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for July, 2014

Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in Star Tribune on Panhandling Ordinances

July 19, 2014

Professor Heidi Kitrosser was quoted in a Star Tribune article about possible First Amendment challenges to panhandling ordinances in Rochester and other cities. Kitrosser discussed the implications for such challenges of judicial precedent, including the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of McCullen v. Coakley.

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Prof. Murray Trains Volunteer Clemency Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

July 16, 2014

Professor JaneAnne Murray was one of the faculty training volunteer lawyers in a two-day training event in Washington, D.C., in Clemency Project 2014 (CP2014) on July 15-16, 2014. CP2014 is a historic collaboration among advocacy and defense groups to screen and represent federal inmates in the Obama administration's clemency initiative, and the broadest proposed use of Presidential pardon power in history. To date, over 20,000 inmates have submitted surveys to participate in the program. The training was streamed live over the web, as well as recorded for future viewing. It is required viewing by any lawyer who wishes to take on one of these cases with the supervision and support of CP2014.

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Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in Pioneer Press on Hobby Lobby Decision

July 12, 2014

Professor Heidi Kitrosser was quoted in the Pioneer Press on the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision. Kitrosser discussed the decision's potential to generate new litigation by corporations testing the opinion's boundaries.

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Prof. McDonnell Publishes Op-Ed in Star Tribune on Hobby Lobby Decision

July 11, 2014

Professor Brett McDonnell published an op-ed in the Star Tribune entitled "Ideological Blind Spots: The Left on Hobby Lobby." The article argues that in several key respects the Supreme Court's decision reflects key liberal values, despite the reaction it has generally received.

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Prof. Cotter Quoted in Law360 Article on Largest IP Damages Awards of 2014

July 8, 2014

Professor Thomas Cotter was quoted in a Law360 article entitled "Top IP Verdicts of 2014--and the Law Firms That Won Them." The article notes that "[t]he largest intellectual property verdicts of 2014 so far include six that exceeded $100 million in damages," and quotes Cotter as stating that "By and large, this is driven by the facts and the technology... The jury is not aware of verdicts in other cases."

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Prof. Carbone Interviewed on Marilu Henner Radio Show on Her Book, Marriage Markets

July 8, 2014

Professor June Carbone was interviewed on The Marilu Henner Show on the subject of her new book with Naomi Cahn (George Washington University Law School), Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family.

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Prof. Hasday Writes about Her New Book, Family Law Reimagined, for Slate.com

July 8, 2014

Professor Jill Hasday wrote "The Law Should Do Much More to Protect Sibling Relationships When Families Fall Apart" for Slate.com. The article draws on Hasday's recent book, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard University Press 2014), to contend that the law has devoted too little attention to family relationships other than marriage and parenthood. Hasday argues that courts and legislatures should better protect sibling bonds when they are threatened by adoption, divorce, or a parent's death, and she proposes several reforms.

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses Jesse Ventura's Libel Suit in Star Tribune

July 6, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Star Tribune article about the upcoming federal libel trial in a suit brought by former Governor Jesse Ventura against the estate of the deceased author of the bestselling book, "American Sniper." Kirtley described the case as "bizarre," explaining that because he is a public figure, Ventura will have to prove actual malice: that the author "knew he was writing a lie, or acted recklessly in writing his account."

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Prof. Matheson Quoted in Star Tribune on Hobby Lobby Decision

July 6, 2014

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Department of Health and Human Services regulations requiring that three closely held corporations provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violated the religious beliefs of the companies' owners. The regulations were promulgated pursuant to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. A Star Tribune article sought to assess the scope of the decision since the Supreme Court specifically relied on the nature of the businesses as closely held corporations in rendering its decision. The article noted that there is no generally accepted definition of a closely held corporation. Professor John Matheson, an expert in business law and Director of the Law School's Corporate Institute, was quoted as saying, "It is a flexible standard. The Internal Revenue Service, for instance, defines closely held companies as those with up to 100 owners."

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Prof. Wolf to Lead Legal & Ethical Analysis of DNA Nanotechnology

July 1, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf is collaborating on a newly funded project entitled "DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease." This two-year project, funded by the University of Minnesota's MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research competition, is led by Professor Efie Kokkoli (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science), with Professors Karen Ashe, Scott McIvor, Walter Low, Ted Labuza, and Wolf serving as Co-PIs. Wolf will be leading the project's work on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of cutting-edge technology combining DNA and nanostructures to treat brain diseases and to detect allergens in food production.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile