College of Law

Faculty Forum, February 2016

Posted February 19, 2016

Faculty Forum is a monthly feature highlighting the achievements of faculty at UT Law including publications in academia and the media, speaking engagements, interviews, awards, and other accomplishments. 


Dwight Aarons

The work of Professor Dwight Aarons was noted in a recent article, “Local Committee to Investigate Hundreds of Homicide Cases with Unanalyzed Evidence,” in the Chattanooga Times–Free Press.  The article notes the contributions of a citizen committee that includes Aarons and that “has been empaneled to review the years of unprocessed evidence discovered last month in the [Hamilton County] Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Doug Blaze and Brad Morgan

Professor and Dean Emeritus Doug Blaze and Brad Morgan, Associate Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership, have published their article, “Toward More Equal Access to Justice: The Tennessee Experience.”  The article appears in the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy.

Joan Heminway

Professor Joan Heminway’s article, “The Death of an LLC: What’s Trending in LLC Dissolution Law?”, has been published in Business Law Today, the online publication of the ABA Section on Business Law.

Heminway will speak at three upcoming conferences.  She has been invited to speak at the International Conference on Contracts.  The conference takes place in late February in San Antonio, TX.  She will give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association.  The meeting takes place in New Orleans, LA, in June.  And Heminway will speak at the Corporate Law, Governance and Purpose Symposium, to be held in October in Lexington, VA.

Lucy Jewel

Professor Lucy Jewel’s article, “Through a Glass Darkly:  Using Brain Science and Visual Rhetoric to Gain a Professional Perspective on Visual Advocacy,” which appeared in the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal in 2009, has been cited by the Supreme Court of Missouri.  Jewel’s article was previously cited by the high courts of Washington and Nevada.  In all three cases, the state supreme court cited Jewel’s article as part of a decision granting a defendant a new trial because the prosecution improperly referred to inflammatory visual arguments.

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Don Leatherman

Professor Don Leatherman gave a presentation at the American Bar Association Tax Section Meeting.  The meeting was held in January in Los Angeles, CA.

Alex Long

Associate Dean Alex Long was interviewed by NewsChannel5 (Nashville). The interview addresses the question of whether a Nashville prosecutor improperly dropped criminal charges against a defendant in exchange for that defendant’s dropping of a civil lawsuit against the prosecution.

Karla McKanders

Professor Karla McKanders was part of a delegation from the University of Tennessee that visited the Felsberger Institute in Germany in December.  The group, along with academics from other US-based institutions, met with refugees at camps in Hessen and met with local professionals and politicians.

Glenn Reynolds

Professor Glenn Reynolds’s article, “Second Amendment Limitations,” was recently listed on the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for All SSRN Journals.  As of February 12, 2016, Reynolds’s paper had been downloaded 3,292 times.

Maurice Stucke

Professor Maurice Stucke spoke at a conference entitled “Amazon’s Book Monopoly: A Threat to Freedom of Expression?”  The conference was hosted by The New America Foundation and took place in January in Washington, DC.  His conference remarks were quoted in a Publishers Weekly article entitled, “At Authors United Event, A Call to Bust Amazon ‘Monopoly.’

Val Vojdik

Professor Val Vojdik has been participating as a member of the Civil Society Leadership Awards 2016-17 Africa Regional interview panel as part of the Open Society Foundation’s Civil Society Leadership Awards competition.  She traveled recently to Nairobi, Kenya, to interview human rights activists and lawyers from South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of Congo.  Vojdik is assisting in the selection of candidates to receive scholarships for graduate study, including at LL.M programs on Human Rights and Law in the U.S., U.K., Hungary, and other countries.

An essay authored by Vojdik on women’s rights has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Social Theory by Wiley-Blackwell.