Faculty Forum: March 2020

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

Marquette Law Review published Professor Robert Blitt’s article The International Religious Freedom Act: Non-State Actors and Freedom From Sovereign Government Control

Professor Zack Buck’s article, “The Drug (Pricing) Wars: States, Preemption, and Unsustainable Prices,” has been accepted for publication in the 99th volume of the North Carolina Law Review.

Professor Joan Heminway’s commentary was featured on WBIR about a publicly traded healthcare firm being financed by loans from a member of the board of directors.

At the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in January, Professor Heminway was one of three panelists who spoke on “Markets and Regulation: The Shifting Context of Transactional Practice.” She also presented her research on insider trading cases at a session on “Empirical Research in Business Law Works-in-Progress,” and was a commentator at the section on securities regulation’s forum for “Emerging Voices in Securities Regulation.”

Professor Heminway’s essay, “Me, Too and #MeToo: Women in Congress and the Boardroom,”was recently published in Volume 87 of the George Washington Law Review.

Professor Alex Long was quoted in an article by the Tennessee Ledger regarding the implications of COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Professor Briana Rosenbaum has been named an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal think tank created by pioneering members of the trial bar and dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. Learn more at this link.

Professor Maurice Stucke’s article with Ariel Ezrachi “Sustainable and Unchallenged Algorithmic Tacit Collusion” was published in Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. 

At the New York State Bar Association’s 2020 Annual Antitrust Symposium, “Reassessing the Consumer Welfare Model in the Age of Technology” Professor Stucke played the role of the DOJ prosecutor challenging a merger between a dominant social network and dominant online dating platform under the federal antitrust laws. Marshall Steinbaum of the University of Utah served as the DOJ outside economist, Michael Weiner of Dechert defended the merging parties, Catherine Tucker of MIT served as the defendants’ expert economist, Judge Gene Pratter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania presided over the closing arguments, and the audience served as the advisory jury.

Professor Stucke’s article, “The Effective Competition Standard: A New Standard for Antitrust”(co-authored with Professor Marshall Steinbaum at Utah), was published in Volume 86 of the University of Chicago Law Review.  

Professor Val Vojdik was one of four speakers at TEDxUTK 2020, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Office of Title IX and focused on opening the doors for women in sports, the law, healthcare, and for women with disabilities. Professor Vojdik’s presentation “Are Social Institutions Gendered?” explored how the law must recognize the need to transform institutions in order to value all individuals, regardless of gender.