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Faculty Highlights-Archive-May 2006

May 2006

Faculty Highlights

Rhea Ballard-Thrower
On April 07, Professor Ballard-Thrower presented the “Strategic Planning for Diversity” program with Grace Mills, Library Director of Florida A&M University, at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC.

Associate Dean Okianer Christian Dark

Keynote Speaker for Fair Housing Symposium sponsored by Project Sentinel in San Jose, California on April 21, 2006. Her topic was “Not in Our Neighborhood! Evicting Housing Discrimination from Our Communities.”

Attended LSAC Board of Trustees meeting from April 28-30, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2006, Associate Dean Dark attended the Health Care Ethics Retreat for the faculty who teach in the Health Care Ethics Program at the Howard University College of Medicine. Dean Dark is an adjunct faculty member of the Howard University College of Medicine.

She will attend the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education meeting from May 5-6, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois. She will facilitate the discussion on consumer publications.

She will attend the LSAC Annual Meeting and Conference from June 1 through June 4, 2006, in Toronto, Canada.

Marsha Echols
On April 28, Professor Echols participated in a meeting of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Trade law as a member of the committee. Some of the discussion topics included United Nations reform, nuclear non-proliferation and international criminal law issues, including Darfur. The committee is appointed to advise the Secretary of State on current international law issues and negotiations.

Aderson Francois
Professor Francois attended the annual conference of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section in New York, NY.

Andrew Gavil
Professor Gavil served as one of two Academic Advisors to a working subgroup of the International Competition Network in connection with its preparation of a report entitled “Lessons to be Learnt from the Experiences of Young Competition Agencies.”

The report surveyed a number of antitrust enforcement agencies that are less than 15 years old. Many of these agencies are in countries that are developing and transitioning to market economies. The report was prepared by the delegation from Barbados and will be submitted and discussed at the annual meeting of the ICN, to be held in early June in South Africa.

Professor Gavil also agreed to serve as an advisor to the U.S. Antitrust Modernization Commission.

On May 2, 2006, Professor Gavil was cited in the New York Times in an article on rising tension between Google and Microsoft.:

Professor Gavil was also quoted in the Economist on an article regarding Microsoft’s appeal on antitrust charges. The, ran the week of May 1st, can be found at the following link:

Brian Gilmore (Supervising Attorney)
Professor Gilmore’s editorial, “Unfair Housing Practices Divide Races” was published in three newspapers, two of which are daily newspapers: The Tallahassee Democrat (Florida) and the Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio). This commentary was also published in a student university newspaper, The East Tennessean of the HBCU, Tennessee State University.

The Fair Housing Clinic will present a research poster at the AALS Clinical Conference in New York this week (April 30-May 3) entitled “Synthetic Discrimination in Cooperative Housing.” Courtney Kyles, Class of 2006, researched and put together the poster for the clinic.

Professor Gilmore will also be presenting on the writing works in a progress panel at the conference, “‘Justice is Not Cheap’: The Neighborhood Legal Services Program and 40 Years of Legal Services Funding for the Poor.”

Rachel King
On April 7, Professor King participated in a panel discussion on “The Death Penalty and how it affects African Americans” at Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Professor King’s article titled, The Impact of Capital Punishment on Families of Defendants and Murder Victims’ Family Members was published in Judicature, Vol. 89, No. 5, March-April 2006.

Russell McClain
Congratulations to Professor McClain for being awarded a Scholarship Incentive Grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). The grant is to fund a research proposal with the following working title: Achieving the O’Conner Ideal: Moving Towards Racial Equalization in the Legal Profession Through Pre-Law School Intensive Legal Writing Training (Stage One of Three – Theory and Definition of Research Method).

Harold McDougall
Professor McDougall has been appointed to the Montgomery County Superintendent’s Task Force on Minority Achievement for the Montgomery County Public Schools. Congratulations Professor McDougall!

Assistant Dean Reginald McGahee

Dean McGahee will attend the LSAC Annual Meeting and Conference from June 1 through June 4, 2006, in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the LSAC Planning Committee for this conference. The theme of the conference is “Celebrating our Differences: Diverse Law Schools in a Standardized Era.”

Tamar Meekins
Teaching faculty members of the Clinical Law Center are attending the Annual Conference of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section, currently being held in New York City. The theme of the Conference is “Collaboration” and members of the Howard Law delegation are participating fully. Professor Tamar Meekins is leading a working group that focuses on Collaborations in Criminal Justice; Equal Justice Director Carmia Caesar is leading the annual meeting of the Clinicians of Color Subcommittee; and Supervising Attorney Brian Gilmore presented a poster on the work of the Fair Housing Clinic, entitled “Synthetic Discrimination in Cooperative Housing, which spotlighted the collaborative research of the Clinic students. Additionally, Attorney Gilmore presented a scholarly work-in-progress, entitled “Justice is Not Cheap: The Neighborhood Legal Services Program, the War on Poverty and 40 Years of Federal Funding for Legal Services for the Poor.”

Cheryl Nichols
Professor Nichols’ article titled, The Importance of Selective Federal Preemption in the US Securities Regulatory Framework: A Lesson From Canada Our Neighbor to the North has been accepted by Chapman Law Review for publication in November 2006 issue. Chapman Law Review is ranked 41 in impact factor among national general interest law reviews, and 63 among all law reviews (nearly 1300 total). Washington & Lee Law Review rankings can be found at Chapman Law Review is dedicated to publishing articles of national import, and believes that her article will make a very nice addition to its issue.

Victor Romero, (Visiting Professor)
On April 10, Professor Romero was interviewed by Penn State’s internet radio station, ComRadio –, for his comments on the mass demonstrations conducted nationwide for just immigration reform. The Penn Stater magazine interviewed him on April 24th about his views on U.S. immigration policy. The interview will be published in the magazine’s July/August 2006 issue.

On May 4 – 6, he is also scheduled to serve as a moderator of the scholarship panel titled “Citizenship, War, and Disaster” at the biennial Immigration Law Professors’ Workshop in Las Vegas.

Josephine Ross
On May 1-3, Professor Ross attended the Annual Conference of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section in New York, NY.

Dean Kurt L. Schmoke

Dean Schmoke co-chaired the National Summit of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition held April 5 – 8 at the Metro Center Marriott. The Provost invited the Dean to give a presentation at the Council of Deans meeting held on April 13. This was done as part of the Provost’s “School Update Series.”

The Dean also gave a presentation on the school of law’s new website. The Dean was the guest speaker at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County on April 20. He spoke to students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program. AVID is a college prep program for low income and at risk youth.

Andrew Taslitz
In April, Professor Taslitz spoke on the subject of “Privacy as Political Struggle” at the Harvard University Law School’s conference entitled, “Criminal Justice Stories.”

  • Special Acknowledgement and Congratulations to the 2005-06 Faculty Author Scholars – Professor Andrew Gavil, Professor Steven Jamar, Professor Rachel King, Professor Cynthia Mabry, Professor Harold McDougall, Professor Michael Newsom, Professor Laurence Nolan, and Professor Andrew Taslitz.

  • Congratulations to the following faculty who received teaching awards: Professor Black and Professor Francois – SBA Rookies of the Year; Professor Romero – SBA Special Recognition & Appreciation Award; Associate Dean Dark – Graduate Student Assembly Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award (Law School).

  • Special Congratulations to Mr. Darren Dickens, class of 2006, who was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow for 2006-08. He is the 2nd Howard University Law graduate to be appointed a Presidential Management Fellow.

  • Congratulations to the members of the International Moot Court Team for their outstanding performance in their Competition on WTO law in Geneva, Switzerland!!! The team received Best Complainant Memorial (Petitioner’s Best Brief) in the competition. We are very proud of their accomplishments and acknowledge the outstanding work of Adjunct Professor Kristine Huskey who is the faculty advisor for this team.

  • On April 11, 2006, Tom Perez, member of the Montgomery County Council and Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, spoke to the law school’s Predatory Lending and Fair Housing Clinic classes on the general subject of anti-predatory lending and specifically about current Pending Litigation legislation that addresses this persuasive problem. This event was a part of a series of programs and activities organized by the Fair Housing Clinic in recognition of Fair Housing Month during the month of April. The event had a wonderful turnout and special thanks to Councilman Perez for taking time out to speak to our students.

  • The Howard Law Journal 50th Anniversary Gala was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, from 6 to 9 p.m. at H20 Restaurant and Lounge located at 800 Water Street, S.W. Waterfront in Washington, D.C. The Honorary Keynote speaker was The Honorable Gabrielle McDonald, HUSL ’75, a member of the Iran-United State Claims Tribunal. Congratulations to the Howard Law Journal for putting on such a spectacular and memorable event.