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  • Gross's Research Highlighted at NUS Conference

    January 5, 2007 From January 4-6, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is hosting a conference on Professor Oren Gross’s work, entitled “Terrorism and the Rule of Law: Legal Theory in Times of Crisis.” Leading US and European law professors will attend, including Mark Tushnet, Terry Nardin, Kent Roach, Simon Chesterman, William Scheuerman, and Colm Campbell. The conference focuses on the on-going debate between Oren Gross and David Dyzenhaus of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law regarding legality and extra-legality in the times of crisis. For more information, click “here.”
  • Wolf Discussed Medical Stories of 2006 on MPR

    January 4, 2007 Professor Susan Wolf (Law School, Medical School, and Center for Bioethics) was a guest with Professor Jonathan Ravdin (Medical School) on Minnesota Public Radio’s Mid-Morning Show with Keri Miller on Thursday, January 4 at 10 a.m., discussing major medical stories in 2006. Included in their discussion was the Hurricane Katrina euthanasia prosecution, the Abigail Alliance litigation over access to experimental drugs, the drop in breast cancer cases, breakthroughs in genetics, and the ongoing debate over stem cell research.
  • Orfield Tapped for Regionalism Expertise

    January 2, 2007 Professor Myron Orfield, Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, will lead a “community forum” focusing on regional cooperation hosted by YorkCounts on January 24th. YorkCounts is a broad coalition that aims to improve the quality of life in York County, Pennsylvania. The forum is part of a broader project aimed at stopping the slide of distressed municipalities and school districts in York County. Orfield also recently met with Hudson, Ohio Mayor William Currin and a task force of other Ohio mayors and city managers to detail the advantages of “regional economic development” for distressed areas in Northeast Ohio. Professor Orfield discussed the benefits reaped locally when the Minnesota legislature passed a groundbreaking regional wealth-sharing plan. Regional planning in Ohio could lower taxes and allow for improved residential services.
  • Cox Discusses Rise of Foreclosures on MPR

    December 20, 2006 Mortgage foreclosures are up in the Twin Cities and across the country, and one expert warns it could be just the tip of the iceberg. Prentiss Cox discussed the implications for neighborhoods and the economy as a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning Show on December 19th. According to Cox, faulty appraisals are a growing problem and the Minnesota Department of Commerce is facing pressure from federal regulators to deal with a backlog of complaints. “When you have so many complaints like that and you don’t follow up, you’re sending the message that there’s not a consequence for engaging in the behavior.”
  • CFO Quoted Washburn, Wilkins, and Anderson

    December 15, 2006 Professors Kevin Washburn, David Wilkins (American Indian Studies) and Bob Anderson (’83 alum and a Professor at the University of Washington Law School) were quoted in the cover article in the December issue of CFO magazine that discussed the $22 billion Indian gaming industry. The story also featured a local tribe, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and its corporate director, Mel Towle and planner Don Wedll. The article discusses compacting between tribes and states and the revenue sharing agreements between tribes and states that tend to exceed state corporate taxes on non-Indian corporations in the same states. It also discussed Governor Pawlenty’s recent plan for a Twin Cities casino.

  • Feld Quoted by Rolling Stone & MPR Re Juveniles

    November 30, 2006 Professor Barry Feld was quoted in the November 30, 2006, issue of Rolling Stone magazine — “Can Nate Ybanez Be Forgiven?” Rolling Stone did a very extensive article on juveniles tried and convicted as adults and sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences. The article was a case study of a troubled teen who suffered a life-long history of horrific parental abuse and who killed his mother. Feld consulted with the author, Paul Solotaroff, about adolescent development, prosecution of juveniles as adults, and the politics of crime over the past several decades that led many states to adopt LWOP sentences and to impose them on young offenders. Barry Feld was also quoted on November 30, 2006, on MPR discussing the oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court involving the appeal of Jason McLaughlin, the Riccori high school shooting case.
  • CSM Cites McGeveran on Online Identity Services

    November 29, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor quoted Associate Professor William McGeveran in a November 29, 2006 feature story about online identity management services that attempt to help individuals control online information about themselves. The various profiled services take different approaches when they seek out personal information on the internet – some verify its authenticity, other try to add context, and others attempt to eliminate negative information. McGeveran, a privacy scholar, noted that in most cases individuals themselves released the information, and suggested, “The safest way to get the cat back in the bag is to not let it out in the first place.” He also contrasted the common practice of American employers to conduct online searches of job applicants with a new legal decision in Finland prohibiting such online investigation.
  • New York Sun Cites Kirtley in Charity Probe Case

    November 27, 2006 On November 27, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a request by the New York Times to block government attempts to review the telephone records of two reporters as part of an investigation into leaks concerning raids on Islamic charities in 2001. Affiliated faculty member Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in stories in the New York Sun and the Associated Press, characterizing the actions of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as part of a “multifaceted attack” on the right of the press to protect confidential sources. She suggested that the ruling underscores the need for Congress to enact a federal journalist’s shield law.
  • 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.

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