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for January, 2009

Prof. Weissbrodt on MinnPost.com about Obama's Ban on Torture

January 30, 2009

Prof. David Weissbrodt, Co-Director of the Human Rights Center, was interviewed for an article in MinnPost.com titled, "Obama's ban on torture: Minnesotans played a role." Weissbrodt described the significance of President Obama's ban on torture and its implications.

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Stras Appointed to the Executive Committee of the Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group of the Federalist Society

January 29, 2009

Professor David Stras was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's practice group on Federalism and Separation of Powers.

Prof. Susan Wolf Publishes Op-Ed in Star Tribune

January 26, 2009

Professor Susan M. Wolf, JD, published a Commentary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune titled "Let's Talk About Science," discussing the bioethics challenge facing the Obama administration.

Professor Susan M. Wolf, J.D., is a leading expert in bioethics, law and medicine, and law and the life sciences. She is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre & Benson Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine; Faculty Member, Center for Bioethics; Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; and Director, Joint Degree Program in Law and the Life Sciences.

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Kirtley's Op-Ed on Obama's Transparency Policies Appears in MinnPost.com

January 26, 2009

Prof. Jane Kirtley's op-ed, "Cheers greet Obama's declaration of 'a new era of openness'" was published in MinnPost.com. Prof. Kirtley outlined how President Obama's policy statements and Executive Orders on transparency in government promise a radical change from the secrecy of the Bush administration. But she warned that "Rhetoric is one thing. Following through is something else entirely."

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Prof. Painter Discusses Obama's Ethics Proposals

January 21, 2009

Professor Richard W. Painter participated in a segment of the Patt Morrison public affairs talk show on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, entitled "Ethics in the House." Together with political philosophy professor Dennis Thompson, founding director of Harvard's Center for Ethics, Painter discussed the Obama administration's newly announced intention to put new restrictions on lobbyists and increase access to information. Painter was chief ethics counsel for President Bush in 2005-07 and is the author of Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference, released this month by Oxford University Press.

Audio of the program "Ethics in the House" is available online at the SCPR.org website under the listing for Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Stras Elected to Executive Committee of AALS Section on Federal Courts

January 20, 2009

Professor David Stras, who is a member of both the law and political science faculties, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Federal Courts at the 2009 AALS Annual Meeting.

Prof. Matheson Quoted in Downtown Journal

January 19, 2009

Professor John Matheson was quoted in the Downtown Journal in an article titled "Checking the Economic Pulse," on how some local law firms might be affected by the economic downturn.

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Moriearty to Present at Stanford Law Review Symposium

January 14, 2009

Clinic Professor Perry L. Moriearty has been selected to serve as a panelist for the Stanford Law Review Symposium: Media, Justice and the Law, which will focus on issues relating to the media and criminal justice. The symposium will be held on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Stanford Law School.

Read Perry Moriearty's Faculty Profile

Gross Publishes Op-Ed in the Canadian Globe and Mail

January 13, 2009

Prof. Oren Gross, an expert in international law, published an Op-Ed,"CUPE Ontario's proposed boycott of Israeli academics is just plain anti-Semitic," in one of Canada's leading newspapers--The Globe and Mail. In his Op-Ed, Prof. Gross critically challenges a proposal to ban Israeli academics from doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities.

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Burkhart to present ALI-ABA course on Commercial Lending and Banking Law

January 12, 2009

Professor Ann M. Burkhart will speak at the ALI-ABA conference, presenting a course of study "Commercial Lending and Banking Law—2009" on January 29-31, 2009 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. This course can be attended live onsite or via live webcast.

Read Ann Burkhart's Faculty Profile