Many in our community will recall Professor Atiba Ellis, who served as Boden Visiting Professor at the Law School during the fall 2017 semester. He will return to the Law School for the fall 2018 semester—this time as professor of law and a member of the permanent faculty. We are delighted that he will be joining us.
During his semester as the Boden visitor, Professor Ellis taught a course entitled Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights. He also participated broadly and enthusiastically in the Law School community, including by delivering a faculty workshop, serving as a featured guest for one of Mike Gousha’s “On the Issues” sessions, and being consistently present in the common areas of Eckstein Hall for engagement with students and colleagues.
Professor Ellis joins Marquette Law School from the law school at West Virginia University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2009. In 2017, in addition to his semester at the Law School, he served as a Visiting Scholar at Duke University Law School. Professor Ellis has taught courses in the areas of Election Law, Civil Rights Law, Race and the Law, Property, and Trusts and Estates. His research and scholarship has focused on voting rights law and theory, critical legal theory, and legal history. He is a well-established and highly regarded scholar whose work relates directly to matters of great present concern within Milwaukee and Wisconsin more generally.
Please join me in welcoming Professor Ellis (back) to Marquette University Law School.
Time is running out to apply for the 2018 Summer Session in International and Comparative Law to be held over 4 weeks in Giessen, Germany (July 14 – August 11, 2018). The tuition for the program has been reduced in the amount of $750. Accordingly, the total amount of academic and non-academic fees for 4 Law School credits, lodging and two field trips has been reduced to only $4,350 (airfare is still the responsibility of each student). We are very pleased to be able to provide this reduction in the total cost of the program for all of our participants.
The deadline for applications for this summer’s program is March 23. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is space available. Applications can be downloaded on the following webpage:
This weekend 3ls Isabelle Faust and Jessica Lothman competed in the Evans Moot Court Competition at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The team advanced to the quarterfinals (final eight), and they were seeded first in that round as well as in the final sixteen. Isabelle was designated the third best oralist in the competition out of 52 individual competitors. Isabelle and Jessica were coached by Attorneys Nick Chmurski, Erin Karshen, Matt Torbenson, Prashant Dayal, and Patrick Ruelle and faculty advisors Scott Idleman and Jacob Carpenter. Their time and assistance is much appreciated. Congratulations team!
Thirty-two teams from across the country arrived in San Francisco at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on March 1, all prepared to present oral arguments in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition regional. Two Marquette Law teams were among those.
Andrew (AJ) Lawton and Ashley Smith were seeded 10th after three rounds of argument. They advanced to the fourth round but faced a tough bench. They lost that round to one of the top four teams from the regional. However, their brief was named the fourth best in the competition. Anjali Sharma and Adam Woodside presented outstanding oral arguments in their three rounds, often facing tough questions from an engaged bench. They kept their composure throughout, achieving commendable oral argument scores.
Both teams were assisted by practitioner coaches Elleny Christopolous, Kate Maternowski, and Zachary Willenbrink (L’11). Congratulations to team members for their outstanding representation of Marquette Law.
This weekend 3ls Meredith Donaldson and Ben Lucareli competed in the 47th William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team advanced to the quarterfinals amidst stiff competition. Meredith and Ben were coached by three moot court alumni: Attorneys Nicholas Chmurski, Stephen Cox, and Matthew Martz. Their time and assistance is much appreciated. Congratulations team!
The United States Attorney’s Office-Eastern District of Wisconsin.
What kind of work did you do there?
The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes. The case load within the office is diverse, depending on enforcement priorities and actual apprehension of suspected criminals. My work was primarily to draft research memorandum summing up the case law in a specific area of interest to any of the attorneys, which included a wide range of topics from asbestos to armed robbery to human trafficking. But I also drafted court documentation such as motions when needed, and I observed court appearances where I took notes for the attorneys, including in prolonged jury trials.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
What kind of work did you do there?
The legal services office of Catholic Charities provides immigration and refugee assistance to low-income clients. Over the summer, I got a chance to work on a variety of different immigration petitions and applications. This included responding to Requests for Evidence on a petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residency and Special Immigrant Religious Worker petitions, as well as writing briefs for asylum applications, and helping eligible legal permanent residents or refugees apply for naturalization.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took up and reversed net neutrality. If you are unfamiliar with net neutrality, it is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not allowed to discriminate against certain users, websites, content, or whatever else. For example, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) is not allowed to block its users from or charge them for accessing Facebook. Or, for a real-life example, Madison River Communications was fined $15,000 by the FCC for restricting their costumers’ access to a rival service. John Oliver explains net neutrality here. (Language warning.) In a way, you could think of net neutrality as an equal opportunity law for the internet. Or, at least you could have. On December 14, 2017, FCC chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, which leaves the internet in the United States in a fairly bad spot.
Luckily, in my opinion, the FCC has a gauntlet of lawsuits to go through now that it repealed net neutrality. It also seems there is a fair number of people who share my viewpoint. As it stands, the FCC had something around 22 million complaints filed against its ruling. FCC Chairman Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at the to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas due to death threats. On top of this, the Internet Association is bringing together powerhouse companies to join the fight against the unpopular ruling. Companies like Google, Amazon, Etsy, and Alphabet have stated they are joining the lawsuit. The Internet Association’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman stated, “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule . . . dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet.” Netflix even took to Twitter and sent the message, “In 2018, the Internet is united in defense of #NetNeutrality. As for the FCC, we will see you in court.” Furthermore, a number of states have come forward stating their opposition to the repeal and have indicated that they, too, will join the fight.
Fall in Wisconsin is a particularly beautiful time of the year. Crisp morning air, warm if windy afternoons, beautifully colored leaves, all things pumpkin spice. . . . (Okay, pumpkin spice is not exclusive to Wisconsin, but it is very fall-like.)
But law students may not be noticing the crisp mornings or the changing leaves because they’re huddled in the law school or the library or their homes trying to catch up on their class readings and thinking about outlining and worrying about their summer job search. It’s the time of year that law students begin to more acutely feel the stress of law school.
I wrote about falling leaves and rising stress levels exactly six years ago today, and what I said then about law school stressors still holds true today. But this morning I noticed my colleague Rachel Gurvich from University of North Carolina School of Law also posted on the “October slump” in law school, particularly focusing on 1Ls. She offers seven specific tips to help 1Ls get through this hectic time: (1) Understand that law school is a marathon, not a sprint; (2) remember that hard work alone doesn’t necessarily correlate with success; (3) you do you; (4) enjoy activities outside of law school; (5) make some friends in law school; (6) tune out external noise about law school “success”; and (7) talk to your professors.
Professor Gurvich’s seven tips are spot on and deserve a look, so take a break from your work and give her post a read.
There will be two information sessions this coming Thursday September 21 in order to provide students with important details about the Law School’s study abroad opportunities. Plan to attend and learn about how to spend one semester of your law school experience in Copenhagen, Madrid or Poitiers, France. Information will also be available about the 2018 summer program in International and Comparative Law which will be held in Giessen. Germany. Foreign study can add an international perspective to your legal education, and the Marquette University Law School offers several outstanding study abroad opportunities. Advance planning is necessary in order to take advantage of these programs, however, so come to the information session in order to learn more about deadlines and application procedures.
Professors Madry and Fallone will be providing information and answering questions on Thursday at noon (in Room 257) and again at 4:30 pm (in Room 255).
The 2017 Summer Session in International and Comparative Law is off to a hot start, matching the temperature in Giessen, Germany. In this photo, you see a mix of jet-lagged law students from all over the world posing outside of the law school at Justus Liebig University (you can also see me and Professor Anuj Desai from the University of Wisconsin). The students attended orientation this past Sunday, and then set off on a “city rally” in which small teams of students competed to locate different check-in points located throughout the city of Giessen. It was a fun way to get introduced to their new surroundings. Then it was back to the law school for the group photo and a Welcome Dinner.
Our 10 Marquette Law School participants have now joined their classmates (and new friends) from countries that include Brazil, Colombia, Poland, Vietnam, Egypt, and Portugal, and have completed three days of classes. Interest and enrollment appears equally divided among our four course offerings: 1) International Economic Law and Business Transactions, 2) Comparative Constitutional Law, 3) Business Ethics and Human Rights, and 4) CyberLaw.
Following the last class on Thursday, the students will board buses for a 3 day field trip to Berlin and surrounding sights. At this pace, the four weeks of the program will fly by. However, I happen to know that some of the U.S. students have still found time during this first week to visit a local beer garden and participate in a karaoke night.
Our program is open to any law student in the United States attending an accredited law school. Details on the 10th annual Summer Session, scheduled to begin July 14, 2018, will be available this fall. Watch this space for course, faculty and tuition information.