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for November, 2009

Special Panel Review for Prof. Levinson's Recent Volume

November 23, 2009

Affiliated faculty member, Bernard Levinson, had his most recent book "Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel" reviewed by a special panel of scholars at the Annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting. The annual meeting took place in New Orleans and is the largest international organization of academic bible scholars in the world.

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses "True Threats" on the Internet in National Law Journal

November 23, 2009

Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in "How Much Threat Raised by Threat" in National Law Journal, discussing whether blogger and Internet radio host Hal Turner's postings calling three 7th Circuit judges "traitors" and stating that "these judges deserve to be killed" constitute true threats. Prof. Kirtley argued that Turner's remarks may be "rhetorical hyperbole," but that his use of specific identifying information about the judges might qualify as a "true threat," which is not protected by the First Amendment. She further noted that unless someone has acted on his exhortations, it may be hard to argue that they constitute incitement to violence.

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Prof. Cox in L A Times and Other Media

November 18, 2009

Professor Prentiss Cox was in the Los Angeles Times and other media following his testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology on November 17, 2009. Other media also noting Cox's testimony included The Hill, CNN.com, ABCnews.com, CNET.com, the National Journal, Cox Network television news stations and TheWire.com. Cox advocated prohibiting financial institutions and retailers from selling special access to consumer financial accounts to direct marketing companies.

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Prof. Kirtley Speaks on "Privacy Protection, Safety and Security"

November 12, 2009

Professor Jane Kirtley was the principal speaker on the topic "Privacy Protection, Safety and Security" at the Practising Law Institute's Communications Law in the Digital Age 2009 conference in New York. Assisted by Cary Snyder, a Silha Center research assistant and 2L, she also prepared a 94-page outline on current legal issues which was published in the course handbook.

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Prof. Painter Quoted in Time Magazine on Bear Stearns Verdict

November 12, 2009

Professor Richard W. Painter was interviewed and quoted in an article in Time Magazine about the Bear Stearns hedge-fund managers who were found not guilty of securities fraud.

The article reported that executives and others could be "bitten when they hit 'Reply'" "The fact of the matter is that people say things they shouldn't by e-mail," says Painter. "So as long as we continue to use e-mail, you are going to see it in cases."

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Prof. Meili to Speak at Human Rights Conference

November 11, 2009

On November 14 in Iowa City, Professor Stephen Meili will serve on a panel devoted to the rights of non-citizens at a conference marking the 10 year anniversary of the University of Iowa's Human Rights Center.

Prof. Meili, who has co-authored a forthcoming article on this topic with the Law School's Professor David Weissbrodt, will speak on the rights of non-citizens, the evolution of these rights over the last decade, and how new obligations could inform international and domestic policies on immigration.

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Prof. Cox To Testify on Research Before U.S. Senate Committee

November 10, 2009

Professor Prentiss Cox will testify before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology on November 17, 2009. Cox will testify on his research and work related to preacquired account marketing, which occurs when a retailer or financial institution sells to marketing companies the right to charge customer financial accounts.

An article written by Cox on the subject will appear in the Harvard Journal on Legislation in 2010. The article was featured in TheConsumerist blog in October 2010 and is a Top Ten download in several categories on the Social Science REsearch Network (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1460963).

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Prof. Cook Selected as NIFTEP Fellow

November 9, 2009

Professor Nancy Cook has been selected as a fellow for the 2009 National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Conference.

In conjunction with the fellowship, on November 9, she will present on the theme “Images of the Professional in Popular Culture,” at the Institute’s Conference Center outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Using storytelling, popular movies, and the writings of Legal Ethics theorists, Professor Cook will demonstrate teaching strategies for helping novice lawyers understand and analyze professional identity and role.

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Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Editorial on Federal Shield Law

November 8, 2009

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in an editorial published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on supporting passage of a federal reporter's shield law. Discussing the challenge of balancing protection of sources and national security, she said, "In a post-9/11 environment, there are legitimate concerns. Journalists do not take that lightly."

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses U.S. Perspectives on New Media Regulation at Canadian Conference

November 7, 2009

Professor Jane Kirtley appeared on the "New Media" panel at the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association annual conference in Montreal. Her paper, "Anonymity, Privacy and Other Perils of the Internet: A Perspective from the U.S.A.," was included in the course materials.

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