Professor Barry Feld has recently published two books. New York University Press published Feld's Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation. In this richly detailed empirical study, Feld draws on remarkable data of 307 interrogations of 16- and 17-year old youths charged with felony offenses, and he analyzes tapes and transcripts, police reports, juvenile court filings and sentences, and probation and sentencing reports to describe what actually happens in the interrogation room. He also contrasts routine interrogation and false confessions to enable police, lawyers, and judges to identify interrogations that require enhanced scrutiny, to adopt policies to protect citizens, and to assure reliability and integrity of the justice system. One of Feld's earlier books, Juvenile Justice Administration in a Nutshell, has also been translated into Chinese by Gao Weijan.
Professor Greg Shaffer has published two new books, Transnational Legal Ordering and State Change (Cambridge University Press), and a translation of his earlier work into Portuguese entitled Os Desafios de Vencer Na OMC (Editora Saraiva) (with Michelle Ratton Sanchez and Barbara Rosenberg).
The Council on Crime and Justice has selected Law School Professor Richard S. Frase as the recipient of its 2012 Equal Justice Award in Research, given for work to identify critical criminal justice issues and trends, enabling policy makers and the community to address them.
Professor Michele Goodwin was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Law and Society Association (LSA). She currently chairs the LSA's Biotechnology, Bioethics and the Law Collaborative Research Network and has served on its Student Award Committee (2004), Diversity Committee (2005-07), and as a senior faculty member for its 2006 Summer Institute in South Africa. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bar Foundation's Law & Social Inquiry.
Professor Perry Moriearty was appointed to the Board of Directors of the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based nonprofit family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life worldwide, encourage protection of the environment, and promote research through grantmaking, coalition-building, and policy reform. The 12-member board establishes the Foundation's grantmaking priorities. Moriearty teaches criminal law and race and the law, and co-directs the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic.
Professor Stephen Befort has been elected as the new chair of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law United States Branch. The ISLSSL fosters the study of labor law and social legislation on a comparative basis at both the national and international levels.
Professor Oren Gross was a guest on WCCO's News & Views with Roshini Rajkumar (’97) on November 25 to talk about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Gross is an expert in international law, national security law, international trade, and political and legal issues involving the Middle East and particularly issues involving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He is an authority on issues dealing with terrorism and the legal responses to terrorist threats.
Professor William McGeveran appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering a viewer's query about Facebook. A hoax message spreading through the social network encourages users to post a status update full of legalese to protect their privacy and copyright interests. The message isn't effective or necessary, McGeveran explained: "There are legitimate privacy concerns about Facebook; ownership of your content really isn't one of them."
Professor Richard Painter joined a bipartisan group that has proposed the American Anti-Corruption Act, a law that would overhaul campaign finance (including by allowing taxpayers to allocate a $100 tax rebate to political campaigns of their choice), impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. He and other lawyers, lobbyists, businesspeople and public interest advocates devoted considerable effort to discussing and drafting different parts of this proposed legislation. The text of the Act can be found at http://represent.us/about. (Click on "Read the Act.")
Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in a New York Times article entitled "States' Votes for Gay Marriage Are Timely, With Justices Ready to Weigh Cases." The article stated: "Dale Carpenter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who opposed the proposed constitutional amendment, said supporters of same-sex marriage had reason to be wary of a Supreme Court decision on whether the Constitution requires it. 'This looks like increasing momentum for same-sex marriage,' he said of Tuesday's developments, 'but I've got to say it's still 41 to 9. It's been pretty rare for the court to take on 41 states.'"
Professor Susan Wolf appeared on Minnesota Public Radio with Karen O'Connor, co-producer of a new Frontline film on assisted suicide entitled, "The Suicide Plan" on "the underground world of assisted suicide." Wolf has worked on end-of-life issues for over 25 years and is co-author of a new book on termination of life-sustaining treatment and care of the dying to be published by Oxford University Press next year.
A recently released documentary, "Girl from Birch Creek," about Rosalie E. Wahl, the first woman named to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1977, includes portions of the video-recorded oral history interview that Professor Laura Cooper conducted with Justice Wahl in 1994. The feature-length documentary by Lightshed Productions is narrated by Nina Totenberg, written and directed by Emily Haddad (’77), and produced by John Kaul and Haddad.
Professor Amy Monahan was cited in a New York Times article entitled "Questions Answered About Pension Plans." The article referenced her paper "Public Pension Plan Reform: The Legal Framework." Another paper by Monahan was also cited in an Orange County Register article entitled "How Much Priority for Pension Payments?"
Monahan was also interviewed for WCCO's "Good Question" segment regarding the current state of pensions for U.S. workers. The question was triggered by the exchange between the presidential candidates during the October 16 debate regarding their respective pensions.
Professor Steve Meili presented his research comparing asylum jurisprudence and practice in the United States and Canada at Oxford University's North American Center, which is based at St. Antony's College. Meili's talk was part of a larger study analyzing the impact of international human rights treaties in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. On the basis of quantitative and qualitative data, he identified several of the factors that determine whether such treaties help or hurt asylum-seekers in individual cases.
Professor Bernard Levinson gave a talk in conjunction with the Italian translation of his book Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel at Pontifical Gregorian University. Levinson is currently spending the academic year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Professor Jane Kirtley was the principal speaker for a panel, entitled "Global Privacy and Advertising Developments," at the Practising Law Institute's Communications Law in the Digital Age 2012 conference in New York. Kirtley was also the author of the panel chapter published in the course handbook. Current students Mikel Sporer (’13) and Emily Mawer (’14) and alumnus Jason Steck (’12) assisted in the preparation of the chapter.
Professor Myron Orfield and the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity hosted a forum entitled "Fully Developed Suburbs." Some 132 suburban officials from cities and school districts came to the Law School to discuss the Met Council's new housing planning process.
Professor Claire Hill presented her paper "Limits of Dodd-Frank's Rating Agency Reforms" at a conference hosted by the Università degli Studi di Salerno.
Hill was also a panelist at the inaugural conference of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Credit Ratings, "The Credit Rating Industry and Regulatory Reforms." The Office of Credit Ratings was formed as part the Dodd-Frank Act's credit rating agency reforms.
Professor Jennie Green participated in the American Society of International Law's "CLE Institute on Human Trafficking: Justice and Accountability." The course dealt with accountability and legal protections for victims of human trafficking. It also included a review of current U.S. federal regulations and enforcement, and civil and criminal remedies.
Green also participated in the 91st annual International Law Weekend in New York City. Green was a panelist at a session entitled "Perspectives on Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law." The panel analyzed major trends and offered assessments of current statutes, precedents and procedures at the major criminal tribunals. The speakers also addressed the incorporation of international norms into domestic law, as well as the difficulty of balancing the interests of the victim with maintaining the presumption of the defendant's innocence.
Professor Bruce Shnider participated in a Dorsey & Whitney seminar entitled "The Approaching Fiscal Cliff: Change or More of the Same?" The panelists discussed the pending federal budget crisis, and Shnider commented on pending and possible tax code changes.