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Several law faculty lead discussions at national conference

January 10, 2010

Several faculty members from the SIU School of Law faculty made presentations during theAnnual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools(AALS) which was held in New Orleans, LA, January 6 – 10, 2010. AALS is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States.

Associate Professor Cindy G. Buys presented her work-in-progress, "Lessons to be Learned from the Untold Story of Frederich Nottebohm and theU.S.-Latin American Detention Program." Buys' paper was chosen from a national call for papers on "Cross-Currents in International Law, Human Rights Law and National Security Law". Her paper tells the story of how Frederic Nottebohm, a wealthy German businessman living in Guatemala, got caught up in a little known program run by the United States during World War II in which the United States pressured Latin American countries to identify persons of German nationality or ancestry and turn them over to the United States for internment for the duration of the war. Many of these persons were assumed to be Nazi sympathizers and were arrested and detained for lengthy periods of time on the basis of mere accusations unsupported by any real investigation or evidence. Professor Buys' paper examines the justifications for this program and the legality of the program under the law that existed at the time of World War II. She then illustrates how the law has or has not changed since that time period and draws parallels to the arrest, detention and trial of suspected terrorists today.

Interim Dean and Professor Frank Houdek was the organizer and moderator of the program, “Roundtable: The Electronification of Law Libraries and Its Implications for the Legal Academy.” The program examined the increasing “electronification” of today’s law school library—in its resources, certainly, but also in its operation – and the implications for law professors pursuing their scholarship, law students pursuing their education, non-law school library users pursuing legal knowledge, and librarians pursuing their vision of the library as a vital component of the twenty-first century law school. Specific topics included:

• The role of electronic publications in the tenure process
• Rewriting ABA standards to allow the substitution of electronic resources for print resources
• AALS’s role in guiding the evolution toward electronification
• Open access in the electronic library world
• Legal citation and electronic publications

Professor Peter C. Alexander was a speaker on the panel discussion “Deaning: Myths and Realities.”

Also during the meeting, Associate Professor Mark Schultz was elected 2010 chair of theAALS Section on Internet and Computer Law.