The Spears School of Business’s Legal Studies Group presented its research at several major conferences across the country. This research has been published in highly ranked journals and law reviews – from the American Business Law Journal to The Business Lawyer – in addition to being cited by the courts. Members of the faculty also serve in various leadership roles in several national academic and practitioner-oriented organizations. The Legal Studies Group’s research and outreach are focused on providing impactful research for academics, legal practitioners, and the courts. Here’s a brief overview of the work they’ve been doing this past academic year:
Greg Day, Assistant Professor of Economics and Legal Studies
Day’s most recent research, The International Competition of Patent Laws and Strategic Firm Behavior, was a finalist for the Ralph Bunche Award, established to recognize unpublished original legal research in the area of international business law, at the 2017 national conference for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
He also presented his work, Innovative Antitrust and the Patent System, which is forthcoming in The Nebraska Law Review (2018), at the 2017 National Business Law Scholars Conference. Additionally, Professor Day presented Competition and Piracy, which is forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2017), at the 2016 Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business’s regional conference, where he received the award for best proceedings paper. In 2016, he also published Irrational Investors and the Corporate Inversion Puzzle in the SMU Law Review.
Laurie Lucas, Associate Professor of Economics and Legal Studies and William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration
Lucas has been named as the Editor in Chief of the American Business Law Journal, a quarterly law review published by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB). She was managing editor from 2016-17. She also serves as an ad hoc member of the ALSB’s Executive Committee. At the 2017 ALSB national conference, Lucas participated on a panel discussing How to be a Great ABLJ Reviewer and Author.
Her most recent research, Developments in Federal Student-Lending Law: Harbingers of Change? was published in The Business Lawyer (2017), and received a 2016 Richard W. Poole Excellence Award for Research. In 2016, she also published The Consumer Protection Movement in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Additionally, she continues as a member of the Governing Committee for the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. In 2017, she was selected as a member of the Provost’s Class II Academic Leadership Academy at OSU.
Griffin Pivateau, Associate Professor of Economics and Legal Studies and Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business
Pivateau presented his most recent research, The Prism of Entrepreneurship: A New Economic Reality Test, at the 2017 national conference for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He also presented his research, Mandating Individual Arbitration: The Legality of Class Action Waivers, which is forthcoming in the Gonzaga Law Review (2017), at the 2016 Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business’s regional conference.
His previous research, Putting the Blue Pencil Down: An Argument for Specificity in Noncompete Agreements, continues to be cited in the courts, most recently by the Supreme Court of Nevada. In 2016, Pivateau was named the Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business.
Mike Schuster, Assistant Professor of Economics and Legal Studies
Schuster’s recent research, Public Choice Theory, the Constitution, and Public Understanding of the Copyright System, which is forthcoming in the U.C. Davis Law Review (2018), was named as a finalist for the Holmes-Cardozo award, established to recognize excellence in research, at the 2017 national conference for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB).
At the ALSB conference, he also presented recent work on trademark issues in emerging industries, Entrepreneurship and Legal Uncertainty: Unexpected Federal Trademarks for Marijuana Derivatives. This work is forthcoming in the American Business Law Journal (2018), and received a 2017 Richard W. Poole Research Aspirational Award. He also published Invalidity Assertion Entities and Inter Partes Review: Rent Seeking as a Tool to Discourage Patent Trolls in the Wake Forest Law Review (2017) and Rent-Seeking and Inter Partes Review: An Analysis of Invalidity Assertion Entities in Patent Law in the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (2016).