Professor Myron Orfield, Executive Director of the Law School's Institute on Race & Poverty (www.irpumn.org), has been working with a new White House–level agency in Washington, D.C.: the Office of Urban Affairs. Together, the Office of Urban Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation have created a task force to encourage sustainable communities.
University of Minnesota Professor Susan M. Wolf, J.D., has been elected to the National Academy's Institute of Medicine (IOM). Prof. Wolf is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre & Benson Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine; and a Faculty Member in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. She chairs the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.
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.
An article by Professors Claire Hill and Richard Painter suggesting that investment bank executives take some personal liability for losses has received attention from several business writers and bloggers. "Berle's Vision Beyond Shareholder Interest: Why Investment Bankers Should Have (Some) Personal Liability" is forthcoming in the Seattle University Law Review.