Faculty and Staff Activities Newsletter

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UNH Law Faculty and Staff Activities Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition

Ann Bartow spoke on the “Adjuncts Panel” at the 2018 International Trademarks Association (INTA) Annual Meeting; presented a work in progress on trademark law and sports mascots at the Nan Hu China IP Scholars conference in Chong Qing, China; presented a critique of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) at a conference at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas; conducted an interview with Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard on gender, creativity, and copyright in conjunction with her quilting project at the Tulane Center for IP Law and Culture; and presented “Copyrights and Access to State Law” at the Third Annual IP Scholars Asia Conference, convened by the SMU Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia at Singapore Management University. While in Singapore, Ann also moderated a panel about negative spaces and IP and participated on a plenary panel on scholarship and publication. In addition, Ann presented “The Economics of Race and Gender in Art Law” at the Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Conference held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio; presented “Copyright Misuse” as a featured speaker in the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Center for Intellectual Property & Innovation in Indianapolis, Indiana; and presented “Productive Hacking and Improved Online Privacy” at the Journal of Science, Technology and Law (JOSTL) 2018 Symposium at the Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jon Cavicchi participated in the Association of College & Research Libraries, New England Chapter Annual Conference on Failing Forward: Experimentation and Creativity in Libraries, highlighting experimentation and creativity in college and research libraries. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the UNH Law IP Library, the only academic IP Library in the U.S., a bold step in IP information innovation for the IP academy in U.S. law schools. This academic year Cavicchi also supported a large cohort of visiting research scholars from around the globe – including China and Korea.

Melanie Cornell has been co-chair of a UNH multi-campus “LSP Task Force” to select a new Library Services Platform (LSP) to which all three campus libraries will migrate together. Following an RFP process with USNH, a contract was recently signed between UNH and the vendor for us to begin our migration and implementation from two separate Innovative (Millennium) library systems to a single, shared ExLibris (Alma/Primo) system, with a “go live” goal of Summer 2019.

Kathy Fletcher taught  “SJE 2.0” on Weightism with Joelle Ryan, a professor in the Women’s Studies department, last February. In April, the UNH Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate (on which she participated) released its Final Report and Recommendations to President Huddleston, who endorsed it and sent it campus-wide. In May, she taught “How a Bill Becomes Law in NH” to a group of very interested citizens at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia.

John Garvey was elected to the board of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation dedicated to supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged and law-related education in New Hampshire. He also continued to teach negotiations in the Management and Development Leadership Program at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth.

John Greabe published an essay titled “Remedial Discretion in Constitutional Adjudication: A Codicil” in ConLawNOW, an online journal of The Constitution Center at the University of Akron; a blog post titled “Disentangling the Ethical and Constitutional Regulation of Criminal Discovery” in the Harvard Law Review Blog (with Justin Murray); and four “Constitutional Connections” columns in the Concord Monitor. He also gave a talk titled “Freedom of Speech and Non-Discrimination in Higher Education” to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees at their most recent meeting.

Tom Hemstock won election to the UNH Faculty Senate and was appointed to the Campus Planning Committee. He also continues as Treasurer of the Association of New Hampshire Law Librarians for 2018-19. In April, he spoke at the Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, Virginia on the challenges facing law libraries.

Lucy Hodder traveled to Baltimore to attend the American Health Lawyers Association meeting on Medicare and Medicaid. The Health Law and Policy Center (which she directs) hosted several work sessions with the Integrated Delivery Networks, DHHS, and key stakeholders in March. These sessions addressed the federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules, which are particularly important to providers trying to integrate in new payment models and new integrated forms of care delivery. The Center also hosted a Roundtable on the Work and Community Engagement Requirements for the new Medicaid Granite Advantage Program with 40 key stakeholders from around the state. 

Marcus Hurn was invited by the NH House Ways and Means Committee to meet with them in their working session on April 17. They sought his opinion about the constitutionality of SB 564. This is the tax exemption for businesses involved in research and production of regenerative medicine products (Dean Kamen’s initiative). He suggested one amendment (which was adopted) and the bill passed.

Stan Kowalski traveled to Algeria as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to participate in a program titled “US-Algeria Technical Cooperation Development of Algeria’s Innovation Ecosystem.” UNH law students Sagar Antala, Matthew Brekus, Christian Hans, Kevin Ma and Chris Sullivan helped him to prepare his presentation. Stan also hosted a high-level delegation of eight Chinese IP professionals, including lawyers, professors, government officials and judges, for a two-hour roundtable discussion and tour of UNH Law. These visitors came to the United States under the auspices of the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and were hosted locally by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. Stan also recently traveled to New York City to attend The Global Solutions Summit (GSS) convened at the United Nations. There, he engaged in discussions relating to IP and development in Africa and Latin America; met with alumnus Tatang Henry Tachi, who is currently working on IP and innovation capacity building program development in Cameroon; and met a man who collaborates with the UNH Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship on an African water system.

Michael McCann held book signings for Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA in several stores and restaurants, including the Barnes and Noble in Boston’s Prudential Center and P.J. Clarke’s, which is owned by actor Timothy Hutton and other investors, in Washington D.C. McCann and his co-author, Ed O’Bannon, also hosted a panel discussion on Court Justice at UNH Law on March 26. Between March 5, 2018 and June 7, 2018, McCann authored 41 legal and investigative articles for Sports Illustrated magazine and SI.com. Several of McCann’s SI articles concerned the controversy involving NFL players, the national anthem and President Trump. Colin Kaepernick’s mother, Teresa Kaepernick, recently shared one of McCann’s SI articles on Twitter. In March, McCann delivered the luncheon keynote at the Association of National Advertisers 2018 conference, which was held in Washington D.C. McCann’s speech centered on crisis management strategies for brands endorsed by professional athletes who become controversial. McCann was also the featured speaker at the UNH Celebrate 150 campaign event held in March in Denver, Colorado. In April, McCann spoke at Boston University’s College of Communication on his career as an author and journalist, and he was a panelist on the UNH Law Women’s Law Student Association’s sexual harassment in the workplace panel. Over the last few months, McCann has given more than a 20 interviews on television and radio stations, including NBC Sports Boston and NHPR.

Behzad Mirhashem supervised Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic Student Devon Ayer in two superior court jury trials. Devon examined all the major witnesses and made the opening statements and closing arguments at both trial. Behzad also conducted a faculty video lecture series on the Fourth Amendment and new technologies.                           

Leah Plunkett presented a portion of her draft manuscript (for the MIT Press Strong Ideas series) about the choices parents, teachers, and other adults make about youth digital data privacy at a faculty workshop at Albany Law School; appeared on NHPR's “The Exchange” to discuss digital data privacy in the wake of the revelations about Facebook's data sharing practices, led a conversation with Julie Cohen, co-creator of the documentary “RBG,” at a special screening of the documentary hosted by the NH Institute for Civics Education and Red River Theatres in Concord, NH; was invited to blog for the Knight Institute for First Amendment at Columbia University about litigation underway in New Hampshire over how to understand a lottery winner's right to privacy and the public's right to know information related to the lottery; and co-chaired the planning committee for the ACLU of New Hampshire's 50th anniversary Bill of Rights dinner.

Alexandra Roberts visited Harvard Law School along with Brian Frye for a panel called “Art, Technology, & Legal Grey Zones,” where she spoke with students about poetry, intellectual property, social media, and her research on hashtags as trademarks; wrote a blog post about use as a trademark in a recent district court decision for Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog; presented her work-in-progress, “Trademark Failure to Function,” at Suffolk Law School, at Notre Dame Law School, at Chicago-Kent as part of their joint IP colloquium with Loyola Chicago, and at the 10th annual Junior Scholars in IP (JSIP) Workshop at Michigan State. Her article examines the doctrine of trademark use as a threshold requirement for trademark right and is forthcoming in Iowa Law Review in 2019. Alex also spoke on a panel about IP invalidation at the 22nd annual Berkeley Center for Law & Technology/Berkeley Tech Law Journal Symposium, “The Administrative Law of Intellectual Property.” Her remarks focused on trademark opposition and cancellation, including the new streamlined procedure the USPTO is currently considering for challenging trademark registrations based on abandonment or non-use. 

Sophie Sparrow was recently appointed to a two-year term as a member of the UNH Center for Innovation Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEITL) Advisory Committee. The CEITL Advisory Committee meets once or twice a year, to discuss the CEITL’s work and accomplishments, to offer advice on current and proposed programmatic initiatives, and to offer advice on CEITL’s full range of programs, services, and initiatives. She has also participated in reviewing articles as a Member of the board and article reviewer for the UK-based journal, The Law Teacher, a fully-refereed journal focusing on legal education and law teaching. The journal, its Association and conferences have an international audience. In addition, she conducted a workshop titled  “Active Learning Techniques,” at the Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty and New Professors Conference held at Texas A & M Law School.

Amy Vorenberg saw her 2012 book “Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Legal Analysis and Writing” republished in the Legal Writing Institute’s “Volume Seven: The New Teacher’s Desk Book Update” (2011-18). She’s also preparing a paper tentatively titled “Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Artisan Lawyering – Telling the Hidden Story” for presentation at the LWI conference this summer. In addition, she’s preparing for a two-day ALWD Board retreat which will include an unconscious bias awareness workshop, and is working on creating a Leadership Academy.

Sue Zago was accepted into UNH’s Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute (FITSI) where she will be reworking her online course, International Legal Research, and learning more about the technical tools available to law school faculty. She also attended the NELLCO Symposium and served as a moderator for the program “Noteworthy Project and Programs.” She also attended the NELLCO Board of Director’s meeting, where she was elected as Vice President/President Elect of NELLCO. NELLCO is an international consortium of law libraries that has been working for over 30 years to help its members collaborate, communicate and innovate.