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for December, 2007

Simon Quoted in Tribune on DWI Arrest Rate

December 29, 2007

Professor Stephen Simon was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article about the increase in females driving while intoxicated (DWI). Simon discussed the high incidence of DWI in relationship to the relatively low arrest rate for DWI. He described the arrest rate for DWI as being one of the most significant deterrence factors in reducing the incidence of DWI.

Read Stephen Simon's Faculty Profile

Orfield Quoted on School Funding Proposal

December 28, 2007

Professor Myron Orfield provided testimony to the New Jersey Legislature's Assembly Budget and Education Committees, regarding Governor Jon Corzine's proposal to overhaul the state's system for funding education. The new plan would provide more funding for the poorest districts in New Jersey, with increased funding to those districts with growing numbers of poor and immigrant children.

In an article in the Star Ledger, Orfield states, Corzine's plan is a "significant step in the right direction (for the state of New Jersey), because it recognizes the struggle and stress of the older suburbs."

Read Myron Orfield's Faculty Profile

Cox on MPR Midmorning and Other Media

December 21, 2007

Professor Prentiss Cox discussed new federal mortgage regulations on the "follow-up" segment of the Midmorning show on Minnesota Public Radio.

Professor Cox has also recently appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and on two local television stations (Channel 11 and Channel 9) to discuss issues surrounding the rapid rise in foreclosures and other mortgage lending issues.

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Simon Quoted in Star Tribune on Rural Crashes

December 20, 2007

Professor Steve Simon was quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a recent University of Minnesota study that looked at some of the risks and behaviors of drivers in rural Minnesota. Professor Simon was one of the first researchers to focus on rural crashes and the challenges and difficulties in reducing them. His research on the epidemiology of rural traffic crashes was discussed in the article.

Read Stephen Simon's Faculty Profile

Kirtley on Channel 9 on MN Free Flow of Info

December 11, 2007

Prof. Jane Kirtley was interviewed by Channel 9 Fox News discussing St. Paul police using an administrative subpoena to obtain the telephone records of reporter Tom Lyden as part of an investigation into who had disclosed a government document to the reporter. The document appears to be a public record disclosable under the state Data Practices Act.

Prof. Kirtley commented that the use of the administrative subpoena, to obtain the records directly from the phone company without first subpoenaing the reporter, amounted to an "end run" around the Minnesota Free Flow of Information Act (journalists' shield law).

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Orfield Editorial on Minn. Schools in Star Tribune

December 7, 2007

Professor Orfield's OpEd, "Segregation is back, and our future is on the line," in the Minneapolis Star Tribune discusses the rapid economic and racial resegregation occuring in Minnesota's schools. This trend hurts all of the state's students, along with their families, their neighborhoods, and the region's present and future workforce. Now is the time for something to be done to reverse this detrimental trend, says Orfield.

Read Myron Orfield's Faculty Profile

Cribari in Dec-Jan issue of MN Law & Politics

December 6, 2007

"All the World's a Courtroom," which appears in the January/February Minnesota Law and Politics," profiles Prof. Cribari as a playwright. "[H]e strives to infuse his work with a deeper, underlying message," the article says. He is quoted as saying that he wants the audience to get "a greater sense of clarity of who they are and a greater sense of the extraordinary possibilities of being alive."

Professor Cribari is a Distinguished Visiting Professor who teaches constitutional law, evidence, physical evidence/expert testimony, and criminal law.

Read Stephen J. Cribari's Faculty Profile

Hall in Pioneer Press on U.S. Supreme Court Case

December 2, 2007

Professor Hall was recently interviewed and quoted by the Pioneer Press in a major article regarding Riegal v. Medtronic, a case recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves the question of whether FDA approval and regulation of high risk medical devices preemption certain state tort lawsuits. Given the number of tort actions involving medical devices, this case is being closely watched by the plaintiffs bar and by industry.

Read Ralph Hall's Faculty Profile

Wolf Interviewed for New York Times

December 2, 2007

Professor Susan Wolf was quoted extensively in a major New York Times Magazine article, "Death in the Family," exploring the issues raised by a campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Washington State. Described as "among the nation's most prominent thinkers about physician-assisted suicide," Wolf was interviewed about the "progressive perspectives" that underlie her opposition to legalizing the practice, including her views on the impact on women and those with impeded access to health care. Wolf is a faculty member in the Law School, Medical School, and Center for Bioethics.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile