- At RightsCon2018, Professor Evelyn Aswad served on the panel for the session, “The Global Digital Platform and the Nation State: Roles, responsibilities and interactions to optimize human rights in the digital space.” RightsCon, an annual international conference on human rights in the digital age, was held in May in Toronto.
- Professor Sarah Burstein recently authored two guest blog posts: Microsoft, Corel, and the “Article of Manufacture” for PatentlyO, and The Apple v. Samsung Retrial: Breaking Down Apple’s Design Patent Claims for Comparative Patent Remedies.
- Professor Monika Ehrman spoke at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ International Young Professionals Networking Event in May in Dallas. In addition, Ehrman chaired the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators’ Europe Chapter International Petroleum Scholar Workshop, held in April in London. Ehrman is also one of the authors of the seventh edition of Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, available through West Academic Publishing.
- Professor Jonathan Forman testified before the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council in June, addressing the topic, “Lifetime Income Solutions as a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) – Focus on Decumulation and Rollovers.” Forman also spoke on two panels in May in Washington, D.C. He was part of the Aspen Institute’s panel discussion, “Live Long and Prosper? Solving the Retirement Income Challenge,” which was live streamed. He also spoke at the ABA Tax Section May Meeting. He served as vice chair of the Employee Benefits Legislation and Litigation Update.
- The seventh annual Pension and Employee Benefits Conference was held at OU Law in April. The conference, which was organized by Professors Jonathan Forman and Donald Bogan, welcomed many distinguished scholars from law schools around the world.
- Associate Dean Darin Fox served on a panel discussion on budgeting for law student technology competency at the annual Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Conference for Law School Computing. The conference was held in June in Washington, D.C.
- The 2018 edition of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules and Commentary, a comprehensive, practice-oriented guide written by Professor Steven Gensler, is now available through Thomson Reuters. Updated annually, the treatise integrates new rule amendments, the latest caselaw, and emerging trends and issues. For each rule, Gensler explains in detail what the rule covers, how it works, and how it has been interpreted and applied by the courts.
- The Architecture of Law: Rebuilding Law in the Classical Tradition is the latest book by Associate Dean Brian McCall. In the book, McCall addresses the questions of, “What is law? How should law be made?” Using St. Thomas Aquinas’s analogy of God as an architect, McCall asserts that classical natural law jurisprudence provides an answer to these questions far superior to those provided by legal positivism or the “new” natural law theories. The Architecture of Law explores the metaphor of law as an architectural building project, with eternal law as the foundation, natural law as the frame, divine law as the guidance provided by the architect, and human law as the provider of the defining details and ornamentation. The book is available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
- Assistant Dean Gail Mullins’ article, “Who Am I? What's in My Future? Who Has the Right to Know? Nondiscrimination and Privacy in Genetic Testing,” was published in the May 2018 issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal.
- Professor Emeritus Joyce Palomar discussed pending amendments to standard title insurance policies in a May webinar for the American Association of Law Schools Real Estate Transactions Section and the ABA Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section. This spring, Palomar was appointed as member of both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and American College of Mortgage Attorneys’ committees that have been invited to make recommendations for improvements in title insurance policies to the American Land Title Association, which promulgates these policy forms utilized across the U.S.
- Professor Lindsay Robertson was the keynote speaker at a Human Rights Conference held by Amnesty International at Florida State University with a theme of “Born to Be Free.” He led the conference by discussing how access to legal processes can empower those who face human rights abuses, focusing on the rights of indigenous persons. In addition, Robertson was instrumental in bringing the fourth annual International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization Conference to OU Law in June.
- Professor Megan Shaner spoke at the BYU Law School Winter Deals Conference in March, which focused on “New Ideas for Modern Markets’ Most Difficult Challenges.” Shaner spoke on the Contract Design panel. She also presented “Organizational ‘Contracts’” at the Law and Society annual meeting in June in Toronto.
- Professor Rick Tepker presented at the University of Central Oklahoma on “Expressive Liberty and Civic Equality: First Principles for Students, Professors and Public Universities.” His discussion underscored the essential role public education and public universities play in civic discourse in America and outlined principles that govern public debate on campus.
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What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.
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What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.