Faculty Research & Activities

April 2017

Dominick Grillo

Dominick Grillo joined the Robert A. and Vivian Young Law Library as electronic services librarian in March. Grillo has extensive experience managing electronic library services, having held similar positions at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Hofstra Law Library at the Maurice Deane School of Law and Moakley Law Library at the Suffolk University Law School. Grillo holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a Master of Science from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He is responsible for handling all aspects of access to the law library’s research databases and is liaison to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg. Grillo is a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) editorial board and has filled a variety of positions in the Computing Services section of the American Association of Law Libraries.

He a New York City native who loves baseball and has attended games in more than 100 parks,. He recently added Baum Stadium at George Cole Field and Arvest Ballpark to his list.

Mary Beth Matthews

Professor Matthews presented a guest lecture to professor John Norwood’s Honors Law class in the Sam M. Walton College of Business on April 5. Matthews’ lecture on payment system devices focused on risks of destruction and theft.

Laurent Sacharoff

Professor Sacharoff and co-author, Sarah Lustbader, have accepted an offer from Washington University Law Review to publish their article “Who Should Own Police Body Camera Videos?” The article documents the evolution of body cameras from a program created to maintain police accountability to a tool police use in ordinary law enforcement. The authors propose that control of police camera videos be moved from police departments to third party, neutral agencies. Sacharoff and Lustbader argue a neutral repository will restore body camera programs to their original purpose: police accountability.

Alan Trammell

Professor Trammell’s article “The Day-in-Court-Paradox” has been accepted for publication in vol. 93 of the Notre Dame Law Review. In the forthcoming article, Trammell argues that two coherent, but distinct, visions of due process underpin the doctrines of preclusion and precedent. The doctrines once operated in distinct spheres, but today they often govern the same questions and apply to the same circumstances, yet achieve opposite ends. Preclusion is rooted in a participation-oriented theory that values involvement as an inherent good. Precedent reflects an outcome-oriented theory that emphasizes accuracy and reliance interests. Trammell argues the outcome-oriented theory is already the dominant approach in most areas of civil procedure and outside of the litigation context. He also asserts that it is a superior approach that holds the potential to resolve enduring problems of serial litigation.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods' article "Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures" was accepted for publication in the Iowa Law Review. Drawing largely on the experiences of LGBTQ homeless and runaway youth, the author illustrates the ways in which family-based programs and interventions define the scope of government responses to adolescent youth in the child welfare system. In the article, Woods argues that many homeless and runaway youth are not served by those family-based approaches and are left vulnerable to entering a cycle of homelessness and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems when those approaches fail. Woods presented the article on April 8 at the Critical Intersections of Crime and Social Justice Conference at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

January 2017

Howard Brill

Professor Brill wrote the 2016 Supplement to Arkansas Law of Damages. West Publishing will publish the supplement later this year to update the seminal work. The sixth edition of the book, co-authored with Christian Brill, was published in 2015 and serves as an introduction for students and a quick reference for practicing attorneys and members of the bench.

Jordan Blair Woods

Professor Woods presented a paper titled "Unaccompanied Youth and Private-Public Order Failures" as part of the "LGBT Legal Issues at the Core and Peripheries of LGBT Politics" panel at the Midwest Law and Society Retreat. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School hosted the retreat Nov. 18-19, 2016.

Woods is a co-signatory of an amicus brief filed on behalf of scholars who study the LGBT population with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the cases Barber v. Bryant and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant. These appeals concern the constitutionality of Mississippi's House Bill 1523, which elevates three anti-LGBT religious beliefs for special protection under Mississippi law. The brief provides the court with relevant demographic data, social science research and legal authority involving discrimination against Mississippi's LGBT citizens.