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for November, 2009

Sen. Klobuchar, Prof. Cox Offer Online Consumer Protection Advice

November 25, 2009

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar held a public-service press conference at the Law School yesterday to warn shoppers about deceptive online sales practices. She invited Professor Prentiss Cox, a nationally recognized expert on consumer protection against abusive marketing, to participate. Also present to tell his story was a recent victim of an online scam, Jim Sanderson of Minnetonka, Minn.

Alumnus Scott DeLisi ('80) Nominated Ambassador to Nepal

November 20, 2009

President Obama has selected Scott DeLisi ('80) to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, pending Senate approval, the White House announced Nov. 17, 2009. The career Foreign Service officer is currently Director of Career Development and Assignments for the State Department and oversees staffing at embassies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other challenging posts.

Bolivian Citizens' Human Rights Suit Can Proceed

November 13, 2009

Claims against the former Bolivian President and Defense Minister for crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings are viable, ruled Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 9, 2009.

Psychologist Andrea Braverman, PhD, To Speak On Internet's Impact On Assisted Reproduction

November 11, 2009

Renowned psychologist and professor Andrea Braverman, PhD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, will speak on “How the Internet is Reshaping Assisted Reproduction: From Donor Offspring Registries to Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing” at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union. Braverman’s lecture is the second in the 2009-10 Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences on “How the Internet and Computers Are Changing Biomedical Practices and Policy” and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Bailey and Van Vliet Win Regional ABA Negotiation Competition

November 10, 2009

Danielle Bailey, a Law School-Humphrey Institute joint-degree student ('11), and Emily Van Vliet ('10) took first place at the Region 7 ABA Negotiation Competition at Drake University held November 6-8, 2009. A second team composed of Ben Tozer ('12) and Bobby Mir ('12) also competed against the 15 schools in Region 7.

Justice Clarence Thomas, Prof. David Stras To Teach Spring Seminar

November 6, 2009

United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Professor David Stras will co-teach a special one-credit seminar on Selected Fundamental Principles of Constitutional Law this spring. Some of the topics to be discussed include judicial review, separation of powers, the Commerce Clause, and federalism.

Ryan Scott ('05) Cited in WSJ Article on Sentencing

November 6, 2009

Ryan W. Scott ('05) was quoted in a Nov. 5 Wall Street Journal article examining disparity in sentences for similar crimes.

Minn. Court of Appeals to Hold Special Session at Law School

November 3, 2009

On Nov. 18, 2009, the Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a special session at the University of Minnesota Law School. Judges Lansing, Kalitowski, Johnson and Stoneburner will hear four cases.