Recent Faculty Activities

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Recent Faculty Activities

Cheryl Anderson Professor Cheryl Anderson 

Presented The Curse of Knowledge, Zombie Nouns, and Other Impediments to Persuasive Written Advocacy to the Appellate Lawyers Association (October 30, 2014).

Chris BehanAssociate Professor Christopher W. Behan 

Planned and organized a panel, Course Design, Implementation and Improvement for the 2014 Educating Advocates: Teaching Skills Conference at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida (May 21, 2014).

Presented a draft paper, “The Agony and the Ecstasy, or, How I Spent My Summer Teaching a Distance-Learning Trial Advocacy Course,” at a panel entitled The Role of Advocacy in the Modern Law School at the 2014 SEALS Conference (Aug. 4, 2014).

Taught for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the 6th Baker & McKenzie Regional Advocacy Training Program in Boulder, Colorado (May 15-17 2014).

Taught as a guest faculty member in the Golden Gate University School of Law 1st STEP (Summer Trial and Evidence Program) intensive immersion trial advocacy week. San Francisco, CA, (May 19-23, 2014).

Taught in a deposition skills training program for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. (July 29-30 2014).

Published a trial advocacy case file, People v. Vonda Fitzpeter, with Practice Ready Press (May 2014).

Published an annual update to the Military Crimes and Defenses Treatise (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, 2d ed. 2012) in July 2014.

BrobstAssistant Professor Jennifer A. Brobst

Provided four blog posts in September as an invited guest blogger for Health Law Prof Blog, including topics related to the ebola crisis, pregnancy and advance directives, revenge porn criminalization, and secondary traumatic stress among attorneys.  The last post is co-authored with Keegan Warren-Clem, our SIH Medical-Legal Partnership LLM fellow.

Published the annually revised deskbook, Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, North Carolina Practice Series, 2014-15 ed.  Eagan, Minn.: Thomson Reuters, 2014 [in press].

Published an article entitled "The Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress among Family Attorneys Working with Trauma-Exposed Clients: Implications for Practice and Professional Responsibility" in 10 Journal of Health and Biomedical Law 1-54 (2014). 

Presented at the 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference at the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, on the subject of "Reevaluating the Reliability Assumptions that Support the Rules of Evidence:  Impact on Victims of Crime"  (June 2014). 

Provided an invited keynote speech on ebola and quarantine laws at "Weathering the Storm", the annual southern Illinois regional disaster preparedness conference in Marion, IL (Oct. 15, 2014).

Entry entitled "Flat as a Pancake, A Training Bra" won third place on behalf of the Center for Health Law and Policy at the SIH/SIU Breast Cancer Awareness event "Be My Bra" (Oct. 29, 2014).

 Invited to serve on the first Advisory Council of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, housed at Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, and on the Advisory Council of the SIU Women's Resource Center.

Presented as a trainer for the mental health learning collaborative of the North Carolina Child Treatment Program on "Legal Issues Related to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" in Morrisville, NC (May 2014) ( 

Served as a volunteer judge for the final mock trial at the Legal Eagle Summer Camp for high school and middle school students at North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, NC (June 2014).

 Cindy BuysProfessor Cindy Buys 

Co-authored two chapters in the ABA International Legal Developments Year in Review 2013: International Courts and United Nations and Other International Organizations.

A Empirical Look at U.S. Treaty Practice: Some Preliminary Conclusions, in Agora: The End of Treaties? AJIL Unbound (May 6, 2014).

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 38 S. Ill. Univ. L.J. 57 (2014).

Presented on Study Abroad Programs and our Legal Globalization class at the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy in May 2014.

Presented New Thinking regarding the Use of Conditions in U.S. Treaty Practice, at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference.

Appointed to a Statewide Task Force on Human Trafficking.  SIU hosted a meeting of the Task Force in July.  Prof. Buys’ Policy subcommittee is examining laws and practices in the state of Illinois that impede the fight against both sex and labor trafficking.

Presented paper, “New Thinking regarding the Use of Conditions in U.S. Treaty Practice,” at the American Society of International Law’s Midyear Meeting and Research Forum.  70 papers were chosen for the Research Forum through a double-blind peer review process from among over 200 submissions.  (Nov. 2014).

Bill DrennanAssistant Professor Jennifer Camero 

Accepted an offer of publication from Vanderplas Publishing to author a book entitled Teaching Law Online.  The book introduces law professors to distance education then explains how to create and manage an online course in an effective manner without sacrificing quality and the student experience.   Expected release date is summer 2015.

Article entitled Mission Impracticable: The Impossibility of Commercial Impracticability listed on the Top Ten Download List in the Contracts category for multiple weeks.

Presented draft paper entitled Indiscretions of Youth: A Minor’s Right of Rescission at the 2014 SEALS conference (August 6, 2014).

Article entitled Mission Impracticable: The Impossibility of Commercial Impracticability listed on the Top Ten Download List in the Contracts category for multiple weeks. 

Presented draft paper entitled Indiscretions of Youth: A Minor’s Right of Rescission at the 2014 SEALS conference (August 6, 2014).

Accepted an offer to publish article entitled Mission Impracticable: The Impossibility of Commercial Impracticability in the Fall 2014 volume of the University of New Hampshire Law Review.

Attended the Law & Economics Center’s “Economics Institute for Law Professors” (June 15-27, 2014).

Was elected Secretary of the Central States Law Schools Association for 2014-15.

DervanAssociate Professor Lucian E. Dervan

Published The Quest for Finality: Five Stories of White Collar Criminal Prosecution, 4 Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 91 (2014).

Moderated a panel discussion regarding Recent Trends Regarding the Globalization of Enforcement Actions and Cross-Border Internal Investigations in the EU and US at the ABA CJS White Collar Crime and Regulatory Trends in the EU and the US Conference (May 15, 2014).

Participated as a roundtable member in a discussion regarding Teaching International Criminal Law at the 2015 SEALS Conference (Aug. 1, 2014).

Moderated a roundtable discussion regarding Navigating the White Collar Crime Landscape in China at the ABA Annual Meeting (Aug. 8, 2014).

Was appointed to the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council and Co-Executive Director of the Specialized Practice Division of the section. The Specialized Practice Division of the ABA CJS overseas the following committees: Amicus Review, Appellate and Habeas Practice, Cyber-Crime, Global Anti-Corruption, Homeland Security, Terrorism & Treatment of Enemy Combatants, Immigration, and International. 

Presented Sentencing the Wolf of Wall Street at the Wayne State Law Review symposium entitled Sentencing White Collar Defendants: How Much is Enough? (Oct. 24, 2014). 

Bill Drennan Associate Professor William Drennan 

Accepted an offer to publish his article entitled “Promoting Health with Sports: When Should Nonprofits Qualify for Tax Benefits?” from the SMU Law Review

Was quoted in the Financial Times (London) regarding the development of charitable naming rights transactions in the U.S., and the techniques charities may use in structuring fundraising campaigns (Sept. 19, 2014).

ErbesAssistant Professor John Erbes

Presented at the Second National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law held at Elon University Law School in Greensboro, NC, regarding “Integrating Experiential Learning into the Law School Curriculum” (June 13-15). This was based in part on a paper of the same title prepared by a working group in which he participated prior to the conference.

Cynthia L. FountaineDean and Professor Cynthia Fountaine 

Organized, Moderated, and Participated in a Discussion Group on "Crossing the Bar: Current Character and Fitness Issues in Admission to the Profession," as part of the Workshop on the Legal Profession at the SEALS Annual Meeting (August 2014).

Presented "Change Is Here" on a panel on "Lessons of the Past: Change is Inevitable" at the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Annual Meeting (May 2014). 

Was reappointed to a second term on the Fulbright Scholar Discipline Peer Review Committee. 

Was appointed as a Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Ryan HolteAssistant Professor Ryan Holte 

Accepted a second Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship (2014-2015, non-resident fellowship) from the George Mason University School of Law.

Published a solicited response essay from the Florida Law Review:  The Trespass Fallacy in the “Software Patent” Debate, 65 FLA. L. REV. FORUM 46 (2014).

Paper accepted at the Saint Louis University Law Journal (forthcoming Dec. 2014):  Trolls or Great Inventors: Case Studies of Patent Assertion Entities, 59 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. __ (2014).

Invited to be a discussant: Patented Innovation in Software Technology (Cape Coral, Florida – May 2014), Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law.

Invited to be a discussant: Patent Rights & Remedies Symposium (Arlington, Virginia – June 2014), Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law.

Invited to attend two-week institute: 30th Economics Institute for Law Professors (Steamboat Springs, Colorado – June 2014), Law & Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law.

Invited to present article: Summer Institute in Patent Law (Beaver Creek, Colorado – July 2014), Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law.

Attended a patent law research conference in Scottsdale, AZ November 6-8 hosted by the George Mason University School of Law Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Published Trolls or Great Inventors: Case Studies of Patent Assertion Entities, 59 St. Louis Univ. L. J. 1 (Dec. 2014) (lead article)

JohnsonAssistant Professor of Law Twinette Johnson

Published an article entitled “Going Back to the Drawing Board: Re-Entrenching the Higher Education Act to Restore Its Historical Policy of Access” in the University of Toledo Law Review.  45 Toledo Law Review 545 (Spring 2014). 

 Mike KoehlerAssistant Professor Mike Koehler  

Published “How a Successful Football Organization Can Inform Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance in a Business Organization,” in Bloomberg BNA’s White Collar Crime Report

Invited speaker at Texas A&M University School of Law.  Lunch address to the faculty titled “Bribery:  What is It, Who Decides, and How to Address It?”  Guest speaker in Business Law Seminar titled “Revisiting a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Defense.”

Release of published book “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era” (Edward Elgar Publishers)

Published the following articles:  “A Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Narrative,” Michigan State International Law Review and “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Ripples,” American University Business Law Review.

Work and research cited in a cert petition recently filed in the U.S. Supreme Court (U.S. v. Esquenazi), the first substantive FCPA cert petition filed in the FCPA’s 37 year history.  I will be supporting the petition with an amicus brief to be filed in September. 

Presenter, “Perspectives on Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility,” SEALS Conference (Aug. 5, 2014). 

Featured source regarding FCPA topics in various media including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Guest Lecture, Strategic International Transactions Seminar, Michigan State University College of Law

Lecture on book, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era, at King & Spalding LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Panelist, ABA National Institute on International Regulation and Compliance:  FCPA, Economic Sanctions and Export Controls, "FCPA for Transactional, Business and Other Lawyers" (Washington, D.C.)

Featured source on FCPA topics in the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Compliance Week and Law360

 Sue LiemerProfessor Sue Liemer

Appointed by the ABA to the reaccreditation site team reviewing the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

She has been re-appointed as the Corporate Secretary of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

This year she is serving the Legal Writing Institute on its New Member Outreach Committee and its Scholarship Development and Outreach Committee.   

Published a book review of Zenon Bankowski et al., eds., The Arts and the Legal Academy: Beyond Text in Legal Education (Ashgate 2012), in 11 J. ALWD __ (2014) (in press).

Published a book review of Joan Willams & Rachel Dempsey, What Works for Women at Work (NYU Press 2014), in 20 The Catalyst 8 (Aug. 2014), the newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law. 

Presented Scholarship Speed Mentoring at the Legal Writing Institute LWI bi-ennial conference in Philadelphia, PA, on July 2. Oversaw three other conference scholarship presentations/panels on behalf of the LWI Scholarship Development & Outreach Committee.     

Was appointed to the dissertation committee for a JD who is now a PhD candidate in the SIU Carbondale English Department.

Steve MaciasAssistant Professor Steve Macias 

Gave a lecture entitled, “Civil War Politics and the Myth of Treason in Southern Illinois,” a the General John Logan Museum in Murphysboro on Aug. 11.

Doug LindLaw Library Director and Professor Doug Lind 

Appeared in a wsiltv news story entitled “Local Pastor Weighs in on Texas Sermon Subpoena.” (October 17, 2014), available here

 Trish McCubbinProfessor Trish McCubbin

Visited and lectured at various law schools in Turkey during her spring sabbatical, including:

  • Sakarya University (the home institution of our visiting Turkish scholar, Damla Küçük)
  • Izmir University of Economics (Trish's home institution in Turkey)
  • Ankara University, and
  • Dokuz Eylül University. 

Trish McCubbinAssistant Professor George Mocsary  

Completed the four online chapters for my coauthored casebook, Firearms Law and the Second Amendment:  Regulation, Rights, and Policy.  The chapters comprise just under 450 pages and will be posted to the casebook’s website,, this fall.

Presented at and attended the Thirtieth Economics Institute for Law Professors held by the Law & Economics Center of the George Mason University School of Law in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Conducted the first annual Law, Economics, and Freedom Reading Group for a group of eight SIU Law students.  The group met four times during the summer over dinner to discuss four books.

Was quoted in an Insurance Business America Magazine article entitled “Should gun liability insurance be required?”  Insurance Business America Magazine (August 13, 2014). 

Published Insuring Against Guns?, an insurance-law and law-and-economics piece on liability insurance for gun owners, in the Connecticut Law Review as the Lead Symposium Article – available at

  Valerie MunsonClinical Assistant Professor Valerie Munson

Published an article entitled The Supreme Court’s impending decision in the Contraceptive Mandate Cases:  Will it go the way of the Seventh Circuit? In the Illinois Health Care Lawyer, 30 Health Care Lawyer 4, 1 (June 2014.)

Published an article entitled Fraud on the Faithful?  The Charitable Intentions of Members of Religious Congregations and the Peculiar Body of Law Governing Religious Property in the United States, in the Rutgers Law Journal, 44 Rutgers Law Journal 471 (2014).

Noble-AllgireProfessor Alice Noble-Allgire

As one of the co-reporters for the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, attended the Uniform Law Commission’s Annual Meeting to help present the current draft of the Act for its second reading and gather input for further revisions. Read article here.

Published an article, “Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States: A Victory for Private Landowners in Abandoned Railroad Right of Way Case,” in Probate & Property magazine, Sept./Oct. 2014.

Was quoted in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article about the Illinois Law and Leadership Institute, a summer law camp for high school students developed by the Illinois State Bar Association and hosted by the SIU School of Law.

PardieckAssistant Professor Andrew M. Pardieck

Presented “The Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Solving the eDiscovery Dilemma?” at a Civil Law workshop at the Hokkaido University School of Law, Sapporo, Japan.  (July 18, 2014).  

UpchurchAssociate Professor Angela Upchurch

Led a workshop entitled The Flipped Classroom at The Ohio University School of Law as part of the Summer Speaker Series (July 16, 2014).

Presented Rethinking How to Think Like a Lawyer: Cognitive Science and Cultural Competency Training in the Family Law Curriculum, at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference.

 Nolan WrightAssistant Professor and Reference Librarian Nolan Wright 

Coauthored “A Comparison of Responses from Attorneys and from Law Librarians on Legal Research Practices and Expectations for New Associates,” published in June by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Academic Law Library Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS), reporting the results of two national surveys conducted by the ALL-SIS Task Force on Identifying Skills and Knowledge for Legal Practice, and performed the statistical analysis that served as the basis of the report. The report is available here