Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Activities

Through scholarly publications, an array of professional and community activities, and leadership positions with local and national institutions and organizations, Southwestern faculty members influence and inform the public, the profession and legal education. The following provides a sampling of the research, publications, presentations, media activity and public service involvement.

These activities and other stories about faculty are also posted regularly on the Southwestern Reporter news blog.

FALL 2016

  • Panelist, "Arbitration Law Update," ABA Dispute Resolution Section Webinar
  • Panelist, "Supreme Court and Court of Appeals recent environmental law case law update," LACBA Environmental Law Symposium, Century City. 
  • CLE Presentation, "What’s New in Legal Writing?" Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Release: Miller, Graham, and California’s Youth Offender Parole Hearings, NYU JOURNAL OF LAW & SOCIAL CHANGE (2016)
  • Presentation, “Deported by Marriage,” Work in Progress Session at the Immigration Law Teachers Workshop, East Lansing, MI
  • Presentation, “The Demonization of ‘Criminal Aliens’,” Crimmigration in the Shadow of Sovereignty Conference, Maryland
  • Presentation, “Deported Americans,” Binational Conference in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Blog, "The Demonization of 'Criminal Aliens'," 
  • Quoted, "Are California’s Youth Offender Parole Hearings Working?" Pacific Standard Magazine
  • Quoted, "What Does Justice for Juvenile Offenders Really mean?" Pacific Standard Magazine
  • ADVANCED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN A NUTSHELL, 3rd ed. (with N. Garland; West, 2016)
  • Presentation, re: California Constitution to visiting delegation of government leaders from Indonesia, UC Irvine
  • Panelist, “Incubators: Entrepreneurial Approaches to Closing the Justice Gap,” Equal Justice Works, Conference and Career Fair, Washington D.C.
  • Marjorie’s Thursday and Friday, MEAT FOR TEA, (Summer 2016)
  • When He’s in the Room, GOLD MAN REVIEW, (Fall 2016)
  • The Odd Couple:  Delaware and Public Benefit Corporations, in THE CORPORATE CONTRACT IN CHANGING TIMES (S.Solomon & R. Thomas, eds.; University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • Why Public Benefit Corporations?, 42 DELAWARE JOURNAL OF CORPORATE LAW (special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Delaware General Corporation Law and the 125th anniversary of the Court of Chancery; forthcoming 2017)
  • Assessing the Assessment:  B Lab’s Effort to Measure Corporate Benevolence, 40 SEATTLE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2016)
  • Why Public Benefit Corporations?, COLUMBIA BLUE SKY BLOG
  • Presentation, “Does One Size Fit All?  Conceptual Issues Surrounding Third-Party Standards for Benefit Corporations,” Berle Symposium, Seattle Law School, WA
  • Presentation, “Why Benefit Corporations?” Symposium on The Corporate Contract in Changing Times: Is the Law Keeping Up?, Berkeley Law School, CA
  • Op-Ed article, "Can a corporation have a soul?," The Atlantic
  • Interviewed, re: President-elect Donald Trump saying  he has a deal with Carrier Corporation to keep about 1,000 Indiana jobs from going to Mexico, Marketplace, American Public Media
  • Quoted, “New Crowdfunding Rules Expand Pool of Investors,” Houston Chronicle
  • Crowdfunding in Wonderland: Issuer and Investor Risks in Non-Fraudulent Creative Arts Campaigns Under the JOBS Act, 6 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY BUSINESS LAW REVIEW 1 (with N. Hashemi, 2016)
  • Presentation, “Pokémon Slow!  GPS-Based Interactive Technologies and Tort Liability,” Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology's New Ethical Concerns, Whittier Law School
  • INSURANCE LAW: A GUIDE TO FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, LEGAL DOCTRINES AND COMMERCIAL PRACTICES, 2nd edition (with R. Keeton and A Widiss; West Academic Publishing, 2017)
  • Presentation, "The 'ART' of Informed  Consent:  Why We Need It,"  2016 Scientific Congress and Expo of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
  • ADVANCED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN A NUTSHELL, 3rd ed. (with M. Cammack; West, 2016)

  • President, Human Rights Commission, Los Angeles County
  • Quoted, "LA County hearing on policing," Los Angeles Sentinel
  • In the Land of Choice in PRIVATIZATION, VULNERABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (M.Fineman ed; Routledge 2016)
  • Undermining Justice: The Two Rises of Freedom of Contract and the Fall of Equity, 2 CANADIAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE AND CONTEMPORARY LAW (2016).
  • Guilt Free Market? Unconscionability, Conscience, and Emotions, 2016 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 427 (2016)
  • Op-Ed article, “Presidential pardons and the Clinton chronicles,” Daily Journal
  • Paper Presentation, “Fish and Tips: White Collar Crime and Judicial Lawmaking,” Perspectives on the Future of White Collar Crime, Southeastern Association of law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL
  • The Middle Easterner as the Other in PRIVILEGE: A READER (M. Kimmel and A. Ferber eds.; Westview Press, 4th ed., 2016)
  • Constitutionalizing Infringement:  Balancing Copyright and Free Speech, COPYRIGHT & NEW MEDIA LAW QUARTERLY (Fall 2016)
  • Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation, 109 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 383 (with J. Lipton, 2015)
  • Copyright Law Has a Free Speech Problem, THE RECORDER (March 10, 2016)
  • Cited,  Oklahoma Supreme Court,Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, Inc. v.  City of Norman
  • Cited, United States Supreme Court:   Brief for Petitioner, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., No. 15-375
  • Presentation, "Selective Colorblindness and the Legal Construction of White Geographies,"  Disruption, Temporality, Law: The Future of Law & Society Scholarship, 2016 Conference of the Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, Griffith University, School of Law, Brisbane Australia
  • Presentation, "Sex, Drones and Videotape: Copyright’s Problematic Creation-Fixation Conflation," Symposium on Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns, Whittier School of Law, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Presentation, "Performance Anxiety: Rethinking Copyright’s Authorship Doctrine," Corporate Innovation and Legal Policy, University of San Diego, School of Law
  • Presentation, "Managing and Protecting IP Across Borders," GetGobal 2016, Los Angeles
  • Presentations, "Copyright and New Technologies: Re-Examining the DMCA Safe Harbor," and "An Update on the Fair Use Doctrine and the Myth of Aesthetic Neutrality:  What Gone with the Wind, J.D. Salinger and Appropriationist Art Can Teach Us," 2016 Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar, New Orleans, LA
  • Presentation, "The New ©ensorship," Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, New Orleans, LA
  • Presentation, "©ensorsed:  Copyright’s Free-Speech Problem," Legal Frontiers in Digital Media, Media Law Resource Center and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Mountain View, CA
  • Presentation, "Changing Race in a Selectively Colorblind Society:  Second-Class Citizenship and the Evolving Geographies of Whiteness," Citizenship in Times of Crisis Symposium, Center for Law, Culture and History, University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles
  • Presentation, "Copyright Litigation and Careers in Entertainment Law," Intellectual Property Law Association,University of San Diego
  • Presentation, "Intellectual Property, Design and Branding Protection in Fashion" 2016 MAGIC Fashion Convention, Las Vegas, NV
  • Presentation, "3D Printing and Digital Videos in the Age of Body Cams and Periscope," Copyright Society of the USA, Mid-Winter Meeting, New Orleans," LA
  • Panelist, "Racial Injustice Roundtable,' Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Briefing re: Laws of war in an asymmetric conflict, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
  • Coordinator and host, Laws of War Symposium; conducted lunchtime discussion with producer Bob Cochran about the role of Hollywood in perpetrating the myth that torture is effective, Southwestern
  • Op-Ed article,"The emphasis on counting civilian casualties ends up helping the Islamic State," Washington Post
  • Blog, “Joint Series on International Law and Armed Conflict: VanLandingham on Procedural Regulation of Detention,” Lawfare blog
  • Op-Ed article: "Commentary: Bowe Bergdahl and imbalance in military justice system," Army Times
  • Co-Author of Amicus brief (with J. Lee Koh) ISTVAN SZONYI (A010-977-327) v. LORETTA E. LYNCH, Attorney General, Ninth Circuit (pending)
  • Petition for a writ of certiorari granted (case in which Knapp supervised a Southwestern student in putting authoring an amicus brief, Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General v. James Garcia Dimaya, No. 15-1498, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Recipient, Alumni Achievement Award, Western State College of Law 



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