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Friday, July 24, 2015

Survey for Law Professors -- Popular Culture in the Classroom

The following is posted as a courtesy to Prof. Cynthia D. Bond of the John Marshall Law School:

Greetings Law Teacher Colleagues:  

I am working on an article this summer on uses of popular culture in the law school classroom.  I am defining popular culture broadly to include mass culture texts like movies, TV shows, popular music, images which circulate on the internet, etc, and also any current events that you may reference in the classroom which are not purely legal in nature (i.e. not simply a recent court decision). 

To support this article, I am doing a rather unscientific survey to get a sense of what law professors are doing in this area.  If you are a law professor and you use popular culture in your class, I would be most grateful if you could answer this quick, anonymous survey I have put together: 


Thanks in advance for your time and have a wonderful rest of summer! 

Cynthia Bond
The John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL

July 24, 2015 in Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Barbara Bates Sedoric Selected as Distinguished Professional

Barbara sedoricAfter three long years of research, interviews, and design, LastingMatters launched in May of 2014.  Barbara Bates Sedoric, President and Founder of LastingMatters, has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in Estate and Legacy Planning through the National Association of Distinguished Professionals. 

“The LastingMatters Organizer,” is a comprehensive guide that enables adults to compile, organize, and document important personal information, intentions and wishes.  “My mother’s sudden death, combined with my career in estates and trusts inspired me to develop a comprehensive guide that could help any adult, at any age, reduce the costs, time, stress, and family tensions associated with the death of a loved one,” Barbara Sedoric said about the formation of her business.  Barbara Sedoric’s acute attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to work with families after the death of a loved one have made her organization the success that it is today.

See National Association of Distinguished Professionals Selects Barbara Bates Sedoric As A Distinguished Professional In Her Field, Blackbird PR News, May 14, 2015.

May 14, 2015 in Estate Planning - Generally, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jeffrey Cooper Receives Faculty Scholar Award

Jeffrey CooperSpecial congratulations to Jeffrey Cooper, a professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, for receiving the Faculty Scholar Award. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Zeleza says, “Faculty scholarship and teaching are synergistic, and when combined with faculty-student research, it benefits students’ learning immensely.  The faculty whose scholarly accomplishments we celebrated admirably model the life of the teacher-scholar which we cherish as a university.”

See University Presents Scholar Awards to Four Faculty Members, Quinnipiac University, Apr. 10, 2015.

April 21, 2015 in Appointments and Honors, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal Seeks Articles

QuinnipiacThe Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal is actively seeking articles for upcoming issues.

The Journal features traditional law review articles related to probate topics, as well as complete full-text opinions from important probate court cases. The Journal also publishes shorter Essays as well as "Perspectives" in conjunction with printed probate court opinions. A "Perspective" piece is intended to be an extremely brief (1,000-2,000 word) article which will place a judicial opinion in context and summarize its significance.

In addition, the Journal particularly encourages the submission of noteworthy court opinions by both presiding judges and practitioners.

All potential authors are requested to follow the latest versions of A Uniform System of Citation, most commonly called the Bluebook, published by the Harvard Law Review Association. Any articles submitted by e-mail are requested to be in Microsoft Word format.

For questions regarding submission of articles or opinions, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Lauren MacDonald, at (203) 582-3223, or by e-mail at projournal@quinnipiac.edu. Articles and opinions may be submitted by e-mail to projournal@quinnipiac.edu. Also,  all article/opinion submissions can be addressed to: Editor-in-Chief, Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-1952.

November 14, 2013 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal is looking for articles!

EPJ2The EPJ is the only legal journal of its kind committed to community property law, and is only the second in the nation devoted to estate planning.

The EPJ is host to some of the most highly regarded scholars and practitioners in the fields of estate planning and community property law. In fact, Professor Bryan Camp’s article entitled “Protecting Trust Assets from the Federal Tax Lien,” published in our journal, was selected as the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Law Review Article for 2009.

This is your chance to join us in advancing legal scholarship, providing thoughtprovoking commentary, and guiding practitioners in the field by publishing the finest articles written both nationally and internationally!

If you have an article you would like considered for publication, please email us a copy along with your resume at Submissions_epj.law@ttu.edu.   For more information go to www.estatelawjournal.org or contact Michael Campbell, Lead Articles Editor, at Michael.Campbell@ttu.edu.

September 11, 2013 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 29th is National 529 College Savings Plan Day

529The college savings plan industry is gearing up for May 29th, National 529 Day. Many states are having huge promotions to educate people about 529 plans. Some states are advocating their 529 plans on different social media sites. Other states are giving away cash prizes to fund a 529 account. Virginia is giving away $5,000 to two people. One of the prizes will be given to someone who already has a 529 account. Additionally, Virginia is raffling off tickets for a prepaid college account. The promotions to open 529 accounts have been paying off. By the end of 2012 there were 11.1 million 529 accounts a large increase from past years. The 529 plans can either set up like a mutual fund or be prepaid accounts. People who have questions about 529's should consider attending a live Q&A Webinar with expert Joe Hurley on May 29th at 11:30am.

See Ashlea Ebeling529 College Savings Plan Giveaways On Tap on May 29, Forbes, May 29, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

May 30, 2013 in Current Events, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Vampires In Bulgaria

Museum of History BulgariaThe Bulgarian National Museum of History recently discovered the corpses of individuals who the museum believes were considered to be vampires in the past. The museum discovered two skeletons who were stabbed in the heart. In Bulgaria, the practice of stabbing a deceased person multiple times was the customary method of ensuring that a person who was presumed to be a vampire remained dead. The museum has also made several other discoveries over the past few years. According to the director of the museum, about 100 other sites were discovered in the past. The museum hopes that the recent discovery will increase the amount of tourism that Bulgaria receives. 

See Brad Lendon, 'Vampire' Graves May Bring Hordes to Bulgaria, CNN, June 7, 2012.

June 8, 2012 in Current Events, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal Seeks Articles

EPJ Greetings from the Volume IV Editorial Board of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal at Texas Tech University School of Law.  There is no other student-led estate planning and community property journal in the nation, and we invite you to be a part of our unique publication. One of Tech Law’s premier faculty, Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law Gerry W. Beyer, is honored to serve as our advisor and provide assistance and guidance to this new journal.

I would like to extend a special invitation to you to be a part of our most recent volume.  We are seeking traditional law review articles as well as shorter essays. There are virtually no boundaries regarding the content, whether the paper concerns a new development you have found, a pet project for which you are researching, or a uniform law you have been analyzing, as long as the article deals with estate planning and/or community property.

If you have an interest in submitting an article or essay, please contact me directly at your earliest convenience: 

Joseph Briers

Note that our editors are here to make your article ready for publication, so if your article needs “polishing” (style, footnotes, grammar, etc.), we stand ready to assist.  Our Journal is prepared to publish within the very near future.  

September 21, 2011 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal Seeks Articles & Opinions

Quinnipiac The student-edited Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal ("QPLJ") publishes four issues per year featuring articles related to probate topics as well as full-text opinions from important probate court cases. The Journal Editors have now begun the process of selecting scholarly articles and probate-related opinions for publication in Volumes 25 and 26. In addition to traditional full-length Articles, the QPLJ is interested in shorter Essay and Commentary pieces. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis through the year.

If any readers have written a piece they wish to have considered for publication, or have come across an interesting probate court opinion, please consider sending it to the QPLJ.

For questions regarding submission of articles or opinions, please contact Amy Solomito at (203) 582-3223, or by e-mail at projournal@quinnipiac.edu, or you may direct any questions or comments to Professor of Law Jeffrey Cooper at jeffrey.cooper@quinnipiac.edu.

September 21, 2011 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Call for Papers -- The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law

ACTEC The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Legal Education Committee is organizing the fourth in a series of academic symposia financially supported by the ACTEC Foundation. The next symposium, The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law, will be held at the University of Michigan Law School on Friday, October 21, 2011.

The symposium will examine law reform in trusts and estates that has occurred over the past 50 years, with particular focus on the first great success, The Uniform Probate Code. Additionally, it will seek to identify and analyze topics that should constitute an agenda for further reform. The Legal Education Committee hopes to group together presentation with a similar theme and to permit a commentator to respond to the proposals.

If you would like to be considered to be a symposium presenter, please submit an abstract of your paper to Anne-Marie Rhodes by email (her address is arhodes@luc.edu by February 1, 2011. The Committee will notify individuals chosen to participate in the symposium by email no later than March 1, 2011. If you are chosen to present a paper, you will be asked to submit a draft by September 15, 2011. You will also be asked to agree to publish your final paper in a special symposium edition of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

All symposium speakers will be reimbursed for their travel expenses (airfare and the cost of ground transportation and hotel) courtesy of an ACTEC Foundation grant. Speakers will also be invited to a Speakers’ Dinner on Thursday night, and breakfast and lunch will be provided to both speakers and attendees on Friday.

November 17, 2010 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)