News & Media http://www.law.uchicago.edu/feeds/newsandmedia.rss en Congratulations Intensive Trial Practice Workshop students! http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics/theadvocate/congratulations-intensive-trial-practice-workshop-students <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">October 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over thirty-five law students successfully completed our grueling Intensive Trial Practice Workshop this September.&nbsp; The ITPW is led by our clinical faculty with support from a select number of seasoned, prominent litigators who volunteer their time to work with our students.&nbsp; During the two weeks of the workshop, students learned trial preparation, trial advocacy skills, and strategy, primarily through simulated trial exercises.&nbsp; Students were on their feet every day delivering opening and closing arguments, conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, working with exhibits, and teaming up on trial strategy.&nbsp; Last weekend, the students did a full mock trial, complete with witnesses, judges and jurors, in the state courthouse downtown.&nbsp; The faculty and outside trial advisors were extremely impressed by the strength of these final performances and by the growth of the students over the two weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp; Congratulations on a job well done!</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:15:27 +0000 jleslie 23678 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Sharon Zezima, ’89: Relishing Doing on “M&A Work on Steroids” http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/sharon-zezima-%E2%80%9989-relishing-doing-%E2%80%9Cma-work-steroids%E2%80%9D <p>Earlier this year, Sharon Zezima, ’89, led the legal team for the initial public stock offering (IPO) of GoPro, Inc., the high-flying San Mateo, California–based company that she joined last September as General Counsel and Secretary. GoPro makes what has been called the most successful camera of all time, a small, high-definition, mountable, and wearable capture device that individuals use to document their experiences and share them on social media platforms. GoPro has shipped more than 10 million cameras since its inception, taking in nearly a billion dollars in revenue last year alone, and is embarking on a media and platform strategy to enable its consumers to better manage, share, and enjoy their GoPro content.</p> <p>GoPro’s stock price leapt by 103 percent in the days right after its IPO. But that wasn’t Zezima’s first red-hot IPO. Last May, as General Counsel of Marketo, she led the legal team for that company’s initial public offering. At year’s end, shares in Marketo had increased in price by more than 185 percent.</p> <p>“An IPO is like M&amp;A work on steroids,” Zezima says. “Doing two of them in a year and a half made for a hectic, challenging, and exciting time, and it was also very satisfying. At both GoPro and Marketo I worked with great internal people and a superb team of outside counsel, things went smoothly, and there was never a dull moment.”</p> <p>Because GoPro had no internal legal staff when she was brought in, Zezima has been creating a legal infrastructure in addition to handling the IPO and the other responsibilities of her positions. She has built a 10-person legal department, worked to communicate the value of that department throughout the organization, and focused on contributing to the successful execution of the company’s plans. “Things can change so fast in this highly entrepreneurial company that sometimes it feels hard to keep up, but my goal is to stay a step ahead of what the company needs to accomplish its strategies,” she says.</p> <p>The 12 years she served at the giant video game company Electronic Arts, where she became Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, shaped some important skills and perceptions.&nbsp;“I learned there to manage a department, and I learned a lot about the media and entertainment world that GoPro is entering,” she says, adding that after having worked at law firms for 10 years and becoming a partner, “I also came to realize at EA how much I liked being part of a consumer-facing company and part of an industry, the sense of continuity and of helping to build something.” For the quality and quantity of her contributions, EA recognized her with its annual “Superhuman” award.</p> <p>At the Law School, she prepared herself to become a litigator, a role she carried out with gusto in her law firm positions, once handling six trials in a 12-month period. “I really loved doing&nbsp;Moot Court at the Law School, and it solidified my skills and reinforced my conviction about my career path,” she says. As her career progressed and she moved into other roles, other aspects of her Law School experience remained with her: “From a whole lot of exceptional teachers, I learned how to see beyond what exists, to what could or should exist. That’s an essential skill for top-level lawyering, and it’s also essential for working in any business, particularly an entrepreneurial one.”</p> <p>Outside of work, she co-founded The Salonnieres, a social organization that helps accomplished professional women connect with each other, and she’s involved with Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit that helps low-income women develop entrepreneurial skills.</p> <p>Married and with two children, Isabelle and Lucas, she lives in a home that she saw and couldn’t resist. “It’s my dream house, and we love the location, which is great for bringing up our children. The commute is long—about an hour each way—but it’s worth it.” Sharon Zezima might no longer be eligible for her former employer’s “Superhuman” award, but for all of her accomplishments—at work, at home, in the community, and on the road—that designation still seems to fit her very well.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:00:02 +0000 willcanderson 23647 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu UChicago Launches Civic Leadership Academy for City’s Nonprofit, Government Professionals http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/uchicago-launches-civic-leadership-academy-city%E2%80%99s-nonprofit-government-professionals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> University of Chicago News Office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">September 30, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nonprofit organizations and local government institutions in urban areas often have two things in common: tackling difficult social issues and doing so with limited resources, including time to invest in developing leaders. A new program at the University of Chicago will help strengthen capacity within nonprofits and government agencies in Chicago by bringing together emerging leaders from both sectors to learn critical skills and the means to find solutions to challenges they face.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.uchicago.edu/community/education/civic_leadership_academy/">Civic Leadership Academy</a>&nbsp;at the University of Chicago, established by the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.uchicago.edu/community/">Office of Civic Engagement</a>&nbsp;in partnership with&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.lisc-chicago.org/index.html">Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ccachicago.org/">Civic Consulting Alliance</a>, targets rising professionals in nonprofit organizations and local government within the city of Chicago and Cook County. Academy fellows will benefit from rigorous coursework led by faculty from five UChicago professional schools, experiential learning and cross-sector collaboration.</p> <p>A key component of the program will be a capstone project, through which each participant will apply knowledge and insights gained through the Academy to address a significant challenge facing their organization. Fellows will submit project ideas as part of the application. Individuals who complete the program will receive a certificate in civic leadership from the University of Chicago&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://harris.uchicago.edu/">Harris School of Public Policy</a>.</p> <p>“The University of Chicago is a research and education institution with important partnerships across the city,” said President Robert J. Zimmer. “The Civic Leadership Academy taps the intellectual strengths of the University of Chicago to enhance those partnerships while providing a distinctive opportunity for nonprofit and government professionals to work together in developing leadership skills that will benefit the city and region as a whole.”</p> <p>In addition to Chicago Harris, UChicago partners in the Civic Leadership Academy are the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago Law School, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and Institute of Politics. Courses will be led by faculty from each of the schools, including professors such as Daniel Diermeier, dean of Chicago Harris; Harry L. Davis, the Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management; Linda Ginzel, clinical professor of managerial psychology at Chicago Booth; Robert J. Chaskin, associate professor and deputy dean for Strategic Initiatives at the SSA; and Rayid Ghani, senior fellow at Chicago Harris. The Institute of Politics will provide guest speakers and lecturers through its fellows program. The Office of Civic Engagement will provide administrative support and organization.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/09/30/uchicago-launches-civic-leadership-academy-city-s-nonprofit-government-profession" title="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/09/30/uchicago-launches-civic-leadership-academy-city-s-nonprofit-government-profession">http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/09/30/uchicago-launches-civic-lead...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:31:01 +0000 willcanderson 23637 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Dawood I. Ahmed on Pakistan's Blasphemy Law http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/dawood-i-ahmed-pakistans-blasphemy-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solving Pakistan&#039;s Blasphemy Problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dawood I. Ahmed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foreign Policy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">September 29, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/05/28/which-countries-still-outlaw-apostasy-and-blasphemy/">Almost a quarter of the countries in the world</a>&nbsp;have blasphemy laws. Yet no blasphemy law&nbsp;has&nbsp;as notorious a reputation as that of Pakistan's, which is under the spotlight again as a scholar/dean of a university who was accused of blasphemy was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/world/asia/pakistan-shakil-auj-assassinated-blasphemy-karachi.html?_r=0" target="_blank">shot dead</a>. Only a few weeks ago, a woman and two children were murdered by a mob enraged over an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/woman-and-two-children-killed-by-mob-in-riots-over-blasphemous-facebook-post-in-pakistan-9633511.html" target="_blank">"an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post</a>." Unfortunately, these incidents are not rare.</p> <p>Pakistan's blasphemy law has survived almost unamended for the past three decades. Yet blasphemy cases and even the frequency of incidents of violence have spiked only in the last 10 years or so. A graph from the&nbsp;<a href="http://crss.pk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Report-on-Blasphemy-Laws-.pdf" target="_blank">Center for Research and Security Studies</a>&nbsp;in Islamabad records major blasphemy cases in the 60 years between 1953 and 2012. Although there were very few blasphemy cases between 1953 and 1979 and only a handful of cases almost every year in the 80s and 90s (that is, after Zia changed the law), the number of blasphemy cases only began to increase at an alarming rate&nbsp;<em>after</em>&nbsp;2004 -- almost two decades after the amendment to the law by Zia.</p> <p>There could be many reasons as to why there was a jump in cases only in the last decade, but it demonstrates quite clearly that neither the blasphemy law's existence, nor its amendment by Zia can explain the sharp rise in blasphemy-related cases or the descent into blasphemy related violence on their own. To be sure, the argument is not that the law does not have problems. It is very defective -- in design and in application. Yet, while Pakistan's blasphemy law has serious defects such as the lack of intent required for the offence and the vague language used to denote offences and its particular targeting of Ahmadis, as&nbsp;<a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2207002" target="_blank">highlighted</a>&nbsp;by Osama Siddique, we do suggest that, based on the data, it is short-sighted to adopt a narrow focus on the law as being the sole instigator of blasphemy related violence in the country. Such a presumption is common where even informed commentators sometimes assume that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/feb/03/pakistan-blasphemy-laws-taliban" target="_blank">the&nbsp;<em>law</em></a>&nbsp;caused the violence -- when in reality, the sudden rise in the number of cases indicates something else: that other deeply-ingrained social factors, and not the law on its own, may be at play in increasing blasphemy related violence. A myopic focus on the law thus detracts from getting to the root of the problem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://southasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/29/solving_pakistans_blasphemy_problem" title="http://southasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/29/solving_pakistans_blasphemy_problem">http://southasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/29/solving_pakistans_bl...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000 willcanderson 23635 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Liptak: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Likely This Term http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/liptak-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage-ruling-likely-term <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Likely to Land in Term&#039;s Finale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adam Liptak </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The New York Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">September 29, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON — There are lots of open questions about the road the Supreme Court justices will take to a final decision about whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. But one thing seemsclear: the answer will arrive next June.</p> <p>The endgame started Monday morning. At their first private conferenceof the term, the justices were scheduled to consider, among many other things, seven petitions urging them to hear appeals from decisions strikingdown bans on same-sex marriage.</p> <p>In an unusual move, the same-sex couples on the winning side of those cases joined their adversaries in asking the Supreme Court to settle the question, nationally and once and for all.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/us/politics/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage-ruling-likely-to-land-in-terms-finale.html" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/us/politics/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage-ruling-likely-to-land-in-terms-finale.html">http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/us/politics/supreme-court-same-sex-mar...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/liptak">Adam Liptak</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/stone-g">Geoffrey R. Stone</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/landes">William M. Landes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/posner-r">Richard A. Posner</a> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:32:34 +0000 willcanderson 23629 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Professor Fennell Welcomes the Class of 2017 http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/professor-fennell-welcomes-class-2017 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Entering Students&#039; Dinner Address </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lee Fennell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Entering Students Dinner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">September 29, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>I want to talk to you this evening about <em>The Endurance</em>. I don’t mean the quality of endurance, though it is kind of fun to think about how the concept might apply to law school—or even this speech. I am referring to <em>The Endurance</em>, a ship that set sail a hundred years ago for Antarctica with Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 men and 69 sled dogs. They had a modest goal: traversing Antarctica on foot. Although the winters are cold in Chicago, and law school is challenging, and some of us do have sled dogs, it is nothing like an Antarctic expedition going to law school here, so don’t worry, I’m telling you this for a different reason. There are, I repeat, <a href="http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-winter-in-chicago-2013-photos/ ">no parallels whatsoever between Chicago and Antarctica</a>. None at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyway, the expedition was a spectacular failure. Although <em>The Endurance</em> was well built and had an awesome name, it got stuck in the pack ice and eventually broke into splinters. After protracted difficult efforts and some tragic choices involving the dogs, the humans ended up marooned on remote, uninhabited Elephant Island. Things looked very bad. Then Shackleton launched an epic rescue mission. He and five of the men set out in an open boat called the <em>James Caird</em>—one of three lifeboats they’d salvaged from the wrecked <em>Endurance</em>—to sail across 800-plus miles of rough sea to a whaling station on South Georgia Island. It took 17 days to make the crossing, and when they landed they still had to cross the mountainous, glacier-covered island on foot to get help. After months of complications and false starts, Shackleton got hold of a Chilean rescue vessel and went back to Elephant Island for the rest of the group. Miraculously, everyone survived.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are many good accounts of this adventure—books, articles, websites, docudramas, re-enactments, docudramas about re-enactments and so on—especially now with it coming up to the 100 year anniversary. So why are you having to hear about it in an entering students dinner? It might seem like I’m driving at some obvious points about persevering in the face of hardship, finding creative ways out of difficult situations, being tough and smart and resilient and relentless, even when it’s incredibly cold. But you don’t need to hear that. You’ll be living it soon enough.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, I want to talk about one image, entitled <em><a href="http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AllSafeAllWell.jpg ">The Rescue</a></em>, that was shot by the expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, which I first encountered in a book by Caroline Alexander that included a lot of Hurley’s images from the trip. After the expedition, Hurley went on the lecture circuit with his photographs, which were truly incredible. He’d end the show with <em>The Rescue</em>, showing the guys on Elephant Island standing and cheering as they are about to be rescued. The image contains a small rowboat, presumably coming from the Chilean rescue vessel, the <em>Yelcho </em>(apparently sitting just beyond the horizon) to collect the men. Everyone’s cheering and it’s extremely heartwarming.</p> <p>But it’s not what it seems. As Alexander recounts in her book, another copy of the picture had a different caption: <em>The Departure of the </em>James Caird<em> from Elephant Island</em>. The <em>James Caird</em> is the open lifeboat that the rescue crew led by Shackleton departed in. It turns out the picture was actually taken long before the folks who were cheering knew whether they’d actually get rescued or not. The original negative was apparently altered by Hurley himself to obliterate the <em>James Caird</em>; he left only the rowboat that was used to shuttle supplies to it and recast this as the rescue. Why? Commentators speculate that Hurley just needed a good way to end his slideshow. I empathize. But as Alexander and others have pointed out, and who could disagree, the picture is a million times better when you know what it really shows: a bunch of desperate guys who are running low on food, supplies, and morale, cheering a last-ditch effort to save them, knowing the odds of it working aren’t especially good. [Images and more about <em>The Endurance</em> and the <em>James Caird</em> are available <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Trans-Antarctic_Expedition">here </a>and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_James_Caird">here</a>.]</p> <p>Now it’s not a bad lesson as you start law school to pay heed to the ways that reality can get reconstructed after the fact, the way the demands of a good story can get in the way of the truth, and sometimes even in the way of a better story. The cases you will be studying always present a reconstructed version of what happened, filtered through time and tellers, distorted accidentally or on purpose. The principles worked out in the cases you read may be based on something other than actual reality. You may never find a negative with a hole scratched in it during your career, probably because negatives hardly exist anymore, but you may run into stories that have been doctored—or perhaps I should say lawyered—in equally problematic ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another reason I’m telling you this story, though, goes to a distinction that you will soon hear more about: between ex ante and ex post perspectives. This is just a fancy way of saying before and after, but it matters a lot to legal analysis. For example, you’ll hear in Torts class about the so-called Hand Formula, named after famed jurist Learned Hand, which calculates whether a particular precaution should have been taken—whether it would have saved enough in expected accident costs to be worthwhile. The right amount of precaution, it turns out, is not infinite: if we wanted to eliminate risk we would all be encased in bubble wrap all the time, which would make it hard to get things done. Also hard to make friends. In figuring out what precautions to take, you’re looking at the situation ex ante, before an accident happens. After an accident happens, it’s always easy to say that someone should have done more. The difficult mental trick is to fight hindsight bias and ask whether, ex ante, the decision was the right one, even if it had a bad outcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>Law is always moving between ex post and ex ante perspectives: coming in after the fact to sort things out after they’ve gone wrong, but trying to get people to do the right things in the first place. Outcomes may matter to liability (only the bad driver who causes an accident is liable, not the lucky one who just drove badly) but it’s the human inputs that we should really care about. On this view at least, the guys in the picture were cheering at exactly the right time. The soundness of the choice to try the rescue mission, the courage of the people involved, how they are viewed by history and by each other shouldn’t depend on how things actually turned out, but rather on the actions and decisions they took that that were under their control.&nbsp;</p> <p>Interestingly, another Antarctic explorer grasped just this point. Here is a much-quoted passage from a letter Robert Falcon Scott addressed to the public at large just before he and the rest of his party perished on their way back from the South Pole:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last.But if we have been willing to give our lives to this enterprise, which is for the honor of our country, I appeal to our countrymen to see that those who depend on us are properly cared for. Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions, which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.&nbsp;</p> <p>R. Scott, "Message to the Public," March 25, 1912, in "Scott’s Last Message to the World," <em>New York Times</em> (February 11, 1913).</p> </blockquote> <p>In other words, judge us on our inputs, recognize us for our efforts, despite how things turned out. The law struggles with this issue, as you’ll see. We struggle with it too, as human beings. Once you’re in an ex post world, it can be hard to regain the ex ante perspective.&nbsp;</p> <p>Which brings me to my final point. Entering law school is nowhere near as perilous an endeavor as an Antarctic expedition, but it is momentous all the same. Later when you look back from the position of graduation or a successful career, it may seem as if you progressed in a sure-footed way all along the path, that there was certainty and clarity and confidence every step of the way. That won’t be true. So try not to forget how things look to you now, ex ante, the way it feels starting off, your first days and weeks, your first cold call, your first time having your mind go absolutely blank during a cold call, your first exam, finding your way. And don’t forget to cheer for yourself and each other, early and often—even before, especially before, you’ve gotten to those ultimate cheer-worthy results. Later, you’re going to want that picture.&nbsp;</p> <p>Welcome to the Law School!</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/fennell">Lee Fennell</a> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:46:39 +0000 mferzige 23627 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Alyssa O'Connor, '16, Marks the FTC's Birthday http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/alyssa-oconnor-16-marks-ftcs-birthday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A federal agency’s birthday, but today is your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alyssa O&#039;Connor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">September 26, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a story of an agency, a poet, and you.</p> <p>One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Trade Commission Act. The legislation is an integral part of modern antitrust and consumer protection law. &nbsp;At the time of its passage, the Act outlawed “unfair methods of competition in commerce,” while later amendments prohibited “unfair or deceptive acts or practices.” &nbsp;The statute also created an agency, so-named the Federal Trade Commission, to enforce the new law.</p> <div id="dfp-ad-mosad_1-wrapper" class="dfp-tag-wrapper wrapper"> <div id="dfp-ad-mosad_1" class="dfp-tag-wrapper"></div> </div> <p><span>Today thus marks the Federal Trade Commission’s birthday, and it is a major one: the big 1-0-0. But what do we make of it? The birthday of a parent, child, significant other, or friend matters. We buy cards and cakes, light the candles, and watch as wishes are made while the flames fade away. Federal agencies are not necessarily near and dear to us, however. At best they fight for the vulnerable and powerless; at worst they waste hard-earned taxpayer money.</span></p> <p>This brings us to the poet. Walt Whitman knew nothing of the Federal Trade Commission, having died twenty-two years before its creation. Yet Whitman shared the agency’s goal of promoting competition, albeit in his own world of language. Poets “shall be marked for generosity and affection and for encouraging competitors,” he wrote in the preface to&nbsp;<em>Leaves of Grass</em>, “without monopoly or secrecy…glad to pass any thing to any one…hungry for equals night and day.”</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/218694-a-federal-agencys-birthday-but-today-is-your-day" title="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/218694-a-federal-agencys-birthday-but-today-is-your-day">http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/218694-a-federal-age...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:45:44 +0000 willcanderson 23606 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Roger E. Reynolds, '61, 1936-2014 http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/roger-e-reynolds-61-1936-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.pims.ca/academics/news-and-announcements/post/roger-e-reynolds-1936-2014" title="http://www.pims.ca/academics/news-and-announcements/post/roger-e-reynolds-1936-2014">http://www.pims.ca/academics/news-and-announcements/post/roger-e-reynold...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is with sadness that the Council of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies reports the passing of Roger E. Reynolds, Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, on 24 September 2014.</p> <p>Professor Reynolds (AB, Harvard; JD, Chicago; PhD, Harvard) taught liturgy at Carleton University in Ottawa before coming to the Institute in January 1977 as a Visiting fellow in liturgy. He was elected Senior Fellow of the Institute in March of that year and taught in the fields of liturgy, law, and history in the graduate programmes of the Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, serving terms as academic secretary in both the Centre and the Institute. Professor Reynolds also served as a supervisor in the Institute’s postdoctoral L.M.S. programme, and in the dozen years since his retirement in 2002 he has continued to serve as an advisor and participant in the academic programme and as an editor of Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana, the major research programme he set up at the Institute in 1988 with Professors Virginia Brown (†2009) and Richard Gyug, with grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.</p> <p>During his many years of service teaching and supervising and his administrative work at the Institute, his individual research and group research projects resulted in an extensive list of publications, many of which are listed at the end of the collection of studies presented to him in 2004 by his former students and other colleagues, <em>Ritual, Text, and Law</em>, ed. Kathleen G. Cushing and Richard F. Gyug (Ashgate). Through his research, teaching, and election to the boards of dozens of leading academic societies and publications, as well as his work bringing his scholarly interests to the attention of the wider community, he has made a lasting contribution to scholarship and will be remembered with gratitude by his many colleagues throughout the world.</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:22:39 +0000 mferzige 23601 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Jesse Ruiz, '95, Wins Hispanic National Bar Association's "Latino Lawyer of the Year" Award http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/jesse-ruiz-95-wins-hispanic-national-bar-associations-latino-lawyer- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/df9a27c10b6d6ba38ba001440/files/b1cad0b1-3324-4902-b63d-9a5d806a5bb4.pdf" title="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/df9a27c10b6d6ba38ba001440/files/b1cad0b1-3324-4902-b63d-9a5d806a5bb4.pdf">https://gallery.mailchimp.com/df9a27c10b6d6ba38ba001440/files/b1cad0b1-3...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2>2014 HNBA “Latino Lawyer of the Year” Award</h2> <p>Jesse H. Ruiz is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Drinker Biddle in their Chicago&nbsp;office. He serves as the firm's Marketing Partner, and is a member of the firm’s Client Service&nbsp;Committee. For over 16 years, Mr. Ruiz has focused his practice on business transactions,&nbsp;including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, equity and&nbsp;debt offerings, financings, the purchase and sale of assets from bankruptcy estates and a&nbsp;variety of commercial transactions.</p> <p>In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Ruiz is committed to making a difference in&nbsp;the community. In fact, in April 2012, Mr. Ruiz, along with his wife, received the Barristers&nbsp;Philanthropic Award from Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth for his work in education advocacy&nbsp;and youth mentoring. In August 2013, Mr. Ruiz was appointed by the president of the ABA to the&nbsp;Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, a historic commission that aims to&nbsp;ensure that the voices of the Latino community across this nation are heard.</p> <p>Mr. Ruiz received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an&nbsp;editor of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable, and his B.A. degree in economics&nbsp;from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:04:05 +0000 willcanderson 23587 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Reactionary Rhetoric and Liberal Legal Academia http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/research/justin-driver-reactionary-rhetoric-and-liberal-legal-academia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-facultyresearch-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/imagecache/sidebar-image/image/driver_justin_for_web.jpg </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-facultyresearch-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Author:&nbsp;</div> Justin Driver </div> </div> </div> <p>As celebrations mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is essential to recover the arguments mainstream critics made in opposing what has become a sacrosanct piece of legislation. Prominent legal scholarship now appears to misapprehend the nature of that mainstream opposition, contending it assumed more aggressive forms than it actually did. Upon examining the actual arguments respected figures wielded against the Civil Rights Act during the 1960s, certain patterns of argumentation become