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First Annual Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop to Focus on Objectivity in the Law
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law hosts its first Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop March 23 to 24, 2012. This workshop and others to be offered in future academic years focus on a particular theme proposed by one of the school’s junior faculty members. The inaugural workshop, which focuses on the interdisciplinary topic of “Objectivity and the Law,” drew competitive entries from law schools and graduate programs throughout the country and indeed from across the ocean.
“The workshops will provide six untenured faculty members both in and beyond our law school with significant, thoughtful commentary on their works-in-progress to further develop and enhance their scholarship,” said Professor Cynthia Adams, chair of the law school’s Faculty Colloquia Committee. “In addition, the workshops will bring noted scholars from other law schools to our campus to participate in the program.”
The theme of the current workshop, “Objectivity in the Law,” featured the scholarship of two of IU McKinney School of Law faculty—Professor Shawn Boyne and Professor Lahny Silva, both of whom teach and research in the field of criminal law. They were joined by a a group of well-known junior faculty participants from other schools, including the following: Professor Patrick Charles (Cambridge, England), Professor Monica Eppinger (St. Louis University), Professor Meghan Ryan (Southern Methodist University), and Professor Meg Stalcup (University of Washington). The papers accepted for the workshop cover a broad range of topics, including objective reporting of suspicious activities; cultural limits of formalism and uniformity in the German Penal Code; the objectivity of state immigration verification laws; and new criminal rehabilitation based on altering an offender’s biochemical composition.
The law school is pleased to welcome the participation of twelve senior scholars who serve as commentators for the papers. The commentators include: Professor Frank Bowman (University of Missouri), Professor Mathieu Deflem (University of South Carolina), Professor Markus Dubber (University of Toronto), Professor Mark Goodale (George Mason University), Professor Michael A. Scaperlanda (University of Oklahoma), along with senior members of the law school’s faculty, Professor Jennifer Drobac, Professor Linda Kelly-Hill, Professor Gerard Magliocca, Professor Carlton Waterhouse, and Professor Cynthia Adams, as well as Professor Tracy Gunter (Indiana University School of Medicine).