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  • Prof. Klass Presents in Teleforum on Eminent Domain for Oil and Gas Pipelines

    August 29, 2016

    Professor Alexandra Klass was one of two presenters at a Federalist Society Teleforum on Eminent Domain for Oil and Gas Pipelines. The description of the teleforum was as follows: “The use of eminent domain to condemn property for pipelines has become an increasingly controversial practice. Critics claim that it undermines private property rights and causes environmental damage. Defenders argue it is essential to enable effective exploitation of the nation’s energy resources. In recent months, Georgia and South Carolina have passed new legislation limiting pipeline condemnations, an effort backed by a coalition of conservative property rights advocates and left of center environmentalists. Similar reforms have been proposed in many other states. This forum will examine the growing controversy over pipeline takings.” Ilya Somin, Prof. Klass’ co-presenter and Professor of Law at George Mason University, wrote a short opinion piece in The Washington Post about the teleforum.

  • Prof. Soper Discusses Latest Developments in Archdiocese Bankruptcy on MPR

    August 23, 2016

    Professor Christopher Soper spoke on MPR about the sexual abuse claimants’ counter-proposal in the ongoing bankruptcy of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. Soper told MPR that although creditors may have the option of voting on two competing plans of reorganization, the bankruptcy judge can only confirm one plan, taking into account the creditors’ preference and the plan’s feasibility.

  • Prof. Shen's Research Featured on KSTP News

    August 22, 2016

    Professor Francis Shen’s recently published research on inequality and military sacrifice was featured in a segment on KSTP news. Prof. Shen’s article, co-authored with Douglas Kriner of Boston University, finds that America’s war toll is not shared evenly across the country.

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in Washington Post

    August 20, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield—director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity—was quoted in The Washington Post about HUD’s refusal to provide a neighborhood preference for affordable housing in San Francisco. ”Neighborhood preferences in the age of a color-blind Supreme Court are dangerous,” says Prof. Orfield. ”Why on earth wouldn’t a white suburb put a residency requirement on their subsidized housing? The Supreme Court—until Merrick Garland gets in there—would have a hard time saying ‘if one’s okay, why isn’t the other one?’”

  • Prof. Shen Interviewed on WCCO Radio

    August 19, 2016

    Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on the “John Hines Show” on 830 WCCO Radio, discussing his latest research on inequality and military sacrifice. Prof. Shen’s research, in collaboration with Boston University professor Douglas Kriner, finds that America’s military sacrifice is being borne most especially by the working class. Prof. Shen’s interview begins around the 13-minute mark.

  • Q&A with Dean Jenkins in Minnesota Lawyer

    August 19, 2016

    Dean Garry W. Jenkins was interviewed by Barbara Jones of Minnesota Lawyer about the future of legal education, the roles and responsibilities law schools have to their students, the convergence of justice-seeking lawyers and societal leadership, and the importance of diversity to institutional success. “I’m still optimistic about legal education,” said Dean Jenkins. “I want anyone interested in law school to be considering this law school.”

  • Prof. Orfield Interviewed on National Public Radio Program To The Point

    August 17, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed on “To The Point,” a public affairs radio program aired on NPR, about his work on police profiling in racially diverse suburbs and how police stops may be made to raise local revenue.

  • Prof. Orfield Quoted in the Star Tribune About Inclusionary Zoning

    August 17, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was quoted in the Star Tribune about the use of inclusionary zoning in proposed luxury rental properties on the riverfront in Minneapolis. Orfield doubted the use of inclusionary zoning would greatly diversify the downtown neighborhood, but rather draw young white residents in the early stages of their careers, “unless [Sherman Associates] has an affirmative rental plan.” ”The idea of inclusionary zoning is a good idea,” said Orfield. “I just wish the council would use it some place like Linden Hills.”

  • Center for New Americans' Deepinder Mayell Quoted in the Star Tribune About Central American Minors Program

    August 4, 2016

    Deepinder Mayell, director of education and outreach for the Center for New Americans, was quoted in a Star Tribune article examining the progress of the Central American Minors Program, a new refugee program that provides certain qualified children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey many children are currently taking with human smugglers. Immigrant advocates say the wait as officials interview applicants and conduct DNA testing is often too long, apparently driving some applicants to use smugglers after all. “Kids and parents accept the dangers of this journey because the dangers at home are so much worse,” said Mayell. “To tell them to stay and wait is not always practical.”

  • Prof. Murray Interviewed on MPR About Obama's Commuted Sentence for Client

    August 4, 2016

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was interviewed by Jon Collins on MPR about the Clemency Project she has been supervising at the school since late 2014, representing non-violent, low-level drug offenders in their applications for clemency from President Obama. On August 3rd, the President granted 214 clemencies, the biggest in one day since President Coolidge, and one of those grants included Bernard Gibson Sr., one of the first of Murray’s clients in the project. Professor Murray’s law firm is counsel of record and assisting her on the representation was David Blevins (‘15). Noting that one of the criteria for clemency under this initiative is that the inmate’s sentence would be lower today by operation of law or policy, Murray noted “[t]here are thousands of inmates who have fallen through these cracks, the victims of punitive policies from the ’80s and the ’90s who would not benefit from all the retroactive changes that have been made in the ensuing decades.” Commenting on whether the Administration can redress the injustices of past sentencing policies, Murray added, “[i]t’s never going to be able to address the massive need that’s there. That’s why we need Congress to step in and … more systematic efforts to ensure that these individuals aren’t forgotten.”

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