Susan M. Wolf has law in her genes: Her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather built Wolf & Wolf, the family's law practice in Washington, D.C. Yet already by grade school, she was deeply attracted to medicine and was voraciously reading books on the practice of medicine and the history of surgery. Among her most treasured possessions is a card from Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning physician and philosopher, that 11-year-old Wolf received back after writing him on his 90th birthday.
The Spring 2011 Public Law Workshop will begin January 20, 2011, and will bring nationally recognized scholars to Minnesota to present their current research on public law topics, such as constitutional law, administrative law, anti-discrimination law, criminal law, environmental law, and family law. Each session of the workshop will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of an unpublished work-in-progress. The sessions are open to Minnesota faculty and to students enrolled in the affiliated seminar.
A forthcoming article by Professors Amy Monahan and Danial Schwarcz was discussed in a New York Times article addressing health care finance. Monahan and Schwarcz argue in their article, "Will Employers Undermine Health Care Reform by Dumping Sick Employees?" that federal health care reform creates incentives for employers to design their health plans to appeal primarily to healthy employees.
An article in the business section of the Sunday New York Times concerning the Federal Trade Commission's new online privacy initiative quoted Professor William McGeveran, an expert in internet privacy law. McGeveran emphasized the piecemeal and reactive approach to privacy regulation in the U.S., saying, "One of the comical attributes of privacy regulation is — a lot of it is responsive to fire alarms."
On Thursday, December 9, 2010, The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Professor Richard Painter entitled "Real Republicans Don't Filibuster." In his article, Painter said that it would be hypocritical for Republican Senators to filibuster President Obama's judicial nominees.
Professor Amy Monahan has been appointed to serve on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which will issue a report to guide the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in determining which medical treatments and services must be covered by new policies when health care reform changes take effect. She was selected for the committee because of her prior scholarly work on regulating the content of health insurance.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has accepted a two-year appointment to the International Women's Program (IWP) Advisory Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute. The IWP works worldwide to reduce discrimination and violence against women and girls and to increase their access to justice and their role in leadership.
Law School Clinical Professor Brad Clary ('75) and adjunct faculty members the Hon. Jerome Abrams, Timothy J. Pramas ('93), and the Hon. Denise Reilly are among the members of a new task force, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to provide recommendations toward improving the state's civil case processing.
Professors Claire Hill and Prentiss Cox published a joint op-ed in the Star Tribune on December 5, 2010. In the article, they noted the problems in the real estate and financial markets caused by the failure of banks to follow legal requirements for foreclosure. Hill and Cox also offered a proposed solution that involved more lenient proof of ownership in foreclosure proceedings in return for standardized loan modification formulas that include principal reductions for homeowners in foreclosure.
Professor Emeritus Ferdinand P. (Andy) Schoettle, age 77, died of cancer November 24, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla. A nationally recognized expert in state and federal taxation and law and public policy, he joined the Law School faculty in 1967. He retired from teaching in 2008.
Law School Professor Ruth Okediji, a leading authority on international intellectual property law, has been appointed to serve on a committee of the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies. The committee’s project is entitled "The Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era."
Professor William McGeveran wrote an article entitled "Palin v. Gawker: This won't end well for 'fair use'" for Capital New York on November 22, 2010. McGeveran explained that the recent ongoing legal battle between Gawker Media and Sarah Palin's publisher involves a 1985 Supreme Court decision that defined the parameters of fair use.
Law School Professor Thomas Cotter has won a Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize for his submission entitled "Four Principles for Calculating Reasonable Royalties in Patent Infringement Litigation." Prize winners will participate in a conference on patent remedies at Stanford Law School on February 18, 2011, and will receive a monetary award.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been selected for the Irish Legal 100, an annual listing by the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine to honor the Irish in the legal profession. Hundreds are nominated for the listing, now in its third year, for their achievements and leadership in the law and pride in their heritage.
Professor Laura J. Cooper was honored for her pioneering work on hiring and pay equity for women at the University with an award presented October 7, 2010, by State Representative Phyllis Kahn. Cooper, Carolyn Chalmers ('77), Dr. Shyamala Rajender, Andrea Rubenstein ('77), and Dr. Blenda Wilson received the award at a conference on women in higher education hosted by the University of Minnesota Women’s Faculty Cabinet and the Law School.
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