The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law:
On December 23, 2016, Professor Sachin Pandya filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of labor and employment law professors in State of Nevada et al. v. US Department of Labor et al., No. 16-41606, an appeal currently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The appeal concerns the nationwide preliminary injunction of a Department of Labor rule that raised the minimum salary necessary to qualify for an exemption to federal wage and overtime laws for executives, administrators, and professionals. The amicus brief, co-authored by Pandya and Professor Charlotte Alexander (Georgia State), supports the Department of Labor’s view that it has the statutory authority to adopt its new minimum-salary rule.
Professor Douglas Spencer moderated a panel discussion at the 111th annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools on Jan. 5, 2017, on the topic Empirical Methods for Lawyers. Professor Peter Siegelman was among the featured speakers.
Professor Alexandra Lahav spoke on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas at the 20th Annual National Institute on Class Actions on the topic The Past Year in Class-Action Action with Professor John C. Coffee Jr. of Columbia Law School.
Professor Brendan Maher will speak Nov. 4, 2016, at the University of Houston Law Center on the topic of “Good Health Policy or Discrimination? How to Tell the Difference.” He will address the legal and ethical issues behind policies that discriminate on the basis of health-related factors, such as smoking and obesity in a panel discussion touching on employment law, ERISA, public health law and Medicaid.
Professor Alexandra Lahav will give a presentation at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco on Jan. 6, 2017. She will speak on a panel sponsored by the association’s Torts and Litigation sections on the subject of mass tort multi-district litigation.