Professor John Culhane
John Culhane is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at Widener University School of Law and a contributing writer for Slate Magazine.
He is co-author of “Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies,” editor and a contributor to “Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective,” and the author of some three dozen law review articles on a wide range of topics, including: the rights of LGBT couples; compensation of victims of mass disasters; the public health implications of such disparate issues as sports-related concussions, bullying, same-sex marriages, and vaccine compensation policy; and a wide range of tort law issues (including informed consent, product liability, and educational malpractice). He is currently completing work on a book about the history and possible future of various new forms of legal statuses, including civil unions and domestic partnerships.
In addition to Slate, Professor Culhane’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, the Huffington Post (where he is an occasional blogger), Dissent Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in many other news outlets. He has been featured on a number of radio and television shows, including All Things Considered, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, America Weekend, Press Play with Madeleine Brand, American Law Journal, Voice of America, Midday with Dan Rodricks, The Mitch Albom Show, and The Gil Gross Show. He appears in the feature-length documentary “America Betrayed”, where he discusses the disparate treatment given to victims of the September 11 terrorist attack and those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
He has thrice won the Outstanding Faculty award at Widener, and has twice received the Douglas E. Ray Scholarship Award. He is co-chair of Widener’s LGBT Task Force and a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Way.
Before coming to Widener in 1987, Professor Culhane was an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review. He then clerked for the Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin, in federal district court in New York City, before working for the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon and Reindel. From 1986-87, he was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.
Dr. Susan Gluck Mezey
Susan Gluck Mezey is a professor emeritus of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University and her law degree from DePaul University. Her primary research interest is the role of the state and federal courts in social reform policymaking. She has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles on women’s rights, children’s rights, the rights of people with disabilities, and most recently, the rights of the LGBT community. She has written extensively on the subject of the courts and same-sex marriage policymaking and is currently working on a book on the continuing battle over LGBT rights, assessing the role of the U.S. courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights.
Her articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, Western Political Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Rutgers Law Review, Law & Policy, Publius, Women and Politics, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Disability & Society, Studies Journal, Policy Studies Review, Southeastern Political Review, Family Law Quarterly, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Wake Forest Law Review.
She has published nine books: No Longer Disabled: The Federal Courts and the Politics of Social Security Disability (1988); In Pursuit of Equality: Women, Public Policy, and the Federal Courts (1992); Children in Court: Public Policymaking and Federal Court Decisions (1996); Pitiful Plaintiffs: Child Welfare Litigation and the Federal Courts (2000); Elusive Equality: Women's Rights, Public Policy, and the Law (2003); Disabling Interpretations: Judicial Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Federal Court (2005); Queers in Court: Gay Rights Law and Public Policy (2007); Gay Families and the Courts: The Quest for Equal Rights (2009); Elusive Equality: Women's Rights, Public Policy, and the Law, 2d Ed. (2011).
Professor George W. Dent, Jr.
George Dent is a Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Professor Dent taught law at New York University, Cardozo, and the New York Law School before joining the faculty at Case Western in 1990. Earlier he had clerked for Judge Paul R. Hays of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and practiced corporate law in New York with Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons & Gates. He teaches Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Planning and is the faculty supervisor for the Business Organizations Concentration. He is the Associate Director of the Law School's Center for Business Law and Regulation. He has published many articles on corporate and securities law, including “Business Lawyers as Enterprise Architects,” The Business Lawyer (2009); “Academics in Wonderland: The Team Production and Director Primacy Models of Corporate Governance,” Houston Law Review (2008); and “Corporate Governance: Still Broke, No Fix in Sight,” Journal of Corporation Law (2005). He also writes on law and religion, as in “Civil Rights for Whom: Gay Rights Versus Religious Freedom,” University of Kentucky Law Journal (2006-07); and “How Does Same-Sex Marriage Threaten You?,” Rutgers Law Review (2007). Dent serves as a director of the National Association of Scholars and as president of the Ohio Association of Scholars. He co-chairs the Subcommittee on Constitutional Adjudication of the Religious Liberties Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He heads the Law Section of the Association for the Study of Free Institutions. He is chairman of the Ohio State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Professor Mark Strasser
Professor Mark P. Strasser is the Trustees Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. This appointment recognizes Professor Strasser's extraordinary and sustained commitment to legal scholarship. Nationally recognized for his scholarship in family law, Professor Strasser is the author of numerous books and articles in the areas of family law, bioethics, and constitutional law and frequently presents papers at conferences across the country and internationally.