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  • 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.
  • 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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