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for August, 2014

Prof. Meili Delivers Series of Lectures at Law Schools in Medellin, Colombia

August 25, 2014

Professor Stephen Meili presented a series of lectures and clinical training exercises to human rights professors and students at four law schools in Medellin, Colombia during the week of August 25. The lectures were part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the law schools at Universidad de Medellín, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Pontifícia Bolivariana, and Universidad Católica de Oriente. Meili's lecture topics included his research on public interest law (or "cause lawyering") in Latin America over the past 25 years and teaching human rights in a law school setting. He also led several group-based exercises in which students played the roles of interested parties attempting to resolve human rights disputes in Colombia.

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Prof. Hill Answers WCCO-TV's 'Good Question': 'Why Can Companies Use Tax Inversion?'

August 25, 2014

Professor Claire Hill appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering the question, "Why Can Companies Use Tax Inversion?" Tax inversions, in which U.S. companies enter into transactions with foreign corporations such that they would no longer be taxed as U.S. corporations, are much in the news. Hill commented on Burger King's proposed transaction with Canadian corporation Tim Horton. Hill noted that it's not just corporations that seek to minimize their tax liability—that individuals in their day-to-day lives do so as well. She noted, too, that a company couldn't avoid paying U.S. tax on its U.S. operations by doing an inversion—that it would just avoid paying tax on its worldwide income, which U.S. corporations have to do under the US tax system.

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Prof. Shen Answers WCCO-TV's 'Good Question': 'How Do They Determine If Deadly Force Was Justified?'

August 18, 2014

Professor Francis Shen appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering the question, "How Do They Determine If Deadly Force Was Justified?" "We think about what would a reasonable officer have done given the facts and circumstances," Shen said.

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Prof. McDonnell Interviewed on Twin Cities News Talk Radio on Liberal Reaction to Hobby Lobby Case

August 14, 2014

Professor Brett McDonnell was interviewed on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130's Up & At 'Em morning radio show with Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse. McDonnell discussed his op-ed article on liberal reaction to the Hobby Lobby case and the argument made there that the Supreme Court decision actually advances several major liberal principles.

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Prof. Carbone Interviewed on Jordana Green Radio Show on Her New Book, Marriage Markets

August 13, 2014

Professor June Carbone appeared on WCCO News Radio's Jordana Green Show to discuss marriage and children. Carbone spoke about her new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family (with Naomi Cahn of George Washington University Law School), and the findings about why marriage remains important in some communities and not in others. The show also addressed the ways men and women viewed each other and the impact on children. Click here to listen to the interview.

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Prof. Kappelhoff Delivers Opening Statement at Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

August 13, 2014

Professor Mark Kappelhoff, deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, delivered the opening statement at the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Prof. Kirtley Presents at Three Sessions at AEJMC Conference

August 8, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley took part in three sessions at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 97th Annual Conference in Montreal. On August 6, her presentation, "The First Amendment and Whistleblowers," was part of a panel entitled "Whistleblowing in Government and Free Expression." That day, she also appeared on a second panel entitled "Federal Shield Law: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?" On August 8, she was the discussant for a refereed research paper session, "Issues of Access, Privacy and Newsgathering."

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Prof. Shen Quoted in Star Tribune on State Fair Research Project

August 7, 2014

Professor Francis Shen was quoted in a Star Tribune article about the University of Minnesota's expanded research presence at the Minnesota State Fair. Shen will run a State Fair Justice study at the fair in which fair-goers can participate in a mock jury exercise.

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Prof. Carbone Interviewed on WBUR on Her New Book, Marriage Markets

August 4, 2014

Professor June Carbone's new book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family (with Naomi Cahn of George Washington University Law School), was the subject of a one-hour interview and call-in show on Boston Public Radio.

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Prof. Orfield's Work on Exclusionary Rule Cited in The New Yorker

August 4, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield's work on the exclusionary rule was cited in a New Yorker article entitled "Crime Fiction: Did the Chicago Police Coerce Witnesses into Pinpointing the Wrong Man for Murder?"

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