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for April, 2010

Professor Painter Interviewed by NPR's All Things Considered on Ethics Controversy

April 28, 2010

Professor Painter was interviewed by NPR's All Things Considered on the controversy over Senator Ben Nelson's vote on parts of the financial reform bill that are opposed by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. Senator Nelson and his wife own stock in Berkshire Hathaway.

Painter suggested that Members of Congress invest their money in mutual funds to avoid such controversies, but that real ethics reform will not come until we also address the influence of campaign contributors.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Bix Appointed Uniform Law Commission Committee Reporter

April 27, 2010

Professor Brian H. Bix has been appointed the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Premarital and Marital Agreements. The Committee is considering drafting a new proposed uniform law to cover those agreements a couple enters just before marriage or during marriage purporting to affect the partners' financial rights upon divorce or a spouse's death.

Read Brian Bix's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Lectures on "How Far Have We Come?" Since Near v. Minnesota

April 27, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley delivered a lecture, "Near v. Minnesota: How Far Have We Come? as part of the Minnesota History Center's "History Lounge" series. She described the historical background of the 1931 case that established the First Amendment presumption against prior restraints, and discussed how the case has affected contemporary legal conflicts and recent Supreme Court jurisprudence.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in Star Tribune on Federalism

April 25, 2010

Professor Kitrosser is quoted in Nick Coleman's Star Tribune column about state's veto power. Commenting on a proposed state constitutional amendment to limit the effect of federal laws in Minnesota, Kitrosser explains that, under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, state laws cannot supersede federal laws.

Kitrosser was quoted earlier in the week on the same topic in the Winona Daily News.

Read Heidi Kitrosser's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle on Liu's Nomination

April 24, 2010

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in an editorial by Deborah Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle on the President's nomination of Godwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit. The op-ed disagreed with Professor Painter's overall assessment of Liu and was instead highly critical of Liu. The op-ed, however, agreed with Professor Painter's assessment that a GOP fillibuster would be destructive and would undermine a future Republican president's ability to make judicial nominations.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses Ethics in Social Networking

April 23, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley appeared on a panel, "LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Oh My! The Ethical Dangers of Social Networking for Attorneys" at the 23rd Annual Media and the Law conference in Kansas City, MO. The seminar is sponsored by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the University of Kansas School of Law.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Quoted in The Globe and Mail

April 23, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was quoted in an article about suicide laws and Internet chat rooms that was recently published in The Globe and Mail, a leading Canadian newspaper. Goodwin commented on the possible legal implications of pending criminal charges brought against a former Minnesota nurse who has been accused of encouraging and aiding suicide attempts through online chat rooms.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Psychology Today Blog Discusses Hill Article on Tax and Psychology

April 23, 2010

Professor Claire Hill's article, "What Cognitive Psychologists Should Find Interesting About Tax," published in the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, was discussed in a Behavioral Economics blog in Psychology Today.

Read Claire Hill's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sanders Receives MN Grant-in-Aid

April 22, 2010

Professor Amy Kristin Sanders, an affiliate professor of the Law School, received a University of Minnesota Grant-In-Aid this spring for "The FCC, Indecency and Primetime TV: The Regulation of Nudity and Profanity in the United States." The study, expected to run through June 2011, will explore content regulation, the currrent structure of Federal Communication Commission fines, and legal challenges to regulation.

Read Amy Sanders's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sanders Presents Session on Web Liability at MinneWebCon

April 21, 2010

Amy Kristin Sanders, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an affiliated professor of the Law School, presented "Limiting Liability: Can Geo-Locational and Other Tools Help You?" at the Apr. 12, 2010, MinneWebCon conference. The session covered ways to limit the legal liability involved in having a Web presence and/or using social networking sites, including copyright/trademark infringement, defamation, and privacy issues. Sanders offered specific methods of due diligence and discussed the courts' evolving legal precedent on infringements involving Web technology.

Read Amy Sanders's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sanders Discusses TV Content Regulation on WCCO-TV

April 21, 2010

Amy Kristin Sanders, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an affiliated professor of the Law School, participated in an Apr. 5, 2010, segment of WCCO-TV's "Good Question" show with Jason DeRusha. The topic focused on how language on television is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission, and how some broadcasters may be choosing to pay fines rather than to lose marketshare to cable-based media.

Read Amy Sanders's Faculty Profile

NYT Quotes Prof. Painter on the SEC's Fraud Case Against Goldman Sachs.

April 19, 2010

In a New York Times times article on the SEC's fraud case against Goldman Sachs, Professor Richard Painter was quoted as saying that the novel nature of the fraud charges made it important for the S.E.C. to disclose more details quickly, so that markets were not paralyzed by uncertainty over the boundaries."The S.E.C. needs to step to the plate with very specific facts and make it clear what they think Goldman did that was wrong," stated Professor Painter.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Bernard Levinson Appointed Luce Senior Fellow at National Humanities Center

April 19, 2010

Bernard Levinson, professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies and an affiliated professor of the Law School, has been invited to serve as the Henry Luce Senior Fellow in Religious Studies at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle, N.C., for the 2010-2011 academic year. This competitive, refereed fellowship will permit him to complete his new book manuscript on religion and law in antiquity, titled Revelation and Redaction: The Role of Intellectual Models in Biblical Studies.

Read Bernard M. Levinson's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses Federal Shield Law on "Access Minnesota"

April 18, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley discussed the Federal Shield Law bills currently in Congress on "Access Minnesota," a radio show produced by the Minnesota Association of Broadcasters which aired throughout the state.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in Totenberg's NPR Story on Confirmation Hearing

April 16, 2010

Ms. Totenberg's NPR story about the April 16 Senate hearing on Goodwin Liu's nomination to the Ninth Circuit quoted Professor Richard Painter's posts to the website Legal Ethics Forum. Ms. Totenberg quoted that Professor Painter stated that Liu has in good faith answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his prior speeches and publications.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Lectures on Online Speech and Teachers' Rights

April 15, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley delivered a lecture on "The Impact of Internet-Based Sites Such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube on Teacher Privacy and Related Rights in the Classroom" at the American Federation of Teachers Lawyers' Conference in Washington, DC.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Letter Quotes Prof. Painter

April 15, 2010

Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a letter to Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking minority member of the Committee, quoted Professor Richard Painter's on-line posts stating that Liu had already provided the Senate with extensive information about his speeches and publications, that he had provided more information than many nominees provide in answers to the the same questions, and that Liu's answers were a good faith effort to provide the Senate with the information it required.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Featured on NPR

April 15, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was a featured guest on National Public Radio. She was interviewed about what the national and international response should be for Russian adoptions into the United States. More broadly, Goodwin spoke about the deaths of Russian adoptees in American homes as well as the need for parents to become better prepared about adopting children who might suffer from conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome. Callers provided disturbing stories about their experiences and the lack of help they received after adopting from countries like Romania and Russia.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

April 14, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio today, discussing her latest book, Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families (Cambridge University Press, Goodwin ed., 2010). Goodwin was interviewed about how the marketplace for creating families spans transnational borders and encompasses international adoptions and, specifically, how these baby markets relate to the case of Justin Hansen (Artyom Savelyev), the young boy who was recently sent back to Russia by his American adoptive mother. Goodwin was featured on the Kathleen Dunn show, a live listener call-in program. Wisconsin Public Radio is the second largest public radio network in the country with an average weekly audience of 470,000, broadcasting into five states as well as via live internet stream.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Interviewed by World Today on the BBC World Service

April 13, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was interviewed as part of the BBC World Service’s World Today investigation into unwanted adoptions in connection with the story of seven-year-old Russian-born Justin Hansen (Artyom Savelyev), who was recently adopted by an American woman and sent back to Russia shortly thereafter.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sanders Presents at MinneWebCom on Legal Liability of Web Technology

April 12, 2010

Affiliated Professor Amy Kristin Sanders, presented "Limiting Liability: Can Geo-Locational and Other Tools Help You?" at the MinneWebCon conference. The session covered ways to limit the legal liability involved in having a Web presence and/or using social networking sites, including copyright/trademark infringement, defamation, and privacy issues. Sanders offered specific methods of due diligence and discussed the courts' evolving legal precedent on infringements involving Web technology.

Read Amy Sanders's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Interviewed by CBS Radio News

April 12, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was interviewed by CBS Radio News about child trafficking and adoption. Goodwin discussed the status of international adoptions in the United States, including reasons for the proliferation of international adoptions and problems that arise as a result given that such adoptions are not tightly regulated. Specifically, Goodwin highlighted how the recent controversy involving Justin Hansen, the little boy who was adopted by an American woman and then returned to a Russian orphanage last week, helps to expose the very difficult issues surrounding international adoptions—where both children and parents are vulnerable. Goodwin enumerated challenges associated with international adoption, such as language and cultural barriers, given that Americans adopt children from China, Russia, Korea, and other countries, but often do not speak the language of their children’s home country. Goodwin articulated the need for a more nuanced approach to discussions about these complex issues.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Featured Contributor to NYTimes.com’s Motherlode blog

April 12, 2010

In the New York Times' Motherlode's guest blog, Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin offered insight into the dynamics of law and economics that play out in international adoptions, at times to the detriment of the children and parents involved. Goodwin’s commentary sheds light on contemporary fault lines in international adoptions that recently became publically evident in the case of Justin Hansen, the little boy who was adopted by an American woman and then returned to a Russian orphanage last week. Goodwin relays the stories of American adoptive parents and adoptees who have been victimized by murky practices that have rapidly developed in places like Russia, Guatemala, and India that put children and would-be parents at risk of exploitation. Goodwin also notes the overlapping zones of questionable adoption practices and human trafficking issues, including trafficking children for sex and organs.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Quoted by Minnesota Lawyer

April 12, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin was quoted in an article in Minnesota Lawyer addressing the major problem of human trafficking in Minnesota. Goodwin, who was the organizer and convener of the 2010 International Roundtable on Human Trafficking that was hosted at the law school earlier this month, discussed the importance of unpacking how trafficking for sex, labor, and terrorism relates to the people of Minnesota. Specifically, Goodwin highlighted recent examples of young men and boys from Minnesota who were coerced to fight in Somalia and noted that Roundtable attendees included women who had been trafficked to Minnesota. Goodwin commented on the significance of integrating community members in discussions about human trafficking and illuminating Minnesota’s role in ongoing patterns of trafficking. Goodwin will continue the human trafficking series next month in Brazil, where she will lead the 2010 International Congress on Human Trafficking in a discussion about issues of organ trafficking.

Read Michele Goodwin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Klass Selected as Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow

April 9, 2010

Professor Alex Klass was chosen as one of twelve faculty members across the University to be a Resident Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. Each Resident Fellow will receive flexible funding for a three-year period to pursue cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and problem solving, and to create new models of teaching and training in the environmental and natural resources area.

Read Alexandra Klass's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter in LA Times in Support of Liu's Nomination to the Ninth Circuit

April 8, 2010

In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Professor Richard Painter's posts to the website Legal Ethics Forum stated that Professor Goodwin Liu has in good faith answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with Liu's nomination to the Ninth District.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Cox Quoted in Forbes on Post-Transaction Marketing

April 8, 2010

Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in “How to Beat Online Shopping Scams” in Forbes magazine regarding the shady e-commerce practice called post-transaction datapass marketing. Under current U.S. law, sites can legally pass consumers’ credit card information along to online partners, and millions of online shoppers have been billed unwittingly. The Senate Commerce Committee heard testimony about the scams last November, but no new law or regulation has been passed. The marketing practice is likely to continue, by different companies and in different forms, until definitive action is taken, Cox said. “It’s going to require legislation to end these schemes.”

See related article at www.law.umn.edu/news/consumer-protection-11-25-2009.html

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sanders on WCCO About Networks and FCC Fines

April 5, 2010

Professor Amy Kristin Sanders, an affiliate professor of the Law School, participated in a segment of WCCO-TV's "Good Question" show with Jason DeRusha. The topic focused on how language on television is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission, and how some broadcasters may be choosing to pay fines rather than to lose to cable-based media.

Read Amy Sanders's Faculty Profile