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  • Professor Hill Comments on Northwest-Delta Merger

    April 25, 2008 Professor Claire Hill was quoted in “Cleared for Takeoff?”, an article in Minnesota Lawyer that discusses the Northwest-Delta merger. Hill also discussed the merger on “Minnesota This Week”, a public affairs radio program. The thirty-minute interview covered subjects such as the likely legal, regulatory and political trajectory for the merger. The interview is available online (RealAudio media stream).
  • International Institutional Partnership Grant

    April 23, 2008 The Office of International Programs has awarded Professor Ní Aoláin an Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grant for 2008-09. The award is for a proposal entitled “Transitional Justice Partnership.” The funding will enable and deepen a sustained research partnership with the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast Northern Ireland where Professor Ní Aoláin holds a dual appointment. The amount of the award is $24,900. Other faculty involved in the collaboration include: Professor Hiromi Mizuno, (History Department); Professor Kathryn Sikkink (Political Science); Professors Michael Barnett and Barbara Frey, (Humphrey Institute); Professors Oren Gross, David Weissbrodt and Dean David Wippman (Law School).
  • 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.”


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