Professor Stephen Simon (’71) was featured in a column by Gail Rosenblum in the May 23, 2012, Star Tribune. The article, entitled "Departing U Law Professor is Judged Highly by Former Students," showcased Simon's exceptional work and his retirement from the Law School.
Professor Steve Meili presented his research on the impact of international human rights treaties on Canadian asylum jurisprudence at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Conference, held at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. Meili's presentation, which is part of a larger empirical study that includes domestic court jurisprudence and practice in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was based on a database of more than 4,000 Canadian federal court and administrative tribunal decisions in asylum cases since 1990, as well as interviews with lawyers who specialize in representing refugees.
Professor Richard Painter testified before the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives during a hearing entitled "Examining the Settlement Practices of U.S. Financial Regulators." Painter said, "The S.E.C. needs discretion to decide how limited enforcement resources should be used in a way that maximizes investor protection. Federal courts should not define the way the S.E.C. litigates and settles cases. Congress also should resist the temptation to micromanage S.E.C. decision making in specific cases or even in broad categories of cases." Part of Painter's testimony also discussed a proposal that he made with Professor Claire Hill, which stated that the most highly paid investment bankers should be personally liable for some of their banks' obligations. To read Painter's testimony, click here. To watch the hearing, click here (Painter is on Panel II). For more information on the hearing, click here.
Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in The Guardian in an article entitled "How Barack Obama's Gay Marriage Move Changes the Presidential Race." The article quoted him saying: "Ten years ago people would have said this was a radical idea. Now this event will be one of the milestones in the history of the struggle. I did not expect it."
Professor Amy Monahan was quoted on CNBC.com regarding public pension reform efforts and the lawsuits that have resulted. She noted that it is difficult to determine in advance which reforms will be legally successful because the legal standard used in many states that permits plan changes only where they are the "least drastic" method of achieving an important public policy goal.
Professor Ralph Hall spoke to medical device investors, executives, and analysts on the impact of the upcoming elections, Supreme Court rulings on health care, and pending legislation on the medical device industry at a Morgan Stanley medical device summit.
Professors Michele Goodwin and Carl Warren spoke on Access Minnesota in a two-part program entitled "Racial Inequality in the American Justice System." Access Minnesota is public affairs program that airs weekly on radio and monthly on TV.
Professor Nancy Cook led a workshop entitled "Community, Collaboration, and Narrative" at the Association of American Law School's Conference on Clinical Legal Education. Cook's workshop focused on the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and practice.
Professor Oren Gross' paper "When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots" was cited in an article on OpEdNews.com entitled "The Next Drones: Autonomous Robotic Warriors."
Professor Gregory Shaffer delivered the inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Law and the Life Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Shaffer's talk built from his book When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-authored by Mark Pollack.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Professor Mary Alton the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. A champion is selected in each state annually for outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses.
Professor Susan M. Wolf has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, given to support innovative projects of national policy importance. The two-year funding will support Wolf's project to write a book tentatively entitled "Translating Research into Health Benefits: Returning Research Results & Incidental Findings."
Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in a Star Tribune article on the Supreme Court's decision in Mayo v. Prometheus, which held unpatentable a process for treating patients suffering from autoimmune disorders by adjusting their drug dosages based on naturally occurring correlations between the level of certain metabolites in the blood and the need for an increase or decrease in the dosage. Cotter stated that the case boils down to what steps are necessary to add to laws of nature to make them patentable, and that despite concerns from some in the biotech industry he believes innovation will proceed.