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 Blankley Presents at ADR Meeting
Professor Kristen Blankley gave a presentation on the biggest developments in arbitration law at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida on April 4, 2014. This conference is the biggest conference of the year in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Professor Eric Berger Discusses Lethal Injection on Huffington Post Live
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 Ruser Leads Workshop in Kosovo
Professor 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.
Dority Baker and Pearlman publish A Bibliography of University of Nebraska College of Law Faculty Scholarship 1892-2013
This new book published by the University of Nebraska Press and a Schmid Law Library Publication Series title, lists all the faculty members at the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1892-2013, as well as adjunct professors and visiting faculty. This project was compiled by Schmid Law Library librarians, Marcia L. Dority Baker (Access Services Librarian) and Stefanie S. Pearlman (Reference Librarian). A digital version of the bibliography is available here from the University of Nebraska (UNL) Digital Commons.
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 Eric Berger’s Article Recently Accepted for Publication
Professor Eric Berger’s article The Rhetoric of Constitutional Absolutism was recently accepted for publication by the William and Mary Law Review. The article examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s practice of writing some of its constitutional opinions to sound easy, even when the cases are, in fact, difficult and deeply contested. Professor Berger also presented this article at a faculty workshop on March 18, 2014 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, WI.
Professor Kristen Blankley to Publish Article on the Federal Arbitration Act
Professor Kristen Blankley will be publishing her article, Impact Preemption: A New Theory of Preemption Under the Federal Arbitration Act in the Florida Law Review. Her Article examines the history and purposes of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and concludes that flaws in early Supreme Court jurisprudence has expanded preemption to new and unexplained bounds. The Article recommends that the Supreme Court reconsider its jurisprudence and return to a traditional conflict preemption analysis under the FAA.
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.