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for January, 2012

Prof. McGeveran Testifies on Proposed Changes to Video Privacy Protection Act

January 31, 2012

Professor William McGeveran, an expert on Internet and privacy law, testified about proposed changes to the Video Privacy Protection Act before the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, chaired by Minnesota Senator Al Franken. McGeveran argued that a House bill to change the law was unwise and weakened privacy protections. Read McGeveran's testimony here. McGeveran also appeared in news coverage of the hearing, including interviews in the Star Tribune and on Minnesota Public Radio. He also wrote a related commentary for Capital New York.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Prof. Meili Presents Comparative Asylum Law Research at University of London

January 31, 2012

Professor Steve Meili discussed the impact of international human rights law on asylum jurisprudence at a seminar sponsored by the University of London's Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. Meili's talk, which was part of IALS's Refugee Law Initiative, summarized his research on the ways in which domestic courts in Canada rely on, or otherwise, reference human rights treaties in adjudicating the claims of refugees fleeing persecution. Meili's ongoing work in this area also includes empirical research in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

Read Steve Meili's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in Des Moines Register Editorial on Sen. Grassley's Threat

January 31, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Des Moines Register editorial that criticized Senator Chuck Grassley for his threat never to allow confirmation again for any position of an Obama Administration lawyer who authored an Office of Legal Counsel opinion authorizing the President's recess appointments. The editorial quoted Painter who, while he disagreed with the OLC opinion, said that an OLC lawyer should be free to render an honest opinion free of threats of adverse career consequences from either the White House of Congress.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. McGeveran Discusses SOPA and PIPA Bills

January 25, 2012

Professor William McGeveran, an expert on intellectual property and Internet law, spoke to several media outlets about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, measures aimed at preventing copyright and trademark infringement by offshore web sites. Online protests last week forced congressional leaders to delay consideration of both bills. McGeveran was a guest on an episode of Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning, discussing the bills, and was interviewed for evening newscasts on WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV. He also wrote online commentaries about the legislation in Capital New York and The Guardian.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses Protecting Journalists' Confidential Electronic Communications

January 24, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Columbia Journalism Review article, entitled "Teaching Cyber-Security," which described the challenges facing journalists who want to protect the privacy of their digital communications and to what extent this topic is taught in journalism schools. Kirtley advises students to communicate with sources "face to face" as "the only way to insure" security from electronic surveillance or disclosure of their confidential sources.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Delivers History Forum Lecture at Minnesota History Center

January 21, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley delivered a lecture, entitled "We the People, A Free Press," as part of the Minnesota Historical Society's History Forum series on the Bill of Rights at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Kirtley's lecture described the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court decision Near v. Minnesota. Approximately 500 people attended the lecture.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses SOPA and PIPA on TPT's "Almanac"

January 20, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was a member of a media panel on Twin Cities Public Television's show "Almanac" to discuss the grass roots opposition to anti-online piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA, as well as the ABC News interview with Newt Gingrich's ex-wife.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in The Hill on Obama's Recess Appointments

January 18, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in an article in The Hill on legal challenges to President Obama's recess appointments. Business groups claim the appointments are not valid because Congress was not in "recess" at the time of the appointments. The Administration argues that the lawmakers convene "sham" sessions over the holidays in order to prevent the President from making the appointments. Painter observed that while these suits turn on technical questions, the courts should decide the question quickly as it is important to know whether the appointees validly hold their offices.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses SOPA & PIPA on WCCO TV & Radio, and Fox 9 News

January 18, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed about the First Amendment implications of proposed federal anti-piracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, on WCCO TV and Fox 9 evening newscasts and on the John Williams Show on WCCO radio.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. McGeveran Speaks on MPR on the Stop Online Piracy Debate

January 18, 2012

Professor William McGeveran was a guest on MPR's Midmorning show to talk about the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, the anti-piracy bills currently being debated in Congress and also causing Wikipedia to go dark for a day in protest.

Read William McGeveran's Faculty Profile

Prof. Green Quoted in Inside U.S. Trade on Upcoming Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Liability Overseas

January 12, 2012

Professor Jennie Green was quoted in an Inside U.S. Trade article entitled "In Critical Case, Supreme Court To Rule On Corporate Liability Overseas." Green was quoted about a brief she filed on the subject matter.

Read Jennie Green's Faculty Profile

Profs. Gross and Ní Aoláin Work Cited by Israeli Supreme Court

January 11, 2012

Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's work dealing with cognitive biases that may affect decision-making processes in times of crisis and exigency was cited by Justice Hanan Meltzer of the Israeli Supreme Court. In its sharply split 6-5 decision handed down on Jan. 11 in HCJ 466/07 Galon et al v. The Attorney-General et al, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected claims that a law known as the "Citizenship Law" was unconstitutional.

Read Oren Gross' Faculty Profile
Read Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's Faculty Profile

Prof. Kirtley Discusses Supreme Court Arguments in Broadcast Indecency Case

January 10, 2012

Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed by KMSP Fox 9 for "News at 10," where she discussed the implications of a case challenging FCC fines for "fleeting expletives" and nudity on broadcast television, which was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in Star Tribune on Financial Fraud

January 9, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a Star Tribune article on a lawsuit brought by the Petters trustee against an accounting firm that worked for the Petters companies. Painter noted that accounting firms in some instances can be sued by bankruptcy trustees for failed entities. With respect to Ponzi schemes and other financial frauds, "[t]he whole point of an auditor is to catch this stuff," Painter said.

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Painter Quoted in NYT on Part-Time Government Officials

January 5, 2012

Professor Richard Painter was quoted in a New York Times article on conflicts of interest for a local official in Illinois who worked part time as a trustee for a municipal government and voted to award a government contract to one of the clients he also represented as a paid lobbyist. Painter was quoted in the article saying, "Permitting officials to hold outside jobs is a really bad idea. People think it's cheaper to have part-time officials, but it costs people a lot of money in other ways."

Read Richard W. Painter's Faculty Profile

Prof. Ní Aoláin Featured on Irish TV on Female Combatant Members of IRA

January 3, 2012

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin was the advisor to and is featured in a six-part documentary series entitled "Mná an IRA." The series, which airs on an Irish television station, describes the active involvement of women in the Irish Republican Army.

Read Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's Faculty Profile