Professor Jim Fleissner made a presentation on Nov. 4 analyzing criminal procedure decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court from the October 2010 Term and criminal procedure issues on the Court’s docket during the current term. The program was sponsored by the Mercer Law School, the Macon Bar Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. During the last six months, Fleissner has been working on the design and launch of the Law School’s new Master of Laws degree in federal criminal practice and procedure, which was approved by the University Board of Trustees at its November meeting. The new one-year degree program will enroll students beginning in the Fall 2012 semester.
University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation Daisy Hurst Floyd and Professor and Director of Law and Public Service Program Timothy W. Floyd presented the keynote addresses for two conferences in November. They presented their findings from an empirical study of bar discipline in Georgia and other states in three separate presentations for the conference themes of “What Do We Know About How Bar Discipline Really Works?” “What Should Law Schools Teach About Bar Discipline?” and “How Can Law Schools and Disciplinary Authorities Collaborate in Innovative Ways?” The presentations were made at the fall 2011 Workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism on Nov. 12-13 and the 2011 Burge Conference on Law and Ethics on Nov. 14. Daisy Floyd presented “An Overview of American Legal Education” on Nov. 2 to the Brazilian Judges Educational Conference, a group of Brazilian judges who were hosted by the Mercer Law School as part of an educational trip to Georgia. Her piece, “Foreword: Empirical Professional Ethics Symposium” is forthcoming in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. Timothy Floyd also spoke at University Worship on Oct. 26 on “Justice, Punishment, and the Death Penalty.” In addition, he has been appointed by the president of the State Bar of Georgia to serve as chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Access to Justice Committee and Daisy Floyd has been appointed to the Macon Advisory Committee of the Georgia Justice Project.
Professor Stephen Johnson's article, “Disclosing the President's Role in Rulemaking: A Critique of the Reform Proposals,” was recently published at 60 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1 (2011). His article, “In Defense of the Short Cut,” will be published in the Kansas Law Review.
Visiting Associate Professor Adam Lamparello recently had several publications accepted for publication, “Neuroscience, Brain Damage, and the Criminal Defendant: Who does It Help and Where in the Criminal Proceeding is it Most Relevant,” Rutgers Law Record (Spring 2012); “Taking the ‘Substance’ Out of Substantive Due process and Returning Lawmaking Power to the Federal and State Legislatures,” South Carolina Law Review (spring 2011); and “Suicide: A Legal, Constitutional and Human Right," 72 Louisiana Law Review 1 (Spring 2012).
Professor Harold S. Lewis Jr. wrote an employment discrimination chapter for the fifth edition of Workers’ Compensation and Employee Protection Laws (5th West/Thomson Reuters 2011) that was published in August 2011. He also presented his paper ”Georgia Conflict of Laws In Tort Cases: Making The Simple Complex,” at an Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Torts Seminar in Macon on Sept. 23.
Associate Professor David Ritchie was recently granted a secondary academic appointment in the philosophy department at Mercer University. He will be teaching classes in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as classes that are cross-listed between the College of Liberal Arts and the Law School. Ritchie also hosted an intercultural exchange program for 17 Brazilian judges. The judges attended classes at Mercer Law School, visited the Federal District Court in Macon, the Georgia Supreme Court and Fulton County Circuit Courts in Atlanta and the Fulton County Jail. From Nov. 9-13, Ritchie attended a workshop by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. During the workshop participants discussed and developed programs to be sponsored by the Carnegie Council. One such program will be a class offered in CLA’s Philosophy Department next fall on “Civil Rights as Human Rights,” which will also be offered in tandem with a professor from the University of Copenhagen.
Associate Professor Scott C. Titshaw wrote an article, titled “Is Your Test-Tube Baby a U.S. Citizen?” that was published as the cover story of the November/December issue of VOICE, the magazine of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.