Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in September & October 2011

Assistant Professor Jessica Feinberg had her article, “Exposing the Traditional Marriage Agenda,” accepted for publication in the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. It will be published in the spring. She also appeared on a panel titled “Invisible Families and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law,” at the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 9.

Associate Professor Linda Jellum published the following articles: “But That Is Absurd! Why Specific Absurdity Undermines Textualism,” in the Brooklyn Law Review, “The Art of Statutory Interpretation: Identifying the Interpretive Theory of the Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,” in the University of Louisville Law Review, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims: Has it Mastered Chevron’s Step Zero” in the Veterans Law Review and “Neither Fish nor Fowl: Administrative Judges in the Modern Administrative State,” in the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. She also presented “Shrinking the First-Year Courses: Making Difficult Content Choices” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ Annual Conference in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 26, and “Comparing Public Participation and Transparency in the European Union’s and United States’ Normal Creation” at the Law and Society Association 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., June 3.

Professor Mark Jones organized the Mercer Law Review Symposium/Mercer Lyceum event, “Citizenship and Civility in A Divided Democracy: Political, Religious, and Legal Concerns,” on Oct. 7. The Symposium is co-sponsored by several other Mercer centers, including the Center for Faith and Public Policy, the Center for the Teaching of America’s Western Foundations (of which Jones is a collaborating faculty member) and the Phronesis Project for the Exploration of Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation (which Jones co-directs). In September, Jones and two other co-directors of the Phronesis Project, Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of Christianity and director of senior capstone program, and Kelly Reffitt, assistant professor of teacher education, submitted the manuscript for a book they have co-edited for Mercer University Press titled Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation Across the Disciplines. The book publishes the results of the university-wide work undertaken by the Phronesis Project since its establishment in 2009, and by the Professionalism and Vocation Across the Professions Project which Jones has coordinated since its establishment in 2005 and which is now incorporated within the Phronesis Project.

Professor Harold S. Lewis Jr. published an employment discrimination chapter for the Fifth Edition of Workers’ Compensation and Employee Protection Laws (5th West/Thomson Reuters 2011) in August. On Sept. 23, Lewis 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.

Professor David Oedel taught and studied at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, on Denationalizing Economic Sectors this summer. He concentrated on comparisons among Unites States, Chinese and Russian experiences in deregulation and privatization. Oedel is returning to China in late September to lecture at the Watson Bioforum on differences between the United States and Chinese systems of intellectual property. He will also speak at the Bioforum on optimal legal structures for the financing of high-tech businesses in both China and the United States. Oedel also continues to represent the state of Georgia in its litigation with 25 other states against the federal government on the constitutionality of two aspects of federal health care reform, the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion. In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Georgia’s favor that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Supreme Court review of the matter seems likely. Late in August, Oedel spoke in California on the topic of federalism at the invitation of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A video of those proceedings can be viewed here.

Associate Professor David Ritchie participated in an international roundtable discussion on “Global Challenges for Legal Education” at the recent Southeast Association of Law Schools conference in Hilton Head, S.C. He is a member of the SEALS South American working group. While attending the conference, he also gave a talk, titled “The 1988 Brazilian Constitution and Social Composition.”

Associate Professor Karen Sneddon presented “Bottom Drawer: Exploration of Scholarship Topics” at the Biennial Meeting of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law on June 25 along with Professor Kirsten Davis and Professor Cassandra Hill. She also presented “A Day-in-the-Life of a Transactional Lawyer: Negotiation, Ethics, and Professionalism” at the Institute of Law Teaching and Learning, New York Law School, New York, on June 3 with Professor Susan Chesler and Professor Patrick Longan.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw wrote an article, titled “ART, Science & the INA: Parent-Child Relationships of Children Conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART),” which will appear in an upcoming edition of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s VOICE journal. Titshaw appeared on a panel titled “Invisible Families and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law,” at the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 9. Titshaw also presented on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigration issues at the University of Georgia School of Law on Oct. 17.