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April Mara Barton, Dean and Professor of Law, was the keynote speaker at the Duquesne University Heritage Week Luncheon Sept. 28. She reflected on the students who are drawn to Duquesne University and how our School of Law's Leadership Fellows Program embodies the University's Spiritan mission.

Aman Gebru, Assistant Professor of Law, received two grants from Duquesne University: the 2021 Duquesne University Faculty Development Grant and the 2021 Rev. Alphons Loogman Faculty Research Grant. Publication and presentations:

  • The Piracy Paradox and Indigenous Fashion. 39 CARDOZO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL 607 (2021).
  • "Owning Innovation from Hackathons." Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (August 2021).
  • Organized and hosted a panel on Intellectual Property, Race and Culture at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Amelia Island, Fla. (July 2021).

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Associate Professor of Law, was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship Award and the Dr. John and Liz Murray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. Publication, presentations and media:

  • That's Enough Punishment: Abolishing and Defunding the Police and the Carceral State. 48 URB. L. J. 625 [Fordham University School of Law] (2021) (with Jelani Jefferson Exum) (invited).
  • Panelist, "Marijuana's Disparate Racial Impacts: A Restorative Justice Issue," Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice, virtual (Oct. 4, 2021).
  • Constitution Day: The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Denial of Citizenship. Duquesne University School of Law, virtual (Sept. 17, 2021).
  • Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor-Perspectives on the Breonna Taylor Case. Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Amelia Island, Fla. (July 2021).
  • "What is Critical Race Theory?" KDKA1020 Radio, Pittsburgh, Pa. (June 18, 2021).

Bruce Ledewitz, Adrian Van Kaam Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence and Professor of Law, published his book, The Universe Is on Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life (Oxford Univ. Press). Publications, presentations and media:

  • Book Review: Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics. By David E. Campbell, Geoffrey C. Layman and John C. Green. Journal of Church and State (2021)
  • Law's Quandary Can Only Be Solved by the Universe-and that goes for the rest of us, too. Larry Grimes Lecture at Bethany College (Oct. 7, 2021).
  • Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Constitutional Law. Duquesne University School of Law Continuing Legal Education (Sept. 25, 2021).
  • Constitution Day: The Constitution and Citizenship in America. Duquesne University School of Law, virtual (Sept. 17, 2021).
  • The Electoral College and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact-What Every Voter Should Know. Presentation to the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons (Sept. 13, 2021).
  • "I am resigning from the pro-life movement," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sept. 12, 2021).
  • "With Jews under attack, here is chance to act," Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (June 30, 2021).
  • Biweekly contributor, Pennsylvania Capital-Star commentary page.

Jan Levine, Director of Legal Research and Writing and Professor of Law, publication and presentation:

  • A Curmudgeon's View of the Multi-Generational Teaching of Legal Writing. 25 Legal Writing 79 (2021).
  • Don't Hide the Ball: Using Examples of Past Student Work Without Giving It All Away (with Lori Schweer). ALWD Conference (June 2021).

Ashley London, Director of Bar Studies and Assistant Professor of Legal Skills, was one of five law professors across the country to receive the inaugural Access Lex-AASE ASP Faculty Scholarship Grant. Presentation and honors:

  • Practice Makes for a Perfect PT (with April Milburn-Knizner). Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Virtual Conference, Seattle, Wash., hosted by the American University Washington College of Law (May 2021).
  • Elected co-chair of the AASE Bar Advocacy Committee.

Marissa Meredith, Assistant Professor of Law, publications and presentations:

  • Out with the Old, In with the New: Learning the Traditional with a Non-Traditional Medium. Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyers Journal (Sept. 10, 2021).
  • Addressing the Constraints of the Fourth Amendment. Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases Vol. 48 Issue No. 8 (August 2021).
  • Presenter, Work-in-Progress, Tinder Love & Care: A Discussion of Online Dating Apps' Failure to Provide Effective Safety Precautions for Users. Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Amelia Island, Fla. (July 2021).
  • Co-presenter, But You're Not a Real Law Professor, ALWD Directors 2021 Biennial Conference, University of Michigan Law School (June 2021).
  • Co-presenter, Legal Writing Plus: Teaching Subjects Beyond Legal Writing, 2021 Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference, New York Law School, virtual (May 2021).

Jane Campbell Moriarty, Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship and Professor of Law, published her case book, Scientific and Expert Evidence (with John M. Conley), 3rd ed., Aspen/Wolters Kluwer (2020). Publication, presentations and media:

  • Neuroimaging Evidence in the United States (chapter) in Law and Mind: At the Intersection of Law and the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge University Press (2021).
  • Appearing as a Legal Commentator in Netflix series Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (Sept. 21, 2021).
  • Conflicts of Interest in Criminal Cases. Duquesne University School of Law Continuing Legal Education (August 2021).
  • Confidentiality, Attorney Client Privilege, and Crime Fraud Exception: The Intersections. Duquesne University School of Law Continuing Legal Education (July 2021).
  • Neuroscience Evidence: From Here to Reliability. Grand Rounds, UPMC Shadyside Hospital (April 2021).

Dana Neacsu, DCLI and ACLL Director and Associate Professor of Legal Skills, publications and presentations:

  • Cazul aparen ei ca normativitate transformativă. Exemple din dreptul American (The case of appearance as a transformative norm. Examples from American law). In honorem FlaviusAntoniu Baias-L'apparence en droit, Bucharest, Hamangiu (September 2021).
  • An Ecological and Holistic Analysis of the Epistemic Value of Law Libraries (with Paul Callister). Law Library Journal (2021).
  • March-In Rights Could Ensure Patient Access By Keeping Drug Prices In Check. They're under Attack (with Peter Arno, PhD, and Kathryn Ardizzone, JD). Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) (May 2021).
  • Perspective asupra responsibilitatii precontractuale in dreptul American:teorie si practica (Perspectives on pre-contractual liability in American law: theory and practice). Conferinta Internationala Gheorghe Beleiu, Bucuresti, virtual (May 20-21, 2021).
  • Theorizing Information Environments and Their Relationship to Law and Society (with Paul Callister). International Conference of Information, Medium and Society, virtual (July 10, 2021).
  • The Epistemic Value of Libraries: An Ecologic and Holistic Analysis (with Paul Callister). Boulder Conference, virtual (July 15, 2021).

John T. Rago, Associate Professor of Law, has been reappointed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. He was also one of two academic reporters selected by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on a working group statutorily created under Title 61 to "examine circumstances surrounding those who have committed criminal homicide while under supervision by the [Parole] board." As a member of the Homicide Review Team (HRT), Rago is working to identify "appropriate changes in applicable statutes, regulations, guidelines, best practices, protocols and other standards" to determine what improvements can be made to avoid or minimize the tragic results of these cases.

John Towers Rice, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, publication and presentations:

  • The Road to Bostock. 15 FIU L. REV. 423 (2021).
  • Discussant, "Professional Responsibility in Our Turbulent Times," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (July 2021).
  • Discussant, "Contract Issues in Employment Law: Contract Disclaimers, Company Policies, and Other Contracts Issues," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (July 2021).
  • Discussant, "Silver Linings Playbook: Lessons Learned During a Pandemic," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (July 2021).

Ann Schiavone, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Professor of Law, presentations:

  • Organizer, Constitution Day: The Constitution and Citizenship in America. Duquesne University School of Law (Sept. 17, 2021).
  • Panelist, "LGBTQIA+ Rights and Religious Liberty," Duquesne Law Federalist Society Chapter (Sept. 16, 2021).
  • Co-presenter, But You're Not a Real Law Professor, ALWD Directors 2021 Biennial Conference, University of Michigan Law School (June 2021).

Tiffany Sizemore, associate professor of clinical legal skills, publication, presentation and awards:

  • Youth and the Juvenile Court System: A Community Foundation's Commitment to Integrating Voice and Community Expertise (with Michael A. Yonas, Jennifer C. Sloan, Anna Hollis and Kathi Elliot). The Foundation Review, Vol. 13, Issue 2 (Shifting Power in Philanthropy) (August 2021).
  • "Salute to Legal Excellence" Award, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Oct. 28, 2021).
  • Panelist, "Marijuana's Disparate Racial Impacts: A Restorative Justice Issue," Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice, virtual (Oct. 4, 2021).
  • "See the Best in Me" Award, Gwen's Girls Annual Summit, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Sept. 22, 2021).

Tara Willke, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, presentation:

  • Co-presenter, But You're Not a Real Law Professor, ALWD Directors 2021 Biennial Conference, University of Michigan Law School (June 2021).