Faculty Forum: October 2020

Faculty Forum is a monthly feature written by Professor 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 Ben Barton was the opening keynote speaker at the Stanford Law School conference on “Law School Regulation: Defining the Future” discussing his book Fixing Law Schools: From Collapse to the Trump Bump and Beyond.

Professor Barton also participated in a panel presentation at Georgetown Law School on “The Cost of Legal Education” again discussing his book, Fixing Law Schools.

Professor Zack Buck wrote a guest column (with Dr. Carole Myers) titled “Knox County Board of Health Is Needed to Protect Citizens from COVID-19” for the Knoxville News-Sentinel .

Professor Buck also gave a lecture (virtual) titled “Antitrust Risk in an Era of Healthcare Regulation” at the Haslam College of Business as part of its Physician Executive MBA program, and presented “Understanding Specialty Drugs and the Health Care Cost Crisis” at the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition Annual Conference (and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine).

Professor Sherley Cruz spoke as part of “Latinos Thriving in the Law” hosted by UTK’s Latino Law Student Association as part of Hispanic Heritage Month programming. 

Professor Cruz presented her work-in-progress, “Essentially Unprotected,” at the New York University Clinical Law Review Writer’s Workshop.

The Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law and Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law hosted the fourth annual “Connecting the Threads” symposium, featuring presentations by the editors of the Business Law Prof Blog, including Professor Joan Heminway (who presented with two student coauthors and served as a discussant for two other presenters).  Hosted virtually on Zoom, the symposium included commentary from Professors Brian Krumm, George Kuney, and Tom Plank and adjunct Professor David Morehous. Papers authored by the presenters and discussants will be published in the Spring 2021 volume of the Transactions journal.

The committee chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee recognized Professor Heminway for her work with the College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership.

Also, Professor Heminway’s article Lawyering for Social Enterprise, 20 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 797 (2019), is being reprinted in a textbook coauthored by Stephen F. Reed and Esther Barron entitled Entrepreneurship Law, forthcoming from Wolters Kluwer.

The University of Oregon School of Law profiled Associate Dean Michael Higdon in connection with hisrecent visit as the Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing.  The story can be found here.

Professor George Kuney was interviewed by CTFN, a Connecticut-based financial news organization that publishes business news for investors in North America and Europe. Several environmental groups have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to enter an order directing the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Akron to consider exercising its power to suspend execution of the confirmed reorganization plan of FirstEnergy Solutions, a former subsidiary of FirstEnergy which operated two nuclear power plants in Ohio. Read the story here.

Professor Michelle Kwon presented her work-in-progress “Up in Smoke: Using Taxes to Vaporize E-Cigarette Consumption Among Youth” at LSU Law as part of our institutions’ faculty scholarship exchange program. She also presented her work-in-progress to the UTK College of Arts & Sciences College Scholars.

Professor Alex Long presented his research titled “Suicide, Wrongful Death, and Lawyer Well-Being” at the BLR Medical Malpractice Virtual Conference. He also presented at “What the Americans with Disabilities Act (and Employment Law More Generally) Has to Teach Legal Employers About Lawyer Well-Being” at the Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Professor Long’s article “The Statutification of Tort Law in the Workplace” will be published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.

Professor Glenn Reynolds’ book “America’s New Destiny in Space” has been published by Encounter.  

Professor Reynolds also has a chapter, “Hamilton, Hip Hop, and the Culture of Dueling,” in a new book, “Hamilton and the Law: Reading Today’s Most Contentious Legal Issues Through the Hit Musical,” published by Cornell University Press.

Professor Reynolds guest lectured on social media and information warfare to Capt. Douglas Reckamp’s “Strategy Brand X” class at the National War College.

Professor Greg Stein presented “The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Urban Land Use Patterns” to the Land Use and Environmental Committee at the annual meeting of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Professor Maurice Stucke presented at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Research Symposium on “Data rights, shared value, and re-defining ‘privacy’ and ‘security’ with AI/ML and emerging technologies” where he presented his latest research project, “A New Conceptual Legal Framework for Data-opolies.”

Professor Stucke and his co-author Ariel Ezrachi also presented at a conference organized by Yale’s Law and Business schools, “Big Tech & Antitrust—Competition Policy in the Digital Age.” They were invited to present their Gamemakers chapter of the new book, Competition Overdose,in the plenary session. Professor Stucke was also a commentator and the moderator of the break-out session, “Essential Platforms.”

Professor Stucke and his co-author Ariel Ezrachi won an Antitrust Writing Award by George Washington University and Concurrences Review for their article, “Sustainable and Unchallenged Algorithmic Tacit Collusion,” 17 Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property 217 (2020). A video of their acceptance can be found here.

A recent antitrust report by the House antitrust subcommittee extensively cites a number of Professor Stucke’s writings, including two reports, articles, and his book, Big Data and Competition Policy. Read more here. Professor Stucke was also quoted in an article by Quartz concerning the House report.

Professor Stucke was recently interviewed by Charleston Hub in a piece entitled “Amazon, Publishers and Antitrust—Part 2: Where Do We Go From Here.” He was also interviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review, and that interview can be found here.

Professor Stucke was quoted by the AFP wire service, which was picked up by media outlets, including Yahoo.

The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Report Of The Task Force On The Future Of Competition Law Standards interviewed a group of thought leaders in the global antitrust community. The ABA task force interviewed Professor Stucke and extensively cited his work on ways to reform competition law.

Professor Stucke was interviewed by the Economist for a webcast found here, and also by Fortune magazine for a podcast titled “Yes, Google’s Antitrust Lawsuit Impacts You.”

Professor Stucke was cited by Bloomberg in the article “How ‘Big Is Bad’ Has Become a Big, Big Deal.”

Professor Melanie Wilson’s essay, “The Pandemic Juror,” discussing the challenges trial courts face in attracting and protecting jurors who serve on criminal juries during the pandemic, was published in the Washington and Lee Law Review Online, available here.