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for April, 2013

Prof. Cotter's New Book, Topic of Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog

April 30, 2013

Professor Tom Cotter's new book Comparative Patent Remedies: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford University Press 2013) was the topic of an online symposium of Visiting Professor D. Daniel Sokol's Antitrust and Competition Policy blog. Norman Siebrasse (University of New Brunswick), Marketa Trimble (UNLV) and Peter Yu (Drake) provided commentary.

Read Tom Cotter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Hall to Speak at Annual CincyBIO Conference

April 30, 2013

Professor Ralph Hall will speak on Food and Drug Administration developments and the impart on innovation at CincyBIO, Cincinnati's annual conference on bioscience and technology.

Prof. Wolf Lectures on Genomics at Ohio State University

April 26, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf will lecture at a conference on cancer genomics at Ohio State University today. Her lecture, entitled "Ethical Challenges in Translational Genomics," is focusing on the tremendous debate surrounding return of results and incidental findings. This debate has intensified in recent weeks with release of controversial new recommendations from the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics on how to handle incidental findings in clinical genomic sequencing.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sokol Writes Op-Ed on Antitrust Jurisprudence for Wall Street Journal

April 24, 2013

Professor D. Daniel Sokol (along with Professor Dan Crane of Michigan) wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on antitrust jurisprudence. The professors contributed to an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Third Circuit's decision in ZF Meritor LLC v. Eaton Corp. In the op-ed, Crane and Sokol explain why antitrust jurisprudence should be based upon economic analysis and harm to consumers.

Prof. Shaffer Interviewed on China Radio International on Trade Disputes

April 23, 2013

Professor Greg Shaffer was interviewed on China Radio International in Beijing for the talk show "People in the Know" regarding China's handling of trade disputes in the current economic and political climate.

Prof. Hall to Speak at Food and Drug Law Institute Conference

April 23, 2013

Professor Ralph Hall will speak in Washington, D.C., at a plenary session of the Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference. Hall will speak on the First Amendment, FDA oversight of drug and device promotion, and the recent 2nd Circuit decision in the Caronia litigation.

Prof. Shen Interviewed on Urban Education Governance

April 18, 2013

Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on Parent Talk Live about his new report published by the Center for America Progress, entitled "Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance." Shen discussed the findings of the report and the challenges of urban school governance. In Fall 2013, Shen will teach Education Law and Policy.

Read Francis Shen's Faculty Profile

Prof. Green Quoted on Impact of Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations

April 18, 2013

Professor Jennie Green was quoted in a Reuters article on the impact of the April 17, 2013, decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute and which charged the oil company with complicity in human rights violations. Green noted that, despite the unfortunate negative ruling for the plaintiffs, many cases against U.S. corporations are expected to continue in U.S. courts.

Read Jennie Green's Faculty Profile

Prof. Shen Quoted on Law and Neuroscience in ScienceDaily

April 16, 2013

Professor Francis Shen chaired the first-ever session on Neuroscience and Law at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Shen spoke on the "Future of Neuroscience and Law" and was quoted extensively in coverage of the panel by ScienceDaily. Shen will teach a Law and Neuroscience course in Fall 2013.

Read Francis Shen's Faculty Profile

Prof. Cotter Quoted in Argus Leader on BMI Lawsuit

April 14, 2013

Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in a Sioux Falls, SD Argus Leader article about a lawsuit brought by Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) against a popular Sioux Falls bar for publicly performing copyrighted musical works without a license. Cotter explains how organizations such as BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC enable composers to enforce their copyrights against bars, nightclubs, and concert halls.

Read Tom Cotter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Chairs Discussion Group on 'Privileges for the Press'

April 12, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley chaired the panel deliberations on the topic of "Privileges for the Press" at the "Press Freedom Summit" convened at the University of Oregon. Kirtley will write the panel's report which will be incorporated into a summit paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Washington, D.C., in August.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Pioneer Press Editorial on Data Breach

April 11, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley's observations on the biggest data privacy breach to date involving alleged unauthorized access by police officers to Minnesota's driver's license database were featured in the lead editorial in the Pioneer Press. Kirtley pointed out that digitization of government records presents both an opportunity for increased public access and greater risks for data security. But she added that public employees viewing personal data without authorization raises the issue "of public servants who are supposed to be protecting public safety flouting the rules," and that "anybody with access to government databases should be trained about restrictions under federal or state law," though "This doesn't seem to me to be something that would require much beyond common sense."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in USA Today on Public Disclosure of Government Scientific Research

April 8, 2013

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a USA Today article on a controversy over whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies should allow prompt disclosure of scientific findings. Painter identified two problems with not publicly disclosing scientific findings: agency leaks of information benefit insiders and tippees who can use the information for securities trading, and delayed disclosure is sometimes part of agency politicization of scientific research. Painter said, "scientific information ought to be disclosed as quickly as possible to the public without restrictions."

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Chairs Panel on Genocide and the Media

April 6, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley chaired a panel discussion on "Genocide and the Media," featuring scholars from the University of Colorado, Carleton University and the University of Minnesota at a symposium entitled "Representing Genocide: Media, Law and Scholarship." The symposium was co-sponsored by, among others, the Human Rights Center at the Law School, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Quoted on Legal Implications for Tabloids that Publish Mugshots

April 6, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted by the Twin Cities Daily Planet in an article discussing Busted Paper and similar tabloids that publish mugshots. Kirtley pointed out that although some oppose online access to and mass distribution of the photographs because of concerns about unintended consequences, "People forget that transparency in the criminal justice system is for the protection of the arrested. Secrecy imperils those in custody. Public information should be accessible and there should always be a presumption of openness."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter's Affidavit Cited by 3M in Argument before Court of Appeals

April 4, 2013

Professor Richard Painter's affidavit urging the Court to uphold a trial court's order that Covington & Burling be disqualified from representing the State of Minnesota in suing 3M was cited by 3M in oral arguments before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The contested matter is an environmental suit that the trial court found was substantially related to Covington's prior representation of 3M.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. McGeveran to Give Talk on Encoding Privacy Law

April 3, 2013

Professor William McGeveran will give a talk entitled "Encoding Privacy Law. A DH 2.0 Collaborative Presentation" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Nolte Center for Continuing Education building on campus. The talk is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Prof. Carpenter Discusses U.S. Supreme Court Hearings on Gay Marriage

April 1, 2013

Professor Dale Carpenter was interviewed by the media on the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage. Carpenter spoke on WTIP Community Radio's The Roadhouse program and on WCCO's News and Views program with Roshini Rajkumar. He also spoke with KARE 11, MinnPost, and Minnesota Daily.

Read Dale Carpenter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Sokol Appointed to Chair Hispanic National Bar Association Law Professors Committee

April 1, 2013

Professor D. Daniel Sokol has been appointed the inaugural chair of the newly approved Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Law Professors Committee. "It is a great honor to serve in this capacity and build bridges among law professors, students and practitioners. I thank HNBA President Peter Reyes for pushing this initiative forward. Like many HNBA members, I am an immigrant to the United States. Spanish was spoken at home. Next year I celebrate my 20th anniversary as a naturalized U.S. citizen. Hopefully Congress will work hard on immigration reform to give others the same opportunities afforded to me," Sokol stated. There are over 200 Latino/a law professors teaching at U.S. law schools.