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  • Feld Interviewed on Wall Street Journal Law Blog

    August 30, 2007 Prof. Barry Feld was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal Law Blog about the criminal procedure issues raised by the recent arrest and guilty plea of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.
  • August 30, 2007 Professor Daniel Schwarcz was quoted on Minnesota Public Radio in a news report entitled “Floods Leave Victims High and Dry When it Comes to Insurance Coverage.” The piece discussed why insurers do not currently provide coverage for losses stemming from natural disasters such as the flash floods that recently hit areas in Minnesota. It also touched on the prospect of legally requiring insurers to provide such coverage.
  • Cox Noted in The New Republic

    August 27, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in an article in The New Republic about bank regulation and consumer protection. The article “The Nefarious Bureaucrat Who’s Helping Banks Rip You Off,” focused on a case litigated by Professor Cox when he was a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota v. Fleet Mortgage Corp. The case involved issues of the competing jurisdiction over bank subsidiaries among state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission on one side, and the Office of Comptroller of the Currency on the other side.
  • Hickman Finds Treasury Noncompliance with APA

    August 20, 2007 Kristin Hickman’s study in the June 2007 Notre Dame Law Review questions the Treasury Department’s compliance with its procedural obligations under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and analyzes the government’s frequent violation of APA rules when issuing Treasury regulations interpreting the Internal Revenue Code. Hickman’s study finds that Treasury did not comply with APA notice and comment requirements in 40.9% of the projects studied. According to Hickman’s jurisprudential analysis, exceptions to the APA requirements generally do not excuse the noncompliance, leaving many Treasury regulations prone to legal challenge. An article published in Tax Notes, Study Finds Treasury Isn’t Complying with Procedure Act,” discusses Hickman’s analysis. The Tax Notes article also surveys reactions from prominent tax practitioners as well as Treasury spokesman Andrew DeSouza’s response that the Treasury and the IRS comply fully with the APA and will continue to follow their practices.
  • Stein Elected At-Large Delegate to ABA

    August 14, 2007 Professor Robert A. Stein, Everett Fraser Professor of Law and former dean of the Law School, was elected Delegate At-Large to the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the American Bar Association, at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Six Delegates At-Large are elected at each annual meeting to serve three-year terms in the House of Delegates. Professor Stein is the immediate past executive director of the ABA, the largest voluntary professional association in the world with more than 400,000 members. The ABA’s mission is to serve the public and represent the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, and respect for the law.
  • Dean Morrison Quoted on ABC News

    August 3, 2007 Dean Fred L. Morrison was quoted in an ABC News online article entitled “Bridge Collapse: Who’s at Fault?” The article discusses the possibilities of liability and lawsuits to follow the I-35W bridge collapse and looks furthermore at who is responsible. Dean Morrison talks about the Minnesota state law limiting liability recovery and the barring of certain types of claims.
  • Kirtley Quoted in Baltimore Sun

    July 21, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in “Anonymous Blogger Gets Under the Skin of Democrats” in the Baltimore Sun. Prof. Kirtley discussed court rulings in libel cases arising out of anonymous political blogs. “The remedy for defamatory speech on the Internet is not lawsuits, it is more speech,” she said. “Self-help is the name of the game, which I think is disconcerting to a lot of people.”
  • 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.”

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