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  • Prof. Cotter Quoted in Huffington Post on Pfizer-Allergan Merger

    November 24, 2015

    Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in a Huffington Post article on some of the antitrust issues surrounding the proposed merger of pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Allergan. Cotter noted, among other things, that mergers between large firms can sometimes result in higher prices and also may have an impact on innovation.

  • Prof. Stein Publishes New Book on The Rule of Law in the 21st Century

    November 23, 2015

    Professor Robert Stein’s newest book, The Rule of Law in the 21st Century: A Worldwide Perspective, was published Nov. 23. The book was coauthored and coedited by Stein and Richard J. Goldstone, Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. The foreword to the book is written by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. Individual chapters are authored by: Paul A. Volcker, Former Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Board; Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, First President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General, Singapore Democratic Party; Essam Al Tamimi, Senior Partner, Al Tamimi & Co., Dubai; Jose Carlos Ugaz Sanchex-Moreno, Chair, Transparency International, Peru; Stephen S. Zimmerman, Director of Operations, Integrity Vice-Presidency, World Bank; Homer Moyer, FCPA Practioner, Miller & Chevalier, DC; William C. Hubbard, ABA President 2014-2015, Columbia, South Carolina; James R. Silkenat, ABA President 2013-2014, New York, New York; Hilary Heilbron, Barrister, London; Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Irvine School of Law, University of California; Allison M. Whelan, Judicial Clerk, U.S. Federal Court of Appeals; Rajas Kasbekar, Attorney, Mumbai, India; Michael Maya, Director, International Bar Association North American Office. Justice Ginsburg writes in her Foreword: “What does the rule of law mean today?  That question is extensively explored in this volumn by Robert Stein and Richard Goldstone, rule of law proponents held in high regard for their knowledge, experience and wisdom.  Stein and Goldstone have enlisted as contributors to their enterprise lawyers, law professors and judges prominent in their fields—jurists well qualified to address aspects of the rule of law.  They have produced a book designed to engage and enlighten readers at home and abroad.”  

  • Prof. Hickman Interviewed by Tax Notes on Florida Bankers Association Case

    November 23, 2015

    Professor Kristin Hickman was interviewed and quoted extensively by Tax Notes regarding the implications of the D.C. Circuit’s denial of en banc review in Florida Bankers Association v. Treasury, 799 F.3d 1065 (D.C. Cir. 2015).  The case concerns the proper interpretation and application of the Internal Revenue Code’s Anti-Injunction Act.

  • Prof. Gross Discusses Extension of Emergency Powers in France on WCCO Radio's News and Views

    November 22, 2015

    Professor Oren Gross spoke with Roshini Rajkumar, host of WCCO Radio’s News and Views, analyzing the extension of the declared state of emergency in France. Gross analyzed the broad police powers conferred by the new legislation, which was approved last week by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the French parliament, and explained the reasons behind conferring such broad powers on the government as well as the risk that they entail for civili liberties and human rights.

  • Prof. Cox Comments on Credit Card Benefits

    November 18, 2015

    Professor Prentiss Cox’s comments were featured in an article on Cardhub.com about ancillary benefits provided with various credit cards, such as car rental damage protection and extended warranties for purchased goods. Cox observed that the provision of these services for free by card issuers demonstrates that these products are over-priced compared ot costs and risks when sold by third party providers. 

  • Prof. Gross Discusses French Emergency Powers on NPR's All Things Considered

    November 18, 2015

    Professor Oren Gross discussed the French emergency powers put in place in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris with National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel. Gross explained the history of the emergency measures introduced by the French government and their scope. The declaration of a state of emergency in France on Nov. 14, said Gross, granted the French government and local governments throughout the country broad police powers. It is only the second time since World War II that the French government declared a state of emergency nationwide.

  • Prof. Meili Presents Research on Detained Asylum Seekers in Warwick, England

    November 18, 2015

    Professor Stephen Meili presented his research on the detention of asylum-seekers in the U.S. and the U.K. at the University of Warwick, England. Meili’s research, which will be featured in an upcoming article in the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, focuses on the role of human rights norms in recent court decisions striking down certain aspects of the detention of asylum-seekers in both countries. He concludes that while human rights treaties—which are relied on by courts in the U.K. far more than in the U.S.—are not a panacea for combatting the increased detention of asylum seekers and other migrants, they afford advocates additional means of challening such detention. Those treaties have also become an important interpretive tool for judges adjudicating challenges to detention under the common law.

  • Prof. Chomsky's Article Selected as Institute for Law Teaching and Learning's Article of the Month

    November 17, 2015

    Professor Carol Chomsky’s article, “Casebooks and the Future of Contracts Pedagogy,” was published in the Hastings Law Journal earlier this year. Now the article has been selected by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning as its Article of the Month. In announcing the selection, Professor Andrea Boyack of Washburn University School of Law noted that casebooks remain “hugely relevant to student outcomes from and experience in class” and that the “thought-provoking” article “has added much value to the open question of how to best evolve teaching materials” to embrace new understanding about student learning. The article speaks in particular about the casebook co-authored by Professor Charles Knapp, whose 50-year career in law teaching was honored in a symposium conference at which Chomsky presented her paper in October 2014, and is also based on Chomsky’s own experience authoring innovative casebooks on contracts and sales law and on discussions with Law School students about teaching and learning.

    The article suggests that course content must change to focus on the subject-area issues addressed by lawyers in practice, while retaining aspects designed to teach lawyer-like thinking and an appreciation of how law evolves over time, and that casebooks must change to incorporate experiential learning (hands-on exercises in which students perform lawyering tasks) and to reflect what educators have learned about how people learn most effectively. As noted in the article’s abstract:

    As casebook authors take seriously the forces and trends in academic publishing, the casebooks are bound to change in significant ways, leading to innovation and even transformation of the course itself. Driving the change are at least six developments and concerns: ( 1 ) recognition that the course must include more attention to the concepts and skills that matter to practicing lawyers; ( 2 ) new accreditation standards that require identification of learning outcomes expected from our courses; ( 3 ) the need (if not yet the reality) to have the bar exam be focused less on knowledge and more on skills; ( 4 ) perhaps most importantly, increasing knowledge about what good learning practice requires in the classroom; ( 5 ) availability of new technologies to deliver more dynamic content; and ( 6 ) changing demands from publishers and students, partly as a result of the other forces mentioned. Our teaching is already adapting to the new law school environment, and visionary casebooks, in contracts as elsewhere in the curriculum, can and should lead the way.

    The article suggests particular ways in which casebook authors can change their texts to facilitate the evolution. For more information, read Professor Boyack’s review here and the full text of the article here.

  • Dean Wippman Speaks on WCCO News Radio on ISIS and Paris Attacks

    November 15, 2015

    Dean David Wippman spoke with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO News Radio’s “News and Views” about ISIS and the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

  • Prof. Kirtley Speaks on Digital Privacy and Copyright at New York and Toronto Conferences

    November 14, 2015

    Professor Jane Kirtley was principal speaker on a panel, “Global Privacy and Data Protection,” at the Practising Law Institute’s annual Communications Law in the Digital Age in New York on Nov. 13. She was the author of the corresponding chapter in the conference handbook, and her research assistants included 3L dual degree students Sarah Wiley and Dillon White. She was also a panelist at the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association annual conference in Toronto on Nov. 14, speaking on “Copyright – Fair dealing/Fair Use, ‘Hot news’ and other topics.”


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