May 13, 2019
A May 10 Law360 article titled “In Qualcomm Dispute, A Broader Row Between FTC, DOJ” quotes Professor Thomas Cotter on an apparent disagreement between the nation’s two federal antitrust enforcement agencies, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, on the possible need for an additional hearing on remedies in the ongoing FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust dispute, and more generally on the role of antitrust law in regulating conduct relating to standard essential patents. Cotter states, among other things, that “the agencies’ relationship is in ‘uncharted territory,’” and that “It could be very difficult in some cases to counsel a client on what to expect.”
May 11, 2019
Bloomberg Tax recently noted in its Daily Tax Report that Prof. Kristin Hickman has wrapped up her service with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The article noted that Prof. Hickman was the first tax expert brought in by OIRA to help implement a new memorandum of agreement giving OMB authority to oversee Treasury and IRS tax regulatory actions.
May 9, 2019
Ipse Dixit, a legal scholarship podcast, recently featured Professor McClanahan Lee and his co-author, Deborah Gerhardt from the UNC School of Law, to discuss their forthcoming article, “Owning Colors,” which will be published in the Cardozo Law Review. The article explores how different disciplines contend with understanding color as a signifier and addresses the extent to which colors may be capable of serving as commercially distinctive trademarks. Through two original empirical studies, McClanahan Lee and Gerhardt demonstrate that although consumers use color in ways that may merit trademark protection, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has applied a variety of doctrines to greatly limit the number of color marks that are successfully registered.
Prof. Ní Aoláin Quoted in The Atlantic About Legal Complexities of Governmental Pressure on Tech Companies to Moderate ‘Extremist’ Online ContentMay 8, 2019
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, was quoted in The Atlantic regarding the legal complexities arising from governmental pressure on tech companies to suppress violent and ‘extremist’ content from their online platforms. “The danger is that governments will often get the balance wrong,” said Ní Aoláin. “But we actually have the methods and means to challenge governments when they do so. But private entities? We don’t have the legal processes.”
May 7, 2019
Professor Kristin Hickman was interviewed by Tax Notes for an article regarding her service as Special Adviser to Administrator Neomi Rao of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in Washington, D.C. As Special Adviser, Professor Hickman helped OIRA and Administrator Rao to implement a memorandum of agreement that provided for the first time for OIRA review of tax rules and regulations issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Recognizing the contributions of Professor Hickman’s scholarship and service in implementing the memorandum of agreement and shaping tax administrative practices, the article quoted a former Treasury official as saying that the combined efforts of Professor Hickman and Administrator Rao “will leave a legacy that will never entirely go away” notwithstanding their departures from the agency.
April 28, 2019
Professor Jill Hasday was recently interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition. She discussed the constitutional issues surrounding women’s exclusion from military registration.
April 27, 2019
Professor Jill Hasday appeared before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on April 25. Congress created this commission to make recommendations about reforming the Selective Service System. Professor Hasday’s testimony focused on explaining why male-only military registration is unconstitutional.
Prof. Orfield Quoted in Washington Post on New Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity Study on Neighborhood Change and DisplacementApril 26, 2019
Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, was quoted in Washington Post on coverage of IMO’s new study on neighborhood change.
April 25, 2019
Professor Kitrosser was quoted in two national news stories on clashes between President Trump and Congress. In one, a Washington Post article entitled “How the Trump White House Shot Itself in the Foot on Don McGahn,” Kitrosser explained that President Trump cannot “cannot claim ‘backsies’—i.e., un-waive [executive] privilege” after having waived it with respect to testimony by White House Counsel Don McGahn. In the other story—an NBC News article entitled “Trump Goes to War For Power Over Congress”—Kitrosser spoke about a broader range of ongoing controversies, explaining: “Trump is not inventing executive intransigence out of whole cloth. … At the same time, this is not same-old, same-old. He is taking longstanding pathologies in terms of an increasingly imperial executive branch and ratcheting it up many times over.”
April 24, 2019
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, led by Professor Myron Orfield, recently published a well-received report on “American Neighborhood Change in the 21st Century: Gentrification and Decline.” The report provides a detailed analysis of neighborhood economic expansion and decline across the United States. It develops a new method for measuring how American regions, cities, and neighborhoods are growing, shrinking, and getting poorer or richer over time, and quantifies on a nationwide and local basis the degree of economic growth, low-income displacement, low-income concentration, and neighborhood abandonment.
CityLab recently interviewed Faculty Fellow William Stancil about the report and published an article highlighting the report’s findings, emphasizing the impact of neighborhood change in the U.S.