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FACULTY and STAFF NOTES
Erin Buzuvis, Professor of Law, has
been quoted multiple times in major
news outlets such as the New York
Times and the Chronicle of Higher
Education in connection with Title IX
issues such as the recent NLRB ruling
giving college athletes the right to
unionize, the Obama administration’s
recent report on sexual assault on
college campuses, and an ongoing
Title IX dispute at Tufts University.
On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Professor
Buzuvis attended and presented
at the University of Denver Law Review’s
symposium, “Revisiting Sex: Fifty
Years of the Civil Rights Act.” The law
review will publish the paper she presented, which was on the application
Title VII’s retaliation provision to cases
involving LGBT plaintiffs.
Matthew Charity, Professor of Law,
presented “Shelby and the International Obligation of Representation”
in July at Touro Law School’s conference on Shelby v. Holder and the Voting Rights Act.
Samuel Charron, Assistant Director
and Pro Bono Coordinator, Career
Services, is serving as the president of
the Northeast Law School Consortium. He has also been selected as a
member of the Equal Justice Works
National Advisory Committee.
Beth Cohen, Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs, and Director of
Legal Research and Writing, and Pat
Newcombe, Associate Dean for
Library and Information Resources,
wrote a book review of Judge Michael
Ponsor’s novel. Their review, The
Hanging Judge by Michael A. Ponsor—
A Book Review: Capital Punishment—
Is the Death Penalty Worth the Price?
made the SSRN top ten list under the
topic of Judges. It was printed in the
Cleveland State Law Review (2014: 62:
493). Dean Cohen also wrote “
Writing Can be Taught and Assessed” for
the New York Times (Mar. 10, 2014).
Her comments were also reprinted
with permission in the Scrivener
Jeanne Kaiser, Professor of Legal
Research and Writing, and Myra
Orlen, Director of Academic Success
and Associate Professor of Legal
Research and Writing, presented
“Opportunities for LRW Faculty in
the New Normal” at the 16th Biennial
Conference of the Legal Writing Insti-
tute in Philadelphia.
Dean Cohen attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of
Scribes–The American Society of
Legal Writers, Dean Cohen is a
member of the Brief Writing Award
Committee. She served as coordinator of the National 2014 Brief-Writing Competition. The Scribes
Brief-Writing Committee solicits winning briefs from national moot court
competitions and selects the finest of
those winning briefs—the best of the
best. In addition, Professor of Law
Bruce Miller, Professor of Legal
Research and Writing Harris Freeman and Pat Newcombe served as
3 of the 46 judges from across the
country in the Scribes Competition.
Beth Cohen and Pat Newcombe’s
article will soon be published in a
book entitled Legal Studies for the
Curious: Why Study Legal Studies and
they have both been asked to serve
on the International Interdisciplinary
Advisory and Editorial Board (IIAEB)
as part of this project. And Dean
Cohen was asked to serve as a member of the Springfield College School
of Social Work Advisory Board during
the 2014-15 academic year.
Harris Freeman ’93, Professor
of Legal Research and Writing,
authored two amicus curiae briefs. In
the case of Meshna v. Scrivanos,
et al., to be argued at the Supreme
Judicial Court of Massachusetts this
fall, he wrote an amicus curiae brief
on behalf of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Roc-United.org, a nationwide workers’
center advocating for improving the
terms and conditions of work for low-wage restaurant workers. At issue is
whether a franchisee who owns 100
Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Boston violated the Massachusetts Tips Act by
prohibiting its employees from accepting tips from patrons.
He also coauthored an amicus
curiae brief in the case of
Browning-Ferris Industries, Leadpoint Business
Services, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, currently before the
NLRB. At issue is the right of temporary staffing workers to form a union
and bargain with the temp agency and
the business where the temps actually
perform work. The brief was written
on behalf of the Labor Relations and
Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
This spring, Professor Freeman
taught a course, Workplace Law in
Capitalist America, at Smith College.
He also convened and moderated
a panel titled “Labor Perspectives
on the Organizing of Contingent Faculty” as part of the 34th annual conference of the Center for the Study of
Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Hunter
College, City University of New York.
Professor Freeman also delivered
two lectures at the Labor Relations
and Research Center at UMass
Amherst on developments in the laws
affecting precarious workers and his
reflections on his lecturing at the
International Labor Center at Sun-Yat-Sen and meeting with Chinese and
Hong Kong labor activists.
Arthur Gaudio, Professor and Dean
Emeritus, gave a talk in Des Moines,
IA, in June. He discussed the role that
mortgage brokers played in the real
estate and economic crisis that followed 2008. He also discussed
the new federal SAFE Act, which
requires every state to implement and
enforce licensing of mortgage brokers
following specific guidelines.
Dean Eric Gouvin, made the introductory presentation at the Western New
England Law Review symposium “Firm
Foundations: Managing the Small
Firm and the Individual Practitioner”
at Western New England University
School of Law, March 26.
On April 7, Dean Gouvin gave a
talk entitled “Advice to my Younger
Self” at the Springfield Sci-Tech Magnet High School in the Junior Achievement Speaker Series.
Dean Gouvin also contributed a
chapter to the Report of the Connecticut Bar Association Task Force on the
Future of Legal Education and Standards of Admission, published in June.
In July he was appointed to the
Merit Selection Panel for the Magistrate Judge Vacancy created by the
retirement of the Hon. Kenneth
Neiman in the Western Division of
the Federal District Court of the
District of Massachusetts.
On August 20, Dean Gouvin made
a presentation about entrepreneurial
resources to inmates at the Mac-Dougall-Walker Correctional Institution who are within one year of being
released from prison, Suffield, CT
Jennifer Levi, Professor of Law,
received the Paula Ettelbrick Award
from the Minority Corporate Counsel
Association at their annual Creating
Pathways to Diversity Conference in
Washington, DC, on July 24. She
spoke on the plenary panel for their
conference in conjunction with
receipt of the award.
She also spoke at the Workshop
on Sexual Orientation and Gender
Identity Issues at the 2014 AALS midyear meeting in June and at Vermont
Law School and the University of
Chicago Law School in early April.
Professor Levi gave the Keynote
Speech at the Transgender Law Institute hosted by the National LGBTQ
Bar Association at their annual
Lavender Law Conference which
was held this year in New York City
from August 21-24.
Barbara Noah, Professor of Law,
published “The Inclusion of Pregnant
Women in Clinical Research” in the St.
Louis University Journal of Health Law
& Policy (2014: 7: pp. 353-87). Her
article “In Denial: The Role of Law in
Preparing for Death” in the Elder Law
Journal (2013: 21: pp. 1-31) was
reviewed by Attorney Conrad Teitell
(2014: WLNR 5821063). Professor
Noah also presented: “Overtreatment
at the End of Life” for the Mercy
Home Care Program in West Springfield, MA, in June, and for the Mercy
Hospital Ethics & Justice Committee
in Springfield in May.
BUZUVIS CHARITY CHARRON COHEN FREEMAN ’93 GAUDIO