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for April, 2015

Prof. Wolf Speaks on MPR on End-of-Life Care

April 24, 2015

Professor Susan Wolf was interviewed on MPR for an hour-long show on "The Future of End-of-Life Care." The starting point of the conversation was an article that Wolf published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February with two co-authors entitled "Forty Years of Work on End-of-Life Care—From Patients' Rights to Systemic Reform."

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Prof. Kritzer Receives Ronald Pipkin Service Award

April 22, 2015

Professor Herbert Kritzer has been awarded the Law and Society Association's (LSA) Ronald Pipkin Service Award for sustained and extraordinary service to LSA for more than 35 years. While serving on dozens of committees, the Board of Trustees, and as Editor of the Law & Society Review, he has been an advocate in promoting LSA's work, recruiting new members and mentoring his students in socio-legal scholarship even when not serving in an official capacity.

Read Herbert M. Kritzer's Faculty Profile

Prof. Cotter Discusses Music Licensing on KSTP TV5 News

April 20, 2015

Professor Tom Cotter was interviewed by KSTP TV5 News for a segment entitled "Cover Band Classics Prompt Costly Copyright Claims Against Minn. Bars." Cotter spoke on the question of whether restaurants and bars are required to pay copyright licensing fees when bands perform music at their venues. He states that "copyright law ensures artists get paid for what they create—license fees paid by bars turn into royalties paid to musicians and songwriters."

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Prof. Carbone Writes Article on the 'Marriage Calculus' for Aeon

April 20, 2015

Professor June Carbone published a feature-length article in Aeon, an online magazine, entitled "The Marriage Calculus." The article, written with Professor Naomi Cahn, describes the growing class gap in family formation. It looks at the impact of growing inequality on the way that men and women match up and explains the role of the law in exacerbating class differences as the law locks in the understandings of college graduates, where men still tend to outearn women, and bears little relationship to the emerging terms of working class relationships, where women often have the more stable jobs.

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Prof. Carbone Interviewed on Steven Spierer Radio Show on Her Book, Marriage Markets

April 18, 2015

Professor June Carbone was interviewed on her new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, on the Steven Spierer radio show. The hour-long interview covered the changes in the American family and the role of family law in exacerbating differences among different kinds of families.

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Prof. Osofsky Co-Authors New Book, Climate Change Litigation

April 13, 2015

Professor Hari Osofsky co-authored a new book, entitled Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy (Cambridge University Press, 2015), with Jacqueline Peel from the University of Melbourne. This examination of the role of litigation in addressing the problem of climate change focuses not only on how the massive and growing number of lawsuits influences regulation directly, but also on how the lawsuits shape corporate behaviour and public opinion. It provides readers with an understanding of how these lawsuits have shaped approaches to mitigation and adaptation, and have been used to try to force and to block regulation. There is a particular emphasis on lawsuits in the United States and Australia, the two jurisdictions which have had the most climate change litigation in the world, and the lessons provide broader insights into the role of courts in addressing climate change.

Read Hari Osofsky's Faculty Profile

Prof. Carpenter Quoted in New York Times on Lack of Major Law Firms Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

April 11, 2015

Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in a New York Times article entitled "The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won't Touch It." "Firms are trying to recruit the best talent from the best law schools," said Carpenter, "and the overwhelming majority of them want to work in a community of respect and diversity."

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Prof. Vaaler Interviewed on WCCO Radio on Starbucks Coffee Initiative to Provide Free University Education to Workers

April 8, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler commented on a new initiative announced by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to allocate $250 million to pay for online university education courses taken by Starbucks line workers over the next several years. As many as 25,000 Starbucks workers may take advantage of this initiative, which Starbucks is offering in tandem with Arizona State University. Vaaler commented on corporate social responsibility issues motivating this initiative and the possibility of replicating it with Minneapolis-area retailers Target or Best Buy and the University of Minnesota. Vaaler is a weekly business and legal affairs commentator on WCCO Radio's Dave Lee Show.

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Washington Post on Fraternity's Plan to Sue Rolling Stone

April 7, 2015

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Washington Post article about Phi Kappa Psi fraternity's announcement that it plans to sue Rolling Stone magazine for a now-repudiated article describing a gang rape that allegedly occurred at the fraternity chapter house at the University of Virginia. Although other experts quoted suggested that Phi Kappa Psi was suing to vindicate its reputation, Kirtley pointed out that "the downside to bringing a libel case is that you open yourself up to discovery by the other side. The fraternity might want to think long and hard about its practices, the kinds of parties is has given."

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Prof. Carpenter Quoted in Washington Post on Religious Freedom Law

April 3, 2015

Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled "Is Hillary Clinton Against the Religious Freedom Law Bill Clinton Backed?" Carpenter said, "We know these new statutes are motivated by opposition to same-sex marriage and equal opportunities for gay and lesbian people. That was not the purpose in 1993. It's clearly the purpose now."

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Prof. Vaaler Quoted in Minnesota Daily on Recent Lay-Offs at Target Headquarters in Minneapolis

April 2, 2015

Professor Paul M. Vaaler was quoted in a Minnesota Daily article on recent lay-offs of more than 1,700 workers and the on-going corporate re-structuring strategy at Minneapolis headquarters of Target, the second largest retailer in the United States.

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Prof. Vaaler Comments on Recent Developments in U.S. Banking Regulation

April 1, 2015

Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by WCCO News Radio's Dave Lee on recent changes in U.S. bank regulatory policy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve (Fed). Regulators at both the OCC and Fed are increasing engagement with board members of large U.S. banks to assure closer oversight of risk management, executive compensation, succession planning and other bank policies. Bank executives have voiced concerns that such regulatory policy changes will prompt directors to become too involved in daily bank management rather than longer-term bank strategy and governance. Vaaler is a weekly guest commenting on current business issues.

Read Paul Vaaler's Faculty Profile