Briefing Room


What I Did This Summer

August 4, 2011 | Faculty

Don’t believe what you hear about summers off for those in teaching.

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law faculty members have traveled across borders, emptied cartridges of printer ink, and even gone birding in the time between semesters. We asked some to recap “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”

Professor Dan Chow spent a month in China, conducting research on counterfeit goods and “practicing my Mandarin.”

Chow also finished a casebook, “Doing Business in China,” that is in production at West and due out this fall. He also worked on second editions of his casebooks on International Trade Law and International Intellectual Property, in addition to writing several articles committed to law reviews.

Professor Cinnamon Carlarne participated in a June workshop on “International Environmental Governance: Grounding Policy Reform in Rigorous Analysis” in Bern, Switzerland.

The workshop brought together renowned academics and policymakers to identify existing reform ideas and generate new ones grounded in academic analysis but also tested against practice. With open dialogue between academics and policymakers, the desired end goal is to offer concrete input as governments negotiate a new set of institutional arrangements for sustainable development prior to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

She also worked on a book chapter examining climate change adaptation measures in the context of food security, refined an edited volume on “Oceans and Human Health” and started a new article, tentatively titled “Lessons in Obsolescence? Multilateralism, Federalism & the Future of Climate Governance.”

Additionally, Carlarne spent the summer getting to know Columbus, familiarizing herself with the menu at Amy’s Ice Cream, spending time with her three-year-old daughter, Matilda, visiting family in Santa Fe, N.M., and adding a new puppy to the family.

Professor Daniel Tokaji helped organize a competition allowing ordinary citizens to play an active role in Ohio’s democracy by drawing their own state and congressional districts for the Buckeye State.

“This matters for every citizen of the state, because the way district lines are drawn affects who gets elected to office and the decisions they make once in office,” he said.

Those interested in drawing their own map can go to Draw the Line. Cash prizes will be awarded to those who draw the fairest maps, including one for the best student plan.

Professor Ellen Deason had some interesting travel.

In May, she attended a conference on Rethinking Negotiation Teaching in Beijing, China. “In addition to stimulating exchanges with negotiation teachers from around the world, I was able to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and try my haggling skills at some markets,” she wrote.

At the end of June, she went to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and gave a presentation on teaching arbitration at a conference. She then flew back East, to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, for a conference in honor of a professor she worked with before attending law school. “I spoke on how working in oceanography had prepared me for law school and on the contrast between authority and the process of change in law and science.”

Deason also has been writing a law review article and a couple of book chapters, in addition to getting course materials ready to teach Comparative Dispute Resolution in the coming year.

“For fun, I’ve taken a few weekend flights up to islands in Lake Erie with my pilot husband in our little plane – for bicycling and bird watching,” she added.

Professor Joseph Stulberg’s passport was at the ready most of the summer, as he pursued his scholarly interest in the use of ADR processes across borders.

He attended an invitation-only conference in Beijing for international scholars in preparation of a paper examining how the dynamics of cross-cultural negotiations impact bargaining theory and teaching. He also conducted a short course on mediation in Berlin, Germany, and was preparing for his keynote speech to the judicial Congress on Court Mediation in Recife, Brazil, where he will discuss various approaches to mediator training.

Professor Martha Chamallas participated in two “outstanding” conferences focused on the evolution of feminist legal theory and women’s legal equality.

At the Law and Society Association annual meeting in San Francisco, she was a commentator on a panel of leading feminist scholars who charted changes in family law and workplace discrimination law over the last two decades. She also reacted to a paper on “work wives,” a growing phenomenon in which two employees team up as a “couple” and develop an intimate, but nonsexual relationship.

At the Association of American Law Schools’ “2011 Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality” in Washington, D.C., Chamallas gave a speech at the plenary session on feminist theory, titled “The Enemies List,” identifying the sources of discrimination and division that women continue to face in the United States.

Next month, she heads off to Harvard Law School, where she will be visiting professor teaching Torts, Employment Discrimination, and Feminist Legal Theory.

Professor Stephanie Hoffer worked on a research paper about the doctrines of mistake and misrepresentation during the spring and summer semesters.

Because both are defenses to the enforcement of a contract and premised on a misapprehension of facts at the time of contract formation, she proposes they be dealt with using a single legal test. At the end of July, she gave a presentation on the same subject at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

Hoffer also was busy with her “new bundle of joy,” George Hoffer Perry, who was born on Dec. 27 with a full head of hair. “George was born with Down syndrome, so we’ve spent a lot of time with doctors, nurses, and physical therapists,” she writes. “But every minute spent with George is wonderful. He makes everything fun — even waiting rooms — and I am so lucky to be his mom.”