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  • Ní Aoláin Awarded British Academy Grant

    April 3, 2008 Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin was awarded a British Academy Research Grant award to further a project she is working on with Professor William Twining (UCL & Miami Law School), Professor An-Na’im (Emory Law School), Professor Baxi (Warick Law School), Professor Yash Ghai (UNDP Advisor) and Dr. Francis Deng (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide) amongst others on the question of Southern Voices in Human Rights discourse.Part of the grant award will support a symposium on Human Rights and Southern Voices arising from a scholarly awareness that Western human rights theorising, despite claims to universality pays little systematic attention to the views and interests of non-Western societies as articulated in the writings of leading “Southern” intellectuals.The British Academy, established in the United Kingdom by Royal Charter in 1902, is the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of more than 800 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences.
  • Schwarcz Selected for the NAIC

    April 3, 2008 Professor Daniel Schwarcz was recently selected to be a funded consumer representative for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.
  • Kirtley Decries Secrecy in R. Kelly Porn Case

    April 2, 2008 Affiliated faculty member Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times discussing measures taken in the prosecution of R&B star R. Kelly for child pornography in Chicago. The presiding judge has sealed multiple documents in the case, but the total number is also sealed. A closed hearing is scheduled and participating lawyers are forbidden to talk with the media about the case. Prof. Kirtley said, “They’re running the risk of, in effect, creating a secret proceeding.”
  • Klass in Star Tribune on Wetland Lawsuit

    March 15, 2008 Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an article in the Star Tribune discussing recent developments in a lawsuit involving the City of Savage’s environmental review of a residential development project consisting of more than 200 homes. Klass, with the help of third-year law student Sitso Bediako, is representing a citizens group in Savage pro bono to ensure that the City conducts all required environmental review of the project prior to issuing any permits. The land in question is a large, wooded parcel containing significant wetlands that also may contain protected historic and tribal resources.
  • Klass Op-Ed on Punitive Damages & Exxon

    March 1, 2008 Professor Alexandra Klass and University of Nebraska Law Professor Sandra Zellmer are the authors of an op-ed piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They discuss the $2.5 billion dollar punitive damage award against Exxon in connection with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case last week. In the op-ed, Klass and Zellmer highlight the important purposes punitive damages serve in deterring and punishing corporate misconduct, and why such damages should not be subject to preemption under federal maritime law or the federal clean water act.
  • Cox in Various Media on Foreclosure Crisis

    February 27, 2008 Professor Prentiss Cox has been quoted in various local media in January and February discussing the continued disturbing rise in foreclosures. Cox has appeared on the Twin Cities Public Television show Almanac, was quoted twice on Minnesota Public Radio and quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article. Most recently, he appeared on the Good Question segment of WCCO-TV News.
  • Orfield on MPR about Twin Cities' Political Makeup

    February 20, 2008 Minnesota Public Radio featured Professor Orfield in their recent story detailing the partisan voting divide between central city and suburban citizens. Data and maps compiled by Orfield’s Institute on Race & Poverty illustrated the significant changes in voting patterns for the Twin Cities over the past 10 years.
  • Kirtley Decries Sealed Cases in Minnesota

    February 15, 2008 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in Dan Browning’s article, “Secret criminal cases may at last see the light of day” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Prof. Kirtley described the newspaper’s discovery that many federal criminal cases have been under seal for more than three years as “painful.” “Any kind of secret proceeding is subject to problems — corruption, special interest, favored treatment, discriminatory treatment — and the only way you know that those things aren’t happening is if they take place in public.” Although concerns about national security may have prompted the sealings, Prof. Kirtley noted, “secrecy doesn’t necessarily mean that we are more secure. In fact, it often means the opposite.”
  • Cotter Quoted on Trademark Law

    January 27, 2008 Professor Thomas Cotter was quoted in a recent article in the Duluth News Tribune on a trademark dispute in which the owner of the Fitger’s Brewery Complex in Duluth obtained a judgment against a descendant of August Fitger who sells a beer under the name Fitger’s. Cotter stated that, “There’s no absolute right to use your name if there’s a substantial likelihood of confusion.”
  • McGeveran Comments on Facebook Privacy

    January 10, 2008 Professor William McGeveran, who studies privacy on the internet, was quoted in the Pioneer Press about Eden Prairie High School’s punishment of students for images of underage drinking on their Facebook pages. “Facebook is largely a public space. Users don’t always perceive it that way, but that’s what it is,” McGeveran said.

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