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for May, 2009

Professor Kirtley Discusses Sotomayor's First Amendment Opinions

May 28, 2009

Professor Jane Kirtley discussed Judge Sonia Sotomayor's opinions in First Amendment and FOIA cases with David Hudson of the First Amendment Center. Kirtley described Sotomayor's ruling in U.S. v. Quattrone as "the textbook example ... of how an appeals court should review a gag order."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Professor Stras on WCCO Radio Regarding Sotomayor Nomination

May 27, 2009

Professor David Stras provided commentary for WCCO radio about Barack Obama's nomination of Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Stras on National Public Radio's "The World" Regarding Sotomayor Nomination

May 27, 2009

Professor David Stras was interviewed by National Public Radio's "The World" program about the international law implications of Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Monahan Addresses MN State Bar Association on State Health Care Reform and ERISA Preemption

May 18, 2009

Professor Monahan was the featured speaker at the Minnesota State Bar Association's Section on Employee Benefits annual meeting. Her talk addressed recent developments in state health care reform and the impact of ERISA preemption on such reforms.

Read Amy B. Monahan's Faculty Profile

Professor Meili Presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Law & Society

May 18, 2009

Professor Steve Meili will be presenting a paper entitled "Perceptions of Consumer Class Actions: The Views of Lawyers and their Clients" at the Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association in Denver, Colorado on May 30, 209.

At the same conference, Meili will be chairing a panel discussion of "Negotiating Justice: Progressive Lawyering, Low Income Clients, and the Quest for Social Change" by Corey Shdaimah.

Read Steve Meili's Faculty Profile

Professor Weissbrodt Quoted in Business & Economics

May 12, 2009

Professor David Weissbrodt was quoted in the article, "Are Economic Rights Fundamental Human Rights?" in Business & Economics. Weissbrodt was quoted as saying, "It's a variant of the argument that first people have to eat, and then we can worry about human rights. I don't agree with that argument, for a number of reasons, the most important is that people who are having serious economic problems, like they can't find food to eat, need other human rights, like, for example, the right to freedom of expression. If you're not getting enough food, and you also don't have the right to complain about it, it's a lot worse."

Read David Weissbrodt's Faculty Profile

Professor Hall Quoted on Comparative Effectiveness in Finance and Commerce

May 4, 2009

Professor Ralph Hall was quoted extensively in a recent article, "Health Care: Drug, medical-device makers urge caution on 'comparative effectiveness' research" in Finance and Commerce. Hall commented on the implications on patients and the health care system of comparative effectiveness. Comparative effectiveness is a key emerging trend in health care with over $1 billion explicitly allocated in the recent economic stimulus package to research in this area.