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  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in the American Prospect

    February 9, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was quoted in The American Prospect about the segregated pattern of voucher use in first ring suburbs of the United States. “Vouchers tend to be part of a residential transition in an area and become symptoms of the ongoing re-segregation and decline. It should be just the opposite, they should be targeted to places that are strong and stable,” Orfield said. 

  • Profs. Hill and Painter's Book Discussed in NYT's Column

    February 6, 2016

    Professor Claire Hill and Professor Richard Painter’s recent book, “Better Bankers, Better Banks,” was discussed in a column by Gretchen Morgenson in the New York Times. The article described their proposal, for “covenant banking,” in which highly compensated bankers have personal liability under certain circumstances if their banks become insolvent or are fined. Ms. Morgenson concluded: “Tighter regulations and billions in fines levied on financial firms have had little impact on banking culture, as the Barclays and Credit Suisse cases make clear. It’s high time to up the ante.”

  • Prof. Vaaler Comments on WCCO Radio About Cruz Iowa Caucus Victory and Ethanol Industry

    February 3, 2016

    Professor Paul M. Vaaler commented on WCCO radio on the implications of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa Republican Party caucuses for the ethanol industry. Cruz’s victory with a 28% plurality is significant because he has been an opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) supporting and subsidizing ethanol production and use. Iowa is the largest ethanol producing state in the US with Minnesota in fourth place. Cruz’s victory in Iowa last Monday may indicate a weakened ethanol industry lobby politically. His victory also saw an immediate drop in the share price of several large ethanol producers, including Decatur, Illinois-based Archer, Daniels, Midland. Professor Vaaler comments on current business and legal issues each Wednesday morning on the WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee. 

    https://www.law.umn.edu/news/2016-02-03-prof-vaaler-comments-wcco-radio-…

  • Prof. Painter Authors Op-ed in the New York Times on Campaign Finance Reform

    February 3, 2016

    Professor Richard Painter authored an op-ed in the New York Times explaining why political conservatives should support campaign finance reform. He discussed concerns about campaign money driving big government, silencing social conservatives and allowing foreign powers to influence US elections.

  • Prof. Cotter on KMSP About Political Campaigns' Uses of Copyrighted Songs

    February 1, 2016

    Professor Tom Cotter was interviewed on KMSP Fox News 9 for a story about disputes pitting songwriters and recording artists against political campaigns that use copyrighted songs without permission. Cotter discussed some of the issues arising under copyright and the right of publicity, and stated that, “The bottom line is anybody who wants to use songwriters’ work for their campaign probably ought to ask for their permission.”

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted on Use of Snowden-Leaked Images in Whitney Museum Art Exhibit

    January 29, 2016

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser is quoted in an article in Blouinartinfo International on the first amendment ramifications of Laura Poitras’ use of classified images in Poitras’ new art exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The images were among the items leaked by Edward Snowden to Poitras and Glenn Greenwald in 2013. As explained in the article, “news of the covert intelligence program to which the works pertain will have scarcely broken—[on January 29th], in two stories on The Intercept—before the large-scale prints go on view to the public on February 5.” The article quotes Kitrosser explaining, among other things, that any prosecution would constitute an “extraordinary step,” given Poitras’ status as a journalist and both her and the Whitney Museum’s status as third party publishers of the images.

  • Prof. Kirtley Quoted by Reuters on Texas Grand Jury Indictment of Anti-Abortion Activists Claiming First Amendment Privilege

    January 28, 2016

    Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in a Reuters report about a Texas grand jury indictment of two anti-abortion activists for fraud after using fake driver’s licenses to obtain secure evidence that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue. The activists have claimed they have a First Amendment right to do so, and claimed that journalists conduct similar undercover operations.

    Prof. Kirtley explained that journalists are not exempt from laws of general applicability, citing several instances where reporters were criminally charged for actions during the course of their reporting.  And although she acknowledged that most journalists would not engage in the fraudulent activities of which the activists are accused, she expresed concern that there could be a chilling effect on investigative reporting. ”If these people are convicted, there is a risk. Anytime courts are given the opportunity to scrutinize the press … I worry about dicta.”

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in Slate about Flint Michigan

    January 28, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, was quoted in Slate concerning the possibility that other poor suburban cities would have infrastructure problems like Flint, Michigan. A recent article about racially diverse suburbs was cited.

  • Prof. Feld Featured in PBS Frontline and WCCO Radio on Confinement and Sentencing of Juveniles

    January 26, 2016

    Professor Barry Feld was featured in PBS Frontline commenting on President Obama’s decision to end solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons. He was also interviewed on WCCO-Radio about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana which applied its prior decision in Miller v. Alabama retroactively to more than 2,000 offender who received mandatory life without parole sentences for crime committed as juveniles.

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in The American Prospect

    January 26, 2016

    A new cover story in the American Prospect discusses a local school desegregation case that has national implication. Professor Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) is quoted and the IMO’s research is discussed.

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