Professor Trimble’s Boyd Law Bytes was conceived to support the Boyd Law community during the pandemic. In fall 2020 the Bytes took the form of live online events with guest speakers; in spring 2021 the Bytes transformed into this blog, which I have run since December 29, 2020. The blog has shared uplifting news about the Boyd Law community since then while we all have been waiting for the vaccine. My goal for the blog was to post at least one piece of good news per day – a goal that was easily met. Now, with the end of the 2021 spring semester and vaccinations well on their way, the blog will close.
It has been a pleasure for me to share all the wonderful news from the Boyd Law community during this academic year. It is now time to return to normal and pass the baton to Boyd Law’s Marketing and Communications Department to continue with all the good news from Boyd Law.
Many thanks to all the Boyd Law students who have worked as teaching assistants for Boyd Law courses in Spring 2021; their assistance was crucial to the success of the Boyd Law faculty in teaching their courses online this semester. My personal and special thanks go to my wonderful teaching assistants, Ms. Christal Folashade and Ms. Alexandra Matloff, who assisted me with my courses “International Intellectual Property” and “Cyberlaw,” respectively. Without them my courses could not have offered as much material as they did and run as smoothly as they did. Best wishes to Alexandra as she prepares to sit for the bar exam and enter the legal profession, and best wishes to Christal as she finishes her second year at Boyd Law and embarks on her final year of law school!
Professor Emerita Linda Berger delivered a lecture at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 25, 2021, entitled “Justice Sotomayor’s Rhetoric of Settings;” a recording of the event is now available on the College of Law’s YouTube channel. The event was the inaugural Judy Stinson Lecture—an annual event named after Judy Stinson, who taught legal writing at ASU for 27 years and served in a variety of administrative capacities at ASU, including as the Director of ASU Law’s Legal Method & Writing Program.
Congratulations to the 45 Boyd Law students who have taken the “Cyberlaw” course with me this semester. They have all successfully completed the course, which exposed them to a variety of legal issues associated with the internet and prepared them for today’s practice of law that inevitably involves the internet. This semester the course was particularly dynamic because of the world’s extraordinary reliance on the internet during the pandemic and the many recent internet law-related controversies. In addition to the “traditional” internet law topics, such as internet domain names, internet service provider liability, online dispute resolution, and cybercrime, and the typical internet law statutes, such as the Communications Decency Act (Section 230), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Section 512), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, we also covered online privacy, network and search neutrality, and antitrust issues of internet service providers. Of course, we also discussed legal issues of geoblocking, cyberwar, and human rights on the internet.
Other chapters in the Handbook discuss IP law and data privacy, IP law and human rights, IP and semiotics, IP and open innovation, IP and feminism, IP and morality, IP and religion, and other research prisms that enrich the research of IP law.
“Legal Protection for the Individual Employee,” the casebook co-authored by Professor Ruben Garcia, will be published this June in its sixth edition. According to the publisher’s website, the casebook “covers the full range of employment law subjects from the nature of the employment relationship, the definition of “employee”, pre-employment screening, individual employment contracts, the employment at-will doctrine, exceptions to the employment at–will doctrine, obligations of employees, monitoring and control of employees, the regulation of pay and hours of work (FLSA), state and federal regulation of workers compensation, unemployment compensation, the regulation of occupational safety and health (OSHA), state and federal regulation of unemployment compensation, and the regulation of employee benefits (ERISA).”
Professor Lipman has authored an article, “We the People Must Pull America Back from the Abyss of Economic Injustice,” which was published by Human Rights Magazine – the magazine of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice of the American Bar Association. In the article Professor Lipman discusses the existing tool that can be used to address economic inequality – the U.S. tax and spending system. She advocates for specific tax changes and also for funding for the IRS: “We must fund the IRS to enforce existing tax laws and collect the billions of dollars that go uncollected every year from those who are more than capable of paying their fair share.”
Adjunct Professor Frank Fritz, who also serves as a Senior Fellow at Boyd Law, has joined the Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Conservancy (SNC). The “SNC works as a cooperating association partner to federal land management agencies, providing services and programs that enhance the visitor experience at some of Nevada’s most popular public lands” (from the SNC website). Professor Fritz worked for a number of years at the Environmental Protection Agency, and his current teaching and scholarship at Boyd Law focuses on the topic of climate change.
Professor Ruben Garcia authored an article on the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for immigrant workers. In his article, “The Human Right to Workplace Safety in a Pandemic,” Professor Garcia argues that human rights instruments that protect health and safety in the workplace should be extended to all workers, including immigrant workers. The article was published by the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy.
This month I will have the pleasure of teaching once again a short course on “Internet Law” at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. The Center is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the University of Augsburg, the Technical University of Munich, and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Center’s LLM program attracts students from all over the world. My course will cover numerous cyberlaw topics:
Professor Mary Beth Beazley and Professor Monte Smith (Ohio State) co-authored the book “Briefs and Beyond: Persuasive Legal Writing,” which was published earlier this year by Wolters Kluwer in the Aspen Coursebook Series. According to the publisher’s website, “This book hits the sweet spot between books that focus only on briefs and books that try to do too much. Expertly written and constructed by Mary Beth Beazley and Monte Smith, Briefs and Beyond: Persuasive Legal Writing gives law professors options to supplement a persuasive writing course with complaints, demand letters, and other persuasive documents while not overwhelming their students.”
Congratulations to Professor Beazley and her co-author!