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.

Critical Race Theory PROFESSOR DONELSON RECENTLY SPOKE AT NORTHWESTERN LAW ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE

November 2020 — Professor Raff Donelson gave a presentation at the Northwestern Critical Theories of Law Program at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. His presentation was entitled “Critical Race Theory and the Police War on Black Bodies.” Full story

Laurel S. Terry PROFESSOR TERRY PUBLISHES NEW ARTICLE ON GLOBAL NETWORKS AMONG LAWYER REGULATION STAKEHOLDERS

November 2020 — Professor Laurel Terry recently published in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics an article on the global networks among lawyer regulation stakeholders. Her article, which is entitled Lawyer Regulation Stakeholder Networks and the Global Diffusion of Ideas is available at this link. Full story

Medha Makhlouf PROFESSOR MAKHLOUF TO SPEAK ABOUT “HEALTH CARE SANCTUARIES” AT THE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW BEAZLEY SYMPOSIUM ON HEALTH CARE LAW AND POLICY

October 2020 — Professor Medha Makhlouf presented her current research on legislative, policy, and institutional responses to the problem of immigrant avoidance of healthcare institutions. The Symposium, titled “Viewing Health Justice Through the Lens of Public Health Crises,” explores the impact that public health crises have on vulnerable populations with a focus on the social determinants of health that made these populations vulnerable prior to such crises. Full story

Katherine Pearson PROFESSOR PEARSON TO SPEAK AT THE 2021 AALS ANNUAL MEETING

October 2020 — Professor Katherine Pearson will join a panel of experts at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting who will address the topic of Intersectionality, Aging, and the Law. This program is sponsored by the AALS Section on Aging and is co-sponsored by numerous sections. Professor Pearson will address the topic of Pandemic Protections: Where is the Line in Patient Autonomy. Full story

Medha Makhlouf PROFESSOR MAKHLOUF SELECTED TO PRESENT AT THE 2021 AALS ANNUAL MEETING BY THE SECTION ON LAW, MEDICINE, AND HEALTH CARE

October 2020 — Professor Medha Makhlouf was selected by the AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care to present her latest research on integrating sociolegal needs screening with health care. The panel, titled “Health Care Coverage Reform in the Shadow of COVID-19,” is the Section’s main panel presentation at the Annual Meeting and explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted stressors in our health care system. Full story

Medha Makhlouf PROFESSOR MAKHLOUF AND JASMINE SANDHU ’20 COAUTHOR ESSAY ON IMMIGRANT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

October 2020 — The Northwestern University Law Review Online recently published an essay by Professor Medha Makhlouf and Jasmine Sandhu ’20, titled Immigrants and Interdependence: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes the Folly of the New Public Charge Rule. Full story

Emeritus Professor of Law Robert Rains RAINS ADVOCATES FOR AMENDING THE INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION REMEDIES ACT IN THE FEDERAL LAWYER

October 2020 — For a number of years, Emeritus Professor of Law Robert Rains has been concerned about the delays in the federal court handling of international child abduction cases. In The Federal Lawyer magazine cover story, Rains advocates for amending the International Child Abduction Remedies Act to prioritize these cases and to create special rules of federal civil procedure to “fast-track” them. Full story

Manar Morales DICKINSON LAW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE MONTH, MANAR MORALES, DIVERSITY & FLEXIBILITY ALLIANCE, SPEAKS TO PROFESSOR PRINCE’S BUSINESS ENTITIES STUDENTS

October 2020 — Students in Professor Samantha Prince’s class were visited by Manar Morales, an employment law litigator who is the founder of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. Full story

Tonya M. Evans VISITING FULL PROFESSOR OF LAW TONYA EVANS DISCUSSES BLOCKCHAIN, CRYPTO, AND THE LAW

October 2020 — Visiting Professor of Law Tonya Evans recently presented “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Blockchain, Crypto, and the Law” as part of Dickinson Law’s Distance Learning Program. Watch the program

Samantha Prince PROFESSOR PRINCE AND ASHLI JONES ’21 PRESENT AT CYBERSECURITY: SAFEGUARDING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

October 2020 — In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Samantha Prince and Ashli Jones ’21 provided an overview of the cybersecurity legal landscape, including the use of websites, privacy policy transparency, and data breach notification laws during “Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Small Business,” a webinar hosted by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Harrisburg LaunchBox. Full story