In August 2012 Professor Richard Painter, who was Associate White House Counsel for Ethics under President George W. Bush, was interviewed on Access Minnesota radio for a two-part program entitled "The Moderate Wing of Minnesota's Republican Party." Host Jim du Bois interviewed Painter along with veteran Twin Cities journalist Cyndy Brucato, a Peabody and Emmy award winner, former Press Secretary and Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Gov. Arne Carlson, and Director of Communications for Senator Norm Coleman.
Professor Prentiss Cox (’90) was recently appointed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) newly created Consumer Advisory Board, which is charged with "identifying and assessing the impact of emerging products, practices, or services on consumers and other market participants." The Consumer Advisory Board will guide and consult with the CFPB and its director as well as provide information, analysis, and recommendations.
Professor Steve Meili received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his research on the impact of international human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence in domestic courts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The NSF grant will support the U.K. portion of the project, which Meili will conduct while on sabbatical at the University of Oxford during the 2012-13 academic year. Meili previously received a grant from the Robina Foundation for the project, which involves analyzing asylum decisions and interviewing refugee lawyers in each of the countries in order to determine the circumstances under which human rights treaties help or hurt asylum-seekers.
Professor Emeritus Stephen M. Simon (’71) has been named the recipient of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Program's Star Award for public leadership in recognition of his exceptional efforts to reduce deaths on Minnesota's roads. Simon, who recently retired after more than 30 years on the Law School's clinical faculty, is known for his extensive service, research, and writing on DWI, traffic safety, and law reform topics.
Professor Joan S. Howland has been elected vice-chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council for the 2012-13 term. She has served on the Section's Council since 2006, on the Accreditation Committee from 2001-06, and on the Law Libraries Committee from 1992-96 (as co-chair from 1994-96).
Professor Amy Monahan addressed the National Conference of State Legislatures at its 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago in August. Monahan's remarks focused on the legal issues surrounding public pension plan reform. Her talk was also covered by Bloomberg BNA in an article entitled "Public Sector Roundup: Could Sequestration Really Happen?"
Professor Laura J. Cooper has been selected to receive the 2012 Mullen-Spector-Truax Award for outstanding contributions to women's leadership development at the University of Minnesota. Cooper is the Law School's J. Stewart & Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution and co-editor of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
Professor Thomas Cotter took office in August as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section's Antitrust Interface with IP Rights Committee. Working together with Chair Carole Handler, Cotter is focusing on topics such as the antitrust implications of pharmaceutical patent litigation settlements.
Professor Michele Goodwin published "2 Lessons From the Penn State Scandal" in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Brainstorm Blog, in which she discussed the Freeh report and detailed Penn State's role in Gerald Sandusky's sexual abuse of boys. The sports-dominated culture at Penn State compelled both senior leadership and the Board of Trustees to prioritize "protecting its football team's reputation above all else," she said. She provided two lessons to be learned and followed by other institutions hoping to avoid such tragedies.
The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Mark Kappelhoff, former Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has joined the Law School as a clinical professor. Kappelhoff began his career with the Civil Rights Division in 1998 as a trial attorney, later serving as Deputy Chief and Principal Deputy Chief. He became Chief of the Criminal Section in 2006. He was appointed to also serve as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division in 2009 and as Acting Chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section in 2010.
Professor Claire Hill participated in a debate on the rating agencies' role in the Eurozone crisis, and her article was published in The European, an online opinion magazine. Hill argued that previous criticisms of the rating agencies for European downgrades were mostly misplaced, and that attention has appropriately turned more to the real causes of and solutions to the crisis. She noted that ratings can unsettle already jittery markets because they are so focal and salient. Rating agency reform, while desirable, cannot readily affect this reality.
Professor John Matheson participated in the International Conference on Law, organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research, held in Athens, and published his article, "Common Law Veil Piercing in the USA: An Empirical Examination," in the book Financial Crisis, Globalisation and Regulatory Reform (David A. Frenkel, Carsten Gerner-Beuerle, eds, 2012).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appointed Professor Susan Wolf to the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity, which is administered by the Office of Biotechnology Activities at the National Institutes of Health. The Board provides guidance and leadership regarding biosecurity oversight of dual-use biological research (scientific research that may be misused to pose a biologic threat to public health or national security).
Professor Dale Carpenter was featured in an article entitled "Overruled!" in the July 2012 issue of Minnesota Monthly. The article follows a Q&A format asking Carpenter about his book Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas (W.W. Norton, 2012).
Professor Ralph Hall co-authored an op-ed piece with Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of the FDA during part of the Bush Administration, for the Wall Street Journal. The article, entitled "FDA Approvals Are a Matter of Life and Death," discusses reform and innovation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
William Douglas Kilbourn Jr., a Law School faculty member for more than 25 years, died at his home in Center Sandwich, N.H., on Sept. 9, 2012, at age 87.