Faculty Involved in Litigation

Professor Alan Chen recently signed on to two amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court. They include Brief of Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Lane v. Franks, 134 S.Ct. 2369 (2014), a public employee free speech case in which the plaintiff was retaliated against after giving sworn testimony during an investigation of a public agency’s misconduct and Brief of Eugene Volokh, Richard W. Garnett, Michael Stokes Paulsen, Timothy Zick, William E. Lee, Alan K. Chen, & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr. as amici curiae in Support of Petitioners, in McCullen v. Coakley, 134 S.Ct. 2518 (2014), a First Amendment challenge to Massachusetts’s law prohibiting anti-abortion counselors from coming within 35 feet of an entrance or driveway to a facility where abortions are performed.

Professor Alan Chen and Assistant Professor Justin Pidot co-authored an amici curiae brief on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Colorado and Americans United for Separation of Church and State in the Colorado Supreme Court in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Hickenlooper, a case challenging the Governor’s annual Proclamation of the Colorado Day of Prayer as violating the Colorado Constitution’s Preference Clause.

Professors Alan Chen and Justin Marceau assisted in litigating a case on Idaho’s new “ag-gag” law.

Faculty Appointments, Awards & Honors

The Irish Law Society, UCD Chapter, bestowed upon Professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio its highest award, Honorary Life Membership, for her work on human rights.

Professor McDaniel-Miccio has also been selected as one of the Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellows at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, for the 2014‐2015 academic year. This program brings international scholars to Trinity to carry out their research projects, gain access and work with the unique collections of the Long Room, the original library at Trinity College, and engage with scholars at the Trinity College on collaborative research projects.

Clinical Program Director Laura Rovner will receive the ACLU of Colorado’s Edward Sherman Award in October 2014.

Assistant Professor Margaret Kwoka was awarded the 2014 Society of American Law Teachers’ Inaugural Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Faculty in the Media

Professors Ian Farrell, Nancy Leong and Justin Pidot commented in the Huffington Post on a statute criminalizing “revenge porn” in Colorado.

Professors Alan Chen and Justin Pidot speculated on the Tenth Circuit Court’s future handling of gay marriage issues in the Denver Post.

Professor Margaret Kwoka commented on lawsuits regarding ICE and alleged obstruction of data in immigration investigations on Public Radio International.

Associate Professor Nancy Leong was featured in the Denver Post on same sex marriage cases in the U.S., stating that “it’s time for courts to stop issuing stays.”

Professor Sam Kamin addressed changes in marijuana enforcement procedures.

Assistant Professor Margaret Kwoka provided commentary in the Chicago Tribune on a recent significant Illinois Appeals Court ruling in a FOIA case granting public access to records concerning complaints of police misconduct.

Professors Alan Chen and Justin Marceau discussed on the American Constitution Society blog Arizona’s recently botched execution of Joseph Wood and the scope of federal courts’ power to stay executions to allow capital defendants to acquire more information about lethal injection protocols.

Faculty Presentations

Professor Alan Chen presented ideas for new books and compilations for teaching the next generation of law students about social justice and public interest lawyering at Santa Clara University Law School’s “Law and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice” conference.

Professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio recently presented on “Marriage Equality: What A Difference a Decade Makes”, at University College Sutherland School of Law, Dublin and “Male Intimate Violence, The Courts, The Constitution and the Death of a Movement”, at Queens College, Queens University, Belfast, NI, UK.

Associate Professor Christopher Lasch presented “From Slave Rendition to Criminal Rendition: The Role of Criminal Rendition in Preventing African-American Labor Migration from Kentucky After the Civil War” at the Law and Society Association 2014 Annual Conference and “An Empirical Evaluation of DHS’s Internal Reforms to the Secure Communities Program” at the Immigration Professors Workshop at the UC Irvine School of Law.

Associate Professor Nancy Leong recently served as panelist for “Navigating Racial Identity in Institutions of Power”, at “Reinvisioning Race in a Post-Racial Era, New Approaches in Critical Race Theory” at Yale Law School and “Identity Entrepreneurs” at Duke Law School’s “Colloquium on Identity Politics and Law”. Professor Leong also presented “Identity Entrepreneurs” at Fordham Law School.

Associate Professor Nancy Leong presented on “Diversity on Law Reviews” at a program hosted by Ms. JD, New York Law School Law Review and Fish & Richardson in New York City.