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January 28, 2015

Professor Dillbary To Address Second International Law and Economics Conference

Professor Shahar Dillbary has accepted an invitation to serve as a keynote speaker at the Second International Law and Economics Conference (ILEC), which will take place in May in Turkey. Last year the U.S. keynote speakers were Professors Robert Cooter (Berkeley) and William Kovacic (George Washington University and former FTC Chairman).

January 28, 2015

Professor Delgado Defends Use Of His Book In Course, Criticizes Fox Network

After a Fox News host said an Arizona State University course studies whiteness and stokes anti-white resentment among students, Professor Richard Delgado, whose book is listed on the syllabus, criticized the news network.

“I think Fox’s main criticism is absurd,” Delgado recently told HuffPost. “Critical race theory — at least in my view of it — is not fixated on white people. Fox should realize it is just not about them and their favorite audience.”

Delgado said critical race theory aims to provide a better understanding of race relations.

“It’s about racism, it’s about power, it’s about influence, it’s about law — about how law shapes and instructs racism and racial relations in this country, what causes it to change,” Delgado said.

For more, read “Scholars To Fox News: Writing About White People Doesn’t Make You Racist.”

January 28, 2015

Professor Krotoszynski Weighs In On Justice Roy Moore’s Letter to Gov. Bentley

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, in a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley, encouraged state judges to ignore a federal ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Professor Ronald Krotoszynski told Reuters that Moore’s letter carries little legal weight because federal law trumps state law.

“There is no credible legal argument that an order from a federal judge with jurisdiction over the matter isn’t binding on a state government,” he said.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade recently issued an order prohibiting Attorney General Luther Strange from enforcing Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, but she placed a two-week stay on the ruling while Strange’s office crafts an appeal. The stay is set to expire Feb. 9.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry or whether states are allowed to ban gay marriage. A ruling is expected in June.

For more, read  “Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Encourages Defiance On Gay Marriage Ruling.”

January 27, 2015

Law School Welcomes Major Gifts Officer

The Law School welcomes Caroline Strawbridge to the Office of Advancement as the major gifts officer. Strawbridge is a 1997 graduate of the School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in communication from UA.
“She brings to the job an impressive resume of relevant experience and a deep knowledge of the Law School and our alumni,” said Dean Mark E. Brandon. “I’m looking forward to working with her.  Please take the opportunity to welcome her back to the Law School.”
January 27, 2015

Bounds Library Launches Special Collections Blog

Litera Scripta will share books, manuscripts, and artifacts.  Bounds preserves and catalogs documents and objects, with an eye to the evolution of common law. Its primary focus is on legal history in Alabama; but it is also interested in law and society in the South and the nation, in the English roots of constitutionalism and the rule of law, and in the history of the civil law.
January 27, 2015

Law School To Host Reunion Honoring Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Law Clerks

The Law School will host a reunion honoring former law clerks honoring former Law Clerks of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. on Feb. 27-28.

Former law clerks will attend the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Symposium, participate in a special lunch and dinner, and tour The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
January 27, 2015

Students Win Moot Court Award

Queena Ruffin and Brittney Wormely, both 3Ls, recently participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Compeition in Columbia, South Carolina, and received the Best Brief of the Petitioner award.
January 27, 2015

Professor Hobbs Comments On Alabama’s Same-sex Marriage Decision

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade recently issued an order prohibiting Attorney General Luther Strange from enforcing Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, but she placed a two-week stay on the ruling while Strange’s office crafts an appeal.

The stay is set to expire Feb. 9, but Professor Steven Hobbs told The Anniston Star that Granade could extend it or an appeals court cold grant a separate stay and put the issue on hold until June.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry or whether states are allowed to ban gay marriage. A ruling is expected in June.

For more, read “Same-sex Alabama Couples Await Appeals Court, Supreme Court Decisions.”

 

 

January 22, 2015

Assistant Dean Of Admissions Wins Patriot Award

Becca Brady, Assistant Dean for Admissions, was recently awarded the Patriot Award by Bret Hedrick, the Alabama Area Chair for Employer Support of the Guard, on behalf of the Department of Defense. She was honored for fully recognizing and honoring the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) as well as showing support for our country’s Service members and their families.

January 20, 2015

Professor Carodine Says BP Trial Judge Will Be Mindful Of Earlier Gross Negligence Ruling In Assessing Fine

Professor Montre Carodine recently said on NPR’s “Morning Edition” that the BP trial judge will be mindful of his earlier gross negligence ruling when assessing the fine BP must pay for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has ruled that BP’s decisions and willful misconduct are to blame for the oil spill.

“When he’s thinking about how much money ultimately to impose, he’s going to be thinking about that testimony that led him to believe that BP acted with gross negligence,” Carodine said.

For more, read “U.S. District Judge To Calculate BP’s Fine For Gulf Oil Spill.”