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  • Prof. Kitrosser Appears in New Vox Documentary on Netflix

    August 29, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser was interviewed for and appears in a new short documentary airing on Netflix. The documentary is an episode of Vox’s weekly series, “Explained,” and focuses on the topic of “political correctness.” Kitrosser was interviewed for the show in light of her 2016 Minnesota Law Review article entitled Free Speech, Higher Education, and the PC Narrative. In the article, Kitrosser explores uses of the term “political correctness” in public discourse, and the relationship of those uses to the law and politics of free speech. In the documentary, Kitrosser discusses early political correctness debates of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the backlash that is often caused when students boycott or shout down campus speakers.

  • Prof. Turoski Discusses Where Chemistry Meets the Law at 2018 ACS National Meeting & Expo: Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond  

    August 22, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Expo: Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond. He provided a review of patent tools as part of the Many Faces of Chemistry and the Law: Where Chemistry Meets the Law.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Participates in CNN Q&A On White House Non-Disclosure Agreements and the First Amendment

    August 15, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser participated in a written Q&A with CNN’s Chris Cillizza about the First Amendment implications of reported non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) between President Trump and members of his staff, including former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman. Among other things, Kitrosser discussed the breadth of the NDA’s alleged text and the importance of applying First Amendment analysis to it despite Donald Trump’s characterizing it as an agreement between private parties. Under the NDA, Kitrosser explained, “signers must promise never, during or after their service, to say anything disparaging about Trump, Pence, any Trump family member, etc. There’s no way that a government entity or official could require such terms consistent with the First Amendment. It’s a viewpoint-based prior restraint on speech of central public concern. Were an official able to get around these important protections by simply having their campaign enter the agreement (thus framing it as an agreement between private parties), such protections would have little meaning.”

  • Star Tribune Quotes Prof. McGeveran About Genetic Privacy and Police Recruitment 

    August 15, 2018

    Prof. William McGeveran, an expert in privacy law, was quoted in a Star Tribune article reporting a litigation settlement between the Minneapolis Police Department and the federal government about the MPD’s use of family medical history information in hiring new officers. The federal case claimed that questions about police recruits’ family history violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Prof. McGeveran explained that “people think genetics is only about DNA under a microscope, but this statute sweeps more broadly.”

  • Prof. Bix in Top 10 Most Cited Law and Philosophy Scholars in the Country

    August 14, 2018

    Professor Brian Bix was number nine on the list of most cited Law & Philosophy Scholars, using data from the years 2013 to 2017.

  • Prof. Kritzer Among the Most Cited Law and Social Science Faculty for 2013-2017

    August 14, 2018

    Professor Herbert Kritzer was listed by Brian Leiter as one of the top 15 most cited law and social science faculty (excluding economics) in the U.S. for the period 2013 to 2017. He ranked 12th on Leiter’s list.

  • Prof. McGeveran Critiques Local Politician’s Trademark Filing

    August 14, 2018

    Professor William McGeveran, an expert in trademark law, was quoted in a Star Tribune article explaining some trademark law fundamentals. The story concerned efforts by a local policitian to register a trademark for “WedgeLive,” which is already the name of a local blog that had criticized her. “That’s not how this works,” McGeveran said. “That’s not how any of this works.” He said the blogger retained the trademark rights by using the name long before the politician filed a registration application. McGeveran told the newspaper, “First day of trademark class, I tell students: What creates trademark rights is using the name. Not registration. Registration’s a piece of paper.”

  • Prof. Klass Quoted in Energywire Article on Lawsuits over East Coast Natural Gas Pipelines

    August 13, 2018

    Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an article in Energywire reporting on recent victories in federal appellate courts by environmental groups and landowners challenging a range of federal environmental permits issued for controversial East Coast Natural gas pipelines.

  • Prof. Shen Named to National Institutes of Health Neuroethics Subgroup

    August 13, 2018

    At the request of Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Associate Professor Francis Shen has joined the Neuroethics Subgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director for the BRAIN Initiative Working Group 2.0. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Professor Shen, who teaches a Law and Neuroscience course at the Law School, will provide expert advice on the legal and ethical implications of advances in brain science. At the Law School, Professor Shen directs a Neurolaw Lab and leads a University Grand Challenges grant on improving brain health in Minnesota youth sports.

  • Prof. Carbone Quoted in New York Times Article on Culture and Political Divide Over Age Women Have Children

    August 4, 2018

    Professor June Carbone was quoted by the New York Times on Aug. 4, 2018 in an article on how the age at which women have children constitutes a cultural and political divide. The article addresses issues that Professor Carbone covered at length in her 2010 book, Red Families v. Blue Families, with Naomi Cahn, which examined how differences in family formation practices correspond to growing political polarization in the United States and to legal differences at the state level in the legal regulation of the family.

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