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    Faculty Notes: Fall 2014

    Professor David Allen Larson, was appointed by the American Bar Association International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to respond to a request from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Jamaica to review an anti-discrimination legislation proposal for Jamaica. Professor Larson was assisted by two Hamline Law School Bakken Fellows, Lorien Downing and Jamae Pennings. His completed ABA-UNDP review was submitted in August.

    Professor Thad Pope; made three presentations in two wonderful locations. At the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference in Amelia Island, Florida, he presented "Hot Issues in Law & Bioethics." At the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014, hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Health Law Research in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Professor Pope made two presentations to a multidisciplinary audience of over 300 from 27 countries: "Comparative Flash Points in End of Life Law, Ethics and Policy" and "The Resolution of Intractable Medical Futility Conflicts over Life-Sustaining Treatment: United States Law and Practice. Professor Pope also published "Legal Briefing: Brain Death and Total Brain Failure" in The Journal of Clinical Ethics. The proposal: 1) explains why there is a need for anti discrimination legislation using the evidence from the legal assessment conducted by UNDP in 2013,  and 2) identifies the key content that should be covered by the legislation to ensure that human rights are integrated into the national legal framework. The intended targets of the proposal are government ministers, senior policy makers and legal draftsmen. The proposal needs to demonstrate how this piece of legislation can benefit not only the rights of populations vulnerable to HIV, but other key groups including persons with disabilities, persons living in poverty, women and childre.n

    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 Marie Failinger was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Valparaiso University School of Law, her alma mater, in May. Professor Failinger founded and chairs the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education Oral History Subcommittee, which is collecting oral histories of senior women law professors throughout the country. She also initiated the War on Poverty Law Teachers Network, which is sponsoring programs at about 55 law schools on the legacy of the War on Poverty on its 50th anniversary, 2014-2015. 

    Professor Sharon K. Sandeen has been invited to speak about international trade secret harmonization efforts at an upcoming conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The all-day conference on September 18, will explore trade secret protection in China and throughout Asia. 

    Professor Sharon Press, DRI Director, served as a guest co-editor of the 2014 issue of ACResolution. The quarterly magazine is published by the Association for Conflict Resolution and this special issue was focused on ethics. 

    Dispute Resolution Institute Senior Fellow and Professor of Business Ken Fox has published the article, "Mirror as Prism: Reimagining Reflexive Dispute Resolution Practice in a Globalized World," in The Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. The article grew out of his participation in Washington University School of Law's Global Dispute Resolution Scholars' Roundtable. In his article, Fox describes the evolution of reflexive professional practice and applies it to the growing field of international dispute resolution. He then articulates a multi-dimensional model to guide conflict practitioners in ways to increase their professional awareness in conflict situations. As part of Hamline Law's continuing relationship with Xiaman University School of Law and Shanghai University School of Law, Professor Fox also lectured at both universities in early July on the topics of "American Perspectives on ADR" and "Models of Mediation." These lectures continue the growing relationship Hamline University School of Law has with these two Mainland Chinese Law Schools. Finally, Professor Fox has been elected to serve on the Minnesota Fulbright Association Board of Directors. The Fulbright Association works with current and former J. William Fulbright Scholars and Teachers to enrich their academic and community experiences while researching, teaching, studying and working in Minnesota. Ken is a former Fulbright Senior Specialist grantee, having taught at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia and having served for several years as a Fulbright peer reviewer in the areas of law/peace and conflict resolution studies.