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Faculty Highlights: 2021–22 Vol. 5

Gilat Bachar

Published “The Psychology of Secret Settlements” in Hastings Law Journal (Vol. 73, Issue 1) on January 1.


Leslie Book

Appointed to a three-year term as member of the governing council for the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation on January 15.

Presented “Expansion of IRS Math Error Assessments to Situations Beyond Original Purpose: Risks and Developments” at the ABA Tax Section Winter Meeting on February 1.


Andrew Brandt

Published “Business of Football: COVID-19 Surge; Brett Favre with John Madden; Antonio Brown’s Antics” for Sports Illustrated on January 5.

In the Media: Interviewed for “More Hub Arkush Reaction, Andrew Brandt” on The Wendy's Big Show on 105.7 WSP The Fan in Milwaukee on January 5.

Published “Business of Football: How Fired Coaches’ Contracts and the End of the NFL Season Work” for Sports Illustrated on January 19.

In the Media: Interviewed for “New Yorkers Spend $150M in Sports Betting’s First Weekend” on Morning in America on NewsNation Now on January 20.

Published “Business of Football: The End of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers Era Is Imminent” for Sports Illustrated on February 2.

Published “Business of Football: How Likely Is Brian Flores’s Lawsuit to Bring About Systemic Change?” for Sports Illustrated on February 2.

In the Media: Interviewed for “Brian Flores Vs. The NFL: What We're Learning About Race in Hiring and Firing Coaches” on KYW Newsradio on February 4.

In the Media: Interviewed for “Prop Bets for Super Bowl LVI Run from Anthem to Kickers” on Morning in America on NewsNation Now on February 8.

In the Media: Interviewed for “Andrew Brandt: Cover ups?” on Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team on 94 WIP SportsRadio on February 22.

Published “Tom Brady Spent Years Playing for Less—and We Might Never Know Why” for Sports Illustrated on February 23.


Patrick Brennan

Presented “Punishment Among Friends: A Catholic Vision for Criminal Justice Reform” at Catholic Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform: A Scholarly Colloquium hosted by Lumen Christi Institute's Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network and the Catholic Social and Political Thought Initiative of the UW-Madison Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy on February 11.


David Caudill

Published “Trust in Science: The Crisis of Expertise as an Ideological, and Not Only a Scientific, Controversy” in Quinnipiac Law Review (Vol. 40, 2022) on March 10.


Diane Edelman

Received the Philadelphia Bar Association "Bar Star" Award for the most innovative CLE, presented to the Bar Association's International Law Committee for its tri-bar program on Good Faith in Contract Cases on November 15.


Amy Emerson

Participated in a panel at the 2022 Chapter Advocacy Training presented by the American Association of Law Libraries on January 27.

Published “A Place of One’s Own: How Law Libraries Support Democracy by Protecting Citizens’ Right to Read” in the Law Library Journal (Vol. 114, No. 4) on January 31.

Coordinated the Grant Funding for Law Libraries webinar presented by the American Association of Law Libraries on February 15.

Published “How the Process of Building Legal Technology Develops Professional Agility” in John Marshall Law Journal (Vol. XIV, No. 2) on March 6.


Abraham Gafni

Published “Beware When the Dates to File Motions to Confirm and Vacate Arbitration Awards Conflict” in The Legal Intelligencer on February 7.


Michael Moreland

In the Media: Quoted in “5 Cases Discrimination Lawyers Should Watch In 2022” for Law360 on January 3.

Presented “Free Exercise after Fulton v. City of Philadelphia” at St. Mary’s University School of Law on January 24.

In the Media: Interviewed for “Mask mandate temporarily reinstated for Perkiomen Valley School District” on 6ABC Philadelphia on January 25.

Presented “The Constitution and the Common Good” to the Collegium Institute’s Legal Humanities Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania on January 31.

In the Media: Interviewed for “Could School Districts Get Mask Mandate Court Rulings Overturned?” on KYW Newsradio on February 9.

Presented “Religious Freedom and the Boston Flag Case” virtually at St. John’s University School of Law on February 15.


Itay Ravid

Presented “Covering Homicide Victims and the Double-Edged Sword of Colorblindness” at the Race, Racism and American Media Virtual Conference presented by the University of Houston Law Center and Georgetown Law School on February 26.

Published “Progressive Algorithms” in University of California, Irvine Law Review (Vol. 12, Issue 2) on March 8.

Presented “Progressive Algorithms” at the Law & Technology Virtual Workshop presented by the Nebraska College of Law Governance and Technology Center on March 9.


Michael Risch

Participated as a senior commentator for the 2021-2022 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship final meeting on January 20.

Presented “Worse than Human?” at the Law and Social Science Workshop presented by the University of Virginia School of Law on February 1.

In the Media: Quoted in “Hytera Indictment May Set New Path For Trade Secrets Cases” for Law360 on February 10.


Tuan Samahon

Taught a series of lectures on U.S. constitutional law in comparative context at the Department of Law, University of Verona in Italy, as a Fulbright grant specialist in February.


Michael Semes

Published “PA High Court Tax Refund Ruling Leaves Questions” for Law360 on January 12. 





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