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Professor Diamond Presents Electronic Discovery CLE

Professor Randy Diamond presented an overview of electronic discovery on July 10 for the Boone County Bar Association.  His talk focused on recent changes that bring Missouri discovery rules into closer alignment with longstanding federal rules on electronically stored information. The Missouri changes effective July 1, 2019 are here.  Additional changes effective August 28, 2019, if Governor Mike Parson signs Senate…

Meet Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Mekonnen Ayano

Mizzou Law Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Mekonnen Ayano took time to answer a few questions before the semester begins. What does this position mean for you? This position means many things for me. First, it is a path to broaden my research and scholarship. I have done some work in the fields of property, natural resource, development and law and social…

Professor Henson: A Trial is a Truth-Seeking Process

recently spoke at the 38th Annual Conference of the American Society of Trial Consultants, “Transparency in Litigation: See More Clearly Through the Looking Glass.” His presentation was on “Trial is a Truth-Seeking Process” where he proposed “that a trial is really a belief-seeking process where litigants must confront the power of jurors’ preexisting beliefs to create believable…

Freyermuth at signing of SB83 ceremony

Professor Wilson Freyermuth attended the July 9 ceremony at which Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed SB 83, a portion of which enacted the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) into Missouri law.  The UPHPA is a partition reform statute that applies to land that family members have inherited as tenants in common, often as a result of inadequate estate…

Professor Abrams Writes Journal of the Missouri Bar Article About the Declaration of Independence

In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed 33-year-old delegate Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. The Virginian presented his draft two weeks later, and the full 65-delegate Congress spent two days editing it line-by-line, making about 80 changes. The consensus of historians and political scientists is that Congress’ meticulous, skillful editing bolstered the document’s elegance and assured…

Professor Schmitz Publishes Article About ODR for Smart Contracts

Professor Amy J. Schmitz recently published her article with Colin Rule, “Online Dispute Resolution for Smart Contracts” in the Journal of Dispute Resolution.  This article explains how smart contracts built in the blockchain are quietly revolutionizing traditional transactions despite their questionable status under current law. At the same time, disputes regarding smart contracts are inevitable, and parties will need means…

Professor Abrams Publishes Family Law Casebook’s Fifth Edition

Professor Douglas E. Abrams has just published the fifth edition of Contemporary Family Law, the West Academic casebook that he co-authors with Professors Naomi R. Cahn and Catherine J. Ross of the George Washington University Law School and Linda C. McClain of the Boston University School of Law. The casebook has 179 adoptions in law schools throughout the United…

Professor Esbeck Publishes New Article

Professor Carl H. Esbeck’s article, “Stating a Claim Under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses: What Trump v. Hawaii Can Tell Us,” was just published in the Journal of Church & State. Little recognized is that the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii – the case upholding President Trump’s “Muslim immigration ban” – is also a case about religious…

Professor Reuben Publishes on Mindfulness in Law Study

Professor Richard Reuben has co-authored “Can Mindfulness Help Law Students with Stress, Focus, and Well-being? An Empirical Study of 1Ls at a Midwestern Law School” with Professor Kennon Sheldon, University of Missouri Department of Psychology. The article reports on research conducted with first-year law students in 2013 and 2014 who volunteered to train and practice mindfulness as a way to…