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Faculty Activities | Summer 2016

Assistant Professor Jennifer A. Brobst

  • Professor Brobst drafted the problem and bench brief for the 2016 National Health Law Moot Court Competition, to be hosted in November by Southern Illinois University Schools of Law and Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine.

  • Professor Brobst completed the annual revisions for the deskbook Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, State Practice Series, Thomson Reuters (2016-2017, print and digital editions).


Professor Cindy Buys

  • Professor Buys was selected as the recipient of the 2016 ISBA Gertz Award.  The Gertz Award recognizes long-standing, continuing and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the protection or advancement of Human Rights.

  • Professor Buys’ article, entitled Conditions in U.S. Treaty Practice: New Data and Insights on a Growing Phenomenon, was just published as the lead article in 14 Santa Clara J. Int’l L. 363 (2016).


Ed Dawson

Assistant Professor of Law

  • On August 18, Professor Dawson presented Anatomy of a Good Oral Argument to the Tennessee Attorney General's Office in Nashville, TN, as part of the National Association of Attorneys General Mobile Appellate Seminar.


Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan

  • Published the textbook entitled International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (4th Edition), Carolina Academic Press (2016) (with Ellen S. Podgor and Roger S. Clark).

  • In collaboration with Professor Pardieck, Professor Dervan received a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to conduct a comparative analysis of plea bargaining and innocence in the United States, Japan, and Korea.  The grant is anticipated to last two years and total more than $126,000.

  • As part of the Japan Foundation grant, Professor Dervan and Professor Pardieck traveled to Japan and Korea during the summer to launch the plea bargaining studies.  During these travels, Professor Dervan presented at several conferences: 

    • Presenter, Bargained Justice: Plea Bargaining and Innocence in the United States, Korean Association of Psychology and Law Conference, Seoul, South Korea (June 29, 2016).

    • Presenter, Bargained Justice: Plea Bargaining and Innocence in the United States, Law & Psychology Conference, Yonsei University School of Law, Seoul, South Korea (June 28, 2016).

    • Presenter, Bargained Justice: Plea Bargaining and Innocence in the United States, International Workshop on Psychology and Law, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan (June 24, 2016).
  • TED Talk-Inspired Presentation, The Symbiotic Relationship Between Overcriminalization and Plea Bargaining, The Enforcement Maze: Over-Criminalizing American Enterprise, NACDL and U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Law & Policy Symposium (May 26, 2016). 

  • Panelist, Plea Bargaining, Twenty-Fifth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing (June 3, 2016).


Assistant Professor Mike Koehler

  • Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report published a Q&A with Professor Koehler (How a Common Language for the FCPA Would Help all Participants) on his article "A Common Language to Remedy Distorted FCPA Enforcement Statistics" 68 Rutgers Univ. Law Review 553 (2016).

  • Professor Koehler’s media mentions on FCPA topics included, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Law360 and the Corporate Crime Reporter.


Trish McCubbin

Professor of Law

  • Professor McCubbin published an article in the forthcoming GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC POLICY, AND GOVERNANCE titled “Judicial Review of Significant Agency Programs” (co-authored with Steven Rodgers, Class of 2016).

  • Professor McCubbin published an article with the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources on Justice Antonin Scalia and Clean Air Act cases.

  • Professor McCubbin was interviewed by Texas Lawyer Magazine on Justice Scalia, Clean Air Act cases and the implications of the presidential election for EPA initiatives.

  • Professor McCubbin was reappointed as a Vice-Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee within the Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources Law for the ABA.


Clinical Professor Becky O'Neill

  • In June, Professor O’Neill and Professor Erbes presented a concurrent session on Assessing Values in an Elder Law Clinic at the Third National Symposium of the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law at New York Law School in New York City.


Assistant Professor Andrew Pardieck

  • In collaboration with Professor Dervan, Professor Pardieck received a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to conduct a comparative analysis of plea bargaining and innocence in the United States, Japan, and Korea.  The grant is anticipated to last two years and total more than $126,000.


Emeritus Professor Suzanne Schmitz

  • Professor Schmitz published an article in the SIU Law Journal entitled Survey of Illinois Law: To Maximize Confidentiality Protections for Family Mediations, the Court Should Rely on the Illinois Mediation Act.


Visiting Assistant Professor Sheila Simon

  • Professor Simon presented on a panel at the ABA Young Lawyer Division national conference in St. Louis.  The panel was entitled, If You Vote For Me, I Promise I Will Do Something: Election Laws Across Borders.

  • Professor Simon presented at John Marshall Law School to “Chicago Says No More,” a group that is focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault (May 24, 2016)


Professor Angela Upchurch

  • Hacking” Service of Process: Using Social Media to Provide Constitutionally Sufficient Notice of Process, 38 U. ARK. LITTLE ROCK L. REV. (forthcoming Fall 2016).

  • An Active-Learning Approach to Teaching Tough Topics: Personal Jurisdiction as an Example, 65:4  J. LEGAL EDUC. (Summer 2016) with Cynthia M. Ho and Susan M. Gilles.

  • Professor Upchurch presented remotely in a workshop on Online Teaching Videos at 2016 AALS Annual Clinical Conference.

  • Professor Upchurch presented Improving Communications with Non-Traditional Audiences: A Three-Step Approach, with Cynthia M. Ho at 2016 Institute for Teaching and Learning Summer Conference on Real-World Readiness.