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  • Frase Quoted on Problems of Cold Case Units

    November 9, 2006 On November 9th KARE-11 News and a Minneapolis Star Tribune article, reporting on a man who was acquitted in less than one hour on a 27-year-old murder charge, quoted Professor Richard Frase on the difficulties of prosecuting “cold cases,” and the potential problems with private parties (in this case, Target Corporation) affecting law enforcement decisions by donating money for specific uses. In two other recent stories in the Star Tribune, Frase commented on the $6 million bail set in a murder case, and on the problems for Minnesota courts in complying with the expanded jury trial rights recognized in Blakely v. Washington (2004).
  • Simon Leads Change in DWI Legal Process

    November 8, 2006 Minnesota’s DWI legal process has undergone a number of changes under the direction of Professor Steve Simon. In 1982, Simon founded the Minnesota Criminal Justice System DWI Task Force, made up of criminal justice system professionals and traffic safety advocates. The Task Force is an organization of Minnesota criminal justice system professionals and lay traffic safety advocates which meets at the University of Minnesota Law School to discuss the implementation of Minnesota’s DWI laws. Task Force initiated DWI laws include criminalizing implied consent test refusals, administrative plate impoundment, intensive probation programs for repeat offenders, enhanced penalties for driver’s license violations for repeat DWI offenders, administrative vehicle forfeiture for repeat offenders, tightening vehicle transfers and registration to make it more difficult for repeat offenders to acquire vehicles, adoption of objective chemical use and abuse assessment standards, expanding the DWI-Drug provisions of the DWI law, and numerous technical corrections in the DWI law to increase its effectiveness and clarity.
  • Star Tribune Highlights Stein’s Career

    October 28, 2006 The Star Tribune discussed the career and contributions of Professor Bob Stein, who has returned to teach and practice, after serving as former Law School dean from 1979-1994, and faculty member from 1964-1999. Professor Stein is teaching estate planning at the Law School, and will teach a law school course on advancing the rule of law throughout the world and an undergraduate course about great cases that have shaped and shocked the nation. Professor Stein will also be of counsel at Gray Plant Mooty. He served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association from 1994 to 2006.
  • Star Tribune Cites Cox on Payday Loans

    October 25, 2006 The Star Tribune cited Prentiss Cox, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, in an article entitled “Payday loans rise online—and so does debt.” The article discusses the potential for hundreds of companies delivering money over the internet to bypass state laws on payday loans. Minnesota law limits payday loans to $350 and caps the interest rate at about 200 percent annually, or $23 on a loan of $300, whereas internet lenders grant loans as high as $1,000 and may charge interest rates of more than 1,000 percent annually, or $93 every two weeks on a $500 loan. According to Cox, payday companies that loan money to Minnesota residents should comply with state law regulating payday loans because use of the internet does not exempt lenders from adhering to state law regulating payday loans.
  • MPR Quotes Hill on Options Backdating Issue

    October 16, 2006 On October 16, MPR quoted Professor Hill on the subject of the steps taken by United Healthcare in response to revelations of options backdating. Many companies, including United Healthcare, have been found or accused of backdating option grants in order to increase compensation for executives. Hill noted that while United Healthcare has taken steps to prevent such abuses in the future, simply putting mechanisms in place is not sufficient: execution is critical.
  • Hickman in Top 25 of SSRN Tax Law Downloads

    October 5, 2006 TaxProf Blog has reported the SSRN (The Social Science Research Network) monthly rankings of 389 American and international law school faculties and 1500 law professors. In the category of recent downloads (October 1, 2005 through October 1, 2006), Professor Kristin Hickman falls within the top 25 of Tax Law professors. Congratulations, Professor Hickman!
  • Feld Cited by Minnesota Supreme Court

    September 26, 2006 The Minnesota Supreme Court, in State of Minnesota v. Richard McFee, cited three of Feld’s articles to allow the use of juvenile adjudications to calculate an adult’s criminal history score.
  • Klass Receives Favorable Decision

    August 10, 2006 Prof. Klass represented Friends of Twin Lakes in a pro bono case challenging a Roseville redevelopment project. The MN Court of Appeals decision reverses a District Court decision. (Pioneer Press)

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