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Roundup: CUA Law in the News
March 2010



Professors Lisa Lerman, Leah Wortham and Catherine Klein are invited speakers at “Externships 5: Externships in Changing Times,” a conference run by the University of Miami School of Law from March 4-6, 2010. 
On Friday, March 5, Wortham and Klein will jointly address “Realizing The Aspirations Of Carnegie And Best Practices Through Externships;” while Lerman will speak to her peers about grading issues in remarks titled “Grading versus Pass/fail in Externships: Pedagogical Implications.”
On Feb. 25, Professor Lerman also participated in “Ethical Quandaries for Public Lawyers: Conflicts, Trial Publicity, Organization as a Client and More,” an ABA-sponsored teleconference and integrated visual webcast that was offered for ethics credit.
The program focuses on the unique ethical issues confronted by public lawyers including special conflicts of interest for former and current government officers and employees; trial publicity; confidentiality of information and other issues.


Professor Elizabeth Winston was quoted in the March 1, 2010 edition of Inside Counsel for a story, “Marked for Trouble: Ruling Turns False Marking Statute on its Head.” The article addressed a new ruling that may require patent owners to be more vigilant about marking their products as patented:
…After Clontech, filings of false marking suits jumped significantly. Cases were filed by large firms, solo practitioners and public interest organizations. Defendants have included Gillette (for alleged false marking on razor blades), Solo (plastic cup lids), Brooks Brothers (bow ties) and Target (closet organizers), according to Elizabeth Winston, assistant professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
"There are a large number of false marking cases making their way up the courts," she says.
An article of Winston’s about false marking was also referenced in the blog Patentlyo:
…Patent Reform: In her recent article, Professor Winston (Catholic U) has argued that the rules of false-marking should be shifted to place more of a burden onto the patentee to avoid false marking. Winston would ease the proof necessary for to prove "intent to deceive the public."

Up upcoming book about the role of holy places in Israel and Palestinian territories, edited by Professor Marshall Breger, was discussed in a March 1, 2010 article in the online edition of the Jerusalem Post. Borderline Views: The myth of heritage sites," explored whether physical places have any inherent sanctity.


Professor Marin Scordato’s article, “Reflections on the Nature of Legal Scholarship in the Post-Realist Era,” 48 Santa Clara Law Review 353 (2008) was the subject of a response in the same journal. Professor Gregory Scott Crespi, Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, published “Further Reflections on Post-Realist Legal Scholarship and Teaching: A Brief Response to Professor Scordato,” 50 Santa Clara Law Review 281 (2010). Crespi responded to some of Scordato’s ideas and also referred to two of his earlier articles.