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Our professors are renowned scholars and practitioners—experts who shape the study and practice of law. I'm proud to share a sampling of their recent scholarship with you. The energy and engagement exhibited by our faculty continue to make Cardozo a leader in legal education.




Michelle Adams Named to  President Biden's Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court

The commission is comprised of a bipartisan group of  36 experts on the Court and the Court reform debate. In addition to legal and other scholars, the Commissioners include former federal judges and practitioners who have appeared before the Court, as well as advocates for the reform of democratic institutions and of the administration of justice. The expertise represented on the Commission includes constitutional law, history and political science.


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Christopher Buccafusco (co-author)
Pay-to-Playlist: The Commerce of Music Streaming
UC Irvine Law Review

A hands-off regulatory approach vis-à-vis streaming payola is also supported by the doctrine of fair use since short-form music videos do not compete with streaming revenue, and because they often involve substantive transformation of the content at issue.

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David Gray Carlson
Fraudulent Transfer As a Tort
michigan state law review

 This name change contradicts the judicial movement to transform fraudulent transfer from an in rem property right to a tort. According to the UVTA, fraudulent transfers are not wrongs.

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Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum
Disaggregating Slavery and the Slave Trade
florida international university law review

Given that international human rights law applies in times of peace and conflict, the framework offers additional, complementary state responsibility accountability mechanisms to individual criminal liability for more comprehensive redress for slavery and the slave trade as well as human trafficking harms. 


Ngozi Okidegbe
Discredited Data
cornell law review

Another reason pretrial algorithms produce biased results is that they are exclusively built and trained with data from carceral knowledge sources – the police, pretrial services agencies, and the court system.


Deborah Pearlstein
Lawyering the Presidency
Georgetown Law Journal 

As scholars and policymakers alike grapple with the apparent fragility of many of the legal rules thought essential to guarding against an authoritarian executive, the post-Trump era is poised to join past periods in U.S. history as a time of sweeping structural reforms aimed at better checking the exercise of presidential power.

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MIchael Pollack
Reallocating Redevelopment Risk
florida law review

There is significant potential in taking law, land use law, and municipal finance law for localities, states, and regional arrangements to reallocate risk to the better situated and better equipped developers. 


Alex Reinert
New Federalism and Civil Rights Enforcement (Co-Author)
Northwestern University Law Review

Rather than waiting on federal actors to implement such reforms, and thereby effectively acquiescing in the gridlock of a divided government, officials at the state and local level should take responsibility for improving the institutions they manage. 

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Jeanne Schroeder
Taking Misappropriation Seriously: State Common Law Disgorgement Actions for Insider Trading
American University Business Law Review

These state law claims that protect the individual private rights of owners of information are inadequate as the basis of a federal securities law concerned with such public policies as market integrity, efficiency and protection of investors. 

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Stewart Sterk
Incentivizing Fair Housing 
boston university law review 

Tax policy, remain an underutilized tool for combatting exclusion. Because economic motives lie behind much exclusionary zoning – and particularly fiscal zoning –economic incentives and disincentives have the potential to alter the calculus facing municipal decision makers.

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Matthew Wansley
Taming Unicorns
indiana law journal

Regulation should adapt now that unicorns are multiplying, and we know they are not harmless. Unicorns do not need to be killed, but they should be tamed. 

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Sam Weinstein
Addictive Technology & Its Implications for Antitrust Enforcement (Co-Author)
north carolina law review

Because courts and enforcers have relatively little experience with enforcement in social media markets, more research and learning about the welfare impact of increased consumption of these kinds of addictive and exploitative products is needed.