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for November, 2006

McQuaid Awarded Global Engagement Award

November 30, 2006

The University of Minnesota's 2006 Award for Global Engagement was presented to Meredith McQuaid during an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 30 in the A.I. Johnson Great Room of the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. The all-university award is given to active and retired faculty and staff members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline or in the university. Senior VP for System Academic Administration Robert Jones and Dean Morrison discussed Meredith's contributions to international education. Meredith received an award sculpture designed by visual artist and U of M professor Thomas Rose, a monetary award and the title of Distinguished International Professor.

Feld Quoted by Rolling Stone & MPR Re Juveniles

November 30, 2006

Professor Barry Feld was quoted in the November 30, 2006, issue of Rolling Stone magazine -- "Can Nate Ybanez Be Forgiven?" Rolling Stone did a very extensive article on juveniles tried and convicted as adults and sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences. The article was a case study of a troubled teen who suffered a life-long history of horrific parental abuse and who killed his mother. Feld consulted with the author, Paul Solotaroff, about adolescent development, prosecution of juveniles as adults, and the politics of crime over the past several decades that led many states to adopt LWOP sentences and to impose them on young offenders. Barry Feld was also quoted on November 30, 2006, on MPR discussing the oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court involving the appeal of Jason McLaughlin, the Riccori high school shooting case.

Read Barry Feld's Faculty Profile

CSM Cites McGeveran on Online Identity Services

November 29, 2006

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Associate Professor William McGeveran in a November 29, 2006 feature story about online identity management services that attempt to help individuals control online information about themselves. The various profiled services take different approaches when they seek out personal information on the internet – some verify its authenticity, other try to add context, and others attempt to eliminate negative information. McGeveran, a privacy scholar, noted that in most cases individuals themselves released the information, and suggested, “The safest way to get the cat back in the bag is to not let it out in the first place.” He also contrasted the common practice of American employers to conduct online searches of job applicants with a new legal decision in Finland prohibiting such online investigation.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

New York Sun Cites Kirtley in Charity Probe Case

November 27, 2006

On November 27, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a request by the New York Times to block government attempts to review the telephone records of two reporters as part of an investigation into leaks concerning raids on Islamic charities in 2001. Affiliated faculty member Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in stories in the New York Sun and the Associated Press, characterizing the actions of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as part of a "multifaceted attack" on the right of the press to protect confidential sources. She suggested that the ruling underscores the need for Congress to enact a federal journalist's shield law.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Frase Quoted on Problems of Cold Case Units

November 9, 2006

On November 9th KARE-11 News and a Minneapolis Star Tribune article, reporting on a man who was acquitted in less than one hour on a 27-year-old murder charge, quoted Professor Richard Frase on the difficulties of prosecuting "cold cases," and the potential problems with private parties (in this case, Target Corporation) affecting law enforcement decisions by donating money for specific uses. In two other recent stories in the Star Tribune, Frase commented on the $6 million bail set in a murder case, and on the problems for Minnesota courts in complying with the expanded jury trial rights recognized in Blakely v. Washington (2004).

Read Richard Frase's Faculty Profile

Simon Leads Change in DWI Legal Process

November 8, 2006

Minnesota's DWI legal process has undergone a number of changes under the direction of Professor Steve Simon. In 1982, Simon founded the Minnesota Criminal Justice System DWI Task Force, made up of criminal justice system professionals and traffic safety advocates. The Task Force is an organization of Minnesota criminal justice system professionals and lay traffic safety advocates which meets at the University of Minnesota Law School to discuss the implementation of Minnesota’s DWI laws. Task Force initiated DWI laws include criminalizing implied consent test refusals, administrative plate impoundment, intensive probation programs for repeat offenders, enhanced penalties for driver's license violations for repeat DWI offenders, administrative vehicle forfeiture for repeat offenders, tightening vehicle transfers and registration to make it more difficult for repeat offenders to acquire vehicles, adoption of objective chemical use and abuse assessment standards, expanding the DWI-Drug provisions of the DWI law, and numerous technical corrections in the DWI law to increase its effectiveness and clarity.

Read Stephen Simon's Faculty Profile

Gross & Ni Aolain Publish "Law in Times of Crisis"

November 1, 2006

Professor Gross & Professor Ni Aolain have published a book entitled Law in Times of Crisis, which discusses how the September 11 terrorist attacks have focused attention on issues that have previously remained at the edge of the legal universe. This book presents the first systematic and comprehensive attempt by legal scholars to conceptualize the theory of emergency powers, combining post-September 11 developments with more general theoretical, historical and comparative perspectives. Three unique models of emergency powers are used to offer a novel conceptualization of emergency regimes, giving a coherent insight into law's interface with and regulation of crisis and a distinctive means to evaluate the legal options open to states for dealing with crises.