On Oct. 6, 2010, Prof. Jennifer Green and the Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic joined the legal team filing a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko.
Professor Fred Morrison has been reappointed to a five-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. The Board meets annually to oversee the work of the Institute, which researches basic issues, current developments, and interplay among public international, national, and European law.
In a March 26, 2010, article in MinnPost.com, "Flap over Gitmo lawyers overshadows other ethical issues," Professor Richard Painter emphasized the importance of legal representation for Guantanamo Bay detainees, particularly in light of the government's use of abusive interrogation methods. Painter also pointed out that there are potential conflicts of interest if lawyers who previously represented detainees go to work for the Justice Department and handle matters directly relevant to the detainees. Former Vice President Walter Mondale ('56) was also interviewed and voiced similar views on the importance of legal representation for terrorism detainees.
Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was quoted on April 23, 2010, in an article about suicide laws and Internet chat rooms that was recently published in The Globe and Mail, a leading Canadian newspaper. Goodwin commented on the possible legal implications of pending criminal charges brought against a former Minnesota nurse who has been accused of encouraging and aiding suicide attempts through online chat rooms.
Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was interviewed by PBS and quoted in an article on May 19, 2010, about racial and cultural difficulties in both international and domestic adoptions, "Baby Rescue or Baby Factory?" Goodwin suggested that recent controversy in American international adoptions—brought to light by the case of Torry Hansen, who sent her adopted son back to Russia last month—reflects American society to a degree. Goodwin commented on the American trend toward designer families. She highlighted that some parents are more willing to adopt a child of a different race internationally—at a great financial cost—than to domestically adopt a black child in foster care. Goodwin cautioned that adoptive parents often overlook or oversimplify the challenges of raising a child from a different racial or cultural background. She noted the importance of parents acknowledging an adoptee’s cultural context and remaining conscious of cultural dynamics. Goodwin suggested that international adoptions would benefit from a neutral international organization that could implement strict ethical standards in the industry.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, holder of the Law School’s Dorsey & Whitney chair in law and a professor of law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been invited to serve on the U.N. Roster of Experts for the Crisis Communications Unit.
The Vrije Universiteit (VU University Amsterdam) selected Law School Professor Michael Tonry to receive a doctorate honoris causa during its 130th Dies Natalis ceremony on October 20. "This is a great honor that has only rarely been awarded to American nationals," said Law School Dean David Wippman in an announcement to faculty and staff.
Professor Greg Shaffer was widely quoted in the online publication, Corporate Counsel, on July 1, 2010, regarding the implications of genetically modified foods in relation to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms. Shaffer is the co-author of When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods, published in 2009.
Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain and Professor Hari Osofsky were involved in an international law conference drawing together the leading female scholars of international law that established an international law women's network. The conference, entitled "The Creation of International Law: An Exploration of Normative Innovation, Contextual Application, and Interpretation in a Time of Flux," was held in Oslo August 6-7, 2010. More information can also be found on the IntLawGrrls Blog.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been selected for the Irish Legal 100, an annual listing by the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine to honor the Irish in the legal profession. Hundreds are nominated for the listing, now in its third year, for their achievements and leadership in the law and pride in their heritage.
Professor Joan Howland was a keynote speaker at the 7th International Conference on Knowledge Management held in Pittsburgh on October 22-23, 2010. This annual conference provides researchers and practitioners worldwide with a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge management. Professor Howland's presentation was entitled, "Management of Legal Information in an Evolving Technological Universe: Can the Baby Be Saved While Throwing Out the Bathwater?"
Professor Nancy Cook was a guest panelist at the International Conference on Clinical Legal Education and Scholarship hosted by the UCLA School of Law and the University of London Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on November 4-7, 2010. Cook and Professor Susan Brooks of Drexel University Law School co-presented on the topic of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Community Lawyering.