Faculty Briefs

Hamilton Bryson finished editing Volume 82 of the Virginia Circuit Court Opinions.

Tara Casey’s essay “What I Have Learned Today” was picked up by RVA Mag, AlterNet, Feministing, NARAL Pro Choice Blog, and RH Reality Check. She published an op-ed, “What the Kerfuffle Is Really About,” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch that was featured on Rachel Maddow’s blog.

Hank Chambers published an invited book review, “Holy Writ: Interpretation in Law and Religion,” in the Journal of Law and Religion (2011).

Tim CogginsTim Coggins published “Finding Legal, Factual, and Other Information in the Digital World” in Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (May 2012). He also published “Legal Periodicals, Indexes, and Information Sources” in A Guide to Legal Research in Virginia (Virginia CLE 2012). He is general editor, with John Cannan and Jennifer Laws, of “Universal Citation and the American Association of Law Libraries: A White Paper” in Law Library Journal, Vol. 103 (2011).  

Joel EisenJoel Eisen’s article “Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?” which appeared in the Utah Environmental Law Review (2011) and was selected as one of the top four environmental law and policy articles of 2011 by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School, will be excerpted in the 5th annual Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. He presented his draft article “Distributed Generation and the Smart Grid” at the University of Houston’s Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal annual symposium “Achieving Energy Independence” in March. He wrote a book chapter, “Sustainability Strategies For Urban Brownfields Redevelopment,” for the Environmental Law Institute’s book Agenda for a Sustainable America (forthcoming 2012). He is one of approximately 10 scholars from law schools around the nation selected to analyze the roles that individual state public utility commissions can and will play in energy policy related to climate change in a project funded by UCLA Law’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment.

Faculty profile
Employment law
affects us all

Ann C. Hodges

Ann C. Hodges

Professor Ann C. Hodges sees a clear and compelling reason for the study of labor and employment law: “Most of us spend most of our lives working. You will run across these issues in every facet of your life.”

Even though labor courses are not required for 1Ls—nor represented on the bar exam—Hodges advocates for her area of expertise. “Everybody will be an employee at some point in his or her life,” she says. “Many lawyers become employers, running their own firms. Most lawyers also find themselves advising businesses with employees. You have to at least be able to recognize the issues.”

As the author of numerous articles as well as co-author of a significant casebook in the field (Public Sector Employment: Cases and Materials, West Group, 2010), Hodges is excited when she sees students make the connection between textbook examples and real life. “Who, 15 years ago, was thinking about employee computer searches?” she asks. “But in some ways, the issues are much the same: Employers wonder, ‘How can we prevent problems?’ and employees wonder, ‘Can my employer do this?’”

Hodges welcomes collaboration, both with other professors and with students. She is currently at work with former visiting law professor Maurizio del Conte on a paper exploring the parallels between Italian and American arbitration systems. Another article—“The Sheathed Sword: Public Sector Unions’ Efficacy in Nonbargaining States”—is jointly authored with Will Warwick, L’12.

“She’s been an excellent mentor,” Warwick says. “She understands where you’re coming from and puts you in touch with people who can help you along your way.”

Tim Schulte, L’97, a partner in the Richmond law firm of Shelley & Schulte, calls Hodges “the single most important professor I’ve ever had. She is certainly the reason I work in employment law today.”

One of the most rewarding parts of her job, says Hodges, is seeing students develop a passion and take that out into the work force. After all, she notes, employment law is about people.

Tamar Eisen was appointed co-chair of the Leadership and Program Development Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Jessica Erickson’s article “Overlitigating Corporate Fraud” is being reprinted in the Corporate Practice Commentator (edited by Robert Thompson at Georgetown) and the Securities Law Review, which is compiled by Donald Langevoort at Georgetown and includes the eight to 10 securities articles every year that are “especially worthy of a wider audience.” She also spoke at the Vanderbilt Law & Business Workshop.

David Frisch was a guest lecturer at a course at VCU entitled “Reading the Law.” He also co-authored the annual supplement for a treatise, “The Commercial Law of Intellectual Property” (Aspen).

Meredith HarbachMeredith Harbach’s work-in-progress “Outsourcing Childcare” was selected for presentation at the Association of American Law Schools’ mid-year workshop “Women Rethinking Equality” and at the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference at George Washington University.

Mary Heen’s article “From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance on Lives,” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2011), was picked up on several blogs and was on Social Science Research Network’s Top 10 download list in several categories, including economic history, economic inequality and the law, and women, gender and the law.

Ann Hodges guest blogged for the American Constitution Society on the case of D.R. Horton, writing a Jan. 17 post, “NLRB Decision Limiting Class Action Waivers Based on Longstanding Precedent.” The complaint in the case was based on a theory Hodges first articulated in a law review article in 2003.

Corinna Lain presented at the University of Miami’s death penalty symposium in the spring. Her symposium contribution, “On the Virtues of Thinking Small,” will be published in University of Miami Law Review (forthcoming 2013).

Alberto LopezAlberto Lopez published “Kelo-Style Failings” in Ohio State Law Journal, and his co-authored casebook, Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race, was recently reviewed in the Texas Law Review.

Dale Margolin placed “Persons with TBI in the Workplace: Implications for Employee Assistance Professionals” in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health (forthcoming 2012) and “Spoliation in Child Welfare” in the Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest, Vol. 15, No. 3 (spring 2012). She presented a work-in-progress, “Mentally Disabled Parents and the Child Welfare System,” at the University of California at Berkeley’s Disability Law Symposium.

Shari Motro presented “Placing Preglimony” at the Feminist Legal Theory Conference at George Washington, and “Why I Left Israel, and Why I’m Going Home” at the Blue Mountain Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She also moderated “Palestine, the Case for Statehood” at the law school. Her op-ed “Let Palestinians Write Their Own Destiny” was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and a “Preglimony” op-ed was published in The New York Times July 6.

Kristen Osenga was chosen as a Fellow at the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law national symposium in Santa Fe.

Wendy Perdue wrote the introduction for the Allen Chair symposium issue, entitled “Litigating Federal Healthcare Legislation and the Interstices of Procedure.”

Jack Preis presented at a University of Texas conference on “Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives.”

Kimberly RobinsonKimberly Robinson published a book review, “The Past, Present and Future of Equal Educational Opportunity: A Call for a New Theory of Education Federalism,” in the Chicago Law Review (2012). At the American Association of Law Schools conference in January, she was a speaker on a panel on single-sex education, and a moderator on a panel on sexual harassment.

Noah Sachs co-authored two reports for the Center for Progressive Reform—“Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies” and “Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership: Why the U.S. Should Ratify Ten Pending Environmental Treaties.” He also presented his newest article, “Can We Regulate Our Way to Energy Efficiency?” at Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, and organized the 2012 Merhige symposium, “Clearing the Air: Mercury and the Environment.”

Mary Kelly TateMary Kelly Tate presented “Commissioning Innocence and Restoring Confidence: the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the Missing Deliberative Citizen” at Maine Law Review’s symposium on post-conviction review, and at the National Innocence Conference. She is co-authoring Ron Bacigal’s Criminal Law and Procedure casebook, and is moderating a panel on Thomas Haynesworth’s wrongful imprisonment case at the VBA Summer Meeting at The Homestead.

Carl Tobias published articles on federal judicial selection in the National Law Journal, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Des Moines Register, Sacramento Bee, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Nashville Tennessean, and FindLaw. He was quoted on various cases in numerous newspapers, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsday, and USA Today; in online publications including Politico and U.S. News; and by wire services.

Kevin Walsh published an article on Virginia’s challenge to President Obama’s healthcare mandate, “The Ghost that Slayed the Mandate,” in the Stanford Law Review, Vol. 64 (January 2012). He wrote an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the religious liberty issues involved in the debate over mandated employer coverage for contraceptives. He presented a paper dealing with Catholic Supreme Court justices on the Rehnquist and Roberts courts at a law and religion conference at Pepperdine.

Faculty promotions

Kristen Osenga and Noah Sachs were promoted to full professor with tenure. Kevin Walsh was promoted to associate professor.

New professors

Chiara GiorgettiChiara Giorgetti joins the faculty from White & Case in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the International Arbitration Practice and has served as an expert consultant on issues related to international public law, state fragility, transitional justice, international criminal law, international environmental law, and anti-terrorist legislation investment law. Giorgetti clerked for the International Court of Justice in The Hague and served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2007. She graduated from the University of Bologna School of Law, earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. from Yale Law School, and J.S.D. from Yale Law School with her dissertation “A Principled Approach to State Failure.”

Andrew SpaldingAndrew Spalding joins from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a visiting assistant professor. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Mumbai and an associate in the securities enforcement and litigation section of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C. Spalding clerked for the Hon. Howard D. McKibben, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, and for the Hon. Jay S. Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, and B.A. from Whitman College.

Carol N. BrownCarol N. Brown joins from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She was an associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and an associate at Sirote & Permutt in Birmingham, Ala. She is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the author or co-author of six books dealing with land development and property law. Brown clerked for the Hon. Sharon L. Blackburn, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama. She graduated from Duke University and earned a J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.