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  • 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.
  • Hill commentary in Monthly Tax Digest

    January 8, 2008 Professor Claire Hill’s commentary, “Tax Lawyers are People Too,” originally published in a symposium issue of the Virginia Tax Review, was also published in the Monthly Digest of Tax Articles in December of 2007. The article is now available as a PDF document.
  • Simon Quoted in Tribune on DWI Arrest Rate

    December 29, 2007 Professor Stephen Simon was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article about the increase in females driving while intoxicated (DWI). Simon discussed the high incidence of DWI in relationship to the relatively low arrest rate for DWI. He described the arrest rate for DWI as being one of the most significant deterrence factors in reducing the incidence of DWI.
  • Orfield Quoted on School Funding Proposal

    December 28, 2007 Professor Myron Orfield provided testimony to the New Jersey Legislature’s Assembly Budget and Education Committees, regarding Governor Jon Corzine’s proposal to overhaul the state’s system for funding education. The new plan would provide more funding for the poorest districts in New Jersey, with increased funding to those districts with growing numbers of poor and immigrant children.In an article in the Star Ledger, Orfield states, Corzine’s plan is a “significant step in the right direction (for the state of New Jersey), because it recognizes the struggle and stress of the older suburbs.”
  • Cox on MPR Midmorning and Other Media

    December 21, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox discussed new federal mortgage regulations on the “follow-up” segment of the Midmorning show on Minnesota Public Radio.Professor Cox has also recently appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and on two local television stations (Channel 11 and Channel 9) to discuss issues surrounding the rapid rise in foreclosures and other mortgage lending issues.
  • Simon Quoted in Star Tribune on Rural Crashes

    December 20, 2007 Professor Steve Simon was quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a recent University of Minnesota study that looked at some of the risks and behaviors of drivers in rural Minnesota. Professor Simon was one of the first researchers to focus on rural crashes and the challenges and difficulties in reducing them. His research on the epidemiology of rural traffic crashes was discussed in the article.
  • Kirtley on Channel 9 on MN Free Flow of Info

    December 11, 2007 Prof. Jane Kirtley was interviewed by Channel 9 Fox News discussing St. Paul police using an administrative subpoena to obtain the telephone records of reporter Tom Lyden as part of an investigation into who had disclosed a government document to the reporter. The document appears to be a public record disclosable under the state Data Practices Act.Prof. Kirtley commented that the use of the administrative subpoena, to obtain the records directly from the phone company without first subpoenaing the reporter, amounted to an “end run” around the Minnesota Free Flow of Information Act (journalists’ shield law).
  • Orfield Editorial on Minn. Schools in Star Tribune

    December 7, 2007 Professor Orfield’s OpEd, “Segregation is back, and our future is on the line,” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune discusses the rapid economic and racial resegregation occuring in Minnesota’s schools. This trend hurts all of the state’s students, along with their families, their neighborhoods, and the region’s present and future workforce. Now is the time for something to be done to reverse this detrimental trend, says Orfield.
  • Cribari in Dec-Jan issue of MN Law & Politics

    December 6, 2007 “All the World’s a Courtroom,” which appears in the January/February Minnesota Law and Politics,” profiles Prof. Cribari as a playwright. “[H]e strives to infuse his work with a deeper, underlying message,” the article says. He is quoted as saying that he wants the audience to get “a greater sense of clarity of who they are and a greater sense of the extraordinary possibilities of being alive.”Professor Cribari is a Distinguished Visiting Professor who teaches constitutional law, evidence, physical evidence/expert testimony, and criminal law.

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