Suzanne Thorpe (’89), Law School professor of legal research instruction and associate director for faculty and research services at the Law Library, was recently elected to the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She will begin her three-year term in July 2012.
Professor Stephen Cribari was recently named co-director of the University of Notre Dame Law School's London Summer Program. Cribari is the reporter for the Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is on the faculty of ATF's National Firearms Examiner Academy, and is a member of NIJ's Technical Working Group on Digital Evidence in the courtroom. He was distinguished visiting professor in criminal procedure and cultural property law in London from January to June, 2011.
Professor Jane Kirtley was among the 2011 recipients of a "Pioneer" Award from the National Scholastic Press Association at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The NSPA's highest individual honor recognizes contributions to scholastic journalism that are made outside the recipient's primary employment.
On November 16, 2011, Professor Daniel Schwarcz testified before Congress on several legislative proposals that would exempt insurers from provisions of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act and limit the authority of federal agencies entrusted with enforcing the act. Schwarcz's written testimony is available at financialservices.house.gov/UploadedFiles/111611schwarcz.pdf.
Professor Alexandra Klass' scholarly work on eminent domain and natural resources development was quoted in a Financial Post article on the controversy over TransCanada's $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline, which still needs approval from the U.S. State Department because it will cross an international border, is proposed to bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries in Texas.
Professor Claire Hill was a featured guest on "Crosstalk," a program on Russian Today TV, on November 10, 2011. The program dealt with prospects for the Euro and the Eurozone. The likeliest short- to moderate-term outcome was, Hill argued, "continuing to kick the can forward," especially given the vehement objections of those who would lose under proposed reforms.
Professor Michele Goodwin wrote several articles on the legal implications arising from the recent controversy at Penn State. In her recent columns for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Goodwin takes up the issue of fiduciary responsibility, morality, and trust in regard to child abuse sex allegations involving coach Jerry Sandusky. In particular, Goodwin notes that although President Spanier has resigned and Joe Paterno has retired, tragedy remains at Penn State.
Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on a former Enron official who plans to return to the energy sector. Painter observed that former corporate officials convicted of securities fraud will probably have to work for private companies because most of them are barred from being officers and directors of public companies.
Professor Gregory Shaffer was appointed an advisory board member of a new journal published by Cambridge University Press entitled Transnational Environmental Law. His essay "Unilateralism, Transnationalism and International Law" will appear in the journal's inaugural issue.
Professor Myron Orfield was a guest on WCCO radio's "News & Views With Susie Jones" on November 6, 2011, and discussed the spread of poverty into the first ring suburbs. To listen to the program, click here.
The two podcasts featuring Professor Ralph Hall are available on Medical Progress Today, the blog of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Hall is interviewed by Paul Howard, Ph.D., director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, about the FDA's regulation of medical devices and recently proposed legislation to improve the system.
Professor Amy Kristin Sanders participated in "Media Law in the Digital Age," a conference for journalists and attorneys sponsored by Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society and Kennesaw State University's Center for Sustainable Journalism. It featured a combination of policy-makers, attorneys, and scholars who gathered to address current legal issues related to First Amendment law and the Internet. Sanders' panel, entitled "Social Media and Its Legal Implications: Where Your Personal Life Meets Journalism," featured CNN reporter Josh Levs as well as other scholars.
Professor William McGeveran spoke to Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki about the role of standing doctrine in a challenge to the federal health care reform law that is now pending before the Eighth Circuit. McGeveran, who teaches civil procedure, explained that limits on standing promote judicial restraint and avoid ruling on hypothetical disputes. The district court dismissed the case on standing grounds, and the appeals court heard arguments on October 20 in St. Paul.
In October 2011, Professor Dale Carpenter debated Minnesota's proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which was placed on the 2012 election ballot. Twice, Carpenter debated Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute of Marriage and Public Policy, and, once, he debated University of St. Thomas Law School Professor Teresa Collett on the subject. Click the links below for more information on each debate.
Oct. 19 Debate on MPR with Gallager
Oct. 13 Debate at St. Thomas Law School with Gallager
Oct. 3 Debate at St. Thomas Law School with Collett
In October Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin presented a paper on the rule of law at the ABA's 2011 fall meeting of the Section of International Law in Dublin, Ireland. More than 1,000 attorneys from 60 countries gathered for educational programs, expert panelists and many distinguished speakers.
The committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charged with developing basic policy, criteria, and methods for defining and updating the package of essential health benefits as part of federal health care reform released its report on Oct. 7, 2011. Law School Associate Professor Amy Monahan served on the 18-member committee, which researched and wrote the report "Essential Health Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost."
Professor Oren Gross appeared on Israel's Channel 10 discussing the legality under U.S. constitutional law and international law of targeted killings in general and the killing of Anwar Al Awlaki in Yemen in particular.
Law School Professor Fred Morrison and University VP and CFO Richard H. Pfutzenreuter III co-chaired the search committee for a new Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations. On November 30, 2011, Jason Rohloff was named to the position, succeeding Donna Peterson, who served for 22 years and will retire on January 11, 2012.
Professor Judith Martin, an urban planning expert and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School since mid-2000, died Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Paul at age 63.