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for November, 2013

Prof. Shaffer Delivers Keynote Address at ASIL's Economic Law Interest Group Conference

November 22, 2013

Professor Gregory Shaffer was the luncheon keynote speaker at the conference of the Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Shaffer spoke on a "New Legal Realist Approach to International Economic Law."

Prof. Cotter Participates in Podcast on Patent Reform

November 21, 2013

Professor Tom Cotter participated in a podcast by The Federalist Society entitled "Patent Re-Reform in Congress," with Jim Copeland of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and New York University School of Law Professor Richard Epstein. Click here to download the podcast free of charge at the link below.

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Prof. Kirtley Predicts MN Supreme Court Ruling May "Cause a Lot of Mischief"

November 20, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in an Associated Press story on a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling holding that a private business working on a school district project is not required to make subcontractor data public under the state Data Practices Act. She stated that the high court's decision "has the potential to cause lots of mischief." Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote that the open records law does not require public access to contracts between two private businesses that are working for the government, even if they are performing a government function. Justices Alan Page ('78) and Wilhelmina Wright, although agreeing with the outcome in this case, wrote that if a private company is performing a public function, the records should be public, and that any other interpretation of the statute would "lead[] to absurd results."

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Prof. Wolf to Co-Direct International Workshop in Geneva on Genomic Research

November 19, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf will co-direct the first major international workshop on the controversial question of whether researchers should return individual results and incidental findings to people participating in genomic research. Colleagues from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States will gather at the Brocher Centre outside Geneva to compare data and policies across national and regional lines, in an effort to map differences and move toward harmonization. This workshop is funded by the Brocher Foundation, an NIH grant on which Wolf is a principal investigator (NIH/NCI/NHGRI grant #1-R01-CA154517), the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. Workshop organizers, in addition to Wolf, are Barbara Koenig, PhD (UC San Francisco), Jane Kaye, LLB, DPhil (Oxford), and Bernice Elger, MD, PhD (Univ. of Basel).

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Prof. Hickman's Amicus Brief Highlighted by Bloomberg BNA

November 18, 2013

Professor Kristin Hickman's amicus brief that she filed before the Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 12-1408, was highlighted in a Bloomberg BNA article entitled "Amicus Brief in 'Quality Stores' Argues Revenue Rulings Not Entitled to Deference."

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Prof. Ben-Ner, Keynote Speaker at Conference in Belgium

November 18, 2013

Professor Avner Ben-Ner was the keynote speaker at an international conference, hosted by the faculty of law at the University of Antwerp. Ben-Ner spoke about the global supply chain and the role of the social economy.

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Prof. Hickman Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief

November 15, 2013

Professor Kristin Hickman has filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 12-1408. In the brief, Hickman draws from her scholarly work to highlight and address lower court confusion over whether IRS revenue rulings interpreting the Internal Revenue Code are eligible for judicial deference under Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984).

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Prof. Kirtley Speaks on Global Privacy at PLI Conference

November 15, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley was the principal speaker on "Global Privacy and Advertising Developments" at the Practising Law Institute's Communications Law in the Digital Age conference in New York. Kirtley's comprehensive outline, which was prepared with the assistance of several Minnesota Law School students and recent graduates, including current student Alex Vlisides ('15), was published in the conference handbook. While in New York, Kirtley also conducted a workshop on legal ethics and social media for students at the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School.

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Prof. Wolf to Speak at Neuroscience 2013 Annual Meeting

November 10, 2013

Professor Susan Wolf will speak at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego on Sunday, November 10. Wolf will present on "Incidental Findings and Return of Research Results: Genetics, Biobanks and Human Subjects," discussing her recent research funded by the National Institutes of Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual meeting, "Neuroscience 2013," will convene more than 30,000 individuals from 80 countries to address cutting-edge issues in brain science and biomedicine.

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Prof. Ni Aolain to Serve as Associate Director of International Gender and Conflict Conference in Belfast

November 9, 2013

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain serves as associate director of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute's second international gender and conflict conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference brings together leading policy-makers and scholars from around the world to address contemporary issues affecting women and men in conflict situations. The first conference took place in Minneapolis on May 18-19, 2012. The Robina Foundation is co-funding the conference through its faculty-research support.

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Prof. Kirtley Discusses Online Liability and Procedure Issues at Canadian Media Law Conference

November 8, 2013

Professor Jane Kirtley was a panelist at the annual Ad IDEM/CMLA (Canadian Media Lawyers Association) conference in Vancouver. Kirtley appeared on the panel "Online Liability and Procedure Issues" and discussed U.S. legal developments involving liability for third party content, unmasking anonymous posters, and issues surrounding crossborder publication. She also prepared a short paper, "Ten Notable Developments in U.S. Media Law 2012-13," which she summarized during the presentations on "The Year in Media Law."

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Prof. Kappelhoff Publishes Op-Ed in MinnPost on Civil Rights Enforcement

November 1, 2013

Professor Mark Kappelhoff published an op-ed in MinnPost entitled "Yes, We've Come a Long Way, But America's Civil-Rights Journey Remains Incomplete." In the article, Kappelhoff discussed the importance of enforcing the nation's civil rights laws.

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