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for December, 2006

Sheikhosman Quoted Regarding Somalia Situation

December 28, 2006

On December 28 2006, Abdi Sheikhosman, an adjunct professor of Islamic law, was quoted by Forbes.com and some other news outlets. He was interviewed about the deteriorating political situation in Somalia in the aftermath of the Ethiopian troops' entry into Somalia. Professor Sheikhosman said that he fears the situation could deteriorate and lead to the return of warlord-rule. "I think that would be very dangerous and would be a great, great setback for the country," he said. In response to a question about the now defeated Union of Islamic Courts (ICU), Professor Sheikhosman responded, "The Courts were a mixed package. They brought law and order to the capital which ... was notoriously lawless." But, he said, they made missteps when they imposed unpopular religious decrees on the people and attempted to globalize their cause, a move that created concern that Somalia would become a "theater for terrorists."

Stras's Paper Rated Top 10 in SSRN Downloads

December 22, 2006

A paper by David Stras, “Supreme Court Gatekeepers: The Role of Law Clerks in the Certiorari Process” is rated top 10 (#6) in new downloads among all categories on SSRN (The Social Science Research Network). It is also the most downloaded paper of all time--not just among new downloads-- in the federal courts area by more than 170 downloads, #3 in recent downloads in the Constitutional Law area, #1 in recent downloads in the Experimental and Empirical studies area, and #1 in recent downloads in the Young Scholars series. The paper currently has 422 downloads since it was posted last month. Congratulations, Professor Stras!

Sampsell-Jones in Top 10 of SSRN Downloads

December 20, 2006

Criminal Law and Procedure Journals has reported the SSRN (The Social Science Research Network) monthly rankings of 389 American and international law school faculties and 1500 law professors. In the category of recent downloads (October 1, 2006 through December 20, 2006), Professor Sampsell-Jones falls within the top 10 papers for criminal law and procedure for his paper Reviving Saucier: Prospective Interpretations of Criminal Laws. Congratulations, Professor Sampsell-Jones!

Cox Discusses Rise of Foreclosures on MPR

December 20, 2006

Mortgage foreclosures are up in the Twin Cities and across the country, and one expert warns it could be just the tip of the iceberg. Prentiss Cox discussed the implications for neighborhoods and the economy as a guest on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning Show on December 19th. According to Cox, faulty appraisals are a growing problem and the Minnesota Department of Commerce is facing pressure from federal regulators to deal with a backlog of complaints. "When you have so many complaints like that and you don't follow up, you're sending the message that there's not a consequence for engaging in the behavior."

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Cox Heads Predatory Lending Task Force

December 15, 2006

Prentiss Cox was appointed to head Minnesota Attorney General Laurie Swanson's Predatory Lending Task Force. Predatory mortgage lending abuses, which have resulted in high levels of mortgage foreclosures in Minnesota, are a major emerging issue of concern in Congress and state legislatures. The task force will propose legislation for consideration by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2007 session, and will consider implementing requirements to verify a borrower's ability to repay a loan, prohibiting or limiting prepayment penalties, and requiring brokers to follow a duty of good faith and fair dealing.

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CFO Quoted Washburn, Wilkins, and Anderson

December 15, 2006

Professors Kevin Washburn, David Wilkins (American Indian Studies) and Bob Anderson (’83 alum and a Professor at the University of Washington Law School) were quoted in the cover article in the December issue of CFO magazine that discussed the $22 billion Indian gaming industry. The story also featured a local tribe, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and its corporate director, Mel Towle and planner Don Wedll. The article discusses compacting between tribes and states and the revenue sharing agreements between tribes and states that tend to exceed state corporate taxes on non-Indian corporations in the same states. It also discussed Governor Pawlenty’s recent plan for a Twin Cities casino.

Read Kevin Washburn's Faculty Profile.
Read David Wilkins' Faculty Profile.

Chen Named Dean of Brandeis School of Law

December 13, 2006

Jim Chen, Associate Dean and James L. Krusemark Professor of Law, has been appointed Dean of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Jim Chen has served as Associate Dean at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2004, and has greatly contributed to the intellectual climate and vision of the Law School. Dean Morrison and Dean Charles congratulate Jim Chen on his accomplishment, and are confident that the Law School will continue to attract and develop excellent scholars, leaders, and visionaries.