Professor Daniel Schwarcz testified before the U.S. House Housing and Insurance Subcommittee on the topic of systemic risk in insurance and several related legislative proposals. Schwarcz's testimony was directly related to his co-authored article "Regulating Systemic Risk in Insurance" (University of Chicago Law Review, forthcoming).
When Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar traveled to Mexico City in April for meetings with senior law enforcement officials, she invited Professor Mark Kappelhoff to join her. Klobuchar's delegation—which also included North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain—had two main items on its agenda: human trafficking and drug trafficking, particularly the heroin trade. Kappelhoff, a seasoned federal prosecutor of human trafficking cases and one of the nation's leading experts on the crime, provided briefings and analysis both before and during the trip and helped facilitate discussions on how U.S. and Mexican authorities could best work in concert to combat the global problem of sex trafficking.
Professor Jill Hasday's new book, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard University Press), is now available. The book uncovers and critiques the family law canon and outlines a path to reform. It challenges conventional answers and asks questions that judges and lawmakers routinely overlook. It calls on readers to reimagine family law. Hasday wrote a blog post about her book for the American Constitution Society's "BookTalk" blog. Other blogs that have covered the book's publication include the Family Law Prof Blog, the Feminist Law Professors blog, the Gender and the Law Prof Blog, and the Legal History Blog.
Professor Fred Morrison, who began teaching at the Law School in 1969 and has been involved in faculty governance throughout his career at the University of Minnesota, was honored in May with a 2014 Outstanding Service to University Senate Governance Award. The award recognizes individuals "who have made a significant impact on University Senate governance, have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to University Senate governance"—specifically, a minimum of eight years' service—"and have served as an inspiration to others."
Professor Mark Kappelhoff has been appointed to a temporary position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Kappelhoff, a professor at the Law School since 2012 and the director of its Criminal Justice Clinic, will take a leave of absence from his teaching responsibilities to accept the appointment.
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that Prof. Jill Hasday has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor—one of just six University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes the University's "highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status . . . and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota." Recipients hold the title "Distinguished McKnight University Professor" for as long as they remain at the University.
Professor June Carbone's new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, co-authored with Naomi Cahn of George Washington University, has gained recent media attention. It was the subject of Ross Douthat's New York Times blog entry entitled "Making Men Marriageable." Slate published an article by Carbone and Cahn entitled "Just Say No: For White Working-class Women, it Makes Sense to Stay Single Mothers." Carbone and Cahn also appeared on radio shows including Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd and the Brian Lehrer Show. The book was featured in an online discussion by Firedoglake's Book Salon. Finally, Carbone was interviewed about Marriage Markets on WCCO Radio's The John Hines Show.
Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Washington Post article about ongoing federal and state investigations of Google's involvement with illegal online drug sales. The story reported that Google was invited to a White House forum on the same topic at the same time as federal prosecutors were investigating and charging Google for the alleged conduct. Painter, who was ethics counsel at the White House during the George W. Bush administration, expressed surprise that Google was allowed to participate in the White House forum. "We absolutely would not have permitted it," Painter said. Painter added that he would not have been concerned about Google officials attending other White House events, "but not an event on a topic for which the company was under active investigation."
On June 6, Professor Dale Carpenter published an article on the Washington Post's legal blog, "The Volokh Conspiracy," entitled "Wisconsin Federal Court Holds State Marriage Law Unconstitutional." Commenting on the ruling by Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Carpenter wrote, "While neither the Due Process nor the Equal Protection holding breaks any new ground, the 88-page opinion is one of the more fully reasoned decisions on the issues."
Professor Barry Feld was interviewed by Michelle Martin on National Public Radio's Tell Me More program for a piece entitled "Should Tweens Be Prosecuted As Adults?" Feld discussed the case of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as adults with attempted murder. He described the history of the juvenile court and the process under Wisconsin law that required them to be tried as adults.
Professor Jane Kirtley's op-ed, "Why the U.S. Constitution Gives You the Right to Know Lethal Injection's Secrets," was published in the Guardian on the same day that several news organizations filed a lawsuit seeking access to information about the sources and composition of the drugs used in executions. "The long-standing tradition of public oversight of executions, coupled with the recognition that accurate information about them is essential to promote informed debate, more than justify the argument that the constitution should require transparency in every aspect of the execution process," Kirtley argued. Secrecy, she wrote, "locks out death penalty advocates and adversaries alike."
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held June 10-13 in London and co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Ní Aoláin participated on a panel hosted by the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, speaking to the issue of reparations for conflict-related sexual violence. At the summit, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and U.N. Women launched a Guidance Note on Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence; the document is based in part on a study Ní Aoláin conducted for both agencies between 2011 and 2013.
Professor Susan Wolf spoke at two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored meetings on genomic research on May 13-14. The first was a meeting of the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium on ethical, legal, and social issues in genomic research. Wolf participates in the consortium as an NIH-funded investigator. She presented on international work she has co-directed with colleagues at the University of California-San Francisco, Oxford, and the University of Basel on return of results in genomic research involving biobanks. The second meeting was an invitational Workshop on Scientific and Ethical Issues Related to Open Access HeLa Genomic Data. Wolf presented on the ethical implications of open versus controlled access to the data.
Professor Stephen Meili presented his research on the impact of human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in Canada at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in Montreal. Meili's empirical study, funded by a grant from the Robina Foundation, analyzed nearly 3,000 Canadian immigration tribunal and federal court decisions since 1990, as well as interviews with refugee lawyers, to determine the circumstances under which human rights treaties are most likely to assist asylum-seekers obtain relief. Among his other findings, Meili reported that treaties are most likely to help asylum-seekers when the treaty has been incorporated into domestic law and when the applicant is a woman.
Professor Stephen Cribari spoke at "Who Owns Art? Who Owns Matisse?", a CLE event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). In conjunction with the Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition, MIA partnered with Thomson Reuters to host an intellectually stimulating and visually alluring panel discussion on the intersection of law and art. The panel explored the legal aspects of art ownership and its complications. The recent movie blockbuster Monuments Men and the national press have again piqued great interest in questions about museum ownership, artists' rights, and holding artwork in trust for the public. Those topics were addressed as they related to the Matisse exhibition and MIA's collection.
Professor Myron Orfield and the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity hosted a forum on the Met Council's Fair Housing Equity Assessment. Participants included residents of North Minneapolis, the Saint Paul NAACP, many diverse suburban officials and parent groups supporting integrated schools. KARE11 reported on the forum in a piece entitled "Low Income Units Along Green Line Questioned."