Sunday, October 20, 2019
Discussion Group: The Ric Flair Rule: Market Economics, Political Power, and Critical Awareness in a Global World
There is an old saying: "To be the man, you have to beat the man. woooo!" Known as the "Ric Flair rule" it reflects how "winners" shape the outcomes others. The rule has been explained in law and economics through market dominance; in legal theory that justifies force as validating law; and in politics as agendas set by winners. The Ric Flair Rule presents a conundrum that even when winners don't win they still win. In Property, Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts, this theme emerges. This discussion group explores the Ric Flair Rule as an existential theme of the law for what validates law and what challenges it from the outside.
Discussion Group: Property and Well Being
John Locke defined the purpose of government as safeguarding the freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.” Thomas Jefferson borrowed this language in the Declaration of Independence, but he modified it to name “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Property and happiness have thus been bound up with one another for centuries, yet their relationship is a fraught one. One might naturally assume that acquiring property increases our well-being, yet recent evidence indicates that it may do just the opposite. This panel explores the complicated relationship between ownership and happiness. Possible avenues for inquiry include: What is the appropriate role for a liberal democracy to play with respect to property? Should we think about property solely in terms of enhancing welfare, or do other considerations matter? And whose welfare counts—owners, non-owners, others? How do we resolve the tension between maldistribution, redistribution, and liberty? These are only a handful of questions that we hope provide a jumping off point for a wide-ranging discussion about law, ownership, and the nature and purpose of property itself. This discussion group is being organized by Dave Fagundes (Houston).
Panel: Is Housing a Human Right?
This panel considers the question of whether housing as a human right exists in the U.S., despite the lack of enforceable legal or international conventions making such a right enforceable. Panelists are invited to submit abstracts and papers around this topic, including: the role of proportionality in addressing eviction claims; the content of human rights in the housing context; the existence of latent human rights regimes where no formal regime exists; Constitutional Claims versus Human Rights Claims; and how local, federal and regional governments reconcile human rights in contrast to conflicting regimes of the other. Papers are also welcome critiquing a human rights regime as a substantive protector of housing rights. Abstracts no more than 400 words. This discussion group is being organized by Mark Roark (Southern) and Andrea Boyack (Washburn)
Monday, October 7, 2019
Securitization, an important component of U.S. financial transactions, often receives little attention in most law school curricula. In the context of the current discourse among students, where some observers see a significant loss of public support for a market based economy, addressing the tools of Wall Street financial institutions with accuracy and candor has increased relevance.
This program will assist professors to be more conversant with teaching real estate securitization in courses ranging from 1L Property to Seminars in Real Estate Finance. It will include an overview of the systemic risks
that were involved in the 2008-09 financial crises and whether private sector and government efforts at ameliorating those risks are effective. Academics and industry experts will discuss the practical and sometimes ethical issues that arise in the world of special servicing of mortgage loans. Professors will learn about the arcane abbreviations and terminology of securitization and hear a candid expression of views on the fundamental societal issues presented by securitization, as well as current issues such as the phase-out of LIBOR. While the focus is on real estate securitization, professors teaching corporate law, finance and securities laws in JD, LLM, MBA and executive programs will also find it valuable.
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There is no CLE associated with this program. You are welcome to participate as a viewer in any portions of the program, including only such times that work within your teaching responsibilities. Exact panel timing details will be sent to registered participants in mid-October.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2019
The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review seeks proposals for its 104th annual Symposium, which will focus on Race, Class, and Environmental Justice and will be held Friday, March 6, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. Proposals, which should be approximately 250–500 words, are due no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, October 18, 2019. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the impact of water and air quality issues on marginalized people; the history of ecological inequities and the law; legal approaches to climate change and global warming; challenges arising from efforts to increase the use of renewable energy; legal and equitable issues connected with deep decarbonization projects; and any other topic related to race, class, and environmental justice. Please include a current CV with your proposal and indicate whether the proposal is for a presentation only, or whether you also plan to submit an article for possible publication. Preference will be given to proposals that include plans for an article, which will be due to the Law Review on Friday, March 13, 2019. Proposals and questions should be directed to Bridget Underhill, Symposium Director, at [email protected].