Minnesota Law

Spring 2020
Faculty Focus

Faculty News, Awards & Grants

Susanna Blumenthal was named a 2020-21 fellow of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Blumenthal is one of 38 selected scholars representing 20 U.S. institutions and 11 international institutions and programs. The incoming fellows conduct research in a diversity of fields within or intersecting the social and behavioral sciences.

Linus Chan testified before the Minnesota House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division on a bill that would provide an exception to the current two-year limit on post-conviction relief for people embroiled in immigration removal proceedings stemming from a conviction obtained through “incorrect advice, or absent advice, from counsel on immigration consequences.”

Tom Cotter was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Also, Cotter’s scholarship on statutory damages in copyright was cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in its opinion in Energy Intelligence Group Inc. v. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. In addition, Cotter traveled to St. Cross College, University of Oxford, to deliver a keynote speech at a conference titled “OxFirst’s Fourth IP and Competition Forum: Globalisation and FRAND: Coming to Grips with the Interplay of IP & Competition Law.”

Scholarship on juvenile justice by Barry Feld ’69 was recently cited and quoted by the Washington and Iowa State Supreme Courts in multiple cases. Also, Feld’s most recent book, The Evolution of the Juvenile Court: Race, Politics, and the Criminalizing of Juvenile Justice (2017), has received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ 2020 Outstanding Book Award.

Jill Hasday’s book, Intimate Lies and the Law, was awarded the
2020 Scribes Book Award “for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year.” Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, has presented this award since 1961. Each year, the honor goes to a single work
selected from a highly competitive field. Intimate Lies and the Law systematically examines deception in intimate relationships and uncovers the hidden body of law governing this duplicity.

Claire Hill co-hosted a conference titled “Regulating Bank Culture” at University College Dublin’s Sutherland School of Law. The conference featured panels of regulators, bank CEOs, and legal and other academics. The participants discussed the causes of bad banking cultures and how to change such cultures for the better.

Garry W. Jenkins was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

Kristin Hickman’s scholarship on the Chevron doctrine, concerning judicial review of agency statutory interpretations, was cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Ali v. Barr, No. 17-60604-CV0 (5th Cir. Feb. 24, 2020). The case concerned a Board of Immigration Appeals interpretation of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

William McGeveran presented at the international “Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection” conference in Brussels. McGeveran discussed the influence of European law on proposals for new privacy regulation in the United States.

Steve Meili presented his research on the constitutionalization of human rights law and its implications in Latin America at two recent conferences in Peru. Meili discussed his research into strategic litigation in Mexico on behalf of refugees from Central America and Venezuela that has utilized recently enacted constitutional human rights provisions, including the right to asylum.

Amy Monahan was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program honors the University’s most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota.

Perry Moriearty testified before the Minnesota House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division in support of House File 3976, which would establish a bipartisan task force of criminal justice stakeholders, experts, and impacted persons and families to study and make recommendations to the Legislature about ways to reform Minnesota’s felony murder and aiding and abetting laws. Moriearty also testified at a joint informational hearing of the House judiciary and public safety committees titled “Race and the Law: How We Can Improve Equity in the Criminal Justice System,” where her testimony focused on racial disparities at the pretrial stage of the criminal justice process.

Paul Vaaler was elected a fellow of the Academy of International Business, the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business and international policy. AIB fellows consist of a select group of distinguished AIB members recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business or their significant contributions to the AIB.

Susan Wolf served as a Distinguished Lecturer at The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University in February 2020. Wolf delivered a series of public lectures at the Law School and School of Public Health on emerging issues in health law, ethics, and policy, including individuals’ access to their own research and clinical results as well as the raw data produced, especially in genomic analysis.