Professor David Pimentel's scholarly works
August 21, 2020
Professor David Pimentel has two articles that have been accepted for publication, including:
- “Blues and the Rule of Law” in Loyola Law Review, tracing the influence of the failure of the rule of law during the Jim Crow era on the development of the Blues and, in turn, the influence of the Blues on civil rights recognition in the mid-20th century, and
- “Innovation in a Legal Vacuum: The Uncertain Legal Landscape for Shared Micro-mobility,” co-authored by U of I law student (and now graduate) Tim Koglin (J.D. ’20), which was accepted for publication by the peer reviewed Journal of Law and Mobility at University of Michigan. The research for this article – which included a 50-state survey of the laws governing bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters – was done by supporting cast of UI law student researchers, including Spencer Felton, Erin Hanson, Brandon Helgeson, Jackie Maurer, and Jamie Schwantes.
In addition, Professor Pimentel’s scholarly work has been cited recently:
- State v. Morrison, a decision of Maryland’s highest court, overturned a mother’s conviction in the death of her infant daughter while co-sleeping with her children after a virtual “moms’ night out.” The court decided that the state failed to meet its burden of proving the elements of manslaughter or reckless endangerment, despite the tragic consequences of that night. Professor Pimentel’s article, which had been cited in a 2016 opinion in the same court, supported the argument that the mother’s actions had to be judged by what she knew at the time, without indulging in the “hindsight bias” that so often taints child endangerment prosecutions. The opinion can be found here: https://www.courts.state.md.us/data/opinions/coa/2020/56a19.pdf , and
- A doctoral dissertation coming out of Chile’s premier legal academy was inspired by Professor Pimentel’s articles on judicial accountability and cites his work 42 times. It can be found here: https://repositorio.uc.cl/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11534/37620/Tesis%20Doctoral%20Gabriela%20Flores.pdf?sequence=1