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    Oxford University Press celebrates Peter Tiersma's legacy

    The late Peter Tiersma, who taught at Loyola for 25 years, was a prominent scholar of language and law.  Oxford University Press has just released a collection of 12 of his most influential publications, Speaking of Law: Conversations on the Work of Peter Tiersma, with commentary from the nation's leading law and language scholars. 

  • A Theory of Performance-Based Consumer Law

    JOTWELL is praising Professor Lauren Willis's forthcoming article, Performance-Based Consumer Law, University of Chicago Law Review.  The review calls her approach "thrilling" and "elegant," "the conclusion toward which everything has been building, the piece that locks everything into place."  Willis would align the interests of firms and regulators by switching to "consumer performance" standards rather than current disclosure or design requirements.  In effect, firms would be rewarded for actual consumer comprehension and/or when consumers actually use products in suitable ways.

  • New Voices in Legal Theory

    Loyola hosted the Sixth Annual New Voices in Legal Theory Roundtable, an intensive, two-day paper workshop for emerging and established legal philosophers from around the world. Previous workshops have been hosted by Georgetown and the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.  Click here for participants and papers.

  • From Constitutional Law to Intellectual Property

    In her most recent article, Commercial Speech, Commercial Use and the Intellectual Property Quagmire, Virginia Law Review (forthcoming), Professor Jennifer Rothman challenges the intellectual property paradigm for defining and disfavoring both commercial speech and uses.  IP law disfavors a much broader swath of speech on the basis of commerciality than the First Amendment allows, without a definitional or normative framework for doing so. This Article offers the first taxonomy of what counts as “commercial” in the IP context, challenges the current treatment, and considers what a post-commercial IP world could look like.

  • Critical work on the plight of Black girls

    Professor Priscilla Ocen co-authored this important new report with Professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Jyoti Nanda, both at UCLA.  The report--Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected--"examines the various ways that women and girls of color are channeled onto pathways that lead to underachievement and criminalization."  The report reveals that Black girls are disproportionately disciplined in school for expressing themselvses, that darker-skinned girls are disciplined more often, and that girls of color are more likely to suffer from sexual harassment.

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