Howard University

Faculty Highlights-Archive September 2007

September 2007

Covering period from August 2007-September 2007

Ballard-Thrower, Rhea
Professor Ballard-Thrower wrote a chapter entitled “Leadership for the Twenty-First Century Library Director” that appeared in Beyond the Books: People, Politics and Librarianship.

Professor Ballard-Thrower was appointed to the AALS Planning Committee for the “Workshop for Law Librarians: Changing Assumptions: the Role of the Law Librarian in the Legal Academy.” The workshop will be held in Cleveland, Ohio in June, 2008.

Black, Derek
Professor Black’s article, “Turning Stones of Hope into Boulders of Resistance: The First and Last Task of Social Justice Curriculum, Scholarship, and Practice,” will be published in the current volume of the North Carolina Law Review.

On July 29, 2007, Professor Black was a panelist on the Constitutional Law Update at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference held in Amelia Island, FL. He delivered a presentation on the Supreme Court’s decision on voluntary desegregation this past term titled “Can We Continue Brown v. Board’s Promise and Suit Justice Kennedy’s Taste at the Same Time?”.

Crooms, Lisa
Professor Crooms served as a member of the prosecution team for the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina & Rita held at the Pan American Conference Center in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 29, 2007 through September 2, 2007. The Tribunal, which was endorsed by 100 Louisiana-based, national and international organizations, was held in response to the demand by hundreds of Katrina and Rita Survivors that local, state and federal governments be held accountable for their actions surrounding hurricane Katrina. For more information, see Program Details and Acknowledgments.

Professor Crooms will participate in the Civil Rights, Human Rights and Race: An Applied Legal Scholarship Symposium this fall. The objective of the Symposium is to influence domestic and international legal advocacy around matters of racial discrimination.

Professor Crooms was recently appointed Director of the Constitutional Law Center at the Howard University School of Law.

DeMaio, Patricia
During the summer, Professor DeMaio attended the LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop in Coral Gables, Florida.

Professor DeMaio served as the Director of the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp Evette L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition.

Professor DeMaio was the Commencement Speaker at Jewel House, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers teen mothers and expecting teen mothers GED classes and offers paralegal and entrepreneurship certification courses.

Professor DeMaio also coordinated and facilitated the “How to Succeed at Howard” Program for first year law students sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis.

Echols, Marsha
Professor Echols was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she taught graduate students and professors from around the world. The course was titled, “International Law and the Corporation.”

She also lectured about private standards before the Inter-Agency Group in Geneva and about the NAFTA Agreement and its effect on corn trade in Bern, Switzerland.

Ellis, Atiba
Professor Ellis attended a number of conferences this summer. From June 25 to July 1, he attended several conferences in Washington, DC sponsored by the AALS. Those conferences included the New Law Professors Workshop, the Beginning Legal Writing Instructors Workshop, and the Workshop on Thriving and Surviving in the Academy: Concrete Steps for People of Color and their Law Schools.

Additionally, Professor Ellis attended the LWI Writers’ Workshop, a works-in-progress symposium sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute for legal writing professors who seek to publish law journal articles and other scholarly legal writing. He presented a draft of a paper on the poll tax in Virginia during the Jim Crow era.

In addition, Professor Ellis gave a lecture on June 6, 2007, to the Kern County (California) Society of Human Resource Managers. The lecture was entitled Reasons, Rationales, and Realities: Reflections on Antidiscrimination Law in the Post Civil Rights Era. The lecture offered reflections on the history and structure of Jim Crow discrimination, how that history formed (in part) the rationale for passage of many of our contemporary civil rights laws, and how those rationales are being challenged by current political, judicial, and societal developments.

Gavil, Andrew
Professor Gavil was quoted at length in an August 31, 2007 article in the Seattle Times discussing the conflicting assessments of the Department of Justice and a group of states led by California on the effectiveness of the now nearly expired consent decree in the Microsoft antitrust litigation. His article, “Reframing Windows: The Durable Meaning of the Microsoft Litigation” (with Professor Harry First), which criticized the decree as largely ineffectual, was quoted to the district court overseeing the decree by the California Group in its August 30th status report.

If you are interested here are the two relevant links:

The California Group’s Report – see the first paragraph of the Introduction, which quotes Professor Gavil’s article with Professor First:

Gilmore, Brian (Supervising Attorney, Fair Housing Clinic)
Adjunct Professor Gilmore’s article “Rose Colored Views of an All-Black School” was featured in the Sunday, September 2, 2007 issue of The Washington Post. The piece presents a provocative discussion of the history and success of Washington, DC’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the impact of integration, and the unique challenges faced by Dunbar and other predominately African-American schools.

Professor Gilmore’s article entitled “Love You Madly: The Life and Times of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of Washington DC” was published in the University of the District of Columbia’s David A Clarke Law Review.

In July 2007, Professor Gilmore also attended the Behind the Cycle: Re-entry Issues – Open Society Institute Symposium focusing on issues facing individuals recently released from prison including housing and homelessness.

Gresham, Alice
The Provost appointed Professor Gresham to the University-Wide Self Study Committee Working Group on Leadership and Governance, which is chaired by Dean Schmoke. The Self Study is in preparation for the Middle States Accreditation evaluation scheduled for next year.

Professor Gresham was also appointed to the ABA/AALS Site Visit Team at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. In addition to her responsibilities as a team member, she was appointed as the AALS Reporter to focus on issues required by the AALS.

Professor Gresham has helped to develop a specialized externship known as the IRS externship. This externship allows the law school to place students in the Office of the General Counsel for the I.R.S. The first placement occurred in spring 2007 and was highly successful. Professor Gresham teaches the classroom component for the externship.

The Appellate Judges Education Institute is holding its Annual Appellate Summit on Friday, Sept 28, 2007. Professor Gresham will be on a panel titled “The Legal Malpractice Minefield.” She was asked to participate because of her extensive experience as a D.C. Bar Hearing Examiner in disciplinary matters for the Board of Professional Responsibility, as a professor of Professional Responsibility for many years, and as dean of a law school. She will bring the perspective of legal education to the panel.

Jamar, Steven
On May 11, 2007, Professor Jamar presented a paper entitled, “When Copyright Meets the First Amendment Online,” at the ALI-ABA CLE Course of Study on “Internet Law for the Practical Lawyer,” in Washington, DC. Thesis synopsis: Given the changes in copyright law in the past 30 years, the Copyright Act no longer adequately internally balances the free speech or free exercise rights of the users of copyrighted works with the rights of copyright owners. Therefore, users should be able to assert that their uses are protected by first amendment rights of free speech and the free exercise clauses of the Constitution above and beyond the provisions of the Copyright Act itself. That is, users should have constitutional rights beyond the fair use and other limitations in the Copyright Act.

In June 2007, Professor Jamar taught a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa in the HUSL Overseas Program directed by Professor Motala.

La Rue, Homer
Professor La Rue was elected Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He will become chair of the Section in 2010.

In August 2007, Professor La Rue organized and moderated the workshop, “The Ultimate Arbitration Update” at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Professor La Rue, in conjunction with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, trained the Central Legal Staff of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Appeals in appellate mediation. The training took place in August 2007.

Professor La Rue taught in the Howard University School of Law/University of Western Cape Summer Abroad Program. He taught arbitration as the second half of the ADR course.

In June 2007, Professor La Rue conducted a training of the Summer NIH Senior Managers Leadership Group in “The Manager as Mediator”.

Mabry, Cynthia
On June 25, 2007, Professor Mabry served as a moderator and co-panelist at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Law and Mental Health in Padua, Italy. During the conference, she made a presentation entitled “Empowering Parents and their Children to Create Healthy Transracial Adoptions.”

On June 15, 2007, Professor Mabry was a co-panelist and special invitee for the “Hot Topics in Adoption” panel at the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting in Providence, R.I.

During the summer, Professor Mabry also mediated family disputes for the D.C. Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Professor Mabry was appointed to a second term as a member of the Law School Admission Council’s Minority Affairs Committee. This summer she completed a three-year term as a member of a subcommittee by visiting two law schools (Santa Clara University and the University of Nebraska) that host pre-law programs designed to encourage college students who are disadvantaged and people of color to attend law school.

Professor Mabry became an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, an organization open only to attorneys and judges who specialize in adoption.

Martin, Jena
Professor Martin published an article in the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, titled “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly? A New Way to Look at the Intercountry Adoption Debate.”

This is Professor Martin’s first year as a Legal Writing Instructor at Howard University School of Law.

McDougall, Harold(On Sabbatical Fall 2007)
On June 8-10, 2007 at Barnard College in New York City, at a conference involving faculty from universities across the country, Professor McDougall and his co-author directed their simulation of two watershed decisions made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his staff (in 1963 and 1966, respectively). Faculty participating in the simulation will use it to teach their students in courses and seminars during the coming academic year. The conference, “Reacting to the Past,” was sponsored by Columbia University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On June 14-15, 2007, Professor McDougall attended the semiannual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation in his capacity as a trustee of the board. The Study Circles Resource Center, which reports to the Foundation, has changed its name to EveryDay Democracy, to mark its shift in emphasis from technical assistance to democratic activism.

Professor McDougall has been appointed a Community Services Fellow in the administration of Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett. He advises the Office of Community Partnerships on minority outreach, civic engagement, and sustainable development.

Professor McDougall is currently on Sabbatical for fall 2007.

Meekins, Tamar
On Friday, April 22, 2007, Professor Meekins hosted the Clinical Law Center’s Annual End of Year Celebration at her home. The event was organized and sponsored by all members of the CLC Faculty and Staff, and is a way for clinic students to celebrate and reflect upon their year in clinic. It also provides a medium through which faculty can recognize student contributions to the work of the Clinic.

On May 2-5, 2007 Professor Meekins attended the AALS Clinical Education Section’s Clinic Director’s and Annual Clinical Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Meekins was an invited panelist on the Washington Council of Lawyers’ Staying Public Program on June 4, 2007. About 30 people attended who were interested in moving from line attorney positions to other public interest jobs. Professor Meekins discussed her perspective on what it’s like to be a clinical professor, a division chief in a public defender agency and the deputy director of a government agency.

On June 22-23, 2007, she participated as a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Task Force on Diversion and Specialty Courts. The Task Force is studying the feasibility of standards for these new criminal courts.

Professor Meekins will be a panelist at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law Clinical Program’s 60th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium to be held September 13-14, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She will present on the panel entitled “Gideon, Gault and Beyond,” and will discuss the new challenges for Clinical teachers in educating and training students to practice in specialty courts.

She will again provide training sessions to the new class of Public Defender Service attorneys. Starting on October 4th, she will present on “Client Centered Representation,” and on October 26 she will give a presentation on “Opening Statements.”

Professor Meekins has been selected to be a member of an ABA Section on Legal Education Site Team for an accreditation visit set for November 11-14, 2007.

Newsom, Michael
Professor Newsom authored a paper in the form of a memorandum to the entering 1L class discussing the various forms of writing that may mark a successful law student. He also facilitated a session during HUSL orientation to take questions from students about the paper. Professor Newsom has scheduled individual meetings with smaller groups of students to discuss some of the issues raised in the paper. These meetings will take place beginning in September 2007.

Nichols, Cheryl
Professor Nichols was selected to be a member of the Securities Regulation Experts Panel. The panel provides perspectives on the capital markets regulatory environment for clients of Vista Research, Inc., a Standard & Poor’s business that supports institutional money managers.

Professor Nichols also serves as co-faculty advisor for the Howard Business Las Society, an organization for HUSL students interested in the field of business law.

Nolan, Laurence
On June 25, 2007 through June 30, 2007, Professor Laurence C. Nolan served as a panelist and presented a paper entitled “Children of Incarcerated Parents: Protecting the Parental Tie Through the Lens of Therapeutic Jurisprudence.” The panel organized by Professor Cynthia Mabry at the 30th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, in Padua, Italy.

Rogers, Sherman
Greenwood Press has submitted an offer to publish Professor Rogers’ proposed book entitled Black Economic Inequality In America: Legal, Historical, and Related Considerations In the Black Quest for Economic Liberty—The Role of Entrepreneurship and Other Suggested Solutions for Achieving Economic Parity.

Professor Rogers also serves as co-faculty advisor for the Howard Business Las Society, an organization for HUSL students interested in the field of business law.

Ross, Josephine
Professor Ross wrote a law review article provisionally titled Still in Limbo: The Continuing Failed Response to Katrina that was accepted for publication by the Howard Law Journal’s Wiley A. Branton Symposium issue on “Katrina and the Rule of Law in the Time of Crisis.”

Professor Ross also rewrote an article for the North Dakota Law Review on the Sixth Amendment confrontation clause. The article looks at the current debate regarding judicial decision making and uses the state appellate cases decided between two recent Supreme Court confrontation cases to further this inquiry.

Professor Ross also began working on an article for Widener law review that looks at the intersection of cross-examination and the confrontation clause.

Professor Ross is currently the interim director of the General Externship Program.

Taslitz, Andrew
Over the summer, Professor Taslitz published substantially revised third editions of two of his casebooks, Evidence Law and Practice and Constitutional Criminal Procedure, as well as completing substantial work on their associated teachers’ manuals. He also published Bullshitting the People: the Criminal Procedure Implications of a Scatological Term, on which he had earlier reported he had spoken at Texas Tech, and published Plugging Into the Fourth Amendment’s Matrix and Lying, Cheating, and Stealing in the periodical, Criminal Justice.

Professor Taslitz also completed a draft of an article articulating a new defense of the privilege against self-incrimination, a draft of an essay entitled Racial Blindsight for a symposium he has organized on race and criminal justice for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, a draft of a book chapter entitled The Slave Power Undead: Criminal Justice Successes and Failures of the Thirteenth Amendment for an anthology on the Thirteenth Amendment to be published by Columbia University Press, and finished edits for the page proofs on a variety of forthcoming pieces.

Professor Taslitz has agreed to author a book chapter on fair trial and free press for a forthcoming anthology on the Duke rape case and an article on race and innocence for a forthcoming symposium on the innocence movement and is working on eight book chapters due for a forthcoming co-authored multi-volume criminal procedure treatise.

Professor Taslitz attended a course on Social Science Statistical Methods and Research Design for Law Professors and the first meeting of the ABA Committee on Transactional Surveillance Standards, on which he serves. He also testified before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee at its forum on race and criminal justice and did preliminary work on a Star Trek and the Law enrichment program for this year’s first year students in conjunction with Dean Okianer Christian Dark and Professor Atiba Ellis.

Highlights from the Deans’ Corner

Dean Kurt L. Schmoke
Dean Schmoke wrote the guest editorial in the Spring 2007 Edition of The Journal of Negro Education titled, “Dark Cloud Over Education : A Personal Perspective On the Drug War.”

Dean Schmoke attended Oliver W. Hill’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Friday, May 4 in Richmond, Virginia. The celebration was held at the Richmond Marriott and was hosted by Governor Kaine.

On May 31, Dean Schmoke was the guest speaker for the American Dream Team Program sponsored by FannieMae. The program, an orientation session for minority student interns, was designed to help develop mortgage professionals who can effectively serve minority communities.

On June 15, Dean Schmoke served as a delegate member of the 2007 Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia. The conference was titled, “Violence in the District of Columbia: Can We Stop It?”, and was held at the Reagan Center.

Dean Schmoke was the guest lecturer at the 24th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. His lecture was regarding the first living wage law.

The Dean attended the Annual National Bar Association Convention in Atlanta in July. He met with HUSL Alumni and received donations totaling more than $33,000. He also gave the keynote address at a luncheon sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the NBA.

Dean Schmoke has been selected as the Chair of the Leadership and Governance Work Group for the University Wide 2009 Accreditation.

In June, Dean Schmoke began working on the Mychal Bell case (one of the Jena 6) along with his attorney, Lewis Scott in LaSalle Parish Louisiana.

Associate Dean Okianer Christian Dark
In June, Associate Dean Dark attended the LSAC Annual Meeting and Conference in Tuscon, AZ, as a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees.

In June, she hosted the AALS Women in Legal Education Section Breakfast at the New Law Teachers’ Conference in Washington, D.C. Associate Dean Dark is a former Chair of the Section and currently a member of the Executive Committee.

In July, Associate Dean Dark was on a panel titled “Developing Scholars of Teaching and Learning in U.S. Law Schools: Encouraging, Supporting and Facilitating a New Pathway” at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Sidney, Australia. She was also scheduled to present on “The Role of SOTL in Facilitating Learning and Success of Traditionally Underrepresented Groups in Legal Education.”

Associate Dean Dark serves on the Advisory Board of Montgomery Cares which is a unique private-public partnership providing primary health care to uninsured adult residents in Montgomery County, MD. She also ended her term as Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Health in June. She will continue to serve as the Commission on Health’s liaison to the Advisory Board of Montgomery Cares for the 2007-08 term.

She was recently appointed a member of the LSAC Test Development & Research Committee. This committee reviews the test (e.g., changes in the functioning of the test, new item-type development and progress on research related to computerized testing), testing procedures, considers alternative admission models, develops projects like the Skills Readiness Inventory (a web based diagnostic test designed to help undergraduates prepare for law school) and initiates or supports research on the LSAT and legal education in general.

She served as Chair of the Bar Passage Subcommittee for the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education and the Bar. This subcommittee developed a position paper for the Diversity Committee opposing proposed revisions of Bar passage criteria in the ABA Standards.

Associate Dean Dione Traci Duckett
During 2006-2007, Dean Duckett was a fellow in the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership training program designed to promote diversity among the leaders who serve in the MSBA. Fifteen fellows were selected to attend monthly training sessions and develop a community service project. This year’s project was a Youth Leadership Summit on Teen Violence.

Dean Duckett served as the chair of the budget and fundraising committee for the Leadership Academy Class of 2007.

She has been selected to serve as an advisor to the Leadership Academy Committee for 2007-2008.

Assistant Dean Reginald McGahee
In August 2007, Dean McGahee was elected co-chair of the National Bar Association’s Law Professor/Administrators section. The group consists of attorneys of color that either teach and or are administrators in law schools nationwide. The group is currently working on an opposition paper in response to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights’ request for mandatory diversity reporting by law schools.