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.
Faculty In the News
Professor Brian Lepard Participates in Dissertation Defense of French Law Student
Professor Brian Lepard, a recognized expert on international human rights law and comparative law, recently participated as a member of the jury in the dissertation defense of a French law student, Hamdam Nadafi, at the Université Jean Monnet in Saint Etienne, France. Professor Lepard served as co-director of Dr. Nadafi’s dissertation, which is entitled “Freedom of Religion in States with Islamic Law.” The principal director of her research was Dr. Baptiste Bonnet, Professor at the Université Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne. Dr. Nadafi successfully obtained the doctorate in public law degree.
Professor Matthew Schaefer Publishes Article in Orlando Sentinel
This week Professor Matthew Schaefer published his article entitled “Boost Space Industry: Front & Center’. With NASA concentrating on deep-space exploration and interest growing in space tourism, the commercial space industry looks ready for takeoff in the United States. Florida, still the nation's No. 1 spaceport, is well positioned to benefit. But legal problems could stall the industry's ascent in the U.S. Read more.
Professor Josephine Potuto Honored for Work with Scholar-Athletes
Jo Potuto, professor of law and UNL's faculty athletics representative, was presented with a commemorative plaque from the National Football Foundation Faculty Salutes Initiative. The award, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, recognizes the contributions of faculty athletics representatives from schools with an athlete listed in the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Class. Potuto also received the award in 2012 for her work with NFF National Scholar-Athlete Rex Burkhead. Read the full article here.
Professor Frans von der Dunk co-chairing and speaking at the Practitioners’ Forum organized by the European Centre for Space Law
On March 14, 2014, Professor Frans von der Dunk is coordinating, co-chairing and speaking at the annual Practitioners’ Forum organized by the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) on 'Recent Developments in Export Control Regulations on Space Technology’. He will introduce the program and speak on the international setting; the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Wassenaar Arrangement.
Professor John M. Gradwohl, 1930 – 2014
The University of Nebraska College of Law mourns the passing of Professor John M. Gradwohl, 1930-2014, who taught at the College for over 50 years. John was an expert in labor arbitration, legislation, and tax law. John's commitment to this law school and to our students was extraordinary. We will miss him dearly.
Professor Beth Burkstrand-Reid's Publishes Article in December by the Hastings Law Journal.
On February 5, 2014 Beth Burkstrand-Reid's article From Sex for Pleasure to Sex for Parenthood: How the Law Manufactures Mothers was published in December by the Hastings Law Journal. The article explores the treatment of women's sexuality in the law. Specifically, it looks at how reproductive health-related laws concerning birth control, abortion, and pregnancy treat all women as mothers or potential mothers. The article was featured as recommended reading on Lawrence Solumn's Legal Theory blog, a prominent blog that highlights the best writing in all areas of law.
Professor Beth Burkstrand-Reid awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Status of Women Award for 2014
The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women established an award to recognize annually an individual on campus that has contributed the most to improving the status of women. This year the Chancellor’s Award was given to our very own Professor Beth Burkstrand-Reid. We want to congratulate her on this high honor as it is certainly well deserved.
Professor Eric Berger Publishes Article on Originalism Pretenses
Professor Eric Berger recently published an article entitled “Originalism’s Pretenses”. This symposium contribution reviews recent scholarly developments in originalism and contends that originalism’s capacity to fix constitutional meaning and constrain judicial decision making is overstated in both practice and theory.Read the full article here.
Professor Marcia Dority Baker Publishes Article
Marcia Dority Baker publishes an article entitled “The deployment of the terms indigenous, aboriginal, and Indian in the texts of international constitutions”. Indigenous societies around the world are stepping forward to take their place as an equal partner in their nation’s future. In many cases, these efforts have been undertaken in response to the development and the recent publication of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as endorsed by the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations. Read the article here.