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  • Kirtley Quoted in NY Sun on Reporter Subponeas

    April 18, 2007 Attorneys representing scientist Steven Hatfill, who was investigated in connection with the anthrax mailings in 2001 and has sued the federal government for violation of the Privacy Act, have asked federal Judge Reggie Walton to allow them to issue new subpoenas to reporters who covered the story. Prof. Kirtley observed that because of recent adverse rulings in the D.C. Circuit over reporters privilege, the journalists face an uphill battle in fighting the subpoenas. She predicted that the court might eventually impose fines on the reporters’ news organizations, as well as jailing the reporters for civil contempt, if they resist the subpoenas.
  • Kirtley Interviewed on Suit Against Star Tribune

    April 13, 2007 Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) regarding the lawsuit filed April 12 by the Pioneer Press, which alleges that its former publisher, Par Ridder, conspired with the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s new owner, Avista Capital Partners, to steal sensitive corporate information before becoming publisher of the Star Tribune in March. The lawsuit also claims that Ridder has violated a non-compete agreement and demands the return of computer data allegedly removed by him. Prof. Kirtley observed that such lawsuits between competing daily newspapers are rare, but that the allegations have serious legal and ethical implications.
  • Cox Quoted on Rise in Mortgage Foreclosures

    April 13, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in the Minneapolis StarTribune regarding the continued rise in mortgage foreclosures in the metropolitan area. He also has been quoted on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), the Pioneer Press and other local media in the last two months on the issue of mortgage foreclosures and predatory lending. Professor Cox has testified three times this year before legislative committees in support of new mortgage consumer protection laws. One of these laws was recently enacted by the Minnesota legislature. Professor Cox and Amber Hawkins of Legal Services Advocacy Project were the principal drafters of the legislation, which has been described by mortgage industry officials as perhaps the strongest consumer protection laws for mortgage borrowers in the United States.
  • Orfield Comments on Texas School Dist. Petition

    April 9, 2007 Some residents of Northgate Forest, an upscale subdivision in Texas, are trying to take advantage of a little-known provision in state law to get out of the increasingly diverse Spring school district and join the more-affluent and higher-performing Klein Independent School District. “It could be a relatively minor case in the sense of the number of kids, but the structural impacts of a decision like that are very large,” said Myron Orfield, professor and director of the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Cribari Co-Authors Book on Digital Evidence

    April 3, 2007 Prof. Steve Cribari is a co-author of “Digital Evidence in the Courtroom: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors,” published by DOJ’s National Institute of Justice. The book is the fourth in a series of guides, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, dealing with digital evidence. (Other guides consider responding to the electronic crime scene, examination of digital evidence, and internet investigations.) The guide is the product of the Technical Working Group for Digital Evidence in the Courtroom, of which Prof. Cribari is a member. It discusses, from an evidentiary standpoint, fourth amendment issues, relevant evidentiary concerns, discovery, disclosure, and presentation of digital evidence. The guide is intended to be both an introduction to, and resource for, law enforcement and prosecutors. The work is available online at NIJ’s site(www.usdoj.gov/nij) and at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (www.ncjrs.gov). It is also available in print.

  • Cox and CP Clinic Students Quoted in RESPA

    March 27, 2007 Zach Biesanz and Abigail Allen, student attorneys in Professor Prentiss Cox’s Consumer Protection Clinic, were both quoted in RESPA News, a trade publication for the title insurance industry. The case they discussed, Grady v. Coldwell Banker Burnet, is a putative class action claiming that the alleged practice by Burnet of directing home buyers and sellers to its affiliate title and closing service and not disclosing lower priced competitors is a breach of Burnet’s fiduciary duty as a real estate broker. The RESPA News article stated the “industry debate continues to swirl around the case.” The case was previously featured in Ken Harney’s nationally syndicated column on real estate issues.
  • Shnider Joins Editorial Board at JDC

    March 26, 2007 Professor Bruce Shnider has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Deferred Compensation. The quarterly journal is a source for analysis, strategies, and practical solutions for professionals in the field of executive compensation.

  • MPR Interviews Bix on Joint Custody Legislation

    March 23, 2007 Professor Brian Bix was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about a legislation proposal that would effectively create a presumption that children should spend significant amounts of time each week with both parents (as contrasted with more traditional divisions, under which the children were usually with one parent most of the time, with the other parent seeing the children usually only on weekends, holidays, and in the summer). The proposed legislation would make an exception for cases of domestic abuse, and other cases where it could be shown that one parent posed a danger to the children.
  • Hasday Appears on MPR & CBS Radio

    March 21, 2007 Professor Jill Hasday was the guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday program, “Showdown Coming Over Executive Privilege.” Professor Hasday discussed executive privilege and separation of powers, and provided legal context for the controversy surrounding the dismissals of eight United States Attorneys in 2006. The program is archived on the MPR web site. Professor Hasday also appeared on Don Shelby’s CBS Radio program on the same topic. Audio of this episode has been made available online on the WCCO web site.
  • Befort Quoted in Star Tribune on Religion & Work

    March 13, 2007 Professor Stephen Befort was quoted in a story in the Star Tribune entitled, “Customer Service and Faith Clash at Registers.” The story discusses the increasing occurrence of Muslim cashiers in the Twin Cities refusing to handle pork items at the check-out. Professor Befort draws a comparison to pharmacy employees who decline on religious grounds to fill contraceptive prescriptions.

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