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Volume 27 Number 2 Authors:

Lael Daniel Weinberger
Featured Article: The Business Judgement Rule and Sphere Sovereignty

Lael Daniel Weinberger is a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel T. Eismann, Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Lael has authored or coauthored several law review articles related to philosophy and religion that have appeared in theNorthern Kentucky Law Review, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, and Texas Wesleyan Law Review. He has most recently contributed a chapter on American legal history to an academic work on jurisprudence (Suri Ratnapala and Gabriel Moens, eds., Jurisprudence of Liberty), to be published by LexisNexis later in 2010. Lael is a graduate of Oak Brook College of Law (J.D. summa cum laude) and Thomas Edison State College (B.A., history). Lael and his wife, Sarah, are fans of books, classical music, and good conversation.

Zachary Larsen

Featured Article: A Narrow Extension of Good Faith to Police Reliance on Caselaw: The Crossroads of Gant and Herring

Zachary Larsen is an attorney and an independent scholar and has published articles on constitutional law in the Willamette Law Review and North Carolina Central Law Review. Mr. Larsen’s prior publications include Discounting Foreign Imports: Foreign Authority in Constitutional Interpretation and the Curb of Popular Sovereignty, 45 Willamette L. Rev. 767 (2009), concerning the use of foreign and international law in judicial review and The Egalitarian First Amendment: Its History and a Critique on the Grounds of Text, Rights, Negative Liberty and Our Republican Constitutional Structure, 31 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 153 (2009), which criticized the proposal for an “anti-trust” on the marketplace of ideas. His articles are available online at bothhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1212337 andhttp://independent.academia.edu/ZacharyLarsen.

Mr. Larsen currently serves as the Judicial Research Attorney for Hon. Michael P. Hatty with the 44thCircuit Court of Michigan. He received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University and his J.D.Magna Cum Laude from Ave Maria School of Law.

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Gabrielle Paschall

Featured Article: Protecting Our Past: The Need for Uniform Regulation to Protect Archaeological Resources

Gabrielle Paschall holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in anthropology. She worked for Kentucky Archaeological Survey for two years before attending law school. Currently, she is a student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. For her final semester of law school, Ms. Paschall is completing an externship at Waters, Tyler, Hofmann & Scott, LLC, a mid-size firm located outside of Louisville, Kentucky. While at Cooley, Ms. Paschall was a member of the Grade Appeals Board and the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. She was also a teacher’s assistant for Civil Procedure I and II. Currently, she is a research assistant for Professor Nora Pasman-Green.

Volume 27 Number 1 Authors:

Honorable Donald E. Shelton
Chief Judge
Washtenaw County Trial Court
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Featured Article: Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases: Perceptions and Reality about the “CSI Effect” Myth

The Hon. Donald E. Shelton, Ph.D., is a rare combination of active jurist with scholar, writer, and academic. A trial judge for over twenty years, he serves as chief judge of the Washtenaw Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has presided over many high-profile criminal and civil trials. In 2007, Judge Shelton received the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award presented by the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to becoming a judge, he was an accomplished trial attorney.

In addition to his University of Michigan law degree, Judge Shelton has a master's degree From Eastern Michigan University in criminology and criminal justice, and is one of only seven American judges with a Ph.D. in judicial studies, attained at the University of Nevada. He is also an active professor on the adjunct faculty in both criminology and political science at Eastern Michigan University.

Judge Shelton is the author of several legal texts and has written for and lectured at numerous academic and professional organizations throughout the United States. One of his primary interests is the impact of technology on the judicial system, and especially on jurors. He has conducted a significant amount of empirical research in the field and is the author of the CSI Effect chapter in the book Battleground: Criminal Justice. His most recent book isForensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty First Century, published this year by Rowan & Littlefield. His current Article in the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review has been featured by both NPR and the ABA Journal.

George T. Sinas
Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, P.C

Featured Article: Deciphering Two Related Concepts: No-Fault PIP Causation Law and the Decision in Griffith v. State Farm

George T. Sinas, senior shareholder in the law firm of Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre, PC, Lansing, Michigan, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University. He is the author of a widely-read case law annotation book entitled "Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance Decisions" and commonly referred to as the "No-Fault Red Book." He is also a co-author of a textbook entitled "Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law in Michigan" now used in several law schools. Mr. Sinas is an adjunct professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law where he teaches a course on the Michigan auto no-fault law. Mr. Sinas has been recognized in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 1989 in the field of personal injury litigation. In 2005, Mr. Sinas received the Michigan Brain Injury Association Legacy Society Professional Service Award for his work representing the victims of serious brain injury. He also serves as General Counsel to the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN), a broad-based coalition of consumer groups, medical providers, and others working together to preserve and protect the Michigan auto no-fault system. Mr. Sinas is a past president of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now the Michigan Association for Justice), and a former chair of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Stephen H. Sinas
Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, P.C

Featured Article: Deciphering Two Related Concepts: No-Fault PIP Causation Law and the Decision in Griffith v. State Farm

Stephen H. Sinas received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, majoring in both Economics and English Literature. He went onto receive his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He concentrates his practice in personal injury and automobile no-fault insurance litigation and has lectured and authored published articles regarding these areas of law. 

Charles N. W. Keckler
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State Law
E-mail: cnk3@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 867-2234
Principal Office: University Park

Featured Article: Lawyered Up: A Book Review Essay

Education:  J.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Harvard College

Charles Keckler is a visiting assistant professor of law at Penn State Law teaching Civil Procedure and Evidence. Professor Keckler's research focuses on reforms to the litigation system, empirical studies of the judicial process, and how best to strengthen civil society. He also has a strong interest in how the law can encourage, and make use of, advances in science and technology. His writings include articles published in the Hastings Law Journal and theJournal of Law, Economics, and Policy.

President Barack Obama appointed Professor Keckler to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation in 2010. Legal Services Corporation is the single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. Until 2009, Professor Keckler was a deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on regulatory matters and on improving federal human services programs for a variety of disadvantaged populations. Prior to his government service, Professor Keckler taught Civil Procedure and Comparative Law for two years at George Mason University School of Law, and he began his academic career as a lecturer at Northwestern Law School. He practiced as an appellate and trial litigator with Mayer Brown in Chicago, and is a member of the bars of Illinois and the District of Columbia, as well as of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits. Immediately after graduating law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit.

Before going to law school, Professor Keckler taught and did research in the field of anthropology, including as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He is member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

Volume 26 Number 3 Authors:

Mark A. Behrens, ESQ.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Featured Article: Asbestos Litigation Screening Challenges: An Update

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Mark A. Behrens is a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based Public Policy Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. For almost two decades, Mr. Behrens has been extensively involved in product liability law, defense litigation, liability reform, and counseling in the prevention of liability exposure. He has served on the adjunct faculty of The American University’s Washington College of Law and is a member of The American Law Institute.

Mr. Behrens has been listed as one of Washington, D.C.’s “top lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine. He has published numerous articles on issues such as tort and civil justice in leading national journals, including theHarvard Journal on Legislation, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Texas Review of Law & Politics. Business Insurance named him to its 2004 “40 Under 40” list. He is a recipient of a Burton Award for Legal Achievement and has received an award from several national organizations for major research contributing to civil justice issues. Mr. Behrens has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the National Law Journal. He has appeared on radio and television, including CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Fox Morning News, and C-Span. The Insider Guide to Public Policy Experts and Organizations lists him as an expert in the fields of tort and liability reform and the judiciary. He has the highest ratings for Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.

Mr. Behrens is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., counsel to the Coalition for Litigation Justice, Inc., co-counsel to the American Tort Reform Association, co-chair of the Tort and Product Liability Subcommittee of the Federalist Society's Litigation Practice Group, advisor to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Civil Justice Task Force, and a member of the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Policy Advisory Board.

Mr. Behrens received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1990. He was a member of theVanderbilt Law Review and received an American Jurisprudence Award for achievement in tort law. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987.

Laura Kingsley Hong 
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P.

Featured Article: Apportioning Liability in Asbestos Litigation: A Review of the Law in Key Jurisdictions

Laura Kingsley Hong, a partner in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., has extensive experience in the defense of class action, mass and toxic tort, and product-liability litigation. She serves as national, regional, special projects, and trial counsel for several companies. As national and regional counsel, she manages and assists local counsel, insurance companies, and corporations in the defense of mass and toxic tort, and product-liability claims. As special-projects counsel, she has developed an acute knowledge of the medical aspects of liability claims, and has developed and cross-examined expert witnesses including internationally known physicians, epidemiologists, and mineralogists. As trial counsel, Ms. Hong has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the United States and commenced jury trials in several state courts involving both individual and consolidated claims. Ms. Hong’s testimony in support of the Ohio Asbestos Medical Criteria Bill (Ohio House Bill 292) helped shape the legislation and is cited in its legislative history.

Ms. Hong was featured in The American Lawyer's “Big Suits” column detailing a victory on behalf of a client in a class-action contamination case that is reported to be the longest trial in Kansas history. Ms. Hong is a former law professor of trial tactics for Case Western Reserve University and is a frequent guest lecturer and program leader on topics relating to toxic tort and product-liability litigation. She is a Fellow in the Litigation Council of America (by invitation), past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as well as past president of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. She also is a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and the Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. Ms. Hong is a recipient of the YWCA Greater Cleveland Women of Achievement Award.

Professor Joseph A. Page
Georgetown University Law Center

Featured Article: Roscoe Pound, Melvin Belli, and the Personal-Injury Bar: The Tale of an Odd Coupling
Email: page@law.georgetown.edu
Phone: 202-662-9091
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1964
LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1958
A.B., Harvard College, 1955

Areas of Legal Expertise: Torts, Products liability, Food and Drug Law, Legal Process

Professor Joseph A. Page began his teaching career at the University of Denver College of Law in 1964, and has been at the Georgetown University Law Center since 1968. He has published six books on subjects as diverse as occupational health and safety, premises liability, proximate cause, the life of Juan Perón, and the Brazilian national character. His articles and book reviews have appeared in legal publications such as theYale Law Journal, the California Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Michigan Law Review, and in lay publications such as the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Atlantic Monthly.

  • Reflections on Pain-and-Suffering Damages in the United States, chapter in Liability in the Third Millennium (A. Ciacchi et al. eds., Nomos 2009).
  • Prologue to Argentina y la Europa del nazismo: Sus secuelas [The Lingering Ill Effects of European Nazism in Argentina] (I. Klich & C. Buchrucker eds., Siglo XXI 2009).
  • A Voice of Reason: The Products Liability Scholarship of Gary T. Schwartz, 53 S. CAROL. L. Rev. 797 (2002). 

Associate Professor Daniel Ray
Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Featured Article: The Establishment Clause in 2009: A Baseline for Measuring Change

Daniel Ray is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean of Thomas M. Cooley Law School's newest campus, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Professor Ray joined the Thomas M. Cooley faculty in 2005 after practicing law for several years and holding academic positions elsewhere. At Thomas M. Cooley, Professor Ray teaches Constitutional Law. His research interests focus primarily on structural issues, such as federalism and separation of powers, and on the many types of government encroachments on the rights of individuals. Professor Ray's upcoming article in the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review deals with the latter of these interests: the current state of Establishment Clause Jurisprudence and the United States Supreme Court's increasing tolerance of religious establishments.

Professor Robert H. Whorf
Barry University School of Law

Featured Article: The Effects of Eliminating the Concept of Fourth AmendmentStanding--Thirty Years in Hindsight

Professor Robert H. Whorf has been on the faculty at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, since 1999. He holds degrees from Brown University (Bachelor of Arts) and Syracuse University College of Law (Juris Doctor). Professor Whorf formerly held teaching positions at Syracuse University College of Law and Roger Williams University School of Law, during which he was counsel to the Rhode Island Commission on Criminal Justice. He currently teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Trial Advocacy. For several years, Professor Whorf was the faculty advisor to the Barry Law Review. He has published a number of law review articles focusing on the issues of search and seizure, both under the Fourth Amendment and under analogous state constitutional provisions.