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  • Prof. Painter on Ethical Issues Surrounding Trump's Decision to Retain Ownership of Businesses

    January 17, 2017

    Professor Richard Painter—former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush—has been quoted and interviewed by many major media outlets following President-elect Trump’s first press conference, during which he revealed his plan to retain ownership in his businesses after his inauguration. “With respects to the conflicts of interest, none of them have been addressed by this plan because Trump will retain ownership interest in the businesses,” Painter told ABC News. “Serious problems in the Trump business empire remain unresolved at this point.”

    Prof. Painter also appeared in the following outlets: The Atlantic, Fox 9, Bloomberg, ABC News, PBS NewsHour, Forbes, Yahoo! News, Brookings Institute, KFDI Radio, Vocativ, Slate, CNBC, NBC News, BBC News, CBS News, Politico, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Teen Vogue.

  • Prof. Murray's Clemency Project Secures Release for Offender Supported by Detroit Lakes Community

    January 17, 2017

    Professor JaneAnne Murray’s Clememcy Project at the Law School secured the release of three more clemency applicants on January 17, 2017: Kenneth Gragg, petition drafted by Cresston Gackle (’16); Calvin Biggs, petition drafted by Stacy Kalpathy (’17); and Andre Nelson, petition support from Stacy Kalpathy (’17). Mr. Gragg was profiled by the Star Tribune and MPR last week because he had garnered the support of a Detroit Lakes community. In fact, one member of that community brought his case to Prof. Murray’s attention—Paul “Butch” White, who had connected with Mr. Gragg over their shared interest in stock car racing. In the Star Tribune, Rev. Brenda North, whose congregation at Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church rallied behind Gragg after White shared the story of a friendship he had struck up nearly a decade ago, summed up the happy event as follows: “Sometimes justice wins.”

  • Prof. Murray Interviewed on MPR's “Morning Edition”

    January 10, 2017

    Professor Murray was interviewed by Cathy Wurzer on MPR’s “Morning Edition” about the Clemency Project she is running at the Law School. In his final days in office, President Obama is expected to grant clemency to hundreds more federal prisoners, and Murray is hoping this grant will include the 17 clients of her Project who are still waiting to hear the outcome of their clemency petitions. Murray spoke about individual representations, the impact they have had on her students, and her work generally on the Steering Committe of Clemency Project 2014. Asked what is next under a Trump Administration, Murray said her likely focus with students will turn to pre-sentence advocacy.

  • Prof. Vaaler's Research on Migrant Remittances and Entrepreneurship Profiled by Twin Cities Public Television

    January 10, 2017

    Professor Paul Vaaler’s research on migrant remittances and entrepreneurship in developing countries was profiled in an article published by the “Rewire” group at Twin Cities Public Television. Rewire is a youth-oriented news and analysis content provider for TCPT. Vaaler was interviewed about his work documenting the impact of migrant remittances on venture capital funding availability, new business founding rates, and economic growth and openness in developing countries. Vaaler noted how his research was influenced by experience with recent migrants from Somalia and Liberia living in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, next to the University of Minnesota Law School and Carlson School of Management.   

  • Client of Prof. Murray's Clemency Project Profiled on PBS

    January 10, 2017

    As part of its series on the Obama years, PBS NewsHour did a segment on the President’s clemency initiative. The piece included a profile of one of the clients of Professor Murray’s clemency project, Derrin Perkins. Mr. Perkins’ clemency petition was drafted by William Hamilton (’15) and a decision on it is awaited. Mr. Perkins has served almost 26 years of a life sentence imposed under then mandatory guidelines for low-level crack distribution. His offense involved no violence or even the possession of a weapon. Professor Murray and Mr. Hamilton solicited a letter of support from Mr. Perkins’ sentencing judge, and following his review of their petition and accompanying materials, the judge wrote to the President saying that today, he would have imposed a lower term of imprisonment. The letter was shown prominently in the segment.

  • Prof. Murray's Clemency Project Featured in the Star Tribune

    January 9, 2017

    Against the backdrop of the countdown to the end of the Obama administration, and the fading hopes of thousands of federal inmates who have applied for clemency, the Star Tribune featured a client of Professor JaneAnne Murray’s Clemency Project at the Law School. Murray’s project has so far received 7 grants and is awaiting word on 17 other clients.

    Kenneth Gragg is serving a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence, and through another inmate, has garnered the support of a faith community in Detroit Lakes, which has found him a home and a job if he is among one of the final recipients of clemency. Gragg told the reporter that he feels moments of desolation. “I’ve done [nearly] 12 years now and feel like I don’t have 10 more in me if I do not get this. [It] feels like someone has a foot on your chest pushing the air out.” One of Gragg’s Detroit Lakes supporters, Rev. Brenda North of United Methodist Church, is quoted as saying that a sentence can become more immoral than the crime it intends to punish. “I believe God weeps at that loss of human potential,” North said. “We all do.”

  • Prof. Shen’s Research Cited in New York Times

    January 8, 2017

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on inequality and American military sacrifice was cited in the New York Times essay, “Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust.” Professor Shen’s recent law review article, Invisible Inequality: The Two Americas of Military Sacrifice, was discussed. The research, with Boston University professor Douglas Kriner, finds that America’s poorer counties bear a greater burden of war sacrifice.

  • Dean Jenkins Makes Twin Cities Business’ “Top 100 to Know in 2017”

    January 4, 2017

    Dean Garry W. Jenkins was listed in the the “Twin Cities Business 100: People To Know In 2017,” which features “key individuals expected to make an impact on Minnesota business, the regional economy, and quality of life in 2017.” 

  • Prof. Vaaler Interviewed by KSTP on Faculty Response to Firing of University Football Coach Tracy Claeys

    January 4, 2017

    Professor Paul Vaaler was interviewed by KSTP-TV’s Jessica Miles on this week’s decision by University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle to fire head football coach Tracy Claeys and most of his staff. Vaaler discussed faculty interest in the transition, as well as research on giving to specific university sports programs and athletic departments during these transitions.

  • Prof. Wolf Discussing Science in 2017 on MPR News

    January 3, 2017

    Minnesota Public Radio hosted a conversation on “2017: Looking Ahead to the Year in Science” with Professor Susan Wolf, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; Professor of Medicine; and Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

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