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Around the Academy

Hot topics at the lectern.

Eleanor Wilking

Wilking presented her article “Distributional Effects of US Tax Penalties” at BC Law’s Tax Policy Workshop in November. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of tax policy and employment law through the lens of law and economics, and her research interests include tax administration and compliance. Wilking is an assistant professor and the Gearns-Russo Family Faculty Fellow at Cornell Law School.

Sam Katz

Katz spends nearly all of his working hours helping retired NFL players receive the disability benefits they deserve. It’s a tough game to win on a field troubled by nepotism and the incompetence of some of the lawyers, he says. But his tenacity has paid off for clients. He is the founder of the Los Angeles sports law firm Athlaw LLP, and spoke in October to the newly resurrected BC Law Sports and Entertainment Society.

Jennifer Rushlow

The dean of Vermont Law & Graduate School spoke at the Environmental Law Society’s Regulatory Skills Workshop. Her presentation, “An Insider’s Perspective on Developing and Enforcing State Climate Change Laws,” reflected her expertise in environmental law and climate change. Rushlow is a former Conservation Law Foundation lawyer and the current chair-elect of the AALS Section on Environmental Law.

Josh Blackman

Speaking at a Federalist Society event on the Supreme Court’s last term, Blackman said, “The other side had their turn for several decades and was very successful and the conservatives sort of threw their hands up. And now I think conservatives are doing much the same.” The constitutional law professor from South Texas College of Law Houston exchanged ideas with BC Law’s own expert, Professor Kent Greenfield.

Karen Tani

Penn Carey law professor Tani presented to the Legal History Roundtable “The Pennhurst Doctrines and the Lost Disability History of the ‘New Federalism,’” forthcoming in the California Law Review. The article “reconstructs the litigation over an infamous institution for people with disabilities—Pennhurst State School & Hospital—and demonstrates that litigation’s powerful and underappreciated significance for American life and law.”