A key to rolling out the Federal Aviation Administration’s satellite-based Next Generation Air Traffic Management System — NextGen — will be making sure the technologies are compatible internationally, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker told a capacity audience at yesterday's fourth annual IALI/Chaddick Lunch Lecture, held at DePaul University College of Law.
Whitaker, who serves as the FAA's chief NextGen officer, discussed the ongoing talks between U.S. and European Union authorities to assure compatibility between NextGen and the EU version, known as SESAR. Compatibility of U.S. and EU air traffic management systems likely would guarantee buy-in from aviation authorities in Asia and elsewhere, and provide relatively seamless satellite-based air traffic control worldwide, he added.
Whitaker emphasized NextGen's ability to significantly reduce aircraft fuel consumption by enabling planes to make more gradual descents from greater distances, which allows the engines to run at idle during the longer landing approaches. This also results in less aircraft noise near airports.
After the closing gavel of DePaul’s fifth annual Hon. William J. Bauer Moot Court Competition, the Appellate Moot Court Society announced its newest members for the upcoming spring moot court competition season.
From left, student Cherrise Woods, Judge Warren Wolfson, Judge William Bauer, Dean Bruce Ottley and student Zachary Peasall. Woods and Peasall won the appellate moot court competition.
The competition was held at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse, which houses the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Open only to DePaul’s upper-level students, the intramural competition functions as an audition for membership in DePaul’s Appellate Moot Court Society. This academic honor allows students to represent the law school in national competitions throughout the country.
“Not only is the competition a great tradition made possible by one of our most accomplished alumni, but it also allows participants to put their skills to work and exhibit their talents when it comes to written and oral advocacy at the appellate level,” said John O’Donnell, the society’s vice president in charge of recruitment and the administrator of this year’s competition. “We were really impressed with everyone’s performance, and we are excited to have been able to add a diverse and talented group of individuals to our team, which should help make for a successful spring.”
The society’s newest second- and third-year student members are:
Catherine Van Duys
Cherrise Woods and Zachary Peasall emerged victorious over John Dark and James Snodgrass in the final round, which was paneled by Judge William J. Bauer (LLB '52), Judge Warren Wolfson and Interim Dean Bruce Ottley. Best Brief and Best Oralist awards were given to Brad Jarka and Tim Bingham respectively.
"We were able to add some fantastic talent to our team this year, and none of that would have been possible without John’s [O'Donnell] hard work," said Kevin Sheehan, the society’s 2014-15 president. "Carrying on this tradition is a huge responsibility, and he did an amazing job."
DePaul's College of Law and its Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic assists individuals and Chicago area community based organizations. The Legal Resources Project, which is staffed by (from left) Esmeralda Villela, Lorena Hernandez, and attorneys Sarah Diaz, Sioban Albiol and Angelica Lopez, provides legal aid for low-income clients and experiential learning opportunities for DePaul law students. (Photo by Jeff Carrion)
A young mother from Mexico, hoping to improve her life in Chicago, sought help from the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic at DePaul University. She was looking for advice on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the federal process known as DACA, which was recently renewed.
In the news these past few months, DACA outlines the process for those who came to the United States as children without legal status and want to remain in the country. The law clinic guided the young mother through the application process and helped organize her documents so she could achieve deferred action and gain legal employment. The clinic's team of lawyers and law students worked to ensure their client would have the opportunity to help her family.
"The clinic has successfully advocated in a number of cases including ultimately obtaining citizenship and lawful permanent residence for immigrants who were initially wrongfully denied," said attorney Sioban Albiol, an instructor at the clinic who also directs its Legal Resources Project.
"We think that our resources, and we, DePaul, can make a difference," Albiol said. She noted that the young mother from Mexico was able to find a job, go to school and give her children a better life. "She has been able to come out of the shadows and more fully participate in her own life and her community."
The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, which provides experiential learning for students in DePaul’s College of Law, serves a variety of clients.
“In addition to helping represent immigrants, the clinic's goal is to help future lawyers work on their skills by taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to real life situations,” Albiol explained. “And, at the same time, it provides the community with representation to vulnerable populations or low-income populations such as immigrants and asylum seekers.
The convention, which has had a major impact on the multibillion dollar aircraft purchasing and leasing sector, facilitates the registration of international security interests in mobile equipment such as aircraft.
Professor Havel discussed the potential consequences of the fact that national courts will be responsible for interpreting and applying the provisions of the convention and the aircraft protocol, both of which lack independent international mechanisms to settle disputes between private investors and the participating States.
Warning against a process of “re-nationalization” by local courts of the provisions of the convention and protocol, he called for the creation of international arbitration panels that would displace national courts in resolving investor/state disputes under the Cape Town Convention system.
Gerber, who is the author of several key texts in this field and chairs the aircraft corporate finance group at Chicago law firm Vedder Price, teaches the Institute's International Aircraft Finance Law course.
The conference was held at Oxford's Faculty of Law on September 10.
Johnson presented an overview on the current crisis with unaccompanied minors and women with children seeking refuge in the United States and the response by the Obama administration. Although various countries around the world have recognized and admitted to a humanitarian crisis at their borders when dealing with an unprecedented number of individuals seeking asylum, the United States has failed to handle the currently staggering number of Central Americans seeking asylum at the border.
Mr. Johnson discussed the lawsuits that AIC has filed again federal agencies for their disregard of unaccompanied minors’ rights as refugees, including a decision to use a higher standard in credible fear interviews for women seeking asylum.