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  • Prof. Klass Publishes Blog on Public Lands and Just Energy Transitions

    March 19, 2020

    Professor Alexandra B. Klass published a blog on how the nation should transition away from using federal public lands to promote fossil fuel development toward using them as a showcase for large-scale renewable energy development.

  • Prof. Hasday Testifies Before Minnesota House Committee

    March 13, 2020

    Professor Jill Hasday testified before the Minnesota House Committee on the Judiciary, Finance, and Civil Law. The Minnesota Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit employers from questioning job applicants about their pay history. Professor Hasday’s testimony focused on explaining how asking about pay history perpetuates pay discrimination.

  • Prof. Rozenshtein Quoted in National Journal Article About Internet Legislation

    March 12, 2020

    Professor Alan Rozenshtein was quoted in a National Journal article about the EARN IT Act, a bipartisan Senate bill that would limit the immunity that Internet companies currently have for child-exploitation materials stored and distributed by their users. Professor Rozenshtein explained how the bill improves the process for policymaking about encryption and its effect on public safety.

  • Twin Cities Business Magazine Quotes Prof. Cotter on Senator Klobuchar’s Antitrust Bill

    March 12, 2020

    A March 12, 2020 Twin Cities Business Magazine article titled “Klobuchar Looks to Add More Teeth to Antitrust Law” provides competing perspectives from Professor Tom Cotter and from Dorsey & Whitney partner/Minnesota Law Adjunct Professor Michael Lindsay on Senator Amy Klobuchar’s draft antitrust bill, The Anticompetitive Exclusionary Conduct Prevention Act. Cotter states that the bill “intends to overrule or narrow certain Supreme Court opinions in particular over the past couple of decades relating to unilateral conduct, predatory pricing, market definition, antitrust immunities, and so on,” and that in his opinion “antitrust law probably does need a certain degree of correction.” Lindsay counters, however, that the bill “runs a serious risk of overcorrecting for a problem that hasn’t been well-defined,” though he doubts, in any event, that it will be passed.

  • Prof. Klass Quoted in Virgina Mercury on the Unusual Coalition Seeking Reform of the Natural Gas Act

    March 12, 2020

    Professor Klass was quoted in an article in the Virginia Mercury discussing the potential for Congressional reforms to the Natural Gas Act to limit the use of eminent domain authority for interstate natural gas pipelines.

  • Prof. Moriearty Testifies in Support of Bill to Create Felony Murder Reform Task Force in Minnesota

    March 5, 2020

    On March 4, 2020, Professor Perry Moriearty testifed before the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee in support of HF 3976, which would establish a bi-partisan task force of criminal justice stakeholders, experts, and impacted persons and families to study and make recommendations to the Legislature about ways to reform Minnesota’s felony murder and aiding and abetting laws. Professor Moriearty’s testimony begins at the 1:02:00 mark of the session’s video recording.

  • Prof. Hickman Floated As Potential D.C. Circuit Nominee

    March 5, 2020

    Prof. Kristin Hickman was mentioned by Jonathan Adler in a National Review article, “Trump to Get Another D.C. Circuit Vacancy to Fill,” as among the potential contenders to replace Judge Thomas Griffith, who announced that he would retire from the United States Court of Appeals for the District Columbia on September 1, 2020. From 2018-2019, Prof. Hickman served in the Executive Office of the President as a Special Adviser to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a subordinate agency to the Office of Management and Budget. She presently serves as one of forty public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States, another federal government agency.

  • Prof. Moriearty Featured in Episode of “Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions” Podcast

    March 4, 2020

    Professor Perry Moriearty is featured as an expert on juvenile justice and the “superpredator era” in the third episode of a new podcast by Northwestern Law School Professors Steve Drizin and Laura Nirider called “Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions.” Entitled the “Dixmoor 5,” the episode discusses the case of five African American teens in Chicago who were wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of their classmate.

  • Rochester Post Bulletin Quotes Prof. Cotter on Copyright and Ice Sculptures

    February 29, 2020

    The February 29, 2020 Rochester Post Bulletin “Answer Man” column responds to a reader’s question whether the vendors at Rochester’s SocialICE Festival need permission to make ice sculptures of copyrighted characters, such as Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh. The column quotes Professor Tom Cotter, who states that, while in theory there could be copyright issues, the sculptures may not be sufficiently similar to the origins, or may be protected by fair use; and that, in any event, he “would be somewhat surprised, given the sort of ephemeral nature of ice, (if someone) would be really concerned about that.”

  • Robina Institute Executive Director Kelly Mitchell Quoted in The Appeal Regarding Response to Probation Violations in Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit

    February 27, 2020

    Robina Institute Executive Director Kelly Mitchell was quoted in an article from The Appeal titled, “In a Florida Courtroom, People Charged With Probation Violations Face Humiliation From Judge.” She explained that “[w]hen conditions are imposed en masse and without being individualized to the needs of the person, they serve as trip wires, and can easily result in probation revocations.” Mitchell further elaborated, “This is a hidden population. You can’t tell by looking at someone that they are serving time on a probation sentence. But the collateral consequences that these individuals face—difficulty in obtaining employment, housing, access to education—are staggering. People entangled in the criminal justice system are facing other issues—all sorts of other untreated health needs that make it really hard to abide by even a few of the things we’re asking. Too often we think more is better and longer is better when it comes to length instead of stepping back and thinking: what is the big-picture goal?”

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