New England Regional Junior Faculty Workshop

Faculty Blog: Conference Announcement: New England Regional Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop

New England Law | Boston is pleased to host the New England Regional Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop on Friday, February 12, 2016. The workshop will bring together junior law school faculty from around the New England region to present works in progress. The workshop is timed to allow participants to incorporate feedback before the spring article submission cycle, but papers and “ideas in progress” are welcome at any stage of completion. New England Law | Boston will provide a light breakfast and lunch to attendees. There is no fee for attending the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The workshop is open to all non-tenured faculty at any law school in the United States. Each participant will be asked to present his or her own paper or project and to serve as a primary commenter on another attendee’s paper or project. To ensure an atmosphere conducive to lively discussion and constructive feedback, space is limited to twenty participants.

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Faculty Blog: Tribute to a Mentor

On Monday, August 31, Gregory Hobbs will step down as Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, a position he has held for the past nineteen years. I was extremely fortunate to serve as a law clerk for Justice Hobbs for the 2000–2001 term. On the occasion of his retirement from the bench, I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of praise for this extraordinary public servant. Justice Hobbs was (is!) a water law expert, a historian, a poet, a keen cultural observer, and a man with his finger on the pulse of the communities he served. More than once during my clerkship, he reminded me that the Court’s authority came with profound responsibility: each decision directly affected lives and livelihoods. There was no place for judicial (or judicial clerk) egotism or haughtiness. At a time when the news cycle and daytime television converged to create a culture celebrating sassy, snarky judges, Justice Hobbs was always a jurist of remarkable care and humility.

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Faculty Blog: In Memoriam: Dan Markel (1972-2014)

by: Jordan Singer

Those inside and outside the legal academy are still coming to terms with the sudden and tragic loss of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel, who was shot and killed at his Tallahassee home on Friday. Dan touched the lives of hundreds of students and colleagues. I was fortunate to know him since law school, and wanted to share some (admittedly scattered) memories of a friend lost too soon. Even as a 1L, when most of us felt uncertain and trembling about our career decisions (or even just making it through the next class), Dan carried a certain unusual confidence. In criminal law, he argued in favor of sending people to “virtue schools.” He lugged his old Macintosh laptop to all classes, dragging the plug carefully across the floor behind his classmates’ chairs. On Saturday afternoons after synagogue, he was known to offer friends a mean vegetarian chopped liver. He was a character, and a sincere one.