Professor Stephen Cribari taught a one-credit, one-week course entitled, "Law and Cultural Heritage," at the University of Arkansas from March 12-16, 2012. The course was a condensed version of one taught here at the Law School and at Notre Dame Law School London Law Programme. Special guest lecturer was Maj. Corine Wegener (U.S. Army Res., Ret.), associate curator in the Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture for the Minnesota Institute of Arts.
On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Professor Richard Painter co-authored a letter for the New York Times Sunday Dialogue section with Professor Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina Law School. They addressed Senate filibusters of judicial nominees and suggested a compromise that would allow a substantial minority of senators to delay, but not permanently block, a Senate vote on a nomination submitted by the President. The letter was republished in the Sunday, March 4, 2012, paper with reader responses and a reply from Painter and Gerhardt.
Professor Ralph Hall was invited to testify at a hearing on reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health on Feb. 15, 2012.
Professor Allan Erben was invited to attend a faculty lunch hosted by University President Eric Kaler on Feb. 24, 2012, at the University's Campus Club. Kaler is hosting a series of small faculty lunches to engage with faculty members, selected in consultation with the deans. Pictured above are (left to right): Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Professor Erbsen, President Kaler, Assistant Professor Melissa Gardner, Assistant Professor Sashank Varma, and Assistant Professor Robert Jones.
Professor Jennifer Green, along with Professor Michael Bazyler of Chapman University School of Law, wrote an opinion piece entitled "Hold Corporations Accountable" for The National Law Journal. The article explains how "Nuremberg-era jurisprudence offers a compelling precedent for imposing sanctions on companies for human rights violations."
Professor Myron Orfield was part of the Minnesota Department of Education's Integration Revenue Replacement Task Force, which was charged with developing recommendations for re-purposing integration revenue funds to create and sustain opportunities for improved educational outcomes that narrow and close the academic achievement gap. The task force completed its report, which will be prepared for distribution to the legislature for a hearing.
Professor Michele Goodwin presented the 2012 John W. Fisher II Lecture in Law and Medicine at West Virginia University College of Law. In her talk, "Who Owns Your Body? A Conversation About Medical Research and the Body Bazaar," she discussed the troubling contemporary domains of medical research, where the human body is sometimes mined for its biological riches, often, Goodwin argued, without patients' knowledge. Drawing from historical accounts, she explored the legacy of human experimentation in the United States as well as its contemporary contours.
Professor Gregory Shaffer has received a grant-in-aid for research on the World Trade Organization to be conducted in Geneva. Shaffer has also become an affiliated professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Political Science.
Professor Bernard Levinson presented his paper, "The King James Bible: Scripture, Statecraft, and the American Founding," at the Manifold Greatness Colloquium, part of a series celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible with a special exhibits and events in Twin Cities libraries and other venues.
A study co-authored by Professor Prentiss Cox (’90) and Professor Amy Widman of Northern Illinois University was discussed in testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2012. The study, published in the Cardozo Law Review in October 2011, evaluated the use by state attorneys general of concurrent enforcement authority in federal consumer protection laws. The study concluded that such use was relatively modest and cooperative with federal agencies. Widman testified before the committee about the study, and others testifying also referred to the study.
Professor William McGeveran, an expert on Internet and privacy law, testified about proposed changes to the Video Privacy Protection Act before the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, chaired by Minnesota Senator Al Franken. McGeveran argued that a House bill to change the law was unwise and weakened privacy protections. Read McGeveran's testimony here. McGeveran also appeared in news coverage of the hearing, including interviews in the Star Tribune and on Minnesota Public Radio. He also wrote a related commentary for Capital New York.
Professor Steve Meili discussed the impact of international human rights law on asylum jurisprudence at a seminar sponsored by the University of London's Institute for Advanced Legal Studies as part of its Refugee Law Initiative. Meili summarized his research on the ways in which domestic courts in Canada rely on or otherwise reference human rights treaties in adjudicating the claims of refugees fleeing persecution. Meili's ongoing work in this area also includes empirical research in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's work dealing with cognitive biases that may affect decision-making processes in times of crisis and exigency was cited by Justice Hanan Meltzer of the Israeli Supreme Court. In its sharply split 6-5 decision handed down on Jan. 11 in HCJ 466/07 Galon et al v. The Attorney-General et al, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected claims that a law known as the "Citizenship Law" was unconstitutional.
Professors Nancy Cook and William McGeveran have been named Residential Fellows at the University’s Institute for Advanced Study for fall 2012. They are among a total of 11 Fellows selected out of 45 applicants from across the University this year who will be released from teaching obligations to pursue their research interests full time in the interdisciplinary community of scholars at the Institute.