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for April, 2014

Prof. Kirtley Speaks on New Media and Human Rights at Conference in Colombia

April 30, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley appeared on a panel, entitled "The New Media as an Advocate for Human Rights Reform in Colombia," at the 15th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas: Human Rights in Colombia, held at the Universidad del Magdalena in Santa Marta. Kirtley's presentation was entitled "Hard and Soft Censorship: Promoting and Maintaining Freedom of Expression Principles for the New Media in the Americas." The Center for Governmental Responsibility at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida coordinated the event, with co-sponsorship by USAID and Higher Education for Development, as well as the Universidad del Magdalena.

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Prof. Carbone Speaks on WCCO Radio on Women Waiting to Get Married or Even Raising Kids Alone

April 29, 2014

Professor June Carbone was interviewed on WCCO Radio's The John Hines Show. Carbone spoke about her new book, with Naomi Cahn, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family. The interview focused, in particular, on why so many women do not marry the fathers of their children. Carbone explained that, legally, marriage is not a good deal for women paired with unreliable men. She also explained how a changing economy has produced an elite group that is more marriage focused and a middle group moving away from marriage. Click here to listen to the interview.

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Prof. Cotter Quoted in Star Tribune on Awards of Attorneys' Fees in Patent Cases

April 29, 2014

Professor Thomas Cotter was quoted in a Star Tribune article about a pair of U.S. Supreme Court cases that will make it easier for the prevailing party in a patent infringement to recover its attorneys' fees from the losing party. The article quotes Cotter as stating that "the ruling should drive off some nuisance lawsuits brought by so-called 'patent trolls' who file dozens of suits in hopes of getting cash settlements from firms that can't afford to fight them in court, because "those suits become less appealing as the chance of being socked with legal fees increases."

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Prof. Shaffer Speaks at Society of International Economic Law Conference

April 25, 2014

Professor Gregory Shaffer was the concluding keynote speaker at a two-day conference of the Society of International Economic Law in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Prof. Cotter Quoted in Law360 on Apple-Motorola Patent Dispute

April 25, 2014

Professor Thomas Cotter was quoted in a Law360 article about the Federal Circuit's recent decision in the Apple-Motorola smartphone patent dispute affirming a district court ruling that Motorola cannot obtain an injunction for the alleged infringement of a standard-essential patent that Motorola had committed to license on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. Cotter stated that while the court "left the door open to injunctions on essential patents, its refusal to grant one to Motorola suggests they won't be a frequent occurrence."

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Prof. Goodwin's Work Featured in MinnPost

April 25, 2014

Professor Michele Goodwin's work was featured in a MinnPost article entitled "Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Illegal Drugs: 'Throwing a Lit Match.'"

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Prof. Painter Quoted in Washington Times on Alleged Hatch Act Violations at U.S. Consumer Protection Board

April 24, 2014

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Washington Times article reporting multiple allegations of political activity violating the Hatch Act on the part of employees of the U.S. Consumer Protection Board that was established under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Painter observed that Hatch Act cases will continue to surface without faster and tougher enforcement. "If they don't crack down, we're going to get a lot more, whether the Democrats or Republicans are in charge, it doesn't matter."

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Carbone Interviewed on Radio on 'Marriage Markets'

April 24, 2014

Professor June Carbone appeared on the radio/Internet show "Virtually Speaking" with Jay Ackroyd to discuss her new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, with Naomi Cahn. Carbone and Cahn talked about the economics of family life, children, marriage and social structure.

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Prof. Cooper Quoted in Star Tribune on Sports Issues Related to Labor Law and Arbitration

April 24, 2014

Professor Laura Cooper was quoted in a Star Tribune article entitled "Mankato Football Players end Protest, Will Practice." Cooper said, "Just like any other coach, they can buy out the rest of his contract, but only if he agrees. What they can't do is fire him because the players don't want to play for him." Cooper was quoted in another Star Tribune article entitled "Concordia Paying Close Attention to Northwestern Union Issue." The article stated: "Even if Northwestern players vote to form a union, little is expected to change immediately. The legal fight to unionize, should the players vote to do so, could drag on for at least a year and include appeals by Northwestern to the full National Labor Relations Board, and also into federal court, said Laura Cooper, a University of Minnesota law professor specializing in labor law and arbitration."

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Prof. Ní Aoláin Presents at Global Prosperity and Democracy Forum

April 24, 2014

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin will present at the Carlson School of Management's forum entitled "Global Prosperity and Democracy: Challenges for Corporations, Government, NGOs, and Civil Society." Her panel addresses the important question of "Good Government and the Rule of Law". Other speakers include the Honorable Judge John Tunheim, Mr. Fukuyama, Brian Atwood, Norm Coleman and Rep. Erik Paulson.

Read Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Carbone Discusses Disadvantages of Marriage for Single Parents in Slate Column

April 22, 2014

Professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn (George Washington University) wrote an article for Slate entitled "Just Say No: For White Working-class Women, it Makes Sense to Stay Single Mothers." Drawing on their new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family (Oxford University Press, 2014), they explain why working class women may see marriage as a threat, rather than an asset, to their ability to care for their children.

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Prof. Wolf Speaks on Issues in Law, Ethics & Biomedicine

April 21, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf lectured at the reopened Northrop on "Should research participants get back their own results and incidental findings? Debates at the intersection of law, ethics, science & medicine." This event was part of the Institute for Advanced Study's celebration of the grand reopening. For more on the event, visit http://ias.umn.edu/2014/04/21/susan-wolf/.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Orfield Hosts Forum on Met Council's Fair Housing Equity Assessment

April 21, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield and the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity hosted a forum on the Met Council's Fair Housing Equity Assessment. Participants included residents of North Minneapolis, the Saint Paul NAACP, many diverse suburban officials and parent groups supporting integrated schools. KARE11 reported on the forum in a piece entitled "Low Income Units Along Green Line Questioned."

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted in U.S. Law Week on Secret 'Company Doe' Case

April 18, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a U.S. Law Week story about the Fourth Circuit's ruling in Company Doe v. Public Citizen, which reversed a federal district judge's decision allowing a manufacturer's challenge to a CPSC online report containing a complaint about one of its products to proceed in secret and to use a pseudonym in the case. Kirtley pointed out that the appeals court's decision was "sweeping in its scope," recognizing a First Amendment right of access to civil records, the trial court's summary judgment opinion, and the docket sheet. She noted the Fourth Circuit's finding that the organizations seeking access had suffered irreparable harm, and that the decision "is a reminder that judges should always be thinking about these phantom third parties...the public and the press" when making decisions about whether to seal court records.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Moriearty Quoted in Pioneer Press on Minnesota Supreme Court Decision

April 17, 2014

Professor Perry Moriearty was interviewed for and quoted in a Pioneer Press article discussing the Minnesota Supreme Court's recent decision in Minnesota v. Roman Nose. In the decision, the Court reinstated a sentence of life without parole stemming from a juvenile offense and reaffirmed its prior ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama does not apply retroactively.

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Prof. Shaffer Elected Vice President of American Society of International Law

April 17, 2014

Professor Gregory Shaffer has been elected to become Vice President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the leading international law society in the United States.

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Prof. Painter Quoted in Washington Post on Google and Alleged Illegal Online Drug Sales

April 15, 2014

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Washington Post article about ongoing federal and state investigations of Google's involvement with illegal online drug sales. The story reported that Google was invited to a White House forum on the same topic at the same time as federal prosecutors were investigating and charging Google for the alleged conduct. Painter, who was ethics counsel at the White House during the George W. Bush administration, expressed surprise that Google was allowed to participate in the White House forum. "We absolutely would not have permitted it," Painter, said. Painter added that he would not have been concerned about Google officials attending other White House events, "but not an event on a topic for which the company was under active investigation."

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Orfield's Work on Police Perjury Cited in Chicago Tribune

April 15, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield's work on police perjury was cited in a Chicago Tribune article entitled "5 Cops Caught in Lies on Witness Stand, Judge Says." In discussing a trial in which five Chicago policemen were found to have committed perjury, the article noted Orfield's studies of the Chicago police and court systems, which found that police perjury was a common occurrence.

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Prof. Chan Quoted in Star Tribune on Sexual Assault of Immigrant Teen in Jail

April 14, 2014

Professor Linus Chan was quoted in a Star Tribune article about an immigrant teenager represented by the Center for New Americans' Detainee Rights Clinic who was sexually assaulted at Sherburne County Jail after he was housed with a convicted child molester who was a Department of Corrections Inmate. The story reports that the recent incident highlights a nationwide problem of assaults and sexual violence at immigration detention centers, which is exacerbated by the mixing of immigrant detainees held under civil detention with criminal detainees in county jails. The Clinic's advocacy led to the client's release without litigation, and resulted in Sherburne County segregating immigration and criminal detainees in that facility. The case also prompted the Star Tribune editorial board to call for the end of mixing immigrant detainees with criminal detainees in all facilities.

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Prof. Carbone Quoted in Wall Street Journal on Student Debt

April 14, 2014

Professor June Carbone was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on responsibility for student debt. Carbone addressed the circumstances in which such debt might be allocated at divorce.

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Prof. Hasday Answers WCCO's 'Good Question': "How Much Parental Leave Do We Take?"

April 3, 2014

Professor Jill Hasday appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering the question, "How Much Parental Leave Do We Take?" Hasday explained the federal and state laws governing parental leave and the obstacles that parents encounter in trying to take leave.

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Prof. Cribari to Speak on Cultural Property in Conflict

April 3, 2014

Professor Stephen Cribari will present "Of Monuments and Men: Cultural Property in Conflict" as part of the Headliners series, sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education, at the Continuing Education Conference Center on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. The program will provide an overview of humankind's tradition of cultural property depredation, consider how cultural property is (or is not) protected, and highlight some of the major conflicts involving cultural property today.

Read Stephen J. Cribari's Faculty Profile