On June 16, 2010, the lead “Perspective” article in The Los Angeles Daily Journal was written by Professor Donald Kochan, entitled “Calls to Repeal Seventeenth Amendment.” The piece discussed the constitutional difficulties that make a repeal of the 17th Amendment politically untenable.
Professor Donald Kochan wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, entitled “The Case for Simplicity.” Kochan argues for simplistic modern legislation akin to the brief yet profound writings of the Founders, such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Kochan believes that modern legislation is voluminous and incomprehensible such that “People cannot
Professor Donald Kochan co-wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, entitled “Card Sharks.” The article discusses how some states confiscate remaining balances on unused gift cards under the theories of escheat and abandonment. Kochan stated, “But for state laws to define non-use as abandonment raises serious concerns about the definition of private property,
Professor Donald Kochan wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, entitled “For Failing Corporations, Christmas Has Come Early This Year.” The piece debates the ethics of giving handouts to companies that have “been naughty” with a comparison to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Kochan stated, “As we face financial and corporate crises,
Professor Donald Kochan has published an op-ed in Los Angeles Daily Journal, entitled “Hungry for Precedent,” in which he builds on an ongoing project regarding judging and precedent.
Professor Kochan presented “Hobbesian Man, Lockean World – Have We Solved the Conflict? Eminent Domain and the State as the Proverbial Hobbesian Man in the Displacement of Property Rights” at the University of San Diego School of Law. Comments will be provided by J. David Breemer of the Pacific Legal Foundation.
On April 7-8, Professor Kochan participated as a discussant at a roundtable of 20 select and invited property scholars on the issue of “The Expansion of Liability Under Public Nuisance,” sponsored by the Searle Center at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois. On April 4, Professor Kochan participated in a conference of international law
Professor Kochan spoke on the topic “Litigation and Human Rights: Universal Jurisdiction, Liability Risks, and the Effects on Investment and Entrepreneurship in Developing and Troubled Nations” at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. On March 19, Professor Kochan presented a speech on “The Law and Economics of Judicial Behavior: Questioning Decisional Outcomes”