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  • Shnider Quoted in Advantage on Tax Traps

    February 28, 2007 In the Advantage article, Professor Bruce Shnider mentions at least three tax traps that can arise including the need for creative structuring of the merger and acquisition (M&A) deal, state and local transfer taxes, and golden parachutes. Shnider mentions structuring often requires the parties to understand their respective tax perspectives. He also talks about how state taxes usually require careful diligence to be sure everyone understands the issues and the risks. Lastly, Shnider covers the problems of golden parachutes and how sometimes they can be solved with a special target shareholder vote.

  • Befort quoted in Pioneer Press on religion & work

    February 25, 2007 Professor Stephen Befort was quoted in a feature story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press entitled “Freedom of Faith on Company Time?” The story examined the growing trend of Muslim employees challenging employer refusals to accommodate prayer breaks. The writer quoted Professor Befort in describing the basic anti-discrimination and accommodation principles established by federal law.
  • Feld Calls Emily's Law Bill Irresponsible

    February 16, 2007 Professor Barry Feld criticized a legislative proposal to lower from fourteen to thirteen the age at which youths could be transferred to criminal court for prosecution as an adult. He characterized as “irresponsible,” punitive policies that disregard differences in adolescent development and diminished responsibility.
  • Kirtley Quoted in LA Times on Confidentiality Rule

    February 16, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 16, 2007, in discussing the decision of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters to grant a promise of confidentiality to a source who leaked them grand jury transcripts in the BALCO steroid scandal and lied about having done so in federal court.
  • Kirtley Panelist at ABA's Annual Conference

    February 9, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was a panelist and facilitator at a workshop, “Hot Issues in Ethics” on February 9 at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law 12th Annual Conference in Key Largo, Florida, which took place Feb. 8-10, 2007.
  • Younger Cited in CT Supreme Court Decision

    February 6, 2007 Professor Judith T. Younger was recently cited in an important Connecticut Supreme Court decision in both the majority and dissenting opinions. That case, Friezo v. Friezo, 281 Conn. 166 (2007), was the first opportunity for Connecticut’s highest court to interpret Connecticut’s statute governing the enforcement of antenuptial agreements. The Court noted the important role that Younger’s article “Perspectives on Antenupial Agreements,” 40 Rutgers L. Rev. 1059 (1988), played in the drafting of the statute and looked to her conclusions in seeking to understand the legislative intent behind it. Professor Younger discusses the Friezo case in her latest article, “Lovers’ Contracts in the Courts: Forsaking the Minimum Decencies,” which is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue of the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Copies of both the decision and the dissent are available for download in PDF format.
  • Polsky & Befort cited by Wash. Supreme Court

    February 1, 2007 On February 1, the Washington Sureme Court cited a recent article authored by Law School Professors Gregg Polsky and Stephen Befort in approving a supplemental award to compensate the plaintiffs in an employment discrimination case for the additional income tax consequences of receiving damages and attorney fees in a single lump sum. Polsky and Befort had laid the groundwork for such a claim in a 2004 article published by the Iowa Law Review (90 Iowa L.Rev 67). The court’s opinion in Pham v. City of Seattle can be viewed at the following link: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/765952.opn.pdf

  • Kirtley Quoted in NYT on Libby Leak Case

    January 30, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the New York Times about former New York Times reporter Judith Miller testifying in the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Prof. Kirtley characterized Ms. Miller’s compelled testimony as a “nightmare scenario” constituting an attack on press freedom and independence.
  • Hill quoted in Risk Magazine

    January 30, 2007 Professor Claire Hill was quoted in the January issue of Risk Magazine in an article entitled “A Ratings Quandary.” The article concerned recently-enacted legislation that will increase the number of rating agencies that receive an SEC designation; Professor Hill noted that the increase in agencies should make for more vigorous competition among them.
  • Feld Cited by District and Appellate Courts

    January 22, 2007 Two court cases addressing the use of prior juvenile convictions to enhance adult sentences (People v Nguyen and People v. Massoni) have cited Barry Feld’s article, “The Constitutional Tension Between Apprendi and McKeiver: Sentence Enhancements Based on Delinquency Convictions and the Quality of Justice in Juvenile Courts.” The Supreme Court’s Apprendi (2000) decision expanded the constitutional role and importance of the jury in criminal sentencing. Because most states deny juveniles the right to a jury trial, both federal circuits and state courts have split over the constitutionality of using delinquency convictions to enhance adult criminal sentences. In Nguyen, the Court recognized that an increasing number of state courts have adopted the view that Apprendi bars the use of juvenile adjudications to enhance adult sentences.


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