Professor Sandra Zellmer Co-Authors Book About Mississippi River Tragedies

Sandra Zellmer is co-author of "Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster," a new book that uses a series of stories to show that it is misleading to call floods and other environmental catastrophes "natural." The book was published by New York University Press.

Zellmer, a professor of law, and co-author Christine Klein, strive to uncover the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies ambivalent attitudes toward nature — simultaneously revering wild rivers and places for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into something else.

In this book, the authors conclude that, although the acknowledgement of human responsibility for unnatural disasters can lead to blame, guilt, and liability, it can also prod individuals to confront the consequences of society's actions, hopefully leading to a liberating sense of possibility and to the knowledge necessary to avoid future disasters.

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Professor Sandra Zellmer Selected to Present at Yale

Professor ZellmerProfessor Sandra Zellmer (law) and Patrice McMahon (political science) have been selected to present a paper at the Yale-UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy in New Haven, CT this September. Zellmer and McMahon will present a synopsis paper of a UNL workshop on Water Security aimed at increasing awareness of issues surrounding water security and peace in the Middle East and around the world, focusing on the various ways international actors, countries, and communities cooperate around water and natural resources.


Shoemaker Presents at Association of Law, Property, Society Annual Meeting

Professor ShoemakerProfessor Jessica Shoemaker presented a work in progress at the annual meeting of the Association of Law, Property, and Society held May 5-6 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In her paper, “The Land Tenure We Inhabit: Indigenous Property and Power,” Shoemaker considers the unique intersection of property and sovereignty issues in the modern U.S. Indian reservation.


Shoemaker Article Accepted for Publication in Kansas Law Review

Professor ShoemakerAn article written by Professor Jessica Shoemaker has been accepted for publication in the Kansas Law Review. The article, “No Sticks in My Bundle: Rethinking the Indian Land Tenure Problem,” is the first piece of legal scholarship to examine in depth the design of co-ownership institutions in individually owned American Indian lands.


Professor Anthony Schutz Concludes Animals and Agricultural Law Class

Professor Schutz's Summer ClassProfessor Anthony Schutz just finished up the Animals and Agricultural Law and Policy Class sponsored in part by the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. This was an intensive course with guest instructors Beth and Rusty Rumley from the National Agricultural Law Center, and Maureen Moseman of the University of Nebraska. In addition to University of Nebraska students, the class attracted students from Boston College Law School, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the University of Arkansas School of Law.


Dority Baker Plays Part in Book that Won the AALL Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award

Professor Dority BakerThe book Law Librarianship in the Digital Age edited by Ellyssa Kroski won the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. Professor Marcia Dority Baker wrote the "Social Software" chapter for the book. The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature.


Professor Ruser Leads Workshop in Kosovo

Professor RuserProfessor Kevin Ruser spent March 24-28 leading a working group at the University of Pristina Faculty of Law in Kosovo. The purpose of the workshop was to draft a framework for a style manual for legal research. Ruser will continue to assist the law faculty at that University until the manual is complete.


Professor Matthew Schaefer Speaks at 30th Annual National Space Symposium

Professor SchaeferProfessor Schaefer spoke on a panel on the radio frequency interference with satellites and its impact on space sustainability in Colorado Springs on May 22, 2014 at the National Space Symposium. Professor Schaefer was the lone lawyer on the panel and suggested some possible legal enforcement mechanisms for international obligations prohibiting harmful interference in response to satellite operators’ increasing frustration with the lack of concrete tools to stop intentional radio frequency interference with satellites. For more, click here.


Potuto’s “Professors Need Not Apply” Published by

Professor PotutoProfessor Jo Potuto’s essay, “Professors Need Not Apply” was published by on May 19. In the essay, Potuto examines the current collegiate athletic model and the proposed new Division I governance structure and that proposal’s impact on faculty involvement.


Zellmer Book Signing, Reading This Wednesday

Professor Zellmer The Schmid Law Library is hosting a book signing and reading for Professor Sandi Zellmer this Wednesday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Zellmer will be reading an excerpt from her recently published book, “Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster.” The reading will take place at 4:30 p.m., and food and beverages will be served beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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