Howard University

Faculty HighLights-May 2009

May 2009

Professor Ballard-Thrower’s article, “Profiling Minority Law Librarians: an Update from the 2007 Study” has been accepted for publication in the Law Library Journal. It will be published in the Summer 2009 issue. The article was co-written with Dwight King, Notre Dame Law Library and Professor Grace Mills, Hamline University Law Library.

On April 29th, Professor Black was a panelist at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s conference on Black Male Achievement. His presentation focused on the flaws of the No Child Left Behind Act and how they might be remedied during the reauthorization process. In particular, he focused on how various aspects of the Act both ignore and perpetuate inequity.

Professor Marsha Echols organized and moderated an International Affairs Forum about sovereign wealth funds at the Cosmos Club on April 21st. The speakers discussed the roles, perspectives and future of the funds from their perspectives, those of the Government of Norway, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Peterson Institute. The panelists explained the definition of SWFs agreed by the funds and the guidelines recently agreed in the Santiago Principles and by the Paris-based OECD.

Professor Echols participated in a roundtable discussion about import safety that was organized by Penn Law’s Regulatory Affairs Program. The by-invitation meeting was held to discuss the draft of chapters for a book on the subject/ Professor Echols commented on the food regulation and international trade aspects of the drafts.

Professor Gavil was also quoted in a May 5, 2009 article in the New York Times discussing the potential antitrust implications of Apple and Google sharing some common members of their boards of directors. See

Professor Andrew Gavil has also been nominated to a three-year term on the Council of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.

On April 16, 2009, Professor Gavil was quoted in a Bloomberg News report concerning the antitrust agency review of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation:

Professor Gavil’s latest article, Thinking Outside the Illinois Brick Box, will be published this Summer in 76 Antitrust L.J. __.

In addition, he will be participating in three conferences in May and June:

  • 4th ASCOLA (Academic Society for Competition Law) Conference, “More Common Ground for International Competition Law?”, Paper presenter, Prospects for Narrowing the U.S.-E.C. Gap on Dominant Firm Conduct, George Washington University School of Law, Washington D.C., June 16-17, 2009
  • University College London & Institute for Study of Competition Law and Policy (IMPEDIA), Discussant, “The Limits of Competition Law,” Santorini Island, Greece, May 27-28, 2009
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, 9th Annual Midwest Antitrust Colloquium, Commentator, May 1, 2009

Supervising Attorney, Fair Housing Clinic

On April 3-4, 2009, Supervising Attorney Gilmore was a presenter at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Annual Conference in Boston, MA. He presented his work in progress entitled “Castles in the Ghetto: James Baldwin and the Destruction of the Ghetto” – an examination of several essays of James Baldwin and their potential influence on low income housing in the U.S.

On April 22, 2009, he was a Co-Presenter as part of the Howard University School of Social Work monthly topic series for their Gerontology Project: on “Housing Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation.” He lectured about cases involving mentally disabled individuals and the Fair Housing Act.

On April 24, 2009, Supervising Attorney Gilmore was a presenter at the National Organization of African-Americans in Housing Symposium in Washington D.C. He discussed Fair and Affordable Housing issues.

Professor Gresham chaired the ABA/AALS Accreditation Site Team for the University of Utah Law School in Salt Lake City Utah from March 29-April 5. In addition to Professor Gresham, the Site Team consisted of three law school deans, a university president and a senior law librarian.

On April 14, 2009, Professor Jamar was one of the panelists at the Fourth Annual Modern American Diversity Conference hosted by the American University Washington College of Law. The conference theme was “The Regulation of Morality: Revisiting the Separation of Church and State in the United States.”

On April 9, 2009, Professor La Rue facilitated a teleseminar on “The Art of Arbitrating and Mediating: Acquiring the Skill to Move between the Two Practices.” Professor La Rue talked broadly around matters of interest in arbitration, ethics, and starting an arbitration practice. The seminar was part of the ADR Practitioners Lunchtime Teleconference Series. A replay of the seminar is available until May 9, 2009. The replay dial-in number is 888-203-1112 and the passcode is 60095597#.

Professor La Rue is the in-coming Chair of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section.

On April 3 and 4 Professor McDougall and his co-author Prof. James Highland demonstrated their historical simulation, The Struggle for Civil Rights: Birmingham to Memphis, 1963-1966, at a “Reacting to the Past” conference at the University of Birmingham. (In “Reacting to the Past” simulations, students are assigned roles informed by historical texts and primary sources, to promote engagement with ideas and improve intellectual and academic skills. Pioneered by Barnard College in 1996, the project is supported by a consortium of colleges and universities.)

From April 19 to 21, Professor McDougall served on one panel and moderated several others during a three-day conference at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for 125 visiting Fulbright Scholars from more than 40 nations. The Conference topic was “Equity, Excellence, and Diversity in Higher Education,” in the US and abroad.

On April 21, Professor McDougall led a group of 25 visiting Fulbright Scholars from the conference on an excursion to Howard University main campus, where they received a tour and attended a reception hosted by Associate Provost Barbara Griffin.

On Sunday, March 8, 2009, Professor Meekins participated as a trainer on client interviews for the Law School’s Alternative Spring Break Program.

On Saturday, March 14, she attended the University of Maryland Law School Clinical Law Program’s 35th Anniversary Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The Conference theme was “Curriculum Reform: Linking Theory and Practice.”

On Monday, March 23, 2009, Professor Meekins was the keynote speaker for the Untied States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The program brings international professionals to the United States to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through visits for current and emerging foreign leaders. This installment of the program brought a number of defense attorneys and clinical law professors to the United States from Uzbekistan. Professor Meekins gave an overview of the United States legal system with particular emphasis on the criminal justice system.

Professor Meekins has been invited to act as a Peer Reviewer for the National Institute of Justice’s Grant Solicitations for Crime and Justice Research: Prosecution and Defense. She will review grant proposals during Spring 2009.

As part of the events in celebration of South Africa Week 2009, Professor Motola hosted a panel discussion entitled “Constitutionalism and Democracy in South Africa”. The event took place on April 20, 2009 at Howard University School of Law. South Africa held its fourth democratic elections on April 22, 2009. The event was meant to highlight fifteen years of democracy in South Africa. The featured speaker was Ambassador Welile Nhlapo.

On April 11, 2009, Professor Lateef Mtima was honored at the 4th Annual Graduate Student Gala for his selection as a recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” Honors & Excellence Award 2009.

Professor Nichols completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer held in Washington, DC on May 2-3, 2009. She met her fundraising goal and had a wonderful experience with survivors and supports over the 2 day, 26.1 mile walk. The money raised will be disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. There were only 3,500 walkers this past weekend.

Professor Nichols has been appointed to the steering committee of the American Bar Associations Section on International Law’s Committee on International Securities and Capital Markets Committee (ISCMC). This committee focuses on national and international laws and regulations dealing with issuance of securities and regulation of capital markets activities. Issues include: laws relating to on-line information about issuers; securities issues relating to privatizations, including offering techniques, relationship between economic policy and legal structures for privatizations and the role of legal and financial advisors; regulatory matters concerning derivatives and hybrid securities; new requirements for foreign issuers in the U.S. related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and SEC and other accounting standards for foreign issuers and cross-border private placements.

On April 11, 2009, Professor Sherman Rogers was honored at the 4th Annual Graduate Student Gala for his selection as a recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” Honors & Excellence Award 2009.

Professor Ross ’ publication in the ABA journal is now available in hard copy: When Murder Alone Is Not Enough: Forfeiture of the Confrontation Clause After Giles, CRIMINAL JUSTICE JOURNAL Vol. 24:1 (Spring 2009).

On April 4, 2009, she presented a talk at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, titled: “Why Criminal Defendants Are Told They Asked For It” about borrowing from rape law when interpreting the Fourth Amendment consent doctrine. The conference was held at held at Suffolk Law School.

Highlights from the Deans’ Corner

Kurt L. Schmoke
Dean of the Law School
In April, Dean Schmoke was selected as mediator for the contract negotiations between D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the Washington Teachers’ Union and the American Federation of Teachers.

On April 17th, Dean Schmoke participated in a conference on “Emancipation in the Age of Lincoln : Lincoln and the Law”. The conference was sponsored by the HU History Department.

On April 18th, Dean Schmoke was invited by the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum in Baltimore to be the keynote speaker for their program commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP.

On April 21st, the Dean was honored by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. He received the Servant of Justice Award which is presented to those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated faithful dedication and achievement in ensuring all persons have equal access to justice in the District of Columbia. The program was held at the JW Marriott Hotel and was attended by faculty and staff members.

On April 30th Dean Schmoke traveled to North Carolina to attend a regional reception in celebration of the law school’s 140th anniversary. At the reception, the Dean paid tribute to HUSL ‘51 Alum, Annie Brown Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy was the second African-American woman admitted into the North Carolina Bar. The event raised over $10,000 in support of need-based scholarships. While in North Carolina, Dean Schmoke was also invited by the Dean of Wake Forest University School of Law to participate in a luncheon program and discussion on diversity.

On April 30, 2009, Associate Dean Dark was a featured speaker at the Fair Housing Month Forum sponsored by the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs and Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in Fair Oaks, Virginia. As a part of the program, her video “Housing Discrimination: Who should Ever Have To Get Used To That?” was shown immediately prior to her presentation. This video is used in fair housing trainings sponsored by non-profit fair housing organizations, state and federal agencies concerned with housing and law schools throughout the country. Her presentation focused on some of the findings of the National Commission on Housing and Equal Opportunity which were issued in December 2008. Dean Dark was a member of this bi-partisan Commission.

Associate Dean Dark recently served on the AALS Site Team for North Carolina Central University School of Law.