Michele LaVigne presented on three panels at the National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, in October. The panels, which examined the effects of clients' language deficits, included a plenary session with Pamela Snow (Monash University, Australia) and Gwyneth Rost (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
Jason Yackee presented on a panel at the American Branch of the International Law Association's "International Law Weekend," held at Fordham Law School in October. His talk addressed the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.
Shubha Ghosh attended oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Teva v. Sandoz. He was invited to present his analysis of the case on the Patently-O blog, which posted his article "Are South African Yellow Canaries a Question of Law or Fact?" in October.
Wisconsin faculty members share a commitment to excellence in research, embracing a wide variety of substantive concerns and methodological approaches. The faculty has long been known for its interest in interdisciplinary work and for its commitment to a law-in-action approach to scholarship.
For Wisconsin scholars, no matter how interesting or elegant the underlying theory, Wisconsin's law-in-action approach challenges them to answer the question: "Why should this matter to people in the real world?" In contrast to legal scholars whose work is theory-based, Wisconsin scholars tend to begin with an observed, real-world problem or phenomenon and then seek to explain it and to put it into a larger theoretical context.
Much of the research undertaken at Wisconsin is devoted to explaining how law and legal institutions work and often to understanding why law and legal institutions might not be working as intended. The Wisconsin faculty contextualizes law, studying it as one of many social processes that may shape behavior. Many faculty members are active in the Law & Society Association, an international organization of scholars who study the interrelation of society and the legal process; indeed, the current Wisconsin faculty includes three LSA past presidents.
The work of the Wisconsin faculty is not geographically bounded. Though a majority study U.S. law, a growing number explore law in less familiar settings and are focusing their research on the workings of law in countries throughout the world.