Professor Norman I. Silber announced the
SPRING 2009 HOFSTRA LAW SCHOOL FACULTY WORKSHOP AND SPEAKER SERIES
Workshops generally begin at noon in the third floor faculty lounge (with lunch
preceding); lectures generally start at 11:10 a.m. in the Sidney R. Siben and Walter
Siben Moot Courtroom, (Room 308).
Those who are not on the Hofstra faculty are asked please to emailNorman.Silber@Hofstra.edu or call 516-463-4157 to reserve a space.
The schedule and speaker list follow:
February 11, 2009.
Robert C. Post
David Boies Professor of Law
Yale Law School
“Democracy and Knowledge: Opinion and the First Amendment”
Professor Post is the author of some one hundred articles and comments, and eight
books, including ANOTHER COSMOPOLITANISM (with Seyla Benhabib, ed., 2006);
CIVIL SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT (with Nancy Rosenblum, ed., 2002; PREJUDICIAL
APPEARANCES: THE LOGIC OF AMERICAN ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAW (with K.
Anthony Appiah, Judith Butler, Thomas C. Grey and Reva Siegel), 2001); and
CONSTITUTIONAL DOMAINS: DEMOCRACY, COMMUNITY, MANAGEMENT (1995). He
will present a chapter from a book in progress exploring “the relationship between
First Amendment rights and the production and communication of knowledge.”
Previously in this series in this series: Teri Ravenell, Villanova Law School (10/13/2008); “Blame it On the Man: The Relationship Between Section 1983 Municipal Liability and the Qualified Immunity Defense.”
March 4, 2009
Associate Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law
“Church and State in Nineteenth Century America”
Professor Lombardi’s current research focuses on comparative judicial institutions
and on the way that constitutional systems deal with religious organizations and
religious law. He is the author of “Nineteenth-century Free Exercise Jurisprudence
and the Challenge of Polygamy,” 85 Oregon Law Review 100-175 (2006). A specialist
in Islamic law, Professor Lombardi is the author of the book STATE LAW AS ISLAMIC
LAW IN MODERN EGYPT ( 2006).
TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH LAW
March 17, 2009.
Glenn H. Reynolds,
Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Tennessee School of Law (3/17-3/20/2009)
Distinguished Scholar in Residence
“Small is the New Big: Technology and the Practice of Law (and everything else)”
In addition to many articles, Professor Reynolds is the author of the book OUTER
SPACE: PROBLEMS OF LAW AND POLICY (1989)(co-authored); and THE APPEARANCE OF
IMPROPRIETY: HOW THE ETHICS WARS HAVE UNDERMINED AMERICAN GOVERNMENT,
BUSINESS, AND SOCIETY (1997)(co-authored) . He has testified before Congressional
committees on space law, international trade, and domestic terrorism. He has been
executive chairman of the National Space Society and a member of the White House
Advisory Panel on Space Policy. He is also a contributing editor to the TechCentralStation.Com website, and writes a regular column for the FoxNews website.
Previously in this series: Lois Shepherd, U. Virginia School of
Law (10/20/2008), “The Minimally-Conscious Mental State”.
ELECTIONS AND ELECTION LAW
April 20, 2009.
Assistant Professor of Law
St. John’s Law School
“White Challenges, Black Majorities”
Prior to her appointment to St. Johns in 2006, Professor Nelson was the Director of
Political Participation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.,
where she oversaw all voting related litigation and matters, litigated voting rights and
redistricting cases, and worked on criminal justice issues on behalf of African
Americans and other under-served communities.
Previously in this series: Richard Briffault, Columbia University
(12/1/2008), “The Uncertain Future of Public Election Funding”;
Eric Lane, Hofstra University Law School (10/01/08)),comment;
Jeffrey Wice, Hofstra University Law School, moderator
09/22/08), “Will Your Vote Count?” (a panel discussion).
JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL HISTORY
February 25, 2009.
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Texas Law School
“The Ideology of Authorship, Revisited”
A legal historian and an intellectual property law scholar, Professor Bracha’s.
dissertation “Owning Ideas” is a comprehensive intellectual history of Anglo-
American intellectual property law. Bracha was a law clerk for Chief Justice Aharon
Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. He will present part of a forthcoming book.
April 15, 2008.
Professor Mary Dudziak,
Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political
Science, USC Gould School of Law
University of Southern California Law School
“Thurgood Marshall’s Global Impact”
Professor Dudziak is the author of Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s
African Journey (2008); Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American
Democracy (2000); editor of September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (2003);
and co-editor (with Leti Volpp) of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of
American Borders, a special issue of American Quarterly (September 2005). Current
projects include How War Made America: A 20th Century History. She founded the
Legal History Blog.
Previousl;y in the series: Ethan Lieb, Hastings Law
School (9/28/08), “Criminal Justice and the Challenge of
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
Hans Correll (3/11/09),
Under-secretary for Legal Affairs
The United Nations
(topic to be announced)
Previously in this series: Aditi Bagchi, University of
Pennsylvania School of Law (10/22/2008), “The Limits
of Torture”; Julian Ku, Hofstra Law School (10/27/08),
Scott Horton, Hofstra Law School, and Jeremy Sarkin,
Hofstra Law School, “Beyond Guantanamo” (panel
discussion); Harold Koh, Yale University (10/14/2008),
“Human Rights & Immigration: Challenges for the Next
President”; Jeremy Sarkin, Hofstra Law School
(9/3/2008), “Transitional Justice”; Philip Schrag,
Georgetown University (9/24/2008), “Human Rights &
Immigration: Challenges for the Next President”;
Fernando Teson, Florida State University (10/06/08),
THE LAW AND SEXUALITY COLLOQUIUM
Professors Elizabeth Glazer and Holning Lau are Co-directors of the Colloquium.
January 28, 2009.
Professor Suzanne Goldberg
Columbia University Law School
“Categorical Instability: Identity-Based Discrimination and the
Professor Goldberg, who directs Columbia’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, will
highlight the practical aspects of litigating on behalf of sexual minorities who have
been inadequately captured by anti-discrimination law’s protected categories.
February 4, 2009.
Professor Marc Poirer
Seton Hall Law School
“The Standardization of Legal Kinship Forms: What Numerus Clausus
Theory May (or May Not) Have to Offer the Civil Union / Same-Sex
Professor Poirier will discuss the ways that property theory may offer insight into the
same-sex marriage debate.
February 18, 2009.
American University Law School
“Sexuality, Politics, and Doctrinal Evolution”
Professor Hutchinson, who specializes in constitutional law and Equal Protection
Theory, will present his work on the intersection of race and sexuality.
March 9, 2009.
Seattle University School of Law
“Discrimination, Recognition, and the Politics of Impossibility”
Professor Spade will describe the ways in which the law has made impossible the
recognition of transgenderism and discrimination on the basis of being transgender.
March 23, 2009.
Professor Kees Waaldijk,
Universiteit Leiden Faculty of Law
“Methods for Comparative Research on Sexual Orientation Law”
Professor Waaldijk, the preeminent authority on the rights of LGBT people in
international law, will travel from the Netherlands to explain his research methods for
comparing sexual orientation law in different parts of the world.
April 22, 2009.
Professor Catherine Smith,
Sturm Law School, Denver University
Professor Smith, whose work is concentrated at the intersection of race and sex
discrimination, will present on the constitutional law aspects of adjudicating sexual
orientation discrimination cases.
Previously in this series: Darren Rosenblum, Pace Law School
(10/29/08), “Unsex CEDAW”
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW
January 26, 2009.
Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law
Seton Hall Law School
“Regulatory Risk Management and the Race to the Bottom”
Professor Glynn has written in the areas of corporate law, employment law, the law of
evidentiary privileges, and civil procedure. From a variety of perspectives, he addresses
how prevailing legal norms in the corporate context affect not only shareholders and
managers, but also employees, creditors, counsel, and society. He is the author of the
casebook Employment Law: Private Ordering and its Limitations (2007).
Previously in this series: Michael Westbrook, University of Buffalo Law
School (9/8/2008), “Between Citizen and State: The Modern