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for September, 2013

Prof. Orfield Successful in Case Before New Jersey Supreme Court

September 27, 2013

The New Jersey Supreme Court invalidated a new housing allocation formula proposed by the Christie Administration under the New Jersey Fair Housing Act. Professor Myron Orfield, who filed an amicus curiae on behalf of Pennsauken and Montclair townships, argued that these new allocation formulas disadvantaged racially diverse older suburbs of New Jersey by allowing affluent bedroom communities to provide less than their constitutional fair share obligation established by the New Jersey Supreme Court in its Mount Laurel decision. The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed with Orfield's position.

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Prof. Ni Aolain, One of Executive Editors to Launch New U.S. National Security Blog

September 23, 2013

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain is part of the founding group of editors that launched a new blog entitled "Just Security." The new online platform provides a forum for high-level discussion of law, rights, and U.S. national security. "Just Security" aims to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to the most pressing national security problems that decision-makers face.

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Prof. Cox Quoted in MarketWatch Article on United Airlines' Pricing Error

September 19, 2013

Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in a MarketWatch article about a pricing error by United Airlines that resulted in the sale of $5 tickets on its website. Cox was quoted about whether United would have had a basis to dishonor the tickets. He said that United could argue it made a "unilateral mistake."

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Prof. Shen Publishes Op-Ed on Minneapolis Schools in Star Tribune

September 18, 2013

Professor Francis Shen wrote an op-ed for the Star Tribune entitled "For Better Minneapolis Schools, Embrace Mayoral Control." Shen said that if the next mayor of Minneapolis wants to be known as the Twin Cities Education Mayor, he or she should consider pronouncing their intentions to seek formal governance powers of Minneapolis schools. Shen has published extensively on mayors and urban education governance and teaches a course on Education Law and Policy.

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Prof. Hall Delivers Presentation on First Amendment Issues in FDA Regulations

September 17, 2013

Professor Ralph Hall gave a presentation at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual national Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advertising and promotion conference in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on First Amendment issues in FDA regulations.

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Prof. Kappelhoff to Deliver Keynote Address at Hate Crimes Conference

September 17, 2013

Clinical Professor Mark Kappelhoff will deliver the keynote address at the Anti-Defamation League's Centennial Hate Crimes Conference on September 17, 2013, at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Kappelhoff's address, entitled "Prosecution and Prevention of Hate Crimes," will discuss his efforts to secure passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act while he was a senior government official in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

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Prof. Befort Quoted in MPR Article on Coach Kill's Status Under ADA

September 16, 2013

Professor Stephen Befort was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) article on University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill's seizures presenting a possible dilemma for the University. Befort said that Coach Kill is an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) who may not be discharged because of his disability so long as he can perform the essential functions of the job. Befort noted that Coach Kill and the University have a written contract providing that Coach Kill may be terminated only for "just cause" or a sizeable monetary buyout. Befort said that the expense of a big contract buyout "might provide Coach Kill more protection than [the disabilities act] does."

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Prof. Gross Speaks on WCCO News Radio on Chemical Weapons in Syria

September 15, 2013

Professor Oren Gross was a guest on WCCO's "News & Views" with Roshini Rajkumar ('97). Gross discussed the agreement between the United States and Russia on the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons. Gross argued that it may be a solid agreement on paper, but, in practice, there are many obstacles, even if Syria complies. Click here to listen to the interview.

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Dean Wippman and Prof. Morrison Write Commentary in Minnesota Lawyer, 'Mr. President: Two Years is Too Little for Law School'

September 6, 2013

Dean David Wippman and Professor Fred Morrison, former Law School interim dean, wrote a commentary for Minnesota Lawyer in response to President Obama's recent statement about changing law school to a two-year degree program. Wippman and Morrison said "A two-year law degree is an idea whose time has come—and gone. It may come again, but the groundwork has not been laid and the costs to the quality of American legal education would be high."

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Prof. Casper Quoted in Pioneer Press on Eighth Circuit Asylum Precedent

September 4, 2013

Professor Benjamin Casper, director of the Center for New Americans, was quoted in Ruben Rosario's Pioneer Press column in an article entitled "Lakeville Man's Asylum Case has National Implications." Casper criticized controversial U.S. asylum precedents that bar protection to persons who, as a matter of conscience, resist violent criminal gangs.

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Dean Wippman Speaks on WCCO News Radio on Syrian Crisis

September 1, 2013

Dean David Wippman was a guest on WCCO's "News & Views" with Roshini Rajkumar ('97). Wippman discussed the crisis in Syria and said that President Obama has realized there is no good option with the situation and has thus handed the problem over to Congress. He said that it's unclear whether Congress will support an action now. Wippman also spoke about sarin gas, possible U.S. interests, comparisons between Syria and Iraq, and more. Click here to listen to the interview.

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