UC Law faculty scholarship focuses on issues that impact society

Dear Friends,

Our faculty is working at the forefront of some of today’s most pressing legal issues, including climate change, employment discrimination, and systemic racism. Please join us in celebrating their scholarly accomplishments in this year-end review.


Felix Chang
Associate Dean of Faculty | Professor of Law | Co-Director, Corporate Law Center

Scholarship spotlight

Felix Chang, Associate Dean of Faculty | Professor of Law | Co-Director, Corporate Law Center

  • Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (Cambridge University Press 2020) (with Sunnie Rucker-Chang)
  • Conditionality and Constitutional Change, 105 Cornell L. Rev. Online 1 (2020)

Bradford Mank, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | James B. Helmer Professor of Law

  • Can Judges Use Due Process Concepts in Obergefell to Impose Judicial Regulation of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change?: The Crucial Case of Juliana v. United States,
    7 Belmont L. Rev. 277 (2020)
  • State Standing and National Injunctions, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1955-1983 (2019) (with Michael E. Solimine)

Sandra Sperino, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law

  • Elected to the American Law Institute (2020)
  • The Emerging Statutory Proximate Cause Doctrine, Neb L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021)
  • Caught in the Cat’s Paw, BYU L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)
  • Into the Weeds: Modern Discrimination Law,95 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1077 (2020)
  • Killing the Cat’s Paw, 50 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1303 (2020) 
  • Employment Discrimination: A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press 2019) (3d ed.) (with Susan Grover & Jarod S. Gonzalez)
  • Federal Discrimination Law in a Nutshell (West 2020) (9th ed.)
  • The Law of Employment Discrimination (West 2019)
  • McDonnell Douglas: The Most Important Case in Discrimination Law (Bloomberg, 2019 and 2020 updates) 
  • Harassment: A Separate Claim?, 6 Belmont L. Rev. 121 (2019)
  • Employment Discriminationin Employment Law (Mark Rothstein ed., 2019)

Faculty scholarship roundup

Marjorie Corman Aaron, Professor of Practice | Director, Center for Practice

  • The Haunting Specter of Fiss’ Against Settlement (forthcoming 2020)
  • Reflections on Untethered Philosophy, Settlements, and NDAs, Alt. High Cost Litig. (forthcoming 2020)
  • Ruminations, Confessions, and Redemption for an Un-Neutral Person Who Mediates, Alt. High Cost Litig. (DRI Press 2020)
  • Risk & Rigor: A Lawyer's Guide to Decision Tree Analysis for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients (2019)
  • Decision Trees: A Quick Primer to Inspire Further Exploration, Appendix, in Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment (H. Heavin et al. eds., 2019)

Lynn Bai, Professor of Law

  • The Regulation of Equity Index Futures, Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. (forthcoming 2020)

Aaron Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law

  • Conflicts of Interest and Election Cybersecurity: How Bipartisan Congressional Oversight Can Inform the Public, Address Election System Vulnerabilities, and Increase Voter Confidence in Election Integrity, 66 Wayne L. Rev._ (forthcoming 2020) (with Kimberly Breedon)
  • Counting the Votes: Electronic Voting Irregularities, Election Integrity, and Public Corruption, 49 U. Mem. L. Rev. 979 (2019) (with Kimberly Breedon)
  • Hoosier Bridesmaids, 52 Ind. L. Rev. 1 (2019) (with Margo Lambert; lead article for symposium)

Jacob Katz Cogan, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law|Director, Cincinnati Center for the Global Practice of Law

  • A History of International Law in the Vernacular, J. Hist. Int’l L. (forthcoming 2020)
  • Cities and International Organisations, in Research Handbook on International Law and Cities (Helmut Aust & Janne E. Nijman eds., forthcoming 2020)

Nate Ela, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law

  • The Promise of Property: Legal Optimism and Collective Efficacy in Chicago’s Urban Agriculture District, Soc. Probs. (forthcoming 2020)
  • Lands in Trust for Urban Farming: Toward a Scalable Model, in On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust (John Emmeus Davis et al. eds., 2020) (with Greg Rosenberg)
  • Use-Based Welfare: Property Experiments in Chicago, 1895-1935, 43 Soc. Sci. Hist. 319 (2019)

Emily Houh, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts| Co-director, Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

  • Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (Devon Carbado et al. eds., forthcoming 2021)

Kristin Kalsem, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law | Co-director, Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

  • Race in Bankruptcy, in Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (Devon Carbado et al. eds., forthcoming 2021)
  • Gender, Social Justice, and Judging, in Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States (forthcoming 2021)
  • Judicial Education, Private Violence, and Community Action: A Case Study in Legal Participatory Action Research, 22 J. Gender, Race, & Just. 43 (2019)

Elizabeth Malloy, Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law

  • Disability Discrimination, in Employment Law (Mark Rothstein ed., 2019)

Stephanie McMahon, Professor of Law

  • Classifying Tax Guidance According to End Users, 73 Tax Law. 245 (2020)

Janet Moore, Professor of Law

  • New Developments in Public Defense Research: An Introduction, 31 Crim. Just. Pol’y Rev. 791 (2020) (with Andrew L.B. Davies)
  • Attorney-Client Communication in Public Defense: A Qualitative Examination, 31 Crim. Just. Pol. Rev 908 (2020) (with Vicki L. Plano Clark et al.)
  • Reviving Escobedo, 50 Loyola U. Chi. L. Rev. (2019)

Meghan Morris, Assistant Professor of Law

  • Ground Fictions: Soil, Property, and Markets in the Colombian Conflict, in Land Fictions: The Commodification of Land in City and Country (D. Asher Ghertner & Robert W. Lake eds., forthcoming 2021)
  • Pandemic Inequality: Civil Society Narratives from the Global South (Jessica Corredor Villamil & Meghan L. Morris eds., forthcoming 2020)
  • Speculative Fields: Property in the Shadow of Post-Conflict Colombia, 34 Cult. Anthropology 580 (2019)

Michael Solimine, Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law

  • Lawyers, Clients and Ethics in Class Actions, in Society, Ethnics and the Law: A Reader (David Mackey & Kathryn Elvey eds., 2020)
  • State Standing and National Injunctions, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1955 (2019) (with Brad Mank)
  • The Political Economy of Judicial Federalism, U. Chi. L. Rev. Online (Dec. 7, 2019) (response to Diego Zambrano, Federal Court Expansion and State Court Decay, 86 U. Chi. L. Rev. 2101 (2019))
  • Michael Solimine, Are Interlocutory Qualified Immunity Appeals Lawful?, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online (2019)
  • The Renaissance of Permissive Interlocutory Appeals and the Demise of the Collateral Order Doctrine, 53 Akron L. Rev. 607 (2019)

Joseph P. Tomain, Dean Emeritus and Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law

  • Paris Climate Agreement, in Global Energy Transition Treatise (forthcoming)
  • Financial Risk and Utility Bankruptcy, in Global Energy Transition Treatise (forthcoming)
  • Regulatory Law & Policy (4th ed. 2020) (with Shapiro)
  • A Treatise for Energy Law, in Perspectives on Energy Law: Denmark and Beyond (Beatriz Martinez Romera et al. eds., 2019) (with Heffron et al.).

Michael Whiteman, Associate Dean of Library Services | Director, Robert S. Marx Law Library

  • Upskirting, BitCoin, and Crime, Oh My: Judicial Resistance to Applying Old Laws to New Crimes – What is a Legislature to Do?  95 Ind. L.J. Supp. 66 (2020)