Faculty Professional Development Programs, 2011-2012 Academic Year

September 2011

  • Friday, 9/9: Professor David Rubenstein, Washburn University School of Law
    "Delegating Supremacy?"
    This presentation targets "administrative preemption," a subject that has drawn exponential attention from the Court and several prominent scholars in recent years. Professor Rubenstein challenges the constitutionality of administrative preemption and imagines a federalism system where agencies are stripped of the power to create supreme federal law. He hopes to offer three major contributions to the evolving literature. First, he proposes to disenfranchise agencies of the supremacy power which broadens the field of doctrinal possibility. While other commentators have suggested means to limit the scope of administrative preemption, Professor Rubenstein's approach would extricate the practice from our system. Second, he hypothesizes the dynamics of a federalism system without administrative supremacy. Third, he normatively defends a system without administrative supremacy.
  • Friday, 9/30: Professor Kelly Feeley, Stetson University College of Law
    Professor Feeley will discuss the intersection of negligent hiring in schools and sexting and whether the current negligent hiring laws are predictable and flexible enough to address sexting and other technologically based crimes.

October 2011

  • Friday, 10/14: Professor Craig Martin, Washburn University School of Law
    "Going Medieval: Targeted Killing, Self-Defense, and the Jus ad Bellum Regime

March 2012

  • Monday, 3/5: Professor Ali Khan, Washburn University School of Law
    "The Autonomy of Arbitration – Freeing Arbitration from Judicial Intrusion"
    In 1981, the Connecticut Supreme Court offered an insightful formulation: "Arbitration is a contractual remedy designed to expedite informal dispute resolution. Its autonomy requires a minimum of judicial intrusion."[1] Although the Connecticut court's formulation has rarely been cited in other jurisdictions, the autonomy of arbitration, as a guiding legal principle for minimizing judicial intrusion, is gaining momentum.[2] Conceptually as well as practically, the autonomy of arbitration requires that arbitration proceedings be initiated, conducted, and concluded, and the arbitration award be enforced, all without judicial intervention. This presentation discusses the autonomy of arbitration as a jurisprudential principle that frees arbitration from court litigation, and offers concrete proposals for reducing court intervention in the arbitration process, its outcome, and in the enforcement of arbitration award.
  • Wednesday, 3/28: Professor Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law
    "The Supreme Court's Certiorari Decisions: Conflict as a Policy Variable"

April 2012

  • Wednesday, 4/11: Professor Lori McMillan, Washburn University School of Law
    "Business Judgment Rule as an Immunity?"
  • Wednesday, 4/25: Professor Tonya Kowalski and Professor Will Foster, Washburn University School of Law
    Presentation about recent Republic of Georgia and India visits.