November 6, 2013

Professor Krotoszynski Elected to the American Law Institute


Professor Ronald J. Krotoszynski, John S. Stone Chairholder of Law and Director of Faculty Research, was elected to serve as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).  The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, in model statues, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures.

Professor Krotoszynski had previously clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and was an associate with Covington & Burling, DC. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law, he served on the law faculty at Washington and Lee University and, prior to that, on the law faculty of the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.

He also has taught as a visiting professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, at the Florida State University College of Law, and at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Krotoszynski has held appointments as a visiting scholar in residence at the University of Washington-Seattle School of Law, the Seattle University School of Law, and the Lewis and Clark School of Law.

EDUCATION: Emory University, B.A.; Emory University, M.A.; Duke University, J.D.; Duke University, LL.M.


Other Alabama Law Faculty ALI members include:

William S. Brewbaker III

Camille W. Cook

Bryan K. Fair

Charles W. Gamble

William H. Henning

Thomas L. Jones

Click here to read the full ALI press release.

November 4, 2013

Student Wins First Place in Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Writing Competition

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Art Richey, a 3L student, won first place in the 2013 Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Writing Competition.  The competition called for essays addressing a current issue within the area of commercial or bankruptcy law.  Mr. Richey’s paper analyzed the principal standards defining the “undue hardship” provision of Section 523(a)(8) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in relation to the discharge of student loan debt, focusing on the Brunner standard.  Congratulations to Mr. Richey on his accomplishment.

October 29, 2013

Professor Andrew Morriss Cited in The Economist

Professor Andrew Morriss, cited today in The Economist in an article which examined the changing American economy: “The new American capitalism: Rise of the distorporation”.

October 28, 2013

UA Law Professor Andrew Morriss’ Study on Legal Education

Enduring Hierarchies in American Legal Education—co-authored by Andrew Morriss, University of Alabama School of Law; Olufunmilayo Arewa, University of California Irvine School of Law; and William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law—was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for Legal Scholarship Network.  This study is the first of its kind to look across time, using a wide range of data sources, at the hierarchies in legal education.  There has been remarkably little change over the last 80 years in that hierarchy, and this affects the ability of legal education to adapt to the changing employment market.  Click here to download  Enduring Hierarchies in American Legal Education. Listen to Professor Andrew Morriss describe the article click here.

October 22, 2013

2013 Harper Lee Prize Ceremony

The video of the 2013 Harper Lee Prize ceremony is now available.  Please go to .

October 15, 2013

Professor Dan Joyner: Should Iran be allowed to enrich uranium?


Professor Dan Joyner, an expert on nuclear non-proliferation, was recently quoted by Bloomberg News regarding the UN resolutions calling for the cessation of uranium enrichment in Iran. Read the full Bloomberg News article.

October 8, 2013

Associate Dean Carodine: BP Trial Expert on Morning Edition

Associate Dean Montré Carodine was interviewed today on NPR’s Morning Edition regarding the ongoing civil trial against British Petroleum. Listen to the entire Morning Edition segment.


October 1, 2013

Associate Dean Carodine: BP Gulf Oil Spill Trial


Associate Dean Montré Carodine was recently quoted in an article entitled “Gulf Oil Spill: How much flowed? BP Trial Judge to Decide”, printed in The Christian Science Monitor.  How much oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, at what rate did it spill, and why did it take so long to stop the flow?  These are a few questions that the federal civil trial against British Petroleum seeks to answer.  Read the full article in The Christian Science Monitor.

September 23, 2013

Professor Vars on the Gun Rights of the Mentally Ill


The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has raised difficult questions regarding privacy, equality, and safety.  How far should the law go to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining firearms?  Read the full Wall Street Journal Law Blog post.

September 23, 2013

Professor Michael Pardo on Law and Neuroscience

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Professor Pardo and his upcoming book, Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience (co-author Dennis Patterson), were recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  How will advances in neuroscience affect privacy? Click here to read the full article.