Faculty Impact

Our faculty is engaged in a constant quest for knowledge and wisdom it can share with our students as well as with the legal profession, scholars, policy makers, and others, consistent with Penn State’s role as a world-class research university.

Mohamed Rali Badissy PROFESSOR BADISSY’S RESEARCH ON PA SOLAR ORDINANCES SUPPORTED BY PENN STATE CENTER FOR ENERGY LAW AND POLICY

January 2021 — Assistant Professor of Law Mohamed Rali Badissy’s research focused on analyzing solar ordinances across Pennsylvania has a new partner: Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy. The Center for Energy Law and Policy is funding an expansion of the solar ordinance research team and will also support interdisciplinary collaboration around interpretation of the research results. The collaboration aims to create resources to provide policy makers at the local and state level with meaningful insight into the impact of various components of a solar ordinance. Full story

Dermot Groome PROFESSOR DERMOT GROOME CITED IN SUBMISSION BEFORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA IN JACOB ZUMA CASE

December 2020 — Professor Dermot Groome’s work on the Right to Truth has been cited in support of an order requiring former president Jacob Zuma to appear before a commission inquiring into corruption by officials. The Right to Truth is an emerging right under the international human rights law that recognizes that under some circumstances individuals have the right to compel disclosure of non-public information in the custody of government officials. Full story

Mohamed Rali Badissy PROFESSOR BADISSY ELECTED TO CHAIR-ELECT OF THE AALS SECTION ON ISLAMIC LAW

December 2020 — Assistant Professor Mohamed Rali Badissy has been elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Islamic Law. As one of the AALS interest groups, the Islamic Law Section offers relevant programming and recommendations to the association at large at the AALS Annual Meeting each January and throughout the year. “This is an outstanding section that is committed to substantive, current scholarship in an important field of law and understanding,” said Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle Conway, a former AALS liaison to the Section on Islamic Law. “Their programming is dynamic and insightful.” Full story

Bekah Saidman-Krauss ASSOCIATE DEAN SAIDMAN-KRAUSS ELECTED TO AALS SECTION ON PRELEGAL EDUCATION AND ADMISSION TO LAW SCHOOL’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

December 2020 — In recognition of the work that Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Bekah Saidman-Krauss has done for the legal academy, she has been nominated and approved to serve on the AALS Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School’s 2021-22 Executive Committee. As a member of the Executive Committee, Saidman-Krauss will serve as chairperson of the Standing Nomination Committee. Full story

Michael A. Blasie PROFESSOR BLASIE SPOKE AT THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE’S WORKSHOP ON TEACHING PERSUASION

December 2020 — Professor Michael Blasie recently spoke at a Legal Writing Institute’s Workshop on Teaching Persuasion.  Professor Blasie addressed the topic of reply briefs. Full story

Samantha Prince PROFESSOR PRINCE EDUCATES VETERANS ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS

December 2020 — Professor Samantha Prince participated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Association’s Boots to Business virtual program on December 2, 2020. The SBA program provides individuals who are transitioning to civilian life with information on how to start a business. Full story

Samantha Prince PROFESSOR PRINCE HOSTS DELAWARE SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE AND FORMER CLERKS

December 2020 — Professor Samantha Prince recently hosted in her Business Entities class Delaware Superior Court Judge Megan A. Adams and two former judicial clerks. Both of the clerks were Penn State Dickinson Law alumni from the class of 2019: Chelsea Conway and Michael Slobom. Full story

Mohamed Rali Badissy PROFESSOR BADISSY’S RESEARCH INTO LOCAL SOLAR ORDINANCES HIGHLIGHTED BY NPR’S STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

December 2021 — Confusion and controversy are dominating the conversation around Pennsylvania solar power projects, coming as no surprise to Assistant Professor of Law Mohamed Rali Badissy, whose survey of local ordinances for solar project in the commonwealth was recently highlighted by NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania. Full story

Lucy Johnston-Walsh and Alison Lintal CLINICAL AND EXTERNSHIP FACULTY RECEIVE OFFER TO PUBLISH ARTICLE ON VIRTUAL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

December 2020 — Lucy Johnston-Walsh, Clinical Professor and Director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic and Alison Lintal, Director of Career Services and Internship Programs co-authored an article entitled, “Tele-Lawyering and The Virtual Learning Experience: Finding the Silver Lining for Remote Hybrid Externships & Law Clinics after the Pandemic” which has been accepted for publication in the Akron Law Review. Full story

Michael Blasie PROFESSOR BLASIE JOINS FACULTY OF NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE AS LEGAL WRITING INSTRUCTOR

December 2020 — Professor Michael Blasie was recently accepted as a faculty instructor with the National Judicial College. Professor Blasie joined the College’s legal writing faculty. Full story