Faculty News - December 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Charles Adams, Professor of Law, wrote the article, "Spoilation of Electronic Evidence: Sanctions Versus Advocacy," which has been published in Volume 18, Issue 1 of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

Catherine Cullem, Professor of Legal Writing, has accepted a position as staff attorney with the Honorable Deborah Barnes of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, effective December 31, 2011. Cullem has been a full-time faculty member at TU Law since 1982. She has served as Professor, Director of Legal Writing, Associate Dean, Vice Dean, and Interim Dean.

Lyn Entzeroth, Professor of Law, wrote the article, "The End of the Beginning: The Politics of Death and the American Death Penalty Regime in the Twenty-First Century," which will be published in the Oregon Law Review in 2012. She has another forthcoming 2012 article in the Journal of Legal History titled "Book Review: Tennessee’s New Abolitionists: The Fight to End the Death Penalty in the Volunteer State." Her article, "Brady Violations Committed by the Prosecutor’s Office in Orleans Parish, Louisiana," was published in the Amicus Journal in 2011.

Tom L. Holland, Professor of Law, announced that he will soon be leaving the College after years of distinguished service. Holland, a 1970 graduate of TU Law, will teach during the spring 2012 semester and then retire after a sabbatical during the 2012-13 academic year. At that date, he will have spent 40 years at TU. Holland earned an LL.M. from the University of Illinois and worked as a National Bank Examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Most of his years at TU were devoted primarily to teaching courses and doing research and writing related to his banking experience. He is the co-author of two books: Uniform Commercial Code Series: Documents of Title and Uniform Commercial Code Series: Letters of Credit. During his TU Law tenure, he spent time as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean.

Tamara Piety, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law, in November spoke with the Pharmalot blog on the implications of expanding First Amendment protections to corporate marketing speech, specifically as it relates to the pharmaceutical industry. Piety’s book, Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in February 2012.

In May, Piety debated James Bopp, Jr., the principal lawyer for Citizens United, about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case. The debate was entitled "Campaign Finance Case: Citizens United – Point/Counterpoint" and was sponsored by the Texas bar as a CLE in Austin, Texas.

G. William Rice, Associate Professor of Law and Native American Law Center Co-Director, was quoted in two stories in the Atlantic about President Barack Obama’s administration and its stance toward Native American issues.

Robert Spoo, Professor of Law, has been named the Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law by The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees. The position runs for three years and begins January 1, 2012. The Chapman Chair was established in 1984 as part of the College’s commitment to excellence in legal education, and it became a permanent position in 1992. Qualified candidates possess a terminal degree in their field from a highly-regarded program, along with strong scholarly credentials and proven records of publication and public service. The position provides funds for and encourages research.

Spoo recently finalized a contract with Oxford University Press to publish his next book, Modernism and the American Public Domain, in 2012. The book explores the challenges that foreign authors faced in obtaining copyright protection for their works in the United States. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and other famous authors living abroad were often exploited by American pirates because they could not, in that period, sue them for copyright infringement in a U.S. court. The book, which Oxford plans to publish in its Modernist Literature & Culture series, will appeal to copyright scholars, scholars of social and legal history, literature scholars, and crossover readerships.

The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal will publish a revised version of Spoo's monograph, "Three Myths for Aging Copyrights: Tithonus, Dorian Gray, Ulysses," in a special issue.

Spoo was quoted and discussed in "The Last Word: When literary estates are over-zealous," an article in the November 3, 2011 The New Republic, and in "James Joyce em dominio publico," a September 24, 2011 article in the Brazillian newspaper O Globo.

Robert Weber, Wellspring Professor in Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Business Law, wrote the article, "Structural Regulation as Antidote to Complexity Capture," which will be published in Volume 49 of the American Business Law Journal in summer 2012.

Sam Wiseman, Assistant Professor of Law, delivered the Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series lecture, "Connick v. Thompson: Brady, Trust and Error" on December 2 at John Rogers Hall. Wiseman also presented his summer research colloquy on November 10 about his article, "Habeaus After Pinholster," which will be published in 2012 by the Boston College Law Review.

Scott Been