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Clinical Faculty Scholarly Research and Public Engagement

Spring 2024

Sandra Babcock

  • “The Lethal Consequences of Gender Bias in the Application of the Death Penalty,” Amicus Journal 45, no. 4  (2024)
  • Sandra Babcock and Nathalie Greenfield, “Gender, Violence & The Death Penalty,” 53 California Western International Law Journal (2023)

John Blume

  • John Blume and Ali Franz, “Controlling Condemned Bodies: Regulation and Dehumanization of Death Row Inmates,” Regulating the Body, S. Lee and A. Sarat, eds (Stanford Univ. Press, forthcoming in 2024)
  • John Blume, Sheri Johnson, and Rosalind Major, “Proportionality is the New Innocence,” Rutgers Law Review
  • John Blume, Anna Effenberger, and Martine Wells, “Quantifying Disparate Questioning of Black and White Jurors in Capital Jury Selection,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 3, p. 609 (2023)

Liz Brundige

  • With Tamar Ezer, Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, & Ryan Thoreson, “Integrating Human Rights In Domestic Clinical Practice,” Clinical Law Review (2024)

Angela Cornell

  • Delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Spanish Network of Legal Clinics at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (October 2023)
  • Quoted by the Harvard Crimson on the NLRB’s joint employer doctrine, “Harvard Claims it Doesn’t Employ its Contracted Security Guards.  A New Case Could Change that.” (November 2, 2023)
  • Invited participant in Labor and Democracy Opening convening at Harvard University organized by the Center for Labor and a Just Economy and the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance
  • Presented on Organized Labor and the Struggle for Social Justice at the ClassCrits Conference on the panel on the History and Future of the Labor Movement alongside Shirley Lin, Sameer Ashar, Michael Green and Christopher Cameron 

Ellen Eagen

  • Ellen Kimatian Eagen, Dumin, Nick Dugas, and Leon Fruze, three chapters in Policies and Regulations section of Chat GPT: Navigating the Impact of Generative AI on Education Theory and Practice, (Bauschard, Stefan, Anand Rao, Priten Shah, and Char Shryock, eds), 2023. Chapters on acceptable use policies for K-12 (Leon Fruze), higher education (Dumin), and legal scholars (Ellen Kimatian Eagen and Nick Dugas) tackle an analysis of legal compliance, terms of service, and age-appropriate use.  

Ian Kysel


  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Migrant Rights Database, December 2023
  • German Mission to the African Union, Migrant Rights Database, October 2023
  • United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Migrant Rights Database, October 2023


  • Cornell Migration and Human Rights Program, Principles to Protect all Migrants: Regional Leadership on Rights, December 2023 (organizer, moderator)
  • International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Academic Forum on the Promotion of Refugee Law, November 2023
  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Launch of Reports at 77th Ordinary Session, October 2023 (panelist)

Julia Mizutani

  • Invited panelist on “Time for a Change: Reexamining Character and Fitness Requirements,” ABA 49th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, May 2024; presenting her forthcoming paper, “Barred by the Profession, Mischaracterized by Law,” and how the Character and Fitness process has historically been an exclusionary tool and continues to have racial and socioeconomic class biases that harm applicants, especially those with any criminal or civil legal history.

Heather Murray

  • Heather Murray and Mark Jackson, “Commentary: Judicial Appointment Process Must be Transparent,” Albany Times Union, March 20, 2024
  • Amicus brief in February 2024 with Paula Knudsen Burke and Melissa Melewsky in Penncrest School District v. Cagle, 31 WAP 2023 (Sup. Ct. Pa.) on behalf of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cornell First Amendment Clinic. The brief supports petitioner in seeking access to social media records before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Amicus brief in January 2024 on behalf of a media coalition in People v. Weinstein, No. 2022-00112 (N.Y. Ct. of App.). The brief supported Intervenor Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC in seeking to unseal the Harvey Weinstein docket at the New York Court of Appeals.
  • Copresenter at the RTKL Litigation and Open Courts Roundtables at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Media Lawyers Conference, November 2, 2023
  • Moderator and panelist on the battle surrounding public comment at meetings at the National Freedom of Information Summit on October 5, 2023

Fall 2023

Angela Cornell

Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer

Ian Kysel

  • Migrant Rights Initiative launched its Migrant Rights Database at events at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. The tool is the first global data source benchmarking the extent to which states fulfill international obligations in national law and how they implement these protections.
  • Testified before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in support of the adoption of a set of Guiding Principles on the human rights of migrants, the drafting of which was supported by the Migrant Rights Initiative.

Beth Lyon

  • The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council announced that it is funding a long-term research project led by Leah Vosko at York University entitled “Liberating Migrant Labour?: International Mobility Programs in Settler-Colonial Contexts.” Along with a group of researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the U.S., Shannon Gleeson and Beth Lyon were both co-applicants for the seven-year comparative project.
  • Beth Lyon, John McKinley, Marquise Riley, and Adam Vars, “One Bridge, Two Gaps: The Unrealized Potential for Law and Accounting Clinical Collaboration,” Business Education Innovation Journal (2023)
  • Public Employment Relations Board, Brief of Amicus Curiae, New York Farm Bureau (June 28, 2023)
  • Reina Fostyk, testimony before Otsego County Board of Representatives (June 8, 2023) (discussed in the Daily Star)
  • Beth Lyon, poster presenter, “Experiences with Incorporating Critical Theory Insights into Clinical Courses Using Critical Justice: Systemic Advocacy in Law and Society,” AALS Clinical Conference, San Francisco (April 27, 2023)

Julia Mizutani

  • Center for Race and Law at St. John’s School of Law symposium, “Racialized Notions of Professionalism,” March 2023: panelist, “Racialized Notions of Professionalism-Language, Being, and Belonging”; presented “Barred from the Profession, Mischaracterized as Unfit by Law,” forthcoming in St. John’s Law Review 97, no. 3 (winter 2024)
  • NELLCO Law Library Consortium Symposium on Incarceration and Information Inequity: Library Advocacy and Outreach: presented on experience touring libraries in prisons in upstate New York and ideas on how to increase information access in prisons (March 2023)

Stephen Yale-Loehr

Spring 2023

Sandra Babcock

  • “The Role of Defense Lawyers in Capital Cases,” in The Death Penalty in the OSCE Area: Background Paper 8 (2022)
  • Sandra Babcock, Nathalie Greenfield, Gabriela Markolovic, and Jessica Sutton, Defending Women and Transgender Persons Facing Extreme Sentences: A Practical Guide (2021)
  • Babcock serves as an advisor to the Trial Watch project of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, and participated in an expert panel on “Measuring Access to Legal Assistance” organized by Trial Watch in March 2023.
  • Presentation titled “Judging Women: Gender Bias in the Criminal Justice System,” March 8 (International Women’s Day), to attorneys at White & Case
  • Presentation titled “Representing Incarcerated Women: Practical Tips for Defense Teams,” June 9, to attorneys and mitigation specialists in The Sentencing Project’s Second Look Network

John Blume

  • “Ghosts of Executions Past: A Case Study of Executions in South Carolina in the Pre-Furman Era,” Cornell Law Review vol. 107:6
  • John Blume, Sheri Johnson, and Brendan Van Winkle, “Atkins V. Virginia At Twenty: Still Adaptive Deficits, Still in the Developmental Period,” Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice vol. 29:1
  • John Blume, Brendan van Winkle, “Execution Methods and Evolving Standards of Decency,” special issue of the ABA’s Litigation magazine dedicated to “Embracing Change”

Angela Cornell

  • Angela B. Cornell, “Labor Law Unrealized: The Stifling of Workers’ Collective Rights in the United States” in The Future of Labor and Employment Law: International and Comparative Perspectives, (Bruyland-Larcier Publishing, 2023)
  • Angela B. Cornell, book review, “Democratize Work: The Case for Reorganizing the Economy,” ILR Review, by Isabelle Ferreras, Julie Battilana, Dominique Méda (University of Chicago Press 2022). Online November 28, 2022, print version forthcoming.
  • Angela B. Cornell, “Why Organized Labor is a Democratic Catalyst,” National Endowment for Democracy, Democracy Digest, August 8, 2022, Solicited
  • Angela B. Cornell and Mark Barenberg, eds Cambridge Handbook of Labor and Democracy, Cambridge University Press, 2022
  • Angela B. Cornell, “Labor’s Obstacles and Democracy’s Demise,” in Cambridge Handbook of Labor and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Gautam Hans

Jacklyn Kelley-Widmer

Lorelei Lee

Beth Lyon

  • Acceso Lingüístico a la Justicia y Debido Proceso, in Luiz Dellore, ed., Due Process of Law in the 21st Century (with Lesbia Marleny Sis Chen) (2022).
  • Presenter, Una Mirada Crítica a la Migración, Curso Crítico: Teoría Crítica del Derecho y Justicia Social en las Américas, Universidad Católica de Uruguay (via zoom) (Feb. 27, 2023)

Estelle McKee

  • Led a plenary session and co-led small-group sessions at “Persuasion Institute: A Workshop in Legal Storytelling and Narrative Construction for Capital Post-Conviction Counsel,” in Ithaca.
  • Presented on persuasive legal writing and applied storytelling and co-led small-group sessions at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s appellate defender training in Denver, Colorado.
  • Estelle McKee and Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, “Essentializing Culture in U.S. Asylum Law,” forthcoming in Brooklyn Law Review

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