Former University of Minnesota Law School faculty member Philip Frickey, a nationally respected scholar in federal Indian law, constitutional law, legislative process, and statute interpretation, died July 11, 2010, at age 57 of cancer. He was a professor at the Law School from 1983 until 2000, when he joined the University of California Berkeley School of Law, becoming its Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law in 2006.
Professor Jennie Green, Associate Professor of Clinical Instruction, has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation. The annual award is given to the attorney or trial team that has made the most significant contribution to the public interest.
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers has elected Prof. Stephen Befort ('74) to its 2010 Class of Fellows. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, founded in 1995, strives to promote and recognize excellence and professionalism in the field, including dispute resolution, arbitration, employer/employee conflict management and union-related negotiations.
In an opinion handed down today, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with the conclusion and many of the arguments in an amicus brief authored by Prof. Richard W. Painter and other law professors. The brief in Morrison v. National Australia Bank was signed by 21 American law professors, including Professors John Matheson and Edward Adams, and was submitted in February. Douglas Dunham of Skadden Arps in New York City represented the professors.
On May 17, 2010, the United States Supreme Court in Graham v. Florida,--- S.Ct. ----, 2010 WL 1946731 (U.S.), held that a state may not impose a sentence of life without parole (LWOP) for a nonhomicide crime committed by a juvenile offender. Professor Barry Feld, a leading scholar of juvenile justice, has written extensively that states formally should recognize youthfulness as a mitigating factor in sentencing juveniles in criminal court. The Court cited one of Feld's articles, "Unmitigated Punishment: Adolescent Criminal Responsibility and LWOP Sentences," 10 J. Law & Family Studies 11(2007) in their opinion.
On July 28, 2010, Professor Ralph Hall presented findings of his study "Using Recall Data to Assess the 510(k) Process," funded by the Kaufman Foundation to an Institute of Medicine meeting. The public workshop was the third of the IOM's Committee on the Public Health Effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) Clearance Process, which provides feedback to the FDA on the effectiveness of its process in ensuring safety among products made available to the public. Subsequent to the workshop, the FDA announced assessments and potential changes to the system. To see the FDA report, click here: FDA 510(k) Report.
Professor Nancy Cook is among a group of law faculty serving as consultants in “Best Practices” who will be meeting at the Law School on Friday, Sept. 10. The law school is hosting the gathering to provide the opportunity for experiential education experts from around the country to share resources and plan and develop faculty professional development programs. The first training workshops for interested faculty are to be held in conjunction with the Association of American Law School’s annual meeting in San Francisco, Jan. 5-8.
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