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for February, 2014

Prof. Painter Testifies Before U.S. House Oversight Committee Hearing on DOJ Investigation of IRS "Profiling" Scandal

February 26, 2014

Professor Richard Painter testified before a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Government Oversight Committee on the Department of Justice (DOJ) ongoing investigation of allegations that the IRS singled out conservative groups for additional tax scrutiny. Painter discussed a range of issues including whether the IRS is an appropriate gatekeeper for our campaign finance system and whether the DOJ should have taken additional steps to assign leadership of the investigation to a DOJ lawyer without ties to either political party.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Debates Cameras in the Courts on BBC World Service

February 25, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was a guest on the BBC World Service show, "World Have Your Say." The topic was the decision of a high court judge in South Africa to allow electronic media coverage of the upcoming Oscar Pistorius trial. This will be the first time television and radio coverage of a criminal trial will be permitted in South Africa. Kirtley debated the judge's decision with an English criminal defense attorney. (Note that the segment begins about 40 minutes into the program link.)

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Wolf Appointed to Public Health Panel

February 24, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf has been appointed to an expert panel on the role of population health in all professions, as part of an effort by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to re-envision public health education. ASPPH has convened a task force on "Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health." The "Health in All Professions Expert Panel" will produce a report to be included in the work of the Framing the Future initiative. For more on that initiative, go to http://www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=1184.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Comments on New AG Guidelines to Associated Press

February 21, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in an Associated Press report about new Justice Department guidelines governing obtaining records from the news media in leak investigations. She expressed concern that "national security" exceptions to provisions requiring notification of the press before records are obtained from third parties are too vague. "It seems that in times of crisis, there's a tendency to see everything as a major national security breach. Do they all rise to the level of severity to justify what I see as an intrusion on press independence?" Prof. Kirtley said.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses Whether Student's 'Tweet' is Criminal Defamation or Protected Speech on WCCO Radio

February 19, 2014

Professor Jane Kirtley was a guest on WCCO Radio's John Williams Show. She discussed whether a Rogers High School student's "tweet" appearing to confirm an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with a teacher (but which he claimed was meant to be sarcastic) is speech protected under the First Amendment, or whether he could be prosecuted under Minnesota's Criminal Defamation statute.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Wolf Discusses Incidental Findings on MPR

February 18, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit, along with Dr. Danielle Ofri of Bellevue Hospital, to discuss the current debate about returning extra information, or incidental findings, identified during research or clinical testing. Wolf described her work funded by NIH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on returning research findings in genetic/genomic and imaging research, including a current project with the Mayo Clinic on returning results to the families of deceased probands in a pancreatic cancer registry. Click here to read more and listen to the broadcast.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Quoted in Boston Globe on Pregnant Women and 'Fetal Rights'

February 16, 2014

Professor Michele Goodwin was quoted in a Boston Globe article on pregnant women and "fetal rights." The article highlighted Goodwin's forthcoming California Law Review article, "Fetal Protection Laws: The New Constitutional Battlefront," in discussing how such laws burden pregnant women's constitutional rights in "the guise of protecting them." The article quotes Goodwin as explaining that while attention is currently focused on pregnant women's liberty interests, "We could have had perhaps at least a better, earlier conversation about these issues back in the 1980s," if more legal scholars took up these issues.

Prof. Borgida Elected a Fellow of AAAS

February 15, 2014

Professor Gene Borgida has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). On Feb. 15, Borgida and others recently elected were presented at the AAAS Fellows Forum at the annual meeting in Chicago. Borgida was elected in psychology "for distinguished contributions tackling flawed decision-making in consequential contexts, especially law and politics, and for defining social psychology in law through research, reviews, and courtroom expertise." Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and recognizes scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science.

Read Eugene Borgida's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin Quoted in Star Tribune on Immunity for Law Enforcers

February 12, 2014

Professor Michele Goodwin was quoted in a Star Tribune article entitled "Minnesota Supreme Court: Accident Victim Can't Sue Deputy Who Hit Her." In the article, Goodwin stated, "One criticism is that [immunity] doesn't create in officers [a tendency] to be as careful as they could be. But that has to balance real concern to protect people who have enormously risky jobs and the problems caused by being personally liable for just doing your job."

Prof. Kappelhoff Prosecutes Federal Sex Trafficking Case

February 11, 2014

Professor Mark Kappelhoff prosecuted two defendants in a federal sex trafficking case in his role as an appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota. The two defendants pleaded guilty to engaging in a sex trafficking conspiracy and on February 11, 2014, they were sentenced before The Honorable Donovan W. Frank.

Read Mark Kappelhoff's Faculty Profile

Prof. Gross Speaks on WCCO News Radio on Drones

February 11, 2014

Professor Oren Gross was a guest on WCCO News Radio's The Chad Hartman Show to discuss drones and the use of drones.

Read Oren Gross's Faculty Profile

Prof. Moriearty Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer on Juvenile Life Without Parole

February 10, 2014

Professor Perry Moriearty was interviewed for and quoted in two Minnesota Lawyer articles regarding the sentencing of juvenile defendants. In a Feb. 10 cover story, Moriearty discussed legislation that will be proposed later in February to amend Minnesota's first degree murder sentencing statute and bring it into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama. In the Jan. 13 issue, Moriearty commented on the spate of recent state supreme court and federal court decisions on Miller v. Alabama's retroactive application.

Read Perry Moriearty's Faculty Profile

Prof. Wolf Speaks at National Academy of Sciences

February 10, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf will speak at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., as part of a workshop on returning individual results from genome research using population-based banked specimens. The Academy has convened this workshop at the request of the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to guide the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. Invited participants include researchers from across the country, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and CDC.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Orfield's Report on Subsidized Housing Cited by Media

February 7, 2014

Professor Myron Orfield, Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, Research Director Thomas Luce, and Will Stancil released a report that shows white suburban requests for subsidized housing are being rejected by state and local agencies, even though such projects are more cost effective and could increase residential racial integration. The study has been cited in local media including:

Minnesota Public Radio
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune editorial

Read Myron Orfield's Faculty Profile

Prof. Wolf to Speak at the Smithsonian on Genetics

February 6, 2014

Professor Susan Wolf will debate Professor Robert Green of Harvard Medical School on "Is genetic information different?" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Both Green and Wolf are investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study issues in genetics and genomics. Serving as moderator will be Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH. The event is sponsored by the Smithsonian and NIH, in connection with the current exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History on "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code."

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile