The Brief: Law School News and Events

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DAVID ABRAMS presented a lecture titled "Building Criminal Capital vs. Specific Deterrence: The Effect of Incarceration Length on Recidivism" at Harvard University in February.

TOM BAKER's new book Ensuring Corporate Misconduct: How Liability Insurance Undermines Shareholder Litigation (University of Chicago Press) demonstrates how corporations use insurance to avoid responsibility for corporate misconduct. Co-authored by Sean Griffith, the book provides countless recommendations on how insurance companies could play a constructive role in strengthening corporate governance.

SARAH BARRINGER GORDON delivered the Annual Distinguished Lecture titled "The Place of Faith: Property and Disestablishment in Early National America" at Brigham Young University Law School in January. Gordon also received a 2011 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching the University's highest teaching award.

WILLIAM BRATTON was named the 2011 Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar at Widener University Law School, where he delivered a lecture titled "The Case Against Shareholder Empowerment (and In Favor of Delaware Law)" earlier this year.

STEPHEN B. BURBANK gave a lecture in March at the University of Georgia Law School on his paper about the private enforcement of statutory and administrative law. He co-authored the paper with Herbert Kritzer and Sean Farhang. Burbank also presented "Pleading and Power" at the University of Genoa.

ERIC FELDMAN participated last March in a roundtable discussion titled "The Japanese Legal System: An Era of Transition." The discussion took place at the 2011 Sho Sato Conference on Japanese Law at University of California's Berkeley Law School.

PAUL H. ROBINSON published several articles including "The Disutility of Injustice" (with Geoffrey Goodwin and Michael Reisig) in the New York University Law Review and "Realism, Punishment & Reform" (with Robert Kurzban and Owen Jones) in the University of Chicago Law Review. Robinson also presented at the "Law and the Science of Moral Judgment" at the University of Oslo, Norway, last December.

KERMIT ROOSEVELT gave a lecture in October at Northwestern Law School on his paper "Choice of Law in Federal Courts: From Erie and Klaxon to Cafa and Shady Grove."

DAVID RUDOVSKY has published the sixth edition of The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press). The book provides a comprehensive review of federal and state constitutional issues involving stops, arrests, and seizures, as well as an authoritative evaluation of current Pennsylvania case law.

DAVID SKEEL released a new book The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and its (Unintended) Consequences (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). The book offers an in-depth look at the new financial reform legislation. In addition, the Class of 2011 voted Skeel the recipient of the Harvey Levin Award for Teaching Excellence.