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Law faculty share expertise

Members of the ONU law faculty, including Scott Gerber, David Pimentel, Lauren Newell, Mike Lewis, Bruce Frohen, Dean Rick Bales and Andrew Pugsley, JD ’14, have been sharing their expertise in articles, opinion pieces and at conferences.

Scott Gerber, professor of law, is author of an op-ed piece about the recent Fifth Circuit decision in “Fisher v. University of Texas” published in the Huffington Post on July 17. It has been mentioned by Instapundit, How Appealing, and was reprinted in The Austin-American Statesman.

An article by David Pimentel, visiting associate professor of law, has been cited in a court decision. The Supreme Court of Kansas, in “State v. Cimmings,” 305 Pac.3d 556 (Kan. 2013), relied heavily on his article on criminal child neglect, overturning a conviction for involuntary manslaughter. The court quoted his article at considerable length, finding that the child endangerment standards used by the trial court were too vague to sustain a conviction. The New Jersey Supreme Court has granted review in “New Jersey Department of Children and Families v. E.D.-O.,” a child endangerment case in which Pimentel had filed an amicus brief supporting the petition for review. The case will be heard later this year, and Pimentel has been asked to file another amicus brief on the merits. In addition, his book review “Rule of Law Reform in Transitional States: Bringing Method to the Madness” has been accepted for publication by the Santa Clara Journal of International Law. The review is of “Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform” by Rachel Kleinfeld, who delivered the Dean's Lecture at ONU Law in April. 

Lauren Newell, assistant professor of law, is author of an article “Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation” that has been accepted for publication in 15:2 (the psychology and lawyering symposium issue) of Nevada Law Journal. forthcoming in spring 2015.

Mike Lewis, professor of law, is author of an article “International Myopia: Hamdan's Shortcut to "Victory," which was cited twice by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (en banc) in Bahlul v. United States, (D.C. Circuit No. 11-1324, 7/14/14) (Brown, J. concurring in part, dissenting in part). His op-ed article, “Hamas perfects 'lawfare' in Gaza war,”  appeared in the Los Angeles Register on Friday, Aug. 1 and in the Orange County Register on Monday, Aug. 4. Lewis will participate in a panel on drones and the rule of law for the European Forum Alpbach in Alpbach, Austria, on Aug. 21.He has been invited by the South Korean Army to participate in a panel on unmanned aircraft and autonomous weapons as part of the fifth annual International Symposium on Security and Military Law in Seoul on Sep. 25.

Bruce Frohnen, professor of law, will participate in an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Leadership Conference, Aug. 3-9. He will deliver lectures on “Constitutional Morality” and “The Impossibility of the French Revolution“ as well as conducting a seminar on Russell Kirk's book, “The Conservative Mind.” He will present a paper on “Waivers, Federalism, and the Rule of Law” at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 29.  On Sept. 17 Frohnen will deliver the David Aldrich Nelson Lecture on Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Rochester Institute of Technology, speaking on “Religion and the American Constitution.” The following day he will deliver RIT's annual Constitution Day lecture on “Virtue, Statesmanship, and the Constitution.”

Law Dean Rick Bales and 2014 graduate Andrew Pugsley have been invited to participate in the upcoming symposium “Employment Law, Bargaining Power, and the Gap,” sponsored by the Whittier Law Review in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2014. Bales has also been invited to participate in the upcoming South Dakota Law Review symposium on “LGBTQ Issues and Law.” Pugsley and Bales will co-author an article for the symposium, and Pugsley will represent ONU since this symposium falls on the same date as the ONU Law Review symposium.