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for October, 2007

Stras Paper Examined By ABA Journal Daily News

October 22, 2007

Following up on a March story about Professor Stras's Texas Law Review article on the influence of the Supreme Court's cert pool, the ABA Journal Daily News discussed the paper again, noting the results of his examination of over 20,000 pool memos. Stras noted that the pool is stingy in giving grant recommendations and that the pool has become stingier over time.

Klass in Star Tribune on Environmental Lawsuit

October 17, 2007

Professor Alexandra Klass was interviewed and quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a lawsuit brought by a citizens group against the City of Savage and a developer. The lawsuit seeks to require 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). Professor Klass is representing the plaintiff citizens group on a pro bono basis with the help of civil practice clinic students Dan Leland and Sitso Bediako.

Read Alexandra Klass's Faculty Profile

Orfield to Appear on KFAI Radio's Truth to Tell

October 17, 2007

Professor Myron Orfield will appear on KFAI (90.3, 106.7) radio's Truth to Tell, 11:00 am, October 17, 2007 discussing, Racism, Resegregation, and Remedies in Education. Co-hosts Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen will moderate the discussion with Orfield and other guests including, Carla Bates, Hashi Abdi, and Nadya Parker.

Read Myron Orfield's Faculty Profile

Washburn Work in Minnesota 150 Exhibit

October 15, 2007

Professor Washburn’s historical work on Bryan v. Itasca County, which is forthcoming as an article in the Minnesota Law Review, is featured in the Minnesota Historical Society’s exhibit celebrating Minnesota’s sesquicentennial. In his work, Professor Washburn has argued that the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision is the cornerstone of the Indian gaming industry nationwide. The case, decided in 1976, arose in northern Minnesota. Professor Washburn was assisted by 3L Julie Strother in this important historical research. The Minnesota 150 exhibit will be running for several months at the Minnesota History Center. It features several other legal decisions and several important individuals (more than one of them a U of M Law School alum).

Cox On TPT's Almanac; Other Media

October 12, 2007

Prentiss Cox appeared on Almanac, a public affairs program on TPT (public television) on Friday evenings. Professor Cox discussed the problems in the mortgage industry and the rise in foreclosures.

Professor Cox has also recently appeared on MPR to discuss consumer protections for cell phone users, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press to discuss mortgage and banking regulation, and in the Minneapolis StarTribune regarding comments made at a conference on foreclosures sponsored by the Minneapolis District of the Federal Reserve Board.

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile

Star Tribune Editorial Quotes McGeveran

October 7, 2007

An editorial in the StarTribune concerning the future of copyright quoted Professor William McGeveran. The editorial suggested copyright reform in light of last week's infringement verdict against a Minnesota woman over music file-sharing.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

McGeveran Quoted on Recording Industry Lawsuit

October 5, 2007

Professor William McGeveran was quoted in the lead story on KARE 11 News (video link), commenting on the recording industry's copyright infringement suit against a Minnesota woman over alleged music downloading. The case is the first to go to trial out of approximately 25,000 filed by the industry in the last four years.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Stras Interviewed about the Supreme Court

October 1, 2007

Professor David Stras was interviewed by Nikki Tundel, a reporter from Minnesota Public Radio, about the Supreme Court Term. Among the topics discussed, in the reporter's words, were "pornography, cocaine, and death," all issues that the Court will examine during the upcoming Term.