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for June, 2013

Prof. Carpenter Speaks to Media on Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

June 27, 2013

Professor Dale Carpenter spoke to various media outlets on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense Of Marriage Act. Carpenter spoke to the following media:
NPR's Talk of the Nation
MPR's All Things Considered

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Prof. Gross Speaks at International Conference on Cyberspace and International Law

June 27, 2013

Professor Oren Gross is speaking at an international conference entitled "Securing the Freedom and Stability of Cyberspace: The Role and Relevance of International Law" in Berlin, Germany. The conference was organized by the German Foreign Office and the University of Potsdam and was convened by Guido Westerwelle, the German Foreign Minister. More than 100 high-ranking government officials and academics are attending.

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Prof. Carpenter Interviewed by FOX 9 on Voting Rights Act Decision by Supreme Court

June 26, 2013

Professor Dale Carpenter was interviewed by FOX 9 on the Voting Rights Act decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Prof. Wolf Debates Incidental Findings at Institute of Medicine

June 25, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf was invited by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health to debate new recommendations from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics on how to handle incidental findings in clinical genome and exome sequencing. Wolf met with the roundtable at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., in a debate that included Professors Robert Green from Harvard Medical School, Amy McGuire from Baylor College of Medicine, and Wylie Burke from the University of Washington.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Goodwin's Essay on Affirmative Action Cited in MPR News Article

June 25, 2013

Professor Michele Goodwin's Wisconsin Law Review essay, "The Death of Affirmative Action?" was cited in a Minnesota Public Radio news article entitled "Do White Women Recognize the Entitlements they Gained from Affirmative Action?" Goodwin's essay notes that that since Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, plaintiffs suing for discrimination in academic admissions have been white women, despite the fact that white women have significantly benefited from state and federal affirmative action programs. Her article also discusses that although race is the primary focus in these landmark cases, white men were admitted with lower test scores than the female plaintiffs who chose to sue for race-based, rather than gender-based, discrimination.

Prof. Goodwin Quoted in MPR News Article on Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case

June 24, 2013

Professor Michele Goodwin was quoted in an MPR News article entitled "What the Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Means for MN Colleges." According to the article, the Supreme Court ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas "doesn't force Minnesota colleges to change their admissions practices. But it does send a signal that they need to think more about—and ultimately justify—how they handle race in admissions." Goodwin said, "Because of that signaling, institutions may, in fact, reexamine or recalibrate what it is that they're already doing."

Prof. Painter Quoted in Star Tribune on County Commissioner's Support for Contract Tied to Spouse's Lobbying Firm

June 17, 2013

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Star Tribune article on a Hennepin County Commissioner whose spouse's firm has been lobbying the Commission for a major contract. Painter said it's common for a politician's spouse to be a lobbyist, but that on the federal level, citizens have access to more information about lobbying activities than they do in Minnesota. Painter said, voters have a right to know about a county commissioner's familial connections with lobbying firms, so they can ask questions and make informed decisions.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Levinson Authors New Volume on the Composition of the Hebrew Bible and its Reception History

June 17, 2013

Professor Bernard Levinson is the author of a new book entitled A More Perfect Torah: At the Intersection of Philology and Hermeneutics in Deuteronomy and the Temple Scroll (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013). The volume explores the relationship between the composition history of the biblical text and its reception history at Qumran and in rabbinic literature. The release of the publication marks the inauguration of an important new series by Eisenbrauns, Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible.

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Prof. Cotter Quoted in Star Tribune on 'Patent Trolls'

June 16, 2013

Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in a Star Tribune article about aggressive patent infringement lawsuits filed by patent assertion entities or "patent trolls." Cotter stated that the number of such suits has increased dramatically in the last few years, due in part to the increasing number of software and business method patents.

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Prof. Hasday's 'Siblings in Law' Article Cited by Israel's Supreme Court

June 15, 2013

Professor Jill Hasday's recent article, "Siblings in Law," 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 897 (2012), was cited by Israel's Supreme Court. The case considered the rights of brothers to live together in the same country when one brother's custody is subject to the Hague Abduction Convention and the other's is not.

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Prof. Sokol to Present at Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools' Junior Faculty Forum

June 14, 2013

Professor D. Daniel Sokol was selected to present at the prestigious Junior Faculty Forum, organized by Stanford, Yale, and Harvard law schools. This year's forum will be held at Yale Law School. Sokol's paper, "Policing the Firm," addresses how to make antitrust criminal enforcement more effective.

Prof. Painter Quoted in Wall Street Journal on University of Michigan Selling Early Release of its Economic Data to Hedge Funds

June 12, 2013

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a front page Wall Street Journal article covering the University of Michigan's practice of accepting payment for release of its market moving consumer economic data to hedge funds seconds before it was released to the public. This is a "blind spot" in U.S. law, said Painter, a former Republican White House ethics lawyer. Groups, he said, should "not be allowed to selectively disclose market-moving data to people who pay more money—that is not right."

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Wolf Presents 'Consent in Whole Genome Sequencing' in Webinar

June 11, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf presented "Consent in Whole Genome Sequencing: The Debate Over Return of Results & Incidental Findings" in a webinar series sponsored by Genetic Alliance. This ongoing series focuses on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics Issues in their report entitled Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. McGeveran Answers WCCO's 'Good Question': "How Much Does the Gov't Really Know About Us?"

June 10, 2013

Professor William McGeveran appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO News, answering the question, "How much does the government really know about us?" McGeveran said, "The government, if you take it all together, knows a ton. But in most cases there are pretty strict rules about what one agency can share with another about what information they've collected."

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Prof. Meili Discusses Research on Treaties at Nordic Asylum Law Seminar

June 7, 2013

Professor Stephen Meili presented a paper on complimentary protection in comparative perspective at the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar at the University of Bergen, Norway. Meili used his research on the impact of human treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in five common law countries as the basis for analyzing the effectiveness of such treaties in civil law systems, using Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as examples. His conclusion, based on a preliminary analysis of data from a variety of common and civil law countries, is that the type of legal system is not a significant variable in analyzing treaty impact in the asylum context. A more important factor is whether countries have adopted legislation at least as protective of refugees as relevant international instruments.

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Prof. Wolf Speaks on NPR's Science Friday on Whole Genome Scans

June 7, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf appeared on NPR's Science Friday to discuss issues raised by whole genome sequencing. The program focused on the huge quantity of information such sequencing can reveal, including incidental findings. Wolf raised concerns about recent recommendations by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) that urge laboratories to look for 57 extra incidental findings whenever sequencing is performed and call for physicians to share the findings with patients, even if the patient does not want the extra testing or the results. Wolf co-authored an article in the May 31 issue of Science critiquing the ACMG guidelines and urging the importance of respecting patient autonomy in clinical genomics.

Read Susan M. Wolf's Faculty Profile

Prof. Hall Quoted in Star Tribune on University's Medical Devices Center

June 4, 2013

Professor Ralph Hall was quoted in a Star Tribune article entitled "University of Minnesota Opens New Medical Devices Center in Minneapolis." According to the article, the center hopes to create 20 to 30 new FDA-approved medical devices, or techniques. Hall stated, "That's a lot. That output would be on the order of what Boston Scientific does. That's not bad."

Prof. Carpenter's Book Flagrant Conduct Wins Lambda Literary Award

June 3, 2013

Professor Dale Carpenter's book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, won the award in the LGBT Nonfiction category at the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The ceremony was hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at Cooper Union in New York City. It brought together almost 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 25 years of the groundbreaking literary awards.

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Dean David Wippman Quoted in Star Tribune Editorial on the Law of War

June 1, 2013

Dean David Wippman was quoted in a Star Tribune editorial entitled "No Simple Solutions Regarding Guantanamo Bay." Wippman stated, "The law of war historically said that if you capture an enemy combatant, you can hold that individual until hostilities come to an end, and then you can repatriate that individual to his or her country. It's problematic to consider this an ongoing armed conflict. But the further we get away from the events of 2001 and the war in Afghanistan, it becomes harder to justify just holding them in effect as individuals incarcerated under the laws of war. That's where the administration is really stymied—what do you do with that group?"

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