College of Law News Stories - 2010
Professor Llew Gibbons elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), where he joins Professors Susan Martyn and Bill Richman. Full story.
Toledo Law student publishes article in ABA Student TIPSter Newsletter. Full story.
UT Law Student moonlights as NY Times sportswriter. Full story
University of Toledo Law Professor Susan Martyn named an ABA Fellow. Full story
Interim dean of the College of Law selected. Full story.
Reginald Turner to Speak at 2010 Torrence Greene Memorial Banquet. Full story.
Toledo Law Alumnus Wins National Writing Award. Full story.
On December 27, 2010, Professor Llew Gibbons was elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), where he joins University of Toledo College of Law Professors Susan Martyn and William Richman. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute (made up of over 4,300 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.
ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope. Professor Gibbons has volunteered to join the Members Consultative Group on Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and Members Consultative Group on Legal and Economic Principles of World Trade Law.
Third year law student Nicholas Wittenberg interviewed Mike Walker, a veteran attorney with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the October 2010 issue of the ABA's Student TIPSter Magazine. The article, entitled "Conversations with Counsel: Walking with Mike – Guiding You Through a Summer Clerkship," was co-authored by Vermont School of Law student Thomas King. Read the article.
When third year law student Jim Carty is not busy with his classes and his duties as an Articles Editor of The University of Toledo Law Review, he is working this fall as a freelance sportswriter for the New York Times, covering University of Michigan football. His story on the UM-Notre Dame game, Sophomore Leads Michigan Past Irish, was published on September 11.
Before coming to law school, Carty was a sports columnist for the Ann Arbor News. Despite his sports writing success, Carty looks forward to a legal career and will join a Michigan law firm after graduation.
Susan Martyn, the Stoepler Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Membership in the Fellows is an honor limited to one-third of 1 percent of the lawyers in America.
Steinbock, Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values, has been a member of the UT College of Law faculty for nearly 25 years and has served as associate dean for academic affairs for the college since 2007. He will start his appointment as interim dean July 1.
“I look forward to working with faculty and staff in maintaining and enhancing the college’s academic success, community involvement and national reputation,” Steinbock said. “The biggest challenge is in reaching these goals in a tough economic environment.”
Dr. William McMillen, interim Main Campus provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said Steinbock is a perfect match for the job because of his breadth of knowledge and familiarity with the college.
“The stability provided by Dan’s experience and history with the college is exactly what it needs during this time of transition,” McMillen, vice president for government relations and chief of staff, said. “The College of Law is in very capable hands under Dan, but finding a permanent dean for the college will be a priority in the next year.”
Outgoing Dean Douglas Ray shares these positive sentiments. He states, "Dan Steinbock is a gifted teacher, scholar and administrator who puts students first. The law school will be in good hands."
A search committee has been named, and Steinbock’s term as interim dean will last for one year.
The keynote speaker at this year's Torrence R. Greene Memorial Banquet will be Reginald Turner. A partner at Clark, Hill, he is the former Michigan Bar Association President and former National Bar Association president. Mr. Turner currently serves as Chair of the ABA conference of Minority Partners.
The banquet, co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, will be held on Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 at the University Hilton. A scholarship will be awarded in recognition of a student’s academic excellence and commitment to service. Contact Lisette Gomes for more information or to purchase tickets.
Robert Platt ‘09 was recently honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, winning first place in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for his paper on copyright law, entitled “A Comparative Survey of Moral Rights.” Mr. Platt wrote the paper while attending the College of Law. For his efforts, Platt won $3000, and his paper will be published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Second place went to a student from The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, and third place went to a student from Georgetown University Law Center.Platt is the second College of Law student to win this prestigious award. Tamera Peters ’05 placed first in the 2005 competition. Platt is currently serving as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.