Faculty Forum: April 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.

Professor Eric Franklin Amarante’s proposal for the “Advancing Management Research in Latin America” conference received the Best Conference Paper Proposal Award. This proposal was co-authored with David Gras of the Haslam College of Business and business student Ace Beorchia. 

Professor Teri Baxter’s article, “Dying for Equal Protection” has been published in Volume 71 of the Hastings Law Journal.

Professors Teri Baxter and Alex Long have published their casebook,“Torts: A Modern Approach” with Carolina Academic Press.

Professor Robert Blitt has been elected as co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) southeast regional interest group. ASIL’s mission is to “foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.” 

Professor Sherley Cruz participated in a COVID-19 Employment Law Question and Answer panel with Memphis Legal Aid. A recording will be shared on the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission’s website to help answer wage and hour and unemployment insurance questions related to COVID-19.

Professor Lucy Jewel was featured on the Ipse Dixit podcast discussing her article “Does the Reasonable Man Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.”  The Ipse Dixit podcast highlights selected law scholarship and can be accessed here

Professor Jewel is one of seven board members elected from a slate of 23 to serve on the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute. She will serve from 2020 until 2024. 

Professor George Kuney’s article, “Life Insurance and Bankruptcy,” is being published in the Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (Thompson Reuters 2020).

Professor Michelle Kwon’s article “Pulling the Wrong Lever Opens a Trap Door: Using Taxes to Fight the Opioid War” will be published in volume 93 of the Temple Law Review.

Professor Alex Long was quoted in an article in Compass regarding the risks employers will face as the economy begins to reopen following the stay at home orders associated with COVID-19.

Professor Glenn Reynold’s opinion piece, “Trump Opens Outer Space for Business,”appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 19.

Professor Dean Rivkin presented on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a key special education statute, to 15 lawyers from Legal Services of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Professor Maurice Stucke,along with co-author, Ariel Ezrachi, presented their book “Competition Overdose” to the Information Society Project and Yale Law School as part of their Virtual Cyberlaw Speaker Series.

The Sharon, Connecticut NPR radio affiliate interviewed Professor Stucke and Ezrachi about their book, “Competition Overdose.” The authors were also interviewed by CNBC in the article “Big Tech’s Goodwill Tour Won’t Carry Weight in Antitrust Probes, Experts Say” and their book was reviewed by Politico.

Professor Stucke and his co-author spoke about “Competition Overdose” at New York University Law School’s Competition, Innovation and Information Law Speaker Series, and at an online event hosted Vijaybhoomi University. 

Professor Penny J. White spoke with Yale Law School Professor Stephen Bright’s class on Capital Punishment:  Race, Poverty, and Disadvantage.

Professor White has contributed to the National Judicial College’s “Presiding over a Capital Case: A Benchbook for Judges” 2020 edition. She authored the first chapter and contributed to some of the remaining chapters.