Faculty News

Faculty News and Activities Reported in September 2017

Jessica Feinberg, associate professor, had an article, titled “Whither the Functional Parent? Revisiting the Need for Equitable Parenthood Doctrines in Light of the Increasing Availability to Same-Sex Parents of Avenues to Obtaining Formal Legal Parent Status,” accepted for publication in the Brooklyn Law Review. She also had an article, titled “A Logical Step Forward: Extending Voluntary Acknowledgments of Parentage to Female Same-Sex Couples who Conceive Using Sperm Provided in Compliance with Donor Non-Paternity Laws,” accepted for publication in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

Jim Fleissner, professor, spoke to 650 students and teachers at the observance of Constitution Day Sept. 18 at Mossy Creek Middle School in Kathleen.

David Hricik, professor, attended the Vanderbilt Law School Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, where he presented “Disruptive Technologies: The Transformation of Intellectual Property & Enterprise on the Horizon.” Hricik also presented “Risk Management Issues for the Office Practitioner” at the 30th annual State Bar Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Law Courts in Austin. He also presented “Ethical Considerations in Intellectual Property Litigation” at the New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Meeting.

Stephen Johnson, professor, had an article, titled “Indeconstructible: The Triumph of the Environmental Administrative State,” accepted for publication in the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Additionally, he had two articles published: “Advancing Auer in an Era of Retreat” in William and Mary Environmental Law Review and “#Better Rules: The Appropriate Use of Social Media in Rulemaking” in Florida State University Law Review.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, presented “Fintech: Antidote to Rent-Seeking” as part of #FutureLaw 2.0, hosted by the Duquesne Law School Federalist Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was also a panelist at the SEALS annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, where they discussed “Is the SEC’s Insider Trading Regime Really Fair?” Kidd had an article, titled “Investment or loan? Litigation funding’s ongoing debate,” accepted for publication in the Litigation Financial Journal. Another article, “Fintech: Antidote to Rent-Seeking?,” was recently accepted into the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

David Oedel, professor, presented “Constitution Day 2017 Supreme Court Review” at Georgia College Constitution Week at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Karen Sneddon, professor, presented “Tales from a Form Book: Stock Stories and Transactional Documents” with Susan Chelser at the Legal Writing Institute’s Sixth Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference in Washington. She also presented “Fun and Fast Formative Assessment in Big Classes” at AALS Teaching Methods Conference Call in September. Sneddon, with Susan Chelser, had an article, titled “Tales from a Form Book: Stock Stories and Transactional Documents,” published in the Montana Law Review. Sneddon and Suzianne Painter-Thorne, associate professor, together published Moot Court Handbook: Finding Educational Success and Competition Glory, WoltersKluwer.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in June, July and August 2017

Jim Fleissner, professor of law, spoke on June 8 at the State Bar Convention at Jekyll Island. His presentation, titled “Living in a New Evidence World,” focused on the transition to Georgia’s new evidence code, which is based in part on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Fleissner also participated Aug. 31 in a panel discussion about appointments to the United States Supreme Court sponsored by the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society.

Sarah Gerwig-Moore, associate professor of law, published “On Competence: (Re)Considering Appropriate Legal Standards for Examining Sixth Amendment Claims Related to Criminal Defendants’ Mental Illness and Disability” in the Tennessee Law Review. She presented “What’s a Life, Anyways? We’re Born, We Live a Little While, We Die: Capital Punishment, Professional Identity, and Charlotte’s Web” at the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference in July. She also delivered the commencement address at Woodfield Academy in Macon in May.

David Hricik, professor of law, gave the Dunlap Codding Lecture in Legal Ethics to the Oklahoma Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, and led a panel with officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office at the annual meeting of the Colorado Bar Association’s Section on Intellectual Property.

Linda Jellum, professor of tax law, was elected vice chair of the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and will oversee its 57 committees. She also on Aug. 4 was elected treasurer of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and will oversee the financial needs of the organization.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor of law, discussed an important decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals in his article “Investment or Loan? Litigation funding's ongoing debate” published in the Litigation Finance Journal. He also was a panelist on “Is the SEC’s Insider Trading Regime Really Fair?” Aug. 1 at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual meeting.

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, professor of law, authored three articles, “‘Burn This Bitch Down!’: Mike Brown, Emmett Till, and the Gendered Politics of Black Parenthood” in 17 Nevada Law Journal 619 (2017); “On Writing Wrongs: Legal Writing Professors of Color and the Curious Case of 405(c)” in 66 Journal of Legal Education 575 (2017); and “White Paper, Respecting and Preserving Black Fatherhood: Comments on Georgia HB 19 - The Responsible Father’s Bill.” She also presented on “The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization, and Evolving Drug Policy” as part of a panel on “Intersectionality: An Intersectional Approach to Mass Incarceration, the War on Drugs, and Evolving Drug Policy” at Wayne State University Law Review Symposium, and on “The Passionate Protection of Blackness: Social Justice Advocacy in the Age of Repackaged White Supremacy” at Mercer’s Black Law Student Association Scholarship Symposium. She was an invited panelist for the Association of American Law Schools New Law Teacher Workshop’s plenary session on “Diversity and Inclusion Inside and Outside the Classroom.”

Karen J. Sneddon, professor of law, along with professor Susan M. Chesler, presented “Tales from a Form Book: Stock Stories and Transactional Documents” at the Sixth Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference on July 12 in Washington, D.C.

Scott Titshaw, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law, published “Conflicts of Interest and Waivers in Family Practice” in 22 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 907. He served as a panelist for “Avoiding Family Feuds: Ethics in Family Practice” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in New Orleans. He also was a panelist for “Immigration Laws and Crossing Borders” at the National LGBT Bar Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. He will speak in September on “Representation of LGBT Asylum-Seekers” at the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia C.L.E. at King and Spalding in Atlanta.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in April and May 2017

David Hricik, professor of law, published the third edition of his book Mastering Civil Procedure with Carolina Academic Press. In addition, he gave a presentation at Vanderbilt School of Law on the impact of technology disruption on patents, and gave presentations to bar associations in Michigan and California on ethical issues in patent practice. Additionally, Hricik and Karen Sneddon, professor of law, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their regular column, “Writing Matters,” in the Georgia Bar Journal.

Hricik also gave the closing speech to the plenary session of the spring meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in May in San Diego, California. He also gave a presentation in April in San Francisco, California, to the Practicing Law Institute, both on privilege and ethical issues arising in patent transactions. In addition, Bloomberg published the annual cumulative supplement to the second edition of the book Drafting Patents for Licensing and Litigation, which includes a chapter by Hricik.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in February and March 2017

David Hricik, professor, and Karen Sneddon, professor, celebrated 10 years of publishing their column “Writing Matters” in the Georgia Bar Journal. In addition, Hricik gave presentations to bar associations in Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Finally, he authored and filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of law professors in a case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, was sworn in as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor, participated in the annual workshop of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights in March at Magdalen College, Oxford. He delivered a presentation, titled “Critical Perspectives on Human Rights,” during the workshop. Three Mercer Law students also participated in the workshop and have been designated Mercer-Oxford Scholars. 

Jack L. Sammons, Griffin B. Bell Professor of Law Emeritus, had his article “The Art of Self” accepted for publication in the “Symposium on Professional Development” edition of the Mercer Law Review. His article, titled “Brainerd Currie at Mercer,” was published in the February edition of the Journal of Southern Legal History. In March, he will present “The Art of International Law Judging: Human Rights Issues” as a response to a paper by Baroness Onora O’Neill at the Rome Conference on Cosmopolitanism and National Identity sponsored by the Australian Catholic University Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry.

Gary J. Simson, senior vice provost for scholarship and Macon Chair in Law, authored “Should No Garland Mean No Gorsuch?: Merrick Garland would have made a great U.S. Supreme Court justice, but it’s time to move forward” March 20 in the National Law Journal.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in December 2016 and January 2017

David Hricik, professor, gave presentations on ethical issues in patent practice in Texas, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia. In addition, LexisNexis published the 2016-17 edition of his book Patent Ethics: Litigation.

Scott Titshaw, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs, was a panelist for a discussion, titled “The Immigration Debate: Confronting our Fears,” at Mercer Law School’s Perspectives in Law Series in November. He was a discussion leader for “Life or Death: Immigration, Intersectionality, and What You Can Do to Help,” a national call-in panel co-sponsored by the National LGBT Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in November. Additionally, he participated as a discussion leader and panelist in a discussion, titled “Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Advocacy and Ethics,” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia-Alabama Chapter’s annual conference in Atlanta in February. Titshaw also will serve as a discussion leader and panelist for a panel, titled “Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Advocacy and Ethics,” at the annual conference of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Atlanta in February. He served as discussion leader for “Life or Death: Immigration, Intersectionality and What You Can Do to Help on the National Call-In Panel,” co-sponsored by the National LGBT Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in November. He also served as panelist on “The Immigration Debate: Confronting our Fears” as part of Mercer’s “Perspectives in Law” series in November.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in October and November 2016

David Hricik, professor of law, celebrated 10 years of co-authoring, along with Karen Sneddon, professor of law, the column “Writing Matters” in the Georgia Bar Journal. He also published two chapters in books by the American Bar Association. "The Ethics of Client Development Using Technology and the Internet” appeared in The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, and his updated chapter "Combining Prosecution with Other Forms of Representation" appeared in Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing. Three book updates are currently in pre-publication with other publishers. Additionally, he gave presentations on legal ethics and patent law to national and state organizations in Nashville, Boston, Richmond, San Antonio and Atlanta. Sneddon and Hricik also presented Oct. 20 at the 2016 National Association of Bar Executive Communication Section (NABECOMM) meeting in Savannah. NABECOMM is an organization composed of communication professionals who work with and for bar associations across the country.

Mark L. Jones, professor of law, moderated a panel on “Professional Identity Formation and Assessment in Legal Education” at the Mercer Law Review Symposium on “Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students” held Oct. 7 at Mercer Law School. He also served on the planning committee for the symposium. Additionally, Jones participated in a National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) Workshop on “Cultivating Professional Identity” that was held at Mercer Oct. 8-9 immediately following the symposium. His article, titled “Developing Virtue and Practical Wisdom in the Legal Profession and Beyond,” was accepted for publication in the Cleveland State Law Review. However, given the article’s subject matter fit with the theme of the Mercer Law Review Symposium on cultivating professional identity, the article will appear instead in the Lead Articles Issue of the Mercer Law Review, which publishes the papers generated by the symposium.

Jones also helped organize and moderated a panel on “The Immigration Debate: Confronting Our Fears” Nov. 2 at Mercer Law School. Two law faculty members, two law students and two outside legal experts addressed the fear of crime, the fear of unemployment, the fear of deportation and the fear of terrorism. The panel was the third event in the Perspectives in Law series and was co-sponsored by the Mercer International Law Students Association, the Hispanic Law Students Association, the Asian Pacific Law Students Association and the National Security Law Society. The Law School’s Perspectives in Law series is intended to promote and model informative and civil conversation on challenging subjects. The previous two events in the series, held during academic year 2015-16, concerned religious freedom in a diverse society and gun control legislation in Georgia.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy and director of international programs, traveled to Rio de Janeiro Brazil with Dr. Michael Dean, assistant vice president, to further develop Mercer’s programmatic relationship with the Universidade Estacio de Sa. While in Rio, Dr. Ritchie gave several lectures and presentations. The first, titled “The Moribund Nature of U.S. Supreme Court Jurisprudence: 1990-2016,” was delivered at the Fluminense Federal University. The second lecture, titled “Economic Constitutionalism in Asia,” was delivered at Veiga de Almeida University. Dr. Ritchie later met with graduate students at Estacio to discuss studying law in the U.S. Additionally, he presented a workshop on “American Legal Reasoning” at the University of Virginia. 

Faculty News and Activities Reported in August and September 2016

Walter F. George Professor of Law Steve Johnson was recently presented “We Can Do More: The Course Source” at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Conference in Atlanta. His article “#Better Rules: The Appropriate Use of Social Media in Rulemaking” will be published in the Florida State University Law Review later this year.

Associate Professor of Law Jeremy Kidd was recently appointed as a member of the Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Professor of Law Karen Sneddon co-presented a teaching workshop on “Challenges and Strategies for Changing Times” at the biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute July 12 in Portland, Oregon. She was also a discussion group participant and moderator for “Teaching Trusts and Estates in the Age of Assessment” at the meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Aug. 6 in Amelia Island, Florida. She was also selected as a member of the SEALS New Scholars Committee and the SEALS Trusts and Estates Resource Group for 2016-2017 and editor-in-chief of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. She was presented “Tales from a Form Book: Stock Stories and Estate Planning Forms, Wills, Trusts & Estates Meets Gender, Race & Class Part II” on Sept. 10 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law Scott Titshaw published “Same-Sex Spouses as ‘Spouses’ Under the EU Family Reunification and Citizens Directives” in the Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht, No. 2 (Netherlands 2016). He also presented a number of works, including: “Federalism, Families and Citizenship,” on a panel, titled “Beyond Citizenship by Descent: Rethinking Admission to Citizenship,” at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference in Prague, Czech Republic; “Comparative Federalism, Fam-Migration and Citizenship by Descent” in July at the SEALS Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.; “Comparative Federalism and Family Immigration: The example of LGBT Families” in June at Radboud University Centre for Migration Law Nijmegen, Netherlands, and at the University of Konstanz Research Center on Immigration and Policy Law in Constance, Germany; and “Genitori oltre confine: una comparizione dedicate ai profil privatistici, di diritto internatzionale e dell’UE” in May at the University of Florence Department of Legal Science in Florence, Italy. He also served as a panelist for the “We are Family! Stop Trying to Define Me” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference in June for the pre-conference podcast. He also led discussion and served as a panelist at the “Child Citizenship in a Changing World” AILA annual conference in June in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in March, April and May 2016

Professor David Hricik was elected to the American Law Institute and also selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In addition to giving several speeches around the country to state, local and national bar associations, the fourth edition of a book that he co-authors, Patent Ethics (Prosecution), was published.

Professor of Law and Philosophy and Director of International Programs Dr. David Ritchie met with the staff of the Education USA office in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss Mercer’s international programs. Additionally, he attended a faculty workshop convened by the Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at Oxford University. He also accompanied four Mercer Law students who participated in an Oxford Consortium for Human Rights workshop at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Homer Drake Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law Michael Sabbath was the speaker at the W. Homer Drake Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court spring event held April 21 in Savannah.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw authored “Same-Sex Spouses Lost in Translation? How to Interpret ‘Spouse’ in the EU Family Migration Directives” in 34 Boston University International Law Journal 45 (2016).

Faculty News and Activities Reported in December 2015/January 2016

Professor David Hricik was elected as a new member of the American Law Institute.

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum published an article, titled “Dodging the Taxman: Why Treasury’s Anti-Abuse Regulation is Unconstitutional,” in 70 Miami Law Review 152 (2015). She also co-authored Questions & Answers: Administrative Law (3d ed. 2015).

Professor Mark L. Jones authored “Beyond Punks in Empty Chairs: An Imaginary Conversation with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry – Toward Peace Through Spiritual Justice,” which will be published in 11 University of Massachusetts Law Review in May 2016.

Associate Professor Dr. Jeremy Kidd presented “Neither Savior Nor Bogeyman: What Waits Behind the Door of Litigation Financing?” at the Young Legal Scholars Competition at the Federalist Society Annual Faculty Conference on Jan. 8.

Associate Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb presented “#SayHerName #BlackWomensLivesMatter: State Violence in Policing the Black Female Body” at the Mercer Law Review Symposium Oct. 16. She also presented “Advocates Without Arguments: Equipping Law Students with a Social Justice Skill Set,” as a participant in the Next Generation Civil Rights Strategies panel at the Duke Law Symposium – The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America Nov. 20-21. McMurtry-Chubb also presented “So, What is A Feminist Scholar and Feminist Scholarship Anyway?” as a plenary panelist and speaker at the Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting Jan. 6. Additionally, she presented “DIVERGENT: Finding My Voice As A Writer – As Something Distinct from an Academic and a Scholar” as a participant in the Finding Your Voice in the Legal Academy panel for the Section on Balance in Education, co-sponsored by Academic Support, at the AALS Annual Meeting Legal Jan. 8.

Professor Karen J. Sneddon gave a presentation, titled “You Call that Persuasive?: Providing Pointed Feedback on Persuasive Writing,” at the Georgia Legal Services Program for Senior Advocates in Macon on Nov. 16. She presented on “Not Your Mother’s Will: Gender, Language, and Wills, Sex and Death: Gender and Sexuality Matters in Trusts and Estates” at the Joint Program of Trusts and Estates Section and Women in Legal Education Section of the 2016 Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York City on Jan. 8.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in September/October 2015

Assistant Professor Zack Buck authored "Furthering the Fiduciary Metaphor: Doctors, Dollars, and Deterring Overtreatment," accepted for publication in 104 California Law Review (forthcoming 2016).

Associate Professor Jessica Feinberg authored "Consideration of Genetic Connections in Child Custody Disputes between Same-Sex Parents: Fair or Foul?," accepted for publication in 81 Missouri Law Review (forthcoming 2016).

Professor David Hricik published the third edition of his book Patent Ethics: Litigation. Two of his articles appeared in the ABA Landslide magazine. They were titled "A Dream Come True: Using Section 285 to Shift Fees" and "Spotting Adversity in Patent Practice." In addition, he gave presentations for bar organizations of Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and others. Further, he continued to blog on the nation's leading patent blog, patentlyo.com, including being the sole author on its ethics page. Finally, he was quoted twice in national media on different events in the world of intellectual property law.

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum authored Mastering Administrative Law 2nd ed., accepted for publication in 2016. She was asked to write the second edition of this hornbook series because the original author retired. Additionally, she was cited by the 10th Circuit in De Niz Robles v. Lynch, No. 14-9568, 2015 WL 6153073, at *13 (Oct. 20), regarding whether the executive could interpret an immigration statute to apply retroactively. The court said no, the interpretation was retroactive only. The citation appears in footnote 5: "Thoughtful scholars have presented arguments along similar lines, recently and notably including Philip Hamburger, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?" 285–321 (2014). See also … Linda D. Jellum, ''Which Is to Be Master," the Judiciary or the Legislature? When Statutory Directives Violate Separation of Powers, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 837, 897–98 (2009)…."Jellum will be presenting two different topics at the ABA Administrative Law Section's annual fall conference. First, she will present the latest Supreme Court "Developments in Administrative Law." This is the signature program for this conference and will likely have an audience of more than 600 attorneys. Second, she will present on the following panel: "After King v. Burwell, What is Chevron's Domain?"

Walter F. George Professor of Law Steve Johnson authored "The Course Source: The Casebook Evolved," accepted for publication in 44 Capital University Law Review (forthcoming 2016).

Professor Mark Jones and Dr. Antonio Saravia, assistant professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism in the Stetson School of Business and Economics, organized and co-chaired Mercer's third annual Conference on Current Trends in International Trade, which was held on the Atlanta campus on Oct. 8. The conference featured panels on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, international taxation and transfer pricing, e-commerce and cyber-security, and drugs, pharmaceuticals, and the cosmetics industry. Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School and an internationally recognized authority on international trade law, delivered the keynote address on "Enduring Themes and Radical Transformations in International Trade Law."

Associate Professor Jeremy Kidd authored "Neither Savior Nor Bogeyman: What waits behind the door of third-party litigation financing?," accepted for publication in 47 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (forthcoming 2016).

Professor David Ritchie, director of international initiatives, attended the fifth annual Global Ethics Fellows retreat at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. Dr. Ritchie has attended all five of the Carnegie retreats, and has been a Carnegie fellow since 2011. While at the retreat, he gave a lecture, titled "The Satyagrahi and Globalization: 'A Clash of Clans' or 'A Partnership of Peoples.'"

W. Homer Drake, Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law Michael Sabbath was a speaker at the Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute that was held in Macon on Sept. 11. His topic was "Bankruptcy and the Elderly."

Professor Karen J. Sneddon authored "Not Your Mother's Will: Gender, Language, and Wills" in 98 Marquette Law Review 1535 (summer 2015). She also co-authored "Once Upon a Transaction: Narrative Techniques in Drafting," accepted for publication in 68Oklahoma Law Review (forthcoming fall 2015).

Faculty News and Activities Reported in July/August 2015

Professor Anthony Baldwin was appointed returning chair of the Hospitality Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Professor Ted Blumoff had an article, titled “On Executing Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenics: Identity and the Construction of ‘Synthetic’ Competency,” accepted for publication in 52 Criminal Law Bulletin.

Assistant Professor Zack Buck published an article, titled “Side Effects: State Anti-Fraud Statutes, Off-Label Marketing, and the Solvable Challenge of Causation,” in 36 Cardozo Law Review 2129 (2015). He published another article, titled “Breaking the Fever: A New Construct for Regulating Overtreatment,” in 48 U.C. Davis Law Review 1261 (2015).

Associate Professor Jessica Feinberg presented on “Relationship Pluralism” during the Association of American Law Schools workshop on “Shifting Foundations in Family Law: Family Law’s Responses to Changing Families” at the association’s midyear meeting in Orlando in June.

Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy Timothy W. Floyd co-authored the chapter “Professional Formation,” along with Dean Daisy Floyd in Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Externs (West Academic Press, 2015). Floyd also authored “Thirty Years of Jack Sammons: An Appreciation in 66 Mercer Law Review 265 (2015), and Floyd delivered a plenary panel presentation, titled “The Role of Clinicians in Counseling Students,” at the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference in May.

Associate Professor Oren Griffin had an article, titled “A View of Campus Safety Law in Higher Education and the Merits of Enterprise Risk Management,” accepted for publication in 61.2 Wayne Law Review (2015-16). He also published a book chapter, titled “Campus Safety, Policy and Risk Management,” in Emerging Issues in College and University Campus Security (Thompson Reuters/Aspatore, 2015), and he authored the forthcoming book Student Misconduct Investigations: Navigating the Internal Investigation Process in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum was appointed incoming deputy executive director and a returning member of the Beginning and Newer Teachers Workshop Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Associate Professor Jeremy Kidd was appointed an incoming member of the Inclusiveness Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Professor David Ritchie, director of international initiatives, has been appointed the chair of the International Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS). At the most recent SEALS annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, in July, Dr. Ritchie gave two presentations. The first was an evaluation of the urban pacification policies of the Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro in a workshop on “Policing the Police and Military.”  The second was a discussion, titled “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” in a discussion on “The Legal and Political Implications of the Edward Snowden Revelations.” Dr. Ritchie was appointed incoming chair of the International Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Professor Karen J. Sneddon, professor, published “Not Your Mother’s Will: Gender, Language, and Wills” in 98 Marquette Law Review 1535 (summer 2015). Sneddon was appointed a returning member of the New Scholars Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools. She also spoke on “From Form Book to Story Book: Tales of Transactional Drafting” at the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference at Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, Washington, July 22, with Associate Professor Lori Johnson, director of the Law and Public Policy Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in May/June 2015

Assistant Professor Zack Buck had his article, titled "Overtreatment and Informed Consent: A Fraud-Based Solution to Unwanted and Unnecessary Care," accepted for publication in 43 Florida State Law Review (forthcoming 2016).

Associate Professor Jessica Feinberg had her article, titled "Gradual Marriage," accepted for publication in 19 Lewis &Clark Law Review (forthcoming 2015).

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum had her article, titled "Dodging the Taxman, Why the Treasury's Anti-Abuse Regulation is Unconstitutional," accepted for publication in 70 Miami Law Review (forthcoming 2015).

Professor Mark L. Jones published an article, titled "Fisherman Jack: Living in 'Juropolis' –The Fishing Village of the Law," in the Symposium issue of the Mercer Law Review dedicated to "The Scholarship and Teaching of Jack Sammons," 66 Mercer Law Review 485-512 (2015).

Associate Professor Jennifer Sheppard had her article, titled "Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After, and In A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Using Narrative to Fill the Cognitive Gap Left by Overreliance on Pure Logic in Appellate Briefs and Motion Memoranda," in 46 Willamette Law Review 255 (2009), accepted for reprinting in Legal Writing Institute Monograph Series, Vol. 4 (forthcoming 2015).

Senior Vice Provost for Scholarship and Macon Chair in Law Gary Simson published "Religious Arguments by Citizens to Influence Public Policy: The Lessons of the Establishment Clause" in 66 Mercer Law Review 273 (2015).

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw spoke on "Judging the Competition Among State Powers, Federal Powers and Individual Rights in U.S. Immigration Law and LGBT Family Law" at the Congress on the Tyranny of Sovereignty at Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France, in April. He also spoke on "Necessary Harmonization of Migration and Immigration Law in a Union Without Borders: One American's Opinion" at the International Colloquium: Existe-t-il une 'identité démocratique' européenne? at Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Centre Universitaire de Recherches sur l'Action Publique et le Politique, Epistémologie et Sciences Sociales in Amiens, France, in April. He is set to speak on "Fam-migration Law for LGBT Families in the U.S. and the E.U. at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow, Scotland, in May. Titshaw had his article, titled "Same-Sex Spouses Lost in Translation? How to Interpret 'Spouse' in the E.U. Family Migration Directives," accepted for publication in 34 Boston University International Law Journal (forthcoming 2016).

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum was quoted in an NPR story, titled "How Transparent Will Death Row Clemency Be?" on May 3.

Professor David Ritchie, director of international initiatives, gave a lecture, titled "Towards an Institutional Structure for the BRICS," at the Second BRICS International Conference in Macau. While he was in Macau, a book he edited with Ya Nan Song, titled Chinese-Lusophone Relations: China and Brazil, was released by the Social Sciences Academic Press in China.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw gave a talk, titled "Comparing EU and U.S. Migration Law: The Case of Same-Sex Spouses," at Leiden University in the Netherlands on May 27, which also included comments from three of the University's professors.

Faculty News and Activities Reported in January/February 2015

Assistant Professor Zack Buck delivered the presentation "Side Effects" for the Association of American Law Schools Section of Law, Medicine and Health Care Works-In-Progress for New Law School Teachers at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3.

Professor Jim Fleissner served as the keynote speaker at the opening convocation of the 60th annual Barkley Forum for High Schools, a national debate and speech tournament hosted by Emory University on Jan. 23. Professor Fleissner made a presentation in Augusta at a symposium focusing on the life and career of Senator Walter F. George on Jan. 24. The presentation was titled "Senator Walter F. George, FDR, and the Purge Campaign of 1938."

Professor David Hricik published two articles, the first titled "Bringing a World of Light to Technology and Judicial Ethics" in Regent University Law Review, and the second titled "When Dreams Come True? Using Section 285 to Impose Fees Against a Losing Patentee's Lawyers," in the American Bar Association's Landslide magazine. The third edition of one of the books he has co-authored, Patent Ethics: Prosecution, was published by Lexis/Nexis. In addition, he gave presentations in California and Texas.

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum presented on a panel, titled "Not Your Parents Administrative Law Class," at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. The presentation detailed her efforts to help her students understand the notice and comment process by requiring them to analyze a rule with an open comment period, to file a comment on the rule, and then to present their comment to the class. The assignment helps them better understand the hybrid rulemaking procedures as well as notice-and-comment rulemaking.

Professor Mark Jones co-presided at a panel on "Legal Ethics at the Intersection of Immigration and Business Law" at the 15th Annual Symposium on Legal Ethics and Professionalism, which rotates among four Georgia law schools and was held this year at Emory University Law School on Nov. 14.

Associate Professor Jennifer Sheppard presented "Maximizing Experiential Learning throughout Law School" at the Legal Writing Institute's one-day workshop hosted by the School of Law in December.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw give the following talks: "Has the US Overtaken the EU in Recognizing Same-Sex Families for Immigration Purposes?" at the second annual consortium meeting of the European Union's Families and Societies Project, "Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas," in Madrid, Spain, in January; "A Snapshot of US Immigration Law: Overview and Reform" at the Migration Policy Centre in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole, Italy, in December; and "Freedom of Movement: A Transatlantic Rainbow Comparison" at the International Conference on Rights on the Move: Rainbow Families in Europe at the University of Trento in Trento, Italy, in October. Professor Titshaw will speak on "Fam-migration Law for LGBT families in the US and the EU" at the Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO in Brussels, Belgium, in February. He also authored the e-book chapter "A Transatlantic Rainbow Comparison: 'Federalism' and Family-Based Immigration for Rainbow Families in the U.S. and the E.U." in RIGHTS ON THE MOVE – Rainbow Families in Europe (Università degli studi di Trento, 2014).

 

Faculty News and Activities Reported in November/December 2014

Professor Emeritus Joe Claxton gave a presentation, titled "The History of the Mercer Law School in the Context of the History of Legal Education," for Professionalism credit as a segment of a Mercer Continuing Legal Education program on Sept. 26.

Professor David Hricik gave a presentation on Oct. 24 at the Georgia State Bar Annual Supreme Court update on the Court's patent cases of this past term. On Oct. 25, he gave a presentation on ethical issues in patent practice to in-house counsel at Newell-Rubbermaid's corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Professor Hricik served on a panel discussing ethical issues in IP practice with two large-firm partners at the Aon Law Firm Symposium in Chicago on Oct. 15. He also gave a presentation on ethical issues facing in-house counsel to chief IP counsel and others in Newport Beach on Nov. 4 at the International Performance Management Institute's annual seminar. He also presented "Lawyers, Clients, and Money: Why Professionalism Matters" at the Georgia State University College of Law's 8th Annual Corporate IP Institute on Oct. 28, and gave a presentation on "Ethics, Money, and Fee Agreements" at the University of Texas School of Law's 19th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute on Nov. 7. Further, he gave a presentation in Plano, Texas, at the Center for American and International Law at its annual meeting on intellectual property law. His update to his book chapter in Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing was published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. He and Professor Karen Sneddon continued their long-running column in the Georgia Bar Journal with an article on using gender-inclusive language.

Professor Mark Jones participated in a panel on "Clinical Skills, Professionalism, Practical Wisdom, and Vocation" at the Mercer Law Review Symposium on "The Scholarship and Teaching of Jack Sammons" held on Oct. 3. The title of his presentation was "The Story of 'Juropolis': Trawling for Justice in the Fishing Village of the Law."

Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law Linda Jellum reviewed Professor Nickolas Parrillo's recent book Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 for the online blog Jotwell: Journal of things we like (lots).

Associate Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb gave a presentation on "When Students Resist Becoming Practice Ready" at the Faculty Development Exchange at Georgia State University College of Law on Nov. 7.

Associate Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore co-authored "Cold Comfort Food: A Systematic Examination of the Rituals and Rights of the Last Meal" in the British Journal of American Legal Studies. She also spoke on "Post-Conviction Remedies" in a plenary session at the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Fall Conference.

Professor David Ritchie hosted a symposium at the law school in October to honor the teaching and scholarship of Professor Jack Sammons. Speakers at the symposium included Linda Edwards (UNLV), James Boyd White (Michigan), Joe Vining (Michigan) and several Mercer faculty. Dr. Ritchie also participated in the Centennial Celebration for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where he has been a Global Ethics Fellow since 2011.During the celebration, Dr. Ritchie gave two talks. The first, titled "A Better Contribution of Universities to Global Ethics," was delivered during the annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference. The second, "Constitutionalism as a Mechanism to Promote Pluralism," was part of the First Global Ethics Day held at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.

 

Faculty News and Activities Reported in October 2014

Dean and University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation Daisy Floyd was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. She will serve a three-year term, which began Sept. 1. The role of the committee is to develop policy relevant to professionalism; develop and present professionalism programming; produce work product on professionalism topics, such as books and journals; collaborate with other ABA entities; and serve ABA members in the area of professionalism.

Professor David Hricik authored "Is Litigation Counsel who Also Engages in Competitive Decision-making Wrong for the Part?," in St. Mary's Journal of Ethics and Malpractice 150 (2014). He had his article "Bringing a World of Light to Technology and Judicial Ethics" accepted for publication in the Regent University Law Review. He was quoted in the Marcia Coyne's article "Alito's Slap at Federal Circuit Provokes Patent Bar" in the National Law Journal (July 2014). Hricik gave the following speeches and presentations: "Negotiation, Money, and Ethics" at the Middle Georgia Annual Bankruptcy Institute (Macon, Georgia, September 2014); "Supreme Court Update" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (Amelia Island, Florida, August 2014); "Ethics and Money" at the Oklahoma Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting (Dallas, June 2014); "Ethical Issues and Biosimilar Practice" at the Fifth Annual Biosimilars Symposium (New York, June 2014); "Lawyers, Ethics, and Money" at the 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (Denver, May 2014); "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" at the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (May, 2014); "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" at the Georgia State Bar IP SpringPosium (Adairsville, Georgia, April 2014); "Judicial Ethics and Technology" at the Georgia Judicial Probate Judges' CLE (Athens, Georgia, April 2014); and "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" for the American Intellectual Property Law Association's national webinar (April 2014). He also moderated a panel on legal ethics that included the head of patents at Coca-Cola at the State Bar IP Meeting on Sept. 19.

Professor Mark Jones authored "Brave New World: Where Angels Fear to Trade" in 65 Mercer Law Review 599 (2014).

William Augustus Bootle chair in Professionalism and Ethics Patrick Longan presented "Issues in Dealing with an Entity Client," Institute for City and County Attorneys, Institute for Continuing Legal Education of Georgia, Athens, Sept. 12, as well as "Update on Ethics and Professionalism," Henry County Bar Association, Oconee, Georgia, Sept. 13.

Professor David Ritchie has been appointed to the position of director of international initiatives. In this new position, he will help increase the visibility of the School's current international programs and offerings as well as implement a plan for growing offerings in this area of law. Additionally, Dr. Ritchie will coordinate with international law faculty to ensure cohesion of the international law curriculum and guidance to students. Part of his role will include increasing opportunities for study abroad, student exchanges with foreign universities, international externships placements and general guidance for current and prospective students interested in practicing international law.

Professor Emeritus Jack Sammons authored a book review, titled "The Virtuous Circle of Justice," of Richard Dawson's Justice as Attunement: Transforming Constitutions in Law, Literature, Economics, and the Rest of Life. Routledge, Abingdon 2014. The review appeared in 11 No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, 134 (2014).

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw will present his paper "'Federalism' and Family-Based Immigration for Rainbow Families in the U.S. and the E.U." at the "Rights on the Move" conference Oct. 16-17 at the University of Trento in Italy.