The Brief: Law School News and Events

New Faculty Strengthen Cross-Disciplinary Program

Professor of Law and Philosophy William Ewald has received a Templeton Foundation grant for a project on the role of conceptions of the infinite in nineteenth and twentieth century foundations of mathematical logic.

Professor of Law Eric Feldman is contributing a chapter to a book titled Fault Lines: Tort Law as Cultural Practice (Michael McCann & David Engel, eds.) (Stanford University Press, 2009). Feldman’s subject is Suing Doctors in Japan: Structure, Culture, & The Rise of Malpractice Litigation.

Professor of Law and Philosophy Claire Finkelstein spent the spring semester as a fellow at the American Academy of Berlin, where she completed a draft of her book, Hobbesian Legal Theory.

Practice Professor of Law Douglas Frenkel’s multimedia book, The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text, was released in July (Aspen Law and Business). Co-authored by James H. Stark, the book’s theory and analysis are integrated with three DVD case studies. It is the first law school text to use this interactive form of instruction.

Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, is working on a book about religion and litigation in the twentieth century. The book will be published by Harvard University Press.

Professor of Law Kristin Madison is working on an empirical project tracking the diffusion of health care quality reporting regulations across the United States.

Stephen Perry, the John J. O’Brien Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy and director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy, delivered a plenary address last July at the Biennial Conference on the Law of Obligations. The conference was held in Singapore. Perry spoke on the topic of “The Role of Duty of Care in a Rights-Based Theory of Tort Law.”

Professor of Law Wendell Pritchett has a new book, Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer (University of Chicago Press). He examines the life of the first African-American cabinet secretary and the first head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Colin S. Diver Professor of Law Paul Robinson has been hired as the consultant to the Irish government to codify Irish criminal law.

Professor of Law Catherine Struve is at work on a new edition of Volume 16A of the Federal Practice and Procedure treatise. The volume is slated for publication in early 2009.

Professor of Law R. Polk Wagner published a book titled Patent Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press). The co-author is Craig Nard.

Assistant Professor of Law William Burke-White will spend the 2009 spring semester as a visiting scholar in Germany studying the rise of Russia and China and their impact on the international legal system. He will split time between the Max Planck Institute for Public International Law and the Hertie School of Governance. The project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research.

Professor of Law Tobias Wolff is contributing a piece called The Solomon Amendment Litigation and Other Consequences of Dale to The Boy Scouts, Gay Rights, and the Freedom to Associate (with Andrew Koppelman) (Yale University Press, forthcoming)

Professor of Law and Communication Christopher S. Yoo published a book in July titled The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush, co-authored with Steven G. Calabresi (Yale University Press). Last April, Yoo organized a major conference on “The Breakup of AT&T: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective,” which brought together lading scholars on telecommunications and antitrust law including keynote speaker Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.