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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Widener Commonwealth Law School

Friday, September 9, 2011

Call for Papers/Conference Announcement: "The Paisley Snail"

An international torts conference will be held in May 2012 in Scotland celebrating the 80th anniversary of Donoghue v. Stevenson.

University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Law Centre, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, will host the Major International Conference of the decade in Paisley, the locus delicti, to examine, discuss and celebrate eighty years of the law of tort, negligence and delict.

What was the decision in this most famous case of all time? Why was it so important? How has the law developed since then? What does the future hold? And was it really a snail in the bottle?What was the decision in this most famous case of all time? Why was it so important? How has the law developed since then? What does the future hold? And was it really a snail in the bottle?

The call for papers has been extended to November 1, 2011. Submissions are accepted electronically via the conference website.


September 9, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Emotional Distress Claims: Still Limited

In early 2010, a SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Brancheau, drowned during a public session ("Dinner with Shamu").  Among the members of the audience were Suzanne and Todd Connell and their son, who all witnessed the drowning and were, understandably, traumatized by the experience.  The Connells filed suit against SeaWorld on behalf of their son (and, I think, themselves) for both intentional and negligence infliction of emotional distress.

Last week, a Florida judge dismissed their claims with prejudice, finding that they had failed to allege outrageous conduct by the park (for the intentional claim) and that they had failed to show any precedent supporting a negligence claim for purely emotional distress when the plaintiff was "a complete stranger to the injured party."

Since we're starting IIED in the next week or so in my Torts class, and the boundaries of emotional distress claims generally are a foundational theme to the class, it's a compelling set of facts for me -- and perhaps for you.

I'm trying to get a copy of the opinion and will post it here if so.

Here's the opinion: Download SeaWorldIIED [PDF].


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Journal of Tort Law: Tort and Property

 The second of three issues of the Journal of Tort Law featuring papers presented initially at a 2010 conference on Property and Tort at the U.S.C. Gould School of Law is now available:

The conference was organized by Professors Gregory Keating and Benjamin Zipursky, and sponsored by U.S.C., Fordham, and Harvard Law Schools.   The papers published in this issue are listed below: 

Private Law Theory and Corrective Justice in Trade Secrecy
Eric R. Claeys

Property and Precaution
Lee Anne Fennell

Is Public Nuisance a Tort?
Thomas W. Merrill

Modularity and Morality in the Law of Torts
Henry E. Smith


September 7, 2011 in Conferences, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Public Health Law Section Call for Papers

From an e-mail I received from Temple's Scott Burris:


PHLR invites submission of abstracts for oral presentation at the PHLR Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 18-20, 2012. Abstracts should be no more than three pages in length and should focus on public health law research related to communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, or injury prevention. Visit for more information on the Request for Abstracts.



September 7, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Temple's Center for Health Law Practice and Policy Seeks Injury Prevention Legal Research Associate

From an e-mail I received from Temple's Scott Burris:

     The Center for Health Law Practice and Policy (CHLPP) at Temple University is hiring a grant-funded, Injury Prevention Legal Research Associate to support the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (PA DOH) Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) that receives funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A JD or an MPH or equivalent experience is required. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in public health law and policy to get experience taking substantial responsibility for creative, credible policy analysis and development within a state-wide coalition. Though nothing is certain in the current climate, this is meant to be a multi-year program and may strike some people as worth moving to Philadelphia for (not to say Philadelphia is a charming place even without the job). If you have likely candidates among your recent graduates or interns, please direct them to Temple’s personnel web page, where this week some time they should be able to read about and apply for the job listed as  “Injury Prevention Legal Research Assoc III.”


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Southeastern Law Scholars Conference

I am delighted to be involved again organizing the second Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on October 28-29, 2011, at the Charleston School of Law. This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law. The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the southeastern United States. To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants.

The conference will begin with dinner for all participants on Friday, October 28, 2011. On Saturday, October 29, 2011, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others. As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide dinner on Friday, October 28, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday, October 29. There is no registration fee. Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses.

To participate in the conference, please email me by Friday, September 29, 2011. Please note whether you will be attending dinner on Friday, October 28, in your email. In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic. A short abstract would also be helpful.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day has been a federal holiday since June 1894. The day honors the "social and economic achievements of American workers."


September 5, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)