Faulkner Law Faculty in the News

Mike DeBoerAssociate Professor of Law, Michael DeBoer, submitted written testimony to the Indiana legislature regarding Indiana’s new RFRA law.  Canon & Culture: Christianity & the Public Square published DeBoer’s essay, which was adapted from his written testimony.

DeBoer is a regular contributor to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Canon & Culture: Christianity & the Public Square on a range of topics including religious freedom, abortion, the contraceptive coverage mandate, same-sex marriage, and obscenity.  His most recent scholarly works include: Legislating Morality Progressively—The Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Religious Freedom, and Public Health Policy and Ethics, published in the Journal of Law and Health, and The Right to Remedy by Due Course of Law—A Historical Exploration and an Appeal for Reconsideration, published by the Faulkner Law Review.  He is also scheduled to present “Public Health Ethics – Analyzing Moral Frameworks, Priorities, and Applications” at the 38th Annual Health Law Professors Conference.

Jeff HammondJeff Hammond, Associate Professor of Law, will present “Removing the Sword of Damocles? The Repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate” at the 38th Annual Health Law Professors Conference sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.  The conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 4th-6th, at the Saint Louis University School of Law.  This is the fourth time Hammond has been invited to present at this prestigious conference.

Hammond’s presentation will address the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”), signed by President Obama on April 16, 2015.  MACRA repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (“SGR”), the algorithm that controlled the rate of growth of fees paid to physicians contracted to the Medicare program, providing certainty to physician reimbursement for the next several years.

Layne KeeleAssociate Professor of Law, Layne Keele, authored Holding Standards for RANDsome: A Remedial Perspective on RAND Licensing Commitments.  The scholarly work addresses the availability of injunctions and other extraordinary relief against infringers of patents that are subject to a RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing commitment, and it is slated for publication by the University of Kansas Law Review in the fall of 2015.

Keele is also working closely with the Pro Se Assistance Program with the Middle District of Alabama.  The program, in its second year, assists civil litigants who lack legal counsel in drafting pleadings and in the mediation process.  Faulkner Law students who participate in the program develop valuable legal skills and training under Keele’s supervision.

Elyce MorrisElyce C. Morris, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Faulkner Law’s Mediation Clinic, joined the Faulkner faculty in January 2015.  Though Morris’s experience spans the legal fields of family law, labor law and probate litigation, for the past decade, she has focused on higher education law and dispute resolution in academia.

Morris completed her undergraduate work at The College of William and Mary and earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She earned her LL.M. in dispute resolution from the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  She has served as the Director and Counseling Attorney of Student Legal Services at the University of California at San Diego and as Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services and Dean of Students at California Western School of Law. Most recently, Morris worked in the legal department of a publicly traded company where she served as Associate Vice President of Student Conflict Management and later as Associate Vice President of External Relations and Special Legal Counsel.

In her spare time, Morris enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, traveling and volunteering with her church, GracePointe church of Christ.

Melvin OteyAssociate Professor of Law Melvin Otey, a former racketeering prosecutor and lecturer, recently published a series of articles regarding the extraterritorial reach of RICO, one of America’s most powerful statutes. The first, Why RICO’s Extraterritorial Reach is Properly Coextensive with the Reach of Its Predicates, was published in the Winter 2015 edition of the Journal of International Business and Law. It was followed by two shorter works: 2D Circuit’s ‘Coextensive’ Approach to RICO’s Extraterritoriality in the Civil RICO Report in February 2015 and A Primer on the Muddle Over RICO’s Extraterritoriality in the Spring 2015 edition of American Bar Association’s Business Torts & RICO News newsletter.

Otey was also a featured presenter and panelist at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference in March 2015.  He gave a work-in-progress presentation on The JDA and Pre-Majority Conduct, which involves charging defendants who commit crimes as minors, and served as a panelist for Got Mentors? Mentorship and Success in Law Practice.

Otey joined the Faulkner law faculty in August 2014. He enjoys writing and speaking on matters of faith and spirituality.  He and his family attend the Panama Street church of Christ in Montgomery.