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for November, 2007

Klass in Star Tribune on Environmental Lawsuit

November 28, 2007

Professor Alexandra Klass was interviewed and quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a lawsuit in which she is representing a citizens group on a pro bono basis against the City of Savage and a developer. The lawsuit seeks to require a study of the environmental impacts of a proposed residential development on a 115-acre parcel of property containing woods and wetlands near the “Savage Fen” (a heavily-protected, sensitive wetland complex in Savage). The article was reporting on the fact that the City and the developer have agreed to conduct an environmental review of the project rather than wait for the possibility of the court ordering such review. Civil practice clinic students Dan Leland and Sitso Bediako have been assisting in the lawsuit.

Read Alexandra Klass's Faculty Profile

Stein Receives Alumni Service Award

November 16, 2007

Professor Robert A. Stein received the Alumni Service Award, the University’s highest honor for alumni volunteerism, at the 2006-07 volunteer awards ceremony presented by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) on October 30. Recipients are nominated by a University unit, and the award is conferred by the Board of Regents. Professor Stein was instrumental in bringing Sandra Day O’Connor to the 2006 UMAA Annual Celebration during his term as UMAA president and has strengthened ties between the UMAA and the Law School Alumni Association. In accepting the award, Stein urged the audience to join him in “paying back the U.”

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Washburn Quoted in Denver Post

November 13, 2007

Professor Kevin Washburn was interviewed extensively for a four-part series in the Denver Post, about the public-safety crisis on Indian reservations. Washburn, a former federal prosecutor and an expert in Indian affairs, is quoted on Indian crime victims' distrust of the federal government, an inclination he calls the “cavalry effect," and also discusses some of the problems with federal prosecutors in this area and the obstacles to greater tribal self-determination. He has been studying the administration of justice in Indian country for several years, and this past summer he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs regarding sexual violence among Native American women and barriers to public safety. The Denver Post series, called "Lawless Lands," begins in the November 11 issue and continues through November 14. Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger (class of 1975) also comments in the series.

Read Kevin Washburn's Faculty Profile

Hall Quoted in Star Tribune

November 10, 2007

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently quoted Professor Hall in an article regarding the recall of large quantities of E. coli contaminated beef. The article dealt with potential liability issues for distribution of tainted food products. Food contamination issues are currently a major issue for both domestically produced food and food imports.

Read Ralph Hall's Faculty Profile

NYT Blog Reports McGeveran's Facebook Critique

November 9, 2007

The "Bits" Blog at the New York Times discussed Professor William McGeveran's suggestion that a new advertising strategy pursued by the popular social networking site Facebook might violate privacy laws.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Cox on MPR and in McClatchy, Other Newspapers

November 5, 2007

Prentiss Cox was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story on foreclosure equity stripping. The story discussed Minnesota legislation that Professor Cox drafted in 2004 and has been adopted by other states. Professor Cox also recently was quoted in a story published by McClatchy newspapers about federal legislation aimed at mortgage lenders, and in a Star Tribune article about sales of foreclosed homes.

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Baltimore Sun

November 2, 2007

Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the Baltimore Sun, regarding the multi-million dollar verdict awarded by a federal jury to a father of a Marine killed in Iraq. The father brought suit against Westboro Baptist Church, which has protested at military funerals across the country. Prof. Kirtley is quoted as saying that "the Westboro protest, however hateful, did not 'rise to the level of outrageousness. Offensive, yes. But outrageous? I would question whether standing up and yelling is outrageous under the law.'"

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile