Monthly Archives: April 2010

U. Miami Law Brags About Recent Faculty Hires

The University of Miami School of Law sent out a deservedly self-congratulatory announcement bragging about our new hires:

Four legal scholars — Lawrence Lokken, Mary Ann Franks, Tamara Rice Lave, and Carrie Bettinger-Lopez — will join UM Law next year, bringing with them a rich array of professional and scholarly experiences. Experts in taxation, human rights, criminal law, and law and gender, these recent hires represent a diversity of interests that will enrich the Law School’s research and teaching enterprises.

Lawrence Lokken is the Hugh Culverhouse Eminent Scholar in Taxation at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and has taught at the University of Georgia and New York University. He has written numerous articles and books in the field of taxation, including Fundamentals of International Taxation, Federal Taxation of Employee Compensation, and Federal Taxation of Income, Estates & Gifts.

Lokken joined the University of Florida Law School in 1974 and was named the Hugh Culverhouse Eminent Scholar in Taxation in 1994. He has served as a Research Consultant for Harvard Law School’s International Tax Program and on the United Nations Ad Hoc Group of Experts on International Tax Matters. He received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and a B.A., cum laude, from Augsburg College.

Mary Anne Franks is the Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2007, where she was Senior Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and an Executive Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She received her D.Phil. in 2004 and her M.Phil. in 2001 from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Her dissertation focused on philosophical, legal, and psychoanalytic constructions of sexual violence. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and English from Loyola University New Orleans in 1999.

Before coming to Chicago, Franks taught courses in social theory and philosophy at Harvard University, where she received four Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Awards. She has also worked as a senior consultant for The SAB Group, conducting negotiation skills seminars for lawyers and other professionals. Her research and teaching interests include law and gender, free speech, cyberlaw, and international and domestic criminal law.

Tamara Rice Lave is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarro in Pamplona, Spain where she taught a course on substantive U.S. criminal law. Lave received her Ph.D. degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Lave’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, jurisprudence and law and philosophy. She has published several articles, including “Only Yesterday: The Rise and Fall of Twentieth Century Sexual Psychopath Law” and “Breaking the Cycle of Despair: Street Children in Guatemala City.”

Carrie Bettinger-Lopez currently teaches in the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. She helps to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network, a network of over 100 public interest lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies. Her research and teaching focuses on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level. Her main regional focus is the United States and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrants’ rights.

Prior to joining Columbia, Bettinger-López worked as a Skadden Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, Women’s Rights Project, where she focused on employment and housing discrimination against domestic violence victims and low-wage immigrant women workers. At the ACLU, she filed a landmark case against the United States before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Jessica Gonzales, a domestic violence victim whose three children were killed after police in Colorado failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband, and whose constitutional claims against the police were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. Bettinger-López, the Human Rights Clinic, and the ACLU currently represent Gonzales in Jessica Gonzales v. United States.

But we've still got a LOT more slots to fill.

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How to Pay My Medical Bills: The Chicken Plan

Nevada GOP Senatorial candidate Sue Lowden has a great new plan for folks like me concerned about their medical bills: chicken.

As Steve Benen summarizes it,

To briefly review, Lowden, the favorite to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in Nevada this year, recently encouraged voters to “barter with your doctor.” On Monday, Lowden reiterated and expanded upon this, praising a health care delivery system in line with “the olden days” when those seeking medical care “would bring a chicken to the doctor.” Despite the mockery this had already received, she added, “I'm not backing down from that system.”

The mockery is now in full swing. Here's an example: Sue Lowden's plan to pay for health care? “Bring a chicken to the doctor”

The folks at the hospital seemed very nice, but I don't think that turning up with, say, 2000 chickens would win me many friends or much of a discount.

Posted in Health Care | 5 Comments

It’s Official: Annette Taddeo is Running for the County Council

It's been rumored for a while, now it's official: Annette Taddeo is going to run for the County Council in a bid to replace retiring local icon Katy Sorenson.

Driven by my commitment to community service, I am excited to officially announce my candidacy for Commissioner of Miami-Dade's District 8, an area that includes the cities of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, and unincorporated Southwest Dade. The open seat is being vacated by the Honorable Katy Sorenson.

Leaders emerge in the face of daunting challenges. I was inspired to run because I want to offer my talents as a successful small business owner and community leader to help steer Miami-Dade through the churning seas of unprecedented economic woes. I'm a fiscally conservative businesswoman who believes Miami-Dade government should slash wasteful spending, operate transparently and provide maximum value to the real bosses, the tax paying residents.

Jobs, crime, healthcare, education and “hold the line” are priority issues. I'm going to work tirelessly to create local jobs, reduce crime, advocate for affordable healthcare, and prioritize education. I will be a vocal champion of sustainable growth, green initiatives and the preservation and protection of our natural environment with a keen focus on the Everglades.

Unfortunately, I don't live in District 8, but it would be great if Taddeo, who ran a good Congressional campaign in 2008, got elected…although as a reasonable person she could be mighty lonely on the Commission (as was Sorenson, more often than not).

Posted in Miami, Politics: 2010 Election | 35 Comments

Update on My Condition

I went into the law school today, mostly to sit in the quad (“the bricks”) and enjoy the sunshine. I saw a number of friends and colleagues, and they said I'm looking great. Apparently reading my earlier updates on this blog convinced them I would be looking like death warmed over.

Part of that may just be continuing progress. In addition to reportedly not looking so bad — and having lost 20 pounds or so the hard way — I can walk longer distances this week. I'm going twice around the block on each walk on good days, and not collapsing in a total heap when I'm done. I start outpatient rehab later this week, and am hoping it will add to my still limited strength and stamina. My hands are not normal yet, but they are distinctly improved.

So things are better. I'm still a convalescent, and likely to be working on mending for some weeks/months to come. But the trend, however slow, is good.

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Brad DeLong Seeks Your Advice About What to Do About John Yoo

Brad DeLong is looking for advice as to whether it makes sense to attempt to open formal proceedings at Berkeley charging John Yoo with sanctionable professional misconduct. See in Re John Yoo: In Which Brad DeLong Demonstrates That He Is an Ineffectual Procedural Liberal…

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UM Foreclosure Fellows in the News

We got some great publicity for the Foreclosure Fellowship program I started early this academic year. But what we really need is money.

Unfortunately, even though everyone loves the program and the participants are doing wonderful things, we haven't found the $150,000+ it would take to run the program next year, even though there will be even more foreclosures. (See, for example, March Foreclosure Activity Highest on Record.)

The good news is that (last I heard) the law school is planning to have a traditional clinic aimed at housing issues, staffed by law students, that will work with lawyers at Legal Services of Greater Miami.

Posted in Econ & Money: Mortgage Mess, U.Miami | 3 Comments

Follow the Bouncing Ball?

According to this unofficial source U.Miami Law's US News Score jumped 11 points this year, raising us to a tie for 60th place. If that's true, it's good news for the school, especially following last year's jump of 11 points. Whatever the actual merits, a 22 point rise in two years will help both student and faculty recruiting, and will be good for student morale.

As I have written before, the idea of ranking, or at least clumping, law schools is a good one; the US News system is a very bad one.

Yet, oddly, the jump in Miami's rankings may represent something real: because we have such a small endowment, we are in a particularly good position in this recession. We have a new marquee Dean, and we have been doing some great hiring, and expect to do more.

Update: Leiter says it's a hoax. He could well be right. The trouble is that the real rankings are so arbitrary and random, it's hard to tell real from fake.

Update2: As noted in the comments, they're real.

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