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for December, 2014

Prof. Ni Aolain's Transitional Justice Institute Ranked Highly in U.K.-Based Research Exercise Framework

December 18, 2014

The U.K.-based Research Exercise Framework (REF), which ranks institutions for research outputs, research environment and research impact and overall rankings in each discipline, issued its results and rankings. Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain, who holds a joint appointment with Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, is also co-director of the Transitional Justice Institute. Under her leadership the institute was ranked fourth in REF's law school rankings in the U.K. as a whole. The Transitional Justice Institute is an interdisciplinary research Institute with a deep international law concentration.

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Prof. McGeveran Comments on Wall Street Journal Blog About Release of Hacked Sony Documents

December 15, 2014

Professor William McGeveran, an expert on digital privacy law, was quoted extensively on the popular Wall Street Journal Law Blog about documents stolen by hackers from Sony Pictures. Sony's lawyer, David Boies, sent letters to media outlets warning them not to publish stories about the contents of the documents, which have been leaked online. McGeveran explained that current law offers Boies' position little support. Courts tend to allow journalists to publish newsworthy information that was obtained illegally by someone else, and they often defer to the media about what counts as "newsworthy." McGeveran also suggested that this precedent might be ripe for reevaluation—if a case reached an appellate court.

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Prof. Kirtley Assesses Counsel's Letter to Media Recipients of Hacked Sony Information

December 15, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Reuters column by Alison Frankel, assessing the legal significance of a letter threatening news organizations who received information hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment with legal consequences if they published it. She pointed out that the Supreme Court's 2001 decision, Bartnicki v. Vopper, would probably protect dissemination by innocent recipients provided the material was deemed to be of legitimate public interest. However, she noted that "I would be concerned that this triggered ethical obligations" under the canons of ethics for the in-house lawyers who received the hacked information.

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Prof. Gross Speaks About the SSCI Torture Report on BBC and WCCO Radio

December 14, 2014

Professor Oren Gross participated in a discussion and gave an interview on the recently published Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the use of torture by the CIA. He spoke on the BBC's Sunday Sequence (starts at 34:17 minutes) and with Roshini Rajkumar ('97) on WCCO Radio's News and Views (starts at 20:19 minutes).

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses Law and Ethics of Publishing Hacked Sony Emails

December 12, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was a guest on "AirTalk" on KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, discussing the legal and ethical issues facing news organizations that publish the contents of emails and other proprietary communications hacked from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Prof. Orfield Discusses Met Council Housing Goals on MPR

December 9, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed for an MPR News article entitled "As Cities Spar Over Housing Spots, Working Poor Just Want a Home." Orfield discussed the Met Council housing plan, which gives higher goals to poorer suburbs than more affluent ones.

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Prof. Orfield Discusses Racially Diverse Suburbs in MinnPost

December 8, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed for a MinnPost article entitled "Minneapolis' Fast-Changing Suburbs Deal with Unique Challenges." Orfield discussed the rapid social and economic changes in Ferguson, Mo., and compared these conditions to racially diverse suburbs in the Twin Cities.

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Prof. Ni Aolain Quoted in New Republic on Law Requiring U.S. to Compensate Guantanamo Torture Victims

December 4, 2014

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain was quoted in a New Republic article entitled "It's Time the U.S. Paid Reparations to the Prisoners It Tortured." The article stated: "'If you admit you committed a violation of fundamental norm, a treaty breach, obligation says you have to remedy it,' said Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the executive editor of Just Security. 'That's the heart of the contract, the heart of the Convention Against Torture.'"

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Prof. Reich Paulsen Leads Trial Workshop in Uzbekistan

December 4, 2014

Associate Dean Sharon Reich Paulsen recently led a trial practice workshop for law students and faculty members from Tashkent University in Uzbekistan. The workshop provided a vehicle for teaching about hallmarks of the American trial system in both theory and practice, and concluded with 22 students putting on a full trial in front of a jury made up of Uzbek law professors. The workshop also provided an opportunity to showcase experiential learning techniques to the law faculty. The trip was arranged by the NGO Regional Dialogue with funding from the State Department. Two adjunct professors from Boston College also participated.

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Prof. Hasday's Work Cited in 6th Circuit Dissent Arguing that Same-Sex Marriage Prohibitions are Unconstitutional

December 4, 2014

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit cited Professor Jill Hasday's article, "Contest and Consent: A Legal History of Marital Rape," 88 CAL. L. REV. 1373 (2000), in her dissenting opinion in DeBoer v. Snyder. Judge Daughtrey's dissent argued that the same-sex marriage prohibitions in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee should be struck down. Judge Daughtrey used Hasday's work to help support the point that "[h]istorically, marriage was a profoundly unequal institution, one that imposed distinctly different rights and obligations on men and women." Hasday's article was also cited in a concurring opinion in the Ninth Circuit case striking down the same-sex marriage prohibitions in Idaho and Nevada.

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Prof. Orfield Speaks on MPR on Gentrification and Fair Housing Act

December 3, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield was a guest on MPR's "The Daily Circuit" to discuss gentrification and the Fair Housing Act. Gentrification, a controversial term, describes what happens when wealthier new -- often white - residents move into poorer - often minority - parts of a city. Sometimes their incomes help attract new businesses and services to a neighborhood. But that is often accompanied by a rise in rent and other prices that make it hard for long-time residents to stay. Orfield discussed whether smart planning can help create neighborhoods that work for newcomers and long-timers alike.

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Prof. Carbone's New Book, Marriage Markets, Named One of the Best Books of 2014 by Newsweek's Staff and The Economist

December 3, 2014

Professor June Carbone's new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, co-authored with Naomi Cahn of George Washington University, has been named one of the best books of 2014 by Newsweek staff and The Economist.

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Prof. McGeveran Comments on Facebook Threats Case

December 2, 2014

Professor William McGeveran, who specializes in internet and social media issues, was interviewed by a number of journalists about a recent Supreme Court argument concerning the "true threats" doctrine as applied to Facebook posts. His comments were quoted by bloggers at Time.com and Washingtonpost.com and Pioneer Press columnist Ruben Rosario.

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