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WVU Law hosting mini conference with Pittsburgh law schools

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University College of Law is hosting the Mon River Law Faculty Colloquium on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11.

The third annual event, formerly known as the Tri-School Colloquium, brings together faculty fromWVU College of Law, Duquesne University School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to share research on a broad range of topics. Duquesne and Pitt have previously hosted the colloquium.

WVU Law’s Anne Marie Lofaso, associate dean for faculty research and development and professor of law, said the colloquium fosters collaboration between the Morgantown and Pittsburgh universities.

“It’s an opportunity to transcend school boundaries and work collegially toward increasing the body of knowledge in the field of law,” she said. 
Presentations at the Mon River Law Faculty Colloquium are split between junior faculty on April 10 and senior faculty on April 11. They will be held in the Davis Gallery and the new event hall at the College of Law. Following each presentation, faculty will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and offer feedback.

April 10 presentations, starting at 3:30 p.m., are:

• Ann Marie Schiavone (Duquesne), “Puppy Profiling: Why Science Undermines Canine Breed Ban.” 
• Jessie Allen (Pittsburgh), “Reconstructing Legal Doctrine.” 
• Kendra Fershee (WVU), “The Prima Facie Parent: Implementing a Simple, Fair, and Efficient Standing Test in Courts Considering Custody Disputes by Unmarried Gay or Lesbian Parents.” 
• Rona Kaufman Kitchen (Duquesne), “Mixed Messages and Missing Mothers: Critiquing the Judicial Response to Mandatory Arrest Laws Post-VAWA.” 
• Sheila Valez (Pittsburgh), “A Progressive Experiential Learning Curriculum that Integrates Outcrit Theory.”

April 11 presentations, starting at 10:40 a.m., are:

• Shine (WVU), “Patent Examiners and Litigation Outcomes.” 
• Bernard Hibbitts (Pittsburgh), “Martial Lawyers: Lawyering and War-waging in American History.” 
• Wesley Oliver (Duquesne), “Limiting the Criminal Law’s ‘In for a Penny, In for a Pound’ Doctrine.”



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