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New books lead Tulane Law faculty scholarship

October 08, 2015

A host of new books and a distinguished prize in comparative law highlight the 2014-15 work of Tulane Law's globe-trotting faculty.

Their acclaimed scholarship took them to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Gulf Coast, to conferences across the United States and to locales as far flung as Norway, Istanbul, Paris and Beijing. Faculty at the forefront of their fields published influential books on privacy, government dysfunction, capital markets and carriage of goods, and they discussed research on pollution, taxing the sharing economy, rethinking property laws and more.

Here’s a sampling of their rich variety of work, which is making an impact in legal circles and in policy discussions:

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Professor Amy Gajda
Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer 

Defining new privacy boundaries 

Professor Amy Gajda’s new book, The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press, published by Harvard University Press, was featured at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in February and will be the subject of an academic symposium at Boston’s Northeastern University Law School.

She argues that new-media outlets that push the envelope of traditional privacy are also pushing the law in directions that threaten free-speech rights. Her scholarship puts her at the forefront of a rapidly developing field of law and has gained wide attention both in academic circles and in the media industry she studies. In 2015, Gajda took part in two international forums on privacy held at the Sorbonne in Paris, and she’s been invited to present her work in back-to-back years at the Internet and Television Expo, the leading trade show for the cable TV and digital media industry.

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Professors Stephen M. Griffin (center) and Adeno Addis (left)
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Analyzing federal dysfunction 

Professor Stephen M. Griffin, the Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law and new holder of a W.R. Irby Chair in Law, authored Broken Trust: Dysfunctional Government and Constitutional Reform, which was published by University Press of Kansas. 

His 2013 book Long Wars and the Constitution was the subject of a Boston University School of Law symposium in fall 2014 and continues to generate discussion about presidential war powers as the U.S. grapples with its military role in conflicts across the globe. He’s scheduled as a featured speaker at Drake University Law School’s 2016 Constitutional Law Symposium, “War Powers and the Constitution: 15 Years After 9/11,” in April.

Professor Adeno Addis, the W. Ray Forrester Professor of Public and Constitutional Law, and an authority on international human rights, also was named to a W.R. Irby Chair.

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Professor Onnig Dombalagian

Examining market information 

Professor Onnig Dombalagian’s Chasing the Tape: Information Law and Policy in Capital Markets, published by MIT Press in 2015, looks at different types of financial information and how they are regulated in the United States, the European Union and elsewhere to examine the ways economic globalization and technological advances are creating new challenges.

Dombalagian, holder of the George Denègre Endowed Professorship in Law, also published “Substance and Semblance in Investor Protection” in the Journal of Corporation Law and “Principles for Publicness” in the Florida Law Review.

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Professor Martin Davies

Explaining global shipping 

Professor Martin DaviesInternational Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context, published by Oxford University Press in 2014, explores the law governing the international sale of goods, using real cases to explain the working of legal rules involving contracts, payments, transport and other aspects of trade and explaining the ways in which international law, common law and civil law intersect.

Davies is the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and director of the Tulane’s Maritime Law Center. His co-author, David V. Snyder (L ’91), is director of the Business Law program at American University’s Washington College of Law and was a Tulane Law faculty member in 2004-07.

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Professor Stacy Seicshnaydre (L ’92)
Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer 

Advocating housing equality  

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June issued a landmark ruling on the Fair Housing Act in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Professor Stacy Seicshnaydre’s work analyzing the court’s scrutiny of disparate impact claims.

Seicshnaydre, (L ’92), who directs Tulane’s Civil Litigation Clinic, called the decision “pretty breathtaking for fair-housing advocates” and said the focus that unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, had put on segregation might have given the justices additional context for addressing housing inequities.

Seicshnaydre, the William K. Christovich Associate Professor of Law, also was lead author of a new report on the use of vouchers to expand housing opportunity in the decade since flooding devastated the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina. Her analysis was published in July by The Data Center, a nonprofit that helps inform public policy decisions using independent, well-researched data.

In 2015, Seicshnaydre also received a two-year Bellows Fellowship from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education’s Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest.

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Professor James Gordley

Leading comparative law 

The American Society of Comparative Law recognized Professor James Gordley with its H. Patrick Glenn Prize in honor of his groundbreaking career contributions to the field of comparative law.

The award is named for Professor H. Patrick Glenn, a McGill University law faculty member and eminent comparativist who was ASCL president from 2012 until his death in 2014.

Gordley, who is known for his expertise in comparative and contract law, joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2007. He holds a W.R. Irby Chair in Law and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a Senior NATO Fellow and a fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He is among the 133 elected titular members of the International Academy of Comparative Law (along with Tulane Law colleagues Professors Vernon Palmer, Guiguo Wang and Thanassi Yiannopoulos and the late Professor Claire Dickerson).

His most recent book, The Jurists: A Critical History, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

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Professor Shu-Yi Oei

Exploring tax frontiers 

Professor Shu-Yi Oei, an energetic scholar exploring cutting-edge tax law issues, organized the Tulane Tax Roundtable in spring 2015 and published articles in the Vanderbilt Law Review and Boston College Law Review.

Oei, the Hoffman F. Fuller Associate Professor of Tax Law, also has become an in-demand authority on the tax issues swirling around the rapidly expanding sharing economy of services such as Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and SnapGoods. During 2015, she presented her work at forums across the country, including at Fordham, Northwestern, New York University and Pepperdine law schools. She also has been invited to take part in upcoming conferences at the University of Virginia, Indiana University and the University of California, Irvine law schools.

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Professor Sally Richardson

Enhancing property law 

Professor Sally Brown Richardson, an innovative property law scholar, has won accolades as an academic as well as a teacher. Chosen as Tulane’s newest Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, an award for early-career professors, Richardson organized the Tulane Property Roundtable to bring in leading scholars from across the U.S., and she was chosen to present her paper “Reframing Ameliorative Waste” at the Yale/Standford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum held at Harvard Law School in June. 

Tulane’s graduating Class of 2015 also chose Richardson for the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, the law school’s highest teaching honor.

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Professor Emerita Claire Dickerson

Leaving a business law legacy 

Claire Moore Dickerson, the Senator John B. Breaux Chair of Business Law Emerita, passed away Sept. 2, 2015, after a courageous, two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dickerson was a distinguished scholar of business and comparative law, with a particular interest in the relation between legal and social norms in shaping economic transactions. A permanent visiting professor at the University of Buea in Cameroon, she was one of the world’s leading authorities on the development of business law in Africa.

Dickerson was the author of three books and more than three dozen articles and chapters. Her scholarship addressed topics in corporate governance, commercial law, international trade and business transactions and human rights, often from a comparative perspective.

In 2014, the University of British Columbia Law Faculty published a compilation of her scholarly work, Challenging Borders in Business Law, with introductions to her works by leading scholars in corporate and comparative law.

Dickerson joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2007 after teaching at Rutgers and St. John’s universities and practicing law as a partner at two major New York firms. Her preeminence in comparative law was recognized internationally. She was one of the 133 elected titular members of the International Academy of Comparative Law (along with Tulane Law colleagues Professors Jim Gordley, Vernon Palmer, Guiguo Wang and Thanassi Yiannopoulos).  She also was awarded the Médaille d’Honneur by the Centre Français du Commerce Extérieur of the Republic of France.


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