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Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law, presented “Attorneys’ Fees After Buckhannon” at Federal Court at the annual program Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases in December 2001. Rulli was selected by the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to serve as Consultant to the newly formed Task Force on Pro Bono, charged with holding public hearings and developing recommendations on how to improve the overall delivery of pro bono legal services to the poor in Philadelphia. He co-authored an amicus brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the Women’s Law Project regarding issues of statutory interpretation under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act. In addition, he chaired the Legislative Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Services to the Needy and helped draft proposed legislation that was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seeking to create an access to justice fund for civil legal services to the poor.

  • “Developing Employment Discrimination Litigation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act from the Perspective of the Poor: Can the Promise of Title I be Fulfilled for Low-Income Workers in the Next Decade?” Symposium: The Americans with Disabilities Act - Past, Present and Future: Developing Law Over a Decade, 9 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 345 (2000)

Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Law and Sociology, gave talks during 2001-2002 at University of Southern California Law School, Tulane Law School, Washington University in St. Louis, European University in Florence and Vanderbilt Law School. In June 2002, she served on a panel titled “The Function of Constitutional Courts” at the Conference on Constitutional Law held in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the American Association of Law Schools and the American Political Science Association. Also in June, Scheppele traveled to Onati, Spain to participate in a workshop of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. She was in Hungary later that month conducting interviews for her upcoming book on the Hungarian Constitutional Court. Scheppele presented “Counter-Constitutions” at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in August 2001 and “Dependence on Standing Body of State: One Fatal Flaw in Bush v. Gore” at the American Political Science Association meeting in the following September. In July 2001, Professor Scheppele co-chaired the program committee for the joint meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, held at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary where she also presented “The Quarantined Past.” The focus of the conference was “Law in Action” and featured the work of scholars working at the intersection of law and the social sciences from around the world with a particular focus on the role of law in democratic transitions. She gave a talk called “Requiem for the Rule of Law: The 2000 Election and the Failure of American Courts” at the Harvard Law School Workshop on Constitutional Law and Constitutional Theory in February 2001.

  • “Declarations of Independence: Judicial Responses to Political Pressure,” in Judicial Independence at the Crossroads, eds. Stephen Burbank and Barry Friedman (Sage, 2002)
  • “The Constitutional Basis of Hungarian Conservatism,” 9 (4) East European Constitutional Review 51 (2001) “When the Law Doesn’t Count: Election 2000 and the Rule of Law,” 149 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1363 (2001)
  • “Dependence on a Standing Body of State: A Fatal Flaw in Bush v. Gore,” Juridikum (2001)
  • “The Constitutional Law of Politics in America,” 24 Élet és Íródalóm (Life and Literature), November 2000 (Budapest)
  • “Limitations on Fundamental Rights: Comparing Hungarian and American Constitutional Jurisprudence,” in A Megtalált Alkotmány? A Magyar Alapjogi Bíráskosás Elsô Kilence Eve (The Constitution Found? The First Nine Years of Hungarian Constitutional Review on Fundamental Rights), ed. Gábor Halmai (INDOK, 2000) (Budapest)
Kim Lane Scheppele received the inaugural Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching at Commencement exercises in May. Named in honor of the beloved professor who retired in 2000 after 35 years on the faculty, Scheppele was chosen based on student course evaluations.
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