On June 2-5, 2016, several College of Law faculty members presented at the Law and Society Annual Meeting, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Associate Professor Wendy Couture served as chair and presenter on a panel entitled “Rulemaking, National and International.” Professor Couture discussed her article A Glass-Half-Empty Approach to Securities Regulation, which is forthcoming in the Maryland Law Review. In the article, Professor Couture revisits from a new perspective some of the fundamental questions about the appropriate scope of securities regulation. Associate Professor Sarah Haan presented Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections in a paper session entitled “Investors, Consumers, and the Public Interest.” This piece, which is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, challenges the characterization of proposal settlements as “voluntary” corporate self-regulation, provides a framework for understanding settlement-related agency costs, and shows how settlement subverts the traditional justifications for the shareholder proposal itself. Associate Professor Katherine Macfarlane presented Does Accelerating Civil Rights Litigation Shortchange Social Change? in a paper session entitled “Courts, Litigation and Social Change.” Professor Macfarlane discussed a work in progress that will address a new wave of civil rights litigation brought pursuant to Section 1983 by the family members of victims of recent police-involved shootings and custodial deaths. The project will consider the consequences of accelerating civil rights litigation by filing cases well in advance of applicable statute of limitations and while criminal investigations into law enforcement conduct are ongoing to secure quick settlement in lieu of prolonged litigation and full Monell discovery. Associate Professor David Pimentel chaired a roundtable discussion entitled “Judging Parents -- Problems With Legal Enforcement of Parenting Norms.” This discussion explored the difficulty in protecting children from harm without encroaching upon the rights and prerogatives of parents to raise their children as they see fit. The panel featured two mothers who have authored works about their personal experiences as a subject of investigation and prosecution for what they deemed to be reasonable parenting decisions, as well as advocates from the National Association of Parents and the Family Defense Center in Chicago. The discussion also highlighted how those outside the dominant ethnic and socio-economic groups are particularly vulnerable to second-guessing and public condemnation for their parenting. Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented Getting Ahead of Ag-Gag on a panel entitled "Innovation or Disruption? Practices of Regulation." This presentation examined legislative measures that insulate the agricultural industry from those who seek to gain information at an agricultural or animal facility for purposes of recording images or reporting incidents of animal abuse. Professor Sanders described the various types of “ag-gag” legislation and evaluated whether “ag-gag” laws implicated constitutional, agricultural, and employment law, as well as fundamental issues of food safety.