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  • Prof. Turoski Discusses Key Intellectual Property Issues and Factors Driving Change in Food Sector at 2018 AUTM Partnering Forum

    July 15, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2018 Partnering Forum at the Food Safety and Food Ingredient Course. He provided a review of key intellectual property issues in the food sector and what factors will drive industry changes over the next 3-5 years.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Discusses Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination in Local News Outlets

    July 10, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser is quoted extensively on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in two local news outlets. A MinnPost column by Eric Black quotes Kitrosser’s thoughts on Kavanaugh’s potential impact on issues ranging from presidential power to affirmative action and abortion rights. A column on the KSTP website quotes Kitrosser to similar effect.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Supreme Court on KFAI Radio’s “Truth to Tell”

    July 9, 2018

    Professor Jill Hasday appeared on the KFAI Radio show “Truth to Tell” to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court and some of its most important recent decisions.

  • Professor Kitrosser Talks About Justice Kennedy’s Retirement on MPR

    July 2, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser spoke about Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the future of the Supreme Court on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Politics Friday.” Among other things, she discussed the potential implications of the retirement for abortion rights and presidential power, as well as the politics of the nomination and confirmation processes.

  • Prof. Turoski Presents on “Patents as a Career Tool” at Institute for Molecular Virology Career Development Symposium

    June 29, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented on the topic of “Patents as a Career Tool” at the Second Annual Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) Career Development Symposium at the University of Minnesota. The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) is an Academic Health Center-based institute that is dedicated to uniting University of Minnesota researchers engaged in virus research.

  • Prof. Wolf Quoted in Scientific American on Consent Issues Surrounding Genetic Testing for Immigrant Identification

    June 28, 2018

    Professor Susan Wolf was quoted in the Scientific American about consent issues connected to the use of genetic testing to reunite separated immigrant families. Wolf emphasized that a choice to get a genetic test isn’t freely made in such circumstances because the parent is under pressure to submit in order to be reunited with his/her child. “What you really want is alternatives. You want the federal government to step up to the plate and say, ‘Yes, we do have [another] way of finding your child,’” said Wolf. Wolf also added concerns that using genetic tests suggests that “family” is defined solely as a close biological relationship, when in fact many families are more complicated. “Genetics may have a limited role to play [in reuniting families],” said Wolf, “but it’s never going to be the be-all and end-all.”

  • Prof. Hickman Cited By Justice Gorsuch

    June 28, 2018

    Professor Kristin Hickman’s article with Matthew Krueger ‘06, In Search of the Modern Skidmore Standard, 107 Colum. L. Rev. 1235 (2007), was cited by United States Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, in a statement respecting the denial of certiorari in E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Bobbi-Jo Smiley, No. 16-1189, decided June 28, 2018.  In the statement, Justice Gorsuch noted and suggested the Court ought to resolve a circuit split, discussed by Hickman and Krueger in their article, regarding whether an agency can demand judicial deference for an interpretation of a statute advanced for the first time in litigation.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in Washington Examiner on Federal Employee’s Free Speech Rights

    June 22, 2018

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser was quoted in the Washington Examiner regarding calls to fire a U.S. Department of Justice paralegal who participated in an immigration protest at a restaurant. Regarding allegations that the employee might also have sent political tweets during the workday, Kitrosser referenced the 1987 case of Rankin v. McPherson, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Texas constable’s clerk had a First Amendment right to engage in a personal, intra-office discussion in which she indicated support for assassinating President Reagan. Kitrosser explained, “If I were the [Justice Department] paralegal and I found myself in trouble over on-the-job tweets I’d likely start with that case.”

  • Prof. Murray Co-Chairs First Amendment Celebration at Federal Hall in New York City

    June 13, 2018

    Professor JaneAnne Murray co-chaired the annual Bloomsday Celebration of the Irish American Bar Association at Federal Hall in New York City on Monday, June 11, 2018. The celebration, founded by Murray in 2008, celebrates James Joyce’s masterful novel, Ulysses, and his contribution to First Amendment jurisprudence in the United States. Its centerpiece is the John Quinn Memorial Lecture (named after John Qunn, the Irish American lawyer who defended Joyce’s publishers, Margaret Anderon and Jane Heap, pro bono, on criminal charges of obscenity; he lost). This year’s speaker was Caitlin Halligan, partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and former Solicitor General of New York State. Her speech focused on the role the First Amendment can play in adapting the Fourth Amendment to searches and seizures in the digital age. She was introduced in verse by Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance. Since this was the 100th anniversary of Anderson’s and Heap’s serialization of Ulysses in their literary magazine, The Little Review, Murray and co-chair Janet Walsh role-played Anderson and Heap in their introduction to Mr. Vance. They handed him a brief (drafted by the Law School’s Clemency Project) asking him to refer their convictions to his Conviction Integrity Unit for further consideration.

  • Prof. Murray Discusses Presidential Pardons on MPR News with Kerri Miller

    June 12, 2018

    Professor JaneAnne Murray, who runs the Law School’s Clemency Project, appeared on MPR News to discuss the issue of presidential pardons. Murray discussed the scope of this constitutional power, whether the president can pardon himself, and proposals to help a president exercise this power in a manner envisaged by the founders.

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