Well Read: George Brown, the oft-cited writer of more than forty law review articles, recently has been among the top 10 percent of authors by downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). A new article, “McDonnell and the Criminalization of Politics” (Virginia Journal of Criminal Law), examines whether the Supreme Court’s decision vacating the corruption of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell signals more leniency toward federal anti-corruption statutes.
Arrivals: BC Law has three new faculty. Shu-Yi Oei specializes in tax, bankruptcy, and commercial law. At Tulane, she was the inaugural Hoffman F. Fuller Professor in Tax Law and recipient of the 2014 Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award. She received her BA from Brown and law and divinity degrees from Harvard. Daniel Farbman is a JD from Harvard and was the 2016-2017 Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law there. He will teach constitutional law subjects. He recently published “Reconstructing Local Government” in Vanderbilt Law Review. Maureen Van Neste arrives from Chicago Kent College of Law, where she directed experiential learning and legal research and writing programs. She holds BA and MPA degrees from Syracuse and a JD from Georgetown Law.
A Departure: Judy Tracy, professor of legal reasoning, research, and writing, has retired. She spent thirty-five years at BC Law, won the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award, and held leadership roles in the LRR&W program. She brought to BC a background in political science and experience as a director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. “Judy exemplifies in the highest degree the virtues of a lawyer in her professionalism, her integrity, and her intellectual power,” said colleague Joan Blum. “We will miss her.”
Etc.: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cited a 2012 article by Richard Albert in its order rejecting reinstatement of Trump’s travel ban. Mary Bilder was elected to the American Antiquarian Society. Evangeline Sarda was a director of the Hierarchies of the Collective Mind leadership conference at BC.