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    Faculty Notes: Winter/Spring 2014

    Professor and Director of the Health Law Institute Thaddeus Pope, along with David Casarett, M.D., associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and chief medical officer of Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, have been awarded a grant from the Greenwall Foundation to outline Ethical and Legal Obligations of Hospice Staff When Their Patients Receive Aid in Dying. The overarching goal of the work will be to address and provide model ethical guidelines to the hospice industry. The grant is part of the Greenwall Foundation’s grant series, "Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas."

    Professor David Allen Larson was interviewed for WCCO News’ Good Question segment regarding President Obama's plan to have the Department of Labor revise the regulations that describe which employees are exempt from the overtime wage protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Professor Larson identified which employees are exempt and explained why that designation is so contentious.

    Professor Thaddeus Pope and health law student Amanda West had their article, Legal Briefing: Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking published in the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

    Professor Marie Failinger was recently published in two different publications. Her keynote address, Twenty-Five Years of Law and Religion Scholarship: Some Reflections was published in the Touro Law Review and her keynote address entitled, Parallel Justice: Creating Causes of Action for Mandatory Mediation was published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

    Associate Professor Laura Hermer has been selected by Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. In connection with a new medical-legal partnership between Hamline Law and St. Paul’s United Family Medicine, Hermer will work with medical practitioners and Hamline Law students in a medical-law clinic to develop a new Hamline Law course examining the interrelationships between law, socioeconomic determinants of health, and public health. The medical-legal partnership will offer legal services to lower-income United Family Medicine patients who have legal needs that directly or indirectly impact their health.

    Professor Marie Failinger has been named an Attorney of the Year for 2013 by Minnesota Lawyer magazine for her work as a co-founder of the Infinity Project, an organization that strives to bring gender equality to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Failinger and Judge Mary Vasaly, Jeanette Bazis, and Lisa Brabbit were recognized at an official ceremony on February 20, 2014. The Attorneys of the Year Awards annually honor the best in the legal professional. The 2013 award winners come from diverse practice groups including criminal law, litigation, public service, intellectual property and in-house legal departments.

    Professor Sharon Press has been asked to write a regular featured column for the magazine of the Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association with Chicago attorney Paul M. Lurie. The magazine is called On Professional Practice. The first column was published in the Winter 2014 edition and is entitled Protecting Confidential Information in Commercial Mediations.

    Professors Peter Thompson and James Coben have published Where Mediation is Concerned, Sometimes There Ought Not To Be a Law in the Winter 2014 issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine, the American Bar Association’s flagship publication. The article, co-authored by Nancy Rogers, Sarah Cole, and Craig McEwen synthesizes key themes about mediation regulation raised in the authors’ mediation treatise, Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice published by Thomson Reuters.

    Professor David Allen Larson was recently interviewed by KSTP 5 Eyewitness ABC TV News regarding the tentative agreement between the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and the Saint Paul School District. Larson declined to identify either party as a winner or loser in the labor contract negotiation, describing the agreement as a compromise. For example, the agreed upon $22 million salary increase is halfway between the union's demand for $28 million and the district's $16 million offer. The interview was part of the lead story for the 10 p.m. newscast on February 24, 2014.

    Former Hamline Law Professor Linda Rusch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Conference on Contracts.

    Professor Mary Jo Hunter was chosen co-chair of the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She will have a special opportunity to further the diversity efforts of the largest section of the AALS. With Hunter, a Native-American, and Rutgers School of Law-Newark’s Charles I. Auffant, a Latino, installed as 2013-2014 co-chairs, the clinical section is headed for the first time in its history by two persons of color. Furthermore, the appointment of Allison Bethel to the section’s executive committee ensures the presence of an African-American voice in the section’s leadership. The AALS is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government, other national higher education organizations, learned societies and international law schools.

    Professor David Allen Larson has been invited to chair a session at the 2014 International Conference on Cyberjustice at the University of Montreal School. Larson's session will immediately follow the opening remarks by the chief justice of Canada. The colloquium is part of a multidisciplinary international network of researchers focused on cyberjustice.

    Professor James Coben served as a member of the external review committee charged with examining the University of Oregon law school’s conflict resolution program. Professor Coben was also selected to lead the April 2014 external inspection team evaluation of the University of Massachusetts, Boston's conflict resolution master’s program.

    Professor David Allen Larson is one of the two parties whose request to file a brief amicus curiae on behalf of appellant Western Digital Corporation was granted by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    Professor Sharon K. Sandeen recently presented a continuing legal education program (CLE) to the Hennepin County Bar Association, Business & Securities Section on the topic of intellectual property for non-intellectual properties attorneys. The presentation was based upon the book she edited for the American Bar Association titled, The IP Deskbook for Business Lawyers.

    Professor Ann Tweedy and student John Medeiros, presented at the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association's annual conference on Marriage Equality in the Cultural Context.

    Professor David Allen Larson supervised the final rounds of the American Bar Association Law Student Division National Arbitration Competition in Chicago, Illinois on January 24 and 25. Larson is one of the three faculty members from American law schools who review and revise the hypothetical problem that is used each year, update the rules of the competition, and administer the regional and national finals.

    Professor Ann Tweedy presented in New York City on tribal laws and same-sex marriage at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, as part of the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Issues (SOGII) Section Program. Professor Tweedy also presented on employment discrimination against bisexuals at St. Louis University School of Law's Faculty Colloquium on January 15. Professor Tweedy was elected Chair Elect of the AALS Section on Indian Nations & Indigenous Peoples Section, and was also elected Member at Large of the AALS SOGII Section.

    Professor Ann Tweedy published the article How Allotment-Era Literature Can Inform Current Controversies About Tribal Jurisdiction and Reservation Diminishment in the University of Toronto Quarterly v 82, no. 4, at 924 (2013). It was an invited piece for a special issue on law and literature.

    Business Professor and Law School Dispute Resolution Institute Senior Fellow Ken Foxwas the invited instructor and presenter for several specially scheduled events in Kochi (Cochin), India, December 19 - 23. Fox taught a two-day advanced conflict management and mediation workshop for 70 experienced mediators, lawyers and judges from across India, under the auspices of the High Court of Kerala and its Legal Services Authority. He was also the keynote speaker at the end-of-year Kerala Chamber of Commerce gathering at which he also ceremonially inaugurated its new Arbitration, Conciliation, and Mediation service. Finally, he was the invited guest speaker for a special interactive session on Alternative Dispute Resolution with lawyers and judges of the High Court of Kerala.

    Professors James Coben and Peter Thompson have published the 2013-2014 edition of Mediation: Law, Policy & Practice, the treatise they co-author with Nancy Rogers, Sarah Cole, and Craig McEwen. Published by Thomson Reuters, the treatise is designed for use by judges, legislators, and practicing attorneys and provides comprehensive analysis of mediation law developments, cases, statutes, and the mediation process itself.

    Professor Thaddeus Pope was elected chair-elect of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

    Professor Thaddeus Pope has joined as a co-author on the Third Edition of the Wolters-Kluwer treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decision Making.

    Associate Professor Laura Hermer was interviewed by James Nord for an article in the MinnPost on the state's MNSure contract with Maximus.

    Associate Professor Laura Hermer presented an invited paper at the 2014 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New York City on January 3.

    Legal Studies Professor Jeanne Kosieradzki was interviewed by Minnesota Lawyer regarding the new eDiscovery Program at Hamline.

    Professor Sharon K. Sandeen, an expert in intellectual property law, was recently interviewed by KSTP television for a story on Gander Mountain's recent lawsuit against Cabela's. Among other allegations, the lawsuit includes claims for trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

    Associate Professor Mary B. Trevor presented, Practical Pointers: Incorporating Drafting into the First-Year LRW Curriculum at Suffolk University Law School (Boston, MA) on December 6 as part of a One Day Legal Writing Institute Workshop on The Evolving Legal Writing Classroom.