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Author Obituaries

Professor Jeremy A. Blumenthal, of Syracuse University College of Law, died peacefully on December 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Professor Blumenthal was a co-author of the treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony. A highly-regarded teacher, Professor Blumenthal taught in the areas of property law, law and psychology, and criminal law. In 2011, he was recognized by the National Jurist as being one of the 23 most influential professors in legal academia. Professor Blumenthal was a prolific and accomplished writer. During law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and was awarded numerous writing prizes. Over the course of his career, he went on to author or co-author over 30 books, book chapters and journal articles. Before teaching at Syracuse, Professor Blumenthal was a Faculty Fellow at Seton Hall Law School, a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and an Associate with Latham & Watkins in their Newark, New Jersey office. Professor Blumenthal earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

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Authors in the News

In June 2015, Harvard Professor Deborah E. Anker, author of Law of Asylum in the United States, received the 2015 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

Ian Ballon, author of E-Commerce & Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d was referenced in a recent New York Times article on class-action suits related to data privacy. The book describes “an explosion” of such suits.

Eve Brown, coauthor of IP Strategy: Complete Intellectual Property Planning, Access, and Protection, will serve as the first director of the new Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic at Boston University Law School.

John B. Manly of Savannah, coauthor of the Handbook on Georgia Practice, has been elected to the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors for the Eastern Circuit, Post 4.

In March 2015, Judge John McClellan Marshall, coauthor of West's Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated, was invited to join the Scientific Board of Editors of "Annales UMCS - Sectio Ius", which is the academic journal of Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

Thomas McCarthy, author of McCarthy on Trademarks & Unfair Competition, was cited several times approvingly by the Supreme Court in their very recent holding in B&B Hardware, INC. v. Hargis Industries, INC., 135 S.Ct. 1293 (March 24, 2015).

Justice Scalia cited Thomson Reuters author, Philip Zeidman’s Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying in his dissent in Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., 135 S.Ct. 1591 (April 21, 2015). Specifically §10:12 (written by contributing author Jeffrey Shinder and updated by Taline Sahakian) for the proposition that state antitrust laws tend to use the rule of reason to judge the lawfulness of challenged practices.

Rodney A. Smolla, author of Smolla and Nimmer on Freedom of Speech, and other Thomson Reuters titles, has been selected to serve as the first dean of Widener University Delaware Law School, previously Widener Law Delaware. When Dean Smolla takes the helm on July 1, Widener University Delaware Law School will begin operating separately from the university’s Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg.

Philip Zeidman, author of Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying, received the 2015 award for legal writing from the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. The ceremony was held June 15, 2015, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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