June Carbone, currently the Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), will join the Law School faculty on June 28, 2013, as the inaugural holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology. She has been at UMKC since 2007.
Professor Dale Carpenter's book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, won the award in the LGBT Nonfiction category at the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The ceremony was hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at Cooper Union in New York City. It brought together almost 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 25 years of the groundbreaking literary awards.
Law School Professor and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow Amy B. Monahan has been selected for the 2013 Young Scholars Medal, given by the prestigious American Law Institute. The Young Scholars Medal, now in its third year, was created to encourage and acknowledge practical academic work with the potential to have a positive influence on the law. The honor goes to only one or two scholars each year, typically in their first decade of teaching, from among candidates nominated by law school deans.
Visiting Professor D. Daniel Sokol has been appointed the inaugural chair of the newly approved Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Law Professors Committee. "It is a great honor to serve in this capacity and build bridges among law professors, students and practitioners," Sokol stated. "I thank HNBA President Peter Reyes for pushing this initiative forward. Like many HNBA members, I am an immigrant to the United States. Spanish was spoken at home. Next year I celebrate my 20th anniversary as a naturalized U.S. citizen. Hopefully Congress will work hard on immigration reform to give others the same opportunities afforded to me." There are over 200 Latino/a law professors teaching at U.S. law schools.
Professor William McGeveran appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering the question, "How much does the government really know about us?" McGeveran said, "The government, if you take it all together, knows a ton. But in most cases there are pretty strict rules about what one agency can share with another about what information they've collected."
Professor Susan Wolf appeared on NPR's Science Friday to discuss issues raised by whole genome sequencing. The program focused on the huge quantity of information such sequencing can reveal, including incidental findings. Wolf raised concerns about recent recommendations by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) that urge laboratories to look for 57 extra incidental findings whenever sequencing is performed and call for physicians to share the findings with patients, even if the patient does not want the extra testing or the results. Wolf co-authored an article in the May 31 issue of Science critiquing the ACMG guidelines and urging the importance of respecting patient autonomy in clinical genomics.
Professor Michele Goodwin spoke on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit for a piece entitled "Duluth Grapples with Real Damage from Synthetic Drugs." Goodwin said, "Law is often trailing behind, sometimes far behind. It's very difficult to prospectively regulate. So what is happening now is an attempt by the Duluth City Council to prospectively regulate. And that is to say, look, if we cannot beat them, then let's regulate and see how that works."
Professor Richard Painter was a guest on Late Debate with Jack and Ben on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130. Painter discussed ethics in the White House as well as Minnesota's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
Professors Barbara Frey, Kathryn Sikkink, and David Weissbrodt and Law School alumnus Sam Heins (’72) were featured in a Pioneer Press article by Ruben Rosario entitled "Justice Achieved in Guatemala, Thanks to the Minnesota Protocol."
Professor Laura Thomas was interviewed by FOX 9 investigators on parent alienation in regards to divorces and custody battles. Thomas defined parent alienation as "...a sustained attack on a relationship."
Professor Tom Cotter launched a blog entitled "Comparative Patent Remedies," which will provide periodic updates and analyses of the law and economics of damages, injunctions, and other remedies for patent infringement within the world's major patent systems.
Professor Greg Shaffer was interviewed on China Radio International in Beijing for the talk show "People in the Know" regarding China's handling of trade disputes in the current economic and political climate.
Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on Parent Talk Live about his new report published by the Center for America Progress, entitled "Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance." Shen discussed the findings of the report and the challenges of urban school governance.
Professor Jennie Green was quoted in a Reuters article on the impact of the April 17, 2013, decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute that charged the oil company with complicity in human rights violations. Green noted that, despite the unfortunate negative ruling for the plaintiffs, many cases against U.S. corporations are expected to continue in U.S. courts.
Professor Stephen Meili presented a paper on complimentary protection in comparative perspective at the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar at the University of Bergen, Norway. Meili used his research on the impact of human treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in five common law countries as the basis for analyzing the effectiveness of such treaties in civil law systems, using Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as examples. His conclusion, based on a preliminary analysis of data from a variety of common and civil law countries, is that the type of legal system is not a significant variable in analyzing treaty impact in the asylum context. A more important factor is whether countries have adopted legislation at least as protective of refugees as relevant international instruments.
Professor Laura J. Cooper spoke at the "Labor Law Network" at Uppsala University in Sweden, a conference of labor and employment law professors from all the universities in Sweden. Cooper's presentation described labor and employment law curriculum and pedagogy in the United States, with a focus on simulation-based instruction, including the Capstone Course in Labor and Employment Law offered at the Law School.
Professor Mark Kappelhoff delivered the keynote address at the Federal Bar Association's 11th Annual Jack Mason Memorial Luncheon. Kappelhoff's speech focused on the prosecution of federal civil rights violations.
Professor Bernard Levinson co-organized a conference, entitled "Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel," at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. Presentations were offered by 25 international scholars in the fields of Biblical Studies, Second Temple/Dead Sea Scrolls, and Jewish Studies.
Professor Ralph Hall spoke in Washington, D.C., at a plenary session of the Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference. Hall spoke on the First Amendment, FDA oversight of drug and device promotion, and the recent 2nd Circuit decision in the Caronia litigation.
Professor Jane Kirtley chaired a panel discussion on "Genocide and the Media," featuring scholars from the University of Colorado, Carleton University and the University of Minnesota at a symposium entitled "Representing Genocide: Media, Law and Scholarship." The symposium was co-sponsored by, among others, the Human Rights Center at the Law School, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.
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