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    Faculty Notes: Summer 2014

    Professor Marie Failinger has been named the faculty recipient of the 2014 John Wesley Trustee Award, which honors a Hamline University faculty member who consistently demonstrates the university’s core values of high quality and rigorous academics, a commitment to making the world a better place, and a focus on ethics civility and social justice. The award also recognizes individuals whose actions contribute to student centeredness, diversity, innovation, and transformation. The John Wesley Trustee Awards are presented to the recipients at the annual Commencement Eve Reception. Along with Failinger, an undergraduate student, graduate student and university staff member received a 2014 John Wesley Leadership and Service Award.

    Professor David Allen Larson, was interviewed for a Bloomberg News feature story concerning the legality of a new severance agreement that International Business Machines (IBM) is offering its employees. Workers 40 years and older are protected by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, and if a company fires two or more workers and asks them to waive age discrimination claims in exchange for a benefit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations require the contract to be “knowing and voluntary.” The offer must be easily understood, refer specifically to age-discrimination claims, allow employees at least 45 days to consider the waiver, and encourage them to seek legal counsel. It also must identify the eligibility factors, as well as titles and ages of the group of workers considered for the layoff, including those who were fired and those who weren’t. IBM is withholding the titles and age information, claiming that it does not need to comply with the disclosure requirement because it is offering workers the option of bringing claims in arbitration rather than asking for a general waiver of legal claims. The article is available on the Bloomberg News website.

    Professor David Allen Larson presented an "Unconscious Bias" Continuing Legal Education Program at Thomson Reuters. Professor Larson invited Hamline University School of Law alumna Megan Brennan to join him as a co-presenter and also invited Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) legal counsel Saly M. Abd Alla on Wednesday, May 14.
    Professor Sharon K. Sandeen has been selected to be one of 25 law professors nationwide to attend the annual Economics Institute for Law Professors sponsored by George Mason University School of Law, Law and Economics Center. This is the third year in a row that a Hamline Law Professor has been selected to attend this Institute. Professor Jill Barclift attended in 2013 and Professor Thaddeus Pope attended in 2012.
    Professor Sharon K. Sandeen will participate on a panel on April 27, 2014 following an upcoming play, "The History of Invulnerability," presented by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. The panelists will discuss the legal issues surrounding the creation of Superman. See the Minnesota Jewish Theatre website for more information.

    Professor James Coben recently participated in a panel discussion about mediator licensing as part of the American Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section meeting in Miami.

    Professor Mary B. Trevor’s article From Ostriches to Sci-Fi: A Social Science Analysis of the Impact of Humor in Judicial Opinions has been published in volume 45, number 2, of the University of Toledo Law Review.

    Professor James Coben's co-founded and co-edited peer-reviewed journal (as a joint project of Hamline and Shue Yan University in Hong Kong), Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal on Negotiation, has been purchased by CCH Hong Kong (a Wolters Kluwer publishing imprint). CCH will publish the journal twice annually in print and online formats. The acquisition should dramatically increase readership and help Hamline stay at the cutting edge of alternative dispute resolution scholarship and practice in the Pacific Rim.

    Professor David Allen Larson was interviewed by KSTP-TV, regarding a football coach who was reinstated to his position following determinations by a judge and arbitrator. Professor Larson observed that the situation may not have required arbitration if the university had engaged in progressive discipline. The interview was part of the lead story on the 6 p.m. news, April 15, 2014.