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for March, 2015

Prof. McGeveran Discusses Target Data Breach Settlement on Public Radio's 'Marketplace'

March 19, 2015

Professor William McGeveran was interviewed on the public radio program "Marketplace" about the implications of Target's settlement of a consumer class action lawsuit arising from its massive 2013 data security breach. McGeveran noted that, rather than giving each consumer a small coupon, the terms of the settlement offer compensation to those who can prove financial harm from the breach.

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Prof. Orfield Interviewed for PBS NewsHour Piece, 'The American Dream is Alive in the Twin Cities, But Not for Everyone'

March 18, 2015

Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed by Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour for a piece entitled "The American Dream is Alive in the Twin Cities, But Not for Everyone." Orfield spoke about the fiscal disparities system and the Met Council housing policy plan.

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Prof. Vaaler Comments on Where Minnesota Firms Locate in Europe and Why

March 18, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by WCCO News Radio's Dave Lee on where prominent Minnesota-based multinational firms locate their regional headquarters in certain European countries—Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland—and why. Vaaler is a weekly guest commenting on current business issues.

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Prof. Gross Speaks on Fox 9 News on Israeli Election

March 17, 2015

Professor Oren Gross spoke to Fox 9 News from Tel Aviv on the Israeli election. Gross, who was a member of the Tel Aviv University Law School faculty from 1996-2002, gave his breakdown of the major candidates involved in the election and the significance of the outcome.

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Prof. Orfield Quoted on Segregation in St. Paul Schools in Pioneer Press

March 14, 2015

Professor Myron Orfield was quoted about segregation in the St. Paul school system in a Pioneer Press article entitled "Are St. Paul Schools More Segregated Under Plan? Not So Far."

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Prof. Chan Quoted in Star Tribune on National Push to Arrest Immigrants with Criminal Convictions

March 13, 2015

Professor Linus Chan was quoted in a Star Tribune article entitled "29 Immigrants in Minnesota Detained in National Sweep."

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Prof. Orfield's IMO Report on Segregation in the Twin Cities Discussed in Star Tribune Editorial

March 13, 2015

Professor Myron Orfield's Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity report on segregation in the Twin Cities was discussed in a Star Tribune editorial entitled "The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policies."

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Prof. Vaaler Comments on Corporate Restructuring at Target HQ Following Mass Layoffs

March 11, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by WCCO News Radio's Dave Lee on Minneapolis-based Target's corporate restructuring plan following the layoff of nearly 1,700 workers at its headquarters operations last week. In addition, 1,400 "open" employment positions were closed. Target CEO Brian Cornell hopes to decrease the number of personnel layers and create cross-disciplinary "centers of excellence" in headquarters operations. Vaaler is a weekly guest commenting on current business issues.

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Prof. Shen's Research on Neuroscience and Law Highlighted in Minnesota Daily

March 10, 2015

Professor Francis Shen's recent study on the emerging field of neuroscience and law was highlighted in a Minnesota Daily article entitled "Neurolaw Could Split Parties: The Area Where Neuroscience and Law Intersect Could Make for Political Divides in the U.S."

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Prof. Klass Quoted in Star Tribune on $60 Million Settlement Between U.S. Army and City of New Brighton in Water Contamination Case

March 9, 2015

Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in a Star Tribune article discussing a major settlement between the U.S. Army and the City of New Brighton involving the contamination of the city's municipal water supply by solvents and other pollutants used for decades during the operation of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills, Minn. The article also features the career of John Drawz ('67), an attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, and his decades of work representing the city on the case.

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Prof. Kirtley Speaks on Government Controls Over Digital Speech at Conference in Panama

March 7, 2015

Professor Jane Kirtley appeared on a panel, entitled "Government Control Through the Internet," at the Inter American Press Association's Midyear Meeting in Panama City, Panama. She discussed free press issues arising from government and private sector surveillance of online communications. The panel was covered by La Prensa, the largest daily newspaper in Panama, and Kirtley was quoted in a DiarioLibre.com article.

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Prof. Feld Receives Outstanding Book Award for Kids, Cops, and Confessions

March 6, 2015

Professor Barry Feld's most recent book, Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room (New York University Press 2013) received the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Science. The citation described it as "An extraordinary contribution to the study of crime and criminal justice." Kids, Cops, and Confessions is only the second empirical study of police interrogation since the Supreme Court decided Miranda and the first to examine juveniles. The book reviews have been equally laudatory: "A terrific book...A rich blend of top-notch empirical scholarship and doctrinal analysis." (Crime, Law, & Social Change); "A significant contribution to research about what happens in the interrogation room with juveniles...An invaluable exploration into how the criminal justice system really works." (Journal of Youth & Adolescence); "A well written and concise account that contributes to literature related to juvenile justice, police practices, and juvenile criminal law." (International Criminal Justice Review); "He provides one of the most comprehensive analyses of interrogations anywhere in the system—one that has lessons not just for the juvenile justice system, but for the adult system as well...The book is a measured account of interrogations that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the inner workings of the juvenile justice system, the interrogation process, or even how the conflict between crime control and due process is resolved everyday by system players." (Punishment & Society) This is the second book for which Feld has received one or more outstanding book awards.

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Prof. Orfield's New IMO Report on Housing Segregation Discussed in MinnPost

March 5, 2015

Professor Myron Orfield's new Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity report on housing segregation in the Twin Cities was discussed in a MinnPost article entitled "Why Are the Twin Cities so Segregated? A New Report Blames Housing Policies—and Education Reforms."

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Prof. Clarke Interviewed for RightsCast on Sexual Harassment Law

March 5, 2015

Professor Jessica Clarke was interviewed about her Duke Law Journal article, "Inferring Desire," for the RightsCast podcast. Clarke's article discusses courts' tendency to treat sexual desire as a requirement in sexual harassment cases. Moreover, courts reduce the "desire" inquiry into a question of whether the plaintiff was gay in same-sex harassment cases, and often treat sexual harassment cases differently depending on whether the plaintiff and the harasser are the same or opposite sexes. RightsCast is a video podcast about civil rights issues by Professor Nancy Leong at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Pioneer Press on Viewpoint-Based Funding to Student Magazine

March 5, 2015

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Pioneer Press article about the University of Minnesota's Student Service Fee Committee's attempt to condition funding to an independent student magazine on "culturally sensitive discourse." The committee told the Minnesota Republic that it would monitor the publication to make sure that any material it produced "does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus." Kirtley pointed out that this "meaningless standard" was viewpoint-based censorship, allowing "completely arbitrary and capricious action...that's not acceptable under the First Amendment." University officials reportedly told the Pioneer Press that the committee did "inappropriately editorialize," and affirmed that funding to the magazine cannot be denied "simply because it advocates a particular opinion, no matter how controversial."

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Prof. Vaaler Comments on WCCO TV on Minnesotans on Forbes World Billionaires List

March 4, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by WCCO TV's Natalie Nyhus about the history and achievements of five prominent Minnesotans on the Forbes World Billionaires List: Whitney MacMillan, Stanley Hubbard, Glen Taylor, Barbara Carlson Gage, and Marilyn Carlson Nelson. "They are some of the oldest families that have been a part of the business landscape for, in many cases, decades and, in some cases, centuries," said Vaaler.

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Prof. Vaaler Interviewed on WCCO Radio About Target Layoffs and Re-positioning Strategy

March 4, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by WCCO News Radio's John Hines on yesterday's announcement by Target Corporation's CEO, Brian Cornell, that Target would be shedding "thousands" of workers at the Minneapolis headquarters operations to save $2 billion. This savings would be invested in strategic initiatives designed to return the company to growth and profitability. Vaaler is a weekly guest commenting on current business issues.

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Prof. Ni Aolain Selected as Member of UMN Grand Challenges Research Strategies Group

March 4, 2015

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain has been selected to join the University of Minnesota's Grand Challenges Research Strategies Group to help shape grand-challenges research priorities. This group has been charged with gathering perspectives from across the campus on the cross-disciplinary areas of research and scholarship where the University has, or is poised to have, exceptional strength and a competitive advantage. In consultation with faculty, staff, and students, and with relevant external experts, the group will then suggest which of these areas might best align with the Grand Challenge criteria outlined by the Strategic Planning Workgroup.

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Prof. Kitrosser's New Book, Reclaiming Accountability, Reviewed in Secrecy News

March 2, 2015

Professor Heidi Kitrosser's new book, Reclaiming Accountability, was reviewed by Steven Aftergood in Secrecy News, the widely read publication of the Government Secrecy Project of the Federation of American Scientists. Aftergood praises Reclaiming Accountability as offering a "scrupulous and nuanced presentation" of opposing views. Kitrosser's purpose, he writes, is "not to ridicule [opponents'] weakest arguments, but to engage [their] strongest ones." He concludes that "[t]he book adds analytical rigor and insight to current debates over secrecy and accountability, which it ultimately aims to inspire and inform."

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Prof. Klass Quoted in ThinkProgress Blog on Use of Eminent Domain for Keystone XL Pipeline

March 1, 2015

Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in a ThinkProgress blog on the use of eminent domain for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The article explores why private property rights groups have been mostly silent on the use of eminent domain by a private pipeline company and have not come to the defense of ranchers and landowners.

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