University of Kansas School of Law. He also made presentations on federalism and renewable energy for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Daniel I. Gordon spoke at World Bank programs on procurement issues in Geneva, Switzerland, and Tunis, Tunisia, in November 2013. Senior Adviser Gordon and Steven L. Schooner spoke at procurement workshops conducted in China in September 2013 by the World Trade Organization. Professor Schooner spoke in Xi’an, and Mr. Gordon spoke in Beijing. While in China, Mr. Gordon also made a presentation to graduate students and met with the dean of the Central University for Finance and Economics where Professor Cao Fuguo, a regular lecturer and former Fulbright Scholar at GW Law, was his host.

Jeffrey S. Gutman and the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic successfully represented the family of a journalist captured abroad in helping them obtain a conservatorship over the journalist’s financial affairs. Professor Gutman recently completed his term on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. He continues to represent Donald Gates, Kirk Odom, and Santae Tribble, all wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not commit, in civil actions against the District of Columbia.

David M. Johnson made three presentations to international audiences during the first half of 2014. He discussed “U.S. Lessons to Consider When Implementing the New Buenos Aires Province Criminal Jury System” with judges, professors, and graduate students specializing in criminal law at the Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also taught “Introduction to U.S. Trial Advocacy” to the professor and students in a legal English course at the Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He was filmed by Voice of America, Chinese Service, for a discussion on U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings, which was translated into Chinese.

Susan R. Jones was a speaker on “Social Enterprises: Formation & Financing” at the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law in Asheville, N.C., in October 2013. She also presented on two panels, “Social Justice Through Social Entrepreneurship” and “Including Economic Justice in a Social Justice Teaching Agenda: The Role of Clinics Representing Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and Social Enterprises,” at the Global Alliance for Justice Education conference held at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India, in December. She was the keynote speaker at the October 2013 Joint Council Meeting of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty where she spoke on “The Role of Lawyers in Building Healthy Communities.” She was also a presenter on “Entrepreneurship and Reentry” at a November program co-sponsored by the U.S. Probation Office, the D.C. and Workforce Development Program, and American University Washington College of Law. During the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City in January she spoke at a program of the Section on Transactional Law and Skills titled “Value Creation by Business Lawyers in the 21st Century,” and presented a paper, “Viewing Value Creation by Business Lawyers Through the Lens of Transactional Legal Clinics,” which is forthcoming in the University of California, Davis Business Law Journal. In March she gave a talk on “Legal Clinics, Entrepreneurship, and Commerce,” at a program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, co-sponsored by the Community Legal Services Center, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo-Judicial and Political Sciences School, and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Industry and Commerce and its office of the Vice-Minister for the Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.

In November and May, Laird Kirkpatrick participated as a member of the Evidence Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners preparing final questions for the 2015 and 2016 Multistate Bar Examinations, which are expected to test more than 60,000 recent law graduates. As part of the Members Consultative Group, Professor Kirkpatrick also participated in the American Law Institute meeting in May, which considered a new draft of the “Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses.”

In January, Laurie S. Kohn trained the incoming and returning judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia’s Domestic Violence Unit. In April, she presented on a panel at the AALS Clinical Conference focusing on academic careers and professional transitions. At the annual Law and Society Conference in Minneapolis in May, she moderated and commentated on a roundtable about new books in family law.

In August, Cynthia Lee was invited to serve on the ABA’s Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws Advisory Committee. She served as the Fall 2013 Diversity Lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law’s Center for Social Justice and Public Service. She presented a paper last fall at the University of Iowa School of Law as part of its faculty workshop series. She spoke on a panel about self-defense at the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Fall Workshop in November. In January she was invited by several student organizations to speak about the shooting of Trayvon Martin at the University of Chicago Law School. Also in January she gave the final address at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at the University of Baltimore School of Law and spoke on a panel titled “Self-Defense, Stand Your Ground Laws, and the Shooting of Trayvon Martin,” at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City. In March she presented a paper on the trans panic defense at the University of California at Davis School of Law as part of its faculty workshop series. In April she spoke on a panel about intentional homicide hosted at Texas Tech School of Law’s annual criminal law symposium and on “The Interplay of Race, Gender, Class, Crime and Justice” at the University of California, Irvine School of Law’s Center for Law, Equality, and Race.

Gregory E. Maggs spoke about the Supreme Court’s recent criminal law and procedure cases at the Fulton Military Judges Conference in September. He also participated in a panel discussion in January at the Federalist Society’s Annual Faculty Conference on the question “Are Agencies Entitled to Deference in Determining the Limits of Their Own Power?”

In November, Joan Meier hosted a successful 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project (DV LEAP), the nonprofit organization she founded. GW Law was a co-sponsor and was given special recognition in thanks for its generous support over the years. In May she was a panelist at the APA–ABA Conference on Confronting Community and Family Violence, speaking on “An Evidence-Based Approach to Cross-Allegations of Alienation and Abuse.” Also in May she spoke at a roundtable at the Law and Society conference about her holistic domestic violence legal clinic and at the Themis Justice Recognition Reception held on Capitol Hill to honor public officials who have shown outstanding leadership on child safety. In June she received a favorable decision in EC v. RCM of Washington, Inc., a case of first impression in the D.C. Court of Appeals, favorably construing D.C.’s new unemployment compensation and domestic violence statute. At the invitation of the Legal Aid Society, DV LEAP produced a key amicus brief and participated in oral argument in the case. In 2013 DV LEAP was honored by the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program at its Volunteer Recognition annual reception.

Blake D. Morant, dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, delivered the 2014 Huffman Lecture at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Sean D. Murphy attended the May–July 2014 session of the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. He lectured on “Punishing Crimes Against Humanity in the 21st Century” at the University of Alabama Law School in March and appeared on panels in April concerning “Treaty Survival” at GW Law and “Aggression and the Use of Force” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. Professor Murphy also participated in meetings of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy, in September 2013; the State Department Advisory Committee on Public International Law in Washington, D.C., held at GW Law in June; and the American Law Institute on the Restatement (Fourth) of U.S. Foreign Relations Law in Philadelphia in February.

In May, Dawn C. Nunziato was part of “First Amendment Implications of the Regulation of Broadband Providers, Search Engines, and Social Media Sites” at George Mason University School of Law’s Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media. In June she spoke on “The New Equilibrium for Balancing Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Information, and the Right to Informational Privacy” at the Conference of Experts on the Protection of Information and the Right to Privacy, organized by the UNESCO chair in information and computer ethics, at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. In October 2013, she was on the panel “U.S. Internet Policy on Regulating Content and Protecting the Free Flow of Information on the Internet,” which was part of the distinguished delegation from Shandong, China, hosted by the U.S.–China Business Training Center. Also in October, she spoke on “Protecting the Free Flow of Information on the Internet” as part of a distinguished delegation from the People’s Republic of China seminar on “Internet Policy, Governmental Internet Strategies, and New Media in the United States,” hosted by GW’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. In February she spoke on “The Continued Efficacy of First Amendment Precedent and Values in the Internet Age” at the Harvard Law Review Symposium on Freedom of the Press. In March, she was a moderator and commentator on an expert panel on “ICT Industry Policy Making on Free Expression and Privacy,” hosted by GW Law’s Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project.

In November, Lee Paddock presented a paper on “Regional Environmental Enforcement Networks in the United States” at an International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement conference in Brussels and a paper on “Private Environmental Regulation” to an American Society of International Law–European Society of International Law conference in Geneva, Switzerland. In May, he presented a paper on hydraulic fracturing in the United States, comparing the practices in Pennsylvania with proposed regulations for New York state, at an International Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, Resources, and Infrastructure Law conference in Berlin and at a symposium at Oxford University.

Scott B. Pagel served on the ABA Standards Review Committee, which has been tasked with a comprehensive revision of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. He also served as chair of the ABA site team conducting a sabbatical inspection of the Duquesne University School of Law. He was appointed chair of the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology for 2014.

Richard J. Pierce Jr. testified before congressional committees on FCC regulatory reform and the Social Security disability decision making process, taught a course on the U.S. legal system to Cambodian judges, and chaired a program on the presidential role in agency rulemaking at an ABA meeting.

Peter Raven-Hansen argued an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an action brought by victims of terrorism under the civil remedy provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act in addition to dispositive motions in similar cases in U.S. District Court. He participated in a panel on “Teaching the Lawyer’s Role in the National Security Process” at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s Fourth Annual Seminar on Teaching National Security Law, held in Charlottesville, Virginia, and moderated a panel on “Prospects for Reform of FISA” in a program on “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance in an Era of ‘Big Data’: Is There a Need to Recalibrate Boundaries?”, co-sponsored by GW Law and the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Stephen A. Saltzburg has been serving as a special master for Chief Judge David Herndon of the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois in a multidistrict litigation involving lawsuits against Bayer and its birth control drugs, Yaz and Yasmin. Thousands of cases have already been settled in the litigation.

Joan Schaffner presented her paper, “Blackfish and Public Outcry: A Unique Political and Legal Opportunity for Fundamental Change to the Legal Protection of Cetaceans in the United States,” at the international roundtable Animal Law: International Perspectives in December in Coolangatta, Australia. The papers from the conference will be compiled in a book and published in 2015.

In February, Lisa M. Schenck was appointed by the Department of Defense (DoD) general counsel to serve without compensation for a three-year term on the Uniform Code of Military Justice Code Committee, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 946, as one of two non-DoD civilian members identified by statute as “a recognized authority in military justice or criminal law.” The Code Committee conducts an annual review and recommends changes to the secretary of defense, president, and Congress to improve military justice. The secretary of defense also appointed her as an unpaid special government employee to the DoD’s Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP) Victim Services Subcommittee. In 2013, the secretary of the Air Force appointed Associate Dean Schenck an unpaid special government employee to participate in the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board’s recent chartered study, “The Combating of Sexual Assault.” 

Steven L. Schooner delivered the keynote address, “Combating Corruption in Public Procurement: Global Challenge, Domestic Concerns, and Solutions,” at the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Forum on Tackling Corruption and Collusion in Public Procurement: Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City, Panama, in September 2013. In October, he presented a keynote luncheon address at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s 2013 fall training conference, “The New Federal Market,” in Falls Church, Va. In November, Professor Schooner discussed “Failed Government…. Budget Uncertainty…. Declining Spending… And Business As Usual,” at the Army Judge Advocate General School’s annual symposium, now called the Contract and Fiscal Law New Developments Course, in Charlottesville, Va. In December he gave a luncheon talk to the Procurement Division of the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington, D.C. 

In June, Joshua I. Schwartz, together with Susan L. Karamanian, presented commentary on the Supreme Court’s May decision in Hall v. Florida, concerning the application of the death penalty to mentally handicapped defendants, at GW Law’s Summer Workshop Series. In August, with co-author Christopher R. Yukins, Professor Schwartz presented their paper “The EU and the U.S.—Two Procurement Regimes Separated by a Common Language” at the Sixth International Public Procurement Conference held in Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Selmi delivered “Title VII at 50” before the Labor Law Group at Cornell University in June and “Caregiving and Parenthood 2014: A Retrospective” at Denver University’s symposium on “Revisiting Sex Discrimination” in January.

Jonathan R. Siegel organized more than 100 law professors to oppose a potential change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently proposed eliminating the “Appendix on Forms” currently in the Rules. Professor Siegel argued, “The forms are more needed than ever to serve as models for lawyers and judges of just how simple and brief complaints can be under the federal rules.”

Jessica K. Steinberg presented a paper on an empirical access to justice project at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and the Law and Society conference. Professor Steinberg also served as the chair of the Poverty Law Section of the AALS this past year. 

In April, Sonia Suter presented her paper “The First Amendment and Physician Speech in Reproductive Decision Making” as part of the Northeastern University School of Law conference, A Clash of Rights: Free Speech and Reproductive Autonomy.

Jessica Tillipman spoke at the September 2013 Food and Drug Law Institute’s Advertising and Promotion Conference about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In November, she made a presentation during a program titled “Integrity in Aid-Financed Procurement—A Look at Anti-Corruption Standards for Aid-Financed Procurement,” during the World Bank Group’s Law, Justice, and Development Week. In December she made a presentation at the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association Annual Conference during a program titled “Protecting the Whistleblower.” She also spoke about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference, in a panel discussion titled “Criminal and Civil Enforcement: Domestic and International Developments.” Also in December, she moderated a panel on the U.N. Convention Against Corruption at a program hosted by GW Law and spoke about Edward Snowden and the sufficiency of government whistleblower protections at the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association Annual Conference. In January she moderated a panel discussion for the ABA regarding the SEC, CFTC, and IRS whistleblower offices. In March, she made a presentation on the corruption risks associated with foreign military sales at the Federal Procurement Institute, and later that month made a presentation on legislative and litigation developments in suspension and debarment before the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committees. In May, she made a presentation at the World Bank Colloquium on Suspension & Debarment about debarment due process standards.

Jessica Tillipman and Christopher R. Yukins moderated two panel discussions during a daylong conference titled “The International Fight Against Corruption: Are the OECD and UN Conventions Achieving Their Objectives?” at GW Law in December.

The James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center’s Symposium on “Class Actions and Access to Justice,” organized and hosted by Roger H. Trangsrud, resulted in 17 papers by leading scholars and practitioners of class action litigation, which were published in Volume 82, Issue 3 of the George Washington University Law Review and in the inaugural issue of Arguendo, the Law Review’s new digital publication.

In February Jonathan Turley testified before the House Judiciary Committee for its hearing “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” which explored the options for Congress in resisting the encroachment of executive power, something Professor Turley was critical of under President George W. Bush and that has expanded under President Barack Obama. In July, he gave expert testimony on the same topic to the House Rules Committee for its hearing “House Will Defend the Constitution Against Presidential Overreach.”

Jessica A. Wentz was selected to give a presentation at the 2014 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium on “Scaling Up Local Solutions: Creating an Enabling Legal Framework for Public and Private Investment in Microgrids.” Professor Wentz is also the lead on the Community of Practice on Sustainable Energy for All (part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development) where she recently created a website and legal resource database for the community.

In December, Arthur E. Wilmarth Jr. participated in a panel discussion analyzing the Federal Reserve System’s responses to financial crises at a GW conference commemorating the Federal Reserve’s centennial. He is currently assisting the Volcker Alliance’s Project on Structural Reform of the Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies.

In May, Christopher R. Yukins, Daniel I. Gordon, Steven L. Schooner, and Joshua I. Schwartz served together on a panel titled “The New WTO Government Procurement Agreement—Its Impact on World Procurement Markets,” part of an event co-sponsored by GW Law and the International Procurement Committees of the ABA Section of International Law and the ABA Public Contract Law Section.

 

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