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for May, 2012

Prof. Kirtley Quoted on Media Access to RNC in Tampa

May 30, 2012

Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Tampa Bay Times story about how journalists might avoid arrest when covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer. She attributed arrests in St. Paul during the 2008 RNC to lack of training of law enforcement personnel, and suggested the use of press liaisons or credentialing to mitigate problems. "As much as I hate the notion of government licensing journalists, I think the lack of a credential[ing process] really helped contribute to the problems," she said.

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Prof. Goodwin Testifies to U. S. Senate Field Hearing

May 30, 2012

Professor Michele Goodwin, an expert in bioethics and the role of law in promotion and regulation of medicine, science and biotechnology, will participate on an expert panel at a U. S. Senate field hearing chaired by U. S. Senator Al Franken at the Minnesota State Capitol today. The hearing entitled "Ensuring Patients' Access to Care and Privacy: Are Federal Laws Protecting Patients?" will examine whether current federal laws effectively protect patients' access to care and privacy. Sen. Franken, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, arranged the hearing after Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson issued a report examining whether Chicago-based Accretive Health Inc. violated federal health, debt collection and privacy laws. Accretive Health was formerly a contractor with Fairview Health Services in Minnesota. Prof. Goodwin has written about this issue on her Chronicle blog http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/stalking-patients-at-hospitals/47214"

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Profs. Hill and Painter Publish Op-Ed in New York Times Online "Dealbook" Section

May 29, 2012

Professors Claire Hill and Richard Painter published an op-ed entitled "Why S.E.C. Settlements Should Hold Senior Executives Liable" in The New York Times' online edition of the "Dealbook" page. In the article, Hill and Painter urge that senior officers of investment banks and other financial institutions be personally liable for a significant portion of SEC fines levied against their institutions. The op-ed follows the House Financial Services Committee's May 17 hearing about SEC settlements, where Painter was a witness. Hill and Painter are also working on a forthcoming book that will discuss this and other proposals for restoring personal responsibility to investment banking.

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Prof. Simon Profiled in Star Tribune on Great Work and Retirement

May 23, 2012

Professor Stephen Simon (’71) was featured in an a column by Gail Rosenblum in the Star Tribune. The article, entitled "Departing U Law Professor is Judged Highly by Former Students," showcased Simon's exceptional work in light of his retirement from the Law School.

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Prof. Meili Discusses Human Rights Research at Toronto Conference

May 18, 2012

Professor Steve Meili presented his research on the impact of international human rights treaties on Canadian asylum jurisprudence at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Conference, held at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. Meili's presentation, which is part of a larger empirical study that includes domestic court jurisprudence and practice in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, was based on a database of more than 4,000 Canadian federal court and administrative tribunal decisions in asylum cases since 1990, as well as interviews with lawyers who specialize in representing refugees. This empirical data has enabled Meili to identify the circumstances under which human rights treaties help or hurt asylum-seekers.

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Prof. Painter Testifies on Federal Financial Regulators' Settlement Practices

May 17, 2012

Professor Richard Painter testified before the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives during a hearing entitled "Examining the Settlement Practices of U.S. Financial Regulators." Painter said, "The S.E.C. needs discretion to decide how limited enforcement resources should be used in a way that maximizes investor protection. Federal courts should not define the way the S.E.C. litigates and settles cases. Congress also should resist the temptation to micromanage S.E.C. decision making in specific cases or even in broad categories of cases." To read Painter's testimony, click here. To watch the hearing, click here (Painter is on Panel II). For more information on the hearing, click here.

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Prof. Painter Quoted in Wall Street Journal on Federal Ethics

May 13, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on a former high-ranking Justice Department official who, in private law practice, is seeking to represent a defendant in a criminal case coming out of an investigation that was conducted, in part, under his supervision at the Justice Department. The article stated: "Richard W. Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who served in the White House as chief ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, said federal ethics law can be ambiguous and disagreements about a former public servant's post-government work aren't uncommon. 'But most former senior government officials do not go so close to the gray area,' he says. 'If the Justice Department says you'd be violating a criminal statute, most people back off at that point.'"

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted on Senser's Defense Counsel's Subpoena of Juror Interviews

May 11, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Pioneer Press story about Amy Senser's counsel subpoenaing KARE-11 TV's raw footage of interviews with jury members. Kirtley discussed how the Minnesota state journalists' shield law explicitly protects unpublished or unbroadcast materials unless they are "clearly relevant" to a gross misdemeanor or felony. Although Senser's lawyer has not indicated the object of the subpoena, given that Senser has already been convicted, and absent some showing of juror misconduct, she said "serving a subpoena at this stage is premature."

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Prof. Carpenter Quoted on Obama Backing Gay Marriage

May 10, 2012

Professor Dale Carpenter was quoted in a MinnPost article entitled "Obama Backing Gay Marriage: 'A Historic Moment'." The article quoted him saying: "It is an incredibly important day for advocates of equality for committed same-sex couples," said Dale Carpenter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. "To have the executive branch behind full equality is a powerful thing."

Carpenter was also quoted in The Guardian in an article entitled "How Barack Obama's Gay Marriage Move Changes the Presidential Race." The article quoted him saying: "Ten years ago people would have said this was a radical idea. Now this event will be one of the milestones in the history of the struggle. I did not expect it."

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Prof. Monahan Quoted on CNBC.com on Public Pension Reform Efforts

May 8, 2012

Professor Amy Monahan was quoted on CNBC.com regarding public pension reform efforts and the lawsuits that have resulted, noting that it is difficult to determine in advance which reforms will be legally successful. The uncertainty, Monahan said, stems from the legal standard used in many states that permits plan changes only where they are the "least drastic" method of achieving an important public policy goal.

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Prof. Goodwin Interviewed by Wall Street Journal (India Branch) on Human Trafficking

May 8, 2012

Professor Michele Goodwin was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal (India Branch) for an article entitled "Child Marriage: A Human Trafficking Problem?" The article was built around Goodwin's research on human trafficking and child marriages in India. According to Goodwin, what sets her work apart on the child marriage question is the fact that she regards it as a form of human trafficking. The article was also picked up by the Campaign Against Bride Trafficking (India) blog and Silobreaker.com.

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Prof. Hall Speaks at Morgan Stanley Medical Device Summit

May 8, 2012

Professor Ralph Hall presented at a Morgan Stanley medical device summit. Hall spoke to medical device investors, executives, and analysts on the impact of the upcoming elections, Supreme Court ruling on health care, and pending legislation on the medical device industry.

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Prof. Kirtley Moderates Panel on Google's Plans to "Wire" Kansas City, Kansas

May 4, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley moderated a panel, "Toto, We're Not in Kansas ... But Google Is!: What happens when technology, big business, and individual rights collide," at the 25th Annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsored by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Media Law Committee and the University of Kansas School of Law. The panel discussed Google's plans to install ultra-high speed Internet access in Kansas City, Kansas, as its first "city of the future," and the implications for personal privacy and the traditional news media.

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Prof. Sheets Publishes Casebook on Roman Property Law

May 4, 2012

Professor George Sheets has published Casebook on Roman Property Law (Oxford University Press, New York, 2012), a translation with translator's introduction, supplementary notes, and glossary, of Casebook zum römischen Sachenrecht, 10th ed., by H. Hausmaninger and R. Gamauf (MANZ, Wien, 2003). Accompanying the book is a website entitled "Common Law Comparisons with Roman Property Law," available at www.oup.com/us/romanpropertylaw.

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Prof. Cook Leads Workshop at AALS Clinical Conference

May 3, 2012

Professor Nancy Cook led a workshop entitled "Community, Collaboration, and Narrative" at the Association of American Law School's Conference on Clinical Legal Education. Cook's workshop focused on the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and practice.

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Prof. Levinson to Present 56th Annual Public Lecture at UW-Madison

May 2, 2012

Professor Bernard M. Levinson will present a free public lecture entitled, "'You Must Not Add Anything To What I Command You': Paradoxes of Canon And Authorship in Ancient Israel." Levinson's lecture will address how Israel, having a tradition of prestigious or authoritative texts, dealt with the problem of literary and legal innovation. By comparing scribal practices in ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform law, he will show how ancient Israel's development of the idea of divine revelation of law that might have been expected to impede legal revision or amendment tolerated modification through exegetical innovation.

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Prof. Gross' Paper Cited in OpEdNews.com Article on Autonomous Drones

May 1, 2012

Professor Oren Gross' paper "When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots" was cited in an article on OpEdNews.com entitled "The Next Drones: Autonomous Robotic Warriors."

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Profs. Goodwin and Warren Speak on Racial Inequality in American Justice System

May 1, 2012

Professors Michele Goodwin and Carl Warren spoke on Access Minnesota for a two-part program entitled "Racial Inequality in the American Justice System." Access Minnesota is public affairs program that airs weekly on radio and monthly on TV. The first part of the program will air May 5-6, and the second part will air on May 12-13.

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Prof. Monahan Quoted in Businessweek on Pension Benefits

May 1, 2012

Professor Amy Monahan was quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article examining changes that the city of Providence, Rhode Island is making to the pension benefits of city workers and retirees. Monahan explained that the types of changes being made by the city are somewhat unusual, both because they affect benefits that have already been earned, and also because they unilaterally change the terms of the city's labor contracts.

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