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Bradford Clark has two forthcoming articles: “Erie’s Constitutional Source,” which will be published in Vol. 95 of the California Law Review, and “Domesticating Sole Executive Agreements,” which will be published in Vol. 93 of the Virginia Law Review.

Jamie Grodsky presented her article “Genomics and Toxic Torts: Dismantling the Risk-Injury Divide” in May to the faculty of the Vanderbilt Law School. The article will be published in the Stanford Law Review.

The Arizona Law Review will publish Cynthia Lee’s article “Interest Convergence and the Cultural Defense.”

The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, a book by Daniel J. Solove, will be published in 2007. Solove has also published “Privacy’s Other Path: Recovering the Law of Confidentiality,” in the Georgetown Law Journal (2007); “The First Amendment as Criminal Procedure” in the New York University Law Review (2007); and “A Tale of Two Bloggers: Free Speech and Privacy in the Blogosphere” in the Washington University Law Review (2007).

Amanda Tyler published “Is Suspension a Political Question?” in the November issue of the Stanford Law Review.

Activities, Awards & Honors

imageJerrome Barron was the luncheon speaker at a conference, “Reclaiming the First Amendment: Constitutional Theories for Media Reform,” at Hofstra Law School. His speech was called “Access to the Media—A Contemporary Appraisal.” The conference was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his Harvard Law Review article “Access to the Press—A New First Amendment Right.”

Robert J. Cottrol delivered the lecture, “Legal and Constitutional Accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement,” via television to the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. He delivered a similar lecture via teleconference to the U.S. Interest Section of the Swiss Embassy, Havana, Cuba, in February. Cottrol spoke on American civil rights law to secondary school and university students in Croatia and Hungary. He also was a commentator at a session called “Slavery and Freedom in the Antebellum Midwest” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in April.

Jamie Grodsky discussed regulatory and toxic tort implications of new genomic technologies at a conference sponsored by the University of Washington Law School. In March, she served as a faculty adviser and participant in the National Association of Environmental Law Societies conference at GW Law, in which students, academicians, and public policymakers convened to discuss “The Future of Environmental Protection.”

Lawrence Mitchell spoke about his forthcoming book, The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry, at Georgetown University Law Center, at McMaster University School of Business, at New York Law School, at the University of Illinois, to the Harvard Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and as part of the University of Pennsylvania Economic History Colloquium. He also presented his paper “The Anti-Semitic Roots of Restrictions on Stockholder Litigation” at a conference on Jews and the law held at Cardozo Law School. Mitchell presented a paper on the history of the board of directors at a conference at Columbia Law School honoring Melvin Eisenberg on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Eisenberg’s Structure of Corporate Law. In April, Mitchell presented “The Trouble With Boards” at a conference at New York Law School. In addition, he talked about the ethical obligations of corporations at a conference on bioethics sponsored by the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, Calif.


“The door of Room 204 became a literal barrier for an academic to shield his class and his students from harm. It stands as a reminder of the struggle and sacrifice that so many have made to preserve our places of learning…. In the midst of unparalleled carnage, [Liviu Librescu] offered a symbol that transcended fear and found meaning in sacrifice. He died as he lived, teaching his students perhaps the most important lesson of his life.”

Jonathan Turley wrote a column about the sanctity of the classroom in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, April 25, 2007, USA Today.

“Jurors are among the most upstanding actors in our justice system. Rarely will they disregard the instructions of the judge.”

Paul Butler, quoted in an article on jury behavior and recent charges of misconduct, Feb. 12, 2007, Newsday.

“Unredressed grievances have a habit of resurfacing, and sometimes burst forth in uncontrollable conflict....Already, Japan is facing increasing demands from several countries, including China, South Korea and the Philippines, that it more directly acknowledge its wartime misconduct and compensate its victims. Japan’s long-term interests in peaceful relations with its neighbors, not to mention its moral standing in the world, call for it to do so.”

Dinah L. Shelton wrote an op-ed piece, “Japan Can’t Dodge This Shame,” addressing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s claim that forced sexual bondage did not occur during World War II, March 6, 2007, Los Angeles Times.

“The Supreme Court has never applied the Fourth Amendment to computers. The federal courts of appeals are beginning to decide a bunch of cases: In 2006, there were 20 or 30 in the broad area of how the Fourth Amendment applies to computers. But each case is very fact-specific and narrow, so the law remains pretty murky.”

Orin S. Kerr, quoted in an article on applying the Fourth Amendment to digital evidence, Jan. 16, 2007, The Wall Street Journal.

Other Faculty Experts Quoted

Donald Braman discussed cultural values and gun-risk perception in an op-ed column he co-wrote for the Legal Times.

Using examples from the United States and abroad, David Fontana commented on ways to make the American prosecutorial system more balanced in the April 30 edition of The National Law Journal.

Jeffrey Rosen argued against the idea of “Better More Surveillance Than Another 9/11” in a debate aired on NPR in April.

Robert Cottrol was quoted in The Washington Post on April 17 about the role of gun control issues in the
2008 election.

NPR interviewed Paul Butler on April 9 about felony voter disenfranchisement and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s call to restore voting rights to ex-offenders.

Charles Craver was quoted in the Rocky Mountain News on April 4 about the labor issues in Denver affecting the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Bloomberg quoted Stephen Saltzburg in an April 3 article on Department of Justice employees asserting their Fifth Amendment rights.

Donald Clarke was quoted in an April 1 article in Forbes about corporate governance reform in China.

The Washington Post quoted Senior Associate Dean Steven L. Schooner on the split of KBR-Halliburton in a March 29 article. He also spoke with the Houston Chronicle on U.S.-based contractor deaths in Iraq.

Daniel Solove discussed online shaming and “digital baggage” on a March 28 ABC News broadcast and in a Jan. 12 article in The Wall Street Journal. He also was quoted in The New York Times about a proposal before Congress that would require financial institutions to report cases of identity theft and fraud.

Voice of America interviewed Peter Smith on the constitutional issues behind the conflict between Congress and the Bush administration over subpoenas. He also spoke with MTV News about executive privilege and the likelihood that courts could get involved when Congress disagrees with the use of this power.

Todd Peterson was quoted about executive privilege by the Gannett News Service on March 23.

Government Procurement Co-Directors Steven L. Schooner and Chris Yukins urged Congress to adopt better contracting policies in Government Executive on March 14.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Stephen Saltzburg on the role White House and Washington, D.C., culture may have played in I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s decision to lie to the FBI. Jonathan Turley was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 7 about the public’s perception of the Bush administration in the wake of the Libby trial and verdict.

Professors Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle spoke about the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in Hein v. FFRF to several publications and organizations, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Associated Press, and The National Law Journal.

Bloomberg interviewed John Duffy Feb. 20 on issues of patents and exported products in the AT&T-Microsoft case, which is headed to the Supreme Court.

The Los Angeles Times quoted John Banzhaf III on tobacco regulation through the years in a Jan. 29 article.

Dean Frederick M. Lawrence talked with the Winston-Salem Journal about the reporting of hate crimes.

The Washington Post interviewed Alberto Benitez on the role of counsel in immigration court for a Jan. 8 article.


Steve O’Toole


GW Law Creative and Innovative Economy Center Director Mike Ryan (left) welcomes U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to the Center’s World Intellectual Property Day event on Capitol Hill. Also this spring, CIEC hosted roundtable discussions for industry, academia, and policy communities in Geneva, São Paulo, and Seoul on topics as diverse as AIDS in Africa, the commercialization of Bollywood, and creativity and innovation as a tool for economic development.