Faculty News

Dean Jay Conison has a profile on the Huffington Post. On this page, Dean Conison shared his thoughts on emerging trends affecting legal education and the business of law school.

Dean Jay Conison was featured in the June 12th edition of Inside Higher Education in an article titled “The Real Problem with the LSAT.” The article addresses the use of the LSAT for Law School admission.

To read the articles in their entirety go to the Huffington Post .


Congratulations to Professor Bruce Berner for being selected as an Indiana Lawyer 2012 Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister.

Professor Robert F. Blomquist  published an article entitled “Overinterpreting Law” with the Penn State Law Review. Blomquist recently posted his most recent paper, “Law and Curiosity” with SSRN and will be submitting same for publication in the next several months.

The 2012-14 Swygert Research Fellow is Professor Zachary Calo.

Associate Professor David Herzig’s recent article, “Exchange Funds: A Proposal for Regulations, Finally” has made the following SSRN top ten lists: Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, & Investment Industry eJournal, Tax Evasion (Topic) and Political Economy: Taxation, Subsidies, & Revenue eJournal.

At the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual convention, Associate Professor David Herzig was part of a distinguished panel with professors from Yale, Georgetown, Iowa and Vermont.  The panel covered the “hot topic” of the interplay between the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the fields of bankruptcy, immigration and taxation.

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Professor Rebecca Huss was a featured speaker at the Animals, Ethics and Law Symposium at the University of Tennessee. Professor Huss spoke on her current research relating to aging adults and animals. Professor Huss was also quoted in the Huffington Post.

Professor Paul M. Kohlhoff and student representative David Shanks (3L) recently settled an innocent spouse case with the IRS. Their client was jointly liable with her ex-husband for a 2002 income tax liability in excess of $29,000. The IRS denied the client’s request for equitable innocent spouse relief and the client filed a petition with the United States Tax Court. Under the settlement, the IRS agreed to grant the client full innocent spouse relief and to refund her approximately $16,000 in payments she already made to the IRS.

Professor Paul Kohlhoff was cited in the ABA Section of Taxation News Quarterly for the Tax Clinic’s involvement in a case (Lantz) that helped to force a change in how the IRS deals with equitable innocent spouse relief.  The change affects taxpayers nationwide.

Assistant Professor Faisal Kutty, was the keynote speaker and a civil rights award recipient at the 10th Annual Civil Rights banquet for the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Saturday, March 31st in Cleveland.

Assistant Professor Faisal Kutty appeared at the Islam and Democracy Conference, hosted by the University of Western Ontario Law School. He presented a paper titled “Islam, Democracy and Constitutionalism: A Rawlsian Approach Toward a New Theory of Islamic Constitutionalism.”


Assistant Professor Faisal Kutty’s paper, “The Myth and Reality Of ‘Shari’a’ Courts In Canada: A Delayed Opportunity for the Indigenization of Islamic Legal Rulings”, was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: ISL: Islamic Religion (Topic) – Forthcoming.  As of early July, the paper had been downloaded over 200 times.

Professor Rosalie Levinson made a presentation titled “Substantive Due Process: The Constitutional Guaranty that Multi-Tasks,” at the 29th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference.

The Distinguished Faculty Award was established by the Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation in Honor of Jack A. Hiller. The annual award recognizes outstanding teaching, scholarship and service. The 2012 Recipient of the Award is Professor Rosalie Levinson.

The 2012-14 Swygert Teaching Fellow is Professor Seymour Moskowitz.

Assistant Professor Nicole Negowetti co-authored an article that was recently published in the 2012 Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

Assistant Professor Nicole Negowetti co-authored an article with Mitchell Simon and Nick Smith titled “Apologies and Fitness to Practice Law: A Practical Framework for Evaluating Remorse in the Bar Admission Process” that was published in the 2012 Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

Professor Michael Straubel was quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. All articles are related to doping allegations against Lance Armstrong.

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Professor Susan Stuart, recently published an article, “War as Metaphor and the Rule of Law in Crisis: The Lessons We Should Have Learned from the War on Drugs” in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.

Professor Jeremy Telman published a review of Wendy Videlock’s Nevertheless in the Valparaiso Poetry Review

Professor Jeremy Telman has published “Intolerable Abuses: Rendition for Torture and the State Secrets Privilege” as the lead article in the current issue of the Alabama Law Review.

Professor Jeremy Telman, delivered a paper, “Non-State Actors in the Middle East: A Challenge for Rationalist Legal Theory,” at a conference entitled “Forces Without Borders: Non-State Actors in a Changing Middle East,” held at the Cornell University School of Law.  The paper will be published in the January 2013 issue of the Cornell International Law Journal.

Professor Jeremy Telman, presented a paper, “The Trouble with Totten,” discussing Abraham Lincoln’s breach of a contract with his personal spy during the Civil War, at the 7th Annual Spring Contracts Conference.  He also chaired a panel on contracts issues that arise under congressional enactments and international agreements.

On Thursday, June 14th, Professor Jeremy Telman did a half-hour interview with Michael Gonzalez for his radio program, “Steel Shores” on WLTH, 1370 AM out of Gary, IN.  Mr. Gonzalez had questions for Professor Telman relating to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions to deny petitions for review of a series of decisions from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in which the Circuit Court denied habeas relief to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

On June 14, 2012, the Board of Trustees of the Hans Kelsen Institute in Vienna, Austria appointed Professor Jeremy Telman, Professor of Law, as one of its International Correspondents.

Professor Bernard Trujillo, served as the invited commentator for a panel on prosecutorial discretion in immigration, at the bi-annual Immigration Law Conference held at Hofstra University.

The winners of the 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards were announced on June 5 at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City.  Professor Bernard Trujillo’s book, Immigration Law and the US–Mexico Border (2011, U. Arizona Press) (co-authored with Kevin R. Johnson) earned 1st Place in the Best Reference Book in English category.


Assistant Professor Nicole Negowetti and Professor Ruth Vance made a presentation entitled “Judicial Opinion Writing: A Teacher-Ready Toolkit: at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference on March 24 at Arizona State University.

Professor Linda Whitton presented a program at the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in Seattle on the interjurisdiction recognition of life planning documents.

A new edition of “Everyday Law for Seniors,” a book written by Professor Linda Whitton and Professor Larry Frolik was featured in the NY Times New Old Age Blog.


Professor Linda Whitton was quoted in the Indiana Lawyer article, “Embracing Elder Law.” Please click on the following link for the article:


New Faculty 

Three new faculty members will join us this fall. Geoffrey Heeren will start a new immigration law clinic. Geoffrey has his J.D. from New York University and LL.M. from Georgetown. He was a Senior Attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, handling complex immigration cases, a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Law, and clinical teaching fellow at the Georgetown Law School.

Robert Knowles will join us, teaching civil procedure and administrative law. Rob has his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where he was Coordinating Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University and other schools. He practiced law at Covington & Burling, where, in addition to handling corporate litigation, he represented seventeen Guantánamo detainees in habeas proceedings.

David Cleveland will join us this fall, teaching legal writing. David has his J.D. from the Georgetown Law Center and is currently a Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. He has published extensively in the areas of federal procedure, legal precedent, and judicial opinions.