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  • Wolf Interviewed for New York Times

    December 2, 2007 Professor Susan Wolf was quoted extensively in a major New York Times Magazine article, “Death in the Family,” exploring the issues raised by a campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Washington State. Described as “among the nation’s most prominent thinkers about physician-assisted suicide,” Wolf was interviewed about the “progressive perspectives” that underlie her opposition to legalizing the practice, including her views on the impact on women and those with impeded access to health care. Wolf is a faculty member in the Law School, Medical School, and Center for Bioethics.
  • Hall in Pioneer Press on U.S. Supreme Court Case

    December 2, 2007 Professor Hall was recently interviewed and quoted by the Pioneer Press in a major article regarding Riegal v. Medtronic, a case recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves the question of whether FDA approval and regulation of high risk medical devices preemption certain state tort lawsuits. Given the number of tort actions involving medical devices, this case is being closely watched by the plaintiffs bar and by industry.
  • Klass in Star Tribune on Environmental Lawsuit

    November 28, 2007 Professor Alexandra Klass was interviewed and quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a lawsuit in which she is representing a citizens group on a pro bono basis against the City of Savage and a developer. The lawsuit seeks to require a study of the environmental impacts of a proposed residential development on a 115-acre parcel of property containing woods and wetlands near the “Savage Fen” (a heavily-protected, sensitive wetland complex in Savage). The article was reporting on the fact that the City and the developer have agreed to conduct an environmental review of the project rather than wait for the possibility of the court ordering such review. Civil practice clinic students Dan Leland and Sitso Bediako have been assisting in the lawsuit.
  • Stein Receives Alumni Service Award

    November 16, 2007 Professor Robert A. Stein received the Alumni Service Award, the University’s highest honor for alumni volunteerism, at the 2006-07 volunteer awards ceremony presented by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) on October 30. Recipients are nominated by a University unit, and the award is conferred by the Board of Regents. Professor Stein was instrumental in bringing Sandra Day O’Connor to the 2006 UMAA Annual Celebration during his term as UMAA president and has strengthened ties between the UMAA and the Law School Alumni Association. In accepting the award, Stein urged the audience to join him in “paying back the U.”
  • Hall Quoted in Star Tribune

    November 10, 2007 The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently quoted Professor Hall in an article regarding the recall of large quantities of E. coli contaminated beef. The article dealt with potential liability issues for distribution of tainted food products. Food contamination issues are currently a major issue for both domestically produced food and food imports.
  • NYT Blog Reports McGeveran's Facebook Critique

    November 9, 2007 The “Bits” Blog at the New York Times discussed Professor William McGeveran’s suggestion that a new advertising strategy pursued by the popular social networking site Facebook might violate privacy laws.
  • Cox on MPR and in McClatchy, Other Newspapers

    November 5, 2007 Prentiss Cox was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio story on foreclosure equity stripping. The story discussed Minnesota legislation that Professor Cox drafted in 2004 and has been adopted by other states. Professor Cox also recently was quoted in a story published by McClatchy newspapers about federal legislation aimed at mortgage lenders, and in a Star Tribune article about sales of foreclosed homes.
  • Prof. Kirtley Quoted in Baltimore Sun

    November 2, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the Baltimore Sun, regarding the multi-million dollar verdict awarded by a federal jury to a father of a Marine killed in Iraq. The father brought suit against Westboro Baptist Church, which has protested at military funerals across the country. Prof. Kirtley is quoted as saying that “the Westboro protest, however hateful, did not ‘rise to the level of outrageousness. Offensive, yes. But outrageous? I would question whether standing up and yelling is outrageous under the law.’”
  • Orfield to Appear on KFAI Radio's Truth to Tell

    October 17, 2007 Professor Myron Orfield will appear on KFAI (90.3, 106.7) radio’s Truth to Tell, 11:00 am, October 17, 2007 discussing, Racism, Resegregation, and Remedies in Education. Co-hosts Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen will moderate the discussion with Orfield and other guests including, Carla Bates, Hashi Abdi, and Nadya Parker.
  • Klass in Star Tribune on Environmental Lawsuit

    October 17, 2007 Professor Alexandra Klass was interviewed and quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a lawsuit brought by a citizens group against the City of Savage and a developer. The lawsuit seeks to require study of the environmental impacts of a proposed residential development on a 115-acre parcel of property containing woods and wetlands near the “Savage Fen” (a heavily-protected, sensitive wetland complex in Savage). Professor Klass is representing the plaintiff citizens group on a pro bono basis with the help of civil practice clinic students Dan Leland and Sitso Bediako.

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