Faculty Forum: November 2017

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

The Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic was mentioned in a news story on WATE.com Smiles for Hope, which provides free dental care to women transitioning out of homelessness. The Clinic, led by Professor Eric Franklin Amarante with the assistance of student attorneys Logan Burnette, Kara Sheridan, and Caitlyn Sun, is assisting Smiles for Hope with a number of legal issues including becoming an official nonprofit charity.

Professor Brad Areheart’s article, The Symmetry Principle, 58 Boston College Law Review 1085 (2017), was recently published.

Professor Areheart recently presented his paper, The Headwinds and Tailwinds of Workplace Equality, at the 12th Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law.

Professor Ben Barton’s book (with Stephanos Bibas) Rebooting Justice, made World Magazine’s 2017 short list for Book of the Year in their “Understanding America” category.

Associate Dean and Professor Teri Dobbins Baxter participated in the 8th Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University Chicago on November 4. The colloquium brought together senior and junior constitutional law scholars to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. Professor Baxter presented her paper Child Marriage as a Denial of Fundamental Rights as part of the panel on Parental Rights.

Law Library Associate Director and Professor Michelle Cosby has been elected President of the American Association of Law Libraries, the largest and most important professional organization or law libraries.  This is one of the highest honors in the profession and is a tribute to Professor Cosby’s hard work, leadership, and vision within profession, particularly at the national level.  It is also a true expression of her value and standing among the individual members of the law librarianship community across the country.  Professor Cosby’s year as Vice-President/President Elect will begin this July 2018 at the AALL Annual Meeting.  She will become AALL President at the July 2019 Annual Meeting.

Professor Joan Heminway was nominated as a 2017 Outstanding Mentor through the AALS Section on Business Associations. One of her many nominators stated: “Realistically, the mere mention of Prof. Heminway’s name should be sufficient to recognize her as an outstanding mentor, as I am confident everyone on the executive committee is familiar with her outstanding contributions.  Simply put, she is one of our stars, and the standing she has in our community of legal scholars is due in no small part to the time and energy she puts into mentoring others.” Professor Heminway and other nominees will be recognized at the AALS Annual Meeting in January.

Last month, Professor Heminway participated in a panel discussion on “Internet Offerings, Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Lending and Other Current Topics in Securities Offerings” at the Ohio Securities Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  In this forum, she principally offered information about the current state of securities crowdfunding under the federal CROWDFUND Act.

Earlier this month, Professor Heminway served in a panel at the American Bar Association’s LLC Institute in Washington DC.  That panel focused on fiduciary duties in the limited liability company context.  For her part of the presentation, Professor Heminway reflected on fiduciary duty questions applicable to both limited partnerships and limited liability companies raised in the course of Tennessee’s recent experience in amending its limited partnership law.

On November 27, Professor Dean Rivkin gave a lecture on environmental justice in an environmental sociology course.

Professor Jonathan Rohr’s article with Professor Aaron Wright (Cardozo), Blockchain-Based Token Sales, Initial Coin Offerings, and the Democratization of Public Capital Markets, holds the third spot on the SSRN list of Recent Top Papers for the Legal Scholarship Network.

Professor Maurice Stucke was quoted in the NY Times article “With AT&T and Time Warner, Battle Lines Form for an Epic Antitrust Case” and the France 24 article “With AT&T case, US may chart new antitrust path.” Both articles discuss the Department of Justice challenge to the AT&T-Time Warner merger, which the NY Times author James B. Stewart characterizes as “a radical departure from decades of antitrust enforcement policy, both in defining what is an unlawful anticompetitive merger and in fashioning a remedy to cure the problems.” Professor Stucke’s work was also referenced in “Big data and machine learning algorithms could increase risk of collusion: ACCC,” which discussed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) “approach to potential future cases where machine learning algorithms are deployed as a tool to facilitate conduct that may contravene competition law.”

Over the last month, Professor Penny White delivered presentations to an annual meeting of professional women in North Carolina, a restorative justice non-profit in the tri-cities, and the new admittees of the Tennessee Bar.

Professor White was the keynote speaker for the Women’s Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina, during their annual conference in late October.  The theme of the conference was “Outside Politics – A Fair and Free Judiciary.”  Professor White delivered the keynote address as the kickoff to the week-end long program.  She discussed judicial elections, dark money, and judicial independence.  At the end of the month, Professor White delivered a keynote address for the Neighborhood Reconciliation Services annual celebration honoring the work of the NRS and of Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Green.  In addition to national and local restorative justice initiatives, White addressed the innovative practices that Judge Green has brought to the Juvenile Court in Washington County and Johnson City.

On November 7, Professor White presented the address for the new admittees to the Tennessee bar before the Nashville swearing-in ceremony at the LAW breakfast.  LAW has honored new admittees with a breakfast before the swearing in for forty years.  Professor White also delivered the address for new admittees in 1993.