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  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Professor Kirtley Quoted in Edmonton Journal

    January 22, 2007 Professor Jane Kirtley was quoted in an article concerning U.S. media coverage of the Robert Pickton murder trial in British Columbia. Although more than 300 media were expected to cover the Pickton trial, cameras are not allowed in the New Westminster, B.C., courtroom. Without footage from inside the courtroom, Kirtley and others believe the foreign media will move on.
  • 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.
  • Professor Kudrle appointed to the Freeman Chair

    January 18, 2007 Robert Kudrle, Affiliated Professor of Public Affairs and Law, has been appointed to the Orville and Jane Freeman Chair in International Trade and Investment Policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The Freeman Center identifies and analyzes the major challenges of an increasingly interdependent global economy.
  • January 12, 2007 Congratulations to Professor Brad Karkkainen for being selected as one of the Founding Fellows of the Institute on the Environment for a two-year term. The Institute is part of the University’s Strategic Positioning plan. Qualifications for fellows included individuals who are leading multi-disciplinary environmental scholars.
  • Cotter Quoted in Washington Times Re Patents

    January 10, 2007 On January 10, Professor Cotter was quoted in a Washington Times article about patent licensees. The article discusses the Supreme Court’s opinion in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc., which was handed down January 9. The case presented the issue of whether a patent licensee may file a declaratory judgment action while the license remains in force. The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled that the licensee may do so, thus reversing the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The article presents views from a number of observers regarding the practical implications of the ruling, e.g., will it result in more invalid patents being invalidated, will it inhibit licensing opportunities, will it give rise to much more litigation. In the interest of full disclosure, in July, Professor Cotter filed an amicus brief on behalf of nine law and business school professors, urging the Court to adopt the opposite view.
  • Younger in Feminist Biographical Encyclopedia

    January 8, 2007 Professor Judith T. Younger was included in the new biographical encyclopedia, “Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975.” The book, edited by Barbara Love, documents the founders and leaders of the second wave of the feminist movement. Professor Younger is included, in part, for her role in drafting a national model for divorce reform, the National Organization for Women’s Responsible Divorce Bill (originally called the Equal Rights Divorce Bill).
  • Befort in Top 10 of SSRN Downloads

    January 7, 2007 Stephen Befort’s paper entitled, “The Perfect Storm of Retirement Security: Fixing the Three-Legged Stool of Social Security, Pensions, and Personal Savings” was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for “Law School Research Papers - Legal Studies.” Congratulations, Professor Befort!

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