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  • Ellen Anderson to Speak at Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy's Event

    April 26, 2016

    Ellen Anderson, executive director of the Energy Transition Lab, will speak at the ”United We Change: What the Paris Climate Summit Means for Minnesota.” This event is the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy’s annual women’s breakfast, to be held at the University of St. Thomas. More information can be found here.

  • Prof. Younger Quoted in MPR on Status of Late Legend Prince's Estate

    April 25, 2016

    Professor Judith T. Younger was quoted on Minnesota Public Radio about the status of the late Prince’s estate and the potential release of—reportedly—over 50 albums worth of unreleased music, locked in a bank vault under Paisley Park. Prof. Younger said she’d be surprised if Prince didn’t have a will outlining his expectations regarding property, including any unreleased recordings. Prof. Younger also added that even if there are wishes outlined in a will, courts have been known to disregard such directives in special cases.

  • Prof. Clary Quoted in Star Tribune Article on Spousal Privilege

    April 22, 2016

    Professor Brad Clary was interviewed for a Gail Rosenblum column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the subject of spousal privilege. The column explores the current attempts by lawyers in the defamation case against entertainer Bill Cosby to take deposition testimony from his wife. “In the real world, [the exact meaning of spousal privilege] does get messy,” said Prof. Clary. “But the theory is that the inner workings of the marriage, in terms of spouses being supportive of each other, hinges on the confidential nature of a communication during pillow talk. What people are out and about observing is much less sensitive. The needs of the court system outweigh that kind of protection.”

  • Prof. Ní Aoláin Receives 2016 SLS Research Activities Fund Award

    April 22, 2016

    Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin received the 2016 Society of Legal Scholars Research Activities Fund Award to advance research on her project on “Conceptualizing and Quantifying Maternal Harms.” The award will enable archival research and advance data collection on conflict bereaved mothers in Northern Ireland. The Society of Legal Scholars supports legal research and scholarship through its Research Activities Fund each year. 

  • Prof. Painter Interviewed by KSTP on Conflict of Interest in School Bond Issue

    April 13, 2016

    Professor Richard Painter—an expert in securities law and government ethics—was interviewed by KSTP News in a story about a school board official in Stillwater, Minn., who allegedly participated in recommending a broker dealer where her husband worked for underwriting a school bond issue. “That is clearly a financial conflict of interest,” said Painter. “[The School district treasurer] needs to recuse from that decision or any recommendation on whether to do business with that firm. And ultimately the voters should be told about it.”

     

  • Prof. Painter Authors Op-Ed Urging Judiciary Committee Chairman to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Judge Garland

    April 13, 2016

    Following up on his op-ed in the New York Times on the Garland nomination, Professor Richard Painter urged in another op-ed in the Des Moines Register that Iowa voters insist that Senator Grassley do his job and hold a hearing for Judge Garland. “Partisan politics is an increasingly intense and pernicious influence in Washington. Senator Grassley has been in Washington for a long time. Even though Grassley has for three decades served in the Senate with integrity and distinction, even though no Supreme Court nominee has ever been denied a confirmation hearing, even though the vast majority of voters in Iowa and the nation want Judge Garland to receive a hearing now, and even though the Supreme Court cannot effectively conduct its business with only eight justices, Grassley says that he will refuse to have a hearing for Garland until the November election,” wrote Painter.

  • Prof. Erbsen Cited by the Iowa Supreme Court

    April 7, 2016

    Professor Allan Erbsen’s article “Impersonal Jurisdiction” was recently cited by the Iowa Supreme Court. In the case of State v. Rimmer, the court cited the article’s discussion of how the scope of a state’s territorial jurisdiction in criminal cases may differ from the scope of its territorial jurisdiction in civil cases. 

  • Prof. Vaaler Comments on Failed Pfizer-Allergan Merger and Inversion

    April 6, 2016

    Professor Paul M. Vaaler commented on recent changes in U.S. Treasury rules related to the treatment of merged companies seeking foreign domicile status for federal corporate income tax purposes. Changes announced this week effectively negated attempts by pharmaceutical firm Pfizer to attain Irish domicile through a proposed merger with Ireland-based pharmaceutical firm Allergan. Pfizer announced that it was abandoning the proposed transaction and paying a transaction exit fee of $400 million. The rule changes are part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb so-called “tax inversions,” meant to decrease corporate tax liability. Professor Vaaler’s comments were broadcast on WCCO 830AM radio as part of the “Business by Carlson” radio segment on the Dave Lee Morning News Show.

  • Prof. Painter Participates on Harvard Law Campaign Finance Reform Panel

    April 5, 2016

    Professor Richard Painter was an expert participant on a panel discussion about campaign finance reform at Harvard Law School. Professor Painter noted that dependence on the current campaign finance model has already tainted the possibility for reform, and that the movement for reform has been present for many years.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Speaks at Harvard Law School Conference on Presidential Power

    April 1, 2016

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser was a panelist at “Presidential Power in an Era of Polarized Politics,” a conference at Harvard Law School, held on April 1. Professor Kitrosser participated in a panel on presidential power and foreign affairs. Her co-panelists were Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and Yale Law School professor Bruce Ackerman. The panel was moderated by Judge David Barron of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The other panels at the day-long event were on domestic affairs and executive enforcement discretion.  

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