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for March, 2010

Prof. Painter in Minnpost on Detainees Right to Counsel

March 26, 2010

In an article in MinnPost.com, "Flap over Gitmo lawyers overshadows other ethical issues," Professor Richard Painter emphasized the importance of legal representation for Guantanamo Bay detainees, particularly in light of the government's use of abusive interrogation methods. Painter also pointed out that there are potential conflicts of interest if lawyers who previously represented detainees go to work for the Justice Department and handle matters directly relevant to the detainees. Former Vice President Walter Mondale ('56) was also interviewed and voiced similar views on the importance of legal representation for terrorism detainees.

Environmental Sustainability Clinic to Discuss PACE Financing

March 22, 2010

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Environmental Sustainability Clinic and the Environmental Law Society are offering a review of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for Minneapolis homeowners on April 5.

Theresa Stadheim ('10) Wins ABA Antitrust Writing Award

March 22, 2010

Theresa Stadheim (’10) recently learned that she won first-place honors in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Annual Student Writing Competition for 2009-10.

Law School to Host Human Trafficking Congress

March 18, 2010

On April 2, 2010, experts in human trafficking, international criminal law, international children’s issues, victimized populations, and other human rights fields will assemble at the University of Minnesota Law School for the 2010 International Congress on Human Trafficking.

Prof. Painter's Letter to NYT on Recusal of Justice Department Lawyers Published

March 12, 2010

Professor Richard Painter stated in his letter to the editor of the New York Times that for Justice Department lawyers who previously defended terrorism detainees, the issue was not their patriotism, but whether they should represent the government in the same matter in which they represented a private person. The answer is no. In these circumstances, recusal from the entire matter is required. The government has taken the position that most of the detainees are acting in concert, and that information obtained from interrogating one detainee has led to the apprehension of others. "These lawyers should work for the Justice Department, but they should work on other matters," Painter concludes.

Alumnus Scott DeLisi Confirmed as Nepal Ambassador

March 12, 2010

Scott H. DeLisi ('80) was confirmed by a voice vote in the Senate on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. He was nominated for the post by President Obama on Nov. 17, 2009.

Prof. Goodwin is Panelist at Conference on Adoption Law

March 11, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was a distinguished panelist at the Capital University Law Review 6th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law, "The Future of the Family: Modern Challenges Facing Adoption Law." Professor Goodwin examined the ways in which Westerners create families through private market processes as part of a panel discussion on adoption's economic impact on families. Drawing upon recent issues concerning Haitian children and insights from her recent publication, Baby Markets: Money and The New Politics of Creating Families (Cambridge University Press, Goodwin ed., 2010), Professor Goodwin discussed how children become a part of complex transactions and negotiations in contemporary family making. Other panels addressed the impact of assisted reproduction on families and overcoming barriers to the creation of families for members of the GLBT community.

Prof. Painter Quoted in MinnPost on Hecker's Criminal Defense Counsel Withdrawal

March 11, 2010

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in MinnPost.com about the motion of Denny Hecker's criminal defense counsel to withdraw from the case because of unpaid bills. Painter observed that withdrawal was likely to be permitted by a judge only in circumstances where there would not be undue prejudice to the defendant's right to effective assistance of counsel.

Law & Inequality to Host Symposium on the Modern American Family

March 4, 2010

Law & Inequality: a Journal of Theory & Practice at The University of Minnesota Law School, will host a symposium on Friday, April 9, 2010 entitled "Family Values: Law & the Modern American Family." The symposium brings together nationally recognized scholars, practicing attorneys as well as advocacy organizations to discuss the present state of the law affecting non-traditional families in the United States. The program will feature four panels dealing with topics including family law issues, same sex marriage and beyond, immigration, and legislative and litigation developments. The symposium will convene at the University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall in Lockhart Auditorium (Room 25) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Law Professors File Amicus Brief in F-Cubed Securities Case

March 2, 2010

Law School Professor Richard Painter was the principal author of an amicus brief, also signed by Professors John Matheson and Edward Adams, filed Feb. 27, 2010, with the U.S. Supreme Court in Morrison v. National Australia Bank (No. 08-1191).