The Brief: Law School News and Events

New Faculty Strengthen Cross-Disciplinary Program

C. Edwin Baker, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Professor of Communcation, published a Chinese-language edition of his book, Media, Markets and Democracy.

Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice, was co-organizer of the “Leading Legal Innovation” conference in San Diego. The conference brought together an impressive array of academics, alumni, politicians and economists and law firm partners to discuss the future of the legal profession.

Assistant Professor of Law William Burke-White joined foreign policy experts from around the world last November to speak at the Salzburg Global Seminar. He participated in a discussion about the compatability of international and Islamic law.

Cary Coglianese, director of Penn’s Program on Regulation, chaired a panel at the International Regulatory Reform Conference in Berlin last November. He spoke about transparency and public participation in the regulatory process. In December, he participated in a panel on “Regulation and Oversight: Advice for the New Administration.” This was held at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer Sarah Paoletti participated in a roundtable discussion as part of the 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The March roundtable addressed human trafficking, violence against women, issues facing women in the criminal justice system, women workers rights issues, reproductive rights, and police brutality against women of color.

Paul Roninson, the Colin S. Diver Professor of Law, gave the First Annual Edward J. Shoen Leading Scholars Lecture at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in February. He spoke about changes in punishment theory.

Professor of Law R. Polk Wagner completed a three-month research project in Japan. He studied patent quality issues under the auspices of the Japanese Institute for Intellectual Property and the Japanese Patent Office.

Professor of Law Tobias B. Wolff has filed a petition with the California Supreme Court to stop the enactment of Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex couples’ right to marry. He filed the petition on behalf of leading African-American, Latino and Asian-American groups.

Christopher S. Yoo, professor of Law and Communication and director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, testified on technology policy before subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as before the Federal Communications Commission’s Public En Banc Hearing at Harvard Law School. He also made a presentation on net neutrality at a December meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.