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  • Kirtley Delivers Lectures in Dominican Republic

    July 16, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley delivered lectures and conducted workshops on freedom of information in the Dominican Republic between July 16 and 18 under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Franklin Center in Santo Domingo. The programs were co-sponsored by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. She delivered a lecture on “Access to Public Information as an Investigative Reporting Tool for Fighting Corruption” in Santiago on July 16; conducted an all-day workshop for journalists on “How to Report on Government and FOIA Issues” in Santo Domingo on July 17; and delivered a lecture on “Public Information as a Tool for Promoting Transparency and Trust in Public Administration” to FOI officers and public relations managers, in coordination with the Information Office of the Presidency in Santo Domingo on July 18.Prof. Kirtley was also interviewed about freedom of information and its importance in promoting democracy in Hoy, a daily newspaper in Santo Domingo, on July 17. (The Dominican Republic has only had a freedom of information law only since 2004.)
  • Orfield Article Published in CURA Reporter

    July 12, 2007 Professor Myron Orfield, executive director of the Institute on Race and Poverty, and Nicholas Wallace, published “Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School and Housing Choice” in the recent summer edition of the CURA Reporter. The article talks about segregation in Twin Cities public schools and the growing need for integration.
  • Kirtley Quoted in Governing Magazine

    July 10, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley is quoted in “A Little Sunshine” in the July issue of Governing Magazine. The article discusses current trends in state open government laws. Prof. Kirtley observed that statutory language may not have anticipated technological developments such as text-messaging, which might give officials new ways to avoid disclosure. She suggested that courts may eventually have to resolve some of these issues, but that “government officials and government employees should be starting from the presumption that everything they do is public information.”
  • Balos Interviewed on WCCO TV

    July 10, 2007 Professor Beverly Balos was interviewed on WCCO television commenting on the battered husband defense of lawmaker Rep. Mark Olson who is on trial for abusing his wife. Professor Balos observed that “battered husbands” are not a widespread social problem and while it is not unusual for a defendant to assert self-defense it is unusual for a male defendant to claim he is being battered by his female partner.
  • McGeveran quoted in Stateline.org

    July 9, 2007 Professor William McGeveran commented for a story at Stateline.org about the federal database used for background checks before gun purchases. He noted some observers’ privacy concerns related to adding more mental health records to the database.
  • Kirtley quoted in Technology Daily

    July 5, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in “Small-Claims Victory Seen as Threat to Bloggers” in the July 5, 2007 PM Edition of the National Journal’s Technology Daily. She discussed the significance of a recent successful libel suit brought in small claims court in California by a journalist against a blogger who the journalist claimed had defamed him.
  • Cox Quoted in USA Today, Milwaukee Journal

    June 18, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was recently quoted in USA Today about continued problems in the subprime mortgage lending industry. He stated that the problems in subprime lending were preventable. Cox also provided data on Hennepin County foreclosures used in the story.Cox also was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding foreclosure rescue scams. Homeowners in foreclosure who lose equity through deceptive conduct has been a problem for the last few years, and the problem may be increasing with the sharp rise in foreclosure nationally. The article also discussed a 2004 Minnesota law drafted by Cox that has been a national model for legislation to address the problem.Cox also discussed foreclosure issues on June 21 on the Urban Journal, a show on satellite radio.
  • Gross Debates Academic Boycott on BBC

    June 17, 2007 On BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence program, Prof. Oren Gross and retired U.K. social policy Prof. Hilary Rose debated whether British academic organizations should boycott Israeli universities and colleges to protest Israel’s “illegal occupation of Palestine,” as called for by the U.K.’s largest academic trade union—the University and College Union (UCU). Prof. Gross, an Israeli citizen, strongly opposed the boycott, saying it was selective in singling out Israel. He called the proposal hypocritical, immoral, anti-Semitic, and a threat to the fundamental principal of academic freedom.
  • Gross and Ní Aoláin's book launched in Belfast

    June 15, 2007 Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin’s award winning book launched in Belfast. Law in Times of Crisis, a book co-authored by Professors Gross and Ní Aoláin and published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for 2007. To celebrate the publication of the book and the prestigious award, the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, held a book launch party on June 15 attended, among others, by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Richard Barnett. Prof. David Kretzmer, who introduced the book and the co-authors, described the book as “the definitive work” and the “immediate classical reference book” in the field of emergency powers.

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