Sheppard returns from South Africa
Professor Christal Sheppard just returned from participating in the 3rd Annual Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest in Cape Town South Africa. The Congress was coordinated with the Conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa. Participants came from all corners of the globe providing localized insight on regional intellectual property concerns. Coincidentally the Congress & Conference coincided with the historic momentous occasion of the passing of the South African leader, Dr. Nelson Mandela, and the celebrations and memorial events that occurred throughout South Africa as a result.
The Congress and Conference explored the expansion of intellectual property rights in developing countries, the impact of these expansion, including requirements under TRIPs, on developing counties (with an emphasis on countries on the African continent) and mechanisms for developing countries to balance their international requirements when in conflict with the needs of their people. The five thematic tracks were : (1) user rights; (2) access to medicines; (3) enforcement; (4) openness; and (5) traditional knowledge.
Professor Sheppard noted that, in addition to the substantive experience of the Congress & Conference, being in South Africa during the recognition of the passing of Dr. Mandela was a life changing and life affirming experience. She saw first hand the love that people of all races and nationalities had for the former leader (Mandela, Mandiba, Utata) and the hope that South Africans had that Mandela's legacy would continue in South Africa. Follow this link learn more about the 3rd Annual Global Congress: http://www.openair.org.za/capetown2013.
Faculty In the News
Dority Baker Writes Book Chapter on Social Software
Professor Marcia Dority Baker wrote a chapter on "Social Software" for the recently published book, "Law Librarianship in the Digital Age", edited by Ellyssa Kroski. More details on the book can be found here.
Zellmer Publishes Textbook
Professor Sandra Zellmer recently published a textbook, Comparative Environmental and Natural Resources Law (Carolina Press 2013), that provides a comparative look at environmental and natural resource laws governing water, waste, biological diversity (wildlife and habitat), and environmental assessment. It focuses on the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and India. The first four countries are chosen for comparative analysis because of their common cultural roots yet divergent environmental problems and strategies. The fifth nation, India, is a country deeply influenced by England but charting its own course as an emerging economic giant, whose growth poses significant implications for biological diversity, climate, and the environment.
Potuto Presents at University of Mississippi College of Law
Professor Josephine Potuto recently presented "The NCAA Today: Identity and Challenges" to the University of Mississippi College of Law as part of its lecture series. During the presentation, Potuto discussed the two major challenges facing the NCAA today: revamping NCAA Division I governance so that schools in its largest conferences can use resources to do more for student-athletes; and, enhancing the student-athlete experience while maintaining the amateurism principle.
Thimmesch Article To Be Published in Virginia Tax Review
Professor Adam Thimmesch's article, "The Tax Hangover: Trailing Nexus" was accepted for publication in the Winter 2014 issue of the Virginia Tax Review. Thimmesch teaches Individual Income Tax, Corporate Finance, and Business Associations. His scholarship focuses on the constitutional implications imposed on state taxing power.
Berger Delivers Presentations at Richmond, St. Louis University, Loyola
This semester Professor Eric Berger has presented at several different law schools across the country. Berger presented “The Rhetoric of Constitutional Absolutism” as part of the Faculty Colloquy Series at University of Richmond School of Law. He gave the same talk at St. Louis University School of Law. Berger also presented a paper entitled “The Politics of Constitutional Certainty” at the Fourth Annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Nov. 1, 2013.
Shoemaker Organizes, Moderates Session at Rural Futures Conference
Professor Jessica Shoemaker organized and moderated an extended session, "Governing the Land: Maximizing Rural Places Locally and Globally," at the Rural Futures Conference in Lincoln on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The conference had 540 people from around the world attend. The highly interactive session incorporated the expertise of scholars from abroad, including work from the international Office of Economic Cooperation and Development's Rural Working Group, as well as regional experts on topics ranging from energy development to water concerns, land use planning to natural resource management.
Duncan Article Accepted for Publication
Professor Rick Duncan's article, Just Another Brick in the Wall: The Establishment Clause as a Heckler's Veto, has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2014 Issue of Texas Review of Law & Politics. The article critiques the Supreme Court's jurisprudence concerning passive religious displays in the public square, and the true source of the Court's Wall of Separation between church and state metaphor. A free copy of the article can be found here.
Civil Clinic Holds First of Advanced Directive Clinic
The College's Civil Clinic Program recently held the first of 4 Advanced Directive Clinic (ADC) in Beatrice. The program is a joint venture between the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), Legal Aid, and the College of Law, funded through a federal grant awarded to NDHHS. The purpose of the ADC is to provide limited free estate planning services to senior citizens in rural communities with no access to programs such as the Civil Clinic. Future ADC programs will take place in Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff in the spring.
Beard Honored by Department of Defense
Professor Jack Beard was awarded a medal for exceptional public service by the Office of the Secretary of Defense on November 6. Beard was presented with the medal during the College's annual Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Conference which was held in Washington, D.C., on November 5-6. Prior to joining the faculty, Beard spent part of his career as the Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) i the Department of Defense. As a result of his relationship with the Department, a student participates in an externship with the Department that is exclusive to Nebraska Law.