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for December, 2010

Prof. Painter Quoted on Investment Banking Reform Proposals

December 20, 2010

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in an editorial, "Create An Ethical Culture and Reasonable Compensation Rules Will Follow," in Institutional Investor. The article cited Painter's current research with colleague Professor Claire Hill which proposes "making highly paid employees personally liable in cases of insolvency and deferring pay in the form of assessable stock that would be exposed to company failures." Painter was quoted as saying, "I would just federally require it." The author concluded that the Painter/Hill proposal "has an elegance that reflexive regulatory reactions have lacked."

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Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Led Discussion with Reverend Jesse Jackson on the Status of Race in the U.S.

December 20, 2010

Fall 2010, Professor Michele Goodwin led an armchair discussion on the status of race in the United States with Reverend Jesse Jackson. The interview, held at Seton Hall Law School with a standing-room only audience, engaged topics ranging from the Tea Party movement, national security, post-racialism in society, the Obama Administration, and health care. Attending the interview were some of the nation's leading law professors, deans, and members of the local Bar.

Prof. Goodwin Conducts Exclusive Interview with Human Trafficking Activist

December 20, 2010

In November, 2010, Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin conducted an exclusive interview with Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, Founder and Director of the Visayan Forum Foundation, about sex trafficking in Asia. Professor Goodwin's interview is part of her international study on the exploitation and trafficking of girls in the Philippines, India, and South Africa. Ms. Flores-Oebanda is a former political prisoner and is internationally renowned for her work towards the protection, freedom, and empowerment of marginalized people. Ms. Flores-Oebanda's efforts have been formally recognized by a host of human rights organizations and governments. The U.S. State Department's 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report named her a Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery. More information about the Visayan Forum Foundation is available at: http://www.visayanforum.org/.

Prof. Hasday's Lecture to be Broadcast on Boston's NPR

December 19, 2010

Professor Jill Hasday's lecture entitled "Recasting the Canon of Family Law" will be broadcast on World of Ideas, a program on WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station. The lecture will air on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m. The broadcast will be available online at http://worldofideas.wbur.org/category/shows.

Read Jill Hasday's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Gives Swan Lecture at Weill Cornell Medical College

December 16, 2010

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin gave the Weill Cornell Medical College's annual endowed Roy C. Swan Lecture. Prof. Goodwin's lecture focused on organ trafficking.

Prof. Kirtley Contributes to New Book on the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

December 16, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley contributed a chapter to the new book, Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media and the Legal System, published by Ashgate. Her chapter is "Not Just Sloppy Journalism, But a Profound Ethical Failure: Media Coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Case." The book will be available in January 2011.

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Prof. Kirtley Authors "Media Law Handbook"

December 16, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley is the author of the new Media Law Handbook, commissioned and published by the U.S. State Department. The initial press run of 30,000 copies will be distributed by U.S. Embassies throughout the world.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Hall Quoted in Star Tribune Regarding Complaints of the FDA

December 15, 2010

The Star Tribune published an article on medical device companies' recent struggles due to the industry's increasing complaints about the FDA. Professor Ralph Hall said in the article that the U.S. market may become secondary as more medical technologies for U.S. products are introduced overseas.

Read Ralph Hall's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in Bloomberg Business Week

December 15, 2010

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in Bloomberg with concerns about Justice Scalia's appearance before Representative Bachmann's Tea Party caucus. Painter stressed the importance of avoiding ex-part communications between members of Congress and Supreme Court justices about cases likely to be before the Court.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses WikiLeaks on WCCO & KFAI Radios

December 14, 2010

Professor Jane Kirtley was a guest on WCCO Radio's "Hinesight," where she discussed the WikiLeaks disclosures and the legal issues arising from the detention of Julian Assange with guest host Steve Thomson. Kirtley also discussed these legal issues on KFAI radio's "Weekly News" roundup on Dec. 10.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Article by Professors Monahan and Schwarcz Cited in New York Times

December 11, 2010

A forthcoming article by Professors Amy Monahan and Danial Schwarcz was discussed in a New York Times article addressing health care finance. Monahan and Schwarcz argue in their article, "Will Employers Undermine Health Care Reform by Dumping Sick Employees?" that federal health care reform creates incentives for employers to design their health plans to appeal primarily to healthy employees. At the same time, employers will have incentives to encourage their sick employees to obtain coverage through newly created state insurance exchanges. By doing so, employers can lower their health care costs by forcing others who purchase insurance through state-based exchanges to subsidize the cost of coverage for their sick employees, which in turn will increase the cost of health care reform to the federal government. Their article, which is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, is available here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1651308.

Read Professor Schwarcz's Faculty Profile

Read Amy B. Monahan's Faculty Profile

New York Times Quotes Prof. McGeveran On FTC Privacy Plan

December 11, 2010

An article in the business section of the Sunday New York Times concerning the Federal Trade Commission's new online privacy initiative quoted Professor William McGeveran, an expert in internet privacy law. McGeveran emphasized the piecemeal and reactive approach to privacy regulation in the U.S., saying, "One of the comical attributes of privacy regulation is — a lot of it is responsive to fire alarms."

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter's Op-ed Published by The Huffington Post

December 9, 2010

The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Professor Richard Painter entitled "Real Republicans Don't Filibuster." In his article, Painter said that it would be hypocritical for Republican Senators to filibuster President Obama's judicial nominees.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Hill Quoted on NPR about Obama and the Tax Deal

December 7, 2010

Professor Claire Hill was quoted on the NPR Web site discussing the extention of Bush-era tax cuts. The article noted that she viewed the deal to extend the cuts as "a failure by Obama to effectively frame the tax cut issue." "This is a squandered opportunity for Democrats--there's so much they could have done," Hill said. Hill criticized Democratic leaders for not "pushing back on GOP characterization of allowing the temporary cuts to expire as a 'tax increase' and pushing Republican leaders to identify cuts to pay for continuing the tax breaks for the wealthy."

Read Claire Hill's Faculty Profile

Professors Hill and Cox Op-Ed and Editorial Mention in Star Tribune

December 5, 2010

Professors Claire Hill and Prentiss Cox published a joint op-ed in the Star Tribune, where they noted the problems in the real estate and financial markets caused by the failure of banks to follow legal requirements for foreclosure. Hill and Cox offered a proposed solution that involved more lenient proof of ownership in foreclosure proceedings in return for standardized loan modification formulas that include principal reductions for homeowners in foreclosure.

An accompanying Star Tribune editorial praised Cox and Hill as "nationally respected Minnesota mortgage crisis experts (who) have proposed intelligent solutions" for the foreclosure problem.

Read Claire Hill's Faculty Profile

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Prof. Cox Quoted in Business Week on New Consumer Bureau

December 2, 2010

Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in a Bloomberg Business Week story about the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau being developed by Professor Elizabeth Warren. Cox noted that close involvement with state attorneys general would help create a pro-consumer enforcement environment for the new agency.

Professor Cox was quoted the following day in the Charlotte Observer on the same issue.

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile