faculty news law courses, administrative law and property. Since Glicksman arrived in the early ‘80s, much about KU Law has changed, he said. Most dramatically, technology has transformed the way he teaches, communicates and produces scholarship. “Students all took notes by hand,” he recalled. “We did not have access to e-mail, so we communicated in person, by phone or by snail mail. I, like most of my colleagues, wrote everything longhand (in my case, in barely legible form that often went on ad nauseum) on legal-size yellow pads. I turned my output over to the staff, to be deciphered and converted into print by typewriter.” Other changes have included the internationalization of the law and law school curriculum and the size and diversity of the faculty. Despite all the changes, Glicksman has been impressed by the longevity of faculty and staff service at KU. “The result has been a sense of community and the stability to foster and safeguard the best elements of KU Law,” he said. Mike Davis, the Centennial Teaching Professor of Law, hired Glicksman early in his tenure as dean of the law school and said he served as “proof that sometimes your first decisions are your best ones.” “I and four others interviewed him the first semester I was dean, and a few months later I called him with an offer,” Davis said. “He’s been a great teacher, author, colleague and friend ever since. They don’t come better.”
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Torrance co-organized and co-hosted the second annual biolaw conference, which included top national scholars presenting their research in the field. He was later featured with Princeton geneticist Lee Silver, the keynote speaker at the conference, in a Kansas Public Radio story about the emergence of biolaw as a field of study at the University of Kansas. Bryan Thompson, host of the weekly series “Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change,” interviewed Torrance for the series. In October, he presented “Patents and the Regress of Useful Arts” at the Midwest Law and Economics Association Annual Conference, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago; the Works in Progress in Intellectual Property 2008 Conference at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans; the University of Louisville School of Law; the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law as the Torys Lecture; and the Central States Law Schools Association at the University of Southern Illinois School of Law in Carbondale, Ill. He made the same presentation in September at the Midwest Law & Society Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Ore. Torrance hosted Abraham Drassinower of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as a faculty speaker in January at Green Hall. He was invited to serve on Barack Obama’s technology, media and telecommunications advisory committee as an intellectual property law policy adviser during the presidential campaign. Torrance took his Biodiversity Law class to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands in January. The class, which Torrance thinks is one of the only biodiversity law courses offered in the world, considers the role of law in regulating, managing, utilizing and conserving the Earth’s rich biological diversity. This is the third year Torrance has taught the course at KU Law. Suzanne Valdez served as administrator of KU Law’s first Deposition Skills Workshop, an upper-level intensive litigation course designed to provide students with practical exposure to taking and defending depositions. The intersession course took place Jan. 11-14. She served on the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Site Inspection Team for Southern Illinois School of Law Nov. 16-19, 2008. Valdez sits on the Kansas Judicial Council’s Family Law Advisory Committee, as well as a forms subcommittee that recently drafted divorce forms to be used by pro se litigants. Stephen Ware published “Farm Tractors in Kansas: How to Perfect a Security Interest,” 57 University of Kansas Law Review 409 (2009) (with Aaron K. Johnstun). He spoke on that topic at a continuing legal education program of the Wichita Bar Association on Oct. 31, 2008. He published “Open up the Process of Picking Justices,” an op-ed, on Jan. 23 in the Wichita Eagle. Ware spoke on commercial arbitration to the Los Angeles County Bar Association on Oct. 22, 2008. The New York Times quoted Ware on the topic of arbitration on Oct. 6, 2008, in an article titled “Companies Unlikely to Use Arbitration with Each Other.” He testified before the Kansas House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
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