Faculty Professional Development Programs, 2010-2011 Academic Year

October 2010

  • Friday, 10/15: Professor Elizabeth McCormick , University of Tulsa College of Law
    "U" is Not for Undeserving: Rethinking Indirect Victim Eligibility for U Visas
  • Wednesday, 10/20: Dean Velma Newton, University of the West Indies
    "Challenges to Providing Legal Education in the Caribbean"

November 2010

January 2011

  • Thursday, 1/27: Professor Tonya Kowalski
    A Tale of Two Sovereigns: Tribal & State Court Cooperation for the Determination of Tribal Law

February 2011

  • Thursday, 2/10: Professor Ali Khan
    The Islamic Concept of Risk
    The Islamic concept of risk cannot be adequately studied through conventional risk management theories, which fail to capture the principles of Islamic law. Conventional notions, such as risk seeking, risk aversion, and risk neutrality, may be forced-employed to explain some aspects of the Islamic concept of risk. However, these notions carry limited validity under Islamic law. Likewise, risk diversification is a lawful part of Islamic risk analysis. However, risk diversification through conventional derivatives or interest-based instruments is incompatible with Islamic law. Most important, Islamic law offers its own principles to highlight and prohibit the four distinct sources of risk. Accordingly, this Article presents the Islamic concept of risk by contrasting conventional risk management notions with the Islamic principles derived from the Basic Code (the Qur'an and the Prophet's Sunnah). This methodology is designed to explain, and possibly guide, the Shariah-compliant commercial and financial markets that are rapidly expanding in all parts of the world, including the United States.

March 2011

  • Wednesday, 3/9: Professor Richard Graves, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
    State Presumptions, Federal Courts, and Preliminary Injunctions: The Chimera Strikes Back