Professor Sweeny's research interests are wide-ranging but focus mainly on the problem of how law cannot keep up with technology or changing historical circumstances. Her current scholarly pursuits include international constitutional law, criminal law and legal history. Professor Sweeny is currently researching criminal law issues such potential constitutional challenges to the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have "sexted" each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. Her most recent publication, "The United Kingdom's Human Rights Act: Using its Past to Predict its Future" is a comparative constitutional law piece that uses legal history techniques and social science theories such as Rational Choice Theory and Social Movement Theory to analyze the factors that led to the creation of the Human Rights Act in the UK and may also lead to its repeal in the near future. Her past articles have focused on emerging wage and hour problems that result from the practical problems of modern working situations, as well as the civil procedure issues inherent in the imposition of appellate sanctions for frivolous appeals.
Professor Sweeny begins teaching classes in the Fall 2011 semester.
On August 12, 117 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation! They were joined by 8 upper-division law students, 6 staff members, and 8 faculty members.
The volunteers lent a helping hand at 10 non-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities, Dare to Care Food Bank, Family Scholar House, Habitat for Humanity, Hosparus of Louisville, Masonic Homes, New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter, Operation Brightside, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Vincent de Paul.
Friday, August 19, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit. Be sure to check the academic calendar for refund dates.
The competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and offers a $300 prize to the competition winner. The winner may also have his or her winning submission published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution along with other symposium papers.
Please visit the Border Skirmishes web site for additional information about the competition.