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for April, 2012

Prof. Painter Quoted in Charleston Daily Mail on Hatch Act

April 30, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in West Virginia's Charleston Daily Mail in an article on whether the Hatch Act would disqualify a state Agriculture Commission employee from running in a partisan election for state Agriculture Commissioner because the Commission received federal funds used under the official's supervision. Painter noted that as a policy matter, the Hatch Act should not bar the Commission employee from running for Commissioner in a partisan election, but that the statutory language probably did prohibit him from running.

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Prof. Cooper Quoted in MN Lawyer on Labor Law Issues in Jimmy John's Case

April 27, 2012

Professor Laura Cooper was quoted in a Minnesota Lawyer article entitled "Judge Says Jimmy John's Violated Law, Must Rehire Fired Workers."

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Prof. McGeveran Quoted in Pioneer Press on DVS Data Breach

April 27, 2012

Professor William McGeveran was quoted in a Pioneer Press article about a recent data breach at Minnesota's Division of Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). McGeveran, an expert on Internet and privacy law, noted that the discovery of the breach by DVS' own audit suggested good practices rather than a problem with its information management systems.

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Prof. Levinson to Present Lecture on Gerhard von Rad's Struggle to Defend the Old Testament in Nazi Germany

April 27, 2012

Professor Bernard Levinson will speak at Or Emet: Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on April 27, 2012. Levinson's lecture, entitled, "The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Story of Gerhard von Rad," will begin after Or Emet's Humanistic Sabbath service at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park, and is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow.

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Prof. Shaffer Delivers Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Switzerland

April 26, 2012

Professor Gregory Shaffer delivered the inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Law and the Life Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Shaffer's talk built from his book When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-authored by Mark Pollack.

Prof. Carpenter's Book Lecture Discussed in Twin Cities Daily Planet

April 24, 2012

Professor Dale Carpenter delivered a lecture on his new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, at the Law School on April 23. Click here to read an article the Twin Cities Daily Planet featured on the lecture.

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Prof. Meili Discusses Unmet Legal Needs of Immigrant Population at Pro Bono Summit

April 24, 2012

Professor Stephen Meili presented data on the unmet legal needs of indigent immigrants at the 2012 Pro Bono/Pro Se Bar Summit, held in Minneapolis. The summit, which was co-sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, brought together judges, lawyers, and other parties to discuss ways that private law firms, legal services offices, law schools and non-profit organizations can better serve low income clients in a variety of issue areas. As one of the summit's panelists, Meili discussed the results of a survey conducted by law students Justin Erickson (’13), Lindsey Greising (’12) and Claudia Vincze-Turcean (’13), which asked organizations that provide legal services to immigrants about the areas where their clients face the greatest need. Meili also discussed the various ways in which the Law School's clinics provide legal services to low income clients.

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses Legislation to Make Payouts Public on KSTP

April 23, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed for 5 Eyewitness News on KSTP TV. Kirtley discussed a proposed bill that would make public details of investigations into public officials, including details of severance payouts over $10,000. When asked why this transparency legislation is opposed by some, she suggested, "They're happy to be on the public payroll, but they don't want the payroll to be public."

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Prof. Kirtley Lectures on Freedom of the Press in Rwanda after the Genocide

April 21, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley delivered a lecture, "After the Genocide: Rwanda," focusing on the use of genocide denial, defamation, and incitement laws to censor the news media, at a conference, "Nuremberg: Its Legacy for Today -- From the Holocaust to Rwanda," sponsored by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

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Prof. Orfield Quoted in Pioneer Press on St. Paul Housing Lawsuit

April 16, 2012

Professor Myron Orfield was quoted in a Pioneer Press article entitled "U.S. House Committee Seeking Details over St. Paul's Housing Lawsuit Appeal Withdrawal." "It feels like St. Paul can decide whether it wants to bring an appeal. I'm not aware of anything that would be wrong about that," Orfield said.

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Prof. Levinson Co-Organizes International Symposium

April 15, 2012

Professor Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and Bruno Chaouat, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies have organized an interdisciplinary symposium that will bring together 14 specialists from Europe and North America to examine the transformation of the major disciplines of the humanities under National Socialism. The symposium will explore the mutation of academic ideals during the Third Reich, when the German university system promoted Nazi ideology and helped the state eliminate its diverse community. The two-day event, entitled "The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University during the Third Reich," will be held at the University of Minnesota on April 15-16, 2012.

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Prof. Shaffer's Article Discussed on Legal Blog, Opinio Juris

April 12, 2012

The legal blog Opinio Juris hosted a discussion of Professor Gregory Shaffer's new article entitled "Interpretation and Institutional Choice at the WTO," co-written by Joel P. Trachtman, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Prof. Monahan Quoted in Financial Times on Pensions

April 10, 2012

Professor Amy Monahan was quoted in a Financial Times article entitled "U.S. States Face Legal Action over Pensions." Monahan was quoted saying, "With public employee pension plans, it is state law that governs."

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses Cameras in Court on WCCO Radio

April 10, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was a guest on the John Hines Show on WCCO radio, where she discussed the ongoing pilot project to permit cameras in Minnesota civil trial courts.

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Business Journal on Michael Jordan Lawsuit Against Supervalu

April 6, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted by the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal in a story about basketball star Michael Jordan's lawsuit against Supervalu's subsidiary Jewel-Osco, in which he claimed that the grocery store had made unauthorized use of his name and team number in a tribute to Jordan that ran in a 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. The judge ruled that the tribute was not commercial speech despite the use of Jewel-Osco's logo because it did not propose a business transaction. Kirtley explained that corporate speech is protected by the First Amendment, adding, "Simply because you are speaking to make money doesn't turn speech into commercial speech."

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Prof. Painter Quoted in MPR Article on STOCK Act

April 4, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act that specifically provides that Members of Congress and their staff cannot trade in securities markets based on nonpublic information learned through their official position. The article states, in part, that "Painter [is] concerned about a related issue that the STOCK Act doesn't address at all -- the selective leaking of inside government information to investors and campaign contributors by lawmakers and administration officials." Painter is quoted as saying, "The relationship of campaign cash in return for information is just an extension of the broader problem we have of campaign cash in return for other favors." MPR reports that "In an interview after the bill signing, [bill sponsor Representative Tim] Walz [D. MN] agreed with Painter's concerns and called it a 'glaring loophole' in the new law."

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Prof. Carpenter Quoted in The Daily Beast on Obama's Constitutional Law Comments

April 4, 2012

Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in The Daily Beast in an article entitled "Obama's Comments Remind Us How Meaningless 'Judicial Activism' Is." The article stated: "I think the president misspoke when he suggested that any 'duly constituted and passed law,' following the form for lawmaking, is constitutional," wrote Dale Carpenter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. "That would mean that Brown v. Board, Roe v. Wade, and Lawrence v. Texas were all instances of activism, and I'm pretty sure the president doesn't believe those decisions were activist."

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Prof. Painter Quoted in Alabama Newspaper on Hatch Act

April 3, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a story in Mobile, Alabama's Press-Register on whether the federal Hatch Act may prevent a local district attorney in Alabama from running in a partisan election for state court judge because he supervises other state prosecutors whose jobs are paid for in part with federal funds. The article reports that Painter "said he believes that the current enforcement goes beyond the original intent of the law. Congress passed the statute, he said, amid concern that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was using the Works Progress Administration to influence elections. But federal funds have become widespread in local government, and political opponents can game the system to their own advantage, Painter said." "'I think it's excessively broad,' Painter said. 'Literally, every state agency is digging into federal funds in one way or the other. It's a problem.'"

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